Headley: 116 all out (Noble 35)
Sanderstead: 117-7 (Elburn 3-32)
Headley’s recent good form ended as they collapsed from 80-1 to 116 all out and were then edged out by a strong, young Sanderstead side.
Things had started promisingly for Headley, winning the toss, batting and sending out Angus Noble (35) and Lee Dickinson (26) who careered along from the start, hitting both opening bowlers out of the attack. As Dickinson eased his second six over extra cover in Caribbean style to take the score past 60-0, Headley might have been thinking of slightly more than 116 all out, but once he departed a total of 9 batsmen fell with the score between 80-1 and 116 all out. Sanderstead’s first change bowling was strong, most of the problems caused by the brisk, accurate Horner (3-22) and their other first change seamer bowled an accurate spell to take 4-28. However, several wickets were slightly gifted away and when Sanderstead’s second-change spinner emerged to take 2-0 in little more than an over one sensed it was not to be Headley’s day. There were few positives to be taken from Headley’s 116 all out, it was a poor score on what was a decent pitch and Sanderstead had so much time to chase the runs that the only danger was boredom!
Following a cracking tea, Headley were determined to apply themselves better in the field, and Henry Elburn (3-32) ran amok early on to really open up the game at 30-4. However, the low target meant that Sanderstead really only needed one partnership, and it arrived for the fifth wicket via a good stand of 50 during which Headley’s two strike men, Elburn and Grant Waller, bowled well but could not make further breakthroughs. Headley Chairman Andy Pickering eventually broke the stand with the score on 80-5, but Sanderstead’s young No.5 batsman batted very nicely and despite losing two more partners, dragged Sanderstead over the line for 7 wickets down. Headley bowled tightly but were always up against it through a combination of the low target and vast amount of time available.
Sanderstead fully deserved the win having played much the better cricket over the day. The rematch is eagerly awaited next year and Headley will hope to bounce back this week against old friends the Mogador Wanderers.