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, the early loss of Henry Calvert (3) left a fairly tricky situation. James Midmer (27) and Steve Miles (26) ground out a valuable 50 partnership, whilst the Barton and Dickinson 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 – upping the ante with some huge striking all-round the wicket and dominating partnerships of 40 with Gary Plahe (8) and then an epic stand of 90 with son Toby (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.
After tea, Nuthurst’s openers Guy Ekins (63) and Jonny Willis (86) then put the visitors in the box seat, blunting some accurate early bowling before opening 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.