Unbelievably another season has finished and it’s time once again to reminisce on some of the best performances of the Friendly Sunday XI. In total we played 16 games winning 8, losing 7 with one abandoned. The high number of loses can perhaps be attributed to the large amount of ‘conference’ fixtures we played due to arranged opposition dropping out. On these occasions playing stronger teams was preferred to not playing at all and none the less in most cases Reed gave a good account for themselves. For example the final game against Spartans was turning into a very interesting run chase until the poor September light made it impossible. The side was once again made up in the main by our younger members (when we could prise them away from revision). The likes of Matt Yates, Pippa Wisdom, Ollie Mansfield and Toby Emes all made their Sunday debuts. Whilst Jack Childs, Joe Graves, Owen and Rhodri Hughes, Sam Rice and Ben Moody, all under 18, played often throughout the season. Whilst their elders, Graham Stuart, Lloyd Bowman, Jack Tidey, Craig Brown, Matt Giblin and Peter and Marcus Baker, were also regulars in the side. A review of the highlights of the season has to include the incredible partnership between Rhodri Hughes (60) and Sam Fairbrother (120) against Knebworth Blue. Despite constant drizzle the pair made 205 equalling the record first wicket partnership for the club. For Rhodri it was another fantastic season, scoring 197 runs and making 50+ scores twice. Once again he showed his great ability in the field and also proved a sensible leader when given the captaincy. Another hugely entertaining century came from Sam Deville in his single appearance for the [...]
Before writing this review, I re-read the last one I had written, when I was captain in 2011. That year, we had a basically consistent squad containing half-a-dozen adult players that were all experienced, long-standing members of the club who had played at a good standard and continued to produce match-winning performances and six or seven teen-aged colts who had showed great potential and memorably contributed outstanding innings or bowling spells. Between 10 different batsmen, we accumulated 1 century and 15 fifties and the team aggregated 2560 runs, three of the bowlers took 51 wickets between them and significantly we also fulfilled 19 League fixtures that season. What a difference in 2014. In all we completed just 8 matches. Five were in Division 12 East of the Herts League (with another abandoned after 2 overs), then we played three further “friendly” matches to round-off the season. There was only one fifty, Reece Fitzgerald’s masterly 81 in our victory over Wheathampstead on a damp pitch at Kimpton, and one century, Kieran Willoughby’s well-earned 100 not out versus Hitchin in a high-scoring draw. It was Kieran’s maiden ton and it followed his first-ever fifty, (for the Third XI), only one month previously. Apart from these two young players, Peter Baker, (94), and Lloyd Bowman, (78), had the next highest aggregates and no one else surpassed 45, although Freddy Stuart scored 42 not out in his only innings. Joe Graves claimed 9 wickets in the three League matches he played, 3 in each, with a best of 3 for 14. Owen Hughes pipped him with 10 wickets in the 5 games he played, although Joe averaged 5.3 runs per wicket and Owen, 9.1. Unsurprisingly with young players restricted [...]
We are pleased to confirm the annual Reed CC Awards Dinner for Friday 21st November at 7pm (for 7.30pm) at The Old Bull Inn (Royston). As always there is a three-course meal, and the menu is attached. The cost is £25 per person and if possible we would prefer for you to pay using online banking, Please contact Matt for details. If this is not possible, cheques (made out to Reed Cricket Club) or cash to Matt is fine. If you wish to come, please let Matt know (contact details here) along with your menu choices (see below) by Wednesday 12th NOVEMBER. This is sure to be a great night with awards, a private bar and a raffle – ALL CLUB MEMBERS ARE WELCOME. Please advise in me if you suffer from any food allergies in your response too. Many thanks, and we hope to see as many of you there to celebrate a great year for the club. MENU Starters HOMEMADE POTATO AND LEEK SOUP (V) with our oven rustic bread TOMATO AND CARAMALISED RED ONION BRUSCHETTA with rocket and balsamic syrup PRAWN AND MARIE ROSE COCKTAIL with ciabatta bread and fresh leaves BRUSSELS PATE served with toasted brioche Mains MUSHROOM, CARAMELISED RED ONION AND BRIE TART (V) On a bed of mixed leaves and balsamic dressing LAMB SHANK With minted crushed potatoes green beans and a rich gravy APRICOT CHICKEN On garlic mash with honey roast carrots in a mushroom sauce KING PRAWN AND MIXED PEPPER THAI CURRY Served on rice with a warmed naan and mango chutney Desserts Fresh Fruit Salad Home-made Cheesecake Chocolate Brownie
It's that time of year again. No sooner has the season finished, but it is time to start thinking about next year. The 58th AGM will be held at the club on Thursday 27th November. You can read the formal announcement here. Season reviews will be published on the club site as they become available. This is your chance to have your say and vote for the Captains and members of The Committee. It will start at 8pm. Please come along if you can. Best wishes Michael Curtis Honorary Secretary
Thanks to Kev Smith for some great photos. You can see them all here.
The 1st Xl Averages are now published after the very successful but “So near .. yet so far” season that the team enjoyed. Click here to see the full list. Jack Tidey was a clear leader in the bowling department taking the most wickets (46) and leading both the SHCL Match Averages (32 Wickets @ 15.62) and the NVC Averages (14 Wickets @14.07). Overall his 1st Xl competitive match stats read 214.3 Overs 34 maidens 46 wickets at 15.15 Each. A great performance! Toby Fynn burst on to the bowling scene this year and Tom Walsingham was challenging for a place towards the end of the season. On the batting front things were rather more split. Our two long standing top performers again battled out the top spots. Chris Jackson topped the SHCL Averages with 461 Runs and an average of 46.10, whilst in the 7 NVC Matches James Heslam averaged 99.5! Overall, despite 2 spells of injury absence, James topped the combined averages with an average of 41.58 against Chris’s 38.29. William Heslam was the teams top aggregate run scorer over the year with 578 runs in the season. This was a very good performance considering he routinely opened against the top flight bowlers every week, and also faced the new ball and had to deal with any early innings pitch issues. Tom Greaves was the teams outstanding all-rounder scoring almost 500 runs in the season at an average over 25, and taking 40 Wickets at an average of 20.18. Sean Tidey also enters the “all rounder” category with his 35 wicket-keeping victims being backed up with 542 1st Xl runs at an average of just over 30! We still have a predominantly young [...]