1998 Match Report


After being put into the field Reed were very lack lustre in the field. Their was a real end of season feel to this performance. Simon Roberts bowled tightly at the beginning conceding just 17 runs from 5 overs. he was well supported by the senior duo of Ian Roberts and Clive Collins. Both gave little away, in fact less the 30 a piece in 8 overs. Reed pegged back Langford after they got a good start. Kirkham was the real thorn in Reed's side. he scored 67 and we the third man out with the score on 103. Reed quickly made that 4 wickets just 5 runs later. It was then that Simpson took a shine to the spin of Mark Peart taking 18 from one over. Peart responded well by taking Simpson's wicket plus 2 more. In the end Langford posted a challenging 178 to win. Unfortunately Reed lost both openers before 30 runs were on the board. They never really recovered from this. Simon Jackson looked in good form yet again, but was well caught when he had score 18. James Heslam also scored 18 when looking good. Stuart McDonald making his Reed debut scored 19 and fell into the trap of getting out when well set. Although at this point Reed did runs quickly. Michael Davenport was also making his debut and he made a big impact. He smashed a quick 50 and gave Reed a glimmer of hope, but Reed never got ahead of the run rate and in the end were 10 runs light.

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Northampton Exiles

Reed shocked promotion hopefuls Northampton Exiles with a stunning display with bat and ball in this Herts League Division 2 fixture. Baz Curtis took full advantage of being dropped on nought. He took a shine to the opening bowling of Robertson hitting him for 32 from his 4 overs. Senior was hard to score off at the other end and had ripped through Reed's top order, taking 4 wicket. Runs were coming freely at the other end and Reed had 100 on the board in just 20 overs. Curtis was joined by Simon Jackson and they put on 80 for the 6th wicket. A mixture of some good running and positive batting put Reed on the brink of maximum batting point when Curtis was out for 117 with the score on 194. He smashed 15, 4s and 5, 6s in that 117 and when he reached 101 he passed 1000 runs for the season. Jackson and Robert Dunn continued to push Reed into the 200s. Exiles needing to win to keep their promotion hopes alive couldn't understand where Reed, needing the points for totally opposite reasons had found this form. Jackson was dismissed for 34. Peter Costen came in and in his own unique way smashed 20 in no time. Dunn went for 27, but by then Reed had passed 250. In the end they set Exiles 256 to win. Exiles looked up for the challenge as the hit some early loose bowling, but Richard Robertson and Andrew Emms got back on line and the batsmen had to start to fight for runs. Robertson made the vital early break through. Andrew Emms then got into the act picking up 2 wickets. Emms was replaced by [...]

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Northwood Town

Reed put up their best league display of the session so far against Northwood Town. Reed won the toss and decided to bat even though it looked like the pitch would help the bowlers early on. Openers Baz Curtis and Mark Peart put on 51 for the first wicket before Curtis was dismissed for 31. Peart went 14 runs later when he had scored 26. Trevor Saunders and Chris Jackson then put on 73. Saunders never one to hang around smashed a quick 41. Jackson was by now accumulating his runs all around the wicket and the visitors head began to drop. Simon Roberts helped in a stand of 50 before he went for 30. Reed's aim was to get 200 and maximum batting points. Jackson and new partner Robert Dunn saw the home side safely past this mark and beyond. In the end Reed were 221-4 with Jackson 73 not out, his highest league score of the season. Dunn was left on 12. Northwood Town decided to send in Baker to try and smash a good start, but this backfired when he was bowled by Andrew Emms. He also accounted for Piper a few overs later. Reed managed to keep the pressure on the batting side making them fight for every run. Northwood Town were still in the hunt until a golden spell of bowling by Trevor Saunders. He ripped through Northwood Town's middle order, taking 4-23 in 9 overs. He was helped by 3 catch by Curtis and a superb diving catch by new boy William Clarke. Emms came back for a late burst and picked up his third victim. Peter Tidey took the 9th wicket, any other catch by Clarke, but Reed [...]

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Headstone St. Georges

Headstone St. Georges won the toss and decided to bat first on a slow wicket. Reed opening attack of Simon Roberts and Duncan Price made the visitors fight for every run. They had reached just 43-1 from 23 overs. Roberts had removed White for 8. Price finally got his reward and this made Headstone St. Georges 42-2. Price had figures of 1-26 from 14 overs, while Roberts had 1-20 from 12 overs. Neil Haslam and Phil Divers were also run misers when they bowled. Backed up by some good ground fielding the batsmen were finding it hard to score at a decent rate. Only Fowler had an answers with a patient 74. Divers took 3-53 from 14 overs while Mark Peart came on at the death to bowl 6 overs 2 for 18. Reed bowled 57 overs at the visitors and they posted a very modest 155-8. Reed's batsmen decided the only way to bat on the slow wicket was to be aggressive. Baz Curtis took a liking to Fine's fist 4 overs smashing him for 33. Although he was unfortunate to have the Reed opener dropped off an absolute sitter before he really got going. Curtis took full advantage reaching his 50 in just 9 overs and went on to make 74. He hit 12, 4s and 1, 6. When Curtis went with the score on 82 in just the 14th over the run rate slowed, but Stuart Smith and Graham Hazard became more positive and soon the runs were flowing again. Smith hit his highest first team score of 32 and Hazard smashed a typically aggressive 38. It was a shame they both got out with victory in site. It was left to [...]

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Reed made an excellent come back against 1st division Wormley. Despite welcoming back Andrew Emms to the opening attack, Wormley made an excellent start. They put on 106 for the first wicket before Robert Dunn made the break through. The introduction of Dunn and Duncan Price slowed the run rate and wicket began to fall. Wormley tumbled from 109-1 in the 27th over to 169-8 in the 47th. Both Dunn and Price picked up 4 wickets a piece conceding 43 and 29 runs respectively. In reply Reed lost the early wicket of Henry Tufton when he slipped and was run out. Reed were 28-1. Reed's reply was built around 62 from Mark Peart. Chris Haywood put on 36 with Peart before Haywood was out for 19. Only skipper Simon Roberts got into double figures after that. He made a patient 25, but when he went Reed's chances of victory were dashed. It was left to Robert Dunn and Louis Gearing to see Reed to the draw.

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Richard Johnson will never forget his first team debut for Reed. The u15's opening bowler took full advantage of the conditions. He swung the ball from ball one and the Hockley batsmen had no answer to it. He took first first wicket in his second over, but with the last 3 balls of the same over completed a hat trick. The visitor were 9-4. He then continued to mystify the rest of the batsmen who could score off him either. He had the first 7 wickets before William Clarke spoilt the 10 wicket dream. Johnson wasn't going to let anyone else into his party and removed the last 2 Hockley wickets. The visitors were 73 all out in just 20.2 overs. Johnson's returned the amazing figures of 10.2 overs, 2 maidens, 9 for 18, 6 of which were bowled!!!! Reed sent in fellow under 15 star James Heslam and in the circumstances senior (at 18) Ian Fulk. They put on 68 for the first wicket before Heslam went of a typical stylish 24. Despite the loss of another wicket Fulk saw the home side to a comprehensive 8 wicket win.

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Reed won the toss and decided to bat on what looked like a good batting track. The Reed openers of Baz Curtis and Paul Watts built a good foundation having 47 on the board before Watts was bowled for 6. Curtis was then joined by Mark Peart. They put on a further 48 before a bad piece of calling meant Peart was run out for 11, with the score on 95. That quickly became 100-3. Reed had to be careful not to let Ickleford back into the game as the toiled in the field. James Bradford came to the wicket and helped put on Reed first century stand of the season. He made an good 36 before being well caught in the deep as Reed pushed on for a declaration. Curtis was now in full flow. He had already reached his first league ton of the campaign. He had been dropped twice early on, but was taking full advantage of his luck. He was finally dismissed for 150 in the 46th over. His 150 contained 19, 4s and 3, 6s. A brisk 17 by Simon Roberts pushed Reed towards 250 and it was left to Simon Jackson and Trevor Saunders to make sure Reed got there. Reed declared 2 overs early on 252 for 6. Reed made two early break throughs having Ickleford 12-2. Both wickets were taken by Simon Roberts. Ickleford then put on 68 for the 3rd wicket before the oldest swinger in town Ian Roberts broke the stand. Chris Jackson got rid of Ickleford's last chance of a win when he bowled Hare for a quick 24. This was his second wicket after a superb over the head catch by Tidey got [...]

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Old Albanians

  Reed playing their first game of the season decided to bat in this opening Herts League Division 2 fixture. It looked a good decision when Simon Roberts bowled Rourke for a duck with just 9 on the board. Reed kept Old Albanian under pressure and the run rate never reached 4 an over. Peter Costen was the star of the Reed attack, taking 3-58 in 18 overs. He was well supported by Peter Tidey, 1-57 and Richard Robertson 1-44. Reed dropped a couple of catches at vital times that meant Old Albanians could push on near the death with wickets in hand. After 53 overs Old Albanians posted Reed 186 to win. Reed were never really in the hunt once they were 13-3 and then 47-7. Only Jason Nolan and Simon Jackson with 10 and 14 respectively reached double figures. Reed were 69-9 when Chris Bovington was joined by Peter Tidey. They put on 44 for the last wicket before Tidey was caught for a defiant 20. This left Bovington 27 not out and Reed 72 runs short of their target. Reed picked up just 2 points.  

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Old Haberdashers

  Old Haberdashers won the toss and decided to field against Reed in last Saturday's league game. Reed made a positive start as James Bradford and Mark Peart put on 54 for the first wicket. Bradford was the first to go when he had scored 29. He was just getting in to gear with some crushing blows. Trevor Saunders joined Peart and continued why Bradford at finished. He had reached a swift 24 including a huge six, when he miss timed a drive and was caught a mid on. Peart had made a classy 33 when he was also caught. Reed were then 110-3 and looked set for a good score. Unfortunately it was then that the wheels fell off. Reed lost their last 7 wickets for just 41 runs. They set Old Haberdashers just 152 to win. Reed made a great start in the field when Andrew Emms, on his return to the Reed league team removed Davies for just 6. The Reed bowlers managed to keep the visitors under the cosh and when they were 38-3 it looked like Reed might be able to force a victory. Peter Tidey bowled 20 overs for just 49 runs picking up one wicket. Emms finished with 2-30 from 11 overs. Roberts, Robertson, Peart and Simon Roberts all tried to get another break through, but Phipps and Foley put on 114 for the 4th wicket and saw Old Haberdashers to a 7 wicket victory.

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Old Owens

Reed continued their good league form and too full advantage of the humid conditions. The visitors rolled back the years with Richard Robertson and Peter Tidey opening the Reed attack. Both got the ball to swing, but it was Tidey who got the early wickets. He removed the first 3 Old Owens batsmen and they only had 33 on the board. A fine piece of fielding by Peter Costen with a precision throw into the wicket keepers gloves made it 33-4. Richard Robertson who, up until then had bowled superbly with out luck then picked up the next 3 wickets. Reed's fielders supported the two bowlers well and Old Owens were finding the going tough and runs hard to come by. It was just a question of who would get 5 wickets. In the end it was Tidey. He bowled Larkins for a duck and Owens were all out for 75 in a 48 overs. Robertson finished with figures of 4-43 in 24 overs and Tidey 5-24 in 24 overs. It was important Reed didn't lose an early wicket and give some momentum back to the home side. Baz Curtis and Paul Watts made sure that didn't happen. They put on a solid 41 before Curtis was caught of 23. Trevor Saunders came in a smashed a quick 20 to put the game well beyond Old Owens. Paul Watts with an unbeaten 16 and Simon Roberts, 4 saw Reed home to an impressive 8 wicket win and 30 points.

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