1999 Match Report


Reed's opening game of the season ended in a very tame draw, but some positive performance did come from the game. Reed decided to bat first after winning the toss and look good in reaching 31 for the first wicket, but that quickly became 34-3 when Baz Curtis was bowled for a brisk 22. This brought together Simon Jackson and James Heslam. Heslam indicated his positive approach when his first 5 scoring shots were all boundaries. He hit 8 4s on his way to his fifty. Jackson was not to be out done and he also reached a fifty in rapid time. Stoner was brought in to the attack and quickly removed the Heslam when the pair were just one short of tying the club record for the 4th wicket. Jackson went in Stoner's next over and Reed were now 161-5. Simon Roberts and Martin Seale made slow but steady progress towards 200, But once they had come to terms with the pitch both put bat to ball and Reed raced toward 200 and beyond. Reed declared on 220-5 with Roberts 31 not out and Seale unbeaten on 26. During tea the weather got much colder and wetter, but play continued and Ickleford Cricketers made a good start. They also got into the 30's before losing two wickets while on 37. Both fell to Ian Roberts, who was now on a hat trick, but it was not to be. Peter Costen reduced the visitors to 49-3 and after that they seemed to lose interest. Tom Fulk came on to replace Roberts and picked up 2 wickets in his 5 over spell for just 12 runs. The game looked like a draw all the way, but [...]

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Second Division Reed produced one of the biggest upsets in recent years to knock the current Premier Division Champions, Langleybury from this years Village Cup. It was only the second time in Reed's history that they had beaten the Lord's finalist of just two years ago. Reed won the toss and took the brave decision of batting first. They had reached 25 without much alarm before Hertfordshire bowler O'Reilly bowled Baz Curtis. This brought in form Chris Jackson to the wicket who along with Mark Peart moved the total on to 51 before Peart went for a solid 13. He was unlucky to be adjusted LBW. Jackson was the backbone of the Reed innings and he moved on to another elegant 50 following up the ton he got on Saturday. It was a chanceless knock with scoring shots to all parts of the ground. He hit opening bowler Beesley for a huge six straight over his head to get off the mark. Reed's middle order all chipped in around Jackson. Trevor Saunders and Simon Roberts both got 12. Robert Dunn hit a vital 21 and along with Jackson are hardly let a ball go with at least a single being taken and so kept the score board ticking. Jackson was left 63 not out when Reed allotted 40 overs were complete. He had scored 63 from 82 balls, consisting of 4x 4s and 2, 6s. Reed had posted an average 156 and it didn't look like it would be enough against a strong Langleybury batting line up. Reed were shown in the first over what a hard task this might be defending 156 when Richard Robertson was hit for 9 from his first over by [...]

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Northampton Exiles

Reed won the toss and decided to put bottom of the table Northampton Exiles into bat. This meant a win would be vital for Reed as bonus points are hard to come by once you win the toss and field. Reed bowled well and made runs hard to come by. Ian Roberts was again economical and also unlucky to pick up at least 2 wickets. Richard Robertson made the break through Reed needed when Exiles had reached 35. 54 runs were added before Chris Jackson struck with the last ball of his first over. Robertson then struck again next ball and the visitor found themselves, suddenly, 89-3. That quickly became 105-4 and Reed looked well on top. Unfortunately Browne and Taylor put on 113 before Taylor was well caught by Jackson off the bowling of Robertson. He then removed Browne for 59 with the no addition to the score. Exiles finally declared on 227-6. Robertson ended with 4-63 from 13 overs. Reed had got just 1 bonus point. In reply Reed made an excellent start. Baz Curtis and Paul Watts put on 80 before Curtis was caught for 48. Watts went for 45 with the score on 93, but Reed were still very much in the hunt. Exiles had used spin except for the 28 that Roberts had smashed off him and getting the ball away to the boundary was proving hard. Reed suffered a vital blow when Chris Jackson miscued a full toss and caught for 5. Reed were now 98-3. Exiles took the new ball and with it quick bowler Langallier came on. He took 5-12 in just 5.2 overs and Reed slumped for 111-4 to 140 all out. The limped to one [...]

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Old Haberdashers

Reed's chances of a second league victory of the season were spoilt by the rain at Old Haberdashers. The home side elected to bat and although Reed's opening bowlers, Richard Robertson and Ian Roberts kept the run rate down they couldn't find a break through. Robertson conceded just 17 runs from his 8 overs. After 40 overs Old Haberdashers had only 146, but had a good foundation from which to build. This is exactly what happened. Peter Costen finally broke the opening stand, bowling Filer for 74, his partner Harris quickly followed, being run out for 50. Ian Roberts came back into the attack at the death and picked up 2 wickets. Roberts finished with 2-32 from 15 overs. Old Haberdashers declared after 50 overs, setting Reed a total of 220 win. Reed lost Curtis early for 9 and Paul Watts for 11. At this stage Reed were 28-2. Then the heavens opened and 35 minutes play were lost and a vital 11 overs. Reed's total didn't change, but their chances of victory had gone and any realistic chances of more points. Blissett was adjudged leg before for 7, but that was Reed's last alarm as Chris Jackson and brother Simon put on 66 to see Reed to a draw. Chris past again past 50 hitting 11 4s in his 61 not out. Reed ended on 106-3.

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Reed lost the toss against old rival Preston and the visitors put the home side into bat. Reed made a very good start against some tight Preston bowling. Both Preston bowlers were getting the ball to move around off the damp wicket. Simon Jackson and Baz Curtis put on 65 before Curtis was caught for 31. Jackson went 14 runs later for a solid 25, but that soon became 3 wickets down when his brother Chris was caught and bowled for 8. Reed then managed to collapse to a very poor 119 all out. They lost their last 7 wickets for just 40 runs. Reed needed early wickets to put on some pressure and Ian Roberts struck when Preston had reached just 4. Clouds were looming and Preston tried to up the tempo. They had reached 40 when the first rain break came, but the teams were quickly back on. They had added another 7 for the loss of another Roberts victim when they teams were forced from the field again. Five minutes later a huge cloud burst came over Reed and the ground was flooded. Reed had got out of jail and collect 10 points they hardly deserved.

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Reed had the best possible start to their Herts League Division Two campaign. The only thing that went wrong on the day was they lost the toss! Reed were put into bat and the opening partnership of Baz Curtis and Mark Peart set a solid foundation for a big score. Both moved the ball around both sides of the wicket, and with a mixture of boundaries and good running put on 128 for the first wicket. Peart was unlucky to be dismissed only 3 short of a half century when he edged a ball on to his stumps from Dean. Curtis had already passed 50 by this stage and went to score 129 before being caught in the deep for 129. He hit 20x 4s and 2x 6s in that total. By now Chris Jackson was in full flow. He hit a classy 55 not out and with Blissett and Saunders chipping in a total over 300 looked on the cards, but the run rate slowed and Reed ended on 282-5. Would 47 overs be enough for Reed to bowl out Baldock was the big question at tea! Reed needed an early break through and they achieved just that when Richard Robertson struck. He removed Saunton for just 2 and Baldock were 5-1. This very quickly became 13-2 as Robertson struck again. The brought danger man Pintore to the wicket. He looked in good form, but Mark Peart removed him with his very first ball. With Robertson and Peart bowling well and the total along way off Baldock's batsmen tried to up the pace, but this was to be their downfall. Both Peart and Robertson ripped through the middle order to leave Baldock 49-6. Could [...]

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Steeple Morden (Home)

Reed won the toss and elected to bat against local rivals Steeple Morden. Skipper Mark Peart led from the front with a good 41 before he was the second wicket to fall with the score on 89. This brought together Paul Watts and debutante Ed Blissett. Blissett scored a maiden 50. He looked on course to score the first Reed ton of the season before Peter Tidey bowled him for 73. Watts went on unfazed to also record his first 50 of the season. He was left 57 not out when Reed declared on 194-4. Reed got off to a flying start when Neil Haslam removed Huffer for duck with his very first ball. That was Reed only success despite some good bowling from Haslam and Peter Costen. Costen only conceded 6 runs in his 8 overs. It was the 28th over before Reed got a break through with the score on 69. It was the spin of Peart that got through when he had Hodgson caught for 34. 30 runs later Richard Robertson bowled the other main contributor to the Steeple run chase when he removed Bailey for 50. Steeple were never in the hunt, but Reed just couldn't break through despite using 8 bowlers. Ian Roberts picked up a wicket with 4 overs left, but by then a draw was inevitable.

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Bayford and Hertford

Reed won the toss and decided to bat on one of the hottest days of the year. Reed had reached 69 off just ten overs. Baz Curtis took a particular like to the bowling of Hogg, smashing his first four overs for 35. Andy Blackett came into the attack and slowed the run rate from one end. Runs continue to flow from the other end with Curtis taking 24 from one Burgess over. Meanwhile, Paul Watts was also moving the score along moving the ball into the spaces. He and Curtis had put on 135 in 24 overs before Curtis went for 98. He hit 16 fours and 2 sixes. Watts quickly followed for a solid 25. This brought first team league debutant James Heslam to the wicket. He added 64 with Chris Jackson. Showing no nerves, he hit the ball to all parts of the ground with a mixture of pull and front foot drives. Jackson went for 22 and Heslam went nine short of his 50. Trevor Saunders bludgeoned a quick 17, Simon Jackson a quick 14 and this meant Reed had posted a challenging 241 for 6. Reed needed an early breakthrough and despite some good bowling from Michael Berks and Richard Johnson, the breakthrough did not come. Berks finally got through bowling Stag with a score of 54. Another 32 were added before Chris Jackson removed Stag for 38. By now, Bayford and Hertford were behind the clock and on a batting paradise a draw looked the most likely. Jackson picked up another wicket and a fine piece of fielding by Scott Rouse led to a run out. Richard Robertson bowled tidily as ever and also picked up a wicket with [...]

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Taylor Sports

Reed were relieved to win the toss and bat first on the hottest day of the year at Reed last Sunday. Reed made a brisk start despite losing Roger Bowcock with the score on 21. Baz Curtis hit Foster for 4 consecutive boundaries before being bowled for 29. After that Robert Dunn took full control. He hit a chanceless 106 and was only out on the last ball before tea. He hit 18, 4s on the way to his first century of the season. Along with Chris Jackson, who was 24 not out, they saw Reed to a very respectable 207-8. After tea it wasn't long before Jackson and Dunn teamed up again. This time in the field. Dunn took a great leg side catch of spinner Jackson to leave the visitors 4-1. Christian Martin replaced Jackson and picked 2 wickets in his 7 overs and with Neil Haslam bowling a tight spell, conceding just 16 runs from 9 overs. Taylor Sports were never really in the hunt. When Haslam came off Scott Rouse took over and produced his best bowling spell of the season. He removed the last 5 batsman after already taking a wicket with his first ball. He returned figures of 6-46 in 10.5 overs and with Richard Barlow also chipping in with a vital wicket the visitors were dismissed 57 runs short of their total.

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Reed made up for last weeks dire draw by taking 30 points from a game they never looked like winning when they were dismissed for a meagre 126. Not only were the all out for a low score, but they gave the home side an added 13 overs to get the runs. Reed had won the toss and decided to bat. Baz Curtis was the first of 5 Reed ducks second ball, but Mark Peart making his final league appearance for Reed before moving to Scotland and Chris Jackson put on a fine 75 for the 2nd wicket and all look good for a big score. The 75 had come in quick time too, in just 15 overs.With in the space of 7 overs Reed were suddenly 89-5. Jackson was caught behind for another good 35 and Peart was next to follow for 39. Both had looked very solid. Peart was the first victim of Innes's hat trick and all of a sudden Boxmoor were on top. Reed never really recovered. Blissett made 20, and Robert Dunn was unlucky to be given out LBW for 11, but no one else reached double figures and Reed had set the home team,127 to win in 60 overs. Boxmoor started their innings before tea and it was vital Reed got a wicket in that time, and they did. Despite being dropped earlier Puddy was caught behind for 2. William Clarke was taking full advantage off some very lively bounce and quickly took another wicket, bowling Sharp for 8 after the tea interval. Clarke was well supported by Peter Costen and then Ian Roberts. Both kept things tight at the other end. Roberts picked up a wicket before being [...]

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