Reeds Sunday second XI had a positive start to the season with a fantastic win over the visiting Guilden Morden. Marcus J.E. Baker won the toss and inserted the opposition in overcast conditions.
Joe Graves got things going for Reed coming down the hill, whilst Under 15 Owen Hughes opened from the other end. It was O. Hughes who got ball rolling for Reed with fantastic caught and bowled from his first ball to remove Ben Ingrey. He followed this up soon after by bowling S. Willow for 4 giving Reed a firm advantage in the early stages. O. Hughes, with impressive figures of 2 for 22 from his 5 overs made way for Masseh Naeem whilst Joe Graves (6-0-19-0) was replaced by Rhoddri Hughes.
The first change bowlers proved equally dangerous with both taking wickets in their first overs. However, things took a turn for the worst for Reed as opposition captain Sam Ingrey came to the crease and took a liking to R. Hughes bowling.
The left hander cleared the boundary multiple times on his way to a brisk 56. He was then bowled by the sharp pace from Roddi Liebenberg (2-1-1-2) who took another with his next ball putting Reed back on top. R. Hughes then came back on and collect ed two more wickets finishing with 3 for 58. Meanwhile, Maseeh Naeem had help up the other end with an extraordinary spell, he finished with figures of 7 overs, 6 maidens, 1 wicket for just 3 runs. The Guilden Morden tail was finished off by Steve Hughes (2-0-7-1) and Freddy Stuart taking the final wicket with his single delivery.
With a target of 120 Reed were confident of a victory but knew that caution and concentration was needed. The second innings began after the usual exceptional teas of Rosemary Collins and the presentation to Joe Graves of The Baker Trophy, awarded to him for his bowling achievements and enthusiasm last season. Peter G. Baker got things under way for Reed opening with Rhoddri Hughes, both playing the early overs well with precise shots and good calling. First change bowlers Ben and Sam Ingrey added some pace to the attack and accounted for Baker, bowled for 16. Number 3 Michael Naeem (16) started to work the ball around before striking a big 6, but was disappointingly out the next ball.
Rhoddri Hughes, had all the while been playing a fantastic innings, scoring runs with some well timed drives, pulls and late cuts using the pace of the ball to rack up boundaries. He was closing in on a much deserved 50 when he was caught 6 runs short, none the less it was mature, classy innings. With 33 still needed Reeds two youngest players Owen Hughes and Freddy Stuart were at the crease but did not shy away and excelled piercing the in-field and running quickly between the wickets.
The two Under 15s had all but seen Reed to victory when Owen was bowled for 11, his father Steve (1*) replaced him and with Freddy Stuart (14*) knocked off the remaining runs. The 5 wicket win was a good start to the season and more importantly saw most of the work done by the younger members of the side, showing a lot of promise for the rest of the year.