Steve Hughes gave his best performance to date with a superb and destructive 5 for 23 against Hatfield Hyde. It was just the remedy for a side that in recent weeks had found themselves in a slump. M.J.E. Baker had won the toss and made the right call to bowl first on a track that was misbehaving after the mid-week rain. Playing at The Freman Oval, Joe Graves and Matt Yates had got things started for Reed. Both had catches taken by Ben Moody to put early pressure on the visitors. Owen Hughes also performed well with the ball but went unrewarded. Sensing that pace off the ball might be the right way to go at that time, Baker had a go at bowling a bit of off spin in tandem with Steve Hughes. The pair took 8 for 53 with the opposition losing their last 5 for 2 runs and Hughes taking his last 4 wickets for 0. Baker bowled 3 for 30, including Watson (53) whilst Hughes bowled 3 and had 2 fantastic catches taken by Graves and Michael Robertson. Hatfield finished on the usually below par score of 122. Robertson (18) and Paul Garrott (17) made a steady start in response. Hatfield’s talented bowling unit made things hard for the hosts with some tight lines. Both openers made starts but could not carry on. Reed then lost 3 more wickets leaving them 59 for 5. But Baker and Moody were not about to rollover. Sensible batting from both men frustrated the opposition much to their vocal displeasure. The track began to dry out and started to act more like a typical Freman track. Baker (50 not out) and Moody (13 not out) [...]
Reed Thirds had a disappointing trip to Hatfield Hyde with a five-wicket defeat. Having won the toss Reed batted first and made gradual progress with Peter Baker looking to be positive. After Baker's loss for 29 he was followed by Bill Mansfield (24). But the mainstay was Paul Garrott whose season-long good form saw him make his third half century of the year. Jack Childs also found some welcome batting form as Reed closed in on 200. However, after the loss of both Garrott (67) and Childs (30) Reed's incoming batsmen struggled to get Hatfield Hyde’s bowlers away who throughout had bowled well, supported by good ground fielding. Contributions from M.J.E. Baker (11), Rhodri Hughes (12) and Maseeh Naeem (14 not out) got Reed their full batting points but it was a below par final score of 206 for 6. Reed got right into the hosts in the second innings with three quick wickets falling to Matt Yates (2 for 49) and Josh Conley (1 for 42). However after that, Reed failed to capitalise. Good Batting from Bajaj (51) and Jayasekera (81) took the game away from Reed. Wickets to Steve Hughes (1 for 39) and M.J.E. Baker (1 for 46) later in the piece at least gave Reed some extra bonus points but none the less it was disappointment as the Hyde reached their target with only 5 wickets lost. Report submitted by MJEB.