SATURDAY: Ed Wharton walloped 91 as the First team chased down Hemel's 162 with 6 wickets and 20 overs in hand. Phil Frenay scored a half-century out of Reed 2nd XI's winning score of 75 for 1 after Matt Giblin's 5 wickets massively contributed to Sawbridgeworth being bowled out for 74. The Thirds came up against the troubled Southgate Compton "Second / First" Team (see Herts League website for details) and apart from Paul Garrott's 46 and Mike Robertson's 35 didn't do themselves justice. All out for 121 and losing by 9 wickets. SUNDAY: Little Hadham beat the Friendly side by 4 wickets despite 3 wickets and 3 catches from Zac McGuigan. Reed's 219 for 6 was based on Toby Fynn's century and MJE Baker's half-century (both retired); perhaps they shouldn't have! COLTS: Rain prevented play in the Under 9's match on Friday. QUIZ: No rain in the pavilion to prevent the team named SakMcGiboyd from winning the Spring Quiz also on Friday. Expect Match Reports (about the cricket- not the Quiz) to follow shortly. PGB
SATURDAY. Three victories - the first 90-pointer for years! ACTUALLY, I HAVE GOT THAT WRONG!!! Since a change in the League Match Rules a couple of seasons ago, the winning Teams in the Premier and Championship Divisions, (which include Reed's 1st XI), are awarded only 25 points for a victory in their Limited Overs matches. Therefore, yesterday was more accurately an "85-point day"! In "Timed matches" in the middle part of the summer, the Firsts could get 30 points when they win, so we can still look forward to more 90-pointers in the future. For those that don't know, if you are looking at the Divisional Tables published on www.hertsleague.co.uk and you can't make out the points system, each Team that was represented at the recent Captains' Meeting was awarded 5 bonus points. That is why after 1 match each, our First XI have a total of 30 points (25 for the win + 5 bonus); the Seconds 35 (30 + 5); and the Thirds 35 (30 + 5). All these tweets about 90-points better re-visit the Rule Book (like I had to do)! Sorry. 1st XI: Despite scores in the forties, thirties and twenties by James Heslam, Richard Wharton, Sean Tidey and Rob Lankester, the 1st XI's batting highlight was the first and only delivery Jack Tidey faced that he smote for 6 to win the match with Reed 8 wickets down and two deliveries left! Earlier, Zac McGuigan and Toby Fynn had taken 5 wickets each in Old Owens' innings of 189. 2nd XI: Holtwhites Trinibis ended well adrift on 105 all out against the Seconds who had totalled 238 for 9. Matt Giblin, Matt Bowles and Mitchell Cooper took 2 wickets apiece. [...]
Reed's spring Quiz will be next Friday evening with your Quizmaster, Matt Bowles, asking the questions (and providing the answers later)!
SATURDAY: It was the Group Matches in the Herts County 20/20 Cup on Saturday. Reed were drawn to play at Potters Bar in Group 4 against North Mymms in the first game. Thanks to 4 wickets each from Sean Tidey and Tom Greaves, the Premier Division side were bowled all-out for 103 in 19 overs. Nothing could have been tighter as Reed squeezed home off the last delivery of the innings with 9 wickets down and thus progressed through to the Group Final. The scores were level but Reed had lost fewer wickets! Subsequently, Potters Bar disposed of Harpenden in a 43-run victory. In a day beset by poor weather, the players were more off the field than on, so when the hosts’ innings was deemed closed on 36 for 1 after 7 overs later in the afternoon, Reed’s target was calculated at 48 in 7 overs by the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method. Reed’s new boy, Zac McGuigan (19 n.o.) and old hand, Sean Tidey (28 n.o.), formed the opening partnership and biffed and bashed their way to 48 without loss in just 4 overs! Reed will join the other Group Winners, Hertford and Totteridge Millhillians, at the County Semi-Finals and Final which are due to be played on Sunday 14th July. Radlett and Letchworth appear to have encountered more rain than at the other venues and their Group Winner is still to be decided. COLTS: The Under 13s played a friendly against City of Cambridge at home last week. The visitors scored 99 for 4, wickets falling to Sam Osborne, (2), Charlie Butler and Archie McIntosh (1 each). Then solid knocks of 33 not out from Sam Osborne and 20 by Eden Scott [...]
Rich Barlow retired after reaching fifty on Saturday against Flitwick in a friendly. There were also useful early-season innings by Rhodri Hughes, Ed Garrott, Mitchell Cooper, Rob Lankester and MJE Baker who all passed twenty as Reed closed on 205 for 5. The home bowling proved too strong for Flitwick who finished 84 runs short on 121 for 8. Karl Ward and Joe Graves took 3 wickets each and Mitchell Cooper 2. The 1st XI's friendly away at Stevenage was called-off because of an unfit pitch. In addition to the 1st XI being involved in the County 20/20 next Saturday, it is looking quite likely that some additional friendly fixtures will be arranged for next Saturday and / or Sunday with several players interested and available. If you are wanting to get some time on the field before the League begins the following Saturday,(11th May), remember to contact Matt Bowles or one of the other selectors by Monday evening. PGB.
To Members and Supporters of Reed Cricket Club, A reminder for you to please renew your Club Membership as soon as possible if you have not paid your Subscriptions already. Adult Players: If you have not already paid, there is just one week left until the 1st May before you will be required to pay the full rate of £90. If you are quick, it will be only £75 until then so don’t delay any longer! Junior Players (those aged 14 and above on 1st Sept 2018 AND in full-time education): It is £25 if you pay this week but it will be £35 after 1st May. Please read Cilla’s letter below then complete and send her your Membership Forms so that you remain on her database. There is an electronic version of the Form on this website under “Members Area”. Feel free to pass-on this email to any potential new Players and / or Non-Playing Members and also convey information to those we know do not have internet access or email addresses. We rely on you to help this Club run efficiently and part of that comes under communication. If it was me, I would rather be told something twice than not at all. Thank you. The senior teams started their season on Saturday in beautiful late-spring weather — long may it continue. Within a fortnight there will also be Colts and All-Stars training and matches and the Saturday Herts League gets underway on 11th May. The full programme consists of more than 120 Fixtures during this coming season. We would love to see you all when you come to support Reed. The website contains details / venues of the matches but if, like [...]
Availability was such that we were able to arrange a second fixture on Saturday so that in addition to the Knebworth Park match we also took an XI to play away at Sawbridgeworth. The "A" Team came off for tea after Knebworth Park had rattled-up 238 for 7 from their 40 overs. Wickets were spread between Ed Wharton (3) Matt Giblin (2) Toby Fynn (2) and Tom Greaves (1). Reed managed only 95 in reply with Phil Frenay top-scoring on 40. At Sawbridgeworth, Reed's Extra "A"s bowled-out the hosts for 181. Again wickets were shared, Matt Bowles (3), Julien Fynn, Alex Kelly & Rupert Martin (2 each) and Karl Ward (1) but the catching was superb, MJE Baker claiming 3 behind the stumps led the way. The batting response was a little slow as wickets fell to some accurate bowling, but Rob Willoughby (56) and MJE Baker (51) kept Reed in contention although once they were out the requirement was too much and Reed finally ended on 145 for 7. PGB
March is one of my favourite months of the year. The long dark nights are behind us and more importantly the cricket season is just around the corner. The 2017 season was always going to be hard to match but the 2018 season was still a very enjoyable one. Lots of good performances, (some bad ones too), great weather, a full social calendar, lots for the club to be proud of. Unfortunately, there was one negative that came up on a regular basis. Player availability. Speaking to other clubs and reading bits on social media it’s clear that Reed is not alone in having this problem. With people’s lives increasingly busy, and cricket taking a high proportion of the day, getting players to commit is becoming increasingly difficult. Membership levels seem to have remained constant, but the number of games people are playing in a season has dropped. Poor availability affected our Third team most. Some games were forfeited and some were played with 10 players or less. So what does the future hold for Reed and the 3rd team in particular? We have a lot of good Colts coming through but most of them won’t be old enough for Open-Age (or “Adult”) cricket for a few years yet. Will there still be a 3rd team when they are old enough? I really hope so. (We all remember that we had a Fourth Team until 2 years ago and look what happened to them.) So here’s the challenge to the playing members. Please try and do everything you can to increase your availability. However many games you played last year please see if you can up it by 2 or 3 games at least. Make [...]
Colts - Awards Winners (2018 Season). ===================================== At the Colts’ Awards Evening the following young players were recognised for their performances during 2018. UNDER 9 PLAYER OF THE YEAR Oscar Brickles UNDER 9 CLUBMAN Ethan Fox UNDER 9 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER Jamie Rogers UNDER 9 MOST IMPROVED YOUNG PLAYER Josh Heslam UNDER 11 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Adam Gardner and Charlie Walters UNDER 11 CLUBMAN Miles Keenan UNDER 11 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER Jacob Vincent UNDER 11 MOST IMPROVED YOUNG PLAYER Charlie Hawker UNDER 13 PLAYER OF THE YEAR Sam Osborne UNDER 13 CLUBMAN Doni Foumakis UNDER 13 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER William Archer UNDER 13 MOST IMPROVED YOUNG PLAYER Tom Green Well done everyone. Let’s hope for a successful and enjoyable season in 2019. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ We are very proud of our Colts at Reed and many of our youngsters have stayed with the Club over the years and have formed and continue to form the basis of our Senior Teams in Open-Age Cricket. Were you once a Colt? Did you win a trophy? Look back as far as 1991 in our “History” section on this website then choose “Seasons Awards” and the particular team. The list of Club and Senior Awards’ winners dates back even further; to 1962. And all those shields engraved with the names of the winners are proudly displayed inside the Howard Marshall Pavilion. Take a browse and look for those players and team-mates from seasons gone by. If you were once a Colt and stopped playing, why not make a comeback now? Membership Forms can be submitted electronically through the “Members Area”. The Selectors will be gathering soon! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Listed below are all the Fixtures for the three Saturday League Teams, the Sunday Cup matches and Friendlies plus all the Colts’ fixtures which this year includes two Under 9s Teams, the Under 11s and the Under 13s. Reed will also be hosting three Herts Area Colts games too. This time I have listed everything in date order so there should be less need for scrolling down looking for particular teams. For more details look down the right side of the Homepage then go across to the Events Calendar which shows venues for Away matches and Match Formats of the “Open-Age” fixtures. Click on the “View all Events” button to see the calendar day-by-day, month-by-month or as a list. The “Search” box is there to help too; just type-in a ‘keyword’ that refers to what you are looking for. League Tables and Results in all matches played in the Saracens Hertfordshire Premier Cricket League (SHPCL) and the Herts T20 competition can be seen in detail by going to www.hertsleague.co.uk The full draw and results of the National Village Cup (NVC) can be viewed by visiting www.thecricketer.com or www.nationalvillagecup.com PGB, Hon. Sec. Reed CC.