At 89-7 chasing 256 Leverstock Green looked dead and buried, but a fighting stand of 94 by the swashbuckling Vallance Morris (43) and the steady Jamie Wallis (30), aided by 25 wides, threatened an amazing comeback in the afternoon heat. However, with the introduction of Ed Wharton, who bowled both of them, claiming 2-34, Reed managed a 50 run victory. Earlier Tom Greaves with 3 wickets, including a stunning diving catch in the outfield by Matt Sampson to remove the dangerous Lewis Koch for a rapid 31, and 2 wickets for Toby Fynn had the opposition on the rack. In their innings, Reed had accumulated steadily with twenties from Rob Lankester and Sampson, the latter putting on 70 with Zac McGuigan, who made an accomplished 66.Yet when both were removed in successive overs a below par score seemed likely. Step up Stuart Smith, striking 11 boundaries in his 58 together with Marcus Martin (22) in a partnership of 81, which accelerated the innings towards 250. The tail did the rest. Reed have now won their first four league games this season. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
James Heslam continued his scoring streak on Saturday against Leverstock Green, but this time converting a fifty to a commanding unbeaten 107. He came in following a splendid opening partnership of 83 between Ed Wharton (55) and Phil Frenay (34) and benefited from he support of a classy 26 from Rob Lankester. However, the latter's fabled reverse sweep rather unluckily proved his downfall. After that, Stuart Smith (20) and Ed Garrott (29) both accompanied Heslam in stands of 70 to give Reed a substantial total of 299-8 , albeit on a hard, dry track conducive to batting. Lewis Koch, whose 90 led to Reed's defeat in the opening game of the season.was comprehensively bowled by Toby Fynn and Jack Caine dismissed his partner, Harry Blagdon (38) just as he was beginning to threaten. Only the talented Australian, Sol Tomlinson, looked capable of spoiling the party until the introduction of Sean Tidey from his stint behind the stumps immediately induced a rash shot to curtail his explosive innings on 44. It was then left to Tidey (3-43) and, inevitably, Tom Greaves (5-70) to spin the rest out for 198 on an increasingly dusty pitch. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
1st XI v. Leverstock Green (SHPCL Championship Division) Away; Timed Format (115 overs minimum)
Newly promoted Leverstock Green dictated the game having won the toss and electing to bat. On a track that was soft underneath, bowlers had to keep the ball up and on line to contain the batsmen. An under strength Reed attack did this for the first 33 overs leaving their opponents 158-6, but led by opener, Lewis Koch, who scored a classy 126, they let Leverstock off the hook as they amassed a substantial total of 250-8. The wickets were shared around with Toby Fynn the pick of the bowlers taking 3-53 from his 10 overs. Ed Wharton and Matt Sampson pouching 5 catches between them. In reply, Reed were always behind the asking rate, but conserved their wickets , reaching 147-2 until Rob Lankester was caught and bowled by Dayle Littlejohn for a patient 57, including three immaculate reverse sweeps for 4. This left the rest of the batting order to try to accelerate against some tight bowling and the last four wickets fell without adding to the total. Richard Wharton, William and James Heslam all scored in the twenties, but it was a day when it was difficult to up the ante when you were in. Report submitted by Peter Wholley, RCC Scorer.
1st XI v. Leverstock Green (SHPCL Championship Division) Home; 50/50 Format