The Reed, white and blue!

Little village Reed join the big boys in the Premiership. Having finished runners-up in the Championship, Reed hosted Luton Town & Indians, who had come ninth in the Premiership, in the play-off match for the right to play in the top tier of Hertfordshire cricket in 2020. For the first time in their history, Reed with a population of only 300+ have reached the Premier division, joining sides such as Radlett and Welwyn next year. However, the play off against Luton was not without some nervous tension. Once again Reed's bowlers didn't let them down. Jack Tidey, bowling economically his 10 overs straight through took out two batsmen, finishing with 2-25. Then Tom Greaves (1-28) and Ed Wharton (2-29) followed suit, leaving Luton 89-5 with only 20 overs to play with. Although they battled hard, Sean Tidey mopped up the tail finishing with figures of 4-34 as their opponents ended on 157 all out in the 48th over. This seemed 50 runs short as Reed set off with their usual gallop. Luton's opening attack of Manzoor (2-37) and Gittens-Browne (3-42) proved too hot to handle, though, as five of the top order perished for a mere 58 runs in 12 overs. Only Zac Mcguigan (28) survived the onslaught partnering Matt Sampson before he was bowled by Fayaz Homyoon. Tom Greaves (23) helped Sampson to what looked to be a match winning stand of 46 until he was stumped charging Homyoon with 15 required, As the spectators held their breath in case Reed imploded like last week Sean Tidey pulled and straight drove Sajjad Homyoon for 4 and 6 to take Reed home. The "man of the match" however, was Matt Sampson, who successfully marshalled the [...]

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Reed 1sts meet their match in Nissen

Reed were blown away by Australian-born paceman, Kris Nissen, who finished with figures of 17-8-33-6. However even these did not reflect his dominance as 4 of his victims were clean bowled by fast swinging yorkers. Only 3 Reed batsmen reached double figures with Zac McGuigan and Tom Greaves top scoring with 20 apiece. As a result the hosts managed just 106 in 37 overs. All this was in contrast to the start of the match when Ed Wharton (1 for 8) and Jack Tidey (2 for 6) reduced Shenley Village to 5 for 3 on a rain affected wicket. Yet it was Nissen again who thwarted the bowlers scoring a stylish 44 in spite of the conditions. Tom Greaves kept chipping away though, taking 4 for 58 and their opponents struggled to 138 for 9 from their 60 overs, but it proved to be plenty in the end. Reed therefore surrendered their unbeaten record this season, as well as second place in the league to their opponents. Match Report submitted but Peter Wholley.

Wharton hammers Hemel.

The First XI game was dominated by two batsmen who both narrowly missed out on scoring a century. For Hemel Hamish Llangaratne carried his bat for a classy 95, but sadly ran out of partners with two overs remaining. Reed's Ed Wharton, in contrast, bludgeoned the visitors' attack for a brutal 91 from 80 balls, including 8 fours and 5 sixes. Hemel struggled against accurate home bowling with Jack Tidey (6-2-8-2) striking early and Toby Fynn (2-38) accounting for Australian Jack Bailey to break the crucial partnership. Once again, Reed's spinners tied down the middle order taking 4-53 between them from 18 overs, ably aided by 3 catches calmly pouched in the deep by Zac McGuigan, who also added a run out and a wicket to his tally. 162 did not look a defensible total, especially when McGuigan and Ed Wharton plundered 70 from the power play. Although Mcguigan was unluckily run out for 24 for the second week running - the bowler deflecting a drive onto his wicket when he was backing up, Wharton continued his barrage. When he was finally bowled, only 17 were needed for victory and Reed romped home with 6 wickets and 20 overs to spare. A very convincing performance. Match report submitted by Peter Wholley.