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.
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.
Reed First XI, National Village Cup, Round 2. Reed welcomed Division 1 Sawbridgeworth to The Green on Sunday in pursuit of their third Lord’s victory in 7 years in the National Village Cup. Reed Skipper Greaves won the toss and had no hesitation In asking the visitors to bat. Reed’s opening pair Jack Tidey and Toby Fynn bowled solidly to start with Jack picking up an early wicket, trapping R. Sanders bang in front for 8. Each of the opening bowlers bowled tight spells and after 10 over Greaves brought himself and spin twin Sean Tidey into the attack. The introduction of spin then changed the game all together. Both bowled 8 overs straight returning combined figures of 6 for 45 in 16 overs. The opening pair of Jack and Toby came back and wrapped the tail up convincingly and Sawbridgeworth were all out in 29.1 overs for an under par score of 92. After a typically excellent Sunday afternoon tea, Reed’s openers Richard Wharton and Sean Tidey set to work on knocking off the required runs. Sean in particular took a liking to S.Black hitting him for several boundaries, although once he made a very quick fire 32, Black had Tidey bowled going for one shot too many. The wicket brought vice-captain Rob Lankester to the crease and he and Wharton calmly knocked off the remaining runs with ease as Reed cruised home with 9 wickets in hand inside 14 overs. Reed will be welcoming Sharnbrook & Bromham (Bedfordshire) in the next round up at The Green on Sunday 26th of May. Match Report submitted by TDG.
Reed Second XI, Herts League, Division 4B. Rain showers filled the air as new second team skipper, Ed Garrott started off the side’s 2019 campaign. Ed lost the toss and the opposition, newly promoted Holtwhites Trinibis elected to bowl first.The Reed squad were kept busy, taking the covers on and off between two short rain delays, after which the match was reduced to 46 overs per side. Rich Barlow led from the top, and looked in fine form as he built his innings. Unfortunately Reed lost fellow opener Frenay without scoring, and Jackson soon after to find themselves in a precarious position at 27-2. Barlow and Smith put on just under 50 for the 3rd wicket, rebuilding the Reed innings, whist being kept busy running between the wickets. A slow outfield from the earlier rain meant many balls that would normally have gone for 4, stopped within the ropes. Smith fell to a quick reaction caught & bowled, with the score at 74 for 3. In at number five came new signing for the season, James Sandford. Sandford took the attack to the Holtwhites bowlers, and played some fine shots including some well struck boundaries, while Barlow also looked to up the run rate at the opposite end. Barlow eventually fell caught, for 75, an innings that perhaps would have amounted to a century in drier conditions. With a strong squad, Ed Garrott batted himself and Marcus Martin lower down the order. Martin fell cheaply for 6, while Garrott looked in good touch for his 24. Mitchell Cooper hit a quick fire 35 off just 25 balls, with late order support from Ward, and Bowles. Reed ended their innings having posted 238. Opening the attack [...]
Reed Third XI, Herts League, Division 10A. At the Freman Oval, Frogmore were bundled out for 41 by a particularly strong Reed 3rd XI. 3 wickets went to Rupert Martin who has re-located back to the area, and there were 2 each for George Garrott and Joe Graves, supported by some excellent catching and fielding. Rob Willoughby, 21 not out, and Richard Johnson, 17 not out, had no trouble in knocking off the runs without loss. With some new players and some former members rejoining, Reed generally are looking stronger throughout the senior teams and this first successful weekend of competitive League and Cup action bodes well for the 2019 season. Report submitted by PGB.
In an exciting climax to the First XI fixture, Jack Tidey hit his first ball for 6 to win the match with two balls to spare. However, Old Owens conceded 5 penalty runs when Whitworth feigned to throw a non-existent ball to put off the runners in a tight call. Was that the difference between the sides at the end? The home side set off like a train taking 65 without loss from the power play. It was the introduction of Zac McGuigan which started the fight back as he took the first 3 wickets, including the dangerous Whitworth for 69. At 142-3 with 20 overs remaining a big total looked likely until an inspired spell of 10 overs by Toby Fynn (5-26) including 3 catches by keeper Richard Wharton, turned the course of the innings. McGuigan returned to bowl the last two batsmen, helping himself to a 'five-fer' (9.3-2-30-5) as well. Old Owens made 189 all out from 46 overs. Old Owens won Division 1 last year on the back of an excellent bowling attack and they proved very difficult to score against. As a result Reed found themselves 77-5 from 25 overs with only Rob Lankester playing fluently until the reverse sweep was his downfall yet again for 28. James Heslam and Richard Wharton then dug in for a gritty partnership of 47 until Heslam was caught for a patient 42. Wharton continued as anchor while Sean Tidey hit a belligerent run a ball 28 in an invaluable stand of 50. With 16 still required from two overs it was left to Wharton (34 not out) and Jack Tidey to squeeze home (190-8) in an exciting finish, leaving Owens ruing those unnecessary penalty [...]
Reed Firsts completed their league programme with a last over victory against old rivals Langleybury. Their 3 wicket win condemned the hosts to relegation from the Championship. Lacking the usual seam attack with even Ed Wharton playing as a batsman through an elbow injury, Reed started well, Jack Caine (7-2-20-2) bowling both of Langleybury's experienced openers and Matt Giblin could have had them 10-3 if a sharp chance in the slips had been pouched. However, Richard Oxley (58) and Danny Walker (76) passed the 100 mark until Sean Tidey broke the partnership. It was the occasional bowler Stuart Smith who did the most damage though, finishing with 4-50 and with Giblin claiming two late wickets Langleybury's innings closed on 232-9. Rob Lankester (20) and Ed Wharton (45) began the run chase, but it was a 50 partnership between Richard Barlow (33) and Marcus Martin which turned the game Reed's way. Langleybury skipper Oxley desperately alternated 8 bowlers to try to stem the tide of runs, but Martin (68 not out) well supported by Tom Greaves (16) and Jack Caine (15 not out) inexorably reduced the deficit until the latter drove a boundary to win the match by 3 wickets with 4 balls remaining. A welcome victory for Reed to end an up-and-down season, but a sad week for Langleybury, who lost both their long-standing President, Gordon Riddick, and their battle against relegation. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
Although Reed 1st XI lost to Hoddesdon by 55 runs, more worrying was the score in the other relegation battles and when Langleybury lost by 1 wicket in the penultimate over, a collective sigh of relief was heard around the pavilion. As a result Reed will continue playing in the Championship again next year, leaving Langleybury, Flitwick and Sawbridgeworth to fight for survival next week in the final round of matches. Reed’s game was dominated by two unbeaten tons: 102 by the visitors' Ross Clarke and 123 by Matt Sampson. The latter, however, was crucial to Reed’s total of 222 as Rob Lankester’s 22 was the next highest score in their innings. Once again Reed’s attack struggled to bowl out the opposition, although the spin of Sean Tidey (2-50) and Matt Bowles (2-63) accounted for 4 of the six wickets to fall. In addition, Tom Greaves bowled a very tight spell, conceding just 21 runs from his 10 overs. Although Sampson’s knock was chanceless until he reached 99, he spooned a high chance to mid-off, but the on-rushing fielder dropped it and he scampered through for his century to a standing ovation from the Reed faithful as he celebrated his second ton this season. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
A youthful Reed side played host to Camden CC at The Green on Sunday. Reed skipper Rob Lankester won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a very nice wicket. Facing a tight bowling attack, Reed openers Richard Barlow and Toby Fynn started slowly but positively, putting the rare loose deliveries to the boundary in the early overs. Fynn (8) was the first batsman to fall, looking to advance down the wicket one too many times, with an efficient piece of wicket-keeping seeing him stumped. In at 3 was Rhodri Hughes (15), who looked impressive until he was dismissed with an unfortunate leading edge up in the air. Tom Nussey (33) and James Crockford (30) also displayed some stylish strokes to place Reed in a commanding position leading into the final overs of their innings. In the midst of this, Barlow started to accelerate, and swiftly passed 100 following a string of boundaries. Shortly after, this classy innings came to an end, with Richard dismissed for 111. Contributions from Ross Gardner (10), Owen Hughes (8) and Rob Lankester (19 not out) in the latter part of the innings saw Reed finish on 249-8 from their 40 overs. In response, the Camden openers made their intentions very clear from the off, with defensive shots being a rarity. After being punished for a couple of looseners, the experienced Steve Hughes quickly dismissed Camden’s opener in the first over. Sam Rice and Steve Hughes remained unfazed by Camden’s attacking start, with Hughes (8-1-27-2) picking up a second wicket in his exceptional spell. Rice (8-0-27-0) also proved economical, and was incredibly unlucky to not pick up a wicket in his spell after several chances came and went. [...]