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
2nd XI v. Flamstead (SHPCL Division 4B) Away, 50/50 Format
Reed 2nds maintained their promotion and title push with a comprehensive victory away to Chorleywood 2nds. Batting first, Richard Johnson (26) and Phil Frenay (48) got Reed off to a flyer as both looked in fine form. However, once both fell in similar fashion, the evergreen Chris Jackson (63) and Richard Barlow (26) took up the mantle, to take Reed through towards 200. Mike Robertson (29) helped to up the rate after Barlow had perished, but a flurry of middle order wickets left Reed contemplating a below par score. However the Reed tail managed to wag with Matt Bowles (14), Rupert Martin (19 not out) and Matt Giblin (13 not out) adding 50 runs in the final 5 overs to leave Reed 274 for 9 in their 50 overs. The Chorleywood response started brightly, aided by some inconsistent Reed bowling. However an ill-judged run to Chris Jackson and some excellent line bowling from Owen Hughes (6-1-17-3) flipped the game in Reed’s favour. Spin twins Matt Bowles and Ed Garrott then both also picked up 3 wickets each as Reed ran through Chorleywood, bowling them out for 131. Reed stay top with 2 games to play. Match Report submitted by Matt Bowles.
2nd XI v. Chorleywood (SHPCL Division 4B) Away, 50/50 Format
2nd XI v. Northampton Exiles (SHPCL Division 4B) Home, 50/50 Format
2nd XI v. Stevenage (SHPCL Division 4B) Away, 50/50 Format
Reed Seconds kept up their good form with a solid performance against Hitchin Seconds at The Green. Electing to bat first on a slow pitch, openers Barlow and Frenay (46) put on 57 for the first wicket. The introduction of Patadia sent both openers back to the pavilion with 88 on the board. Enter Chris Jackson who hadn’t been dismissed in his four previous knocks. Reed upped the ante after drinks with Jackson building partnerships with Marcus Martin (24) , Jack Caine (19) and skipper Ed Garrott (21). A late burst of runs pushed Reed over the 200 mark finishing on 222-6 from their 50 overs. Hitchin started their chase quickly with Chris Maylin (55) and Bayston (36) putting on 69 for the first wicket. Ed Garrott brought himself on and trapped Bayston lbw. Then the first of three run outs, this one by Marcus Martin, brought Reed back into contention at drinks. Again it was the drinks break that proved the innings turning point. Hitchin slumped from 107-2 to 160-8. Matt Bowles (2-34) and Marcus Martin with a match winning (4-27) pushed Reed towards victory backed by superb catching, Matt Giblin and Phil Frenay in particular, and the two further run-outs, (both by skipper Garrott), Hitchin were dismissed in the 49th over for 186, leaving Reed winners by 36 runs. Reed stay top of Division 4B with five matches remaining in the League Season. Reed 2nd XI 222-6 in 50 overs (30 pts.) beat Hitchin 2nd XI 186 all out in 48.1 overs (12 pts.) by 36 runs. Match Report submitted by Neil Haslam.
2nd XI v. Hitchin (SHPCL Division 4B) Home, 50/50 Format
2nd XI v. Watford Town (SHPCL Division 4B) Away, 50/50 Format