RNVR – 167 all out (S.Barton 5-18, S.Winslet 3 – 12, A.Pickering 2 – 21)
Headley – 171-8 (S Winslet 80, A.Pickering 4 not out)
Agreeing to a traditional timed game and then winning toss and inviting opposition to bat first on yet another Headley scorcher meant stand in skipper AP had 10 reluctant players join him on the field. Mumbling continued as the opening bowlers decided to bowl for a declaration from the very start! After 5 overs RNVR had amassed 64 for the loss of no wickets. The skipper decided it was time for maturer heads and he and Malick steadied the ship with 10 overs or so of tight bowling. AP managed two wickets both remarkably caught by stand in keeper Waller.
RNVR had got to 132 for 2 and rather than push on they collapsed to 167 all out thanks to outstanding slow and spin bowling by Steves Winslet and Barton who cleaned up the middle and lower orders in fine style. On a very dry turning track a total of 167 was not going to be easy.
RNVR opened with spinners at both ends and the opening batsmen were perplexed at the lack of pace and soon returned to the pavilion. Miles and Charalambous steadied the ship and occupied the crease for a decent time not pressured by overs. They eventually departed leaving the scene set for the Winslet/Barton combination to power Headley on. Not surprisingly Winslet saw attack as the way forward and with Barton took Headley towards the target. Barton was to lose his wicket 40 runs short and again it was the mature head of Malick who took Headley to tie the scores at which point Winslet lost his wicket for a splendid 80 leaving skipper AP to sweep the ball to the boundary for a well earned victory.
An intriguing and well contested game of cricket in which Headley maintained their winning run.