1999 Match Report


Datchworth won the toss and decided to bat first in this Herts League match. William Clarke got his first league wicket when he removed Warrington for 7. Ian Roberts was again bowling tightly at the over end and finally got the wicket he deserved by getting Nash for 20. He struck again just before drinks and ended up with 2-24 from his 16 overs. Robertson had already got 2 wickets and Reed were well on top. Datchworth needed to make some runs and quickly. Steve Stroomer came in a decided to put bat to ball. He hit a quick fire 35 before he became one of Mark Peart's four victims. Peart quickly destroyed Datchworth's lower order, but Reed just couldn't get the last wicket and so a few extra over that were to turn out to be vital. Peart finished with 4-27 from 10 overs and Datchworth ended 117-9. Reed again suffered early loss of wickets and were 20-3. It was again Chris Jackson who came to the rescue. He hit a fine 45 before being adjusted LBW. Ed Blissett and Richard Robertson were the only other Reed players to make double figures, 29 and 10 respectively. Reed batted so slowly that they ended up 109-9 by the end of their 47 overs. Steve Stroomer was the main reason. He picked up wickets at vital times. He took 6-36 in 16 overs. Both sides picked up 9 points.

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Eversholt (Village Cup)

  Reed couldn’t repeat the heroics of the previous round and were well beating by Eversholt in the Nation Village Competition. Reed won the toss and decided to bat. They had made 43 in just 10 overs and looked in no trouble when Curtis was caught for 25. With Mark Peart following 10 runs later, when he was unlucky to help the ball on to his stumps with his foot, for a solid 23, and inform Chris Jackson all being dismissed Reed’s fine start had floundered. Wickets feel at regular intervals and only Trevor Saunders reached double figures. His top score of 36 was the high spot of a disappointing afternoon. He was the 7th man out with the score on 106. The last 3 Reed wickets managed just 12 more runs and Reed were all out for a very modest 118. Despite losing a wicket in the 4th over to Ian Roberts, Eversholt were already on 29. They were aggressive and determined to get the job done. Reed never looked like defending such a low score and despite Mark Peart removing Litchfield just after he had reached his 50, Eversholt coasted to an 8 wicket win with 12 overs in hand.

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Eversholt League

Reed's last league game of the season finished on a low note. Despite a good effort by the bowlers they were once again let down by the batting. Reed decided to bat first. Baz Curtis and Paul Watts got Reed off to a reasonable start putting on 46 for the first wicket before Curtis went for an aggressive 38, but Reed were soon reduced to 51-4 just 4 overs later. William Clarke and Ed Blissett got Reed to 76-6 when Clarke was run out. Reed lost two more wickets on 76. Blissett the last of them for 9. That included an amazing 7 when a fielder picked up the wicket keepers glove to field the returning throw, thus giving away 5 more runs to add to the 2 the batsman had run. Richard Robertson hit his highest league score of the season with some lusty blows and he was the last man out for 24. Reed's opening bowlers really fought hard to get Reed back in the game. Both William Clarke and Peter Costen caused problems to the home side's batsman. Reed had the league runners up in all sorts of trouble at 40-4. Both bowlers had picked up 2 wickets each. Graham Wilson held a great catch in the deep to give Costen his second victim. Eversholt's strength is their batting and apart from Robertson removing Davis for 45, Eversholt had no other alarms. In the end it was a comfortable 5 wicket win for the home side.

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Reed lost their first league game this season to new promoted Flitwick. Reed got off to a dreadful start with both openers back in the pavilion with just 5 on the board. A stand of 59 by Paul Watts and Chris Jackson repaired some of the damage. Watts was the man to go for 17. It wasn't long before the home side lost another wicket and were 86-4, but this brought Simon Jackson to the wicket and the two brothers put on 84 for the 5th wicket. Chris was now if full flow caressing the ball to every part of the ground and with Simon also moving the ball around well too Reed made steady progress toward maximum batting points. Simon went for 30, but was able to watch his brother score his first ever ton for Reed. He was dismissed with Reed needing just 3 for maximum batting points and a job well done. He went for 105. He hit 11s and 2 6s the finally one in to the pavilion to bring up his landmark. Reed eventually finished on 202-8. Reed needed an early break through and got it when Richard Robertson struck when Flitwick had just 2. Robertson was well support by Ian Roberts and although Reed weren't taking wickets they did make scoring difficult. They received a boost as Robertson struck twice more to reduce the visitors to 54-3. Peter Costen replaced Robertson and picked up a wicket in his first over and with Mark Peart striking early in his spell Flitwick looked in trouble at 96-5. To their credit Flitwick didn't panic and with Summerfield still there they edged towards their target. He went for 71, but Reed weren't to [...]

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Hatfield Hyde

  Reed won the toss on another hot day and decided to bat. For once the first four got a start and built a great foundation for a big total. Baz Curtis and Paul Watts put on 80 for the first wicket before Curtis was caught in the deep for 51. This brought Chris Jackson to the wicket. After a poor run with the bat in recent weeks Jackson started slowly, but soon got into his stride. He and Watts were moving along nicely before Watts was also caught for a fine 41. Trevor Saunders was moved up the order to give the innings some impetuous. It didn't take long before the boundaries started to flow. He hit an aggressive 32 before he was also caught. It was the same fate for Jackson when he had reached 57. His brother Simon moved the ball around well and with some good running with his partner Michael Berks they saw Reed to a challenging 229-6. Reed gambled and gave the visitors 2 extra overs to reach the 230 they needed. Reed knew Hatfield Hyde could chase almost anything if they got going and so early wickets were vital. Michael Berks struck with just his 4th delivery. William Clarke also struck early to leave the visitors 12-2. This brought in the danger man Rasput. He never seems to fail to get runs against Reed and at an electrifying speed. Chris Jackson replaced Berks and Ian Roberts replaced Clarke. Rasput was at it again quickly reaching 15 when Jackson managed to get one to turn and beat the bat. Keeper Stuart Smith had the bails off in a flash and the game had literally turned Reed's way. Roberts and [...]

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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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