SATURDAY. Three victories – the first 90-pointer for years! ACTUALLY, I HAVE GOT THAT WRONG!!!
Since a change in the League Match Rules a couple of seasons ago, the winning Teams in the Premier and Championship Divisions, (which include Reed’s 1st XI), are awarded only 25 points for a victory in their Limited Overs matches. Therefore, yesterday was more accurately an “85-point day”! In “Timed matches” in the middle part of the summer, the Firsts could get 30 points when they win, so we can still look forward to more 90-pointers in the future.
For those that don’t know, if you are looking at the Divisional Tables published on www.hertsleague.co.uk and you can’t make out the points system, each Team that was represented at the recent Captains’ Meeting was awarded 5 bonus points. That is why after 1 match each, our First XI have a total of 30 points (25 for the win + 5 bonus); the Seconds 35 (30 + 5); and the Thirds 35 (30 + 5). All these tweets about 90-points better re-visit the Rule Book (like I had to do)! Sorry.
Despite scores in the forties, thirties and twenties by James Heslam, Richard Wharton, Sean Tidey and Rob Lankester, the 1st XI’s batting highlight was the first and only delivery Jack Tidey faced that he smote for 6 to win the match with Reed 8 wickets down and two deliveries left! Earlier, Zac McGuigan and Toby Fynn had taken 5 wickets each in Old Owens’ innings of 189.
Holtwhites Trinibis ended well adrift on 105 all out against the Seconds who had totalled 238 for 9. Matt Giblin, Matt Bowles and Mitchell Cooper took 2 wickets apiece. For Reed, Rich Barlow made 75, James Sandford 45 and Cooper 35.
At the Freman Oval, Frogmore were bundled out for 41, (3 wickets for Rupert Martin and 2 each for George Garrott and Joe Graves), before Rob Willoughby, 21, and Richard Johnson, 17, knocked off the runs without loss.
Later in the evening, Second XI batsman, Chris Jackson was presented with his award from the Herts League for topping the Division 4B batting averages in 2018. Chris had accumulated 671 runs at 83.88 per innings. Well batted Chris!
SUNDAY- National Village Cup:
Sawbridgeworth were 2 down and soon in trouble thanks to the probing opening spell by Toby Fynn and Jack Tidey. Tom Greaves and Sean Tidey then took 3 wickets each before they were finished off all-out for 92. Sean Tidey led the reply by scoring 32 out of the first wicket partnership of 43, and providing Sawbo’s only wicket, then Reed’s Richard Wharton,(17 n.o.), and Rob Lankester, (33 n.o.), saw them home comfortably.
In the next round on the 26th May, Reed will be at home versus Sharnbrook & Bromham (Bedfordshire) who yesterday knocked-out Langleybury by chasing down 167 for 7 with 3 wickets in hand.
Matches listed for this past week have been re-arranged. Check the Events Calendar for the new dates.
Expect Match Reports to follow.