Headlines – 27th / 28th June

Wickets fell in a tumble soon after tea which was taken as the 1st XI were in a comfortable position chasing Langleybury’s 235 all-out, Phil Lill bagging 5 wickets. Eventually Reed recovered to end on 207 for 8 with a half-century for James Heslam and another for Phil Lill who put-in a good all-round performance. This places them 5th in the Championship. The Seconds notched-up another victory at Cockfosters winning by 4 wickets. Set 156, Richard Johnson scored 71 in Reed’s run-chase after Jack Caine and Alex Kelly had taken 3 wickets apiece in the first innings. Reed are in second place only 2 points behind the Division 5B leaders, Old Cholmeleians, whom they play next week. Hertford scored 200 for 8 against the Thirds who in this match format managed a draw by reaching 157 for 8 in reply. Meanwhile, the Fourths had a cracking win at Freman College. Jack Childs had taken 3 of Stevenage’s wickets in their 222 for 8, but unused to the quick-paced outfield at the Freman Oval, Stevenage’s fielders were unable to stop Bill Mansfield hitting 80 not out as he led the charge. Reed won with 4 wickets and 6 overs to spare. Now halfway through their slightly shortened league season, Reed are top of their Division and remain unbeaten. Phil Lill rounded-off a good personal weekend by hitting 80 in the Sunday friendly at home versus Guilden Morden. Unfortunately, Reed managed only 166 in total and fell 45 runs short. Expect match reports to follow soon. PGB

By |2016-12-27T13:14:37+01:00June 28th, 2015|Categories: 2015, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Fynn line between success and failure!

Reed gained an important win on Saturday as they avoided the wet weather to win their 4th game out of 6 in the Herts Championship. Given the weather forecast and a wicket that would offer the bowlers some assistance skipper Heslam had no hesitation in electing to field despite missing opening bowler Jack Tidey through injury. Toby Fynn was delighted to take the new ball and immediately caused the Chorleywood top order problems with his pace and direction. It wasn’t long before he rushed opener Rose into a mistimed pull shot and then had Aspinall well caught behind by Sean Tidey. Mitchell Cooper also impressed bowling with good zip and getting a well deserved wicket as Chorleywood were set back at 55-3. The introduction of spinner Tom Greaves to the attack tightened Reed’s grip on the game as he bowled with flight and guile and alongside Fynn and Mutucumarana put a squeeze on reducing the home side to 115-6 at lunch. Reed were determined to continue the attack after the interval and Fynn (18-58-5) and Greaves (14.3-39-4) completed the job as Chorleywood were all out for 150 in 45 overs. Reed changed the batting order slightly to accommodate the declining weather conditions and despite an early loss Greaves (44) scored freely at number 3 and put on 60 with Heslam (21) for the 2nd wicket in quick time. Although both went soon after, Mutucumarana played calmly for a classy 26 putting Reed in control at 116-4. However there were rain interruptions occurring which made it difficult for the Reed batsman including not knowing how many risks to take to score the runs quickly. When Stuart Smith and Cooper were taken off for a lengthy rain [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:14:43+01:00June 23rd, 2015|Categories: 2015, 2015 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Conley and Baker score tons as Reed win again!

After a week off from league action due to the weather, Reed IV’s welcomed Hertford V’s to Freman College. Despite the looming dark clouds and occasional drizzle the match began with Reed being asked to bat first in the first ‘timed’ fixture of the season. Peter Baker and Alan Ward opened up for Reed and scored runs quickly from the offset before Ward was caught for 16. When John Kershaw was lost cheaply Reed were 40-2 from the first 6 overs bringing Mas Naeem to the crease and he played several fantastic shots as he and Baker went about rebuilding the innings and put on 102 for the third wicket with both batsmen bringing up there half centuries. When Naeem was lost for a superb 55, this brought the inform Zac Conley to the crease who typically from the offset began scoring freely punishing the bowlers and quickly brought up his fifty and was continually well supported by Baker . Zac Conley (114*) was then remarkably first to bring up his century and was soon followed by Peter Baker (102*) as the pair put-on 177 for the fourth wicket whilst Reed reached a mammoth 318-3 by the 37th over before tea was taken early due to a downpour. During the interval, the skipper Bowman declared and after a relatively long delay Reed returned to the field with an amended 44 overs to take 10 wickets. Considering the conditions Hertford’s resistance was very good and Reed were frustrated for long periods by Gibift (46) and more so Reddy (71). Wickets were shared among the bowlers including the returning Owen Hughes as well as Ed Kershaw and Zac Conley. However two excellent spells from Jack Childs (7-4-16-2) [...]

By |2015-06-23T13:35:19+01:00June 23rd, 2015|Categories: 2015, 2015 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Reed 3rd XI crush division leaders

Reed III's travelled to Dame Alice Owens School to face league leaders Potters Bar, on a day when the weather was ever threatening. After winning the toss the Potters Bar Skipper chose to bat, with openers Deshan (12) and Rohan (4) looking to make quick runs, however the precision bowling of Woodcock and Graves (6-1-18-2) resulted in both batsmen being trapped LBW. Lewis (0) and Taylor (0) quickly had their stumps rattled by the pacey bowling attack. Tiron looked to make a stand but the wickets continued to fall, as confusion at the crease resulted in Harries (0) being run out. Tiron (7) soon after was caught by Robertson in the covers to give Woodcock (11-3-20-3) his third wicket. Robertson (5-3-5-2) bowled a short spell dismissing Franklin (3) and Duke (0), however a stand by Taylor and Silvey slowed the collapse of the Potters bar line up. It was the bamboozling spin of Pallet (3-1-7-1) that broke the partnership trapping Silvey (8) LBW. The innings was closed with Morss (4.3-1-14-1) taking the wicket of Barnes (1), leaving an undefeated Taylor (20) at the crease, and Potters Bar with a total of 65. Reed, with the weather looking to take a turn for the worse decided to follow on, opening with Curtis and Rob Willoughby who scored freely from the start. Youngster Duke (4-0-31-0) was getting the ball to shape nicely, but it was Barnes (5-0-24-1) who managed to get the breakthrough, clean bowling Willoughby (15), however the damage had been done with Khambhat (7*) and Curtis (38*) knocking off the runs in just 10.5 overs. The victory for Reed broke their spell of poor performances to put them back on track for a shot at [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:14:45+01:00June 23rd, 2015|Categories: 2015, 2015 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Potential Realised, Promise for the future, Rob “Rooty” Lankester makes maiden century

A fantastic knock by Rob Lankester stood out in what was a very impressive batting performance by several up and coming club players. The day started with Reed skipper Marcus J.E. Baker winning the toss and electing to bat against the visiting Preston. Paul Garrott got things going in the right way with two boundaries from the first two balls. He unfortunately fell, playing on, early bringing Rob “Rooty” Lankester to the crease. His first scoring shot showed great intent with an all run 5 (no over throws involved). His partner in this enterprise was the athletic Rhodri Hughes who’s innings began in a positive fashion. The pair ran aggressively making 38 in close to no time when Hughes missed on a big score, bowled for 22. Tom Nussey chipped in an impressive 12 before playing on and Owen Hughes 7. Meanwhile Lankester looked in assured form. Never looking in danger he kicked on past 50 now partnered with the enthusiastic Ben Moody. Quick running and precise shot selection allowed them to keep the total ticking over regularly. Moody batted superbly for his 31 playing the supporting role to Lankester who off his 88th ball reached his maiden century. It was an epic innings of great maturity and skill. Given the opportunity to prove himself he showed what an excellent prospect he is for the club. He finished undefeated for 122 with Reeds final total 247 for 6. Matt Giblin bowled through his 8 overs coming down the hill and picked up two early wickets looking back near his best. Matt Yates, coming up the hill, also looked in good form. Baker replaced him and claimed a wicket thanks to a catch in the deep. [...]

By |2015-06-23T13:24:20+01:00June 23rd, 2015|Categories: 2015, 2015 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

9.9.12 – Is the scale of the Achievement only now beginning to sink in?

Summer Solstice Day 2015 arrives – but where is the summer? Pretty bleak and unpleasant this cricket season so far! Yesterday saw 73% of the Saracens Herts Cricket League Fixtures washed out, but incredibly, from the 27% that survived, ALL FOUR Reed League teams managed to play – AND WIN!! So a second “120 Point Weekend” for the club this season, which yesterday included a 400+ run match for the 2nd’ Xl at Reed, and an almost 550 run match at our 2nd ground in Buntingford for our 4th’ Xl!! Brighter Cricket if not brighter weather!! Mostly things are going well in 2015. Our 1st Xl are in a respectable position in the Herts Championship League, the 2nd Xl bar, a single aberrational batting performance against Ickleford have won all their matches and are well placed for another promotion, the 3rd Xl after early season availability problems are turning a corner, whilst the 4th Xl under the inspired and enthusiastic leadership of yet another ex-Reed Colt, Lloyd Bowman, are undefeated in all matches played to date. In the Herts Reader 20/20 Cup Competition we have beaten 2 x Premier League teams in Harpenden and Sawbridgeworth, and are through to the County Quarter Finals (at Reed Sunday 5th July). In the sadly disintegrating Keatley Cup, after a good win against Foxton, and a series on concessions by 2 x sides that are “big in Cambridgeshire” but unable to raise sides for midweek fixtures over the border, we seem likely to play Foxton in the Final after only 2 x qualifying matches. The only disappoint of the season to date was last weeks defeat in the 2015 Herts and Beds County Final of the National Village Cup [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:14:46+01:00June 21st, 2015|Categories: 2015, A View From The Chair|0 Comments

Headlines – 20th / 21st June

On a successive Saturday when the rain interfered with the Herts League programme, (91 matches cancelled and 2 more conceded), it was amazing that all four of Reed's teams not only played their matches to a conclusion, but all four XIs won their respective battles. A full 120 Points! Chorleywood's 150 all-out was never enough as Reed 1sts won by 5 wickets in only 29 overs. At home, the Seconds were set a target of 205 by Hoddesdon, which they knocked off in the 33rd over losing only 3 wickets in the process. The Thirds were away to Potters Bar. The hosts were routed for just 67 and with rain threatening Baz Curtis led the reply with 38 not out as Reed won by 9 wickets, using only 11 overs in their run-chase. In a very high-scoring match at Freman College, Reed IVths batted throughout persistent drizzle and amassed 318 for 3 in only 37 overs, centuries for Zac Conley and Pete Baker. Hertford's reply was 240 all-out at 6 runs per over leaving Reed Fourth XI victorious by 78 runs. They remain unbeaten in the League and in top position in their Division. Another of the younger brigade joined the ranks of the centurions on Sunday as Rob Lankester scored a marvellous 122 not out in the friendly against Preston. Played on the Green, Reed totalled 247 for 6 and had Preston all-out for 118, Graham Stuart took 3 wickets. Expect Match Reports to follow shortly. PGB

By |2015-06-22T07:43:21+01:00June 20th, 2015|Categories: 2015, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

President’s Day 2015

This year, President’s Day will take place on Sunday, 16th August 2015 at Reed Village Green, commencing at 11am. The format, as before, will be similar to 2014, 50 overs per side; the teams will be captained by Marcus Martin and James Heslam. Marcus has played for the Club from the Colts right through to the 1st XI; now steering the “2nd’s to successive promotions, he is an integral component of the Reed ‘set-up’ both on and off the pitch. James will complete his 8th year as Club Captain this season, following which he will enjoy a well deserved rest from the pressures that come with the Captaincy. The match is scheduled to last all day, the Village Green, thanks to our Groundsman Richard Robertson, will look a picture and we hope for a sunny day! A barbecue will run from mid-afternoon, and the Club bar will be open for refreshments, as usual; there is a safe playground on the opposite side of the Green, and there may be a paddling pool to keep the toddlers happy, if not clean! Alongside all of the above, I will be hosting a Charity Luncheon, again this year in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young. The reason for repeating C.R.Y. is that we are aiming to raise sufficient funds to hold a screening day at the Clubhouse to which all youngsters-especially those involved in sport, will be invited. C.R.Y., apart from many other support services and research, funds screening programmes which will diagnose previously undetected heart problems in the young. Two of our dearest friends have each lost a child following a collapse at their place of work, and there have been several more well documented cases [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:14:47+01:00June 19th, 2015|Categories: 2015|Tags: |0 Comments