Sunday XI: 288-3 (Thisanayagam 134*, J.Midmer 96)
Norwood Exiles: 208-8 (Barton 4-30)
A stunning knock of 134* from Johan Thisanayagam saw the Sunday XI record their seventh win of the season at home to Norwood Exiles. Headley won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first with James Midmer (96) and Andy Pickering (12) putting on 50 in quick time before Pickering was yorked by the Exiles fairly sharp opening bowler. The stylish John Mottashed (31) emerged on seasonal debut and started to ease the ball around, taking the score to 130-2 before a sharp run-out from third man.
The key part of the innings came when Thisanayagam (136*) joined Midmer and spent the middle overs thumping the ball to all parts. Norwood had two tidy leg-spinners who on another day would have been tricky, but there was no scoreboard pressure and both Thisanayagam and Midmer powered on, knocking ones and twos and regular boundaries. Thisanayagam smashed his way up to a hundred with 3 overs to go, before a mix-up saw Midmer run-out for 96. Distraught (potentially) Thisanayagam then went beserk out and powered Headley up to 288-3.
Norwood made a solid enough start to the chase, but early spells from Jamie Mottashed and Nick Tunnell were accurate and the run-rate was soon out of reach at 65-0 off 15 overs. A clatter of wickets followed as Steve Barton (4-30) benefitted from a regular double act with Fergus Darlow at long-on. A sharp catch from stand-in ‘keeper Henry Calvert then gave Andy Pickering a wicket and the arch-burglar was at his light-fingered best to take 3-30 as the Exiles late blast proved in vain; closing at 208-8, some 80 runs short.
This was an enjoyable fixture with the Exiles decent attack unfortunate to run into Thisanayagam on an inspired day. Headley now take a break for the Ride London event next week before returning on August 11 to play Reigate Priory in what should be a great tie based on previous years. All support welcome