James Heslam continued his scoring streak on Saturday against Leverstock Green, but this time converting a fifty to a commanding unbeaten 107. He came in following a splendid opening partnership of 83 between Ed Wharton (55) and Phil Frenay (34) and benefited from he support of a classy 26 from Rob Lankester. However, the latter’s fabled reverse sweep rather unluckily proved his downfall. After that, Stuart Smith (20) and Ed Garrott (29) both accompanied Heslam in stands of 70 to give Reed a substantial total of 299-8 , albeit on a hard, dry track conducive to batting.

Lewis Koch, whose 90 led to Reed’s defeat in the opening game of the season.was comprehensively bowled by Toby Fynn and Jack Caine dismissed his partner, Harry Blagdon (38) just as he was beginning to threaten. Only the talented Australian, Sol Tomlinson, looked capable of spoiling the party until the introduction of Sean Tidey from his stint behind the stumps immediately induced a rash shot to curtail his explosive innings on 44.

It was then left to Tidey (3-43) and, inevitably, Tom Greaves (5-70) to spin the rest out for 198 on an increasingly dusty pitch.

Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.