SUNDAY - National Village Cup: Jack Tidey was on fire taking six Borstal wickets for only 21 runs in his 10 overs. The visitors from Kent were dismissed for 83. After the loss of a couple of cheap wickets, Reed coasted home by 6 wickets, Rob Lankester, 30, and James Heslam, 17 not out. SATURDAY (SHPCL): Yes, in a blink of an eye, we are halfway through the Herts League season. At this stage, the Firsts are 3rd in the Championship Division, the Seconds 2nd in 4B, and the Thirds 5th in Div 10A. On the Green, the 1st XI posted 189 for 9, Ed Wharton, Jack Tidey and Rich Wharton accumulating scores in the late- thirties but Reed failed to prevent Hoddesdon winning by 5 wickets. At Ampthill, Matt Bowles and Ed Garrot with 3 wickets each helped restrict the hosts to 97 all out. Rich Barlow passed 30 and accompanied by Chris Jackson's score in the twenties, and by Paul Garrott's 22, Reed 2nd XI eased home by 9 wickets. The Thirds had a more challenging objective once Ickleford had scored 278 for 3. It wasn't a bowler's day as Reed reached their target in the 43rd over having lost only 2 wickets along the way. Richard "Jess" Johnson was sublime hitting 124 not out, and was well supported by opener, Rob Willoughby's 34, P.G. "Tips" Baker's 44 and Mike Robertson's 51 not out. Expect Match Reports to follow shortly.
SATURDAY (SHPCL): This was a genuine 90-point day. All three teams won their respective battles, all by chasing-down targets and each having plenty of wickets in-hand. The Firsts had Ampthill all out for 91 in their All-Day game which lasted all of 64 overs, eighteen of which was all that Reed needed to knock them off. Ed Wharton had a good all-round day by taking 3 wickets and scoring a brisk 32. Matt Sampson and Rob Lankester contributed twenties and Reed won by 7 wickets. On The Green, the Second XI bowled Flamstead out for 161 in the 22nd over, Matt Giblin taking 4 wickets. In reply, Phil Frenay and Richard Barlow notched-up half-centuries with Chris Jackson supporting Barlow towards the end. Reed's innings lasted until their 28th over when they cruised home by 9 wickets. With both of those matches all done and dusted by mid-afternoon, most of the Reed players joined the regular supporters group down at the Freman Oval to cheer-on the Thirds in their pursuit of Rickmansworth's challenging score of 231 for 7, Rob Willoughby taking 4 for 34. Richard Johnson (57) and Paul Garrott (80) did most of the work and Rob Willoughby helped with 34. Reed had 6 wickets in-hand when they overhauled the target in the 42nd over. SUNDAY: In the friendly against Forest Gate Reed unfortunately came second! Reed batted first with Tom Greaves scoring 83, Zac McGuigan, 35, and Marcus Martin and Ollie Sayers both passing 20. Reed were bowled out for 201 in the 33rd over. In reply, Will Green bowled 4 very tidy overs taking 2 for 14, Sayers also picked up a wicket. However, the visitors knocked-off the required runs in 32 overs. [...]
SUNDAY - NATIONAL VILLAGE CUP. This 5th Round match, (the Final is the 9th so there is still a way to go), was on The Green against Stoke Green from Buckinghamshire. The visitors made 141 and were largely restricted by Toby Fynn (3 wickets) although all the bowlers contributed to their below par total. Reed's first wicket partnership realised 88 in 11 overs, of which the departing Sean Tidey scored 76 taking him to more than 300 aggregate runs in this season's competition. Although Reed lost four more wickets, they duly won with 5 in-hand. In the 6th Round, Reed's next opponents will be Borstal CC from Kent on the 7th July. They beat the Surrey side, Blackheath, today. Meanwhile, Foxton (Cambs & Norfolk) overcame Worlington (Essex & Suffolk) and will be hosting Findon from West Sussex next. SATURDAY - SHPCL. The Firsts were up at Dunstable (or is that Down at Dunstable?). Whichever, Dunstable made 198 for 6, with Jack Tidey returning a remarkable analysis of 2 for 32 off 20 overs. Reed's Ed Wharton made 94 in reply with thirties from Jack Caine and Richard Wharton seeing Reed home by 7 wickets. On The Green, Chorleywood were dispatched for 179 with Matt Bowles taking a 5-fer!. Earlier, Reed had posted 256 for 6. Phil Frenay led the way by scoring a 70, Chris Jackson reached fifty and Fergus Martin stroked a forty. Despite Mike Robertson's undefeated 52, the Thirds could not match Hoddesdon's 161 all out over at Roydon CC. Joe Graves made his mark early-on by taking 4 for 18, but what could have been a target of less than 100, enlarged in the latter stages of the innings. Michael Juckes took [...]
SATURDAY - HERTS LEAGUE. Shenley Village recovered from losing 3 early wickets for next to nothing to 138 for 9; Tom Greaves returning 4 for 58. But Reed could manage only 106 in reply; Greaves 20 and Zac McGuigan 20 and slipped to third place in the Division. The Seconds saved fuel by not having to travel to Northampton Exiles. The game was cancelled because of an unfit pitch. Bushey scored 207 for 7 against the Thirds on the Freman Oval, Toby Emes taking 3 for 50. The run chase was again led by Mike Robertson with 58 and Rob Willoughby with 31, but it was the eighth wicket pairing of Lloyd Bowman and Kieran McKinna that edged Reed over the line, seven wickets down but with only 3 deliveries left. SUNDAY. I counted 7 past or present Reed Colts in the Hare Street & Hormead line-up in Sunday's friendly. The visitors closed on 172 for 8, Steve Hughes taking 4 for 33. But despite a sixty from Rich Barlow and thirties by Rob Lankester and MJE Baker, Reed were all out 4 runs short. COLTS: The Under 9s (1) won against Sawbridgeworth on Friday. The match against Braughing involving the U9s (2) team the same day was cancelled. Expect Match Reports to follow shortly. PGB
SUNDAY. NATIONAL VILLAGE CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP. Reed made short work of the Beds & Herts Regional Final by bowling out Preston for 104 in the 36th over then cracking 105 for 2 within 15 overs. Jack Caine took 4 for 13 for Reed with Mitchell Copper and Tom Greaves taking 2 each. Reed's innings was without mercy as the belligerent Sean Tidey scored an array of shots round the Green in his 65. Rob Lankester was 27 not out when Reed overhauled Preston by 8 wickets. Stoke Green won the Buckinghamshire Final and will be our next opponents at Reed on 23rd June. Locally, Foxton beat Eaton Socon to win the Cambs & Norfolk Group and will be at home to Worlington (Essex & Suffolk). SATURDAY. The rain wasn't quite the winner despite 25 matches in the Herts League programme of 133 fixtures being cancelled and a further 13 rain-affected. This is not to mention the 5 matches conceded. In the Championship in the last of the first series of Limited Overs Matches, Reed 1st XI scored 180 for 8, (Rob Lankester 60, Ed Wharton 42), then bowled out Flitwick for 130, Sean Tidey taking 3 wickets and Ed Wharton and Zac McGuigan 2 each. Next week will see the first of the "Timed matches" - that means white clothing and red-balls! The Seconds, (they play in whites and use red balls anyway), scored 248 for 5 thanks to Ed Garrott's 50, James Sandford's 42 and the quick-fire 56 by Mitchell Cooper. Wickets were shared around as Stevenage made 212 for 8 in response leaving Reed joint second in Division 4B. The unprotected pitch at Freman College gave no alternative but to cancel the Third Team [...]
SATURDAY. The rain wasn't quite the winner despite 25 matches in the Herts League programme of 133 fixtures being cancelled and a further 13 rain-affected. This is not to mention the 5 matches conceded. In the Championship in the last of the first series of Limited Overs Matches, Reed 1st XI scored 180 for 8, (Rob Lankester 60, Ed Wharton 42), then bowled out Flitwick for 130, Sean Tidey taking 3 wickets and Ed Wharton and Zac McGuigan 2 each. Next week will see the first of the "Timed matches" - that means white clothing and red-balls! The Seconds, (they play in whites and use red balls anyway), scored 248 for 5 thanks to Ed Garrott's 50, James Sandford's 42 and the quick-fire 56 by Mitchell Cooper. Wickets were shared around as Stevenage made 212 for 8 in response leaving Reed joint second in Division 4B. The unprotected pitch at Freman College gave no alternative but to cancel the Third Team match against Holtwhites Trinibis because of the rain. COLTS: On Monday the Under 9 (2) side scored 197 (Net) against a strong Bishop's Stortford team that made 265 (Net). Tuesday's U13 match at home to Saffron Walden was cancelled because of the rain. Then against Mildenhall away on Thursday Reed's U13s scored 112 for 6 with Sam Osborne compulsory retiring on 30 and Charlie Butler hitting 24 but to no avail as Mildenhall knocked off 114 for 5. Sam took 2 wickets and Charlie 1 but Alfie Cockburn also took 1 wicket and made 1 run out. William Archer held a catch too. On Friday evening, the Under 11s were over the Essex border at Wenden. Nigel Cook reports that Reed fielded first and [...]
SATURDAY: First XI v. Leverstock Green. Batting first, Reed made 256 all out with half-centuries by Zac McGuigan and Stuart Smith. Leverstock Green lost wickets regularly although there was a late revival, nevertheless, they were bowled out for 206 largely due to Tom Greaves, (3 wickets), and Ed Wharton & Toby Fynn, (2 each). Second XI v. Hitchin. Wickets were shared around between Alex Kelly, Matt Giblin, Rupert Martin, Owen Hughes and Julien Fynn as Hitchin piled-up 270 for 8. Acting Captain Rupert T.B Martin top scored with MJE Baker and Rob Willoughby lending solid support, but unfortunately Reed were bowled out well-short of their target for only 128. Third IV v West Herts. I am afraid there is a pattern emerging. Before last Saturday, the most recent time the Third Team scored more than 300 was last season and they then conceded their next match the following week. The same has happened this time. Last week the Thirds made a winning 311 for 6 but this week had to concede to West Herts simply because only 4 (possibly 5) players were available. That should really read 26 or 27 (out of the 33 required to field three teams). Most of the regular “Third Teamers" were playing for the Seconds this week. SUNDAY: Return of The Outlaws. I am pleased that this match took place after rumours of absent players had been quashed. In the event, Rhodri Hughes and Joe Graves changed allegiance to the visitors and it was played as 10-a-side. Michael Juckes and Julien Fynn bagged two Outlaws each as they reached a not insurmountable 185 for 6. Reed's Colts were represented by William Archer and William Green both making their debuts in [...]
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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 [...]