Norwood Exiles: 159 all out
Headley edged an absolute thriller against Norwood Exiles on Sunday, chasing down 160 with just two balls to spare! Norwood won the toss and batted first, a decision enforced by having just 5 players present, but also the correct one on a dry, used wicket that looked like it would spin big as the game wore on. Norwood’s innings consisted of one man, opener O’Mahoney (102) who struck the ball cleanly from the start, whilst Steve Winslet, James Midmer, Nick Tunnell and Steve Barton ran through the rest of the batting order. O’Mahoney recorded a remarkable 100 out of a total of 140-8, before falling to a sharp catch from wicketkeeper Harry Fernando off Barton. Headley wrapped up the rest of the innings quickly to bowl Norwood out for 159 after 28 overs.
The reply was an intriguingly village-esque innings. Al Dickinson (16) thumped the first three balls of the innings for 4,6,6 but was then bowled at the end of the first over. The usually prolific Calvert (2) was then also bowled. No.3 John Mottashed eased in, but No.4 Barney Cowie was superbly run out and No.5 Lee Dickinson then fell; Headley now 30-4 and in some trouble. A badly needed partnership arrived between John Mottashed (33) and Harry Fernando (25), who batted well against the skiddy pace of Junaid Ahmed. The pair took the score to 80 before Mottashed was bowled by new off-spinner Alam, and Fernando went next ball; 80-6. James Midmer (35*) and Bobby Barton (6) rebuilt the innings for a second time, with the young man standing up well to the spin of Alam. With 5 overs to go Headley needed 60 and Bobby Barton was run out in the chase for quick runs to be replaced by father Steve Barton. The situation looked tough but both Midmer and Barton thumped a succession of boundaries to bring the total within reach. With 7 balls left Barton skied one off Alam to leave Headley needing 10 runs from the final over, bowled by the recalled Ahmed. New batsman Nick Tunnell took a single before Midmer was then dropped by the ‘keeper attempting to steer one past third man, with another single taken. Tunnell then guided a two to leave five needed off three balls but ultimately only one was needed as Tunnell smashed a short ball high over midwicket for 6 to complete a thrilling chase in the early-evening sunshine.