Reed were frustrated by the rain on their opening day of the season in division 1 when they travelled to Luton Town. Having lost the toss, skipper James Heslam was not surprised to be put into bat with the weather looking ominously close to raining at any given time. Reed opened up with brothers James and William Heslam and it was clear from early on that there was something in the wicket for the Luton bowlers. Manzor was looking particularly dangerous however it was Ishaq at the other end who took the first Reed scalp of the season, shaping one away from William Heslam without troubling the scorers.
Joe Curk and James Heslam struck some lusty blows before Curk (8) and Heslam (14) were dismissed by Ishaq and Manzor respectively. At 34-3 Reed were in a precarious position; however Chris Jackson (54) and Tom Greaves (53) steadied the ship and batted with relative ease in an excellent partnership of 81, affected by several rain breaks. Tom Greaves was caught out for a fine innings of 53, whilst Jackson was ably supported by Mitchell Cooper before he was bowled by Manzor for 54. Cooper (30) turned up the heat and played some expansive strokes, and between him and Sean Tidey (19) they put Reed into an excellent position.
Cooper and Tidey however both fell on their sword valiantly, before Jack Tidey (12) came to middle to continue where Cooper and his younger brother had left off. Reed declared on 200-8, setting Luton a gettable yet challenging target. As the rain loomed in, Reed opened with the spin of Greaves and Morse.
However, the inevitable occurred and despite both side’s gallant efforts to play, the weather took it’s toll and the game was rained-off with Luton on 28-0.