Headley: 238-5 dec (W.Midmer 90*, J.Pickering 67*)
Sanderstead: 150 all out (Noble 4-55)
By 88 runs
The return of the talismanic Barny Harrison to the Headley Sunday side inspired a hard-fought win against Sanderstead.
Having been offered first use of the wicket, and bolstered by the presence of Harrison in the key No.6 role, the Headley batting line up recovered from a slow start to post 238-5 dec. The key partnership was the final sixth wicket one, with Will Midmer and Josh Pickering savaging 100 runs in the final 10 overs to enable Headley to post over 230 when at one point 200 had looked unlikely. Midmer had serenely anchored the innings through some more testing early waters- with James Midmer, Andy Pickering, Charlie Woodall and Mitch Pickering all only making brief cameos before Harrison came to the crease, only to be mercilessly run out by Midmer having looked in good touch. The departure of Harrison at 130-5 brought Josh Pickering to the crease at No.7 and he immediately looked in fine touch, launching a number of balls into all areas of the surrounding woodland. Will Midmer soon joined in, hitting one miles over the pavilion, and having lost four balls this pair were called in.
With the wicket being very slow and offering almost no bounce Headley looked to have a good score to defend. But Sanderstead came out firing and some sloppy early bowling and fielding, combined with some clean striking from Sanderstead’s opening batsman had the visitors racing to 90 without loss, at a rate of ten an over. At this point, Headley looked on the wrong end of a caning, but the ever-reliable Grant Waller came on to remove both set batsmen, before Gus Noble finally found his range and started bowling a hostile spell from the Box Hill end. Having been reduced to 100-3 Sanderstead then started to lose their momentum in the face of the accurate Waller and a canny spell of slow left arm from Neil Sunderland, backed up by a much improved fielding effort. Having lost 4 further wickets, one to Waller, one to Sunderland and two to Mitch Pickering’s useful off spin- Sanderstead began to shut up shop entering the final 20 overs, meaning Gus Noble was re-summoned for a final spell. He responded with some sharp stuff and blew away the Sanderstead tail to finish with four wickets.
This was a good game that could have gone either way- with Headley showing good resolve to fight back from tricky situations in both their batting and fielding efforts. Sanderstead proved very nice opponents and a resumption of the fixture is awaited with interest.