Bedfordshire slumped to a disappointing six wicket defeat against Norfolk in their MCCA Unicorns KO Trophy Group Two clash at Manor Park on Sunday.
After winning the toss, the visitors opted to bat first, but were soon struggling at 33-4 with Luke Thomas (0), Matthew Good (1), George Thurstance (5) and Charlie Thurston (14) all dismissed.
Andy Reynoldson was then joined by James Middlebrook, back from his spell with Yorkshire, but he lasted just five balls, bowled for five as the lower order also failed.
In the end, Reynoldson played a lone hand, as he hit four fours and a six during an unbeaten 61 from 108 balls, with Beds all out for 122 in the 45th over.
Beds’ new ball bowlers couldn’t deliver early wickets until Ed Wharton had Ben France caught by Nick Barden for 27. Colin Griggs gave the scoreline a sense of respectability by taking 3-34 from his 10 overs, but with no other bowler in the wickets column, Norfolk eased to 124-4 in the 33rd over to seal the win.
Beds host Norfolk in their opening MCCA Championship fixture of the season, which starts on Sunday, May 24 at Luton Town & Indians CC.