2017 Match Report

Reed crush Sessay in another Lord’s triumph

Reed's skipper Tom Greaves hammered the ball over the Pavilion boundary to win the Watson's National Village Cup for Reed for the second time. It was a fitting way to end a match which Reed had dominated from the moment Greaves won the toss and put the opposition in under overcast conditions at Lord’s. Opening bowlers Jack Tidey and Toby Fynn contained the Sessay openers to 34 from the first 10 overs and Fynn (6-2-17-1) made the first breakthrough having opposing captain Wilkie caught from a lofted drive by Stuart Smith. Tidey, bowling through the pain of a damaged shoulder, conceded just 28 runs from his allotted 8 overs, but it was the change bowlers, Greaves and Karl Ward, who really put the shackles on. Greaves took the next three wickets to fall for a miserly 19 runs, including a spectacular diving, overhead catch by Smith, running backwards at mid-on, which nearly knocked him out and kept him off the field for a short time. Ward then chipped in with two wickets, the pick of which was a lightning quick stumping by Richard Wharton from a leg-side wide, leaving Sessay tottering at 81-6. It took a defiant knock of 46 by Chris Till to gain some degree of respectability to the score, although Mitchell Cooper fired out two more wickets – another spectacular stumping by Wharton included. Till drove the last ball of the innings fiercely towards the boundary to complete his fifty, but the safe hands of Ward thwarted him and gave Sean Tidey his wicket, leaving Sessay on 164-9 from their 40 overs. It was a fine bowling and fielding display, every catch pouched safely. When they batted, Reed lost William Heslam and [...]

By |2017-10-14T00:03:20+01:00September 18th, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Not quite enough in the friendly against The Archway Ladder

Reed Sunday XI versus The Archway Ladder CC at Reed on Sunday 10th September 2017. Hastily arranged after Waresley dropped-out on Friday, The Archway Ladder CC travelled up from London to find a still damp pitch after the downpours on Friday and Saturday. Richard Robertson and Peter Wholley worked hard to make it playable and only a half-hour’s delay was necessary before play commenced. An opening stand of 47 in 10 overs between William Heslam and Richard Barlow set Reed on the way before Barlow was surprised by a lifter and gloved it to slip for 10. Tom Greaves was at number 4 and both he and Will Heslam made half-centuries before departing. Heslam for 51 and Greaves for 59. MJE Baker hung around for 26 but the eventual total of 178 for 7 was perhaps a little under par. Rosemary Collins had prepared her usual high-quality teas for the last Sunday home fixture of the season by which time rain was falling outside. The showers came and went (and came back again!) but ALCC’s opener, Walsh, led the way with an attacking 62. Patel, Aslam and Sherwood provided support lower down the order as ALCC maintained a superior run-rate throughout the innings. Reed fought back with wickets falling to Giblin, Graves, Yates and O Hughes. Then off-breaker Greaves claimed the last 3 wickets to fall although it was too late; the visitors winning by 3 wickets in ever-increasing rainfall. Report submitted by PGB.

By |2017-09-11T10:58:09+01:00September 11th, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

It’s Autumn in Hadham

In Reed's Sunday XI fixture versus Little Hadham at Little Hadham there was a real autumnal feel to the day with dull, dampish conditions, very little warmth and longer than usual grass on the outfield owing to a puncture on the host’s mower during the week! Despite this, Little Hadham, in old-style village cricket tradition, batted first and declared at teatime on 166 for 6. David Ellis had made 54 and Paul Elby scored 42 with all 6 wickets being shared one each by Neil Haslam, Owen Hughes, Ollie Sayers, Kieran McKinna, Ross Gardner and Toby Emes. After the tea interval, Reed had 60 minutes plus 20 overs to reach their goal. Sadly, wickets fell cheaply to Arif and A. Singh until there was short respite while Peter Baker knocked 16 and Kieran McKinna 8. Then the Under 12 duo of Sam Osborne (15) and Ross Gardner (4) batted confidently mid-innings; (Osborne on debut in Open-Age cricket and Gardner in his second match). Skipper Rob Lankester batting at number 8 took on the challenge by scoring 48 but when he was out, (one of S. Singh’s 3 wickets), Reed required 62 runs from 5 overs. Joe Graves (18) and Ian Osborne (8 not out) battled gamefully and bolstered the total enabling Reed to hold-out for the draw, 9 wickets down, on 133. Report submitted by PGB.

By |2017-09-04T10:51:18+01:00September 4th, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments


Playing away to Potten End, the division winners by some distance, Reed Third's season came to a rather unremarkable finish with a disappointing loss. Nothing was resting on the outcome but Reed still put in a dedicated performance in the field. Joe Graves (2 for 35) and Julian Fynn (2 for 21) started superbly creating early pressure. Matt Yates (2 for 43) and a short burst from Michael Robertson backed this up. But the positive Lee (58) and Akhtar (68) formed a frustrating partnership. Steve Hughes (1 for 36) finally removed Lee meaning he finished the season with 21 wickets. Younger son Owen Hughes chipped in removing Akhtar allowing Reed to apply pressure towards the close of the first innings as Potten End lost further wickets. 234 was the target but unfortunately Reed gave a poor account for themselves in the second innings of the dead rubber. With only Fynn (30), O.Hughes (17) and M.J.E. Baker (12) reaching double figures. Despite this disappointing finish Reed captain M.J.E. Baker said “ Its been real pleasure captaining the team. It’s a side that blends experience and enthusiasm. We’ve endeavoured to stay positive no matter what the outcome and although this year our results have been mixed, it’s been such a competitive division and there have been plenty of matches which could have easily gone in our favour. We certainly have things we want and need to work on but next season we will back ourselves to be big contenders.” Report submitted by MJEB.

By |2017-09-03T11:39:00+01:00September 3rd, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Bowles snares a hat trick as Reed send legend Pete Tidey off in style

Reed 2nds finished their season on a high, defeating already promoted Hoddesdon 2nds by 5 wickets at The Green to seal 4th place. In what was his final game of regular league cricket, club legend Peter Tidey showed why the team will miss his reliable opening spells as he took 2 top order wickets for figures of 10-0-27-2. George Garrott (6-1-21-2) & Karl Ward (7-1-28-1) also bowled well as Reed tore into Hoddesdon's top order. Mitch Cooper also bowled. More success was to follow for Reed as off-break bowler Matt Bowles (4.3-1-11-5) was introduced into the attack and spun the ball alarmingly on his way to a 5 wicket hall, including wrapping up the "Hoddy" innings with a rarely seen hat-trick. The visitors bundled out for what looked a well below par 104. Reed's reply started badly as first skipper Frenay (4) then the in-form duo of Sampson (1) and Barlow (15) departed leaving Reed 22-3. When Martin (6) and Cooper (11) also fell to rash shots, Reed looked in real trouble at 46-5. However the patient Ed Garrott (33 not out) and the in-form Ward (24 not out) steered Reed home untroubled from there, showing maturity and class. Reed getting home to win by 5 wickets, on what was a fitting send off for arguably the greatest bowler in Reed CC history - Peter Tidey. Report submitted by "Mattrick" Bowles.

By |2017-09-04T10:57:05+01:00September 3rd, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Chris Jackson top scores in his swansong to ensure Reed finish with a flourish

Chris Jackson signed off his wonderful First XI career by top scoring in Reed’s innings. In a game with nothing to play for: Reed would finish fourth and Chorleywood would be relegated whatever the result, Reed struggled at first on a difficult track, but Rob Lankester (25) and Jackson (38) put on 55 for the third wicket to help them to 111-4. However, the introduction of Ryan Evans (4-29), who destroyed them with 9 wickets on The Green earlier this season, induced a collapse. As a result, only a disciplined 21 by Ed Wharton brought up a total of 155 from 47 overs. When Chorleywood replied, Jack Tidey (2-7) and Ed Wharton (2-30) reduced them to 36-4, but skipper, Scott Aspinall (53) led the fight back and at 96-5 the game was in the balance, despite Stuart Smith (1-30) capturing his first league wicket of the season. However, with the introduction of spin, Chorleywood capitulated to Tom Greaves (3-19) – aided by two fine catches from Stuart Smith on the long on boundary and Rob Lankester (2-2). In a fitting finale, even Chris Jackson turned his arm for one over as Reed won by 23 runs. Thus Reed finished their campaign with a flourish, frustratingly short of a tilt at promotion. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.

By |2017-09-03T09:08:01+01:00September 3rd, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Catt shines brightly, but Reed lose in tight game

15 year-old Mike Catt, in only his second game for the first team, battled for all but 3 overs of Reed’s innings to an unbeaten 66, enabling them to total 215. He found support from James Heslam (25) and Chris Jackson (32) in two half century partnerships, but a middle order collapse meant that they had to rely on a belligerent 23 from last man, Jack Tidey, to gain their fourth batting bonus point. At first, Flitwick struggled against some tight opening overs from Ed Wharton and Jack Tidey, aided by Tom Greaves, who removed their Sri Lankan star, Nawela, with his first ball. However, the Thurstance brothers put on 82 at a steady rate until Harry was trapped by Sean Tidey for 32. The prolific George threatened to post yet another century, but the returning Wharton (10-1-37-4) had him caught for 74 by a diving Mitchell Cooper and with Jack Tidey steaming in at the other end with figures of 10-1-27-2, Flitwick also stuttered to 177-7. After ricking his knee, Sean Tidey had to limp through his remaining overs, so Flitwick managed to scramble over the line to win by 2 wickets, having less than 2 overs remaining. As a result, with one match left, it is likely that Reed will finish fourth in the Championship this season, just behind Flitwick. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.

By |2017-08-27T08:55:59+01:00August 27th, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

West Herts dash Reed’s promotion hopes

West Herts cantered past an under strength Reed XI with ex-Middlesex paceman, Will Jones, and Australian, Justin Powick, stamping their authority on the game. Jones (10-5-11-4) demolished Reed’s top order leaving them 27-5. Sean Tidey’s 49 and Stuart Smith (36) spared their blushes and with Alex Kelly weighing in with 25, helped them to a total of 156 from 48 overs. Having already taken four catches, Powick then dominated the Reed attack with a masterful 91 not out. With Alex Kelly snaffling two wickets and Mike Catt making a run out and taking a catch on the boundary, Reed reduced the home side to 80-4. However, with Mane (27 not out) to support Powick West Herts romped home by 6 wickets. As a result, Reed slipped to fourth place in the league with little chance of fulfilling their Premiership ambitions. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.

By |2017-08-20T09:12:41+01:00August 20th, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments


Steve Hughes gave his best performance to date with a superb and destructive 5 for 23 against Hatfield Hyde. It was just the remedy for a side that in recent weeks had found themselves in a slump. M.J.E. Baker had won the toss and made the right call to bowl first on a track that was misbehaving after the mid-week rain. Playing at The Freman Oval, Joe Graves and Matt Yates had got things started for Reed. Both had catches taken by Ben Moody to put early pressure on the visitors. Owen Hughes also performed well with the ball but went unrewarded. Sensing that pace off the ball might be the right way to go at that time, Baker had a go at bowling a bit of off spin in tandem with Steve Hughes. The pair took 8 for 53 with the opposition losing their last 5 for 2 runs and Hughes taking his last 4 wickets for 0. Baker bowled 3 for 30, including Watson (53) whilst Hughes bowled 3 and had 2 fantastic catches taken by Graves and Michael Robertson. Hatfield finished on the usually below par score of 122. Robertson (18) and Paul Garrott (17) made a steady start in response. Hatfield’s talented bowling unit made things hard for the hosts with some tight lines. Both openers made starts but could not carry on. Reed then lost 3 more wickets leaving them 59 for 5. But Baker and Moody were not about to rollover. Sensible batting from both men frustrated the opposition much to their vocal displeasure. The track began to dry out and started to act more like a typical Freman track. Baker (50 not out) and Moody (13 not out) [...]

By |2017-08-18T10:03:09+01:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Hoddesdon squeeze past Reed in top of the table clash!

In a tight match at the top of the table, Hoddesdon won by 4 wickets with just 4 overs left. On a slow wicket, affected by the previous week’s deluge, only seven batsmen reached double figures. Therefore Ed Wharton’s quickfire 35 was remarkable. However Reed collapsed to 64-5 and went 26 overs without a boundary. Richard Wharton’s dogged 19 from 81 balls kept them in the match and Sean Tidey hit 33 to help the home side to 143 against some fine bowling, two of them conceding only 11 runs from their ten overs. In truth, Hoddesdon found the going just as tough. Ed Wharton (2-31) took two quick wickets, but a gritty stand of 62 between South African Jadyn Broodryk (29) and Sam Davis seemed to have won the game. Skipper, Tom Greaves (2-31), Sean Tidey (2-30) had other ideas and reduced Hoddesdon to 100-6. Nevertheless, Todd Sturdy (24 not out) and Davis ( 56 not out) ground out a partnership of 47 to secure the victory, although the latter survived a chance on the boundary to deny Reed their top position in the league. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.

By |2017-08-13T07:28:10+01:00August 13th, 2017|Categories: 2017, 2017 Match Report|Tags: |0 Comments