Headley: 208-5 dec (Mottashed 71, Murrell 37*, J.Midmer 35*)
President’s XI: 202-7 (J.Hooper 53)
The Sunday XI fought out an entertaining draw vs the President’s XI (aka the wider Pickard family) on another stellar day atop Headley Heath. Sunshine greeted players and friends for another first class lunch (the 25th year in a row provided by Nicki), with complex selection negotiations seeing Andy Pickering and Steve Barton loaned out to the President’s men.
Following the speeches, President’s XI Captain Ed Pickard won the toss and, as usual, chose to bowl first and chase on what looked a decent pitch. Pickard opened the bowling himself along with left-armer son Jack, both bowling tightly as the previously warm conditions turned arctic. Pinch-hitter Mitch Pickering (7) swiped early to no avail, but Lee Dickinson (16) looked secure with the odd early 9 iron over the top. Jon Mottashed (71) then formed the mainstay of the innings with an array of classy shots against both spin and seam. Mottashed serenely took the score to 140 accompanied by cameos from John Vaughan-Davies (16), and Steve Winslet (15), and with tea approaching, James Midmer (35*) and Ali Murrell (37*) stepped on the gas to set the President’s XI 209 to win.
Following the tea interval Headley made a strong start with Henry Elburn taking early wickets and the home side on the attack at 50-3. Had an early skier from the dangerous Joe Hooper gone to hand Headley would have been in the box seat to force a win. However, Hooper escaped and went on to batter an impressive 53 with one six narrowly avoiding the President’s Lexus parked at long-off. With Headley ringer Steve Barton (35) also swinging for the fences the score reached 130-3 with 10 overs to go and Headley were now on the defensive as the Vice-Presidents arrived for the drinks party. Fortunately Headley had a useful ace up the sleeve in Ashtead all-rounder John Vaughan-Davies who came on to bowl a tight spell, including the wickets of both Barton (35) and Hooper (53) as Headley held out for the draw in by-now steady drizzle; the President’s XI finishing on 201-7.
Both sets of players retired to the marquee, a few beers and the annual raffle, superbly co-ordinated by Lee Dickinson. The fixture was again of a very high standard on the field and off the field remains a real highlight for the club, with huge thanks due to Sir Michael and Lady Pickard for their hospitality and general role in making the club a very special place to play cricket. Headley next week take on Norwood Exiles in a new fixture.