31st August 2013
Headley Old Freemens: 271 – 7 (Moss 61)
Albury: 230 all out
Simply our best match of the season. Headley 1st left it to the very last over of the match to win the match.
After wining the toss Headley had no hesitation in batting first. With a good start Headley lost their fist two wickets quickly yet still found that 40 runs had been scored of 9 overs. Again two more wickets fell quickly to take HOF to 88 for 4 from 19 overs. With Sheapeard, J Haywood, O Coyle and Ben Whiting back in the shed it was left to James Moss and Tommy Hufton to steady the falling wickets. Moss was flying and Hufton was to but soon fell for 18 to leave HOF 132 for 5 off 27 overs. Andy Brooks and Moss built a good partnership of 37 before Moss was bowled for 61. HOF were 169 for 6 from 32 overs. A seventh wicket partnership of 96 from 12 overs was to follow with some big clean cricket shots from both Andy Brooks and Tom Haywood both of whom reached 50. Brooks was bowled to bring Waller to the crease and HOF soon declared on 271 from 45 overs.
HOF target of 10 wickets looked possible right from the go. Some early chance went begging but chances were still being made. Waller and Gregory looked difficult to handle but it was Ben Whiting who came on and straight away took the first wicket. Claygate 52 for 1. Whiting stuck twice in quick succession to put Claygate on the back foot at 92 for 3. With Claygate’s opener still at the crease he reached 50. He built a good partnership up when his patner at the other end was trapped LBW for 34 by Tom Haywood. Claygate were still scoring at a good rate and this continued when there skipper came to the crease. But was run out while backing up for just 15. Haywood stuck again to bring Claygate to 199 for 6. However the opener was still at the other end and had just reached 100 when the introduction of Waller to the attack brought his down fall and was caught for 100. With 3 wickets togo HOF seized there chance. Waller struck again two togo but HOF were running out of overs. The 9th wicket fell with two overs left. No wicket in the 44th. Haywood to bowl the 45th would HOF do it could they do it. IT only took one ball Haywood struck bowling their number 10 to win the match.
Tom Haywood finished with 4-44, Whiting 3-26 & Waller 2-46
Shortly after the match HOF learnt that Tadworth had held Nutfeild to a Draw meaning HOF moved above then in the table and would survive to fight next season in Division One.