Headley: 290-5- 35 overs- (J. Midmer 157*, W. Midmer 59)
Coldharbour: 115 all out (W.Midmer 3 -14, A.Pickering 3 -20)
Sunday 30th June 2013
Headley fired on all cylinders in this battle of the largest of the Surrey Hills. With Coldharbour descending only a few feet from their Leith Hill base to Headley’s Box Hill home the change in altitude was not a factor for either side and on paper, by reputation and by record to date this was looking like a titanic contest on the warmest day of the Sunday season so far.
Skipper James Midmer won the toss and chose to bat first on another Headley slow burner. He opened the batting himself with Old Freemen guest opener Ben O’Connor. A decent start was made with the pair picking up boundaries and judicious singles relatively easily until Midmer ran out the first of his two victims although it has to be said the Coldharbour fielding had been sharp and a run out was being predicted the spectators. O’Connor was replaced by Barney Hesketh who continued the pace with Midmer whose range and ferocity of shots was increasing with the ever changing Coldharbour attack. With the rate increasing Midmer again was involved in a run out with Hesketh’s solid innings cruelly brought to an end by another sharp piece of fielding. The two Midmer brothers then embarked on a brutal onslaught that saw them put on almost 150 runs in 18 overs that saw James Midmer past his 100 and Will Midmer past his 50 before a third run out accounting for Will Midmer and miraculously not involving his brother. The final overs continued their brutality and despite a couple more inevitable wickets James Midmer completed a maiden 150 and saw the total to almost 300. This was a remarkable score given the accuracy of some of Coldharbours bowling and the consistent high quality of their fielding.
Headley enjoyed the tea break knowing that Coldharbour would need a response of some intensity to threaten the Headley total. Headley’s defence could not have been better with Clarke opening up with an accurate maiden and an unlikely opening over wicket maiden for left arm spinner Andy Pickering. Overs 3 and 4 saw Coldharbour’s response practically killed off with a wicket for Clarke and 2 more for Andy Pickering leaving them reeling at 6 for 4. Coldharbour dug in for a while with inefectual bowling from Grant Waller aiding their cause. It was ultimately left to Ben O’Connor with 2 wickets and Will Midmer with 3 wickets to bring the Coldharbour innings towards a close. A late flourish of runs took the score beyond 100 but it was only a matter of time before Neil Sunderland threw up an inviting off stump delivery for Alan Clarke to snap up in the deep.
A fine performance by the Headley side with all areas firing. The side now turn to preparing for the annual Presidents Day fixture.