2009 Match Report

Waresley

Reed’s Sunday second team hosted Waresley for a 40/40 friendly at the Green. With the visitors team made up with just a few more colts than our own Captain Peter Baker having won the toss decided to bat first. Reed had a slow and steady start reaching 20 for the first wicket in the ninth over. Opener George Greaves was then joined out in the middle by Marcus J.E. Baker, the two then went about increasing the run rate. Greaves and Baker played well notching up singles, converting them into two’s and hitting the ball hard for several boundaries. They had been able to fend off most of the opposition bowling until Baker (59) was out LBW, ending their 94 run partnership for the second wicket in just 14 over’s. Greaves (40) following soon after, bowled. Reed then lost some cheap wickets but Kallum Ward (21), James Bloor (36) and Alan Ward (14) batted well to get Reed to a good score of 217 for 6. The final partnership of Bloor and A. Ward put the fielding side under extra burden in the closing over’s with some quick singles, adding to Warseley’s annoyance having given away 45 runs in extras. Card pick of the Warseley bowlers 4-0-19-3. Despite their young side Warseley certainly had players who knew how to bat, opener Lawrence gave a fine performance for his 52, Key (33), Bowls (16*) also added runs as well as brothers D. Patel (26) and N. Patel (51). As for the bowlers Matt Giblin (6-0-43-1) bowled well but was often hit unjustly to the boundary but picked up a wicket for his woes. Neil Haslam (7-0-37-1), G. Greaves (6-1-22-1), J. Bloor (6-0-26-0) and K.L. Ward (6-0-27-0) [...]

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Woodcutters

Having won the toss Reed’s Sunday Second captain Peter Baker inserted the visitors, Woodcutters. Neil Haslam (4-2-2-2) struck on his first ball and thus began a bizarre collapse, Matt Giblin led the way for Reed finishing with incredible figures of five for nine. P. Baker then rotated the bowlers seeing that the opposition were really struggling against the opening bowlers with the score on 8 for 7. Which became 19 for 8 after David Hill (5-0-24-1) also struck. Woodcutters then found runs down the order from Browne (28), Proud (14) and Clifton (13*) as they finished on 95 all out from 27 overs. Nick Green (4-0-16-1) and Maseeh Naeem (1-0-4-1) picked up the last two wickets.In reply Reed made up the runs easily, David Johnson top scored with 33 supported by P. Baker (19) and M. Naeem (17*) who finished with Scott Caine (10*). Reed winning by 7 wickets.

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St. Margartsbury

After some early, cheap wickets Reeds Sunday seconds were bolstered by a partnership between John Kershaw and Keiren Willoughby in their friendly match against St Margaretsbury at the Green. The steady work by the two halted the flow of wickets and got the score ticking over. Kershaw was eventually out caught behind for 52 and Willoughby was also out soon after for 14. A brief cameo by Marcus J.E. Baker (14) added some runs but did not last for long. Captain Peter Baker (27*) then worked with the rest of the tail to take Reed to 146 for 9. Evidently St Margaretsbury has a strong youth set up as the young team quickly made runs. S. Spencer (54) and N. Sheffield (11) led the way and the winning runs were hit in only the 27th over. Reed picked up five wickets shared between K. Willoughby (5-0-37-3), Alex West (3-0-25-1) and George Garrott (3-0-16-1).

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Oakwood

Ed Blissett scored his second consecutive half-century for Reed’s Sunday Second XI when they beat visitors Oakwood by 1 wicket. Burrows had hit a bright 30 for Oakwood earlier but the loss of vital wickets meant that it was struggle for them to reach a defendable target. Fielders happened to be in just the right positions as demonstrated by super catches from John Kershaw, George Greaves, Nick Green and Blissett. These catches and committed ground-fielding supported some fine bowling by Alex West, Chris Martin, George Greaves and Kieran Willoughby who each took one wicket, but George Garrott stood-out with 5 for 14 from just 4 overs. Oakwood were all out for 116. In reply, only Blissett, (50), remained for any length of time but once he was out, Oakwood were definitely in the driving seat with their bowlers bowling fast and short at some of Reed’s young colts. However, the lower order batsmen edged nearer the target until Chris West accepted the invitation to on-drive the winning single in the 37th over. Reed won by 1 wicket.

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North Enfield

After some un-wanted pre-match stress Reed’s Sunday Seconds made the journey down to North Enfield for a 40/40 friendly. Reed fielded having lost the toss. Reed started well as brothers Alex and Chris West opened the bowling, Alex (8-3-10-2) struck early having one batsman caught behind by keeper Marcus J.E. Baker and then followed this soon after taking out another with middle stump. Will Kirby and Christian Martin then took over and continued in the same form, Martin (7-1-34-1) took a wicket whilst Kirby showed impressive skill taking two in two balls and then a third soon after and a fourth in a returning spell, he finished with figures of 7-2-14-4. Matt West (5-2-16-1) and Peter Baker (1-0-4-1) also struck and there were some brilliant catches by Graham Hazard, A. West and M. West. Meanwhile, hosting captain D. Macceson gave a vital knock of 56 to take North Enfield to 144 for 9 from their 40 overs. Due to unexpected drop outs Reed were forced to accept the polite offer of a substitute, fortunately he was a class bat and Chris Gilman joined P. Baker out in the middle. Both made aggressive starts. Gilman (48) and Baker (36) made 68 for the first wicket, then John Kershaw (15) made vital runs to take Reed closer to their target. But it was M.J.E. Baker who took Reed over the finishing line, smashing an undefeated 36 in only 16 balls (4x4 and 3x6), in only the twenty second over. Reed winners by 6 wickets.

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Newport

It was a scorcher and Reed Sunday seconds were playing away at Newport. Despite what seemed a young a possibly inexperienced side the hosting captain decided to bat first. Neil Haslam (5-0-16-1) started proceedings with some nice swing and with Chris West (7-0-40-2) also striking at the other end Reed had soon got into the Newport batsmen. However, Newport were making runs thanks to impressive innings from D. Herd (51), Spanle (13) and Williams (33). Christian Martin (7-1-36-0) bowled well to the middle order but was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Jack Tidey (6-1-7-3) with intimidating pace and James Bloor’s (5-1-25-3) almost bizarre hat trick were the highlights of Reeds fielding innings. The bowlers supported were by wicket keeper Marcus J.E. Baker who took two catches for no extra runs. Mitchell Cooper (4-1-7-1) finished the Newport innings taking the final wicket for 135. The heat may have accounted for a few-miss fields but generally the fielding was good. George Greaves (36) and Ed Blissett (19) gave Reed a good start with a partnership of 65 until Blissett was caught in the slips followed soon after by Greaves. However, numbers 3 and 4 M. Cooper (30*) and Graham Hazard (31) continued to attack the Newport bowling, Hazard with some classic ‘Bunker’ hard hitting found the boundary often. Soon enough Reed had reached the total Cooper hitting the winning runs finishing on 138 for 3.

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London Colney Home

Reed’s Sunday seconds batted first in there friendly game against London Colney at the Green and opening pair David Johnson and Peter Baker were soon making runs. They made a partnership of 101, making a stable base for the Reed innings, before Baker (41) was out caught. Johnson then found support in Hunter Diack (38), giving an impressive performance and Graham Hazard (12) who continued the flow of runs. But it was Johnson’s day as he capped a good return to Reed by hitting his maiden century finishing on 108 not out, ably assisted by George Greaves (20*). Reed finished on 254 for 5, with quite possibly a record number of 3’s (11) due to the large boundary. A miss hit off the bowling of Nick Green (8-0-23-1) bought around a catch and the first wicket in only the second over, from there wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Some fine spin bowling by Lloyd Bowman (7-0-35-2) and Kieran Willoughby (6-1-34-1) contributed to the wicket tally as did Matt West (6-0-35-1). However, it was George Greaves (6-2-7-3) who tore through the London Colney order and the final wicket fell in the last over with London Colney 101 runs shy finishing on 153 all out. There were some fantastic catches by G. Hazard, P. Baker and a stumping by M.J.E. Baker.

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Little Hadham

Twelve for one became twenty five for six as Reed’s top order played around the deadly straight bowling of N. Oxborrow (8-4-16-5) in their friendly game against Little Hadham. From losing six wickets in ten overs, 29 more went by before another fell as David Johnson and under thirteen colt player Dominic McComish saw off the visitors bowling. Playing with great maturity and skill the two put on 116 together for the seventh wicket. D. McComish made 26 playing his supporting role perfectly, falling on the fifth ball of the last over. That left Jack Tidy (3*) to run three with D. Johnson (74*) as Reed finished on 144 for 7. In reply Little Hadham had their own collapse as Reed took four quick wickets. Chris West (6-1-13-3) and Jack Tidey (7.3-1-22-1) led the Reed bowling attack as the visitors struggled on 21 for 4. However from there no further wickets fell as F. Jaynes (83*) and N. Oxborrow (16*) made a partnership of 125 to take the opposition over the finishing line.

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Knebworth Blue

Reed’s Sunday Second played Knebworth Blue at the main Hitchin Cricket Club ground late in the season for a ten a-side, 40/40 friendly. Having won the toss and opting to bat first Reed captain Peter Baker asked the young partnership of Julian Fynn and Kallum Ward to open the batting. After a close miss from the first ball the pair never looked back and never looked in trouble as they put runs on the board. At 17 overs with the score on 95 the call for another run proved fatal as Ward was run out for 43. P. Baker (11) then joined Fynn out in the middle and stayed with him as Reed went pass the hundred mark. Fynn looked in top form playing the best innings of his season he was eventually stumped out for an impressive 76. In the closing overs of the Reed innings the total was given a sudden boost in acceleration by the partnership of Keiran Willoughby (35*) and Marcus J.E. Baker both of whom struck the ball hard and scored quickly with several boundaries and singles to either batsmen. Baker, having scored 16 from the first three balls of the final over, then skied one ending his incredible innings of 71 from only 25 balls including (8x4’s, 3x 6’s). Reed finished their 40 overs on 246 for 4. It was not until Knebworth Blue had reached 53 that the breakthrough was made, in the second innings, when J. Fynn hit the stumps from a direct throw to run out Rusling (28). From there wickets fell at steady intervals to the bowling of Dominic McComish (6-0-26-2), Peter Baker (6-0-37-2) and Lloyd Bowman (6-0-29-4). Catches from K.L. Ward, P. Baker, L. [...]

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Guilden Morden Away

After the extreme rain of the day before Reed’s Sunday Seconds were indeed lucky to arrive at Guilden Morden to find a perfectly playable pitch. Due to a local fund rising bbq there were several spectators located around the ground to watch the game. Reed captain George Greaves lost the toss and was subsequently asked to bat first. Greaves went out with Peter Baker and started slowly as the outfield was not giving away many boundaries. Greaves (17) looked in fine touch until a good catch out in the deep ended his innings. Reed then suffered a collapse as four more wickets fell with little to no contribution to the then low total of 50 for 5 from 22 overs. P. Baker was then joined out in the middle by son Marcus who after a shaky first few balls found his eye scoring his first runs with a huge six. The pair rotated the strike as they successfully fended off the Guilden bowling. The Baker boys made an undefeated 117 together in 18 overs, P. Baker made 62 (6x4, 1x6) and M.J.E. Baker made 50 (5x4, 2x6) as Reed finished on the competitive score of 167 for 5. For the opposition Sean Tidey (8-0-30-3) showed his all round ability. Neil Haslam (4-0-43-1) took one in his first over however Guilden could boast having former county player, Ben Ingrey who came in at number 3 and proceeded to take Reed apart. Despite wickets from Matt Giblin (6-0-19-1) and Michael Naeem (3-0-27-1), both of whom held good lines Guilden reached their total in only the nineteenth over, Ingrey scoring 86 and S. Tidey 44.

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