What should have been an away fixture for Reed was played at the Freman Oval as requested by their opponents Mill Hill Village. This allowed their ground to be used later that evening, to celebrate a 150 years of cricket.
On another glorious sunny day. Reed lost the toss and were put in the field. Brilliant opening spells from Neil Haslam (10 overs for 18) and Kieran McKinna (7 overs for 26) who both bowled without luck had kept the score to a premium.
The returning Ian Roberts was then thrown the ball, and asked to continue where he’d left off 2 years ago. After a rusty first over he started to find his line and length and finished with 1 for 36 from his 10. Left-arm spinner, Sam Rice, also made his seasonal debut and in all 7 bowlers were used as Mill Hill’s batters reached a target of 275-4 at tea.
Reed’s reply needed to be steady and secure, but in the 5th over Garrott was brilliantly caught at 2nd slip for 2. Reed now had to consolidate, and to a certain extent they did. Peter Baker (17), Mike Robertson (33), Jack Childs (29) and young McKinna (top-scoring with 39) all getting in, but no one going on to make the big score that could have made the difference. Then Reed’s last 3 batsmen all got out for ducks!
Reed had been bowled out for 145 in the 35th over; defeated by a 130 runs. All in all this was another disappointing day in what is becoming a difficult season for the 3s.
Match Report submitted by Paul Garrott.