1st XI REPORT 2015 The 1XI had a mixed 2015 season with some performances equal to or better than the standard set over recent seasons and some more disappointing. However, in a Championship significantly strengthened from the previous year and with some serious injuries to key players it remained a good season which hopefully sets a platform which along with a bit of luck can hopefully allow for another go at promotion to the Premier league in the future. Key performers with the bat were myself, Chris Jackson and William Heslam, the latter despite only playing half the season. However, typically many others chipped in too with the likes of Stuart Smith, Tom Greaves, new signing Rich Wharton, Alex Mutucamarana, Sean Tidey, Mitchell Cooper, Jack Tidey and overseas player Phil Lill all showing their ability with the bat at this level. The signing of Matt Sampson with 2 games to go is also very encouraging looking ahead as is the classy innings Rob Lankester produced in the final game of the season underlying his promise in his first opportunity to bat in 1XI league cricket. And hopefully if work allows the talented Rich Wharton can thrive with a regular spot in the future top order. With the ball Jack Tidey was outstanding. He consistently took key wickets at the top of the order which was crucial with the strength of the batting being particularly high in the Championship last season and his presence was sorely missed when injured. Phil Lill was also excellent more than filling the role required coming into the side for the season ending up leading wicket taker and top of the averages. Tom Greaves yet again bowled some crucial long spells [...]
Reed Cricket Club U11 Report Pre season the U11’s team started with 5 registered players and we were unsure if we could get a team to fulfill the fixtures, but by hook or crook we managed to get sign on 8 more new players, some new to cricket and some much more experienced. In the first match we only had 7 players and being 10 a side pairs we, not surprisingly, lost heavily. The addition of a couple of new players; Sam Osborne and Charlie Walters made a big improvement this year and the league season ended with 5 wins and 5 defeats. Our team was the youngest team in the league and the only matches we lost were against teams who were a lot older. On the batting side; Sam Osborne scored 66 runs, only being out once in nine matches. Ross Gardner was the second highest run scorer with 57 runs in nine matches. On the bowling side; Sam Osborne and Adam Gardner both took 10 wickets closely followed by Charlie Walters who took 9, including 2 wickets from the last two balls of the match to beat Foxton. Sam Osborne and Ross Gardner have both played Area cricket for North Herts this year and have both been pre-selected for 2016. Hopefully they will be joined by Adam Gardner and Charlie Walters who will be taking part in the North Area trials in November. All in all, this season has turned out much better than we could have hoped. Where we lacked in numbers we certainly made up for in quality, as we had a nucleus of some very good players being backed up by some enthusiastic newcomers which bodes well for the [...]
Visiting Baldock made a hefty 247 for 6 when they came to Reed in a season closing friendly. Owen Hughes and Sean Tidey had opened for Reed and had done a superb job at keeping the opposition tied down. With the pressure on, Baldock tried hitting their way out of their trouble only to find the waiting hands of Reeds fielders. Hughes claimed three wickets in a superb opening spell. Things however took a turn for the worse as the visitors took advantage of some indifferent bowling and fielding. None the less Reeds skipper Marcus J.E. Baker had faith that his batting line up could easily chase down their target. Things did not get started in the right way however with a wicket falling to the first ball of the innings and a second falling soon after. William Heslam showed a steely resilience for his side as he tried to change Reeds fortunes. Heslam was then bowled for 33 by one of Baldocks two quicks. His stubborn, diligent innings proved that runs could be made and the batsman that followed him used his example in scoring. Rob Willoughby (33) and Richard Barlow (20) made useful contributions. However the major effort came from Jack Tidey. Scoring a 6 off his first ball he continued in the same vain with some almost outrageous hitting. The change bowlers were targeted and the boundary found as Tidey went mad. Baker (44) came in at 6 and partnered Tidey in an 81 run stand knocking off the runs. Baker’s prediction of reaching their target was realised thanks to some gutsy batting throughout the order but in particular Tidey. He finished on 94 not out a score made from just 29 [...]
In the final match of the 2015 season Reed played host to Waresley who batted first and took advantage of some sloppy fielding by Reed as they amassed a total 231. Joe Graves and Ollie Mansfield had opened for Reed and had kept things quiet whilst first change Steve Hughes claimed two wickets in his 8 overs. However, Waresley started to put play ever more aggressive shots and racked up the boundaries. The visitors then went about defending their total and achieved this with two cheap wickets. Some gutsy runs from Peter Baker (19) and Ben Mansfield (16) were important but neither could push on. Eventually with 4 wickets lost Marcus J.E. Baker came to the crease to join Ben Moody. Moody found great success taking the fight back to the opposition, making run scoring as easy as it possibly should have been. Baker also eventually got going but played the supporting role to Moody who looked better and better. He finally achieved the great promise he’s shown by making his maiden half-century. It was an innings of skill and maturity with a touch of audacity. Baker and Moody had made 50 for the fifth wicket when Moody (54) was bowled. Baker then tried his best with overs running out to keep Reed in the game. He biffed the ball about but found boundaries hard to come by. He misjudged running a second and was run out for 35. More wickets fell and the chance of victory slipped through Reeds grasp however, a tenth wicket partnership between Sam Rice and Rhodri Hughes kept everyone entertained. Hughes batting down the order because of an injury bravely came out with Moody as his runner. Rice and Hughes [...]
So, eighteen weeks of hard combat ceased with Reed worthy and deserved winners of the Division 5B title. This was the second eleven's third successive Division title which will now see them move into Division 4B. Many of the players made comment that this year's title win was particularly satisfying because of the shared contributions made from everyone making it a real team achievement. The regular top five of Phil Frenay, Richard Johnson, Rob Lankester, Marcus Martin and Marcus J.E. Baker made a combined total of 1967 runs with a further 3 batsmen each making over 100 runs in the year. Meanwhile, Alex Kelly, Reece Fitzgerald, Jack Caine and Marcus Martin joined the prolific bowling partnership of Karl Ward and Pete Tidey in the wickets. Whilst Tim Tidey was the team's engine room behind the stumps taking an incredible 13 catches and 5 stumpings. For this final match of the 2015 season Reed travelled away to play against their main title rivals Old Cholmeleians. Fortunately for Reed a defeat in the last match had denied Old Cholmeleians any hope of overtaking Reed. So despite being a dead rubber there was still pride to play for. The last time the two sides met Reed suffered a big defeat so Marcus Martin's side were more than eager not just to finish the season on a high, but also to settle the score. On a damp September track Marcus Martin inserted the hosts who made a total of 217 with several batsmen making contributions. Alex Kelly had capped off his return season to the club with a "3 fer". The second innings saw yet another strong start by Frenay and Johnson who combined for yet another 50 plus [...]
Reed completed their Championship season with defeat in an entertaining game against Stevenage at the green. Despite a number of regular players unavailable Reed were still able to field a decent looking outfit and were keen to get the game on despite the overnight rain. Stevenage won the toss and chose to bat on a wicket still in good shape despite the weather. They got off to a good start putting on 83 for the first wicket with Captain Whitworth (61) leading the way as he has for much of the season. They then reached 150-1 off 34 overs and looked well set for a big score. And once hard hitting overseas batsman Neville Talbot (37) came in and smashed his first ball for 6 it looked like it could be even more! However, Reeds strike bowler Jack Tidey once again stepped up taking 4-40 including the key wicket of Talbot clean bowled. During this period Ian Osborne (2-32) also bowled well and the visitors were restricted to 224-6 off their 50 overs. In reply Reed got off to the worst possible start with James Heslam caught for 0 looking to dominate too early in his last game as Captain. However, Phil Lill (43) pushed up the order settled straight away and he and Will Heslam (20) took the score along to 60-1 in only 11 overs. However they both then fell in fairly quick succession leaving Reed at 77-3 off 14 overs. New signing Matt Sampson played very nicely for his 21 but when he and Wharton (4) fell Stevenage were on top with Reed 98-5. However, the very impressive 17 year-old Rob Lankaster (29) in his first league innings for the Reed 1st [...]
With only final league standings to play for Reed 1xi suffered a heavy defeat away to Langleybury. The toss was crucial on a bowler friendly track from the week’s rain that appeared as if it had not been effectively covered during some of that time and the home side won this and had no hesitation putting Reed into bat. Runs were hard to come by with the ball not coming onto the bat and biting in the pitch made more difficult by some very accurate Langleybury bowling. Will Heslam went for the first of three reed ducks and although James Heslam and promising looking new signing Matt Sampson dug in to take the score to 29-1 this was at a slow rate. Unfortunately James Heslam (7) and Sampson (10) then went in quick succession looking to start to accelerate the score. Although Chris Jackson (25) and Tom Greaves (7) settled well to take Reed to 53-3 once Greaves went Reed suffered a bad collapse with only Jack Tidey (13) getting in at all. The innings subsided to 82 all out off 39 overs. In reply the Langleybury openers rode their luck a little but chasing a small total played pretty well and positively to secure the win. Jack Tidey (6-0-24) and Phil Lill (2-0-3) were the pick of the Reed bowlers on a day to forget. Reed’s final game is at home to Stevenage. A win will see them finish 4th or 5th and a defeat could mean 6th, either way a mid-table finish seems a fair reflection on a tricky season in a competitive division.
Reed 4s last League match of the season took them to the scenic ground of St Christopher's School in Letchworth to face Stevenage 6s. Skipper Lloyd Bowman's run of winning the toss came to an end and the Stevenage skipper put the visitors into bat. Reed opened with Bill Mansfield and Martin Johnson and they immediately began to assert themselves against the young Stevenage bowling attack. Both batsman played a variety of shots around the ground as they raced to 63 off the first 12 overs. The introduction of off-spinner C.Downing provided Stevenage with their first wicket, forcing a false shot off of Mansfield on 41 and the ball was caught at mid-wicket (63-1). Neil Gardner returning after nearly four years now joined Johnson and despite that time gap didn't look out-of-place. The pair had taken the score to 87 when Gardner tried to cut a ball that was too close to him and was bowled by A.Greenall for 7 (87-2). Enter Zac Conley back after a four-week absence and immediately went on the offensive punishing balls of good length as well as any short or wide, Johnson was getting in on the act too, and the pair increased the run rate. Johnson was the first to reach his fifty and three overs later Conley brought up his. The Stevenage skipper had no option but to shuffle his bowlers against the onslaught. The 150, then the 100 partnership were brought up and at 30 overs Reed were 210 for 2 and a massive total was beckoning. By this time Conley had overtaken Johnson and on the pair went. They reached 250 in the 34th Over and in the 37th had established a record 3rd Wicket [...]
The 1st XI lost out in a close game to Chorleywood on Saturday as they were unable to match the high standards they have set in the recent excellent run. On a scorching day the visitors won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bat. Although Toby Fynn (10-39-1) took an early wicket Chorleywood got off to a reasonable start on what looked a decent batting wicket as they reached 55-1 off 14 overs with the Reed fielding a little under par at times in the heat. However the reliable Jack Tidey (10-33-3) then struck three times in quick succession to reduce the visitors to 71-4. Phil Lill (10-24-4) then came on and continued his fine performances with the ball putting Reed well on top with Chorleywood reduced to 125-9 also helped by a good spell by Tom Greaves (10-40-1). Although the last wicket added 32, when Reece Fitzgerald (1-1-1) took the last wicket the final score of 157 all out on a decent track looked well within Reed’s reach. However, the home side got off to an unusually rocky start as James Heslam went for just 5 and then William Heslam (14) and Chris Jackson (0) departed leaving Reed 39-3 off 15 overs. To be fair to Chorleywood their bowling has been performing pretty well all season and they bowled tightly and with a fair bit of seam movement potentially helped by a new ball which had to be swapped after just 14 overs. At this point Reed then began to dig in as required and turn the tide as the inform Greaves (40) and Smith (27) took the score along to 86-3 off 28 overs. Another flurry of wickets then brought Chorleywood back into the [...]
A heavy rain shower looked like ending Reeds match against Camden Casuals early when it came down in force. It perhaps was a welcome break for Camden who having won the toss were in trouble loosing 4 wickets for just 54 on the board. Matt Giblin found a fantastic line and exploited it picking three of the four to fall. Whilst Josh Conley used his heavy bounce and swing to pin his single victim lbw. Tea having been taken and the rain passed over the players returned to the pitch. The captains agreed that the first innings would be limited to 27 overs, giving them a further 12.4 overs. The second innings would also be reduced down to 25 overs. Although no further wickets would fall Reed contained Camden well with exceptional spells of bowling coming from Jonathan Lankester (4-1-7-0) and George Garrott (4-3-4-0). The visitors finished setting a target of 124. Paul Garrott and Rob Lankester opened Reeds response and quickly made easy runs against the visitors opening quicks. Lankester in particular scored in a classy fashion. Garrott fell with the score on 33 but Marcus Martin the experienced number 3 soon found his feet and scored quickly. He overtook Lankester and made 53 before retiring. Lankester continued in his usual un-flustered manner and also retired having made it to 51. This left George Garrott to knock of the last few runs leaving Reed victors by 6 wickets with ten overs still in hand.