Reed settle for share of the spoils against rivals

James Heslam bats for Reed

James Heslam bats for Reed - Credit: Archant

Reed and Stevenage played out a draw in the Herts Saracens League Championship on Saturday.

Stevenage won the toss and asked Reed to bat first.

Reed got off to a solid start, with brothers James (45) and William Heslam (117) putting on 105 for the first wicket in 26 overs.

Rob Lankester (39) came in at number three giving William good support and taking the score to 195 before he fell in the 46th over.

A procession of batsmen then came and went trying to up the scoring rate, with Rehan Hassan taking 6-69 with his leg breaks.

Tom Greaves declared after 58.5 overs with the score on 258-8.

In reply Stevenage suffered a dreadful start with Ed Wharton and Ian Osborne each taking wickets in the first two overs leaving Stevenage 8-2.

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However, this brought Hassan (111 not out) to the crease who rebuilt the innings supported by Shadrach Gittens-Brown (62).

Greaves bowled a marathon spell of 19 overs two maidens, 2-59 and kept the Stevenage scoring rate down.

But with the fall of Gittens-Brown, Stevenage opted to play for the draw and after 58 overs settled for 217-8. Reed picked up the bonus points but were frustrated at being unable to push for the win.

Fourth-placed Reed travel to Dunstable Town in the league this Saturday.