Sunday 13th May 2012
Headley- 217-7 declared
James Midmer 96, Josh Pickering 87
Assegai – 5 for 32
Bushmen- 67 all out
Grant Waller- 3 for 1
Henry Elburn- 3 for 10
Headley won by 150 runs.
At the 5th time of asking the Headley season finally got under way with an emphatic victory over the men from the BBC. With the tide at the Headley village end of the ground receding sufficiently to get a mower on to the pitch the day before the game the wicket and outfield were always going to be slow. Despite this captain James Midmer armed with an array of attacking batsmen and good mix of bowling had no doubts in deciding to bat first when offered the choice by the outcome of the toss.
Reluctant to possibly damage his batting average so early in the season the skipper was press ganged into opening with the more eager Josh Pickering. After the pair came to terms with the lack of pace in the wicket they set about the Bushmen bowling with aplomb and in no time Josh Pickering has reached 50. At this point James Midmer opened up and overtook Josh Pickering. The latter was first to perish mistiming and top edging at the same time. James Midmer had reached 96 before he too threw his wicket away. The platform the pair had laid allowed the following batsmen some latitude and they certainly took this latitude as Bushmen fought back to take another 5 wickets for just 50 or so runs. With batsman wearing a pathway between the wicket and pavilion the captain got the message that the kettle had boiled and invited all back to the pavilion for tea deeming 217 a defensible target.
Alan Clarke and Henry Elburn opened the bowling and gave little away but it was the nippier Elburn who was to make the initial inroads with 3 clean bowled wickets. Matt Simmonds on debut got his line right by his second over and showed good swing and pace and bagged a couple more wickets to keep the pressure on the Bushmen. Grant Waller came on with 6 wickets down and he too soon got his range and snapped up 3 clean bowled wickets himself. It was left to the spin of Josh Pickering to clean up the tail and complete a comfortable victory. The Headley bowlers showed there knowledge of the wicket and the patience required by pitching the ball up and giving little away.
A much sterner test in the form of Ashtead awaits. All eyes on the weather forecast yet again.