Sunday 18 August – 35 over match
Sunday XI: 250-5 (Pickering 60, Calvert 55)
Brookwood: 125 all out (S.Barton 4-8)
The Sunday XI continued their recent good form with a strong win against Brookwood, who hail from near Woking and made their fifth trip up to the HCG.
Following a week of rain the wicket and outfield were emerald green but this did not stop Headley (who were inserted) hitting 250-5 off their allotted 35 overs. They were aided by the fact that Brookwood’s opening bowler, Jimmy Anderson (not that one, but a good bowler nonetheless) was nowhere to be seen for 12 overs, during which James Midmer (44) and Andy Pickering (60) smashed 110. Anderson then arrived and, like his namesake, bowled a spell of accurate late outswing (albeit 25mph slower) to remove both set batsmen and contain the scoring. However, there was little support for him and John Mottashed (25), Henry Calvert (55) and Steve Barton (48*) all played their shots for Headley to post 250-5.
A vintage WW2 fly-past heralded the start of the Brookwood reply, but they never really got going against the deadly young opening duo of Jamie Mottashed and Bobby Barton, whose medium-paced outswing proved perfect on a wicket that was still doing a bit. Bobby Barton took two early wickets, following which Grant Waller and John Mottashed took out a few dangerous looking middle-order players, and Steve Barton then applied the coup-de-grace with four quick wickets at the end, the type of burglary that bowling trophies are made of, if anyone could be bothered to copy up the scorebook. Brookwood finished well short although were only bowled out in the final over.
Once again this was a very good-spirited fixture against friendly opposition and crucially the game finished on time, despite a late start, showing what can be achieved if both sides commit to a decent over rate. Headley next week take on Old Dorkinians in a new fixture over the Bank Holiday weekend, all support welcome!