Old Cranleighans: 189-9 dec (Waller 5-32)
Headley Sunday XI: 190-6 (Dickinson 70)
By 4 wickets
Headley played with style and determination to beat Old Cranleighans on Sunday, with Lee Dickinson notching up a maiden half-century to anchor a chase of 189.
Bowling first under grey skies, Headley made full use of helpful conditions with Farai Gono offering a masterclass in bustling away swing from the top end of the ground. How Gono did not take a wicket remains a mystery, and the key beneficiaries from his constant examination came at the other end, with Alan Clarke (2-26) and Grant Waller both taking two early wickets to reduce OCs to 40-4. A solid OC rebuilding exercise then commenced between middle order pair of Colegate (58) and Vickers (40), but Headley were tight in the field and when Waller eventually had Vickers caught at slip, Headley were able to apply the screws. The returning Gono was again excellent, and Waller (5-32) struck at regualr intervals in restricting the OCs to 189-9 declared off 46 overs.
Headley’s chase started in confident fashion as the rock solid Lee Dickinson initially anchored entertaining cameos from James Midmer (34) and Adam Hughes (33). When both of these partners fell to sharp deliveries from OCs opener Hamilton, Dickinson himself began to open up off the OCs change bowling and was quite simply unstoppable, crashing powerful drives down the ground and slog sweeping the slower bowlers to distraction. With the finish line in sight at 150-2, Headley then lost four quick wickets, one to a fantastic caught and bowled from Colegate, but Andy and Mitch Pickering steadied any nerves by calmly hitting the winning runs.
This was a very strong performance by Headley who restricted OC’s in the field and then paced the chase very calmly. The side faces Sanderstead next week.