Sunday XI: 2015 record
P. 17 W. 6 D. 2 L. 9
The Sunday XI finished an up-and-down 2015 season in a decent run of form which they will hope to carry into next year. The season got off to a sluggish start with April / May being heavily impacted by bad weather. Several games were either abandoned or, in the case of two (Woodpeckers and Nomads), played in fairly atrocious conditions. The sun finally came out in June and July but this coincided with the visit of strong sides from Old Cranleighans, Sanderstead and the President’s XI, all resulting in defeat, so that by the halfway point only two wins had been recorded with seven defeats.
Fortunately, with stronger availability and the usual fighting spirit, Headley turned this run of form around in the late summer and Autumn. Top fixtures against the RNVR and Crane CC saw memorable wins and perhaps the strongest all-round performance came in a ‘winning’ draw a very competitive Brookwood side. After a Bank Holiday blip against the Old Freemen, Headley rounded off with two dominant batting performances in wins against Warlingham and Kensington CC.
The season saw a constant flow of runs from No.3 Adam Hughes, the man from Perth finally adjusting to the slightly slower wickets in the UK to make some big scores, with two hundreds and three half centuries. Hughes is a methodical player with a lovely cover drive and is a deserved winner of the batting cup having knocked on the door for some time. Elsewhere there were some vintage cameos from the current holder, Will Midmer who made one hundred and a memorable 99* to chase down RNVR. Skipper James Midmer was slightly subdued, but made two 90s, and there were valuable contributions from pugnacious left-handers Andy Pickering and Steve Barton.
The flat, true nature of the wicket made bowling a challenge but seamer Henry Elburn remains a class act on his day and off-spinner Steve Barton wheeled away all season, often in difficult circumstances, never taking a backward step.
2015 saw some new and old friends come to the Heath, with Viv Paver and Phil Chapman making guest appearances and Will Riley and Hayden Storey both making memorable debuts. Friends old and new joined proceedings for a memorable President’s Day and there were the usual array of good fixtures against Mogador, Old Cranleighans, Woodpeckers and Kensington alongside some great new additions such as Crane CC.
2016 will see Headley try to regain the ‘winning season’ thread from the past 5 years but they will have to do so without Will Midmer, who moves to New Zealand for a two year spell. Headley could certainly use some reinforcements if anyone reading this is thinking of coming to have a go!