A close game was in prospect between Reed 3rd X1 and Hertford 1V until the late withdrawl of three Reed players meant that the going was always going to be tough. Despite the disadvantage Reed, having lost the toss, restricted the home side on the artificial pitch to 204-9 of their 47 overs thanks to a late flurry of wickets and the small boundary making life slightly easier. Hertford scored steadily with the main contributors being Ridley (41), Williams (60) and Pavey (33). Reed's opening bowling pair of the excellent Kallum Ward (13-2-35-5) and Ian Roberts (15-5-44-4) the only wicket takers out of five bowlers used. John Kershaw (8-0-48-0), having not bowled competitively for some 17 years, stepped in to fill the void in the bowling department alongside regulars Peter Baker (5-0-19-0) and Marcus Baker (6-0-47-0). Reed were confident that with some watchful batting a win was still on the cards. However, this was quickly dealt a blow when the openers of P Baker and Radford were both out for nought. With the score at 3-2 John Kershaw (62) had partnerships with Rob Willoughby (12), M. Baker (9) and Ward (15) but with wickets falling regularly and Hazard out for nought, the game looked like ending quickly. One final partnership between Kershaw and Ian Roberts (6) put on a stubborn 49 off 10 overs for the final wicket before Kershaw was finally caught behind with the score at 127-7. A closer finish would surely have been possible if Reed had managed to field a full team.
Reed hosted Elmdon at the Green for a 40/40 friendly, captain Ed Blissett went out with Will Heslam as Reed batted first. Whilst Blissett (3) was out soon Heslam continued to make 34 setting the tone for the Reed innings as everyone made contributions. Maseeh Naeem (38), Hunter Diack (22) and Kieran Willoughby (17) gave the Reed total substance, finishing with 180 for 6. James Bloor performed well at the end with an undefeated 38. Jack Tidey took three for eighteen and Neil Haslam one for seventeen in the second innings but it was not enough to stop D. Gaine (61) D. Bysouth (56*) and G. Dixon (26*) making up the runs for Elmdon as they won by five wickets.
Reed's 2nd XI kicked off their 2010 season with a friendly at newly promoted Bentley Heath. Reed won the toss and decided to bowl first. Despite 2 maidens in the first 2 overs it soon looked like a bad decision. Reed's opening attack were going at 6 an over before Jason Archer struck to remove Mohammed for a brisk 26. A missed chance to remove the new batsman Michael Hubbard was the turning point of the match. He along with Frances put on 60 in just 8 overs before Archer struck again, removing Frances for 67. He finished his spell with 2-52.Hubbard was in full flow by now and was dispatching the ball to all parts. At the halfway stage Bentley Heath were 137-2. After drinks Reed started to fight back with Christian Martin, 3-67, Jason Pallett with 2-80 taking the remaining wickets to fall. Hubbard retired on 114 and Bentley Heath ended on 261-7.Reed's reply with opener Baz Curtis and WIlliam Heslam got off to a slow start scoring just 18 from the first 7 overs. Curtis then hit Dunnett for 22 in an over and then the run rate increased. Heslam went for 4 with the score on 57. Peter Baker joined Curtis and tried to up the run rate further. Baker went for 10 with the score on 98. Curtis finally fell for 104 with Reed 126-3.Steve Lovegrove and Julian Fynn had one final push for an unlikely victory, but when Fynn went for a quick fire 38 any chance Reed had was gone. Lovegrove ended 28 not out and Reed 232-7.A 29 run victory for Bentley Heath.
In a 40 over a side game on Sunday Reed played host to Therfield. Therfield won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a good start with father and son partnership of Matt and Ken Ayre putting on 108 for the first wicket. However, once Matt was out for 66 wickets fell consistently leaving Reed chasing a target of just 167 to win. The wicket takers for Reed being Heslam and the impressive Tufton with two a piece. In reply Reed never really got going and lost wickets at regular intervals. However at 73-3 and 93-4 they looked well set never requiring more than 4 and a half an over. Eventually though the frequency of wickets falling told with the home side gradually losing momentum to their innings which closed on 120 in the 38th over. Clarke(23) Blissett(26) and M.Robertson(21) all made starts. Chris Ward took 5-28 for Therfield.
Reed Sunday team played host to Much Hadham who won the toss and elected to bat first. On a flat wicket they got off to a steady start but never cut loose as Jim Allsopp 12-3-22-2 and Neil Haslam 10 overs for 28 kept things tight. Allsopp being particularly impressive bowling straight and fast in his long opening spell down the hill. Support bowlers Tufton, Heslam and first team paceman Clarke each took wickets as Much Hadham closed their innings on 149-8 much owed to a good fifty by their number 5 batsman Jarret. In reply Reed made a reasonable start with Clarke and Blissett reaching double figures. However, neither went on and Reed lost two more wickets to be 42-4. However this brought Heslam to the crease who played a captains innings scoring 60 in a stand of 96 with Roger Bowcock to all but see Reed home. The remaining few runs were knocked off and reed celebrated a 5 wicket victory with 15 overs to spare.
Reed 1st XI maintained their momentum on Saturday by trouncing local rivals Cottered by 9 wickets in Herts League division 3. Having won the toss and electing to bat, Cottered began well, reaching 31 for no wicket, but openers Clarke (3-19), and Berks (2-14) soon managed to tear through the top order. Combined with the sharp run out of N.Beer by Chris Jackson, Cottered were left floundering. Reed new-comer, Richard Jerome (1-8), slowed the scoring at one end, whilst Richard Johnson (1-6) and Ray Kingshott (2-0) made inroads at the other, leaving Cottered stranded on a woeful 56 all out in 41.3 overs. Reed's reply was typically aggressive, as their skipper, Simon Jackson (35*), began in particularly attacking style. Michael Curtis was unluckily run out with a direct hit from the boundary, but in combination with Chris Jackson (9*), the brother's closed the innings comfortably in 14.3 overs. This marks a second successive win for Reed's 1st XI and 2nd XIs in their first two league games, placing them equal first in division 3 and 8 respectively. Simon Jackson, 1st XI captain said: "...it's heartening to begin the club's season in such a positive manner, which places us in a comfortable position for league promotion at both 1XI and 2XI. Combined with our recent successes in the National Village Cup, Reed have failed to lose a match at all levels this season!"
On Sunday Reed were beaten by Cheshunt in the Becker Cup by the batting performance of the classy Sam Stevenson. Reed started well with early break throughs from Pete Tidey and Michael Berks. Tidey bowled tightly, finishing his 10 overs with 1 for 18. However even with wickets falling at regular intervals Stevenson raced to a chanceless 50 and then quickly after to his ton and his 400th competitive game run of the season without being dismissed! James Heslam (3 for 53) became the first bowler to dismiss Stevenson this season, for 108 as Cheshunt finished on 219 from their 50 overs. In reply Cheshunt bowled tightly knowing the conditions as Reed lost early wickets. With Gary Bridge batting solidly and showing the class that he bought to Reed, Reed always had a chance. However once Bridge had gone for 43, Reed never looked like winning despite and interesting last wicket partnership from Pete Tidey and Jamie Kingshott.
Reed-veteran Peter Tidey snatched an overdue 40th birthday present on Saturday, as he recorded his season's best haul of 7-33 off 19 overs on Saturday. Reed dominated throughout over top-of-the-table Totteridge in Herts League Division 4, after arriving as clear underdogs. Showing their pedigree, Reed skittled the League leaders for a mere 74 runs. Taking advantage of a lively green wicket, Tidey's pin-point accuracy made it difficult to bat with any consistency, forcing the Totteridge batsmen into some rash strokes. Only Leaderman (25) offered any resistance, but he too fell to some intelligent and mature bowling, as Tidey plucked a stunning catch off his own bowling - clearly to the surprise of his team-mates too! The fielders supported these heroics well by holding all chances and ensuring runs were kept to a minimum. In reply, Reed suffered from early jitters, as Poland also extracted some steep bounce to help reduce the away side to 17-3, giving Totteridge the chance to sneak a victory. However, this plan was thwarted as Chris Jackson engineered an imposing 45, despite the lively bounce and movement, to shatter Totteridge's confidence. It was perhaps fitting that Geoffrey Wornham, who patiently supported Jackson's innings throughout, blasted a six to end the match allowing Reed to record their second successive League victory - a marked U-turn from their recent spate of poor form. In response to the thrashing, Reed CC Press Officer, William Clarke, commented: "This was a truly stunning performance by Reed, reflective of our form last season. If we can perform as we have done in the last 2-3 weeks, promotion could be within our sights."
Reed slumped to an unlikely 53 run away defeat on Saturday as Botany Bay ended their unbeaten run in League cricket since June last year. Reed still remain top of Division 3 despite the loss, 5 points clear of second placed Redbourn. Having won the toss on a damp wicket, Reed were confident of skittling the opposition cheaply. Opening bowler William Clarke (7-1-26-1) made an early breakthrough, but struggled to find his length bowling to J.Sherring (28). It took a mammoth effort by Peter Tidey (26-9-64-5), to breakthrough thanks to some sharp wicketkeeping by Stuart Smith with 2 catches and a stumping. In conjunction with Richard Jerome (14&Mac247;4-30-2), Reed reduced the opposition to an achievable target, despite some aggressive strokeplay by M.Steele (25) and S.Hunt (34), which saw them claw back to 144 for 9 off their 53 overs. Reed's response began in a disappointing manner as B.Rose (10-7-14-5) removed both Reed openers and the middle order cheaply. With their backs against the wall, heavy reliance was placed on gritty innings by Stuart Smith (19) and Gary Bridge (26), who also played some scintillating strokes to all corners. However, D.Wilkinson (11-2-39-3) ended their rebellion as two LBW appeals saw the umpire&Mac226;s finger raised. The tail of Richard Johnson (12*), Michael Berks (6) and Peter Tidey (10) fought hard, but in vain, as the league-leaders capitulated for a meagre 91 and a paltry 4 points. Despite the loss, Reed remained up-beat, as skipper Simon Jackson commented : "We still are top of the league, and we see this as a blip in our League crusade from which we can learn a lot. A loss, at some point, was inevitable, and we probably needed it to keep [...]
Reed further strengthened their bid for league promotion on Saturday as they registered their third successive Division 3 victory over Bishops Stortford IIs at home. The win consolidates their third position, and tightens the top-of-the-table struggle against Hertford IIs and St. Albans IIs. It also marks the third successive weekend where Reed 1st XI and 2nd XI have registered maximum points. Simon Jackson, winning the toss, chose to bat, which proved to be the correct decision as James Heslam, in his first league innings having recovered from a nasty finger injury, build a useful 62, in conjunction with Tom Fulk (34). The Stortford openers were particularly punished by the pair. However, once they were removed, Chris Jackson (43*) and Richard Jerome (90*) were able to take hold of the bowling attack, and amass a huge 231 declared off 46 overs. M.Bashford (18-6-75-0) bowled some particularly testing left arm spin, and was certainly the pick of the Stortford bowlers. The declaration always gave Stortford a sporting chance, which their top order relished as they began in flamboyant style as they began on a very positive not, despatching the Reed opening bowlers to all corners of the park. Opener M.Leaver (39) played some particularly powerful shots until he was adjudged run-out when pushing for a misconceived single in the covers. The slower bowlers, Peter Tidey (14-2-47-4) and Richard Jerome (16.3-10-25-1) managed to extract more from the Reed wicket, as they slowed the scoring rate and took crucial wickets. Every Stortford batsman chipped in, particularly M.Bashford who amassed 50* in very few overs striking 16 in 3 balls at one point to keep the visitors in with a chance. However, with opener Berks (11-1-73-2) coming back from snatch [...]