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.
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 [...]
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.
Reed will return to Lord’s on 15th September after a nail biting Semi-Final win in the National Village Cup against Hampshire’s Sarisbury Athletic. Electing to bat first, Sarisbury were indebted to their skipper Rawlins (63) who anchored the innings. At drinks the Hants. side were 84-2 and a score in excess of 200 beckoned. However, Reed skipper Tom Greaves marshalled his bowling options well and he was rewarded with a personal return of 8-1-23-2, whilst Mitchell Cooper (1-43) bowled good lines. However, it was the reintroduction of Sean Tidey (4-45) that proved decisive. After discharging his wicket-keeping duties in the first 20 overs, the younger Tidey brother removed Journeaux who was set on 40 and combining with "deputy keeper" Rob Lankester for two stumping in successive Tidey overs it left Sarisbury on 195-8 from their 40 over quota. Possibly this was 30 runs short on the Reed wicket. Reed lost Sean Tidey early when the score was 5, but Rob Lankester and Tom Greaves set about building a sound foundation. A mix up though led to Lankester being run out for 41 and when James Heslam fell in the next over, the hosts were 87-3 at drinks. Greaves fell caught for 47 trying to clear the mid-wicket boundary to get his fifty and when Mike Catt soon followed, Reed were 104-5. Stuart Smith and Mitchell Cooper now set about rebuilding the innings. Striking the bad ball and running well between the wickets the two kept Reed in the game. 72 needed from the last ten overs. Sarisbury though produced five tight overs leaving 42 required from 30 balls; the nerves were jangling. Smith and Cooper then began to hit out paticularly against wicket taker Josh [...]
Reed Seconds kept up their good form with a solid performance against Hitchin Seconds at The Green. Electing to bat first on a slow pitch, openers Barlow and Frenay (46) put on 57 for the first wicket. The introduction of Patadia sent both openers back to the pavilion with 88 on the board. Enter Chris Jackson who hadn’t been dismissed in his four previous knocks. Reed upped the ante after drinks with Jackson building partnerships with Marcus Martin (24) , Jack Caine (19) and skipper Ed Garrott (21). A late burst of runs pushed Reed over the 200 mark finishing on 222-6 from their 50 overs. Hitchin started their chase quickly with Chris Maylin (55) and Bayston (36) putting on 69 for the first wicket. Ed Garrott brought himself on and trapped Bayston lbw. Then the first of three run outs, this one by Marcus Martin, brought Reed back into contention at drinks. Again it was the drinks break that proved the innings turning point. Hitchin slumped from 107-2 to 160-8. Matt Bowles (2-34) and Marcus Martin with a match winning (4-27) pushed Reed towards victory backed by superb catching, Matt Giblin and Phil Frenay in particular, and the two further run-outs, (both by skipper Garrott), Hitchin were dismissed in the 49th over for 186, leaving Reed winners by 36 runs. Reed stay top of Division 4B with five matches remaining in the League Season. Reed 2nd XI 222-6 in 50 overs (30 pts.) beat Hitchin 2nd XI 186 all out in 48.1 overs (12 pts.) by 36 runs. Match Report submitted by Neil Haslam.
Rob Lankester drove the winning boundary and with it brought up his maiden Reed league century at a run a ball. It was a fine innings of 102 not out containing 13 of those boundaries with shots all around the wicket. He shared partnerships of 89 with Zac McGuigan (30) and 86 unbeaten with James Heslam (22 not out). This after the dangerous Ed Wharton was caught at mid-off from the third ball of the innings. After Tom Greaves had inserted Leverstock Green and Wharton had made the early breakthrough - Claxton caught at slip by McGuigan - Wijalath (22) and Mahandma launched into the Reed opening attack, the latter smiting 13 fours in his rapid 67, Jack Tidey at last trapped the former in front and McGuigan in his opening over forced his partner into skying a short ball into keeper Sean Tidey's gloves. From 132-4 at lunch, the innings subsided to 174 all out, Toby Fynn the destroyer taking 4-17 bowling an unplayable length and line. Greaves was also rewarded for his 18 over stint with late wickets, finishing on 3-69. Thus Reed were back to winning ways to cement their third place in the Championship Division following last week's conquerors, Hemel Hempstead, being beaten by second placed Shenley Village. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
Reed Under 9s (1) ended their season in style completing three further comfortable victories to finish unbeaten with 7 wins out of 7. The first of the three victories came away to Sawbridgeworth where with the team strengthened by the addition of Natasha McNamara they racked up a score of 319 with the largest scores by Natasha, Ethan Fox and Rory Longland backed up by an excellent bowling and fielding display with 2 wickets each for Eddie Heslam, Natasha and Ethan. The second win came against joint league title challengers Bishops Stortford, the game was expected to be tight to decide the league winners but Reed comfortably secured their second win against Stortford. Reed scored 328 with Ethan producing a fantastic innings of 43 well supported by all players including Eddie (12) and Jon Green (11). As usual Reed performed excellently in the field with Josh Heslam, Toby Cook and Ethan taking the wickets restricting Stortford to 248. The final game of the season the team saved their best for last putting in an outstanding display away to Braughing which will be remembered for the fielding which was exceptional with 6 catches and 3 direct hit run outs as the home side must have wondered what had hit them. The batting was solid as Reed scored 299 with Eddie (19), Josh (18) and Toby (16) top scoring. And then in the aforementioned superb fielding performance leading wicket takers were Josh (3), Toby, Eddie and Hugh Hollamby (2). It’s been a superb season for the young side having fun and performing so well above their age level in U9s cricket. Match Reports submitted by James Heslam.
The U11s played Royston who made 244 (Net). Gethin Hill took 2 wickets for 4 runs and there was 1 wicket each for Thomas Green, Stanley Johnson, George Arnott, Joseph Rhodes and Daniel Vincent. Reed scored 235 (Net) in reply, Thomas Green hit 13 and Daniel Vincent 11. A week later in the return match, Royston’s net score was 296, Oscar Lamb taking 2 wickets for Reed. Our U11s' innings ended on with 253 (Net), Daniel Vincent top-scoring with 27 and Matthew Barons made 12. Mildenhall ran up 140 against our Under 13s, Charlie Walters taking 2 for 15. Reed responded with 112 for 5. Sam Osborne had to retire on 31 and Charlie Walters also retired with 30.