Sunday XI: 207-5 (S.Barton 79)
London Theatres: 154-7
The Sunday XI and London Theatres combined to set a potential new record for the coldest completed game of cricket this Sunday. In temperatures of little more than 5 degrees, a shortened 30 over game was agreed to offset the risk of hypothermia.
Headley batted first with Henry Calvert (12), Andrew Pickering (25) and the returning Ed Boord (10) combining for a solid start – 60-3 after 12 overs. No.4 Steve Barton (79) and No.5 James Midmer (37) then spent some time bedding in, before Barton in particular began to smash some of the change bowling as the score raced past 150. The pair had put on well over 100 before departing in quick succession. Nick Tunnell (10*) and Steve Miles (16*) applied the finishing touches to a total of 207-5 which looked very daunting given the slow outfield and a huge roadside boundary.
As ever, the London Theatres reply hinged on skipper Dean Chisnall, a fine opening batsman, but Nick Tunnell (1-16) soon hit his stride and bowled him with an absolute pearler. From here the Theatres struggled to accelerate in the face of hostile Tunnell and accurate Bobby Barton. When these two were replaced by the equally accurate Steve Barton and Neil Sunderland the visitors began to fall steadily behind the rate and lose regular wickets. James Midmer and Andrew Pickering came on in the closing stages to burgle two wickets apiece as the Theatres closed short. Whilst perhaps not a classic fixture it was great to see old friends the Theatres and both sides could be very proud of sticking it out and proving that no weather can put off an English village cricketer.