Reed Seconds remained top of Division 4B of the Herts League with a hard-earned win over Northampton Exiles at The Green. The visitors won the toss and put Reed into bat on a day that looked as if it may help the bowlers. Richard Barlow fell third ball as he was bowled by Kayani. Four overs later one of last week’s centurions, James Sandford, slashed at a wide delivery and was caught behind, the hosts were 14 for 2. Skipper Ed Garrott fell for just 2, which brought Michael Robertson to the crease as he and Phil Frenay set about rebuilding the innings. Robertson played with controlled aggression, whilst Frenay played the anchor role. Robertson fell shortly after the fifty partnership was brought up. George Teebon soon followed, Reed were 93 for 5. George Garrott came to the wicket and played the ball with exquisite timing and Frenay began to up the ante and passed eighty from the other end too. They put on a 110 partnership in 107 balls to turn the innings on its head. Garrott fell shortly after posting his fifty. Reed lost their last four wickets going for runs and ended 231 all out on the stroke of fifty overs. Reed opened the bowling with Rupert Martin and Julien Fynn. The Exiles' skipper was the first to go, the first of two catches at mid-wicket from George Garrott. Sandford turned golden arm with ball as he took 2-28 as he and Martin 2-29 began to turn the screw at 69-4. The bowling was backed up by superb fielding and two run outs, one from Matt Bowles and one from Martin, and the Exiles were 114 for 6. Bowles, 2-27, and the [...]
In a match versus Shenley Village delayed and reduced to 36 overs per side as overnight rain had seeped through the covers, Reed eschewed their usual belligerent approach to concentrate on rotating the strike. The measure of their success can be gauged by the fact only 6 boundaries were struck, yet they totalled 125 in 34 overs. Just 5 batsmen reached double figures with James Heslam (29) top scoring. As in the reverse fixture, Kris Nissen proved a handful finishing with 2-18 in his 7 over burst and Marwan Mohammed (4-27) took out the lower order. Facing a strong batting line up, Reed started with a flourish, Zac Mcguigan bowling Northants' Charles Thurston for a third ball duck. However it was Jack Tidey who caught the eye with an explosive spell of 8-2-11-3, clean bowling two of his victims. At the other end, Tom Greaves was at his parsimonious best, with his 7 overs going at exactly one per over as well as a wicket. The spin of Sean Tidey (1-20) and Marcus Martin (2-24) also frustraated the Shenley batsmen, who had stuttered to 62-8 from 28 overs. Indeed Martin snared both the dangerous Nissen and finally the lynch pin of the innings, Mohammed (42), through some outstanding catches by Ed Wharton and Matt Sampson. The latter also claimed a run out and when Jack Caine gained a wicket, Shenley were all out for 98. They had managed a mere 3 boundaries in their entire innings. It was a sparkling display of bowling and ground fielding, which means Reed have leap-frogged over their opponents to second place in the league with just 3 games of the season left. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
SATURDAY (SHPCL): No, it wasn't a Ninety-Point Saturday! But just as good a feeling. Winning Limited overs matches in the Championship attracts only 25 points, meaning that added to both the Seconds and Thirds winning and scoring 30 points each, Reed aggregated 85 points on Saturday. The Firsts battled it out in a low scoring game at Shenley Village. James Heslam's 29 was top score in Reed's 125 all out, then Jack Tidey's return of 3 for 11 helped bring about Shenley Village's downfall to 98 all out. As play concluded, their positions in the Division had reversed, with Reed claiming second spot and Shenley back in third. Phil Frenay led the way with eighty for the Second XI supported by George Garrott's fifty in Reed's innings of 231 on The Green. Northampton Exiles were well adrift after being bowled out for 162; Rupert Martin, Julien Fynn, Matt Bowles and James Sandford were rewarded with 2 wickets apiece. In the contrasting setting of the vast acres at the Met Police Sports Ground in Bushey, Joe Graves, Rob Willoughby, Ollie Sayers and Matt Yates each took 2 wickets as Bushey fell for 186. The Third's successful run chase was largely based round Scott Nash's 84 and Owen Hughes' 36 not out as Reed won by 4 wickets in the gathering gloom. If you wish to study the current League Tables, where those mysterious dotted lines have appeared denoting promotion and relegation zones, go to the SHPCL website at www.hertsleague.co.uk There are only 3 matches left in the programme so there could still be some to-ing and fro-ing to look forward to. (Sentence ending in a preposition!) Expect Match Reports to follow shortly. There is no fixture [...]
Reed 3rds headed to a blustery Holtwhites Trinibis 3’s, skipper Rhodri Hughes won the toss again and elected to bowl. Reed started well with the ball with Owen Hughes and Kieran McKinna opening the bowling and Owen taking 2 early wickets (9-2-36-2). Kieran also took a wicket ending on 9-1-45-2. Holtwhites were in trouble at 24 for 3. They began a rebuild with Islam taking a very aggressive approach getting 52 quickly until Steve Hughes (8.2-1-23-1) came on and took his wicket. Reed could have had him a lot earlier if it wasn’t for dropped catches. Reed started to tie Holtwhites down but couldn’t get the wickets they were looking for with more dropped catches. C. Garnsworthy batted patiently hitting the bad balls to the boundary with 74 not out taking Holtwhites' score to 247-6. This score could have been considerably less if the fielding had been better. Reed’s reply started well with Richard Johnson and Paul Garrott taking the total to 35 before Paul was bowled. Then Johnson fell soon after and a mini-collapse soon occurred where Mike Robertson, Rhodri Hughes and Scott Nash fell cheaply leaving Reed 86 for 5, where the Holtwhites bowlers were extracting extra bounce from the wicket. Reed began to rebuild with George Garrott and Owen Hughes batting sensibly by rotating the strike well and putting the bad ball away. They put on 65 until George was out for 48 to a low full toss. Owen continued to bat well receiving good support from Kieran and Lloyd Bowman and keeping up with the run rate. Reed looked like they could still get the win, but wickets fell from the other end as Hughes batted well for his maiden fifty [...]
Reed 2s maintained their excellent form to stay top of the table, thanks mainly to a stunning batting performance from Chris Jackson and James Sandford. On an excellent wicket, hosts Stevenage 2s won the toss and surprisingly inserted Reed into bat. Richard Barlow (24) and Phil Frenay (45) again got Reed off to an excellent start, before both fell in quick succession. This only served to bring Jackson and Sanford to the middle and what followed was carnage. Jackson, who before this game had scored over 350 runs without being dismissed in the last 5 games, continued his unbelievable form as he stroked the Stevenage bowling all over before falling off the penultimate ball of the innings for a fine 109. Sandford was perhaps even more impressive as he notched up his maiden league ton for Reed, accelerating from 50 to his final score of 127 not out in double quick time. In doing so, the pair set a massive new third wicket partnership of 231. Reed posing a mammoth 313-3 in a rain reduced 47 overs. In reply, and following the undisputed tea of the season, Stevenage never really got going. Rupert Martin (2-21) was the pick of the Reed bowlers as he came back well from his ‘none-fa’ the week before. Wickets also went to Ed Garrott (1-33), Jack Caine (1-16), Matt Bowles (1-46) and Marcus Martin (2-17) as Stevenage stuttered to 170-8 at the end of their innings. Match Report submitted by Matthew Bowles.
Reed CC hosted two Herts Area Colts matches last Tuesday. Game 1 - West Area 111-7 from 20 overs (G. Doyle 30*), North Area 114-2 from 16.2 overs (Lucas Spong 26 not out, E. Scott 47 not out) North Area won by 8 wickets. Game 2 - South Area 84-5 from 20 overs (James Underwood 2-19), North Area 88-5 from 11.2 overs (Flynn Jennings 47 not out, Viv Verma 3-3 including a hat trick!) North Area won by 5 wickets.
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Having posted 259-7, Flitwick's spin duo South African David Powles and Sri Lankan Rumesh Buddhika contained Reed's batsmen so that they could only total 205-4 in an innings curtailed to 50 overs owing to rain breaks. Initially, Reed's seamers restricted their opponents to 57-3, including the prize wicket of Bedfordshire batsman, George Thurstance, bowled by Jack Tidey for 19. However, Harry Thurstance (71) and Buddhika (129 not out) shared a partnership of 157 until Tom Greaves trapped the former with the last ball of his 20 over spell. Tidey (2-32) and Zac McGuigan (2-62) chipped in with late wickets before the rain halted the innings two balls short. Ed Wharton set the host's innings off to a speedy start with a run a ball 55, but even he found the spinners hard to get away. Eventually both he and Greaves (15) holed out to Prowles, who also had the dogged McGuigan caught in the deep for a battling 37, finishing with the excellent figures of 19-4-49-3. Indeed the most exciting feature of this spell was umpire Brian 'Shep' Shepard crashing into the stumps, leaving him sprawling on the ground in his haste to fill in his overs chart! Although they were too far behind the run rate, Matt Sampson (40 not out) and Sean Tidey (28 not out), the latter with some audacious hitting, gave the crowd some late entertainment. Nevertheless, a game which eventually petered out due to the rain, ended with Flitwick gaining a "winning draw". Hoddesdon's 1-wicket victory over Letchworth has left Reed 38 points behind them, although only 2 points separate them from next week's opponents, Shenley Village. These last four matches of the campaign will be 50/50 matches with a [...]
SATURDAY (SHPCL): Not a result we see so often these days, Reed Firsts registered a Draw in their final "Timed Match" of the season chasing Flitwick's 259 for 7, (2 wickets each for Jack Tidey and Zac McGuigan), they ended on 205 for 4 (Ed Wharton 55, Matt Sampson 40 not out and Zac McGuigan 37). Next week it will be back to the blue kit and the last four 50 overs-a-side matches. Reed are in 3rd position with promotion still a realistic aim. Twin Tons at Stevenage in the Second XI game when Reed racked-up 313 for 3. Chris Jackson and James Sandford both scored centuries after Rich Barlow (24) and Phil Frenay (43) set up a solid platform. Martin Bros Incorporated (Marcus and Rupert) took 2 wickets apiece as Stevenage were restricted to 170 for 8. Reed are 13 points clear at the top of Division 4B. The Thirds lost at Holtwhites Trinibis who made 248 for 6 thanks to some dropped catches. Owen Hughes scored his maiden fifty backed-up by George Garrott's 48 in the reply, but Reed were eventually bowled all out for 216. However, a promotion place is still in their sights. Expect Match Reports to follow shortly. President's Day: The President's Day match was a 9-a-side game between Orwell FC and a Reed IX. It was meant to be a two-innings, 16 over-a-side "test" match. Unfortunately rain came before the game could be completed. Fifties were scored by Mitch Cooper and Toby Saunders (Orwell) and James Heslam (Reed). Michael ‘Juke Box’ Jukes captained Orwell and took 2 excellent catches. Matt Giblin led the Reed side. The game was well balanced when the rain came, so an honourable draw was [...]
At a sunny Freman Oval Rhodri Hughes, the Reed captain, won the toss and elected to field first on a good looking wicket. Saturday saw Reed field three very strong teams as layer availability was good this week! West Herts started brightly finding the odd boundary and running the quick single until Kieran Mckinna (7.5-0-24-4) took the first 2 wickets after which West Herts never really got going, losing batsmen at regular intervals. A few lusty blows from Mushtaq got them up to 114 before he was nicely caught on the boundary by George Garrott. When he came on to bowl, Garrott also took 3 wickets for 25 from his 9 overs. Alex Kelly took one and there were two good run-outs in an outstanding fielding display. Reed's reply started well with Richard Johnson and Paul Garrott making it to the tea interval at 44 without loss from 10 overs. After the interval Johnson carried on magestically, finding the rope with ease. The pair had put on 104 for the 1st wicket when Garrott (43) nicked behind. That started a slight panic in the dressing room as Reed proceeded to lose 3 quick wickets for 3 runs. But George Garrott came in to accompany the classy Johnson, who remained undefeated on 69 at the other end, to see Reed home to win convincingly by 7 wickets. Reed are in 5th position in the Division but technically are fourth owing to Southgate Compton, (who currently head the table), being ineligible to be promoted this season. Match Report submitted by Paul Garrott.