Sunday XI: 168 all out
By 1 wicket
Sunday XI went down fighting to old friends the Woodpeckers in a game that saw some late drama. On a sunny day, with a packed crowd, Headley lost the toss and were stuck in on a pitch that had a hint of moisture and extra bounce. Headley’s innings was ultimately a frustrating one, with many batsmen making starts but not going on. Andy Pickering (42) and Henry Elburn made a solid start before Elburn was bowled. Conor Young (25) played some attractive strokes but fell just as he was getting going. James Midmer (26) joined Pickering for a decent partnership but then nicked Mott to slip and Miles and Pickering. The only time Headley broke the shackles was when Steve Barton (45) arrived at No.7, but just as he was cutting loose he was caught at long on. Despite some lusty blows from Al Dickinson (9*) and Grant Waller (12) Headley were bowled out for 168 with four overs still unused.
Knowing they were at least 30 runs under par, Headley made a strong start in the field as Bobby Barton (4-14) took two early wickets to leave Woodpeckers 19-2. Gavin Scovell (90*) and Collier (31) then batted well to take the score to 90-2, targeting Headley’s two spin bowlers Steve Barton and Conor Young very effectively. Henry Elburn was then summoned for a sharp six-over spell, removing Collier and unlucky not to take more. Woodpeckers moved to 141-4 from 23 overs, leaving a very comfortable 28 required with 6 wickets left. James Midmer (3-24) then came on and removed Patrick Owen-Browne, but a burst from Scovell powered Woodpeckers to 164-5, needing just 5 more. Midmer kept things interesting with a double-wicket maiden. before some serious drama as Bobby Barton was re-summoned. Scovell took a single off the second ball of the over before remarkably both No.9 Pugh and No.10 Palmer fell LBW to some deadly straight bowling, leaving Headley one wicket away from a famous win. Sadly for the hosts, No.11 Runkel blocked out the last two balls, and the visitors scraped home in Midmer’s next over.
This was a really fun game with a high standard of cricket and a decent crowd in. Headley kept things interesting but were ultimately outplayed, at least 30 runs short and some dropped chances in the field. They will look forward to next year’s fixture for some revenge.