Main headlines of the week clearly are that Reed beat Aston Rowant by 74 runs, (179 for 9 plays 105 all out),in the Semi-Final of the National Village Cup at Reed. The Final will be on Sunday 17th September at the headquarters of cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground. See you there!

The First team won by 5 wickets at Botany Bay when they chased the hosts’ 161 all out. Mitchell Cooper took 5 for 29. Ed Wharton was put up the order and scored 61 whilst Rob Lankester was 45 not out as Reed romped home in 30 overs. Reed now top the table, 14 points clear of second-placed Hoddesdon.

At the Pond, I mean the Green, the Seconds had their third successive fixture ruined by rain. After a delayed start, Reed managed to bowl only 4 overs before a further downpour made the ground unplayable. Broxbourne were 10 for 1; the wicket falling to Karl Ward.

Reed’s Third XI contained a strong line-up this week, but nevertheless Mill Hill Village just edged it by 7 runs. Rich Barlow batted well after Joe Graves and Steve Hughes had contributed to MHV being restricted to only 142 for 7 in their full 53 overs. Even so, Reed were bowled out for 135.

This week was the end of the series of “Timed” matches. The final 4 fixtures in the programme will be back to the 50/50 limited overs format.

Expect Match Reports to follow shortly.