Week 10 of the League season was the start of the return matches. In week 1 on the Freman Oval, Frogmore had been dismissed for 41 and a relatively strong Reed Third team had won by 10 wickets. This time, Frogmore showed much more steel as they reached a more imposing 192 for 9 in their 45 overs. Tony Albon was the backbone of the innings with 84 not out. Steve Hughes and Matt Yates had taken 2 wickets each before Mike Robertson, showing more control, bagged 3 for 29 in 7 overs. There was even time for PG Baker to add a wicket to his tally in his first spell of bowling in a League match for 4 seasons. Without last week’s centurion, Richard Johnson, (promoted), and his fellow opener, Rob Willoughby, (unavailable), who between them had accrued almost 160 runs, the Reed innings began with Paul Garrott and Baker and they scored almost 13 runs (well, 12 actually)! Stepping-up once more was Mike Robertson at number 3 who in partnership with Rhodri Hughes, (23), put-on 109 for the third wicket. The momentum was with Reed and Jon Braine (5) supported Robertson by adding a further 36 together. But at 164 with still another 29 required both fell, Robertson immediately after reaching his second century of the season. There followed a period of 8 overs when only 9 runs were scored and one more wicket lost. Reed were definitely under pressure. Then inexplicably, Readings who at that stage had figures of 0 for 13 off 6 overs (including three maidens), bowled a wide then two high full-tosses (both hit to the boundary by Joe Graves) and conceded another four and Reed were almost home [...]
Reed 3rds picked up another valuable 30 points following their away game against Ickleford 3rd XI. Winning the toss, Reed elected to bowl, opening up with Prash Ramaraj (9-0-48-1) and Steve Hughes (9-1-42-0). Ickleford openers Howard (13) and Dermont (103) created a good platform for the innings, however Ramaraj struck, bowling Howard. Following the loss of a wicket, Ickleford upped their run rate, with Whelan (56) repeatedly finding the boundary, despite a very tidy spell from Matt Naeem (9-1-51-0). Whelan finally fell to Mike Robertson (7-1-43-1) when the pitch made a shorter ball rather unplayable. Cheeseman (49 not out) continued to build the total as Dermont opened up, hitting runs with aplomb. Oli Sayers (5-0-33-0) was unfortunate not to pick up a wicket with balls dropping short of fielders, however it was Rob Willoughby (4-0-28-1) finally had Dermont caught by keeper Bill Mansfield. Jupp (10 not out) joined Cheeseman see out the rest of the innings with Ickleford finishing their 45 overs on 278 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Reed’s openers Willoughby (34) and Richard Johnson started steadily, putting together a partnership of 76 before youngster Ollie Ellis-Holmes (6-0-47-1) caught Willoughby off his own bowling. The Reed batsmen continued to plug away, with Peter Baker (44) settling in at the crease and Johnson showing great temperament and skill. Another solid partnership of 124 was built, before Baker was trapped LBW by Ickleford skipper Howard (7-0-70-1). With 79 needed from 9 overs, the Reed batsmen still had a great deal of work to do. With Johnson still at the crease and Mike Robertson playing shots from the word go, Reed won the game in the 43rd over as Robertson reached 51 not out and [...]
On the hottest day of the year so far, Reed 3rd XI hosted second place Rickmansworth III at the Freman Oval. The hosts won the toss and opted to bowl, hoping to avoid the forecast late afternoon heat. Rickmansworth openers Langley (42) and Raz Khan (68) started steadily despite accurate bowling from Owen Hughes (5-1-24-0) and Julien Fynn (9-3-34-1). The pair continued to build on their foundation during the first spell of left-armer Matt Yates (9-0-36-0), however the introduction of Robert Willoughby (9-0-34-4), bowling in tandem with Steve Hughes (9-0-56-0) saw the breakthrough when Langley succumbed to an arm ball from Willoughby. This became the start of Willoughby’s rampage as; next bowling Abbas (1) then snatching a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Adeel Khan (10). The big wicket came when Willoughby trapped Raz Khan lbw, finishing his well crafted innings. Shah (21) and Yousuf (22) looked to up the run rate as the innings headed into the later overs. Both batsmen played aggressively until Shah was caught by Steve Hughes off the bowling of Robertson (4-0-41-1). His replacement, Mohammed (29) continued in the same vein until Fynn bowled Yousuf, and Mohammed was run out by the Reed captain Rhodri Hughes. Butt (5) and Harvey (1) closed out the innings, with Rickmansworth finishing on 231 for 7 from their 45 overs. Reed’s response began smoothly with openers Paul Garrott (80) and Richard Johnson (57) patiently waiting to put away the bad ball. With Reed on 114 from 19 overs Johnson was caught and bowled by Adeel Khan (7-0-1-46). Willoughby (33) then joined Garrott at the crease, with the two again building a strong partnership until Willoughby was bowled by Harvey (9-1-30-1). Garrott continued strongly, [...]
Reed III’s headed to the idyllic Roydon Cricket club to face Hoddesdon IV. On winning the toss, Reed opted to bowl, hoping to use the good weather to their advantage. Joe Graves (9-3-18-4) opened up down the hill, with Ian Roberts (3-1-11-0) starting off at the other end. The Hoddesdon openers Savanhu (13) and Brooks (17) began aggressively picking up some early runs. Having bowled just 3 overs, Roberts succumbed to a knee industry, with Neil Haslam (9-2-24-0) replacing him from the pavilion end. Graves became the first bowler to strike, cleaning up Savanhu. Graves continued his relentless attack, clean bowling Hunt (8), Brown (0) and Harrison (1). Hoddesdon lost another wicket when Brookes failed to make ground and was run out by Mike Robertson. Despite being 45-5, the home side refused to collapse, with Welsby (25) and Maughan (10) stabilising the innings. The introduction of Mike Juckes to the attack immediately reaped reward when Maughan was caught by Graves. The biggest stand of the innings then proceeded, as Welsby continued stoically, while Draisey (30) looked to further build the total. As the innings drew on Matt Yates (9-2-32-2) and Jukes began to pick up wickets, with Graves catching Welsby off the bowling of Yates, then Juckes picking up his second wicket with Draisey caught behind by Bill Mansfield. Yates snagged Cowner (16) with a caught and bowled, with Jukes taking the final wicket of Osbourne (1). Hoddesdon all out for 161, having made a sterling recovery. Reed began their chase at a pedestrian pace, with the first wicket falling as Peter Baker (0) was bowled by Savanhu (6.3-2-6-3). Richard Johnson (24), looking comfortable, kept the scoreboard ticking over, supported by Gareth Thomas (4), until [...]
Reed IIIs hosted top of the table Bushey III’s at Freman College. Despite a week of wet weather, the pitch was in reasonable condition and Bushey, winning the toss, elected to bat. Openers Ganesh (46) and Akbar (18 ) started well seeing off opening bowlers Owen Hughes (9-1-45-0) and Keiran McKinna (6-0-16-0) while building a solid foundation for the innings. The introduction of Ian Roberts to the attack brought Reed some relief when Akbar was bowled for 18. Toby Emes (9-0-50-3) also began to build pressure, getting good seam movement and picking up the wicket of Feasel (7). Roberts then ended the well measured innings of Ganesh, trapping him LBW. The wickets continued as Emes once again struck, bowling Vidal (5) and Adam (0). Bushey looked in trouble, however Aanir Hussain (38) showed patience while Amir (53) repeatedly thrashed the ball to all parts of the ground. With the total rising quickly, Reed’s captain Rhodri Hughes turned to Rob Willoughby (7-0-40-1) whose flighty bowling drew Amir down the wicket, giving Lloyd Bowman and easy stumping. In the final overs of the innings, Mike Robertson (5-1-26-1) bowled Hussain, leaving Biplab (13 not out) and Hassan (2 not out) to finish the innings for the visitors. The respectable score of 207-7 from 45 overs looked to be a challenge for Reed. Paul Garrott (24) and Richard Johnson (4) started the innings for Reed, facing some hostile bowling from Hussain (9-0-39-3) and tight lines from Sohail (9-0-35-1). Hussain struck first, getting Johnson LBW with the score on only 19. Willoughby (31) and Garrott proceeded to stabilise the innings until Garrott was caught off the bowling of Feasel (9-0-42-2). Peter Baker (8), despite looking comfortable, became Feasel's second victim [...]
Reed III versus Bentley Heath II at Freman College, Buntingford on Saturday 25th May 2019. On an absolutely prince of a pitch at the notoriously high-scoring Freman Oval, Reed Third XI were back to their blistering best when taking-on Bentley Heath who won the toss and had decided to bat first. The visitors’ century-maker, Luke Peace, enquired what a par score might be as he, and fellow batsmen, Shon Alishah, (50), and Chetan Bakrania, (52), were rattling along at 8 runs an over. The ambiguous answer from the ageing gully fielder was that 300 probably wouldn’t be enough. Despite their quick scoring, Bentley Heath did not have it all their own way and Mike Robertson, in a rare spell of bowling managed to pick-up 3 wickets whilst the more orthodox method employed by Julien Fynn of bowling straight, at pace, and with bounce, accounted for his superb return of 4 for 37. Helped by many wayward sundries, the guests closed on 310 for 9 after their allocation of 45 overs possibly thinking that they had scored enough. Although the strategy was not necessarily that of losing early wickets in the reply, by both Paul Garrott and PG Baker exiting soon after tea, it allowed more time at the crease for Mike Robertson and George Garrott. That plan worked! Robertson was robust in his driving and pulling as he reached 108 whilst the nimble Garrott, gliding runs behind the wicket and running fast throughout and escorted by Fynn and Maseeh Naeem in particular, brought up his own century and was 106 not out when the winning run came midway through the fortieth over. An enthralling match that will be long held in the memory. Reed III [...]
Reed III’s travelled to Cockfosters to play Southgate Compton in their first away game of the 2019 season. Winning the toss, Reed elected to bat, with Paul Garrott and Peter Baker opening. Tight bowling from Southgate openers Bilal Yousaf (9-2-23-1) and Mark Willis (7-2-14-0) saw a slow start to the innings, with Bilal picking up the wicket of Baker (0) with Reed on 17. Garrott was joined by left hander Michael Robertson and the pair began to add to the total, until Robertson (35) was bowled by left-armed Cameron Wallis, leaving Reed 74-2. Captain Rhodri Hughes joined Garrott and again the total crept up, until Hughes scooped a loose ball to David Brandon off the bowling of David Malleson (9-1-29-1). Reed looked comfortable at 97-3 with 12 overs remaining, however accurate bowling from the home side led to a catastrophic collapse. Wallis (9-2-34-3) picked up the wickets of Julien Fynn (1) and Owen Hughes (4), while Brandon (5.4-0-8-5) tore through the Reed batsmen, first cleaning up Garrott (46). Lloyd Bowman (1), William Mansfield (0) and Ian Roberts (0) were all bowled in quick succession, giving Brandon a hattrick. The final wicket to fall was Kieran McKinna (6), again a victim of Brandon’s, leaving Steve Hughes 0 not out, with Reed on 121. Southgate Compton’s response was steady and controlled. Reed had high hopes when Owen Hughes (8-2-23-1) clean bowled Willis (6) in his first over, however this was to be the only breakthrough. Despite some tidy swing bowling from Fynn (7-0-20-0) and Roberts (8-0-30-0), Brandon and Andrew Grayson remained sturdy. The most troubling bowling came from McKinna (4-1-15-0) and Steve Hughes (4.5-1-15-0), however neither could pick up the much-needed wickets. Southgate Compton cruised past Reed’s [...]
Reed Third XI, Herts League, Division 10A. At the Freman Oval, Frogmore were bundled out for 41 by a particularly strong Reed 3rd XI. 3 wickets went to Rupert Martin who has re-located back to the area, and there were 2 each for George Garrott and Joe Graves, supported by some excellent catching and fielding. Rob Willoughby, 21 not out, and Richard Johnson, 17 not out, had no trouble in knocking off the runs without loss. With some new players and some former members rejoining, Reed generally are looking stronger throughout the senior teams and this first successful weekend of competitive League and Cup action bodes well for the 2019 season. Report submitted by PGB.