Headley: 219-8 (S.Winslet 118)
Nuthurst CC: 190-6
A stunning hundred from Steve Winslet proved the highlight of a ‘score draw’ with Nuthurst at the HCG on Sunday. Headley batted first in temperatures of 25 degrees and with just 6 men present suffered the early loss of Henry Calvert (3) to leave a fairly tricky situation. James Midmer (27) and Steve Miles (26) ground out a valuable 50 partnership whilst the Barton cavalry arrived. At 60-1 Headley were reasonably placed but the expected acceleration didn’t materialize immediately as Midmer, Miles, Steve Barton and Al Dickinson all fell cheaply to leave the score 70-5. Steve Winslet (118) then embarked on a truly epic innings at No.5. Having already bedded in with some strong cover drives, he started to up the ante with some huge striking all-round the wicket, dominating partnerships of 40 with Gary Plahe (8) and then an epic stand of 90 with son Toby Winslet (2*). Winslet brought up a stunning hundred with a huge six, compiled in just 13 overs and with 9 sixes and carried on for some time, enabling Headley to declare soon after on 219-8. Nuthurst’s openers Guy Ekins (63) and Jonny Willis (86) blunted some accurate early bowling and then started to open up to take the score to 90-0 at the start of the final 20 overs. The game was nip and tuck, and seemed to be going Nuthurst’s way as Ekins and Willis recorded a fine partnership of 148 in 27 overs. However, both men fell in quick succession and Headley then steadily strangled the run rate to leave the visitors closing short on 190-6, followed by a few beers in the sun against very friendly opponents who are fast becoming a highlight. Headley next week take on Woodlawn at the HCG.