It was a day for the batsmen as Reed travelled away to face Knebworth Blue in a high scoring friendly. The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first.
Knebworth were racing along as Gill bludgeoned the ball around the park in partnership with Butterbee (37). The introduction of Sam Rice (1-62) brought around the first wicket with John Kershaw taking a nice catch behind off Butterbee. This however only allowed Dave Saunders to come to the crease who joined Gill in the heavy hitting. Graeme Stuart then came onto bowl and took the wicket of Gill but sadly it was after he had made three figures, Stuart would go onto remove Benjamin (39) and would finish with figures of 8 overs, 2 for 40. Considering the two attacking batsmen and lighting fast outfield Stuart’s figures were good as were under 15 Owen Hughes. He had earlier opened the bowling and now would come back to take yet another caught and bowled finishing with 7 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 30. Marcus J.E. Baker removed Saunders (67) but it had cost him to the tune of 54 runs and Josh Conley (1-48) would also chip in, in a returning spell. Reed had given themselves a hefty target of 292 due to the incredible amount of extras and dropped catches of key batsmen which in hindsight could have saved them a lot of runs.
Reed went about their chase with positivity and soon were rewarded with the beginning of a good partnership between Peter G. Baker and Steve Hughes. On 26 Hughes (11) was given LBW having just hit successive boundaries. Baker was then joined by John Kershaw and the pair took advantage of the quick outfield and limited fielding abilities of the opposition. Baker in particular was racing along in a hail of boundaries. Both were in outstanding form as they plundered runs off the slow bowlers and going into the final 4 overs Reed reached 200. Baker then fell stumped having smashed his way to a personal best score of 124 and with it ended a new record partnership of 178 for the second eleven, second wicket. Freddy Stuart (last week’s hero with the bat) hit a quick 12 but was lost bowled trying to score quickly. By the innings end Reed finished with the more than respectable total of 244 for 4 with John Kershaw un-beaten for a superb 60.