SATURDAY: It was the Group Matches in the Herts County 20/20 Cup on Saturday. Reed were drawn to play at Potters Bar in Group 4 against North Mymms in the first game. Thanks to 4 wickets each from Sean Tidey and Tom Greaves, the Premier Division side were bowled all-out for 103 in 19 overs. Nothing could have been tighter as Reed squeezed home off the last delivery of the innings with 9 wickets down and thus progressed through to the Group Final. The scores were level but Reed had lost fewer wickets!
Subsequently, Potters Bar disposed of Harpenden in a 43-run victory.
In a day beset by poor weather, the players were more off the field than on, so when the hosts’ innings was deemed closed on 36 for 1 after 7 overs later in the afternoon, Reed’s target was calculated at 48 in 7 overs by the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method. Reed’s new boy, Zac McGuigan (19 n.o.) and old hand, Sean Tidey (28 n.o.), formed the opening partnership and biffed and bashed their way to 48 without loss in just 4 overs!
Reed will join the other Group Winners, Hertford and Totteridge Millhillians, at the County Semi-Finals and Final which are due to be played on Sunday 14th July. Radlett and Letchworth appear to have encountered more rain than at the other venues and their Group Winner is still to be decided.
COLTS: The Under 13s played a friendly against City of Cambridge at home last week. The visitors scored 99 for 4, wickets falling to Sam Osborne, (2), Charlie Butler and Archie McIntosh (1 each). Then solid knocks of 33 not out from Sam Osborne and 20 by Eden Scott took Reed to 88 with one over remaining. Charlie Butler scored 9 but then a long-hit for a certain 2 off the last delivery ended disastrously as the first run was called “one short”! Reed ended on 98 for 5 in a very tight finish.
SUNDAY: The Reed “Friendly” XI became the Reed IX shortly before the start. Hare Street & Hormead scored freely to reach 218 all out mostly accumulated by the five former Reed players in their team. Steve Hughes took 3 wickets and Ollie Sayers and Jack Tidey each took two. Skipper Rob Lankester had a “field day” pouching 4 catches and completing a run out. He then top-scored for Reed with 57 as The Street restricted their guests to 163. Big Jack Tidey hit a quick-fire 40 and Peter Baker a slow burning 28.
Expect Match reports to follow.