2016 Match Reports


Runs came thick and fast as the final game of the season played out to an exciting conclusion. Inserting the visiting Waresley, M.J.E. Baker was pleased to see Jack Childs take an early wicket. Owen Hughes meanwhile applied pressure from the other end with his tight line. The rest of the first innings then ebbed and flowed back and forth between the hosts and the visitors. The only constant was Brawlie whose superb knock of 100 for the visitors proved the backbone of their final total of 231 for 4. Sam Rice bowled one of his best spells but somehow came away wicketless. Rob Lankester meanwhile proved luckier taking a wicket, a catch and run out to prove his all-round ability. Toby Emes was the other wicket taker from his seven overs. After tea, Reed had a tense start with an early loss following after what would prove to be a costly drop. Michael Robertson tapped his first ball to mid-off only to see it go to ground. He never looked back. Given complete free license from his captain, Robertson unleashed hellfire in a complete blitz. He reached three figures in close to no time before retiring. Reed were now in a comfortable position with plenty of time left in the innings and a long batting order. Needing under a hundred seemed no problem. However, batsmen seemed to find ways of getting out. Jack Caine (33) and Baker (43) were the only other batsmen to make it into double figures. Baker had all but taken his side home before losing his wicket with just 9 required. It went down to the final wicket. Sam Rice played a superb shot down the ground leaving Reed with [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:10:49+01:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: 2016, 2016 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

“The Lawn Ranger” rides again as Joe Graves hits maiden century

It's always such a pleasure when, as a captain, you get to witness the improvement that a player makes over the course of time. For Joe Graves, the fourth of September 2016 will always stick with him as the day the label of batting potential was replaced with the label of proven ability. Having won the toss and electing to bat, Marcus J.E. Baker saw his side make a gentle start with Peter Baker and Jack Childs making a stable platform for the team. 46 was on the board when Childs was caught for 21. Graves, in at 3, played a mature and measured innings as he played himself in before cashing in against the bad balls. He soon overtook Baker and rushed towards his maiden half-century and made a century partnership with the veteran. Baker himself closing in on a deserved fifty decided on the ultimate sacrifice when he retired on 46 allowing others to have their chance at the crease with overs running out. Young Ben Mansfield accepted this opportunity with an impressive 36 not out. But it was Graves that took the applause as he continued to play in the same well-tempered manner that has seen him score throughout the season. Realising his potential he brought up three figures taking Reed to a final total of 249 for 4. In the second innings tight bowling and good fielding restricted the oppositions scoring. The bowlers were rotated giving nearly everyone a turn with wickets going to Owen Hughes, Childs, Rob Lankester, Neil Haslam and M.J.E. Baker. Reed easily winning by 104 runs. Report submitted by MJEB.

By |2016-12-27T13:10:50+01:00September 5th, 2016|Categories: 2016, 2016 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

A very damp finish to the season for 4th XI

On an overcast afternoon with rain forecast, Harpenden invited Reed to bat. Martin Johnson (2) arrived just in time to open the batting alongside Paul Garrott but then lost his wicket early. There is a moral in that tale. Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the Reed innings, with Garrott (75) again playing an anchor role for the majority of the innings, in which he had a 69-run, 5th wicket partnership with Bill Mansfield (39). Sam Rice (14) and Ben Mansfield (11) were the only other batsmen to record a double-digit score. With a little flourish towards the end of innings Reed reached 190 for 9 off 40 overs. Reed having got through the innings un-interrupted despite some heavy drizzle falling. In reply Harpenden reached 114 for 3 off 21 overs, before the now heavier persistent rain forced the teams from the field. With more than 20 overs played and a superior run rate of 5.42 runs per over, Harpenden won this contest. Reed’s run rate being 4.75 runs per over. The wicket takers were Johnson (6-1-31-2) including one excellent one-handed catch off his own bowling and Jake Gifford (6-0-24-1). Harpenden managing to strike a number of boundaries, although there was some exceptional fielding on the boundary by Ben Mansfield, whose whites were certainly not that colour by the end of this game. Reed made an early breakthrough with Harpenden losing their first two wickets for only 13 runs, but a third wicket stand of 86 took this game away from Reed, alongside the rain denying us having a chance to bowl at the Harpenden middle order. Bowling and fielding become more difficult with a sodden ball as the Harpenden innings progressed. Today's side was [...]

Garrott holds innings together but Reed 4ths pay for sloppiness

Tewin won the toss and elected to bat, and there was the fall of an early wicket with Hughes taking a catch off Yates’s bowling. Wickets continued to fall and Tewin stood at 112 for 6 after 27 overs, with wickets falling to Hughes (6-1-23-2), Haslam (8-1-26-2) and Emes (8-1-40-1). However, some general sloppiness in the field in the last 10 overs was costly, allowing Tewin to reach 183 for 9 off their 40 overs. The final wickets falling to Johnson (8-2-28-1), Adam (2-0-23-1) and the returning Yates (8-1-36-2). Three of the middle order for Tewin reaching 30 or above but falling before reaching their 50’s. Yates and Garrott almost colliding, as Garrott took a catch to dismiss Taylor on 46. Reed also lost an early wicket, with Johnson being bowled off his pads for only a single. Bill Mansfield (10) then hit some lusty blows before holing out to mid-on. Then Ben Mansfield (4) and Matt Yates (0) followed in quick succession. Lloyd Bowman (15) alongside Paul Garrott then got their heads down to advance the score to 123, in a stand of 80, before Bowman was bowled in the 30th over. This stand almost rescued the game, but runs now conceded in the last 10 overs of the Tewin innings came to bear as Reed lost by 16 runs finishing on 167 for 7. The latter batsmen tried their best, but the youngsters didn’t quite have the fire power, with Jack Wilkerson (9) and Jonny Adam (5) and Toby Emes (3 no), all registering scores. Garrott (76) remained undefeated at the end, having held the innings together and scored almost half of the runs. A competitive game, with a slightly disappointing outcome for [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:10:55+01:00August 29th, 2016|Categories: 2016, 2016 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Big win for Reed 1sts

Reed secured an important win against Flitwick on Saturday which all but secures Championship Cricket at the Green for next season and allows them to focus on the possibility of a top 4 finish with a good end to the season. Flitwick won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a good wicket despite the rain on Friday and before the game. Although there was a little bit of encouragement for opening bowlers Ed Wharton (1-47) and Toby Fynn (1-54) this largely proved the case and Reed were pleased to see the back of Bedfordshire cricketer George Thurstance for just 15 thanks to Fynn. The middle overs proved to be fairly even with the run rate not getting out of control but the visitors looking to build a decent total at 116-1 off 25 overs with Russell (57) and Harry Thurstance (38) batting well. However, the introduction of Sean Tidey (4-44) seemed to swing the game in Reed's favour a little as he bowled a good spell including two quick wickets which combined with Mutucumarana (1-41) removing overseas player Nawela at 137-4 Reed were looking on top particularly given the sometimes fragile Flitwick batting. However, the visitors then got on top of the Reed bowlers despite Tidey and Wharton returning to good effect in the last 10 overs. Perrin and Malkani largely did the damage taking them to 247-7 off their 50 overs. Reed knew they would need to bat well to win the game but on a decent batting wicket the opportunity was there. Although losing the important wicket of William Heslam for 8, James Heslam and the nerveless Rob Lankester (31) got Reed off to a good start taking the score [...]

By |2016-08-23T10:00:38+01:00August 23rd, 2016|Categories: 2016, 2016 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

500 runs and 20 wickets, good day’s cricket with Reed winners

Jack Childs and Tom Nussey, opening for Reed, made a steady start having been inserted by the visiting Camden. Getting a read for both the pitch and the opening bowlers they looked to settle in. However, Childs (14) played down the wrong line to one with the score on 25. Nussey (12) meanwhile was looking confident on the front foot before an edge found the waiting hands of first slip. Another few cheap wickets left Reed struggling on 61 for 4. Things were however about to dramatically swing back into Reed's favour. Tom Walsingham came to join George Garrott out in the middle and the pair combined quick running and boundary hitting to make an innings saving 82 in just 10 overs. With now the potential of a big score it was disappointing to lose both Walsingham (56) and Garrott (46) in successive deliveries. None the less it was their efforts that gave the incoming Rob Lankester and Marcus J.E. Baker a platform to work from. Lankester was in a class of his own. Dispatching his first ball for six he followed in the same vein smashing 7 sixes and 7 fours in his 32-ball 76. Baker meanwhile played a more conservative innings trying to give as much of the strike to Lankester as he could. Together they put on 100 in 10 overs before Lankester struck out to long off. Joe Graves (28) came to the wicket and continued his season-long good form with the bat patiently waiting for the right ball to smash. Baker upped his tempo and reached 52 whilst the Reed innings came to an end on 301 all out. In the second innings very attacking fields did not prove as [...]

By |2016-08-22T10:54:40+01:00August 22nd, 2016|Categories: 2016, 2016 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Reed finish in second as Ashwell take the spoils

Regardless of being a man short, a strong Ashwell side visiting the Green convincingly beat Reed in a 40 over-a-side Sunday friendly. Marcus J.E. Baker inserted Ashwell and saw his opening bowlers Matt Giblin (8-1-35-0) and Neil Haslam (8-2-23-0) punished early on as they struggled to find their lengths. However, once the issue had been addressed the runs begun to dry up. Both showed a lot of fight bringing Reed back into the fight. Wickets finally fell to first change bowlers Rob Lankester (1-41) and Baker (1-34). Under 14 Cormac Hosie once again impressed with his leg-spin taking two including opener Clark (85) but was also targeted, along with all the bowlers, by the big-hitting Ashwell batsmen. None the less it was an important learning experience for the young colt. Owen Hughes chipped-in with a wicket as Ashwell finished six down for 267. Losing cheap, early wickets proved crucial as Reed struggled in their reply. Baker came to the crease to join Kieran McKinna, with his side 30 for 3. Ashwell sniffed blood and were in for the kill. Despite being targeted, the Under 14 McKinna showed grit resisting the intimidation of five men close round his bat. However, the inevitable did happen, but again for a young man playing one of his first "adult" matches it was a great learning experience about the tough, competitiveness of Sunday friendly cricket. Baker, now uncharacteristically wound-up, decided to take the fight back to Ashwell, who found the Reed captain a less easy target. Accompanied by Rhodri Hughes, Baker put the ball to the boundary numerous times as they put on 102 for the fifth wicket. However, with the loss of Baker (71) and Hughes (25) in the [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:10:58+01:00August 16th, 2016|Categories: 2016, 2016 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

3s Snatch late Season Victory

Having struggled throughout the majority of the season, Reed IIIs looked to pick some vital points in their fight for survival. Facing a strong opposition in St. Albans IIIs, Reed had their work cut out. With St. Albans winning the toss and electing to bat, Reed's Joe Graves (10-1-26-0) and Owen Hughes (7-1-34-2) opened the bowling. Both bowled good lines with Hughes picking up the wickets of Melling (0) and Watkins (6) early on. Dean (31) and Shah (42) put together a solid partnership until the wiles of Ian Roberts (10-3-19-1) and a blinding catch from Rob Willoughby dismissed Dean. Shah and Khan (0) soon fell, in quick succession, to catches by Mas Naeem and Ben Moody off the bowling of James Crouchman (5-0-35-2). Once again St. Albans stabilised as M. Telkman (31) and Parkinson (13) steadied the ship, until both were caught by Marcus Baker off the bowling of Willoughby (3.2-0-18-2). Josh Conley (6-0-14-2) also joined the attack, picking up the wickets of J. Button (9) and A. Button (5). The final St. Albans wicket came after confusion at the wicket and a rocket like throw from Zac Conley saw N. Button (2) run out. St. Albans all out for 154, leaving Reed a lot of work to do. Reed started poorly, with Willoughby (0) falling victim to A. Button (5-1-27-1), Marcus Baker (1) also failed to shine being trapped LBW by Dean (8.4-1-25-1). Reed looked in trouble at 17 for 2 from 7 overs, however opener Ben Moody (21) and skipper Mike Robertson (29) stabilised the innings. After a short partnership, Moody was bowled by Watkins (6-0-28-1), bringing the youngster Zac Conley to the crease. Robertson was also lost after failing to be [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:10:59+01:00August 16th, 2016|Categories: 2016, 2016 Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Cooper almost steals victory for Reed

Mitchell Cooper came close to rescuing a victory for Reed 1st XI in a hard-fought contest away to 4th placed Hoddesdon. With captain Tom Greaves unfortunately injured for the match, vice-captain William Heslam, captaining his first game for the club's men's side, won the toss and elected to bowl in cloudy conditions on a pitch which looked like it would offer some assistance to the bowlers despite a decent week of weather. This proved to be the case as Toby Fynn (10 overs, 4 wickets for 39) moved the ball around beating the bat with an impressive line and length to reduce Hoddesdon to 79-5 with Mitchell Cooper (7-1-39) also picking up a good wicket. A decent partnership was then forged between the hard-hitting Rob Jones (69) and Martin Brown (18) who survived a big lbw shout first ball. However Sean Tidey (8.3-2-21) and Alex Mutucumarana (7-3-45) both bowled well and when Brown was dismissed by Mutucumarana, quickly followed by another two wickets at 142-8 it was looking very good for Reed. Unfortunately a speedy 9th wicket partnership followed as Rhys and Rob Jones opened their shoulders before Mutucumarana and Tidey wrapped things up at 191 all out. Despite the wicket offering something to the bowlers, with short boundaries and a lightning fast outfield Reed were confident if they could bat better than in some of their recent games the match was easily winnable. This looked the case as Rich Wharton (34) and William Heslam (37) set off fluently in pursuit of the target. At 63-0 off 14 overs the game was well in Reed’s hands, however when Heslam was really getting going he went to an unlikely mis-timed shot off the swing bowling of [...]

Johnson’s rich vein of form continues

As he continues to do, Captain Bowman won the toss and invited Letchworth to bat on a very dry pitch. The first 20 overs had an ominous feeling with Connor Pond, on a run fest against us for the second time this season. Then after the drinks break and a number of bowling changes, Steve Hughes bowled Pond (131) to a loud cry of rejoice from the bowler, this batman having collected 363 runs against Reed this season. The first wicket being a stand of 178. Meanwhile the other opener, Cruttenden (89), continued to collect runs before Bowman took an excellent catch off Matt Yates (8-1-49-1). Wickets continued to fall at the other end, with the bowlers sharing the spoils, with those having bowled to Pond not being as economical with the exception of Neil Haslam (7-0-41-0) who's first ball had gone for 6. The other figures being Martin Johnson (8-2-53-2), Hughes (7-1-62-2), Matt Naeem (8-0-50-1) and Jonny Adam (2-0-9-0). Letchworth achieved 274 for 6 off their 40 overs. After tea, and with Pond opening the bowling, Reed started well, treating the bowling of Pond with respect but collecting runs from the generally young bowling attack. Martin Johnson’s rich vein of form was to continue, as he made his way to his third consecutive hundred, an unbeaten 131, with 26 boundaries, two of which were 6’s. He was ably supported by Paul Garrott (37) and Peter Baker (32) with stands of 82 and 85 for the first and second wickets. Baker collecting most of his runs in boundaries. Reed achieved their winning total of 275 in the 30th over, with Bill Mansfield (10) and Bowman (13) supporting Johnson towards the end of the innings. Extras [...]