Reed won their tenth league match of the season against a winless Botany Bay to go top of the Championship for the first time this year. Ed Wharton (2-38) and Jack Tidey (1-42) reduced the home side to 21-3, but a feisty stand of 80 between Husnane Shah (55) and Qaisir Shah (52) with 19 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s put Reed on the back foot. However, for the second time in a month, Mitchell Cooper (10-4-29-5) destroyed the middle order, including the half centurions. With the ‘spin twins’, Tom Greaves and Sean Tidey, taking a wicket apiece, Botany Bay collapsed to 161 all out. Once again, pinch hitter, Ed Wharton, smashed the opening attack to all parts of the ground, scoring 61 from 33 balls . Qaisir Shah went for 50 in 4 overs, but came back to take 4-88 bowling throughout the innings. It took a carefully built 45 not out from Rob Lankester to anchor Reed’s reply and an entertaining cameo of 19 not out from Richard Wharton steered them to a satisfying 5 wicket victory. With four games to play, Reed have a real chance of promotion to the top division. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
Reed’s batsmen ran into form as they cruised to 302-6 against Botany Bay. In a game where five batsmen scored 50’s, Ed Wharton gave them a flying start with a quick-fire 28. Will Heslam then made the first half ton with 52 of his 56 coming in boundaries. A steady partnership of 89 between Richard Wharton (52) and Matt Sampson (59) built the foundations for an imposing total, while Rob Lankester (21) and Tom Greaves (26) added useful runs. In reply, Reed’s bowlers always had control of the visitor’s innings, despite fine knocks from Shadrach Gittens-Browne (59) and the Hussain brothers – Zawar (56) and Khalid (41). Ed Wharton’s 8 overs cost a meagre 18 runs, while Matt Sampson (5-1-18-2) ensured that the Bay batsmen never managed to keep up with the run rate. An extraordinary final over from Marcus Martin started with two massive maximums and ended with 3 wickets in 4 balls, Rob Lankester pouching the last of his 3 catches on the deep mid-wicket boundary. Botany Bay were all out for 230 after 46 overs, Reed winning by 72 runs. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
Reed 1st XI secured an excellent win versus high-flying Botany Bay on Saturday at the Green. After the significant rainfall the day before the game Reed captain Heslam chose to put in the visitors despite the threat of some prolific batsman in the Botany Bay ranks. This strength soon became apparent as ex-Northants Ben Howgego started in ominous form on a wicket which seemed to have responded well to being covered throughout the previous days bad weather. Although Kasey Harris (19) and Dan Kastelik (7) went relatively cheaply to Tom Greaves (1-46) and Reece Fitzgerald (1-22) well caught by Chris Jackson and Will Heslam, the classy Howgego had put the visitors in control of the game by lunch at 154-2 off 34 overs. Reed knew they needed to get through the visitors quickly after lunch and that they did in fantastic style. Jack Tidey (3-51) opened the door by removing Howgego for a superb 101 and then he and Phil Lill (3-39) ripped through the Botany Bay middle order reducing them to 175-7 off 41 overs, an incredible turnaround. Reed eventually took the last 3 wickets to leave the bay all out for 203 in the 53rd over, with Fynn (2-30) returning to finish things off nicely. Despite the turnaround of the game situation Reed knew they would need to bat well to win the game against a testing Bay attack. They got off to a slow but steady start before 3 quick wickets left the home side in trouble at 31-3 with Will Heslam (19) the only batsman to reach double figures at this stage. However, the 4th wicket partnership proved crucial as the ever reliable Chris Jackson and Mitchell Cooper steadied the ship [...]