Appeal for sponsorship by "Baz" Curtis. On July 31st I will be cycling in the Prudential Ride London 100 in aid of Anthony Nolan. As you may or may not know, my Dad was diagnosed with Leukemia back in 1975 and lost his battle in 1977. Since then, Anthony Nolan has always been our family's charity of choice and this year the London 100 is the challenge. My Dad never got to see me play cricket, run the marathon or get married. I would appreciate it if you would sponsor me. Anything you can give will be much appreciated. I will certainly be thinking of my Dad as I cycle up Leith Hill and get closer to him :), 100 miles is going to be quite the challenge! Please click this link and it will take you to my Just Giving page. Many thanks, Baz
Reed took on the challenge of facing previous finalists Findon at the Green on Sunday in the last 32 of the National Village Cup. Reed skipper Tom Greaves was pleasantly surprised when he abnormally lost the toss and was invited to bowl after a week of heavy rain. Reed opened up with Karl Ward (9-3-26-3) and Mitchell Cooper (9-0-41-3) both looking to take advantage of the beneficial conditions early on. However Findon opener Bridson had other ideas scoring a quick fire 22 immediately putting the hosts under pressure. However with his bullish style of play there was always going to be chances and Cooper had him trapped bang in front in the fourth over. This then led to a flurry of wickets and Findon fell to 49-6 after their promising start. Reed then failed to capitalize on this strong position and Findon cautiously limped their way to 142 with Manser (39 n.o.) and Smith (36) providing the resistance. This was helped by some tight bowling from Greaves (9-3-29-0), Martin (8-1-27-0) and Fitzgerald (5-1-18-1). This left Reed requiring 143 for a place in the last 16. After losing an early wicket against the new ball Reed never looked in too much trouble with the inform William Heslam (20) and the talented youngster Rob Lankester (26) removing the early pressure. Heslam was then removed after miscuing a drive to mid-wicket which bought the ever reliable Chris Jackson (20) to the crease. Lankester was dismissed not long after and which allowed skipper Greaves (16) to provide the crowd with some entertainment with a quick cameo. Jackson and Greaves were then dismissed in quick succession leaving Reed under pressure at 89-5 still needing 54 to win. Village Cup veterans [...]
Reed travelled to Berkhamsted on a day where the weather was always a threat. On winning the toss, Reed opted to field, with the ever-present danger of rain. Berko set about posting a big total with opener Debonnaire quickly moving to 49. Reed struggled to contain the run rate however Ian Roberts (14-1-70-4) ensure Reed stayed in the game, taking wickets with crafty bowling. Matt Bowles (8-0-61-3) used variable flight and spin to pick up wickets, however the home side were determined to push for runs, with Preedy (51), Hopcroft (58) and Govoor-Jackeson (30*) all contributing. Berkhamsted declared on 235-8 having used just 35 overs. Reed looked comfortable as they began their reply, however the home side began to pick up wickets as Rob Willoughby (10) and Rhodri Hughes (17) were caught. Marcus Baker (23) batted aggressively but was claimed by Mason (8-0-37-2) with Mike Robertson (2) quickly following. The real heroes of the innings were Peter Baker (27) and Matt Bowles (40*) who batted with great temperament keeping the visitors in with a chance of victory. When Baker was caught off the bowling of Wright (11-4-20-4) it spelled the end for Reed, as the last few wickets fell for very few runs leaving the visitors 138-10 from 43 overs. Report submitted by Michael Robertson.
Reed 4th XI v Tewin 2nd XI: Saturday 25th June 2016 at Freman Oval. Reed Fours welcomed Tewin Seconds to the Freman Oval looking to fight back after two consecutive League defeats. Tewin won the toss and elected to bat on a favourable looking pitch, despite the rain of earlier in the week. Reed opened with Neil Haslam (Buntingford End) and 15-year-old Sam Karr (Reed End). Both bowlers struck a good line immediately and the Tewin opening pair of Taylor and Hill found runs hard to come by. At ten overs Tewin were only on 33 for 0, Karr’s first spell of 6-1-22-0 was superb as he bowled with great shape away from the bat. The wily veteran Haslam continued with his variety of huge late in swing, the occasional piece of away swing as well as extracting a considerable amount of bounce from a good length. He bowled his quota of overs straight through with figures of 12-1-33-0, commendable on the batsman friendly Freman pitch. Tewin crawled to 86 for 0 of off 26 overs, a pace more suited to four-day cricket. Reed at last made a breakthrough in the 29th over as Martin Johnson (10-5-32-2) had Hill caught behind by skipper Bowman for 48. Taylor who had been quiet for almost 30 overs upped the ante and he took a liking to the bowling of Johnny Adams (7-0-72-0), the run rate increased. Johnson captured his second wicket as he forced Stannard into lobbing the ball to John Kershaw at silly mid-on for just 6, Tewin were now 127-2. Taylor now looked to post a challenging score in the last ten overs, good placement and strong hitting upped the run rate to above 5 [...]
Reed remained in the National Village Cup after overhauling Findon's 142 with 3 wickets in hand. Findon (West Sussex) now leave the competition as do Frensham (Surrey) and Foxton (Cambs & Norfolk). Frensham (102) lost to Sibton Park from Kent (103 for 3) by 7 wickets. In a close encounter at Mayfield (East Sussex), there was a 50.5% to 49.5% division of the runs. In other words Mayfield totalled 139 and Foxton scored 136. Our next match in the NVC will be played at REED on Sunday, 10th July starting at 1.00pm versus Sibton Park. Hopefully we will have fair weather and a good crowd to cheer on the team. Ample Parking - Bar Open - BBQ after the match. We hope to see you at the game!
Rain was the only winner in the 1st XI game against Luton Town and Indians. Thursday’s deluge, which seeped under the covers, had made the pitch treacherous, despite the best efforts of the groundsman and when Tom Greaves lost the toss, Reed knew they were in for a torrid couple of hours. After 35 overs with 60 on the board for the loss of 3 wickets their worst fears were confirmed. To make matters worse, William Heslam 30, the only batsman who had made a significant score, became the first of four needless run outs. After lunch, however, the wicket had dried out and the demons were gone. As a result, Richard Wharton and especially Sean Tidey turned the tide, the latter hitting the leg spinner for 3 consecutive sixes in his 21 ball 31. With the hosts running out of overs, Wharton carried on the charge finishing on 58 not out, despite the niggardly spin of Mohammed Irshan (20-6-41-3). Those other 3 run outs, however, limited Reed to 169 with one ball of their 60 overs remaining. Luton prospered on the, by now, benign pitch and had raced to 90-3, but the weather had one more trick up its sleeve as rain caused a 40 minute delay, which left them 17 overs in the last hour to win the game. Ed Wharton (13-4-38-3) and Tom Greaves (15-6-39-3) cashed-in as Reed held their catches and Luton lost four quick wickets. The tail resisted stoutly though and on 127-7 they had the consolation of securing a winning draw thanks to their superior run rate. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
Saturday: 1st XI - The match ended in a rain-affected draw as Luton Town & Indians closed on 127 for 7; Ed Wharton took 3 wickets. Reed had made 169 with Richard Wharton passing fifty and Sean Tidey 31. 2nd XI - A welcome victory at Northampton Exiles in north London. Chasing 101, Matt Sampson and Alex Mutucurumana scored twenties to add to their wicket-taking exploits earlier in the day. 3rd XI - Over at Berkhamsted, the hosts posted 245 for 7 in 35 overs. Ian Roberts was amongst the wickets once more with 4 and Matt Bowles backed him with 3. With 65 overs in which to overhaul their target, Reed lost early wickets until MJE Baker (23) and PG Baker (27) started the fightback, but it was Matt Bowles (40 not out) who resolutely battled it out as Reed ended 108 runs short. 4th XI - Tewin scored 221 losing just 2 wickets (both to Martin Johnson), before Reed batted-out for the draw at 147 for 8. Bill Mansfield top-scored with 49 and Paul Garrott also reached forty. Sunday: The much postponed Herts 20/20 match against Letchworth Garden City has been conceded because of fixture clash / congestion. Reed will be unable to qualify for the Quarter Finals this year. The Sunday (Friendly) XI's match against Guilden Morden has been cancelled as G-M failed to raise a side. National Village Cup - Sunday 1st XI, Home versus Findon (West Sussex). 3 wickets each for Mitchell Cooper and Karl Ward accounted for Findon being restricted to 142 for 7 in their 40-over innings. Reed made it home with 3 wickets intact after Will Heslam, 20, Chris Jackson, 20, Rob Lankester, 26, and Stuart Smith, [...]
Reed's Under 12s had the measure of Letchworth Garden City's youngsters this week. Sam Osborne (30 not out) and Ross Gardner (17) were the major contributors in Reed's 97 for 6. Letchworth were 72 all out thanks to Adam Gardner recording figures of 3 for 11, and Jack Beber 2 for 12. Reed won by 25 runs.
Reed III's hosted Langleybury III's for mid table Saracens Herts League Clash, both teams were looking to secure crucial points in the match. Reed won the toss and elected to bat, which seemed a good decision as Willoughby (12) crunched his first three deliveries to the boundary, however the over excitement got the better of him as he was caught on the fourth. This set the tone for much the innings, with Peter Baker (0) and Zac Conley (6) following soon after. Rhodri Hughes (10) and Mike Robertson (11) both made starts but again fell cheaply, Father and son Maseeh (10) and Matt (0) Naeem also followed suit with the bowling of Cooper (8.5-48-6) doing the most damage. It was Owen Hughes (26*) who steadied the ship, calmly facing out overs and increasing the total with contributions from Ian Roberts (5) aggressive stroke play from Josh Conley (17) and tail end flair from Joe Graves (26) pushing Reed on to the meagre total of 155 all out. Langleybury had plenty of overs to get the runs and Reed thought that they would be lucky to prevent them chasing the runs down. However veteran Ian Roberts put in the performance of his life. Langleybury lost their first wicket in the first over by Owen Hughes, when he bowled Denham. Roberts then had Mullipudi caught with his second ball and bowled Honey with his 12th. Over the next 30 overs Roberts, bowling an immaculate length and swinging the ball away accounted for six more batsmen, ending with 15 overs, 4 maidens, 8 wickets for 38 runs. Opening batsman Gunning being left stranded on 41 not out out of a total of 76 all out. Reed 30 points, [...]
After this weekend's comfortable 9 Wicket victory in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Area Final of the National Village Cup Reed move on to play FINDON, the West Sussex Champions, in the next round. The match will be played at REED next Sunday, 26th June - 1.00pm Start. Hopefully we will have some good weather and a good crowd to cheer on the team. Ample Parking - Bar Open - BBQ after the match. We hope to see you at the game!