Sunday 23 June 2019; 35 over match
Sunday XI: 208-7 (Barton 55)
President’s XI: 211-2 (Tulley 102*)
The Sunday XI welcomed the President’s XI for the latest in this true blockbuster fixture of the Surrey Hills.
Headley sensibly ignored the President’s XI claim of being ‘fairly weak’ and assembled one of their strongest sides in recent times. Skipper James Midmer elected to bat but Henry Calvert and Johan Thisanayagam both headed back to the pavilion early; 10-2. Recent run machine Barney Cowie rebuilt the innings with the stylish Conor Young, on loan from Ashtead. Young soon lost the new ball in the woods and then started stroking it’s replacement around the park; taking the score to 100-2. Headley were motoring but up stepped the wily Ali Hooper, two-time Surrey Championship bowler of the year. Hooper’s immaculate control of line and length remained undimmed and he took the key wicket of Young, and then tied down Cowie and the danger-man Steve Winslet, who both departed in the 25th over. Headley were now in danger of not posting any kind of score but James Midmer and Steve Barton (55) grafted, scampered and latterly bludgeoned Headley up to 208-7. This made it a game but given the scoring this season was probably 30 runs light.
Despite the below-par score some superb opening spells from Nick Tunnell and Bobby Barton saw the President’s men restricted to 40-2 after 10 oversl firmly game on as the phalanx of Vice-President’s arrived for the drinks reception. However; Hooper Jr and Max Tulley had by now played themselves in and the runs started to flow; they powered the visitors to 110-2 at 18 over drinks break. There was now no hope of containment; Headley desperately needed wickets and the ball was thrown to trump card Thisanayagam; who steamed in with pace and aggression but just couldn’t dislodge the two set batsman. Tulley was by now well into stride with some crunching strokes and the President’s men knocked off the total in the 32nd over. Tulley recorded a superb and we were told maiden hundred, which seemed remarkable given the quality of his innings
Headley were disappointed but just didn’t fire on the day and it was no shame to lose to a side who batted, bowled and fielded extremely well, we will hope to bounce back next year. Off the field the day was its usual roaring success with a superb lunch, tea, raffle and record quantities of rose, pimms and Fosters enjoyed by a massive crowd. Our thanks to Sir Michael for another massive day!