Monty RH CC: 226 all out
Headley dodged the rain to chase down an imposing 226 set by visitors Monty RH CC to record another win in an impressive mid-season run of form.
Having won the toss Monty RH opted to bat first, and set off like a train – dispatching the new ball into the shrubbery a few times before Alan Clarke managed to make an early break through with a rare HCG caught behind dismissal. From then on however, the burly Monty opener tore into the Headley attack prompting fear in passing cyclists as well as the chairman over the number of spare balls left in the cupboard! Following a debut wicket for new opening bowler Wahid, it was the wise old heads of Barton and Pickering that brought the game back into the balance, firstly forcing a spectacular run out effected by Jamie Mottashed, then breaking into and through the visiting middle order. The game looked to be well and truly turning in Headley’s favour when their chief tormentor was dismissed for a brutal 101 by Barton Snr, and when Bobby Barton took the 9th wicket it looked like a chase of around 180 would be on the cards. The last pair had other ideas, putting on a handy 40 or so before Jamie Mottashed finally brought the innings to an end in the last over.
In response, Headley began superbly, with Hughes and Faz Ahmed on debut pushing the score along at around the required rate and reaching an excellent century opening partnership before Hughes eventually made way for 54 (ish). Miles (27) and Ahmed continued the good work, with Faz clearing the fences more than once in an increasingly impressive 84 before being bowled trying to bring the game to a conclusion before the weather set in. Another brisk partnership of 20 odd between Miles and Jon Mottashed (25) took Headley within reach. Some brutal hitting by Wahid (28*) brought an entertaining game to a close in the drizzle, with Ty Barton (2*) proudly unbeaten at the other end.
Another good day at the office for the home team, who now look forward to the annual fraternal derby game with erstwhile clubmates, Old Freemans. Let’s hope the umbrellas aren’t required this time!