Headley: 221-5 dec (J.Midmer 131) Beat Chadwick CC: 178 all out (Waller 7-51) By 43 runs
After a week of rain, the conditions were dry for the match against Chadwick CC, although the pitch was slightly slow. Headley batted first, Andrew Pickering and James Midmer opened the innings and made progress against some tight bowling from Griffice (1-33 off eight overs). When Andrew Pickering fell with the score on 22, he was replaced by young Mitch Pickering with his giant of a bat. After two lusty blows down the ground both for 6, Mitch was caught between cover and gully – the conventional wisdom from the pavilion maintained that if he had being using a conventional bat without such thick reinforced edges the ball would never have reached the fielder.
Midmer was joined by 17 year old George Kelting who although looking a bit rusty; sensibly stayed at the crease while Midmer continued to build his innings, with well taken boundaries and quick singles. Chadwick had worked their way through 8 bowlers in an attempt to find the wicket to break this productive partnership by the time Kelting was out for 35, with the score becoming 156-3. Richard Pollitt joined Midmer who then powered his score past 100 and then took the attack to Chadwick finally being run out for a commanding 131; trying to force the pace towards the declaration which came at 221-5.
Alan Clarke and Gus Noble opened the bowling for Headley – Chadwick batsman, Jerricho, contributed to his own downfall glancing the ball down to fine leg off Clarke, and then attempting take on the Noble’s powerful arm and come back for a second. He was run out by a few yards. Runs started to come freely and the first 9 overs yielded 45 runs with Nadley hitting some lusty blows. Grant Waller replaced Noble and bowled Nadley (32).
Left hander Cutler took up the attack and continued to score freely with good cricket shots to various parts of the ground, however he had a bit of luck when dropped off Waller, but his luck did not hold for long as he miscued a ball from off-spinner, Richard Pollitt, which was well caught by Noble. Chadwick were still around the required run rate but with Richard Pollitt keeping one end tight; Waller started to pick up wickets at the other end. Chadwick batsmen failed to deal with the movement generated from Waller’s medium pace left arm over bowling. As the match drew to a close Chadwick had fallen behind the run rate and question was would Headley be able to bowl Chadwick out to gain victory.
It came down to the last over of the game with Waller bowling to Thornton, who had been batting sensibly and had scored 35. He played two balls comfortably and then for some inexplicable reason the batsmen ran a single leaving the number 11 to survive the rest of the over. Waller made no mistake clean bowling the batsmen to give Headley a well deserved victory.