Mogador Wanderers: 113 all out (Barton 3-6, Vinter 3-18)
Headley: 116-5 (Harcourt 35)
June resembled an arctic tundra at the HCG as Headley edged a low-scoring 35 over match against old friends Mogador Wanderers. Headley won the toss and without hesitation stuck the visitors in on a slow pitch that had taken two weeks of solid rain. Mogador’s new opening bat Ahson Bhukari looked extremely dangerous in the early stages, but at 30-1 he flicked a Henry Elburn delivery high to James Midmer on the midwicket boundary. From this point on Headley gradually squeezed the innings with Steve Winslet’s off spin and James Midmer’s slow seam proving hard to get away on a real ‘sticky dog’ wicket. Mogador fought hard up to 70-2 but the overs were ticking away and they eventually subsided in a rush for 113 with spinners Will Vinter (3-18) and Steve Barton (3-6) bringing an early close after 31 overs.
Having taken tea to the sounds of Steve Barton’s best Shania Twain album, Headley made a fairly efficient job of chasing this down although the game stayed interesting all the way through with Steve Miles falling in the first over (1-1), Lee Dickinson run out (25-2), Adam Hughes (who had looked good) slapping a short ball to midwicket (50-3) and Winslet LBW to impressive off-spinner Will Cooper (70-4). Fortunately Jason Harcourt (35) was batting solidly at No.4 and he and Midmer (20*) then knuckled down to take Headley to the brink of a win; Steve Barton crunching the winning runs in a stirring two-ball knock before both sides retired to the warmth of the pavilion and hoped for better weather (not hard!) at the next meeting in September. Headley next week take on the President’s XI in the annual midsummer classic and will hope the sun makes an appearance!