Headley: 201-6 dec (Calvert 65)
Woodpeckers CC: 178-9 (Tunnell 3-23)
The Sunday XI’s winning run came to an end as they could only draw with a resilient Woodpeckers side on Sunday.
Headley were allowed to bat first by negotiation and Henry Calvert (65) and Andy Pickering (46) scrapped hard for the first hour against very tight seam bowling from Mott and Pugh. The introduction of a succession of change bowling then accelerated the game: Pickering fell with the score 100-1 and for the next hour Calvert, Harry Fernando and Lee Dickinson all fell in the pursuit of quick runs. Steve Barton then crunched a valuable 40, including one truly massive hit disappearing into nearby farmland, before Barney Cowie (25) and Steve Miles saw Headley to a competitive 201-6 dec from 37 overs.
The tea interval saw a lovely presentation ceremony where the Woodpeckers donated a bench in memory of Colin Owen-Browne, father of three current Woodpeckers players and a familiar player on Headley Heath for many decades, and his wife, both of whom loved cricket at Headley. Both Woodpeckers’ captain Patrick Owen-Browne and Headley President Sir Michael Pickard spoke movingly in front of a packed crowd.
Following this the Woodpeckers started their chase. James Midmer (2-43) bowled one opener in the very first over but the visitors then reached about 70-1 before their aggressive No.3 fell to a superb swirling catch from Will Vinter off the bowling of Midmer. Headley then ran through the middle order with some pacy stuff from Nick Tunnell (3-23) accompanied by some prodigious turn from Steve Barton (3-31) seeing a clatter of wickets and the Woodpeckers slump to 120-9 with 12 overs remaining, but from that point on No.10 Van Runkle, and No.11 Hamish Roberts were immovable and the game finished a draw, Woodpeckers finishing 178-9. Roberts (35) looked a tidy bat and had been slated to come in at No.4 before an injury in the field. Honours even!