A GARY Sandford-inspired batting performance was not enough for Redbourn to avoid defeat at the hands of Division Two table-toppers Reed.
Batting first, Redbourn found themselves facing an uphill battle at 46-3.
Sandford stood firm, though, and after a 34-run fourth wicket partnership with Darren Bassill, he was well supported by Ben Roe (36) and George Naismith (23) in partnerships of 70 and 50, respectively.
After an heroic innings, Sandford was eventually bowled seven runs short of what would have been a well-deserved century as Redbourn finished on 208-9.
However, much of Sandford’s good work was soon undone as Redbourn’s bowlers produced far too many loose deliveries which were easily put away by Reed’s attack-minded opening pair.
Redbourn tried to hit back, most notably through Dan Darvell (3-76), but Reed comfortably reached their target with five wickets and four overs to spare.