Sunday XI: 273-5 off 35 overs (A.Pickering 102*, J.Midmer 66)
Indus Valley CC: 90 all out
A sparkling hundred from Andy Pickering saw Headley beat Indus Valley and make it four wins from their first six games in 2018.
A negotiated toss saw Headley bat first on a hot, humid day at the HCG. The Indus Valley opening bowling was sharp and accurate, especially Komril, and it took some watchful defence and skillful attack from Andy Pickering (102*) and Ilyas Malick (11) to put on 50 in the opening 10 overs. Malick, having done all the hard work, then heartbreakingly departed to the first ball of the first change. The Indus change bowling was also decent, but by this point Pickering was well into his stride, with some aggressive shots (and running) starting to flow in company with former skipper Phil Chapman (26). An unfortunate mix up then saw Chapman nobly sacrifice himself to a sharp throw from Komril. This allowed current skipper James Midmer (66) to the crease and put together some crunching strokeplay all-round the wicket which saw the scoreboard motor towards 200. Pickering took a back seat during this partnership but was ticking over all the time, and when Midmer departed the Headley chairman started dispatching some huge shots, including on enormous six off the returning Komril that may well have turned up on Barny Harrison’s farm. No.5 Steve Winslet (23) also crucified the bowling in the closing stages. In the final over Pickering recorded a brilliant hundred to leave Indus Valley chasing a daunting 274. The visitors didn’t challenge this total; they clearly had some useful strokeplayers and several balls disappeared into the undergrowth, but they swung fairly indiscriminately and accurate spells from Bobby Barton (2-28) and James Midmer (3-21) saw them reduced to 40-5, whereupon some great bowling from youngsters Zooey and Ty Barton took out the tail. Despite the 180 run margin of victory the visitors were clearly a useful side and this was a reflection on the quality of Headley’s play, both old and young. It had turned into a gorgeous evening for a beer and (for the youngsters) another game on the outfield. Good times!