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Reidy ruins Wallasey's dream
Sunday 31st August 2003

Former Lancashire player, Bernard Reidy, ruined Wallasey's dream of winning the Thwaites LCB Knockout Cup with an innings of 39* that left holders, Walkden, winners of the final at Old Trafford by two wickets.

Wallasey had scored 162-7 in their first innings which began over two hours late owing to morning rain. Paul Strang (53) added 47 for the third wicket with Phil Luxon (22) after Dave Hadden had gone for 23. With Dave Conlan and Mike Beaver both scoring 19, Chris Bourne added 16* at the end of the innings.

Walkden began well with Aussie professional Michael Klinger (33) and Mike Bennison (27) but 79-2 suddenly became 87-6 after losing 4 wickets for 8 runs, three to Phil Luxon (3-21). They lost a seventh wicket at 94 (31 overs) and an eighth at 111 in the 36th over (Paul Strang 3-31). 

By now things had turned in Wallasey's favour and there was a hope of victory in their first season in the competition but clearly they hadn't taken into account former Lancashire all rounder, Bernard Reidy. After his son Sam had made 23, John Hinks (12*) joined Bernard Reidy (39*) in a rescue act that brought a partnership of 55* that took the score to 166-8 with the winning runs coming from the last ball of the match.