RNVR: 281-6 dec (Heweton 133*, Bridges 103)
Headley: 136-4 (Harcourt 61)
Headley survived a brutal mauling from the RNVR to emerge with a draw in this timed game. RNVR batted first in overcast conditions and lost both openers inside four overs (10-2). but from this point were utterly dominant thanks to a scintillating third-wicket partnership of 220 from 27 overs. Both No.3 E.Heweton (133*) and No.4 Colin Bridges (103) flayed the ball powerfully down the ground and mercilessly cut and pulled anything short. Bridges reached a stylish century before he was eventually bowled for 103 by Ed Boord, who was by that the stage the eighth bowler used by Headley (his 2-36 perhaps the only figures worth repeating!) Heweton then reached his own fine century with over 240 on the board. RNVR had declared on 230 last year and seen Will Midmer lace a chanceless 99* to chase it, so understandably did not want to risk this again and batted on to 281-6 dec. Headley required around 8 an over from the start to chase this and some tight opening spells from Phillips and Hallam immediately made it look tricky. Another 10 minutes was then lost when Hallam broke his thumb fielding a fierce Adam Hughes drive and was taken to A&E. The net result was 240 required as the 20 overs approached and Headley gradually lost interest with Jason Harcourt (61) and James Midmer (24*) batting out most of the remaining overs before Ed Boord (31*) provided some entertainment to the crowd as Headley closed on 136-4 and definitely on the losing end of a draw. RNVR are a fantastic bunch and the two sides have a history of more exciting games which will hopefully return next year. Some friendly beers were shared on what had become a nice summer’s evening.