First XI v. Leverstock Green.
Batting first, Reed made 256 all out with half-centuries by Zac McGuigan and Stuart Smith. Leverstock Green lost wickets regularly although there was a late revival, nevertheless, they were bowled out for 206 largely due to Tom Greaves, (3 wickets), and Ed Wharton & Toby Fynn, (2 each).
Second XI v. Hitchin.
Wickets were shared around between Alex Kelly, Matt Giblin, Rupert Martin, Owen Hughes and Julien Fynn as Hitchin piled-up 270 for 8. Acting Captain Rupert T.B Martin top scored with MJE Baker and Rob Willoughby lending solid support, but unfortunately Reed were bowled out well-short of their target for only 128.
Third IV v West Herts.
I am afraid there is a pattern emerging. Before last Saturday, the most recent time the Third Team scored more than 300 was last season and they then conceded their next match the following week. The same has happened this time. Last week the Thirds made a winning 311 for 6 but this week had to concede to West Herts simply because only 4 (possibly 5) players were available. That should really read 26 or 27 (out of the 33 required to field three teams). Most of the regular “Third Teamers” were playing for the Seconds this week.
Return of The Outlaws. I am pleased that this match took place after rumours of absent players had been quashed. In the event, Rhodri Hughes and Joe Graves changed allegiance to the visitors and it was played as 10-a-side.
Michael Juckes and Julien Fynn bagged two Outlaws each as they reached a not insurmountable 185 for 6. Reed’s Colts were represented by William Archer and William Green both making their debuts in Open Age (i.e., “Adult”) Cricket and they both bowled well.
Reed’s reply was based round Toby Fynn’s score of 70 whilst MJE Baker made 30, but highlights were Sean Tidey hitting 19 in an over then Steve Hughes earning bragging rights by taking 10 from an over that was bowled by son, Rhodri. However, Reed ended 12 runs short on 173. 185 was insurmountable after all!
Expect Match Reports to follow shortly.