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.
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.
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.