Reed slip to disappointing loss

REED’S good run of performances came to an abrupt holt away at high-flying Flitwick on Saturday.

Reed got off to a rare poor start and quickly found themselves at 24-4. Phil Frenay and Will Dobson then set about adding some stability to the innings.

Dobson with some first class shots and Frenay showing resilience in getting Reed going before Frenay went first for 25 and Dobson shortly after for 27.

A few boundaries from Jack Tidey (19) and some stubbornness from Simon Jackson and some pinch hitting from four-hitting Graham Wilson saw Reed limp to a total of 118.

Jason Twist was the pick of the Flitwick bowlers taking 4-28.

After tea Reed went out hoping to get an early breakthrough to make the game interesting. However, captain Ferguson and Underwood had other ideas. Ferguson was made to jump around by the Reed bowlers however he put away the bad ball very well indeed.

Dropped catches were again Reed’s downfall and if they had managed to take one of the tough chances, it may have exposed the rest of the Flitwick line up.

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Ferguson raced to 70 from the first 92 deliveries before Underwood was beaten by the pace of Lee Johnson with Jackson taking a diving leg-side catch.

Johnson got wicket number two and then clean-bowled Ferguson shortly after but with the wickets coming came just too late and Flitwick reached their target in less than 21 overs.

Disappointed Reed captain James Heslam said after the match: “I felt the game was a slight blip after our recent very good batting performances. They bowled well, while we could have been slightly luckier with the bat. Lee (Johnson) bowled well, with some good pace however we just did not have enough runs on the board. I expect us to bounce back on Saturday against Hemel Hempstead.”