2018 Match Reports

Seconds unstuck at Stevenage

Reed 2nd XI were in-form having won their last four games, however came unstuck at Stevenage 2nd XI after a disappointing batting display. Reed won the toss and chose to bat and the decision proved the correct one as Reed’s openers made the most of an excellent batting surface and quick outfield. Richard Johnson (25) was the first wicket to fall after the 50 run partnership came up in the 9th over. Phil Frenay (46) was the next man to depart with the score on 106. Stevenage’s spinners then began to pull the game back in the home side’s favour. A number of the middle order batsmen made starts but no one was able to support Chris Jackson who fell for 50. A patient, invaluable knock from Matt Bowles (27) enabled Reed to pass the 200 run mark, finally finishing 213 all out, at least 30 or 40 runs below par. In response, Stevenage’s openers made a steady start before Owen Hughes (2-0-10-1) made the breakthrough. However it wasn’t a day for seam bowling and Reed soon turned to spin to halt Stevenage’s advance. Reed’s answer to Samit Patel, "Mattis" Bowles (10-2-28-3) bowled beautifully in conjunction with Ed Garrott but despite wickets falling fairly regularly, without being able to apply much scoreboard pressure, and an excellent innings of 81 not out from Stevenage’s number 3, Stevenage cruised home comfortable winners by 4 wickets. Match Report submitted by Phil Frenay.

Toby cracks a Ton!

A maiden century from Toby Fynn, usually performing with the new ball rather than the bat, was the highlight in the friendly fixture against regular guests, Forest Gate, on the Green on Sunday. In an accomplished innings of 115 not out, Toby carried his bat as he was firstly accompanied by Bill Mansfield (10) and John Kershaw (17) when Reed set-off at 5 runs an over. Taking his opportunity up the order at number 4, Owen Hughes partnered Fynn adding 123 for the 3rd wicket. Hughes was close to a deserved half-century when he was LBW for a well-made 49. Enjoying the remaining few deliveries, Reed ended their 40 overs on 226 for 4. Wickets were even harder for Reed to snaffle when Zafran, (44), Yasin (86 not out) and Sarwed (76 not out) set about winning the game at a canter. Steve Hughes was the only successful Reed bowler when skipper, MJE Baker, stumped the hard-hitting Zafran but no one else was able to apply the brakes and Forest Gate used only 32 overs to achieve the target. Match Report submitted by PGB.

By |2018-07-02T07:37:56+01:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: 2018, 2018 Match Reports, Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Firsts lose out in another tight finish

Reed collapsed to 49-6 as Ollie Ilott (nephew of Mark) and Khalid Manzoor bamboozled the normally prolific scoring top order. However an exciting seventh wicket stand of 93 between the ever dependable James Heslam and belligerent Sean Tidey swung the game back Reed’s way. When Tidey was caught at the second attempt for 46 and Heslam went for 52 (his fourth fifty of the season) there was little hope, but Jack Tidey (41) batting with a gammy knee and Toby Fynn with a last wicket stand of 38 came tantalisingly close to securing an improbable win, but Ilott (7-81) had the last say as Reed ended on 194. It seemed an unlikely result earlier as Langleybury subsided to 201 all out with Ed Wharton (13-4-42-3) and Toby Fynn tying down the batsmen at first. Sean Tidey with an economical 13-2 -31-3 and Tom Greaves, who bought his 4 wickets for 87 runs, whittled out the later order. Richard Wharton again claimed another 4 victims behind the stumps. A disappointing result for Reed in a topsy-turvy game. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.

Welwyn IVs outgun Reed IIIs

Reed won the toss and bowled first on a good looking track at Freman, but with a strong looking batting line-up the Reed skipper thought whatever score Welwyn acheived, Reed would surpass, but the longer their innings went, the more less likely that was going to be the case. At tea Welwyn had ammassed 352 for 3 from their 50 overs. Patrick Lynch carried his bat for 195 not out whilst teenager Joe Bilyard scored 95. Neil Haslam was the only bowler who came out unscathed returning figures of 10-0-34-1. In reply Reed knew they had to get off to a good start, but it was not looking good as they found themselves being 10 for 2, then 22 for 3. Good knocks from Mike Robertson (47), Rhodri Hughes(45) and Lloyd Bowman (28) enabled Reed to reach a total of 175. But that was 177 runs short of their target. Match Report submitted by Paul Garrott.

“Phil the eagle” swoops the Seconds to victory!

Reed IIs notched up their fourth consecutive victory in a wonderful game of cricket against previously unbeaten West Herts IIs on Saturday. Captain Phil Frenay won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on what looked a typically batting friendly surface at The Green. Frenay along with Richard Johnson opened the innings for Reed and got off to a free-scoring start as both batsmen found the boundary regularly. However, when Frenay was adjudged LBW, soon to be followed back to the hutch by the elegant Johnson, Reed looked somewhat vulnerable. Undeterred, Chris Jackson and Mitch Cooper took up the mantle and put on a wonderful 150-run partnership as both looked set for a well-deserved century. Boundaries came at regular intervals and sensible running ensured the visitors were kept on their toes as Reed looked set for a huge score. It was not to be however, as first Jackson departed for 77, harshly adjudged caught behind, and then Cooper (75) ran himself out. Some useful contributions in the middle order, particularly by Jack Caine, got Reed comfortably above the 200 mark, but a lower order collapse meant they had to settle for 240 all out. In reply, the free-scoring visitors got off to a strong start. However, excellent bowling by the increasingly impressive Matt Giblin and the introduction of Caine and Cooper started to chip away at the wickets. Cooper was excellent in his accuracy and picked up 3 wickets with his nagging medium pacers. Despite wickets falling, West Herts remained up with the rate and some middle order resistance kept them well in the game. The introduction of Matt Bowles soon swung the game back in Reed’s favour as he took 2 wickets in [...]

Thriller at Hoddesdon ends all square!

Both sides scored 307 on the ‘road’ at Hoddesdon in a thrilling finish. With 7 required for a win in the final over, Tom Greaves left the home side needing a single off the final ball. A push to mid-wicket, a fast throw from Matt Sampson and Greaves whipped off the bails before Martin Brown on a rapid 35 just failed to make his ground. When Reed was surprisingly inserted, Matt Sampson was again the main man with a chanceless 100. He was well supported by Rob Lankester with 12 boundaries for 57 and James Heslam, who once again provided the spine of the innings, only departing on the penultimate ball for 59. It was left to Sean Tidey though to blast 38 from 25 balls, including 3 maximums and an invaluable boundary from the last ball, which took Reed to maximum batting points. Hoddesdon faltered at first as Ed Wharton and Toby Fynn removed the ‘big guns’, Rob Walters and Jadyn Broderick for ducks, but Sam Davis scored his second ‘daddy’ hundred this month and looked to be taking Hoddesdon home until Greaves eventually bowled him for a mammoth 140 at nearly a run a ball. Then came the dramatic finish on a pitch that did no favours to bowlers, although Greaves bravely soldiered on through the carnage taking 3-104 and Toby Fynn opened well with 9-2-31-2. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.

By |2018-06-24T18:15:01+01:00June 24th, 2018|Categories: 2018, 2018 Match Reports, Match Reports|Tags: |0 Comments

Three wins on the bounce for the 2nds

Reed II XI travelled to Flamstead on Saturday hoping to make it 3 wins on the bounce. It was a rare occasion where not a single member of the experienced side had played cricket there before, and perhaps never have to play there again if they continue winning. Reed won the toss and inserted the opposition, hoping to capitalise on what from their recent results appeared to a be a fallible Flamstead batting line up. Reed were soon in to their stride reducing the home team to 25-5 with excellent opening spells from Mitchell Cooper (finishing with 4 wickets) and Jack Caine (2 wickets). As the ball softened, batting became markedly easier and Flamstead rallied to post a semi respectable total of 145 all out despite the effort of Matthew Bowles (2 wickets) and a wicket each for Julien Fynn and Ed Garrott. Despite the apparently manageable target, given how the ball had behaved at the beginning of the Flamstead innings, Reed knew that the result was far from a forgone conclusion. Reed lost Frenay early but Rich Barlow, passing 30 yet again, and Chris Jackson (50 not out) steadied the ship with an excellent partnership. When Barlow was run-out with Reed looking comfortable, there was a bit of a wobble, with various batsmen briefly getting in and then out again but once Cooper joined Jackson it took just a few lusty blows for the former to wrap up the game and a 5 wicket win for Reed. Match report submitted by Phil Frenay.

Willoughby Bros do the damage

Reed III versus Letchworth Garden City IV at Fairfield Park, Stotfold on Saturday 16th June 2018. Once the scores were level, Kieren Willoughby hit over the top to the boundary to take Reed’s Third team to victory by 4 wickets and his personal score to 83 not out. On the wide outfield at Fairfield Park over 490 runs were notched-up with Letchworth’s captain, Michael Hughes, making an undefeated 140 of them in his team’s innings of 244 for 5. His opening stand with Keith Nowland (73) was worth 157 but Reed’s Rob Willoughby (3 for 39) made inroads in the batting order thereafter with supporting wickets from Kieran McKinna and Maseeh Naeem (1 each). Enthusiastic fielding by especially Jack Childs, Kieren Willoughby and Rhodri Hughes saved a score of runs and Kieran McKinna safely pouched a catch whilst MJE Baker displayed his keeping skills with a stumping. Requiring a shade under 5 an over, Rob Willoughby was lost early but PG Baker and Rhodri Hughes scored freely adding 89 together before Hughes was run-out for 43. The two Bakers partnered each other for a while but pére skied one and was out for 41 then fils was run-out for 29. Jack Childs and skipper Maseeh Naeem came and went leaving Reed poised at 178 for 6 with the outcome unpredictable. Owen Hughes gave solid support in what turned-out to be a crucial match-winning stand whilst Kieren Willoughby found the boundary with ease. Time was never a problem and so it was that with 3 overs to spare Reed had drawn level and after one more delivery had passed the target. Reed III (30 points) beat Letchworth Garden City IV (15 points) by 4 wickets. Match [...]

Wharton and Wilson shine

It was a game of two standout openers’ batting performances. Initially, Richard Wharton carried his bat for a sparkling 125, but he was then matched by Sawbridgeworth’s experienced no.1, Danny Wilson, agonisingly out in the penultimate over for 98. However, he had almost single-handedly saved the game for Sawbridgeworth, who ended on 167-7, facing Reed’s imposing 290-7. Wharton was well supported by his brother, Ed’s, quick-fire 32 (7 boundaries) and in-form Matt Sampson’s 30, but the bed-rock of the innings was a partnership of 118 between him and Rob Lankester (63). The latter produced his usual array of strokes, including his trademark reverse sweep. The habitual clatter of wickets followed as Reed racked up their highest total this year. Facing this challenge, Sawbridgeworth were never in the hunt with wickets falling regularly, but Wilson found support from Kafi Khan and Matt Billings as Tom Greaves tried 8 bowlers in a desperate attempt to force a win, one of whom lasted just 5 balls before two ‘beamers’ forced him off! Karl Ward again caught the eye with 11-3-27-3. A second 'winning draw' in a row gained 16 points for Reed. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.

Brilliant Barlow leads Reed II’s to consecutive victories

Baldock Town won the toss and elected to bowl on what looked to be a great batting track. Reed’s opening partnership of Johnson and Barlow took full advantage of this and made their way to a serene century partnership. However shortly after drinks a mis-communication lead to Johnson being run out for 50 on his return to the side after injury. Barlow (133) was able to put this behind him and carry on to complete a chanceless century, well supported by Garrott (27) and Caine (43) and some late order hitting from Robertson as Reed made their way 293-4. The pick of the opposition bowlers was P Lucy who finished with very respectable figures only going for 25 runs in his 10 overs. It was always going to be a difficult chase for Baldock with such a big total on the board. Reed’s opening bowlers Caine and Giblin (2-23) set the tone by bowling extremely tightly. Baldock were always behind the rate, and once Garrott (3-20) removed O’Brien (44) wickets started falling at regular intervals with Hughes (2-44) and Mckinna (2-19) cleaning up the tail. This left Baldock all out for 135, and 158 behind. Match Report submitted by Ed Garrott.