2014 Match Report

2nd XI wrap up the title in emphatic style

The 2nd XI capped off a fine season by sweeping aside Kings Langley 2s on Saturday to wrap up their second consecutive league title. Having already gained promotion and needing only a high scoring draw to secure the league, skipper Marcus Martin lost the toss and visitors Kings Langley elected to bat on what looked a good surface. Star bowling duo Pete Tidey and Karl Ward got things going for Reed, and soon took a grip of the game as they have on so many occasions this year. Despite a batsman friendly track and quick outfield, Tidey was able to regularly pick up wickets throughout the innings, aided on one occasion by a spectacular slip catch by Marcus Martin. Tidey eventually took 6 wickets in the match, taking his season’s total to a remarkable 60 second team wickets. Ward also picked up his 40th wicket of the season as he too excelled. The balding pacemam Rupert Martin weighed in with 4 wickets too, as Kings Langley were bowled out for 197 in the 53rd over. Although Reed’s opening bowlers have been very impressive this year, so too have their opening batsman. Srikanth Tummala in his debut season for the club and vice-captain Phil Frenay have regularly put opposition bowlers to the sword, accruing a combined total of over 1,000 runs. Frenay, who was coming off back to back unbeaten centuries, started the Reed innings in imperious style, crunching boundaries to all parts. Frenay made his way into the 40’s, taking his season’s runs to in excess of 650, before he was stumped. Tummala continued in style however, and despite losing impressive youngster Rob Lankester and Matt Bowles cheaply, Tummala and the hard hitting Marcus J.E. Baker [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:16:12+01:00September 12th, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Heartbreak for Reed at the Final Hurdle

Reed 1st Xl narrowly failed to deliver the dream of Hertfordshire Premier League Cricket next season by losing their promotion Play-off against 9th placed Premier League side Potters Bar. Potter Bar won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat on a green wicket with cloud cover around. Reed couldn’t have started much better as the highly impressive 18-year-old Tom Walsingham (2-47) trapped Liam Gough (son of Darren) LBW for 0. He then picked up the wicket of 1st class cricketer overseas player Rahul Panta for 1 well caught behind by Sean Tidey. Reed were in dreamland as Jack Tidey (3-30) showed no rustiness from injury taking two early wickets clean bowling Palmer and Middlesex 2nd Xl player George Scott to reduce Potters Bar to 28-4. When Swailand then went for 4 to Tidey it was 40-5 and Reed were dominant in front of a good sized crowd. However, Mauwelge and Ben Taylor then forged a partnership that helped the score recover well before the impressive Tom Greaves (1-29) forced Mauwelge into a high risk shot to leave the score at 107-6. At this point Reed were still on top but unfortunately another partnership between Taylor and Scutt (35) slowly developed and not h elped by a couple of chances going to waste and not a lot of luck going their way Reed were unable to make any further breakthroughs. Potters Bar crept up above 200 and with a good finish eventually posted 217-6 in their 50 overs with Taylor making an absolutely crucial and well fought 97 not out for his side. There was no doubt Potters Bar had the momentum on a bowler friendly wicket and having recovered so well. However, if Reed could [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:16:13+01:00September 9th, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Reed fall at final hurdle to the Premier League

Reed 1xi narrowly failed to deliver the dream of Hertfordshire Premier League cricket at the Green next season by losing their promotion Play-off against 9th placed Premier League side Potters Bar. After losing the toss and surprisingly being put in the field on a green wicket with cloud cover around Reed couldn’t have started much better as the highly impressive 18 year old Tom Walsingham (2-47) trapped Liam Gough (son of Darren) LBW for 0. He then picked up the wicket of 1st class cricketer overseas player Rahul Panta for 1 well caught behind by Sean Tidey. Reed were in dreamland as Jack Tidey (3-30) showed no rustiness from injury taking two early wickets clean bowling Palmer and Middlesex 2s player George Scott to reduce Potters Bar to 28-4. When Swailand then went for 4 to Tidey it was 40-5 and Reed were dominant in front of a good sized crowd. However, Mauwelge and Ben Taylor then forged a partnership that helped the score recover well before the impressive Tom Greaves (1-29) forced Mauwelge into a high risk shot to leave the score at 107-6. At this point Reed were still on top but unfortunately another partnership between Taylor and Scutt (35) slowly developed and n ot helped by a couple of chances going to waste and not a lot of luck going their way Reed were unable to make any further breakthroughs. In which case inevitably Potters Bar crept up above 200 and with a good finish eventually posted 217-6 in their 50 overs with Taylor making an absolutely crucial and well fought 97 not out for his side. There was no doubt Potters Bar had the momentum on a bowler friendly wicket and [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:16:19+01:00September 9th, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Fourths spun-out at Old Es

Another additional fixture to the published list was played when Reed’s Fourth XI travelled to Barnet to play Old Elizabethan’s Third XI who usually play their League matches one division higher. Unfortunately for the Reed bowlers, every bad ball seemed to be hit to the long-ish boundary by the home side’s batsmen who were also assisted by some butter-fingers by the Reed fielders. However, Bill Mansfield claimed 3 wickets for 18 runs and Jack Childs took 2 wickets. Matt Yates, Will Kirby, Lloyd Bowman and Benji Mansfield took 1 apiece and the fielding became more reliable with Bill Mansfield’s 2 catches in the deep, Will Kirby’s 1 at cover and Benji Mansfield’s relative skyer at short fine leg. Wicket-keeper, Bobby White, made a fluid stumping off Childs too. Old Es ended their 40 overs at 207 for 9. There were some good individual efforts by Reed’s batsmen in reply, but the writing was on the wall once Old Es’ young colt, James Michelin, started flighting his leg-breaks. Playing his first-ever match in “Open Age” cricket, young Michelin recorded a memorable 6 for 31 with some real ripping spinners. Reed were all-out for 111 with the highest scores coming from Lloyd Bowman, 27, Jack Childs, 20, and Zac Conley, 19. Reed IV lost to Old Elizabethans III by 96 runs.

By |2014-09-09T13:25:08+01:00September 9th, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

The Hughes Army earns team victory

Annual opponents Little Hadham played host to Reed for the penultimate Sunday fixture of the 2014 season. The strength of his side left Reed captain Rhodri Hughes in no doubt that batting first was the right way to go. Unusually for the visitors the match was arranged as a timed game as Peter Baker and Rob Willoughby started proceedings. Despite the apparent strength of the batting order Reed soon found themselves in trouble with early wickets falling leaving them 37 for 3. Lloyd Bowman began to repair things with some good shots to the leg side. Marcus J.E. Baker now at the wicket soon enough started to play his shots in a care free fashion quickly racking up boundaries. Bowman eventually fell for 27 but Baker continued regardless. His use of the slog sweep and hitting down the wicket proving particularly destructive. Having raced past his 50 and quickly heading towards three figures Baker was then unexpectedly removed thanks to a fantastic diving catch at square leg. Jack Tidey joined Maseeh Naeem at the crease and the pair played without any pressure as Tidey also tallied up 4’s and 6’s. In no time he had also reached his half century before retiring. Hughes decided that Reed’s 233 for 5 was enough so declared. In the 3 overs before the tea break Little Hadham suffered a terrible start as Joe Graves struck twice. After tea Ollie Mansfield quickly claimed his own wicket with a fine line and length. Hughes began to rotate his bowlers with spinners Matt Naeem and Toby Emes taking wickets thanks to catches by M.J.E. Baker and Tidey. Reed soon had their hosts at 32 for 7 before a stubborn partnership between South [...]

By |2014-09-09T13:26:38+01:00September 9th, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Just too much out of reach

Saracens Cricket Club are a wandering side and after missing a few seasons, wandered back to the village green at Reed for a friendly last Sunday. This long-established cricket club is not to be confused with the better known rugby club of the same name who sponsor the Hertfordshire Cricket League. “Friendly” it may have been, but competitive it was. Inserted by Reed captain, MJE Baker, Saracens got under way but lost three wickets quite soon to the pace bowling of Joe Graves, 3 for 23. Rhodri Hughes’s leg-breaks accounted for another batsman as the visitors built their innings steadily, thanks mostly to Matt Ayre with 27, then later, to Ben Wallis, 40, George, 30, and A Young, 24. But once the slow bowling pairing of Fergus Martin and Matthew Naeem was introduced, Saracens only just managed to reach 176 for 9 in their 40 overs. Martin took 2 for 2 and Naeem 3 for 21 as they restricted the lower-order batsmen from a late charge. The Reed reply was promising bigger things as Rhodri Hughes scored 15 in an opening partnership of 25 with Martin, but after he fell to a catch, two further wickets fell cheaply leaving Reed at 39 for 3 in the fifteenth over; well behind the required run rate. Briefly, Ben Moody accompanied Martin as they added 25 then the big-hitting Jack Tidey smacked three sixes in his cameo of 28. Now, still behind the rate, Saracens’ veteran bowlers tied-up Reed’s later batsmen. All this time, Fergus Martin continued in his unflappable approach and predictably passed the milestone of fifty. With just five overs remaining and 9 wickets down, Martin began to hit-out and 22 runs were scored in the [...]

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Career-best 4 for 44 by Steve Hughes for the 4th XI

This week there were sufficient players available for Reed’s Fourth XI to arrange a fixture through the Cricket Conference with the north London based club, Mayfield CC. Batting first on a green pitch, Mayfield’s opening batsmen put-on a sound partnership before a little cluster of wickets fell together. Much to his amazement, part-time bowler Steve Hughes had grabbed 3 wickets to well-judged outfield catches by John Kershaw, Bill Mansfield and Zac Conley. A fourth wicket came his way with the aid of a stumping by the “war-wounded”, Lloyd Bowman, who had earlier copped a high-riser on the eyebrow. He bravely resumed after treatment now wisely donning a helmet. Steve Hughes finished with career best figures of 4 for 44. Son, Rhodri, also took a wicket with another catch by Bill Mansfield on the boundary, whilst Mansfield himself, induced a well-deserved wicket when Peter Baker pouched a regulation two-hander in the slips. Matt Yates and the Conley brothers, Zac and Josh, h ad bowled their overs economically and were unlucky not to take wickets. Being a “timed game”, Mayfield declared after 44 overs with the total of 189 for 6. After tea, Peter Baker, (19), and Rhodri Hughes, (18), comfortably put-on 38 for Reed’s first wicket but a change to the slows of Cullen, (4 for 48), impacted on the reply. Number 4, Steve Hoye, scored 16, Bowman, down the order, 11, but the highest score was Bill Mansfield’s 23. Now unable to get anywhere near the required target, it remained for Mayfield to winkle-out the Reed batsmen whose other alternative was to bat-out for a draw. However, the innings closed on 130 all-out leaving the hosts victorious by 59 runs with change-bowler, Ravi Sondh, claiming [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:16:21+01:00September 1st, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Reed melt on tour

The sun shone, the runs flowed, and the prestigious end of season tour match proved a social and cricketing success. Invited to bat first on a belter of a home track, openers Martyn Cook and u15 Captain Joey Greenslade got off to a lightening start, with 8 off the visiting captain’s first over, Joey despatching the second ball over the fence at mid wicket. Thus the next 9 overs followed, with the two first teamers enjoying the friendly bowling and the generous fielding. Martyn retired on 51 after facing just 34 deliveries. Joey, having looked assured for his 40, was cut in half by one that jagged back from Sean Tidey. Lee Whiddett (22) and Chris Grenslade (48 off 35) maintained the momentum, as did Tim Hales (44 off 46) as the middle order piled on the runs, bringing up the 200 mark in just the 30th over. Sam Man and Neal Clarke both hit maximums in breezy cameo knocks as the home side looked to post a massive score, and Michael Farmer weighed in with 2 glorious switch hits for consecutive boundaries as the hosts edged ever closer to 300. Matt Clarke scored a quick fire 20 off just 12 deliveries, but was unable to see his team pass that target. Following a sumptuous tea, brothers Ben and Sam Carding bowled in tandem, restricting the visitors to just 52 off the first 10, each taking a wicket. Phil Frenay, with 9 boundaries, passed 50, but was out caught behind off Mike Farmer in the same over before he could retire. Ben Bowles also scored a half century, before walking without being adjudged caught at the wicket, on the first ball of Lee Whiddett’s spell, [...]

By |2014-08-26T13:23:36+01:00August 26th, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: , |0 Comments

Surprise success for Reeds “composite” 1st Xl

With 2nd place in the SHCL Herts Championship League secured the previous week, Reed found themselves in dire selection straits with 5 of their regular 1st Xl either injured or absent on holiday. With Reed 2nd Xl seeking to win their own league the Club Selectors decision was taken to top up the 1st Xl team for this weeks with 5 players from Reeds normal 3rd Xl. The composite Reed 1st Xl team, missing all 3 of their normal opening bowlers, and several top batsmen, travelled to play 3rd placed Totteridge Millhillians skippered by former England Test Star John Emburey. Totteridge won the toss and invited Reed to bat first. Will Heslam went cheaply but then Sam Fairbrother and Chris Jackson took the score along at a good pace before Fairbrother fell stumped for 30, and soon after Jackson departed caught for 34. Reed limped from 96-3 to stand at 128-6 with all the 1st Xl regulars dismissed and a low total threatening. However, the elevated Reed players came to the fore and all made significant contributions to the Reed cause. 17-year-old Reece Fitzgerald led the way with a marvelous innings of 40 and was well supported by fellow promising youngster Jack Caine who made 18. Michael Robertson struck a swashbuckling 27 not out and the Reed tail certainly wagged pushing the score to a respectable 237 all out in 44.6 of the 50 overs available to them. Reeds stand in seam bowlers bowled respectably but Totteridge’s reply got off to a good start, the score passing 50 without loss. Skipper Tom Greaves bowled a miserly spell of 10 overs 1-26 but it was batting hero Reece Fitzgerald who demonstrated his all-round talents taking the [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:16:22+01:00August 26th, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Moody on Form Despite Loss

A conference fixture was arranged between Reed and the travelling side J.B. from the Wembley area. Marcus J.E. Baker won the toss and inserted the visitors. Reed took the early advantage with two cheap wickets falling, one to Sam Rice and the other to Joe Graves. Both bowled well in their opening spells but after the initial breakthroughs J.B. recovered thanks to magnificent innings by Imzan and Zahid. Both cruised past their half centuries and looked in complete control as Reeds bowlers seemed ineffective. However, Graham Stuart then made the breakthrough by bowling Imzan for 73. Now into the final 10 overs J.B.’s incoming batsman played in swashbuckling mode many sacrificing their wickets in the pursuit of big boundaries. Zak Conley chipped in with a wicket, Baker took three expensive wickets and Rice returned and took his second thanks to a stumping by Ben Moody off the last ball of the innings. J.B.’s aggressive batting taking them to 260 for 8. Reed started very poorly and found themselves at 31 for 6 when Rob Willoughby was given out LBW for 22. Number 8 Baker joined Moody at the crease and instructed his young partner to forget the situation and just to enjoy himself. Which is exactly what the pair did, perfecting the simple art of blocking the straight ones and slaughtering the bad balls. Reeds total benefited from Moody’s aggressive running which saw the home side pinch extra runs. Despite adding just under 100 runs together Reed were still a long way off their target so Baker threw caution to the wind and was duly punished by being bowled for 63. Moody now had 10 overs left to make his half century but the incoming [...]

By |2014-08-25T15:46:21+01:00August 25th, 2014|Categories: 2014, 2014 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments