1997 Match Report


Reed won the toss and decided to bat on a grassy fluffy wicket. They lost an early wicket with the score on just 13. When Baz Curtis was removed for 27 Reed were 44-2 which quickly became 51-3 in the 13th over. Reed needed someone to get there head doen and bat through the innings. The found just the man in Peter Morley. He batted the whole innings but 3 overs. In the process he scored an unbeaten 89, including 14 boundaries. Only Jason Nolan with 10 and Simon Jackson with 20 got in to double figures. Reed were bowled out for 193. Baldock's innings was very simular to Reed's. Theirs was based on 64 from Williamson and 51 nout out by Bentley. All the bowlers chipped in. There was also a welcome return to the bowling line up of spinner Simon Jackson who took 2 vital wickets in the middle of the innings. Peter Tidey took 3-71 and Martin Seale 2-33. The game swung backwards and forwards. Baldock looked to be cruising, but with Tidey's late burst Reed were back in it. With 20 needed to win John Pemberton sent Lemoir's off stump out of the ground and Reed looked set for victory, but it was not to be. In the end Baldock scrapped home by 1 wicket, but Reed did pick up 17 vital points.  

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Bayford and Hertsford

Bayford & Hertford decided to put Reed into bat in there friendly Sunday fixture. Reed lost an early wicket on 16, but this only brought together Simon Roberts and Mark Peart who were both in form from last week. They put on 79 for the 2nd wicket and put Reed on top. They both kept good concentration as the teams have to come off due to rain. Roberts holed out at long off for 42 hitting 1 6 and 4 4s his total. Peart using his hand crafted Dolphin bat hit 54 before he was dismissed. It was his second consecutive Sunday fifty. Reed then found themselves 134-4 before Simon Jackson and new under 25 star Stuart Smith put on 51 for the 5th wicket. They started slowly, but Smith soon came out of his shell and put bat to ball hitting his first runs for the first team. He was out for a splendid 22. Jackson continued to stroke the ball around, including 3 huge 6. He was left 58 not out when Reed declared. They set Bayford & Hertford 204 to win. Bayford & Hertford got off to a flying start. They were 55 for no wicket after just 12 overs with Bracewell 18 not out and Knowles on 35 with the rains came and it the match had to be called off.  

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Reed decided to put Redbourn into bat on a green and damp wicket after winning the toss in their latest league match. When John Pemberton bowled Eyre with the score on 6 it looked liked a good decision, but Redbourn then put on 103 for the second wicket and by then the dampness had dried. Both Peter Tidey and Pemberton bowled well conceding less than 4 an over in their spells. It was left to Martin Seale and Ian Roberts to do the bulk of the bowling. Seale picked up 1-51 in his 14 overs and Roberts 0-54 in twelve. With Graham Letford also picking up a wicket and two run outs Redbourn posted 211-5. It wasn't that bigger a total given a short boundary on one side. In reply Reed were quickly 17-2 and that soon became 36-3 with the top three all back in the pavilion. Reed were 47-4 in the 18th over and still needed 165 to win in 31 overs. Then Simon Roberts and Martin Seale came together. They put on 77 for the 5th wicket. Both looked in good form. Roberts hit 2 4s and 1 6 in his 48. They pushed the score along nicely and Reed looked like they could win it. Roberts was well caught at extra cover for 48. Reed were then 124-5 with 13 overs to go. The run rate then dropped and with Pemberton and Tidey getting ducks any chance of victory had gone. At 144-7 it was just a matter of hanging on for a draw. Chris Bovington made 14 with Seale still going well at the other end. Reed lost there 9th wicket with 3 balls to go. It was left to [...]

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Reed won the toss and decided to put Royston into bat. This looked a good decision as Reed's opening bowlers took full advantage of the conditions. Richard Robertson quickly picked up 2 wickets and with Ian Roberts removing Royston's skipper Mack for 9, Royston looked in big trouble at 15-3. Duncan Warner was the mainstay of the Royston innings. He scored 72 before being well caught by Clarke in the dying overs. William Clarke and Scott Rouse both picked up a wicket each before Robertson and Roberts returned to try and keep things tight at the death. Both picked up further wickets. Royston posted 163 when the over ran out. Reed lost the early wicket of James Heslam with the score on just 4 in reply. This brought John Heslam to the crease. He and Baz Curtis had moved the score on to 50 when Curtis was out for 26. Reed looked in a good position to take control, but 3 wickets were lost for just 24 runs. and Reed were 74-5. Even Reed's most loyal fans were leaving now and they could sense Reed's demise. Jason Nolan and William Clarke looked to be repairing the damage, but Royston seemed to get wickets just a the right time. Nolan was caught and bowled for 21. Richard Robertson hit a swift 20 before being stumped and when William Clarke was caught for 15 Reed still need 30 from 5 overs. Unfortunately they could only score 16 and were left on 148-9 when time ran out on them.  

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Southgate Adelaide

Reed put the home side into bat after winning the toss in their latest league game. Reed's bowlers soon got on top with John Pemberton and Martin Seale bowling very tightly. They each picked up an opener and Southgate Adelaide were left 27-2. Southgate Adelaide rebuilt well, but slowly. Seale bowled unchanged for 22 overs and finished with 2-81. Simon Roberts came on and replace Pemberton. He had Fitzpatrick LBW for 3, and Southgate Adelaide were 112-4 with the overs running out. Thorp and Close got into there stride and started to accelerated the run rate. Thorp was finally well held in the deep by Simon Jackson off John Pemberton for 84. Pemberton also picked up Morris for a duck. He finished with 3-50 from 17 overs. Close was 33 not out at the end. Southgate Adelaide posted Reed 205 to win in 44 overs. Reed got off to a dreadful start. They lost Baz Curtis first ball, bowled by Wheaton. Jamie Warren quickly followed for 1 and Reed were left 3-2. They lost valuable overs rebuilding. Peter Morley looked in fine form before being adjudged LBW for 29. This set the pattern for the rest of the innings. Reed lost wickets just at the time they looked like they were making progress. The only time Reed really looked like winning was when Mark Peart and Simon Jackson were together. They put on 57 for the 4th wicket. Peart was dismissed for 30 and when Jackson went for 29 in the next over Reed were left 90-5 and any chance of victory had disappeared. 90-5 soon became 97-7 and it was a case of hanging on. Martin Seale and Richard Robertson got Reed to within [...]

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St.Thomas’s Park

Reed won the toss and decided to bowl against the unknown St. Thomas's Park. It wasn't long before Reed got to know there opener Hanna. He took a special liking to Reed's opening bowler Neil Haslam. Haslam was dispatched for 34 from just 5 overs. Hanna took advantage of the short straight boundaries and continued to pepper them until he was finally dismissed by Peter Costen for 128. He was the third man out with 206 on the board. Phil Diver had taken the first 2 wickets. He looked to have brought Reed back into it taking 2 wickets in his first 3 balls. After Hanna was dismissed Reed began to claw there way back in to the game and slowed the run rate. Wicket keeper Stuart Smith took his first catch for the first team. Costen and Divers both picked up 2 further wickets each. Costen finished with 3-62 in 15 overs and Divers 4-64 in 13 overs. St. Thomas's Park posted a challenging 251-7 declared. Reed's main aim was to keep wickets in hand for the run chase later. Baz Curtis and Richard Tufton opened the batting for Reed. They put on 83 for the first wicket before Tufton was dismissed for 5. He was replaced by Mark Peart. He and Curtis put on 109 for the second wicket and put Reed in total control. Peart hit 5 4s in his 34 before being adjusted LBW. Curtis was now in full flow. He smashed 19 4s and 8 6s on his way to a personal best of 178. He was the 4th man out with the score on 236. Reed needed just 16 to win and had 6 overs in which to get [...]

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Therfield won the toss and decided to put local their local rivals into bat. Reed had a reasonable start. Henry Tufton was beginning to show his shots when he had to retire ill. He fell victim to the heat. Reed's 197-5 was based around 87 not out from Mark Peart. He caressed the ball around nicely and was well support by Simon Roberts, who got 16, and a dashing 25 from Graham Hazard. Peart hit 10 boundaries and was only stopped from getting his first ton of the season by the declaration. Neil Haslam bowled 17 overs and only conceded 19 runs. He made sure Therfield were always behind the run rate. He also picked up 3 vital wickets. Graham Letford removed the inform Nick Duncan when he forced him to hit his own stumps. Whitby made a valiant effort to push the run rate along. When he was batting with Ellis a Therfield victory was an outside possibility. Scott Rouse had Ellis when stumped by Ian Roberts and Therfield's last chance of victory had gone. Whitby went on to make his 50. In the end the game petered out into a tame draw, with Therfield 155-5.  

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