1998 Match Report

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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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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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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This was a vital game for both teams. Both are in a relegation dog fight at the base of Herts Division 2. Parkfield won the toss and decided to bat. A good decision in the hot conditions. Reed's bowlers toiled away, but with no success. Ian Roberts particularly unlucky not to find a way through, but as things went against Reed the ground fielding worsened with some catches going to ground. The home side had 160 on the board before Simon Roberts made the break through. Andrew Emms came back and removed Ovesley for 114 with the score on 213. The home side declared 9 runs later and giving Reed an extra 4 overs to get 223. Reed were quickly 28-2, but importantly Mark Peart looked in good nick. Reed fell foul of some awful LBW decisions, but battled on and had reached 100-5 and were well up with the run rate. A home victory looked on the cards when Peart, who hadn't given a chance, was run out on 49. The score was 124-6, but that soon became 124-7 and a victory looked out of the question for Reed. Simon Roberts and Andrew Emms had other ideas. They both started cautiously, but upped the tempo and put on 64 for the 8th wicket. Emms was bowled for a spirited 25. Just 5 runs later Roberts was removed, again LBW, for 34 and it was now left to Ian Roberts and Steve Dunn to see Reed to the draw. They saw out the last 6 overs with no alarms and the game ended a draw.

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Preston Friendly

Preston won the toss and decided to bat against old foes, Reed. It turned out to be a big mistake. They came across Simon Roberts and Peter Costen in rampant form. Roberts removed both openers before they had reach double figures and then Costen took over and ripped through the Preston middle order. Roberts took 2-26 from 11 overs and Costen 5-39 in 18. Preston were 54-7 before Burleigh came in a hit a stubborn 29. Phil Divers replaced Roberts and picked up 2 vital wickets including Cole for 25. He was superbly caught by Richard Tufton. Preston were 82-9, but Reed just couldn't get that last wicket. In the end it took a run out, but not before Burleigh and Moore had put on 47 for the 10th wicket. Reed were set an easy looking 130 to win. It looked even easier when Baz Curtis smashed 31 from just 4 overs, but he went with the score on 36. Reed suddenly found themselves 59-4, but Graham Hazard and Simon Roberts steadied the Reed nerves. Hazard hit 23 the only way he knows how and Roberts and confident 29. Both went with victory in sight. It was left to Richard Robertson with 14 not out and bowling hero Costen, with 10 not out to see Reed to a 4 wicket win.

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Reed won the toss and decided to bat against old rivals Preston. Reed made a steady, but lost wickets regularly. Curtis made 26 and Peart 20, but the main impetuous came from Simon Roberts with a fine 34, before he was unlucky to be given out for LBW by umpire Cittcat. Reed were 115-6 at the point and some rebuilding was required. It came in the form of Trevor Saunders. He was last man out in the final over for a splendid 49. Reed post Preston 180 to win. Reed were handicapped by fielding with only 10 men. Wicketkeeper Chris Bovington pulled a groin muscle while batting and was unable to take the field. Reed's fielders backed up the bowlers well, but the extra man would have been vital. Ian Roberts pulled a superb spell of swing bowling, taking 4-47 in 13 overs. Peter Tidey was economical as usual, but Reed really needed early wickets. Reed had Preston 115-5 when Richard Robertson had Hucler well caught by Saunders, but after that the Preston batsmen pushed the ball around for a comfortable 5 wicket win with 4 overs to go.

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  Reed, who decided to bat against Royston made it look a good decision by putting on 79 for the first wicket. Baz Curtis and Dave Bowles were going along at 5 an over before Bowles was dismissed for 4 with Randall's first ball. Curtis was joined by Chris Hayward. They added another 22 in just 4 overs before Hayward went for 6. Curtis retired when he reached his ton. He scored 104, hitting 15, 4s and 3, 6s. Mark Peart and Ian Fulk saw Reed past 150. Fulk made a patient 15 and Peart 20. Robert Dunn then came to the crease and worked the ball around nicely. He was on 46 when the declaration came and Red had reached 236-6. Reed needed an early wicket and it came when Ian Roberts continued from Saturday by removing dangerman Gary Mack. Royston had reached 53 with only the odd alarm before Roberts Struck again. Skipper Simon Roberts then brought the spin twins of Peter Costen and Robert Dunn into the attack. Between them they ripped the heart out of the Royston batting. Costen took 5-24 in just 9 overs. Dunn had 2 victims conceding just 7 runs in 5 overs. It was left to Tom Fulk to wrap up the game having Saward LBW for 9. Royston were 106 all out and Reed had won by 130 runs.

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