Stevenage III

Reed’s Sunday Seconds held out against the rain to ensure a comfortable 9 wicket win over Stevenage III’s. Playing on the main ground the visiting Reed side bowled first after captain Marcus J.E. Baker won the toss.A strong side wind was present during most of the first innings and it was an added factor for Reeds opening bowlers Joe Graves and Jack Childs to battle. Both, having accustomed themselves to the wind, started bowling some good tight lines. Childs got the first wicket of the day removing the opposition captain for 0. However, troubles with his run up led to him being replaced prematurely by Rob Willoughby. The simple style of Willoughby did not allow much to be scored off the bat and when eventually partnered with Josh Conley they saw Reed to drinks with a modest total on the board.Willoughby (0-30) would finish un-rewarded due to some at times poor fielding. Conley claimed two, one bowled and another thanks to a catch from Peter G. Baker running in from gully. He would finish with 2 for 33 from his 8 overs. Sam Rice began to tie the opposition in knots as he spun the ball both ways leaving Stevenage un-sure on their shot selection. Combined with Rice was P.G. Baker and Rhodri Hughes bowling alternate overs from the same end. The plan was to not allow the batsmen to feel comfortable at the wicket with constant variation and change in rhythm. The tactics proved successful as Baker (1-17), Hughes (1-4) and Rice (1-25) took wickets. Their triumvirate came to end leaving a single over each to be bowled by Childs and Graves. Childs, thanks to Lloyd Bowman taking his second catch of the day, [...]

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Knebworth Blues Away

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 [...]

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Guilden Morden Away

Closing out July Reed’s Sunday seconds travelled to face Guilden Morden. Reed, earlier this season had beaten Guilden when they hosted them in their opening game. For the return fixture, Reed wanted a second win over their annual rivals.Rhodri Hughes acted as captain for Reed and was not overly disappointed when having lost the toss was asked bowl first, therefore allowing the older and more experienced hosts to set the target. An early onslaught from M.Robinson (47) was quelled when Freddy Stuart (1-31) caught him off his own bowling. First change bowlers Richard Barlow (8-3-23-1) and Marcus J.E. Baker (1-25) sent down some troubling deliveries to hold up the Guilden batsmen. However, Bates and Williams hung in there and started to put a few boundaries away. A change of bowling again proved fruitful when R. Hughes brought himself on and removed Bates (30). Hughes would go on to take a superb catch at long on to remove the potentially dangerous Sam Ingrey (15). There was also good catches from Freddy Stuart at deep midwicket and Lloyd Bowman at mid-off as Reed’s high fielding standards were kept to. Dom McOmish proved the most lethal bowler as he accounted for three wickets for only twenty six. Owen Hughes who had earlier opened the bowling came back and removed two good wickets. Reed could not quite remove the final wicket as the hosts finished on 178 for 9.Rhodri Hughes led from the front with the experienced Peter Baker as they put on 40 for the first wicket. However a sudden collapse saw Reed reduced to 63 for 4 including the loss of the two openers. Graham Stuart, who had come in at number 3, decided that despite the [...]

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Guilden Morden Home

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 [...]

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With one ear to the radio Reeds Sunday Second XI travelled the short journey to neighbours Cockenhach whilst listening to the incredible last day of the exciting first test of the home Ashes series. Reeds fixture would also prove to be an exciting one as they played rather than the usual 40 over a-side game a 20/20.The hosts won the toss and elected to bat. This was fine with Reed skipper Marcus J.E. Baker as it allowed Cockenhach, who regularly play 20/20, to set the tempo of the game. Under 13 Ed Kershaw opened for Reed and delivered some good deliveries but unfortunately suffered from Dev (13) and Hughs (20) big hitting. Josh Caldicott-Stevens stood up for his opening partner by removing both, one caught and the other bowled. The under 15 playing his first adult game sent down 4 overs of superb lined bowling, taking 2 for only 14. Wickets were also taken by Zak (1-29) and Josh (1-16) Conley as well as Rob Lankaster (1-23). Reed had done well to limit the amount of boundaries during the middle overs and the final total of 147 for 5 seemed beatable.M.J.E. Baker (4) started the Reed reply poorly. Over confidence from his last two innings meant he did not last past the third ball. However, his absence from the crease came with the benefit of allowing Rob Lankaster to start a remarkable innings. Lankaster played the perfect 20/20 knock, finding the boundary regularly with pulls and drives. More importantly though was his running between the wickets. He put pressure on the opposition by turning ones into two and creating singles from nowhere. In this enterprise he was well supported by Lloyd Bowman (22) as they [...]

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Welwyn Garden City

A fantastic team performance saw Reed achieve another victory in the North Herts League on the first Sunday of July when they hosted Welwyn Garden City. Stand in captain Marcus J.E. Baker won the toss and elected to bat first.His decision proved a good one as opening pair Matt Bowles and Rhodri Hughes partnered together to make 83. Although patient and cautious the solid platform gave something for Reed to work with. Hughes was caught for 15 and Bowles soon followed him for a superb 58, all the better considering this was only his second innings back from a major career threatening injury. Ray Kingshott then played an important innings as Reed went through a slump during the 20-30 overs period. The hosts limped to 97 for 5. What followed was what can only be described as one of the great heavy hitting assaults seen at The Green. Sean Tidey only batted for 12 overs and faced a paltry 42 balls. But in that time he amassed an astonishing 112 not out. His knock came from 36 scoring shots and included eleven fours and seven sixes. Thanks to Tidey and a brief cameo at the end from Baker (12*) Reed posted the score of 235 for 7.The beautiful weather had brought out a substantial crowd to watch the game and after the interval Reed went about the task of taking ten wickets. Despite Tideys heroics with the bat, Reed had only posted what should have been a par score and with Welwyns opening pair looking proficient it was still going to be a battle. Bowling down the hill first up was Tom Walsingham (1-12) with Jack Caine coming up. Both started well although the opposition [...]

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Barley Away

A young Reed side suffered a big defeat when they made the short journey to Barley. The hosts won the toss and inserted Reed which proved a good decision as the two Reed openers where lost cheaply. A positive partnership between Scott Caine (17) and Freddy Stuart (17) saw Reed keep up with a good run rate. After them Lloyd Bowman (29), Graham Stuart (10) and Marcus J.E. Baker (10) chipped in but ultimately Reed’s final total of 107 all out was a poor showing.In response the hosts showed how to do it with an opening partnership of 66. Josh Conley (3-13) gave a good display whilst, M.J.E. Baker (1-8) took the only other wicket to go. Barley chased down the low target with 20 overs remaining and 6 wickets in hand.

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Holders Reed Crash Out of National Village Cup!After tasting the ultimate glory of winning the Lords Final last September, National Village Cricket Cup Champions Reed slumped to a shock defeat in their Herts and Beds Group Quarter Final tie away v Wheathampstead on Sunday. A confident Reed had gone into the tie strong favourites to beat their Saracens Herts League rivals who occupy a mid-table place in SHCL Division 2 compared to Reed currently topping SHCL Division 1. However, after an appalling batting display that saw them dismissed for just 71 all out in under 27 overs Reed lost their match by 75 runs.The day had started well for Reed. Skipper James Heslam won the toss and invited Wheathampstead to bat first. Reed struck early with Lee Johnson inducing an outside edge from opener M Winchester but from 12-1 the home side moved on to 53-2 and then 77-3 at which point Reeds Mitchell Cooper struck and removed the dangerous Andy Winchester after he had compiled a solid innings of 42. Next over another Winchester (R) departed for 11 and 2 more quick wickets followed as Wheathampstead tumbled to 92-6. Dabare 23 and Norris 17* struck some lusty blows before Reeds most successful bowler Cooper (9 overs 4 for 37) took 2 wickets in successive balls. The tidy Karl Ward chipped in with 2 for 5 in 1.4 overs and closed out the home sides innings at 146 all out in 39.4 overs. The total did not seem formidable and the wicket had presented no demons to the home side. Given Reeds record in this competition few amongst the sizeable travelling support could imagine what was to follow after the tea interval.Things started to go [...]

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Aston Away

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 [...]

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Aston Home

Reed’s Sunday Seconds put in yet another solid performance on their home turf to defeat Aston. Marcus J.E. Baker won the toss and elected to bat first backing his confidence in his sides batting ability to set a strong target.Peter Baker and Rhodri Hughes started cautiously in making just 34 from the first 10 overs. However, with both batsmen now settled and comfortable at the crease a more aggressive second quarter saw Reed reach three figures by drinks. With the score on 119 the first wicket fell with Hughes being caught behind just one shy of a much deserved half century. Baker followed soon after for a well constructed 67. With two new batsmen at the crease Aston had an opening to exert some pressure. However, this was not to be the case as Lloyd Bowman and Matt Naeem resisted their attack adding 55 together. In fact Naeem, usually an accumulator, went on an all out assault and began to hit over the top in making 35. Bowman too continued his season long good form in contributing 19. M.J.E. Baker (14) then had the opportunity to bat alongside his brother James (22) as the Baker boys knocked the ball around taking Reed’s total past 200. In the final few overs Ben Moody (5*) ran well in support of the devastating Sean Tidey (27*) who hit 26 from the last over to see Reed to 253 for 6. In response Aston recovered from an early loss to form a threatening second wicket partnership. This momentum ended when spin twins Matt Naeem (6-1-19-2) and Sean Tidey (5-0-20-2) ripped through the middle order. Tidey and Naeem’s wickets were all bowled and left the visitors at 80 for 5. [...]

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