Sunday 25 August, 32 over game
Sunday XI: 211-7 (Waller 55*, S.Barton 73)
British Airways CC: 212-5
The Sunday XI encountered some turbulence from an excellent British Airways CC side on an absolute scorcher up at the HCG. British Airways’ early flight was delayed leading to a 2:10 start and reduced 32 over game. Headley batted first but their innings was stuck in the departure lounge for some time as several batsmen were shown the emergency exit doors. A strong (on paper) home batting line-up limped to 75-6. Lift off finally came from Grant Waller (55*) and Steve Barton (73), who took Headley to 211-7.
BA Flight 002 (aka the reply) was an eclectic affair with one opener making a flying start, but unable to generate much pace on the runway, meaning it was either boundary or nothing from one end. Like the majority BA pilots, Headley seemed to be on strike in the field as the 30 degree heat took it’s toll. Waller bowled a very good spell to start a regular flow of wickets. As the game wore on, it was clear Headley really just had to remove the BA chief pilot to win the game, but he was dropped a few times and a few big overs saw the visitors home five down.
With a strong batting crew and some decent slow bowling this was a fixture Headley could have won, but ultimately they were left with their heads in their hands, much like the brace position. They have three more fixtures remaining, all 1:00 starts, starting against Jinnah CC, and will hope to finish the season strongly.