Reed Second Eleven travelled along to the charming village of Aston for a 40/40 friendly and having won the toss Marcus J.E. Baker inserted the hosts.
Joe Graves opened the bowling for Reed and produced a fantastic spell of 6-3-13-1 which troubled Aston and claimed the early wicket of Cowell (6). Jack Childs also beat the bat several times and also claimed a wicket after L. O’Hanlon pulled a short ball straight to Alex King at square leg. Alex King then replaced Graves and too impressed with a fine action.
The left hander coming over the wicket had the ball coming into the batsmen and could easily have claimed more but finished with one wicket for fifteen. Meanwhile, Childs had made way for Josh Conley just back from University. The tall man also got movement and suitably displayed his fine skill in his spell of seven overs one for just fifteen. At drinks Aston were just about holding on but then things got worse for them. M.J.E. Baker (2-6-3) brought himself on to bowl and struck straight away, the ball having hit the pads gently rolled back onto the stumps.
He would then take two more thanks to some good field placements and superb catches in the deep as the hosts threw their wickets away. Under 13 leg spinner Jag Lalli chipped in thanks to a stumping from Mark King who also took a catch of Jack Childs (6.4-2-30-2) returning for a second spell. Reed had once again displayed the usual high fielding standards with catches from Lalli, Michael Robertson and Julian Fynn. Aston, all out for just 87.
Not wanting to be over confident M.J.E. Baker chose to blend the youth of the team with the more experienced elder players. Peter Baker opened the innings and after an early loss formed a solid partnership with Lalli who displayed some well timed late cuts and back foot drives. Baker (21*) then retired having pulled a muscle and was replaced with Ray Kingshott. Lalli, benefiting from the advice and support of his elder partners, was leading his side to victory but with just over 20 needed to win fell for a superb 24. Reed then lost two more quick wickets but there was no way back for Aston. Joe Graves (8*) and Josh Conley (11*) finished off what was a good day for both of them as Reed won by 6 wickets.