Kensington CC: 217-6 dec
Headley: 220-3 (Storey 106, Hughes 58*)
An Autumn chill in the air saw Headley welcome Kensington CC to the Heath, always one of the highlights of the fixture calendar. Kensington opted to bat first and faced up to a Headley bowling attack similar to an Indian side of the late 1970s; Alan Clarke and Steve Miles bowled a few overs of gentle seam to knock the shine off the ball before a solid 30 overs of spin from Hayden Story, Steve Winslet, Steve Barton and Neil Sunderland. Kensington at one point slipped to 60-4, but a solid 44 from opener Chris Ledger steadied the ship before a 99 run 6th wicket partnership between Nitin Chaturverdi (64*)and Preetinder Singh (56) saw Kensington up past 200. The stylish Chaturverdi was in full flow when Kensington declared (some thought generously) on 217-6 after 39 overs.
Headley opened up with Ashtead prodigy Hayden Storey and former Lancashire prodigy Lee Dickinson. Storey (106) immediately looked in very good nick whilst Dickinson played a range of aggressive shots before falling with the score 60-1. Storey continued to strike the ball stylishly all around the ground in partnership with Adam Hughes in 130+ run partnership which took the sting from the game. At 180-1 Storey reached a chanceless century before falling to returning opener Neeraj Nayar, but Headley had a lot of batting still to come and No.5 Steve Barton (22*) accompanied Hughes (58*) to the close with some big sixes. Hughes closed the game out with a big six over the road before both sides retired to the clubhouse for some well-earned pizza, sausages and beer.
Kensington’s traditional end of game ceremony once again saw a highly generous donation of a bottle of Johnny Walker to both the club and Headley’s man of the match (Storey, collected by his father Andy!) Headley’s man of the match award for Kensington went to Nitin Chaturverdi who is unsurprisingly their top run-scorer for the season. As dusk closed in both sides shared a few beers and stories and Headley are already looking forward to next season’s game against these most charming of visitors!
The game marked the final one for two years for Will Midmer, who is heading off to New Zealand on a two-year placement, although there are already rumours of a flying visit and a few games next summer. After a tricky start to the season, Headley have bounced back to form in recent weeks and round off their season next Sunday with the traditional fixture against Mogador Wanderers – all support, playing and non-playing, very welcome to finish off the bar supplies!