Headley 279 -7 dec (40 overs) (James Midmer 110, Will Midmer 80) beat Old Freemen’s 110 all out (Waller 3-16)
Headley continued their winning ways with a supreme performance against a game Old Freemen’s side.
Headley have recently moved away from the bat first, rack up a good score in the sunshine and then bowl them out routine as doubts as to their ability to bowl out sides began to grow. However, in the previous two weeks the insertion of the opposition had failed to provide a competitive game as Headley brutally demonstrated their bowling prowess by bowling out the opposition for less than three figures. So this week the theory was a 40 over game format, win the toss and bat first. Captain Midmer failed in the first part of this strategy by losing the toss but was not disappointed to be invited to bat first by the equally unsure Old Freemen’s captain. Perhaps their strategy was one based on chasing any score down.
Headley got off to a comfortable start and had got to 30 before Ben Ashworth mispulled a short ball straight down mid wickets throat to bring Hughes to the crease. He and remaining opener James Midmer cruised to 62 with Hughes in particular impressing with some classy cover drives. The dismissal of Hughes brought the better looking Midmer to the crease and upped the class of cover drives up a notch. The Midmer brothers simply piled on the runs through a range of shots with captain James Midmer reaching his debut Headley ton with the full range of shot interspersed with watchful defence. He was particularly brutal on anything short. As the innings gained momentum both the Midmers sacrificed their wickets and the usual Mitch Pickering flurry together with boundary contributions from Chairman Andy Pickering and Gareth “Elvis” Noble powered Headley to a seemingly unassailable score of 287.
The return of Elvis to the side and to the tea roster saw the return of finger rolls. Both welcome returns.
With a daunting total to chase Old Freemens were faced with the whispering death pace of Alan Clarke at one end, whose ability to lure players into rash shots doesn’t seem to abate, and the full in-swinging medium pace of Grant Waller. Despite occasional lusty blows the Old Freemens batsmen could not build innings or partnerships and Headley simply chipped away and picked up wickets on a regular basis. Headley were on top from start to finish with all players contributing to the run total or wicket haul.