Sunday XI: Pickering Sr and Jr combine against Reigate Priory Cavaliers

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Sunday XI: Pickering Sr and Jr combine against Reigate Priory Cavaliers

Reigate Priory Cavaliers: 201-8 (35 overs)- A.Pickering 4-32

Lost to

Headley: 202-4 (31 overs) M.Pickering 66*, Hesketh 39

By 6 wickets


Some mid-order pyrotechnics from Mitch Pickering ultimately gave Headley a comfortable looking victory over Reigate Priory Cavaliers. Pickering had arrived at No.6 with the score 130-4, with Headley needing the remaining 70 runs at 7 an over. In the end, he made what looked a tough run rate fairly academic with a brutal 66 runs, including six maximums, that took Headley to a 6 wicket win with 4 overs to spare.

Headley had earlier been pleased to restrict a strong Reigate side to 201-8 from their 35 overs. Having inserted the visitors after a sudden rain shower had delayed the start, Headley opened strongly with Henry Elburn and Mitch Pickering both taking an early wicket with the new ball, and then being backed up by some tight line and length from Charlie Woodall and Will Midmer, who reduced the mid innings run rate. Following a period of consolidation, Reigate then took the attack to Headley after drinks at 17 overs, and for a while looked to be taking the game away as the ‘King of Spain’ Neil Sunderland received some harsh treatment from the visitors’ No.7, who struck a rapid 40. However, his innings was ended by a wily spell from chairman Andy Pickering, and the most cunning of burglars then struck three more times to derail Reigate’s momentum at the end. Reigate’s score of 201-8 from their 35 overs was hard to read, it could either have been far better or far worse for Headley and the pitch was continuing to misbehave.

Headley’s chances of chasing it down were boosted by a brisk opening stand of 44 between Josh Pickering and James Midmer. Both batsman were starting to go nicely before Pickering was cruelly assassinated by Midmer- run out for 23 having virtually completed two runs! Barney Hesketh was soon looking solid at No.3 but when he lost James Midmer (28) and George Kelting (0) in quick succession, Headley were in trouble at 50-3. Fortunately, Hesketh is the man for a crisis and following some helpful advice from Alan Clarke last week, proceeded to play a mature anchor innings. He was initially accompanied by Will Midmer, who struck a bright and breezy 30 before chipping one to cover. Midmer W was replaced by Mitch Pickering with Headley still requiring 70 runs to win in 10 overs and with a useful left arm slow bowler in the middle of a good spell. However, Pickering looked in good touch from the outset, and once his eye was in he launched a series of massive slog sweeps on all areas of the surrounding woodland. One shot in particular, which was last seen heading over the trees towards Leatherhead, was potentially one of the biggest seen at the ground in recent times. Pickering’s knock turned what had been a stiff asking rate into a bit of a sideshow as Headley won with 4 overs to spare. Hesketh finised on 39* in what was a vital innings.

Reigate were thoroughly nice opponents who for some reason had fallen out of the fixture list after their win last year. Hopefully this can be rectified next year and a friendly, competitive fixture can be resumed for the third time.

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