Tidey result for Reed II

REED second XI got their first win of the league season in an amazing game held at The Green on Saturday. Skipper Baz Curtis won the toss and decided to bat first despite the damp wicket. This looked a bad decision when both openers were back in the pavi

REED second XI got their first win of the league season in an amazing game held at The Green on Saturday.

Skipper Baz Curtis won the toss and decided to bat first despite the damp wicket. This looked a bad decision when both openers were back in the pavilion with the score on just 13.

Richard Johnson joined in-form Mark King and looked to steady the ship and things started to look a bit more positive until Johnson went for 13 with only 45 on the board.

King continued to dominate but was dismissed for 44 in a knock that included eight fours.


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Reed looked in bad shape at 69-5 before it got worse when two more wickets fell in quick succession.

At 89-7, Sean Tidey came to the crease to join older brother Jack and the pair showed great patience and slowly began to settle in. They finally saw off Murphy who had taken 6 of the 7 wickets to fall. Sandridge's second string attack were much more to Reed's liking. Both batsman began to find the boundary regularly and reached their half centurys and by now Reed looked like they might have a decent total to bowl at.

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The pair put on 40 in their first 10 overs together and 61 in the second 10. Reed were on the brink off maximum batting points. Sean became more aggressive and hit the only six of the match straight over the bowlers head. Sean could sense a declaration coming and tried his best to reach his maiden league century but was bowled off what was the last ball of the innings for 81, leaving his brother 66 not out.

To go from 89-7 to 240-8 was a superb achievement from the pair.

In reply, Reed were hoping to knock their guests over quickly and get back in the warm, and things looked rosy when Kallum Ward struck with his first ball for the second week running. He had Murphy caught behind with a brute of a ball. All-rounder Jack Tidey then produced an excellent yorker to remove the Sandridge captain for a duck. Sandridge moved on to 42 before a mixup between Goodchild and Corran led to a run out.

Sandridge never really looked like challenging the total after that as Reed set about taking the remaining wickets.

William Dobson took a wicket on his return with a sharp gully catch, but it was Peter Tidey who was the key man with the ball - taking 4-24 in 10 overs.

He was the man to take Sandridge's last wicket as their opponents were all out for 125 - sealing an impressive 116-run victory.

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