This was a genuine 90-point day. All three teams won their respective battles, all by chasing-down targets and each having plenty of wickets in-hand.
The Firsts had Ampthill all out for 91 in their All-Day game which lasted all of 64 overs, eighteen of which was all that Reed needed to knock them off. Ed Wharton had a good all-round day by taking 3 wickets and scoring a brisk 32. Matt Sampson and Rob Lankester contributed twenties and Reed won by 7 wickets.
On The Green, the Second XI bowled Flamstead out for 161 in the 22nd over, Matt Giblin taking 4 wickets. In reply, Phil Frenay and Richard Barlow notched-up half-centuries with Chris Jackson supporting Barlow towards the end. Reed’s innings lasted until their 28th over when they cruised home by 9 wickets.
With both of those matches all done and dusted by mid-afternoon, most of the Reed players joined the regular supporters group down at the Freman Oval to cheer-on the Thirds in their pursuit of Rickmansworth’s challenging score of 231 for 7, Rob Willoughby taking 4 for 34. Richard Johnson (57) and Paul Garrott (80) did most of the work and Rob Willoughby helped with 34. Reed had 6 wickets in-hand when they overhauled the target in the 42nd over.
In the friendly against Forest Gate Reed unfortunately came second! Reed batted first with Tom Greaves scoring 83, Zac McGuigan, 35, and Marcus Martin and Ollie Sayers both passing 20. Reed were bowled out for 201 in the 33rd over.
In reply, Will Green bowled 4 very tidy overs taking 2 for 14, Sayers also picked up a wicket. However, the visitors knocked-off the required runs in 32 overs.
Expect Match Reports to follow shortly.