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 [...]
3rd XI v. Frogmore (SHPCL Division 10A) Away, 45/45 Format
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.
3rd XI v. Frogmore (SHPCL Division 10A) Home, 45/45 Format