Sunday XI: 201-8 (J.Midmer 60)
Grouse & Label CC: 144 all out (Pickering 3-9, Midmer 3-15, Tunnell 2-37)
The Sunday XI made it three midsummer wins in a row with a resilient performance against new visitors Grouse & Label CC, who hail from Walton-on-Thames and kindly stepped in at late notice to replace scheduled opponents RNVR, who pulled out on Wednesday.
Headley batted first on a very warm day with Henry Calvert (39) and Andy Pickering looking comfortable against some tight opening seam bowling. Pickering then edged behind to leave the score 50-1, and there then followed a mini collapse with Calvert, Harry Fernando, Barney Cowie and Al Dickinson all falling to the change-up bowling to leave the score 60-5. No.6 Faz Ahmed (27) and No.7 James Midmer (60) then fought back with a steady stream of boundaries to take the score to 130-6 by the time Ahmed was well caught on the long-on boundary. Steve Miles (28*) then joined Midmer for a sharp-running 50 partnership which started to stretch a G&L side who had been in the field a few hours. Midmer fell for 60 in the 31st over but strong work from Tunnell, Miles and Bright enabled Headley to post 200 in 35 overs.
Grouse & Label set off like a train in pursuit with both openers blazing away and hitting some fine shots to take the score to 50-0 in only 6 overs. Nick Tunnell (2-34) then struck a vital double blow, taking out one opener with a short ball, and then removing the No.3 first ball with a snorter that was nicked behind; 50-2. James Midmer (3-15) entered the attack and bowled the second opener, before taking out Nos 5 and 6 and G&L were suddenly 60-5. G&L then fell rapidly behind the rate from tight spells from Midmer, Barney Cowie and Al Dickinson. The introduction of wily campaigners Neil Sunderland and Andy Pickering (3-7) hastened their demise and the visitors were all out for 144 in the 31st over. An enjoyable fixture and Headley next week take on Woodside Green.