Dear Members and Friends of Reed Cricket Club, We have received the sad news today that our former Club President and long-serving committee member, Howard Marshall, died this morning aged 82. Howard had been in poor health for some months but was cheered last weekend when he learned of Reed’s victory in the National Village Cup Final at Lord’s. Attached is a photograph of a proud Howard holding the Village Cup in 2012 when Reed won it for the first time. It is a wonderful photograph capturing a joyful Howard as many of us will remember him. I am sure you will join with me to send our sympathies to Howard’s children, Justin and Belinda. When I have any further news to announce I shall let you know. Should you wish to send me any emailed condolences, I shall make sure they are passed-on to Justin and Belinda. Yours, Peter G. Baker Honorary Secretary, Reed Cricket Club. www.reedcricketclub.co.uk Home Telephone 01223 207681 Mobile 07379 331962 email address [email protected] Postal address “Burnside", 117, Meldreth Road, Whaddon, Cambridgeshire, SG8 5RS
Another fantastic day at Lord's Cricket Ground saw Tom Greaves lead Reed CC onto the Pavilion terrace to be presented with the Watson's National Village Cup. Well done to everyone connected to the team - thank you for producing a second memorable victory for us to savour. Thank you to the hundreds of supporters who travelled to London and vocalised their joy, to those who stayed in touch by social media providing encouragement to the players, and those who followed the fluctuations of the match by radio commentary. Thank you too to our numerous advertisers and sponsors who have contributed to Reed CC's progress and development over the years. Reed CC thanks Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for hosting the event at the famous Lord's Cricket Ground; the NVC organisers, The Cricketer magazine, (www.thecricketer.com); the competition's sponsors, Watson's Dairy Products, Gunn & Moore, BOLA Bowling machines, Extra Cover Insurance, Owzat Cricket Products, Greene King, International Cricket Tours and Pipers Crisp Company. Additional thanks go to all the staff of these organisations who make the day so memorably special for players and supporters alike. We are grateful to Derek Brewer, Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, Matthew Fleming, MCC President, Simon Hughes, Editor of The Cricketer, and former England player, Alex Tudor, for their time and kind words during the presentation ceremony and post-match Gala Dinner. The Cup, adorned with RCC's coloured ribbons, will soon be on display at Reed and we hope to see you soon once we have organised a suitable celebration event. The date and details will be published in the calendar when known. These various media websites describe the fabulous victory, (these are not links; you will have to copy & paste these [...]
Reed's skipper Tom Greaves hammered the ball over the Pavilion boundary to win the Watson's National Village Cup for Reed for the second time. It was a fitting way to end a match which Reed had dominated from the moment Greaves won the toss and put the opposition in under overcast conditions at Lord’s. Opening bowlers Jack Tidey and Toby Fynn contained the Sessay openers to 34 from the first 10 overs and Fynn (6-2-17-1) made the first breakthrough having opposing captain Wilkie caught from a lofted drive by Stuart Smith. Tidey, bowling through the pain of a damaged shoulder, conceded just 28 runs from his allotted 8 overs, but it was the change bowlers, Greaves and Karl Ward, who really put the shackles on. Greaves took the next three wickets to fall for a miserly 19 runs, including a spectacular diving, overhead catch by Smith, running backwards at mid-on, which nearly knocked him out and kept him off the field for a short time. Ward then chipped in with two wickets, the pick of which was a lightning quick stumping by Richard Wharton from a leg-side wide, leaving Sessay tottering at 81-6. It took a defiant knock of 46 by Chris Till to gain some degree of respectability to the score, although Mitchell Cooper fired out two more wickets – another spectacular stumping by Wharton included. Till drove the last ball of the innings fiercely towards the boundary to complete his fifty, but the safe hands of Ward thwarted him and gave Sean Tidey his wicket, leaving Sessay on 164-9 from their 40 overs. It was a fine bowling and fielding display, every catch pouched safely. When they batted, Reed lost William Heslam and [...]
Reed Sunday XI versus The Archway Ladder CC at Reed on Sunday 10th September 2017. Hastily arranged after Waresley dropped-out on Friday, The Archway Ladder CC travelled up from London to find a still damp pitch after the downpours on Friday and Saturday. Richard Robertson and Peter Wholley worked hard to make it playable and only a half-hour’s delay was necessary before play commenced. An opening stand of 47 in 10 overs between William Heslam and Richard Barlow set Reed on the way before Barlow was surprised by a lifter and gloved it to slip for 10. Tom Greaves was at number 4 and both he and Will Heslam made half-centuries before departing. Heslam for 51 and Greaves for 59. MJE Baker hung around for 26 but the eventual total of 178 for 7 was perhaps a little under par. Rosemary Collins had prepared her usual high-quality teas for the last Sunday home fixture of the season by which time rain was falling outside. The showers came and went (and came back again!) but ALCC’s opener, Walsh, led the way with an attacking 62. Patel, Aslam and Sherwood provided support lower down the order as ALCC maintained a superior run-rate throughout the innings. Reed fought back with wickets falling to Giblin, Graves, Yates and O Hughes. Then off-breaker Greaves claimed the last 3 wickets to fall although it was too late; the visitors winning by 3 wickets in ever-increasing rainfall. Report submitted by PGB.
SATURDAY (THANKS TO): The friendly against Baldock was abandoned without a ball bowled. THANKS TO the rain! SUNDAY (THANKS TO): Waresley cried-off on Friday so THANKS TO Peter Wholley for arranging a last-minute Conference game against The Archway Ladder CC. THANKS TO ALCC for agreeing to travel from their usual north-east London haunts. THANKS TO to Peter W and "Robbo" for making the pitch playable. Reed scored 178 for 7 mainly THANKS TO Tom Greaves (59) and Will Heslam (51), but ALCC knocked it off in the rain with 3 wickets left. Match report to follow. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THANKS TO "Baz" Curtis for creating a new Photo Gallery on this website. Go to the heading 'Galleries' and choose '2017 Photo Gallery' (nothing if not an original title)! You will see photographs from various matches throughout this season including the Chairman's Match, the Village Cup Quarter-final at Bledlow Village, then the home Semi-Final versus Aston Rowant. I offer THANKS TO the various contributors who have sent me photographs for this Gallery including Jaime Boyd, Teddy Brookes, Richard Emes and Alan Ward. Apologies if I've missed you off the list. PGB. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
In Reed's Sunday XI fixture versus Little Hadham at Little Hadham there was a real autumnal feel to the day with dull, dampish conditions, very little warmth and longer than usual grass on the outfield owing to a puncture on the host’s mower during the week! Despite this, Little Hadham, in old-style village cricket tradition, batted first and declared at teatime on 166 for 6. David Ellis had made 54 and Paul Elby scored 42 with all 6 wickets being shared one each by Neil Haslam, Owen Hughes, Ollie Sayers, Kieran McKinna, Ross Gardner and Toby Emes. After the tea interval, Reed had 60 minutes plus 20 overs to reach their goal. Sadly, wickets fell cheaply to Arif and A. Singh until there was short respite while Peter Baker knocked 16 and Kieran McKinna 8. Then the Under 12 duo of Sam Osborne (15) and Ross Gardner (4) batted confidently mid-innings; (Osborne on debut in Open-Age cricket and Gardner in his second match). Skipper Rob Lankester batting at number 8 took on the challenge by scoring 48 but when he was out, (one of S. Singh’s 3 wickets), Reed required 62 runs from 5 overs. Joe Graves (18) and Ian Osborne (8 not out) battled gamefully and bolstered the total enabling Reed to hold-out for the draw, 9 wickets down, on 133. Report submitted by PGB.
Playing away to Potten End, the division winners by some distance, Reed Third's season came to a rather unremarkable finish with a disappointing loss. Nothing was resting on the outcome but Reed still put in a dedicated performance in the field. Joe Graves (2 for 35) and Julian Fynn (2 for 21) started superbly creating early pressure. Matt Yates (2 for 43) and a short burst from Michael Robertson backed this up. But the positive Lee (58) and Akhtar (68) formed a frustrating partnership. Steve Hughes (1 for 36) finally removed Lee meaning he finished the season with 21 wickets. Younger son Owen Hughes chipped in removing Akhtar allowing Reed to apply pressure towards the close of the first innings as Potten End lost further wickets. 234 was the target but unfortunately Reed gave a poor account for themselves in the second innings of the dead rubber. With only Fynn (30), O.Hughes (17) and M.J.E. Baker (12) reaching double figures. Despite this disappointing finish Reed captain M.J.E. Baker said “ Its been real pleasure captaining the team. It’s a side that blends experience and enthusiasm. We’ve endeavoured to stay positive no matter what the outcome and although this year our results have been mixed, it’s been such a competitive division and there have been plenty of matches which could have easily gone in our favour. We certainly have things we want and need to work on but next season we will back ourselves to be big contenders.” Report submitted by MJEB.
Reed 2nds finished their season on a high, defeating already promoted Hoddesdon 2nds by 5 wickets at The Green to seal 4th place. In what was his final game of regular league cricket, club legend Peter Tidey showed why the team will miss his reliable opening spells as he took 2 top order wickets for figures of 10-0-27-2. George Garrott (6-1-21-2) & Karl Ward (7-1-28-1) also bowled well as Reed tore into Hoddesdon's top order. Mitch Cooper also bowled. More success was to follow for Reed as off-break bowler Matt Bowles (4.3-1-11-5) was introduced into the attack and spun the ball alarmingly on his way to a 5 wicket hall, including wrapping up the "Hoddy" innings with a rarely seen hat-trick. The visitors bundled out for what looked a well below par 104. Reed's reply started badly as first skipper Frenay (4) then the in-form duo of Sampson (1) and Barlow (15) departed leaving Reed 22-3. When Martin (6) and Cooper (11) also fell to rash shots, Reed looked in real trouble at 46-5. However the patient Ed Garrott (33 not out) and the in-form Ward (24 not out) steered Reed home untroubled from there, showing maturity and class. Reed getting home to win by 5 wickets, on what was a fitting send off for arguably the greatest bowler in Reed CC history - Peter Tidey. Report submitted by "Mattrick" Bowles.
Chris Jackson signed off his wonderful First XI career by top scoring in Reed’s innings. In a game with nothing to play for: Reed would finish fourth and Chorleywood would be relegated whatever the result, Reed struggled at first on a difficult track, but Rob Lankester (25) and Jackson (38) put on 55 for the third wicket to help them to 111-4. However, the introduction of Ryan Evans (4-29), who destroyed them with 9 wickets on The Green earlier this season, induced a collapse. As a result, only a disciplined 21 by Ed Wharton brought up a total of 155 from 47 overs. When Chorleywood replied, Jack Tidey (2-7) and Ed Wharton (2-30) reduced them to 36-4, but skipper, Scott Aspinall (53) led the fight back and at 96-5 the game was in the balance, despite Stuart Smith (1-30) capturing his first league wicket of the season. However, with the introduction of spin, Chorleywood capitulated to Tom Greaves (3-19) – aided by two fine catches from Stuart Smith on the long on boundary and Rob Lankester (2-2). In a fitting finale, even Chris Jackson turned his arm for one over as Reed won by 23 runs. Thus Reed finished their campaign with a flourish, frustratingly short of a tilt at promotion. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
SATURDAY: There were wins for the 1sts and 2nds and a loss for the 3rds in the final round of Herts League matches. At Chorleywood, the 1st XI defended their 155 all-out to win by 23 runs. Tom Greaves snared 3 wickets and there were 2 each for Jack Tidey, Ed Wharton and Rob Lankester. Lankester also scored 25 earlier but Reed's top-scorer was Chris Jackson with 38. In the final table of the Championship, Reed stayed in 4th position. West Herts were top and are promoted. Hoddesdon came second but next week have to play-off against Hertford who came 9th in the Premier Division to decide "Premier" status in 2018. Chorleywood and Botany Bay are relegated from the Championship. On the Green, the unlikely destroyer for Reed 2nd XI in their clash against Hoddesdon was Matthew L. Bowles. Not only did he take 5 wickets (for only 11 runs), but the last 3 completed a rarely seen hat-trick! Peter Tidey in his last game took 2 wickets as did George Garrott. Ed Garrott (33 not out) and Karl Ward (24 not out) took the Seconds home after being 46 for 5 at one stage. Hoddesdon may have lost this match but still managed runners-up spot in Division 4B. Harpenden were in 1st place and both are promoted. Hertford and Broxbourne are relegated but Reed held onto a respectable 4th position. In Division 9A, Potten End finished their season 97 points clear at the top of the table. They are headed for a higher standard and possibly could achieve Division 6 in three more seasons. Second-placed West Herts will also be promoted next season whilst Hemel Hempstead and Bayford & Hertford take the drop. Reed [...]