Promotion hopes fading for Reed

Will Heslam bats for Reed

Will Heslam bats for Reed - Credit: Archant

Reed’s Championship promotion aspirations took a huge knock as they lost by 29 runs at second-placed Totteridge Millhillians on Saturday.

The visitors won the toss and elected to chase.

This was made to look a bad decision as Totteridge made the most of the free-scoring crease.

Overseas player Hayden Butterworth (116) was given the benefit of the doubt over a possible catch in the gully when on just 16, and he was to make Reed pay.

It could have been a lot worse for Reed had they not clawed back eight wickets for just 38 runs to end the home innings on 264 all out. Sean Tidey (3-26) and Phil Lill (3-42) were the leading lights with the ball.


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In response, James (51) and Will Heslam (81) found a good early rhythm as Reed eased to 155-1 shortly after tea.

The impressive Butterworth had been a thorn in the visitors’ side for the entire day however, and his terrific spin was to destroy Reed’s fightback.

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He accounted for seven of Reed’s order and despite reaching 216-5 off 50 overs, they were soon smothered for 235 all out

Heslam’s men next host fourth-placed Flitwick this weekend.

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