From a weekend that was due to be mostly under water – we managed to complete all four quarter-final fixtures. Someone must have had a serious word with Zeus, Thor or Lumo, because we should have been paddling home not paddle sweeping.
It did lead to tricky conditions around the country but that didn’t stop some of the last remaining players sticking their hands up with some excellent performances. Including Sessay’s skipper Mark Wilkie, who led from the front with 66 and a 4-for that included a hat-trick, as they put Hawk Green to the sword.
For the performance of the round though it came down to two performances from the same team, in fact two performances from the same household. Sean and Jack Tidey both made decisive contributions against Bledlow Village. Taking the new ball, Jack took 5 for 21 as Bledlow were bowled out for 85 chasing 227. Sibling bragging rights go to Sean though, who wins performance of the round for the quarter finals. His 75 off 44 changed the pace of the Reed innings and let them post the competitive total of 227. He then bowled his 8 overs for 20 runs, taking the crucial wicket of Harry Bartlett who scored 140 in the last round.
This is what Sean had to say about his performance and Reed’s chances in the semi-finals.
How do you rate your chances in the next round?
At this stage of the tournament you have to be backing yourself! We have beaten a few good teams on the way to the semi-final. The chance to play at lords again is an additional incentive too!
You scored quickly; did you go in with the intention to counter-attack?
I just played my natural game. It was a wet track and we were struggling to score runs in the first 15 overs when Greavesie (our skipper) pushed me up from 8 to 5. He just gave me instruction to play my shots which is what I like to do. The first 10-15 were pretty ugly but after that I knew I could put a decent innings together and push us up to a competitive score!
Do you think you or your brother played better?
Tough one! Teke (Jack) bowled exceptionally and obviously picking up five wickets in 7 overs is going to put you on top! But, I’d like to think the pace of my innings, and partnership with Kip (James Heslam) put us in control before Jack got his wickets!
Have you enjoyed the Village Cup this year?
Yes! We always take the NVC seriously as we know that the chance to get to play at Lord’s is one that doesn’t come very often! Obviously, we won the cup in 2012 and playing at Lord’s once just makes you want to go back again!
As a club, Reed always enjoy the Village cup! We have played in it for years and the older members of the club are always quick to tell the stories of ‘The Team Of ’88’