Opening T20 loss for Harpenden

Will Jones bowls for Harpenden

Will Jones bowls for Harpenden - Credit: Archant

Harpenden’s opening match of the Readers County T20 Cup ended in a five-wicket defeat to Reed.

The result means Harpenden are a game behind Reed and Sawbridgeworth, who beat Totteridge Millhillians, in Group B after the first round of matches.

It’s a disappointing start for Harpenden, who, ahead of the game, put a renewed focus on the competition.

Dan Blacktopp, who has started the season in a rich vein of form for club and county, was the only batsman who didn’t struggled mightily in the face of Reed’s bowling attack. His scored for 37 from 28 balls was 27 runs more than the next highest scorer, Will Jones.

The rest of the order fail to reach double figures as Harpenden were bowled out for 92 in 17.5 overs.

Reed had no problems reaching the target. A top of the order partnership of 46 from Richard Wharton (22) and Mitchell Cooper (23) had them halfway to the target in less than eight overs.

Will Jones strangled the run rate in the middle overs and took three wickets but Reed were always on the front foot. Jack Tidey (6*) and Rob Lancaster (14*) had the honours of scoring the winning runs in the 18th over.

Harpenden face Totteridge in the second round of games on Sunday, May 24.