Greaves bags five wickets in a tight finish

PUBLISHED: 12:37 14 June 2007 | UPDATED: 15:08 12 May 2010

REED S under 15s entertained Hertingfordbury in an exciting game, with George Greaves taking five wickets. Batting first, Reed failed to cement a large total, with batsmen Kitscha (19) Tidey (16) Ward (15) and Trimble (14) their main contributors to the

REED'S under 15s entertained Hertingfordbury in an exciting game, with George Greaves taking five wickets.

Batting first, Reed failed to cement a large total, with batsmen Kitscha (19) Tidey (16) Ward (15) and Trimble (14) their main contributors to the total of 115 from 20 overs.

The pick of the Hertingfordbury attack was Bailey, who took 2-14 off 4.

Hertingfordbury got off to a steady start, but at 32-1 from nine overs, Miller came to the crease and took on the Reed bowlers to great effect.

However, he was to be Greaves' first victim of the day when he was dismissed on 33, with four more Hertingfordbury wickets falling shortly after to swing the game back in Reed's favour.

Eventually Hertingfordbury collapsed to 109-8 from their 20 overs.

- ROYSTON under-15s had a close tussle with Reed, who took the spoils with just one over remaining.

It was only Royston's second game of the season, and Rory Harper and Sam Montague-Fuller gave them a solid start, taking the score to 71 before Montague-Fuller was caught for 25 with Harper (27) following soon after.

After such a good start Royston then slipped to 91-6 from their allotted 20 overs.

Royston then had Reed on the back foot, reducing them to 54-6, with Lee Cooper, Adam Wright, and Sam Montague-Fuller taking two wickets apiece.

However, Reed held their nerve and ran out eventual winners by 4 wickets.

Royston's under-12 team also lost in their second game of the campaign against Cambridge Granta at Luard Road.

Granta batted first and were kept down to a slow scoring rate thanks to some excellent bowling from Ollie Racher (4-1-9-2) and Bonham Harper (4-0-10-0).

After bowling his overs, Harper resumed his normal role of wicket-keeper, and with Paul Leary (4-1-15-3) taking three wickets in the last over of the innings, Granta finished on 97-7.

Royston then began promisingly, with Harper and Leary putting on 30.

But when their wickets fell Royston collapsed to 51 all out.

There was more bad news for Royston, as their under 13 side also suffered a defeat at the hands of Granta, a loss that means they are still searching for their first win of the season.

Royston got off to a good start when some smart work from Chris Sorrell in the field saw the opening batsman run out.

Granta then had some good partnerships, helped by some indifferent fielding, with six dropped catches helping them reach 90-4 after 20 overs.

Royston's reply got off to the worst possible start with their top three batsmen all out within the first four overs.

Toby Fynn then made a useful 17, but Royston then lost five more quick wickets to collapse to 49-8.

An entertaining partnership from Chris Sorrell and Max Liddel helped Royston finish on 71-8 but it was not enough.

However, there was some good news for the club with the under 11s winning their match against Cokenach comfortably to maintain their unbeaten start to their season.

Meanwhile, three Royston Colts players were selected for the under 13 North Herts District team's match against a strong Watford side.

Top performances from Neil Addison, Chris Sorrell, and Bonham Harper ensured it was a close game, with Harper opening the batting and managing to score eight before he was bowled.

Addison came in at number four and put in an excellent batting performance, making 22.

Both Addison and Sorrell bowled well to keep things very tight, and Bonham took two good catches.

However, Watford eventually won with a few overs to spare.

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