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.
1st XI v. Hemel Hempstead Town (SHPCL Championship Division) Away; Timed Format (115 overs minimum)
After a stand of 95 between Ed (53) and Richard Wharton (30) Reed were sitting pretty at 104-1, but as the damp wicket dried out and Hemel’s spinners took charge, wickets began to tumble. Only Tom Greaves with a patient 18 from 44 balls kept the bowlers at bay as Reed were skittled out for 140, South African Maritz and captain Hodgins sharing 7 wickets for 45 runs between them. Earlier, a similar pattern occurred in the visitors’ innings as they cruised to 125-2. The game see-sawed, however, when Greaves struck twice either side of the drinks’ break and Sean Tidey ran out Penny their top scorer for 49. Ed Wharton 2-34 and Sean Tidey (3.2-1-2-3) mopped up the tail with Richard Wharton’s stumping, the third of his victim’s in Hemel’s seemingly low total of 186. It proved too good for Reed though as this week’s weather finally defeated them. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
1st XI v. Hemel Hempstead Town (SHPCL Championship Division) Home; 50/50 Format