Mogador Wanderers: 164 all out (Will Midmer 6-42)
Headley: 166-5 (W.Midmer 70*, J.Midmer 52*)
A sublime all round performance from Will Midmer saw Headley to an epic chasing win over old adversaries Mogador Wanderers in front of a packed, tense clubhouse on Headley Heath.
Midmer had earlier been pressed into service as an emergency opening bowler as Mogador won the toss and batted first. The visitors initially struggled to take advantage with Alan Clarke soon bowling the dangerous Ben Fairclough and then Will Midmer skidding the ball through at a brisk pace to take three top order wickets including key man Alex Hewitt. It was soon 40-5 when first change bowler John Stuart claimed a maiden Headley wicket; Hesketh getting in the way of a tracer bullet at extra cover and clinging on to remove the dangerous looking Will Cooper. Mogador then consolidated for a while through left handed Stuart Jackson and James Honeyfield, who ticked along sensibly before the shackles came off with a string of thumping drives over the heads of Headley’s twin slow left arm attack of Neil Sunderland and Andy Pickering. The tide had seemingly turned at 120-5, but Midmer was brought back and duly set about finishing off the visitors with a momentum shifting 3 wicket burst that left him with 6 in total. Pickering, with his chief tormentor Honeyfield dismissed at the other end, got in on the act, cleaning up the remainder of the tail to finish with 2 wickets, leaving Headley chasing 164 to win the game. Jackson ended unbeaten on a very valuable 51*.
The run chase immediately fell into peril with the home team quickly reduced to 11-3 by accurate spells from both of the Mogador’s opening bowlers, before a sensational grab at slip by Hewitt sent the unfortunate Lee Dickinson back to the pavilion at 28-4. Mogador were scenting the opportunity of a quick win but their charge was slowed as Steve Miles and James Midmer battled to keep Headley in the game. When Miles was bowled to leave the score 41-5, man of the hour Will Midmer walked out to join his skipper. Both batsmen started to knock the ball around confidently going into the final 20 overs and with around 110, or 5 wickets required to win the game, all three results looked possible. Will Midmer then started to stroke the ball around effortlessly as Headley began to swing the pendulum in their favour. With the final overs arriving, brother James took the run rate out of the equation by crashing three boundaries from the 3rd last over, reaching his half century in the process and enabling his partner to complete the victory and a superb unbeaten innings of 70 in the following over.
Once again, the traditional friendly rivalry between the sides resulted in a fantastic game that kept the spectators entertained throughout and both teams will no doubt look forward to the rematch later in the summer.