Mogador Wanderers: 255-9 (A.Hewitt 99, Fisher 64)
Headley: 238-6 (Noble 65, J.Midmer 65*)
The Sunday XI lost an absolute cracker of a tie against Mogador Wanderers yesterday, both sides combining for almost 500 runs in 70 overs of cricket followed some Fosters, Spitfire and Magners on a warm summers’ evening.
Mogador batted first in optimal batting conditions but medium-paced pair of Nick Tunnell (3-45) and James Midmer (2-37) managed a few early strikes, and by the time Steve Winslet bowled the dangerous-looking James Brooker Headley were in the ascendant with the Mogs were 79-4. Sadly this proved to be as good as things got for the home side as a stunning innings from No.6 Alex Hewitt (99), well supported by Paul Fisher (64) took the game away. Mogador racked up 150 runs from the final 15 overs with Hewitt dominating Headley’s usual trump-card spin bowling, using his feet well and some imperious striking through the line. Hewitt then took on Andy Pickering, and the returning Tunnell and Midmer in the closing stages before Tunnell eventually removed him via a good catch from Winslet. A canny late spell from Pickering (3-48) stopped the score becoming truly unassailable but even so the eventual 255-9 represented a daunting target and would require the highest chase in some years.
Using the early afternoon pain as motivation, Headley then took their own turn to inflict chaos in the early evening sunshine. No.3 Gus Noble (65) led the charge with some dreamy drives and Ilyas Malick (25) looked in classy touch early doors before chipping to midwicket. The score now 79-2 and with Headley firmly in the hunt. Noble continued to flay the attack for a while but Headley suffered a crucial blow as Steve Barton (7) fell LBW to young Harry Hewitt. To make things worse Noble then holed out soon afterwards to leave Headley 106-4, still needing 150 from 17 overs. Steve Winslet (25) continued the charge with some huge blows, whilst James Midmer (65*) played anchor. When Winslet nobly fell on his sword at 150-5 Headley still needed 100 from about 10 overs, and despite some late leg-side fireworks from Midmer it proved too tall an order against the accurate Brooker and Hewitt; Mogador running out deserved 17 run victors. The game was played in a great spirit and the rematch is eagerly awaited.
As a reminder, Headley next week have no fixture due to the Ride London cycle event but resume on Sunday 5 August with a fixture against Norwood Exiles.