Sky-high Reed!

PUBLISHED: 13:38 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 14:44 12 May 2010

FAME IS THE SPUR: Will Clarke is interviewed by Sky Sports. 	Picture: DAN WILSON 1789DW6

FAME IS THE SPUR: Will Clarke is interviewed by Sky Sports. Picture: DAN WILSON 1789DW6

A PERFECT day for Reed s cricketers started with the club gaining national recognition on Sky Sports – and finished with three Hertfordshire League victories. The village club made their national TV debut on Saturday morning on Cricket AM – a new spin-of

A PERFECT day for Reed's cricketers started with the club gaining national recognition on Sky Sports - and finished with three Hertfordshire League victories.

The village club made their national TV debut on Saturday morning on Cricket AM - a new spin-off series from the popular Soccer AM.

The 90-minute programme included a five-minute feature on Reed, with the footage filmed at their ground last Wednesday.

Player Will Clarke showed the camera crew around the club, with skipper Simon Jackson seen washing up in the club's kitchen.

Saturday's show saw eight members of the club in Sky's London studio as the show's audience, and they met former England international Ronni Irani, who was a guest on the show.

As well as singing their club song Marching on Together, the Reed players took part in the end-of-show Calypso Challenge, which involved bowling at unguarded stumps.

Reed set a record of 11 direct hits in a minute, although there was some suspicion they were denied a 12th score by some lax counting.

"It was all a bit surreal," admitted batsman Clarke. "We had to leave home at 6am but it was a great experience.

"Simon Jackson wrote to Sky after we saw Bledlow Ridge on the show a couple of weeks ago, and it went from there.

"We thought we shouldn't let Bledlow out-do us before Sunday's National Village Cup game."

Following their moment of TV fame, Reed continued their winning streak by beating Broxbourne by 62 runs to move up to fifth in Division Two.

Reed elected to bat first after winning the toss, despite missing Tom Fulk and Chris Jackson

As Broxbourne made the initial breakthrough with the score on eight, having James Heslam caught behind for a duck, it seemed like Reed's fragile batting might be exposed.

William Clarke (14), taking Jackson's place, and Baz Curtis settled the ship, with Curtis picking up from his explosive innings on Sunday with an equally merciless 68, predominantly in boundaries.

When Broxbourne's left-arm spinner finally removed the stubborn Clarke, this brought Chris Shorrock to the crease. He managed a few overs with Curtis until Curtis fell to a rash stroke and a well-judged high catch by mid-off.

Reed were wobbling on 95-3, but some sensible batting by Shorrock (18) and Simon Jackson (20) settled the visitors.

This was continued by James Bell (24) when Shorrock was dismissed, but it was the dependable Marcus Martin (29 not out) who provided a core for players to build around as he picked sensible singles and twos off their fast bowlers to take the score to 237-8 off their 53 overs.

Andrew Young (24) provided some lusty blows in the lower order, including an agricultural six over long on to ensure Reed registered maximum batting points.

With a strong total posted, Reed were confident in being able to gain a draw, but Broxbourne played with determination and flair to race the score on to 89-1 off just 15 overs.

With Young bowling with pace from one end, and Peter Tidey's controlled swingers from the other, Broxbourne continued to pile on the runs despite some decent bowling, mostly due to a sharp and measured innings from Broxbourne's Tasmanian star C Stockdale.

Yet, when Andrew Emms trapped the Australian lbw after Yound dismissed the other top order batsmen, Reed looked like they were on top.

Emms and Young bowled effectively in tandem making the visitors work hard for runs. This eventually allowed Young to bag 6-63 - his best haul for Reed this season - and Emms recorded 4-25 to wrap up Broxbourne's innings in 32 overs for 175 runs.

Skipper Jackson was delighted, saying: "On the back of the Regional Village Cup victory last week, appearing on Sky Sports and getting back to winning ways in the league, it has turned out to be a bit of a fairytale month for us. Long may it continue!"

This marks Reed's third consecutive league victory, and they face Old Albanian at home on Saturday as well as Bledlow Ridge in their next National Village Cup game on Sunday.

There were also victories for Reed's second and third teams on Saturday.

The Seconds collected a five-wicket win against Tewin, while the Thirds returned from Sawbridgeworth with an eight-wicket success.


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