Another additional fixture to the published list was played when Reed’s Fourth XI travelled to Barnet to play Old Elizabethan’s Third XI who usually play their League matches one division higher. Unfortunately for the Reed bowlers, every bad ball seemed to be hit to the long-ish boundary by the home side’s batsmen who were also assisted by some butter-fingers by the Reed fielders. However, Bill Mansfield claimed 3 wickets for 18 runs and Jack Childs took 2 wickets. Matt Yates, Will Kirby, Lloyd Bowman and Benji Mansfield took 1 apiece and the fielding became more reliable with Bill Mansfield’s 2 catches in the deep, Will Kirby’s 1 at cover and Benji Mansfield’s relative skyer at short fine leg. Wicket-keeper, Bobby White, made a fluid stumping off Childs too. Old Es ended their 40 overs at 207 for 9.
There were some good individual efforts by Reed’s batsmen in reply, but the writing was on the wall once Old Es’ young colt, James Michelin, started flighting his leg-breaks. Playing his first-ever match in “Open Age” cricket, young Michelin recorded a memorable 6 for 31 with some real ripping spinners. Reed were all-out for 111 with the highest scores coming from Lloyd Bowman, 27, Jack Childs, 20, and Zac Conley, 19.
Reed IV lost to Old Elizabethans III by 96 runs.