Having become Divisional Champions with a week to spare and achieving promotion to Division 3B next season, Reed 2nd XI ended their 2019 League campaign with a tightly fought match against Ampthill’s Second Team at The Green on Saturday. Richard Barlow fell early to the bowling of Devon Brooke (8-2-33-3), leaving Marcus Martin (43) and Chris Jackson (48) to rebuild. Martin fell to the accuracy of Passman (10-3-23-2) and so too did James Sandford for (18). Jackson deserved a fifty but fell two short when given out LBW. Skipper Ed Garrott (42) and Marcus Baker made a 40-run partnership for the sixth wicket before Garrott became the second victim of Kieran Smith (10-1-51-3) again given out LBW. The returning Brooke and Smith took three more wickets to leave Reed on 201 for 9 at the end of their fifty over allocation. Reed opened their bowling attack with Toby Fynn (7-1-16-1) who was returning from injury and Matt Giblin (6-2-19-1). Ampthill started tentatively with their openers looking to preserve their wickets rather than force the pace. Giblin produced a great in swinger to bowl R Smith for 15 leaving the visitors on 27-1 in the tenth over. Skipper Haxell and Degnan built a 69 second wicket partnership to bring Ampthill back into the game. Karl Ward (10-4-12-0) bowled tightly and was unlucky not to take a wicket. Ampthill were then helped by some wayward Reed bowling as they conceded 18 wides and 5 no balls in an extras total of 33. Rupert Martin was forced to leave the field with a major hand injury part way during his fifth over. However, Reed held their nerve in the closing overs with skipper Garrott (8-0-41-2), Matt Bowles (9.3-1-33-1) [...]
2nd XI v. Ampthill Town (SHPCL Division 4B) Home, 50/50 Format
Reed 1st XI ensured a home play-off place for promotion to the Saracens Herts Premier League with this emphatic win over Ampthill. Ampthill won the toss and elected to bat only to see Zac McGuigan strike in the first over. Soon Jack Tidey was in on the act, taking two cheap wickets, leaving Ampthill 30 for 3 after 10 overs. Ampthill revived with a partnership of 70 from Darlow and Lewin, but with the introduction of Tom Greaves (8-1-22-4) the innings soon subsided to 128 all out in the 33rd over. Reed's innings got off to an inauspicious start when the dangerous Ed Wharton was bowled first ball by Sneath. But a good partnership between McGuigan (70) and W. Heslam (28) put Reed in the driving seat. After two wickets fell cheaply, Stuart Smith (13 not out) supported McGuigan and Jack Caine to take Reed over the line. This result put Reed in an unassailable 2nd position with their final game against leaders Hoddesdon next weekend. However only a victory by a huge margin would see Reed overhaul their opponents to finish top of the league and guarantee promotion. Realistically Reed will meet either Luton Town & Indians or West Herts in the play-off game at Reed on Saturday September 14th, the day before they appear at Lord's for the Final of the National Village Cup. Match Report submitted by Richard Robertson.
1st XI v. Ampthill Town (SHPCL Championship Division) Home, 50/50 Format
Although unbeaten as captain of the second team, Ed Garrott is yet to win a toss as skipper, and consequently Ampthill elected to bat first. Opening up for Reed were Karl Ward and Matt Giblin. The Ampthill openers started up well, and quite quickly reached 31 without loss. Giblin then with a ball, somewhere in the fine boundary between a long hop and a bouncer, surprised the Ampthill opener who skied the ball, which was well caught at point by Paul Garrott. Giblin shortly after claimed the second opener, caught, to swing the game back in Reed’s favour. From this point on, the game remained firmly in Reed’s control, with Ward unlucky not to have been rewarded for his efforts opening up. Spin twins Matt Bowles, and soon after, Ed Garrott replaced the opening attack, and further applied the pressure to Ampthill. Appropriate was the ‘Greatest Showman’ soundtrack being heard from the neighbouring Ampthill Festival, as both spinners rattled through their overs, and the Ampthill batting line up. Aided by some top-level catching from Chris Jackson at slip, both claimed 3 wickets a piece. 2 late runs outs left the hosts all out for 97, with just 32 overs bowled. Promoted from the 3rds after his recent good form, Paul Garrott certainly didn’t look out of place leading the Reed response with Richard Barlow. Both batted freely, continuing their recent form to add 60 for the first wicket. When Garrott fell bowled for 22, it was left to Jackson and Barlow to finish the game off, playing some fine shots to reach the target in the 19th over. Match Report submitted by Matt Giblin.
2nd XI v. Ampthill Town (SHPCL Division 4B) Away, 50/50 Format
1st XI v. Ampthill Town (SHPCL Championship Division) Away, Timed Format (115 overs minimum)