Veteran Heslam leads way with ton
REED thirds maintained their push for promotion from Division 12 of the Saracens Herts League with a substantive win over promotion rivals Stevenage. Batting first, Reed lost opener Peter Baker, before 16-year-old Fergus Martin and veteran skipper John H
REED thirds maintained their push for promotion from Division 12 of the Saracens Herts League with a substantive win over promotion rivals Stevenage.
Batting first, Reed lost opener Peter Baker, before 16-year-old Fergus Martin and veteran skipper John Heslam, 40 years his senior, set about building a formidable total.
The pair amassed a new Reed thirds record, setting a second wicket partnership of 147 before Martin was caught for 51.
Heslam continued to take the attack to the Stevenage bowlers and plundered them for a fine century which included 17 fours.
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He was supported by good contributions from both Michael Robertson (20) and Masseh Naeem (28) before he was bowled for 105. Reed declared at 240-5 off only 42 overs.
In reply Stevenage struggled against the accurate Reed bowling attack. Rupert Martin (2-6) and Neil Haslam (2-23) inflicted some early damage and were well supported thanks to superb catches from Masseh Naeem and Baker.
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Ian Roberts then kept Stevenage on a tight rein with 2-15 from 10 overs, before Ward's 3-10 administered the last rites to their shell- shocked opponents.
Despite recovering from 35-5, Stevenage could muster only 123 all out from their 37.2 overs leaving Reed winners by 117 runs.