2013 Hon. Secretary’s Report

This year we have had successes both on and off the field, with the second XI winning division seven and achieving promotion for Marcus Martin in his first season as captain. An excellent team spirit soon replaced the despair of last years relegation. The First XI played exceptionally well to finish third in a very competitive Division One, and we won the Isobel Hospice Cup for the first time. We were unable to repeat our 2012 heroics in the National Village Cup, with the opposition fired up to beat the defending champions. Our status as the best village side in the country also proved to be highly motivating to the opposition in the Keatley Cup, and the desire to take the scalp of Reed CC limited our progress. We have dominated this competition for many years, but our early demise cannot be a bad thing as it might encourage greater participation from local clubs. Looking at the financial position of the club, we are now in a very healthy position, with income in 2013 exceeding expenditure by almost £10,000. By coincidence, this is the same figure as the record amount of profit generated by the bar, which benefited from the excellent weather and the extra social events taking place at the club. We cannot ask Robbo to repeat his retirement party again next year, or Ruth Dunn her 30th birthday party, but the pavilion on a balmy summer’s evening is an attractive venue, so all club members please note, we are open for business. Matt Bowles also ran a very successful Quiz Night, and villagers supported the Bank Holiday BBQ, a collaborative effort with the Village Hall Committee which saw many families enjoying games supplied [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:18:26+00:00November 20th, 2013|Categories: 2013, 2013 Season Review, Season Review|Tags: |0 Comments

2013 1st XI Review

The 2013 season presented a new challenge to the young Reed 1XI after the highly successful 2012 campaign. This was a return to life in Herts Division One for the club after four seasons of consolidation and gradual progression in Division Two to make the necessary steps to make the top two in that league (never an easy task). For one reason or another, the pre-season preparations were not as strong as they had been in previous years, but despite this things got off to a positive start. One player who certainly hit the ground running was key all rounder Tom Greaves who scored two important fifties in the first two games, that saw us unlucky to be rained off when in control of the game against Luton Town and complete an excellent run chase against Flitwick (with five sixes in a row!) to put us top of the league two games in. A disappointing defeat at Old Finchleians followed with poor preparation not helping our chances, but the right response came in bowling out Hitchin for 98 at Reed and then comfortably beating St Albans to sit nicely in the top three after five games. In amongst the opening games, despite comfortably seeing off Eaton Bray, the National Village Cup defence didn’t last long due to the only really poor all round display I can remember from the 1XI in the last 2 seasons away at Wheathampstead. Returning to the Division One campaign, we were unfortunate to be rained off at Ampthill when we had them 28-2 and then to lose the toss to Totteridge Milhillians on a wet day which made it hard for our bowlers against a good batting side. Although we [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:18:27+00:00November 19th, 2013|Categories: 2013, 2013 Season Review, Season Review|Tags: |0 Comments

2013 4th XI Review

The 2013 season was a challenging one for the 4s with difficult availability further up the club having a knock on effect. However, this did allow captain Rob Willoughby to utilise the club’s colt section. Several of the club’s youth players came into the team and really impressed without being intimidated with the step up. There were also new faces in the form of more fathers returning to playing as well as the return of couple of former players. There were very few wins throughout the season, but there were some very strong team performances when good bonus points gained against some strong sides.  Unfortunately the inexperience in the bowling and some lax catching throughout much of the season meant that the 4s were unlikely to do much in the league. The general trend to the season shows that it was a tough start to the season without a win and also having to concede a game due to lack of numbers. However, Reed themselves were helped with two matches conceded against them sandwiching one of the two wins of the season. This allowed the team to move up the league after being around the bottom. However, there then followed a period of difficult results where Reed struggled against strong sides, and against the “weaker” teams could not quite find the necessary ingredients for the win. Fortunately the season finished on a high, as despite having to concede their penultimate game, Reed had a convincing 4 wicket win. Conceded games were a theme of division 13 with what seemed to be an extraordinary amount of games being forfeited by a team. This would appear to show difficulties with numbers throughout the league and shows that [...]

By |2013-11-19T22:32:59+00:00November 6th, 2013|Categories: 2013, 2013 Season Review, Season Review|Tags: |0 Comments

2013 Sunday 2nd XI Sunday Review

The volume of cricket played by the Sunday Seconds was greatly improved from last season when bad weather was the main culprit for a lack of cricket.  This year things were different allowing for eleven games to be played with seven of them victories. One of the big factors of the side is the emergence of young players and in tune with this we saw the likes of U-15’s Ben Moody, Rob Lankester, Zak Conley, Josh Coldicott- Stevens, Owen Hughes and     U-13’s Jag Lalli, Alex King and Ed Kershaw all make their debuts.  This young lot are quick on the heels of Freddy Stuart, Rhodri Hughes, Sam Rice, Jack Childs and Joe Graves who were all regular players.  Whilst the likes of Josh Conley, Chris West, Lloyd Bowman although not much older are quickly becoming veteran campaigners.  All those mentioned along with Peter G. Baker, yours truly and Graham Stuart made regular appearances throughout the season. It is always a pleasure to see young players enjoying their cricket especially when they achieve something special.  Ed Kershaw playing his first adult game took a key, partnership breaking wicket.  The expression on his face was fantastic.  In the same game I had the pleasure of being at the non-strikers end when Freddy Stuart scored his maiden half century in adult cricket.  What impressed me more than the skilful play that took him to his landmark was the calm and mature way he celebrated.  We were still in the middle of a run chase and he wanted to focus on the win.  Of course added to his batting (109 runs at 21) is his supreme fielding and level head. Another memorable performance was Rob Lankester’s 60 in a [...]

By |2016-12-27T13:18:36+00:00November 3rd, 2013|Categories: 2013, Season Review|Tags: , |0 Comments

2013 Midweek XI Review

As usual we entered two midweek competitions last season. The legendary Keatley Cup and the more recent T20 competition, the Isobella Hospice Cup (IHC). Both Competitions were set up as a group stage format with the winners qualifying for the final. Unfortunately we did not retain the Keatley Cup this season after losing crucial games to Foxton CC and Thripow CC. Two very good teams, in their respected leagues. However, these were games we needed to and should have won. Both times our batting letting us down. We did record wins against local rivals Royston CC and Cokenach CC to keep local bragging rights! The final was held at the usual location of Therfield where Foxton and Cokenach competed for the trophy. Foxton ending up eventual winners. However, we added some new silverware to the ever growing Reed CC trophy cabinet, in the form of the IHC. We found ourselves in a group which included eventual division 1 winners Hertford CC, division 2 high flyers Broxbourne CC and Old Westmill CC (Not in a league). With Old Westmill not being able to raise a side, wins in the other two games were needed to qualify for the final. With some excellent batting from Will and James Heslam, Sean Tidey, Stuart Smith, Marcus Martin and tight bowling from Mitchell Cooper, Jack Tidey, Tom Greaves and Karl Ward (Sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone), Reed did just that! Tim Tidey added some much needed experience and class behind the stumps, taking some excellent catches and stumping’s. This all meant Reed topped the group and a final with division 4 side Cheshunt CC, was on the cards. The final was held at St Margaretsbury CC, with Reed the strong [...]

By |2013-11-19T22:33:16+00:00October 31st, 2013|Categories: 2013, 2013 Season Review, Season Review|Tags: , |0 Comments