19th May 2012
Holmbury St Mary v Headley Old Freemen’s; 1.30pm @ Holmbury CC
“Headley Old Freemen’s 1st XI finally kicked off their Division Two season on a muggy afternoon at the beautiful ground at Holmbury St Mary. After losing the toss HOF were sent into bat on what would prove to be a difficult wicket to bat on for all. Despite this we got off to a good start with Simon Camp opening up with Jeff Haywood. It was a slow start and just as Camp began to hit a few boundaries he was caught for 16 and then Tom Hufton was bowled by the very next ball. Mitch Pickering (7) and James Moss (10) soon followed with only 26 more runs being added to the total. As the sun came out for the first time in the afternoon two wickets fell in consecutive balls with only 58 on the board. Grant Waller came in and smashed their bowler, captain Justin Morgan, for 4 and then departed just as quickly. Still at the other end Jeff Haywood was plugging away determined not to give his wicket, but two more wickets fell and he was finally out for 35 to end Headley’s innings on 85 all out after 32 overs. Morgan ended with figures of 5 for 29.
Tea was taken and Headley went out to field as the sun pushed through the clouds once again. Going out to defend 85 runs was a big ask, but HOF were up for the challenge. Hufton opened the bowling and struck straight away getting their opener caught behind down the leg side. Waller soon followed suit trapping another batsman dead in front with just 7 on the board. Was this the start of something special? Hufton found it difficult to keep control with the ball and gave away a few wides, but soon struck again trapping another of Holmbury’s batters plumb lbw. Then as he started to find some good rhythm he clean bowled the next batsman. Waller also picked up the vital fifth wicket, helped by a great catch in the deep by Camp, just as Holmbury had looked to push the score on with two quick boundaries. But Morgan was still at the crease finding some good form and he hit a couple of boundaries and the only six of the day.
At the other end Tom Haywood came on to bowl and quickly got stuck in taking a simple catch off his own bowling. With Waller swinging the ball both ways he and Camp nearly took another wicket after a great effort by Camp in the outfield. A few balls later they did succeed thus taking Holmbury’s 7th wicket. Tom Haywood picked up his second, spinning the ball past the bat taking out the middle stump. With only one wicket needed as Holmbury were down to 10 batsmen due to an injury picked up while fielding HOF searched for the final breakthrough. Morgan still defiant hit a few more good shots and got the score up to 65. Would he spoil HOF’s day? Fittingly with Waller bowling he could not, and Morgan was cleaned bowled for 29 to wrap up Holmbury’s innings. Waller ended up with figures of 4 for 32, Hufton 3 for 27 and with a 21 run victory HOF had claimed 35 points to Holmbury’s 5 points in a low scoring exciting game in very difficult batting conditions.”