Reed 1XI failed to secure promotion to the Home Counties Premier League on the final day of the season as they lost to Langleybury who were fighting for their Herts League Division One survival in a hard fought encounter. Langleybury won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket that although hard looked like it would offer something to the bowlers. This seemed the case and Mitchell Cooper (1-28) got an impressive early breakthrough caught well by Ed Garrott at slip which alongside a run out by James Heslam got Reed off to a great start with the home side 13-2 after 4 overs. However, some good aggressive batting by Langleybury and slight overpitching in the conditions by the Reed bowlers meant they were able to ride a bit of luck and recover well to 100-2 off just 23 overs. This had set the platform for a decent total meaning that although Tom Greaves bowled another good spell of 19-2-75-4 and Rupert Martin (10-0-34) bowled economically, Langleybury were able through a couple more decent partnerships to set a challenging score for Reed to chase of 218-6. Amin, Soulsby and Will Oxley were the pick of the Langleybury batsman all scoring half centuries. So Reed needed to chase down 218 in 46 overs for promotion. Unfortunately with the pace of Gage added to the Langleybury attack since the reverse fixture earlier in the season and the helpful wicket with the new ball this was always going to be a tough ask for the Reed batsman. That proved to be the case as both Heslam’s fell to the pace and bounce of Gage with James going to a snorter off the glove and Will out [...]
With two heavy downpours stopping play Reed could count themselves very lucky to finish the game let alone win against annual rivals Little Hadham. Reed were even more fortunate considering that they were short on players. Reed never had more than 9 on the field with two players joining part way through the first innings it was only thanks to the generosity of the visitors that some stand –ins were provided as Reed fielded first. A tentative couple of deliveries from Will Kirby made way to an impressive line and length accounting for the first two wickets. Lloyd Bowman too bowled very well and troubled the opposition batsmen, but was unlucky to go wicket less. Reed captain Marcus J.E. Baker and Sean Tidey then replaced Bowman and Kirby after each bowled 8 overs. Tidey looked threatening whilst Baker also looked like he was about to strike which eventually he did. Baker (1), Bowman, and Kirby (2) each went for 35 in their 8 overs whilst Tidey finished 0 for 31 from his 6. Reed had already evacuated the pitch once but the second downpour saw an early tea taken. When play resumed it was decided that 4 overs per innings would be lost. This left Graham Stuart (1for 4) and Rob Lankaster (1 for 9) to send down an over each. Stuart taking his wicket thanks to a catch from Baker and Lankaster’s from Tidey taking his third catch. There were also two run outs from Lankaster and Bowman. Little Hadham completed their 36 overs on 159 for 7. The surprising early loss of Sean Tidey in the second innings made way for Tom Walsingham to join Peter Baker at the crease. The pitch by [...]
Then on Friday the 21 June Reed Under 11's travelled to Wittlesford to face (Cambridge U11 division F) league leaders Thriplow.Reed's captain Freddie Ancliff won the toss and chose to bat. Thriplow made an excellent start with the best bowling Reed have experienced this year in keeping Reed to 3 wickets for 11 runs after the first 4 pairs. The last pair of Harrison Caldicott-Stevens and Michael Catt saved Reeds innings with Michael Catt scoring 15 runs off 11 balls to leave Reed with a net score of 3 for 231.Thriplow made an excellent start to their innings with their opening 3 pairs making 30 runs for a cost of only 1 wicket. Then the Reed bowlers found their form against the forth pair with Freddie Ancliff (2-7) leading by example and setting the standard for Richard Stuart (1-3), Cormac Hosie (1-4) and Michael Catt (1-14).There was a tense finish to the game with Thriplow needing 4 off the last 3 balls but excellent fielding by Reed kept out the home team with Thriplow finishing their innings with 5 for 228, and a win for Reed. A great week which leaves Reed topping the league with two games to play.
The week started with Reed Under 11s travelling to Therfield on Monday 17 June to face Royston. Reed were sent in to bat first and with every pair of Reed batters putting an average of net 12 runs on the scoresheet saw Reed finish their innings at 5 for 265.Reed's fielding was tight throughout the Royston innings and through the efforts of the bowlers Cormac Hosie (3-3), Liam Gurney (2-6), Will King (1-2), Brady Henaghan (1-3), Kieran Mckinna (1-4) and Stephen Bishop (1-11) managed to keep Royston to under the 200 starting level to finish their innings at 9 for 198 and a well deserved win for Reed Under 11's.
Reed Under 13s brought home the first silverware of the summer. They won the Under 13 7-a-side played at Therfield and hosted by Royston.The teams that entered were the Linton Lionesses, Royston Eagles, St Giles Super 7's and Reed Royals.Reed started off by beating Linton in their opening game without losing a wicket. Jag Lalli and Luke Wilkinson set about the bowling attack and Reed scored over 60. This was too much for Linton who fell short of the target.The second game was against the much favoured Cambridge St Giles. Bowling first Reed took all 6 wickets with King bowling sharply taking 2 wickets in 2 balls. Other highlights included Matt Inmans caught and bowled and Brenden Salters sublime one handed catch on the boundary to finish the innings. Cambridge St Giles only scored 43 which King and Pamela Chicken knocked off comfortably.The third game was a dead rubber as both Reed and Royston had qualified for the final . Matt Yates and Robert Steyn opened the batting and looked comfortable once they got their eye in. Unfortunately that game was lost.The final was played as a 12 over per side with King winning the toss and inserting Royston. Reed’s tactical decision to open with Oli Paulus paid dividends when he took 2 wickets in his first over. Despite a rain shower the game resumed and Royston set Reed a total of 68. Reed brought the big guns back and Lalli and Inman knocked the runs off in the 11th over. With one required Royston bowled a bye which finished the game much to Captain Kings delight as he skipped down the wicket like a show pony holding his bat aloft.In all games Reed fielded [...]
Thriplow dealt Reeds Keatley Cup hopes a serious blow on Monday evening and all but finished their chances of retaining the competition. 14 runs separated the teams in an entertaining evening match on Fowlmere village green. Thriplow posted 133-5 in their 16 overs thanks to some lusty blows by Staley who scored all but four of his 28 runs with boundaries. It was the young Richer who top scored though with 37, he was ably supported by Gasiemidis (24) and Jones (19). Whilst Thriplows total included some excellent running between the wickets Reeds midweek captain M.Cooper will be disappointed with some uncharacteristic errors in the field and the conceding of 20 extras by his side.Reeds reply begun with T.Greaves hitting two maximums on his way to 33. His wicket was claimed by Thriplow captain R.Turner who went on to steal the show with figures of 4-14 including a hat-trick! His fourth and final over of his spell started with Reed on 67-2 and finished with them on 67-5. To make matters worse the visitors now required another 67 runs from the remaining 6 overs. M.Coopers 23 was in vain and his side were soundly beaten by an efficient Thriplow. Reeds R. Barlow bemoaned his teams application 'For large parts of tonight's game we've been outplayed and for a club that has such a good record in this competition it's not acceptable. People came over tonight to support us and we've let them down for the second time in this competition.'
A welcome return to The Green for Reed’s Sunday Seconds saw a mammoth total amassed by the home side. Having played away for most of the season Reed were happy to have the home advantage again and with just the one game being played they could boast to having one or two first teamers in their ranks. Freddy Stuart was captain for the day, he lost the toss but came away with the result he wanted regardless with Reed being inserted.Despite an early loss, Reed scored quickly. Sean Tidey and Michael Robertson refused to play in anything but top gear with boundaries coming left, right and centre. Tidey’s assault saw him quickly get his half century. Robertson (32) finally fell after shooting one straight up. At that time the score was 85 for 2 from only 7 overs. Freddy Stuart came to the crease and joined in for a time playing to his strengths with some fantastic late cuts. Reed’s captain made 12 before being bowled and making way for Richie Barlow. Meanwhile Tidey was still blasting away in making yet another devastating century. He eventually retired hurt after a spell of cramp with 132 including 12 fours and 9 sixes. Barlow then took charge of Reed’s innings and although the run rate noticeably dropped off in Tidey’s absence the home side continued to score fluently. Barlow, looking classy (61) and Josh Caldecott-Stevens (11) batted well together after drinks. Knocks from Marcus J.E. Baker (24) and Jack Tidey (39*) added to Reed’s mighty total which finished on 338-9.With such a huge total Freddy Stuart had the luxury of rotating the bowling to give everyone a go. Joe Graves and Josh Caldecott- Stevens opened the Reed [...]
Reed’s Sunday Seconds held out against the rain to ensure a comfortable 9 wicket win over Stevenage III’s. Playing on the main ground the visiting Reed side bowled first after captain Marcus J.E. Baker won the toss.A strong side wind was present during most of the first innings and it was an added factor for Reeds opening bowlers Joe Graves and Jack Childs to battle. Both, having accustomed themselves to the wind, started bowling some good tight lines. Childs got the first wicket of the day removing the opposition captain for 0. However, troubles with his run up led to him being replaced prematurely by Rob Willoughby. The simple style of Willoughby did not allow much to be scored off the bat and when eventually partnered with Josh Conley they saw Reed to drinks with a modest total on the board.Willoughby (0-30) would finish un-rewarded due to some at times poor fielding. Conley claimed two, one bowled and another thanks to a catch from Peter G. Baker running in from gully. He would finish with 2 for 33 from his 8 overs. Sam Rice began to tie the opposition in knots as he spun the ball both ways leaving Stevenage un-sure on their shot selection. Combined with Rice was P.G. Baker and Rhodri Hughes bowling alternate overs from the same end. The plan was to not allow the batsmen to feel comfortable at the wicket with constant variation and change in rhythm. The tactics proved successful as Baker (1-17), Hughes (1-4) and Rice (1-25) took wickets. Their triumvirate came to end leaving a single over each to be bowled by Childs and Graves. Childs, thanks to Lloyd Bowman taking his second catch of the day, [...]
Reeds Sunday second XI had a positive start to the season with a fantastic win over the visiting Guilden Morden. Marcus J.E. Baker won the toss and inserted the opposition in overcast conditions.Joe Graves got things going for Reed coming down the hill, whilst Under 15 Owen Hughes opened from the other end. It was O. Hughes who got ball rolling for Reed with fantastic caught and bowled from his first ball to remove Ben Ingrey. He followed this up soon after by bowling S. Willow for 4 giving Reed a firm advantage in the early stages. O. Hughes, with impressive figures of 2 for 22 from his 5 overs made way for Masseh Naeem whilst Joe Graves (6-0-19-0) was replaced by Rhoddri Hughes. The first change bowlers proved equally dangerous with both taking wickets in their first overs. However, things took a turn for the worst for Reed as opposition captain Sam Ingrey came to the crease and took a liking to R. Hughes bowling. The left hander cleared the boundary multiple times on his way to a brisk 56. He was then bowled by the sharp pace from Roddi Liebenberg (2-1-1-2) who took another with his next ball putting Reed back on top. R. Hughes then came back on and collect ed two more wickets finishing with 3 for 58. Meanwhile, Maseeh Naeem had help up the other end with an extraordinary spell, he finished with figures of 7 overs, 6 maidens, 1 wicket for just 3 runs. The Guilden Morden tail was finished off by Steve Hughes (2-0-7-1) and Freddy Stuart taking the final wicket with his single delivery.With a target of 120 Reed were confident of a victory but knew that [...]
It was a day for the batsmen as Reed travelled away to face Knebworth Blue in a high scoring friendly. The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first.Knebworth were racing along as Gill bludgeoned the ball around the park in partnership with Butterbee (37). The introduction of Sam Rice (1-62) brought around the first wicket with John Kershaw taking a nice catch behind off Butterbee. This however only allowed Dave Saunders to come to the crease who joined Gill in the heavy hitting. Graeme Stuart then came onto bowl and took the wicket of Gill but sadly it was after he had made three figures, Stuart would go onto remove Benjamin (39) and would finish with figures of 8 overs, 2 for 40. Considering the two attacking batsmen and lighting fast outfield Stuart’s figures were good as were under 15 Owen Hughes. He had earlier opened the bowling and now would come back to take yet another caught and bowled finishing with 7 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 30. Marcus J.E. Baker removed Saunders (67) but it had cost him to the tune of 54 runs and Josh Conley (1-48) would also chip in, in a returning spell. Reed had given themselves a hefty target of 292 due to the incredible amount of extras and dropped catches of key batsmen which in hindsight could have saved them a lot of runs. Reed went about their chase with positivity and soon were rewarded with the beginning of a good partnership between Peter G. Baker and Steve Hughes. On 26 Hughes (11) was given LBW having just hit successive boundaries. Baker was then joined by John Kershaw and the pair took advantage of the quick [...]