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The programme for all the Reed teams has started in earnest. There have been several changes to the match dates since the Club’s Fixture Card went to print in early-April meaning you will have to keep up to date by looking at the “Events Calendar” on this website. Hannah and the Team Managers inform me when matches have been re-arranged for one reason or another. Then, once I know them, I also enter the results in the post “Fixtures & Results (All of 2019)”. In the “View Entries” box I suggest you choose 100 then scroll down the list. Under 13s versus Royston (CYCA Cup). Reed 179 for 2, (Sam Osborne 33 retired, Charlie Butler 32 retired, Will Archer 21, Jacob Vincent 20 not out) beat Royston 67, (James Mitchell 2 for 8, Iestyn Hill 2 for 13), by 112 runs. The next opponents in the U13 CYCA Cup are Cambridge St Giles on a date to be fixed. Under 13s versus City of Cambridge (CYCA League). Reed 108 for 7, (Sam Osborne 33 retired, Charlie Butler 30 retired) lost to City of Cambridge 154 for 2, (Sam Osborne 2 for 18), by 46 runs. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-———————— Under 11s versus Thriplow (CYCA League). Reed 255 (Net) lost to Thriplow 283 (Net) by 28 runs. Thriplow batted first and made 283. Captain Tom Green was the pick of the Reed bowlers. In reply Reed ended up on 255 with Tom Green again contributing with the bat. His partnership with Eddie Cook gave Reed hope with others chipping in but unfortunately we couldn’t match the Thriplow score. The young Reed team consisted of 4 debutants - including 9 year olds Oscar Brickles, Jamie Rogers and Joseph Rhodes and [...]
Reed III versus Bentley Heath II at Freman College, Buntingford on Saturday 25th May 2019. On an absolutely prince of a pitch at the notoriously high-scoring Freman Oval, Reed Third XI were back to their blistering best when taking-on Bentley Heath who won the toss and had decided to bat first. The visitors’ century-maker, Luke Peace, enquired what a par score might be as he, and fellow batsmen, Shon Alishah, (50), and Chetan Bakrania, (52), were rattling along at 8 runs an over. The ambiguous answer from the ageing gully fielder was that 300 probably wouldn’t be enough. Despite their quick scoring, Bentley Heath did not have it all their own way and Mike Robertson, in a rare spell of bowling managed to pick-up 3 wickets whilst the more orthodox method employed by Julien Fynn of bowling straight, at pace, and with bounce, accounted for his superb return of 4 for 37. Helped by many wayward sundries, the guests closed on 310 for 9 after their allocation of 45 overs possibly thinking that they had scored enough. Although the strategy was not necessarily that of losing early wickets in the reply, by both Paul Garrott and PG Baker exiting soon after tea, it allowed more time at the crease for Mike Robertson and George Garrott. That plan worked! Robertson was robust in his driving and pulling as he reached 108 whilst the nimble Garrott, gliding runs behind the wicket and running fast throughout and escorted by Fynn and Maseeh Naeem in particular, brought up his own century and was 106 not out when the winning run came midway through the fortieth over. An enthralling match that will be long held in the memory. Reed III [...]
Reed Under 9s (1) got the season off to a flying start with an excellent victory away at Bishop’s Stortford. Reed captain Josh Heslam won the toss and elected to bowl first and then led from the front taking a wicket in the first over. This set the tone for the innings as all Reed Bowlers bowled very well supported by some excellent fielding with well taken catches by Rory Longland, Jon Green and a run out by debutant Hugh Hollamby. Despite some good batting Bishop’s Stortford could not stem the flow of wickets with Josh Heslam taking 3 wickets and others being picked up by Jon Green, Ethan Fox, Hugh Hollamby, Luke Wilson and 6 year-old Eddie Heslam leaving them on a below par score of 217 (Net) from their 16 overs. Although Reed's strength is currently in it's bowling this looked an achievable target and with useful batting contributions from everyone particularly Josh Heslam (8) and Ethan Fox (6) the game was won on 234 (Net). A fine start to the season for Reed’s young side comprising of 6 to 8 year-olds in an Under 9s competition. N.B. Teams begin with 200 runs on the board. The net score is decided by adding all the runs scored to 200, then taking away 5 runs for each wicket lost. Match Report submitted by James Heslam.
In the absence of usual skipper, Ed Garrott, the Second team vice-captain Karl Ward won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening up for Reed were Richard Barlow and Richard Johnson, the latter falling early without troubling the scorers. Stuart Smith joined Barlow at the crease, and both looked in good touch, putting on 52 runs for the second wicket, before Barlow fell for 24. The in-form James Sandford joined Smith, who continued to build the innings. Both Smith and Sandford played some great shots, but unfortunately fell just short of their fifties. After a few more quick wickets including two run outs, Reed looked like they might fall short of a strong total, when they were reduced to 164 for 7. Luckily some late order hitting from Ward and Matthew Bowles, who added 47 together for the 8th wicket, took Reed up to a more than respectable total of 213 for 9, Ward finishing the innings on 40 not out. With the pressure of runs on the board, the Watford Town openers took the attack to the Reed openers, from the start of the innings. Openers Ward and Matt Giblin plugged away, with no prevail, until with the score at 41, Giblin found the outside edge of opener Nasar, and ‘One of the best catches ever seen at Reed’ was pouched by Mitchell Cooper at first slip. Rupert Martin replaced Ward bowling down the hill, and claimed the next two wickets, firstly Watford’s no. 3, LBW, and then grabbing a well-reacted caught and bowled to dismiss the other opening batsman. The game continued in the balance throughout the innings, with Watford remaining close to the run rate with wickets in hand. Excellent bowling [...]
NATIONAL VILLAGE CUP, ROUND 3. An under strength Sharnbrook and Bromham side encountered a Reed side in scintillating form in the third round of the Village Cup. Sean Tidey and Richard Wharton capitalised to the tune of 249 runs in 32 overs before Tidey was caught for a brutal 147 from 93 balls.Wharton continued to reach his own century (108 not out) whilst Rob Lankester (20) and Jack Tidey (23 not out) maintained the scoring rate. An understandably demoralised opposition were then skittled out for 55 as Tom Greaves (4-11) and Toby Fynn (3-17) raced through their 8 overs in case rain intervened. However it was left to Sean Tidey and Stuart Smith to polish off the tail. Reed will now face local rivals Preston in the Regional Final on June 9th on The Green. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
Reed 1st XI. For the second match running Ed Wharton drove Reed to a comfortable victory, this time against last year's Premiership side Letchworth. Following last week's 91. Wharton hit 86 not out with 11 fours and two maximums. Once again he shared an impressive opening partnership of 79 in 16 overs with Zac McGuigan (31) as they matched each other run for run. After that, with Rob Lankester (19) in a supporting role, they nearly doubled the score until the latter was bowled by the only bowler to contain them, the evergreen Maxford Pipe (10-2-31-1) with the last ball of his spell. James Heslam hit the winning boundary in the 31st over. Reed 168-2. This cavalier approach was made possible by another fine all round effort with the ball. Wharton removed captain Tom Simmons early on to an excellent catch by Heslam and Jack Tidey took out the other opener through a diving catch by Richard Wharton to leave Letchworth 37-2 after the power play. Toby Fynn (10-0-33-1) and McGuigan (10-1-33-3) both contained and dismissed the middle order, leaving the lower order to be shared by spinners Sean Tidey and Tom Greaves, Greaves returning the impressive figures of 3-25 from his allocation. This fine win puts Reed on top of the table having gained maximum points from all three of their matches. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
SATURDAY: All three league teams won with some impressive personal performances from certain individuals. For the First team, Ed Wharton led the charge against Letchworth with 86 not out chasing down 165. Earlier 3 wickets each fell to Tom Greaves and Zac McGuigan. At Reed, the Seconds defended 213 and beat Watford by 23 runs. Runs came from Stuart Smith, 44, James Sandford, 47, and skipper, Karl Ward, 40 not out. Mitchell Cooper had taken three wickets in Watford's innings supported by the Martin brothers, Marcus and Rupert, claiming 2 each. It was Twin Tons at the Freman Oval when Mike Robertson, 108, and George Garrott, 106 not out, made short work of reaching the winning target of 311 after Bentley Heath had posted an impressive 310 for 9. Julien Fynn took 4 for 37 in their innings. A marvelously high-scoring run chase. COLTS: William Archer, William McIntosh, Sam Osborne and Charlie Walters were all in the wickets when the Under 13s played Coton, but unfortunately their 139 was too high a target. Walters and Eden Scott each reached 30 but had to retire and the others didn't get going, closing on 97. When I know details of the other Colts' matches played recently I shall post them on this website. SUNDAY: Village Cup Victory! After an interval caused by rain, Sean Tidey and Rich Wharton had no trouble scoring at more than 7.5 runs per over until Sean departed for a fantastic 147. Richard continued to an undefeated 108 whilst short cameos of 20+ came from Rob Lankester and Jack Tidey. Reed's innings ended at 313 for 3. Toby Fynn, 3 for 17, and Tom Greaves, 4 for 11, blew away the Sharnbrook and [...]
Reed III’s travelled to Cockfosters to play Southgate Compton in their first away game of the 2019 season. Winning the toss, Reed elected to bat, with Paul Garrott and Peter Baker opening. Tight bowling from Southgate openers Bilal Yousaf (9-2-23-1) and Mark Willis (7-2-14-0) saw a slow start to the innings, with Bilal picking up the wicket of Baker (0) with Reed on 17. Garrott was joined by left hander Michael Robertson and the pair began to add to the total, until Robertson (35) was bowled by left-armed Cameron Wallis, leaving Reed 74-2. Captain Rhodri Hughes joined Garrott and again the total crept up, until Hughes scooped a loose ball to David Brandon off the bowling of David Malleson (9-1-29-1). Reed looked comfortable at 97-3 with 12 overs remaining, however accurate bowling from the home side led to a catastrophic collapse. Wallis (9-2-34-3) picked up the wickets of Julien Fynn (1) and Owen Hughes (4), while Brandon (5.4-0-8-5) tore through the Reed batsmen, first cleaning up Garrott (46). Lloyd Bowman (1), William Mansfield (0) and Ian Roberts (0) were all bowled in quick succession, giving Brandon a hattrick. The final wicket to fall was Kieran McKinna (6), again a victim of Brandon’s, leaving Steve Hughes 0 not out, with Reed on 121. Southgate Compton’s response was steady and controlled. Reed had high hopes when Owen Hughes (8-2-23-1) clean bowled Willis (6) in his first over, however this was to be the only breakthrough. Despite some tidy swing bowling from Fynn (7-0-20-0) and Roberts (8-0-30-0), Brandon and Andrew Grayson remained sturdy. The most troubling bowling came from McKinna (4-1-15-0) and Steve Hughes (4.5-1-15-0), however neither could pick up the much-needed wickets. Southgate Compton cruised past Reed’s [...]
Reed 2s crushed Sawbridgeworth 2s to claim back-to-back league wins at the start of the Herts League season. Skipper Ed Garrott lost the toss and his side were asked to take the field. From there on in things were very one-sided. The hosts lost a wicket in the first over in a sign of things to come, as Matt Giblin tore through the Sawbo top order. They were soon 18-5 whilst Giblin (9.5-1-21-5) bowled terrifically and deservedly snared his first 5-wicket haul in League cricket since he was 17. A direct hit run out from Phil ‘Stokes’ Frenay and a wicket apiece from spin twins Ed Garrott (8-3-15-1) and Matt Bowles (7-2-12-1) meant Sawbo we’re bundled out for just 74. Reed’s response with the bat was equally emphatic, despite the early loss of Richard Johnson. Phil Frenay (50 not out) and Chris Jackson (23 not out) went about chasing down the total in just 16 overs, with Frenay in a particularly destructive mood. Match Reports submitted by MLB.