In a match versus Shenley Village delayed and reduced to 36 overs per side as overnight rain had seeped through the covers, Reed eschewed their usual belligerent approach to concentrate on rotating the strike. The measure of their success can be gauged by the fact only 6 boundaries were struck, yet they totalled 125 in 34 overs. Just 5 batsmen reached double figures with James Heslam (29) top scoring. As in the reverse fixture, Kris Nissen proved a handful finishing with 2-18 in his 7 over burst and Marwan Mohammed (4-27) took out the lower order. Facing a strong batting line up, Reed started with a flourish, Zac Mcguigan bowling Northants' Charles Thurston for a third ball duck. However it was Jack Tidey who caught the eye with an explosive spell of 8-2-11-3, clean bowling two of his victims. At the other end, Tom Greaves was at his parsimonious best, with his 7 overs going at exactly one per over as well as a wicket. The spin of Sean Tidey (1-20) and Marcus Martin (2-24) also frustraated the Shenley batsmen, who had stuttered to 62-8 from 28 overs. Indeed Martin snared both the dangerous Nissen and finally the lynch pin of the innings, Mohammed (42), through some outstanding catches by Ed Wharton and Matt Sampson. The latter also claimed a run out and when Jack Caine gained a wicket, Shenley were all out for 98. They had managed a mere 3 boundaries in their entire innings. It was a sparkling display of bowling and ground fielding, which means Reed have leap-frogged over their opponents to second place in the league with just 3 games of the season left. Match Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
1st XI v. Shenley Village (SHPCL Championship Division) Away, 50/50 Format
Reed were blown away by Australian-born paceman, Kris Nissen, who finished with figures of 17-8-33-6. However even these did not reflect his dominance as 4 of his victims were clean bowled by fast swinging yorkers. Only 3 Reed batsmen reached double figures with Zac McGuigan and Tom Greaves top scoring with 20 apiece. As a result the hosts managed just 106 in 37 overs. All this was in contrast to the start of the match when Ed Wharton (1 for 8) and Jack Tidey (2 for 6) reduced Shenley Village to 5 for 3 on a rain affected wicket. Yet it was Nissen again who thwarted the bowlers scoring a stylish 44 in spite of the conditions. Tom Greaves kept chipping away though, taking 4 for 58 and their opponents struggled to 138 for 9 from their 60 overs, but it proved to be plenty in the end. Reed therefore surrendered their unbeaten record this season, as well as second place in the league to their opponents. Match Report submitted but Peter Wholley.
1st XI v. Shenley Village (SHPCL Championship Division) Home, Timed Format (115 overs minimum)