Heslam and Tidey’s efforts not enough to secure win
Reed were left frustrated on Saturday with another good display not producing the win against Luton Town. On a hot afternoon Reed again won a toss they would have preferred to lose and elected to bat.
Much like last week they got off to an excellent start with James and William Heslam taking the score to 91 off just 16 overs before William (43) was unfortunate to be run out by a direct hit. Joe Curk then continued where William Heslam left off scoring a fluent 28 before he was given lbw. Chris Jackson joined Heslam who was now in full flow and making his way to 100 inside 35 overs taking the Reed score above the 200 mark for maximum batting points. Following this Heslam opened his shoulders before departing for 132 off 122 balls with 13 fours and 5 sixes. Jackson (47 not out) then guided Reed to 292-5 off 47 overs when Heslam declared giving Luton incentive to go for the win with 53 overs to get the runs.
In reply Luton were in big trouble as Jack Tidey produced a fine spell of fast bowling hitting the pitch and beating the Luton batsman for pace on his way to figures of 5-54. Mitchell Cooper also made an important early breakthrough which left Luton in disarray at 58-6 off 13 overs. However, from this point onwards the Luton batsman played more cautiously and with the field in benefited from many boundary chances. The main exploiter of this was Bashir who made his way to a fantastic 160 not out holding the Luton innings together in an entertaining way. Greaves (2-52) and the other Reed bowlers performed well but the home side lacked the killer instinct to take all 10 wickets on a good pitch and could perhaps look back at going a little flat at times in the heat. Nevertheless it was a decent effort by Luton whose captain Davis supported Bashir to prevent the last wicket falling as they finished on 235-9 off their 53 overs.
Overall, a good performance by Reed who are performing well in a very strong league full of big town clubs. However, it was not the 30 points they were after to push on for a top two finish and the possibility of Home Counties Premier League cricket next season.