Headlines – 30th / 31st May

In their respective victories, half-centuries were registered by Rhoddri Hughes, (4th XI), Richard Barlow, (3rd XI), Marcus Martin & Jack Caine, (both 2nd XI). Unfortunately, the 1st XI lost their home fixture to Totteridge Millhillians. Earlier in the week, the First XI beat Sawbridgeworth comfortably in the Herts 20/20 Cup, winning with 8 wickets in-hand with more than 4 overs to spare. Reed are top of the Group B table with 1 match to play before the Quarter Finals. Thriplow conceded their Keatley Cup match to Reed on Wednesday. Reed's 1st XI beat Datchworth (away) on Sunday in the National Village Cup. Alex Mutucumarana took 7 wickets (including 5 in 5 deliveries and 6 in 7), as Datchworth fell for just 63. In round 4 on the 14th June, Reed are scheduled to play Langleybury at home. The Home match against Ashwell on Sunday was cancelled because of the weather. Expect Match Reports to follow shortly. PGB

By |2016-12-27T13:14:55+01:00May 31st, 2015|Categories: 2015, News|0 Comments

Reed Beaten by Big Spending Bay

Big spending Botany Bay got the better of Reed 1xi in a top of the table clash on Saturday. Reed won the toss and elected to bowl with overcast conditions and a helpful looking wicket. Things were going to plan when rain stopped play at 22-1 after 7 overs thanks to a good wicket by Jack Tidey well held by Chris Jackson at 1st slip. However, the players were then unexpectedly off the pitch for over nearly two hours including an early tea. When play resumed the outfield was soaked making it difficult for the Reed bowlers to get much movement out of the ball. Botany Bay’s key batsman got themselves in and then began to cut loose with Reeds performance a little below par not helped by the conditions. Ex-Northants bastman Ben Howgego (110*) and Cambridgeshire batsman Paul Summerskill (70) did the damage and the Bay ended their reduced overs innings on 214-2 in 38 overs. Tidey (8-1-34) and Tom Walsingham (8-0-15) were the pick of the Reed bowlers on a difficult afternoon. On a thick outfield the chase was always going to be tough for Reed. Sean Tidey and Mitchell Cooper opened with the hope of getting Reed off to a good start so the middle order could hopefully build on that momentum. This happened in part with Sean Tidey (20) hitting the first over for 20 but then he and Cooper (6) had departed by the 2nd over. James Heslam and Rich Wharton (14) looked to keep the momentum going whilst not lose any more wickets but things gradually became more difficult as the Botany Bay Bowlers bowled with good discipline and some movement. The game was in the balance at 50-2 [...]

Nailbiting Finish Leaves Reed 3rd XI Defeated

Reed 3rd XI travelled to Great Gaddesden for the third league game of the season. Captain Robertson chose to bat after winning the toss. Bowles and Willoughby first took to the crease, playing themselves in and looking to find form. The tight bowling of Cheeseman Jr, and Hearn kept the run rate low. The miserly bowling continued with Mackay and Ambrose, with the frustration getting to Bowles (18) who was caught behind off the bowling of Mackay (10-4-16-2). This brought the powerful George Greaves to the crease, who set to the bowling with purpose, however the bowling once again tightened up, slowing the run rate. Greaves (32) then fell to the bowling of Cheeseman Jr. (10-2-27-2) in the 41st over. Reed then struggled on for the last 10 overs with Naeem (2), Morss (2) and Graves (1) all falling victim to the bowling of Upton (10-1-30-3) while Moody (0) was caught off the bowling of Mackay and Robertson (12) was clean bowled by Cheeseman Jr. Roberts (9*) and O. Hughes (1*) were left at the crease when the last ball was bolwed leaving Reed 163 - 8 from their 50 overs. It was the father/son combo of Cheeseman Sr. and Jr. that led the Great Gaddesden chase, with John Jr. (8) falling victim to the attacking bowling of Joe Graves. Hulin then continued the run chase while Cheeseman Sr. (20) was dismissed by a well taken catch (Bowles) from the bowling of Hughes (5-0-18-1). This brought Warren to the crease who changed the pace of the game with a series of fine strokes. Hulin (29) was finished by Rice (2-0-14-1) while Morss (10-3-11-2) tied up the batsmen. Frustration got the better of Hearn (1) and [...]

By |2015-05-28T14:18:27+01:00May 28th, 2015|Categories: 2015, 2015 Match Reports|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fives out for the count after team effort

Fixture secretary Peter Wholley’s efforts to arrange a opposition for Reeds Sunday friendly XI led to Fives traveling up to the Green. Reed batting first, after the early loss of opener Paul Garrott, found runs not as forthcoming as usual. Richie Barlow and Matt Bowles worked hard to pick the right deliveries from which to score off. With things looking better for Reed and a half-century partnership registered both Bowles (20) and Barlow (34) suddenly found themselves back in the sheds, falling in quick succession. Incoming batsman Jack Caine and Reed captain Marcus J.E. Baker decided to try and take back the initiative with some quick running and big hitting. Baker was beginning to hit his stride with some powerful strokes but fell caught on the long-off boundary, his cameo producing 29. Caine continued whilst Reeds incoming batsman found run scoring hard to come by with overs gradually running out. Looking to steer Reed to a defendable target Caine was also caught, top scoring in the Reed innings with 35. The final few overs saw the successful partnership of Marcus Martin (21*) and Peter Baker (21*), both normally top order batsmen, scoring in aggressive fashion to reach Reeds final score of 182 for 8. In the second innings M.J.E. Baker decided to set very attacking fields in an attempt to snare early wickets. Joe Graves bowling seam coming down the hill used his tall frame to trouble the opposition batsman. Meanwhile Sam Rice bowling his chinamans once again proved an effective source of trouble for openers. Graves took two wickets in his six overs for just 20 whilst Rice bowled his full quota of eight. He certainly deserved more than just his single wicket but [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:14:57+01:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: 2015, 2015 Match Reports|Tags: , |0 Comments

Record breaking partnership sees Reed edge thriller at Freman College

After a week off from league fixtures, Reed IV's welcomed Datchworth IV's to Freman College. After losing the toss, Peter Baker and John Kershaw opened up for Reed. J.Kershaw (4) was bowled by Terrett (9-1-36-3). Rhodri Hughes (0) was again unlucky, and when opener Peter Baker (28) was also dismissed, Datchworth appeared to have the advantage in the 15th over with Reed at 50-3. This brought the returning Kieran Willoughby and the inform Zac Conley to the crease both of whom decided attack was the best form of defence as they both went about accelerating the run rate with some ease as both batsman brought up there 50's. Conley quickly went from his 50 to his maiden century in adult cricket, a superb innings from someone who is only 16 years of age. When Willoughby departed for an excellent 62, these two had already broken the 4th XI fourth wicket partnership by scoring 185 runs in the 26 overs they spent together at the crease taking Reed to 235-4. Off the final ball of the innings Conley was regrettably run out for 118 as Bowman (11*) went searching for a run that wasn't there and Reed finished on 266-5. Following yet another fantastic tea from Tina Hughes, Datchworth's openers wasted no time at all and counter attacked Reed's opening bowlers. Ed Kershaw finally made the breakthrough as his father John Kershaw took a good catch at point. Soon after, Neil Haslam removed the fellow opener, but Reed still had plenty of work to do with Datchworth 62-2. After drinks, Haslam got his second as Bowman took a good catch behind , with the score 100-3 at the 21st. Linggood and Rump accelerated the run rate [...]

Keatley Cup competition 2015

Clubs participating: Cokenach, Foxton, Reed, Royston and Thriplow. Format: Each club will play the others once with the top two in the table playing each other in a Final. Matches are 16 Overs per side. Matches to start at 1815hrs or earlier if mutually convenient. Points system: 12 Points for a Win; 6 Points each for a Tie; 6 Points each if a match is abandoned and not able to be re-played (for example, weather conditions). Losing Teams only: Batting bonus points awarded at 60, 100 and 140 runs. Bowling bonus points awarded at 3, 6 and 9 wickets. Fixtures, (Home side listed first): Week commencing 25th May Cokenach v Royston Reed v Thriplow Week commencing 1st June Foxton v Thriplow Reed v Royston Week commencing 8th June Foxton v Reed Thriplow v Cokenach Week commencing 15th June Royston v Foxton Reed v Cokenach Week commencing 22nd June Cokenach v Foxton Royston v Thriplow Specific dates for the round-robin fixtures to be arranged between the clubs involved. Reed’s first match is Home at Thriplow on Wednesday 27th May. Because of injury to the elected captain, William Heslam, Reed’s Mid-Week XI will be led by Sean Tidey. Reed at home versus Royston will be on Wednesday 3rd June. Reserve space to re-arrange abandoned or postponed matches will be between 29th June and 10th July. All matches must be completed by the 10th July. KEATLEY CUP FINAL 2015: To be played at Therfield Cricket Ground, (home of Royston CC), on Wednesday 15th July. PGB

By |2016-12-27T13:14:59+01:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Fixtures, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Headlines – 23rd / 24th May

The Firsts were well-short chasing Botany Bay's 214 for 2 and losing by 74 runs and slip to 5th position in the Championship. The Seconds imploded from 82 for 2 to 88 all-out at home versus Ickleford leaving them in 6th position in Div 5B. Great Gaddesden had just 1 wicket intact as they managed to chase-down the Third XI's total of 163 for 8. The Thirds are now 7th in Div 8A. The Fourths had an exciting 7-run victory at the Freman Oval against Datchworth when 16-year-old Zac Conley scored his maiden century with 118 and supported by Kieren Willoughby, (62), took Reed to 266 for 5. The Fourths are unbeaten in the the League and are in joint first position. The guests on Sunday at Reed were Fives CC from Southgate. Disciplined bowling restricted the hosts to 182 for 8 which was in danger of being overhauled until Marcus Martin chipped away with 3 wickets giving Reed a win by 39 runs. Expect Match reports to follow shortly. PGB

By |2015-05-24T23:48:44+01:00May 24th, 2015|Categories: 2015, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Childs on form on a difficult day

With no league fixture this week, Reed 4th XI were keen to carry on their momentum from victory on the opening weekend and organised a challenging 40/40 away friendly against Essex County Division 2 side ‘Aztecs of Ilford CC’. A much changed side to the previous week saw opportunity given to several of the upcoming promising young colts in the club. Skipper Lloyd Bowman won the toss and chose to bowl first. Jack Childs (8-1-38-2) was first to strike early on, trapping the opener Mubgeen for just 6. Fellow opener, Zac Conley (8-0-35-1) also quickly trapped the new batsman and Aztecs appeared in a spot of bother at 34-2. Despite this, opener Ramjith and Nakhuda frustrated the Reed attack for a long period and went about rebuilding the innings well before young spinner Toby Emes (8-0-33-1) finally deservedly got the breakthrough bowling Nakhuda for 63. Bill Mansfield attacked the Aztecs line up with his medium-pace and was unlucky on several occasions before finally removing opener Ramjith for 41. Whilst at the other end, on his debut 13 year old Jonathan Adam bowled very well, keeping a tight line throughout and was unfortunate to not get a reward for his spell. As the overs ticked on Ali Naqi (34*) and Lon (55) added quick runs before the returning Jack Childs trapped the latter, as Aztecs finished on a very good 251-5. In reply, Reed’s batsmen were simply blown away by Ali S (8-1-27-7) whose swing bowling tore apart the upper order early on. Only Bill Mansfield (11), Graham Stuart (11) and Conley (10) offered some damage limitation in the middle order. On a brighter note, tail-ender Jack Childs looked comfortable in the middle, and played several [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:15:00+01:00May 19th, 2015|Categories: 2015, 2015 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Headlines – 16th / 17th May

A superb win for the 1st XI as they chased-down West Herts's total of 226 inside 40 overs with 6 wickets in-hand. The equally convincing Second XI (260) beat Wheathampstead by 168 runs in Division 5B. The Thirds lost to Harpenden at the Freman Oval and were all-out for 159 in their quest for 269. The Fourth XI had a "league-free" Saturday so a Conference fixture was played away against Aztecs CC in Barkingside. Unfortunately, the hosts were too strong and scored 251 for 5. Jet-lagged Reed managed only 75 in reply. Opponents Old Owens withdrew from the National Village Cup match on Sunday leaving Reed 1st XI through to the next round without playing any games so far. The Sunday Friendly XI match away to Cheshunt did not take place. PGB

By |2015-05-18T15:27:39+01:00May 18th, 2015|Categories: 2015, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Martin’s men dominate again

Reed 2nd XI maintained their winning start to the 2015 season with an emphatic victory away to Wheathampstead IIs. With 4 changes to the side that swept Shenley Village aside last week, Reed skipper Marcus Martin lost the toss and his side were invited to bat first by the hosts. 2014 batsman of the year Phil Frenay opened up with Richard Johnson and after a cautious start on a drying pitch, the pair began to play some glorious shots as they took the opening stand past the 50 run mark. Johnson (25) was looking well set when he was victim to a good ball that nipped back and took his off stump with the score on 76. This brought promising youngster Jack Caine to the middle to join Frenay, and Caine took little time to show off his mercurial stroke play as he plundered four boundaries on his way to a classy 26. Frenay (53) reached his half century as he and Caine took the score to 117 when Caine was caught. When Frenay fell LBW soon after, Reed captain Marcus Martin and the ever consistent Marcus J.E. Baker had a rebuilding job to do. Baker soon found his stride as he continued his good early season form as he found the boundary on a regular basis. Martin, who has found early season runs less easy to come by, had to work hard early on. However time in the middle for him proved to be crucial as he soon rediscovered his form. The pair put on 87 for the 3rd wicket with Baker (39) adjudged LBW. Martin continued to dominate, despite wickets beginning to fall at the other end, before he went for one big [...]

By |2015-05-18T11:51:57+01:00May 18th, 2015|Categories: 2015, 2015 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments