Reed fall just short at Baldock

PUBLISHED: 11:28 13 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 11 May 2010

Reed IV (144 all out) lost at Baldock (157-5) by 14 runs.

ANOTHER week, another chance missed for Reed s fourth team. Winning the toss, Baldock decided to bat but the visitors took early wickets through Alex West (12-2-35-2) before Watts (38) and Plums (6

Reed IV (144 all out) lost at Baldock (157-5) by 14 runs.

ANOTHER week, another chance missed for Reed's fourth team.

Winning the toss, Baldock decided to bat but the visitors took early wickets through Alex West (12-2-35-2) before Watts (38) and Plums (66) put on a successful partnership to steady the Baldock ship.

Reed captain Peter Baker (10-1-41-2) had both Watts and Plums caught by Hunter Diack and there was also impressive bowling from Lewis Fitzgerald (8-1-28-0) and Ian Roberts (11-8-12-0), both of whom kept the run rate low, as Baldock finished their 47 overs on 157-5.

The hosts then made the interesting decision to open the bowling with spinner J Bracken (15.3-2-45-5), and this decision was proved the right one as Baker was out on the second ball of Reed's innings having a top edge caught behind.

Darren Radford (16) then joined the returning David Johnson (22), playing his first game in several years, as the two re-started the innings.

After a potentially promising partnership was ended early with both out, Reed were once again in trouble at 49-3.

None the less the visitors still had enough ability in their ranks to give their target a good chasing and Marcus Baker (33) led the way.

He was supported by Sam Deville (8) and Hunter Diack (11) but Reed hit a road block as wickets again started to fall once they had passed 100.

With the loss of Alan Ward (20) it was left to the tail to find the runs required, but despite a good effort Reed lost their final wicket 14 runs short of victory.

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