Reed bounce back with seven-wicket victory

REED IIs got back to winning ways with an excellent seven-wicket victory over Potters Bar IIIs at the weekend.

On a gorgeous day that couldn’t have been more different from the previous week’s rain, skipper Baz Curtis lost the toss and was asked to field by his opposite number.

It looked a good decision by the visitors as they raced to 30. Wicketkeeper Sean Tidey was in cracking form and produced an amazing one-handed catch to take the first wicket.

Another wicket was taken shortly afterwards when Cooper’s delivery was edged to Curtis at slip. Peter Tidey removed Titans for 11 with help from Roddi Liebenberg at mid-wicket before taking another wicket moments later.

Tidey, bowling in unison with Jason Archer, made runs hard to come by and the run-rate slowed to a crawl. Cooper came back to replace the flagging Archer to pick up his third wicket and it was left to Liebenberg to take the last. Cooper, Tidey and Archer took 3-30, 3-52 and 3-47 respectively as Potters Bar posted 138 all-out.

Baz Curtis, opening with William Heslam, made a good start for the home side and pushed the run-rate at a good pace.

They put on their second 50 partnership of the season and moved the score on to 83 before Curtis was bowled for 47. Heslam moved to 43 and looked set of a maiden second XI 50 before he was well caught at mid-wicket.

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With only another 36 needed the home side looked home and hosed and despite Johnson falling for just five, a fine 30* from Ed Garrott saw Reed seal a comfortable victory.