Sunday 14 July: 30 over match
Sunday XI: 225-0 (A.Pickering 109*, J.Midmer 103*)
Mpingwe: 208 all out
The Sunday XI bounced back to form with a strong win against Mpingwe on a day where the action was very much secondary to the remarkable events at Lords. Headley arrived in need of a result having lost four of their past five games (albeit to strong sides). Skipper James Midmer won the toss and elected to bat in a shortened 30 over game (the visitors having got lost en-route). Midmer asked Gus Noble and Andy Pickering to open but Noble said he would prefer to bat at three, a decision that would haunt him over the next two hours as Midmer opened himself with Pickering. The Mpingwe opening bowling was brisk and skiddy but the pitch was a belter and the outfield lighting quick. Midmer reeled off a succession of boundaries through the off side and reached 50 in 10 overs. Pickering then asserted himself launching several balls in his usual arc of wide long-on and the pair took the score to 135-0 at the 20 over mark. From this point on both men took the attack to Mpingwe with the partnership racing over 200. Mpingwe’s heads never dropped and the visitors rotated a battery of sharp seamers but both batsmen were set and mercilessly punished any width. The final few overs saw Pickering reach 109* whilst Midmer brought up 103* in the final over to see the pair reach 225-0.
Following some more attempts at amateur Sky installation at tea, Mpingwe began their chase poorly with an early run-out. They could then make no headway against a brilliant spell from John Marler who immediately found line, length and a hint of away movement. With a miracle now needed Basit (64) and Mahmood (39) began swinging for the fences and they were successful for some time until a crucial run out saw Mahmood heading back at 140-4 with 10 an over needed. A fired-up Nick Tunnell then began a superb spell of death bowling, removing Basit and making the remaining run rate very hard with a handy mix of yorkers and back of a length. With two overs to go both sides left the field to watch / listen to the final over from Lords. With that match a tie both sides took to the field again where Tunnell bowled out Mpingwe for 208, with both sides then racing back for the amazing conclusion at Lords and some celebrations. The visitors were a very friendly bunch and came close to chasing this down, the rematch is eagerly awaited next year. Headley take on old friends Mogador Wanderers next Sunday with all support welcome!