Although Reed 1st XI lost to Hoddesdon by 55 runs, more worrying was the score in the other relegation battles and when Langleybury lost by 1 wicket in the penultimate over, a collective sigh of relief was heard around the pavilion. As a result Reed will continue playing in the Championship again next year, leaving Langleybury, Flitwick and Sawbridgeworth to fight for survival next week in the final round of matches. Reed’s game was dominated by two unbeaten tons: 102 by the visitors' Ross Clarke and 123 by Matt Sampson. The latter, however, was crucial to Reed’s total of 222 as Rob Lankester’s 22 was the next highest score in their innings. Once again Reed’s attack struggled to bowl out the opposition, although the spin of Sean Tidey (2-50) and Matt Bowles (2-63) accounted for 4 of the six wickets to fall. In addition, Tom Greaves bowled a very tight spell, conceding just 21 runs from his 10 overs. Although Sampson’s knock was chanceless until he reached 99, he spooned a high chance to mid-off, but the on-rushing fielder dropped it and he scampered through for his century to a standing ovation from the Reed faithful as he celebrated his second ton this season. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
SATURDAY (SHPCL): Not a great day team-wise but Matt Sampson scored a terrific 123 for the Firsts in their defeat by Hoddesdon. Hoddesdon 277 for 6, Reed 222 all out. Chris Jackson again was top scorer for the Seconds with a forty out of 127, a total that was no problem for West Herts who achieved the target with only 4 wickets down. The Thirds had to concede for the fourth time this season. Too many players deciding to do something other than actually play cricket! SUNDAY: No fixtures arranged. PGB
In the Hertfordshire Area competition at Under 11 level, two of Reed CC's young colts played their parts to help North Herts become County Area Champions. Pictured proudly displaying the Cup are Reed's Adam Gardner and Charlie Walters who were in the North Herts Area Team that won 6 out of 6 of their league matches. Well done!
A youthful Reed side played host to Camden CC at The Green on Sunday. Reed skipper Rob Lankester won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a very nice wicket. Facing a tight bowling attack, Reed openers Richard Barlow and Toby Fynn started slowly but positively, putting the rare loose deliveries to the boundary in the early overs. Fynn (8) was the first batsman to fall, looking to advance down the wicket one too many times, with an efficient piece of wicket-keeping seeing him stumped. In at 3 was Rhodri Hughes (15), who looked impressive until he was dismissed with an unfortunate leading edge up in the air. Tom Nussey (33) and James Crockford (30) also displayed some stylish strokes to place Reed in a commanding position leading into the final overs of their innings. In the midst of this, Barlow started to accelerate, and swiftly passed 100 following a string of boundaries. Shortly after, this classy innings came to an end, with Richard dismissed for 111. Contributions from Ross Gardner (10), Owen Hughes (8) and Rob Lankester (19 not out) in the latter part of the innings saw Reed finish on 249-8 from their 40 overs. In response, the Camden openers made their intentions very clear from the off, with defensive shots being a rarity. After being punished for a couple of looseners, the experienced Steve Hughes quickly dismissed Camden’s opener in the first over. Sam Rice and Steve Hughes remained unfazed by Camden’s attacking start, with Hughes (8-1-27-2) picking up a second wicket in his exceptional spell. Rice (8-0-27-0) also proved economical, and was incredibly unlucky to not pick up a wicket in his spell after several chances came and went. [...]
Celebrate those personal performances with your club mates. The bar will be open all evening for a good knees up. Think of all those match-changing moments that you should have bought a jug for - but did not / forgot to / hadn't any money / don't believe in it / left before getting collared / too young to buy alcohol, (delete as appropriate). Tons, fifties, 5-fors, multi-catches, stumpings or run-outs in an innings, man-of-the-match awards. Everyone will be welcome and the season hasn't even ended yet!
Another disappointing result for the 1st XI as they lost to bottom club Sawbridgeworth by 8 wickets. Reed won the toss and batted first with a good opening partnership of 62 between Rob Lankester and Richard Johnson (18). However wickets fell regularly to catches and when Lankester was caught behind directly after the drinks break for 72, another collapse seemed likely, but a stubborn partnership between Jack Caine (56) and Richard Barlow (45) developed into an exciting one until Barlow was unluckily run-out by a direct throw. Eventually the innings subsided to 260 all out with 3 overs remaining. When Sawbridgeworth batted, the wicket had become easy paced and two century partnerships between Danny Wilson (91 not out), Bradley Oakes (64) and Rob Sanders (58) saw them home with 2 overs to spare. This despite some tight bowling and good ground fielding with Matt Bowles the most economical bowler only conceding 36 runs from his 10 overs. Reed must now eke out enough points from the remaining two games to stave off relegation. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
SATURDAY (SHPCL): Despite the Firsts posting a healthy 260 on the board, Sawbridgeworth got home with only 2 wickets lost. Sawbo are bottom of the Division and even their Second XI conceded today in Div 3B so their strength must be somewhat variable. Batting-wise, Reed's Rob Lankester (72), Jack Caine (56) and Richard Barlow (45) were the main contributors but the bowlers could not penetrate. A nail-biter on the Green ended with the Seconds losing by 1 run. Chasing Flamstead's 227 for 8 (2 wickets each for Matt Giblin, Marcus Martin and George Teeboon), Stuart Smith led the way scoring 78 with Marcus Martin in close support with 41. As dusk decended and wickets fell, MJE Baker and Ben Bowles edged closer until they required 2 to win off the last delivery. MJEB was run-out for 25 with Reed 1 run short. A much needed victory occurred at Freman College as the Thirds knocked over Letchworth for 121. George Garrott and Ian Roberts took 4 wickets each and Roberts, (Reed's oldest active player), also pouched 3 catches. Rhodri Hughes was 36 not out after PG Baker scored 34 as Reed overtook the target with 7 wickets in-hand. SUNDAY: Richard Barlow chalked-up his second ton of the season with 111 against Camden. Tom Nussey and James Crockford passed thirty and Reed closed on 249 for 8. Camden's reply ended on 131 for 8, Crockford taking 3 wickets and Steve Hughes 2. COLTS: In the Herts Summer League on Monday, the Under 13s (132 for 4) overcame Braughing (92 for 6) to qualify for the Semi-Final away against Welwyn Garden City on Friday 24th August starting at 1730hrs. Expect Match Reports to follow shortly. PGB
Reed struck back after Luton had powered to 173-2 with Sri Lankan Trunkwala (55) and Naik (74) threatening to reach 300. However Tom Greaves once again spun out the middle order finishing with 4-44 from his 10 overs. It was then left to Ed Wharton (3-42) and Toby Fynn (2-22) to polish off the innings at 234. Rob Lankester claimed 4 victims behind the stumps. Luton are going to return to the Premier Division with their talented bowling attack, reliant on spin. With the help of some inauspicious shot selection they soon had Reed on the rack as both Homoyoon and Trunkwala with three wickets apiece left them 114 all out after only 30 overs. James Heslam tried hard to keep the innings going, but when he played on for 29 the game was over. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
SATURDAY (SHPCL): Luton Town & Indians out-gunned the First XI. Tom Greaves took 4 wickets and Ed Wharton 3 but LTI reached 234 all out. Top scorer in Reed's reply was James Heslam's 29. LTI are 60 points clear at the top of the Division with Ampthill in second position; Reed are sixth. The Seconds had a comfortable victory at Baldock who totalled 144 all out. There were 3 wickets each for Matt Bowles, Matt Giblin and Joe Graves then the prolific Chris Jackson saw them home with an undefeated 74. West Herts top the table 55 points ahead of Leverstock Green. Our Seconds are also in sixth place. Lack of player availability again meant the Thirds had to concede to Harpenden Dolphins. Dolphins are fighting it out with Shenley Village for top spot with 1 point separating them but both have 50+ points more than third placed Old Albanian. UNDER 13 COLTS: In the Herts Summer League last week, Bishops Stortford suffered their first defeat of the summer when they made 120 for 5 only for Reed's youngsters to overhaul the target with 9 wickets in hand. OTHER COLTS NEWS: The Under 9s playing in the Herts Junior League Pool 1 came 6th in the table that was won by Hitchin. Thriplow won Cambs YCA Division 11C with Reed U11s finishing in 5th place. In the Under 13 Premier Division of CYCA, Reed came 5th. Saffron Walden were top. PGB
The 2018 President's Day will be on Sunday 12th August. Teams will play short-side matches throughout the day with a Final to decide the Winners. All Club players will be welcome to participate. Gather at 1100hrs. Play commences at 1200hrs.