Headley: 179-6 dec
President’s XI: 181-4
By 6 wickets
Headley were outplayed by a strong President’s XI side who won this fixture for the second year in a row. The President’s XI inserted Headley and unleashed sharp opening bowler Charlie Stoop, who last year had ripped Headley’s line up apart but this time was fortuitously blocked out by James Midmer (39) and Lee Dickinson (37). With the score on 90 both Dickinson and Midmer gave way to what looked to be a powerhouse middle order of Adam Hughes, Will Midmer and Josh Pickering. Sadly, none of these middle order run-machines were able to get their engines going, with Ali Hooper (3-35) in the middle of a superb spell of slow left arm that accounted for Hughes (5) and Midmer (7). The eventual acceleration came from a blitzing cameo from Mitch Pickering (33*) at No.7; some towering sixes lifting the score to 179-6 after 37 overs, but it all seemed a bit too late and Headley declared potentially 20 runs light of a par score.
This might have been defendable on another day but Headley were not really at the races in the field. Alan Clarke operated accurately for the early wicket of Tulley, but Grant Waller, Neil Sunderland, Will Midmer and Josh Pickering all looked out of sorts and struggled to contain the President’s left handed 2nd wicket partnership of Jeff Hayward (60) and Dan Wynne-Griffiths (88*). Hayward accumulated without trouble whilst Wynne-Griffiths constantly applied pressure with some big shots and by the time Josh Pickering eventually enticed Hayward to pick out long on the game was as good as over at 130-2. Wynne-Griffiths crashed the winning the runs in quick time to finish off a match winning knock, following which both sides joined a capacity crowd and busy bar in the evening sunshine to reflect on what remains a fantastic occasion for the club.