Reed II win on happy hunting ground

Thorley 184 all-out Reed II 254-4 Reed won by 70 runs

PLAYING away to Thorley often seems to bring the best out of Reed’s batsmen and that was certainly the case in this friendly as they comfortably won by 70 runs.

Two seasons ago, Tom Greaves registered a personal score of 179 and last year

Reed posted in excess of 340 which included a century from Richard Barlow.

With the Sunday first team playing in the Village Cup, their usual captain Ed Blissett led the young second team due to a serious injury to Peter Baker who is out with a broken thumb.

Blissett won the toss and elected to bat and openers Aiden Swain and Fergus Martin started at a gentle pace before Swain (11) was caught with the score on 40.

Blissett then joined the younger Martin out in the middle and the pair made a partnership of 87 while Blissett made 52 before retiring.

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Richie Barlow chipped in with 14 before young Sean Tidey, in at number five, joined Martin who by this time had also passed 50 on his way to an excellent, if not unlucky, 99.

A hard-hitting display from Tidey (62*) took the score to 254 in the final nine overs.

In reply, Thorley gave a good go at chasing the large total down and opener Pack hit a aggressive 54 and there were a few other scorers down the order but they finally succumbed for 184 all-out.

Julian Fynn (8-0-45-1) and Christian Martin (6-0-28-2) opened the bowling with Jason Pallett (6-0-26-1) and George Garrott (5-1-24-2) replacing them.

Josh Conley (4-0-25-0) also bowled well. Fergus Martin also had a turn with the ball and once again fell just short of the honours board returning figures of 4-27.

There were also some fantastic catches from J Fynn, E Blissett, R Barlow, G Garrott and a stumping from M Baker.