Headley– 213-6 dec (W.Midmer 102*, A.Pickering 48)
Coldharbour– 131 all out (M.Pickering 3-21, G.Waller 3-0)
By 82 runs
Headley recorded a good win against Coldharbour thanks to a superb unbeaten hundred from Will Midmer, backed up by some tight bowling and fielding.
Headley batted first, by choice, and were quickly into their stride with Andy Pickering bludgeoning a quickfire 48 before he was bowled attempting his signature lofted on-drive, to leave the score 75-1. Fellow opener Will Midmer had meanwhile been easing his way into his innings, and was soon timing the ball through all areas of the offside field to bring up his 50. Midmer continued to accelerate the scoring in an almost effortless fashion, with the timing and placement of his cover drives and late cuts showing that power is not the only way to play. Having lost a variety of partners in small cameos, Midmer brought up a chanceless hundred with a flat six over the road and the innings was declared soon after on 213-6 from 32 overs.
Having declared quite early, Headley had left a lot of time to force a win and Mitch Pickering made the best possible start with two early wickets leaving Coldharbour 10-2. Pickering- bowling a tight line and length, soon picked up a third, and with Gus Noble working up a head of steam from the Box Hill end things were beginning to look difficult for Coldharbour; their skipper soon edging Noble behind to leave the score 40-4. Coldharbour then fought their way back into the game with a decent partnership between their remaining opening batsman (who made a good 40), and their No.6 Marcus Bygraves- but the evergreen ‘King of Spain’ Neil Sunderland came on to remove both set batsmen LBW. From here on in it was left to Grant Waller to show the type of lethal form that shows why the bowling trophy remains on his mantelpiece year after year- cleaning up the tail with a spell of three wickets for no runs. Perennial runner-up Alan Clarke, who had earlier bowled well with no luck at all, was heard wearily sighing at short extra cover.
This was a decent performance from Headley and thanks must go the groundsman John Vaughan Davies, whose pitch continues to hold up remarkably well despite almost constant summer rain. Hopefully the weather will be better next week when Headley take on Hetairoi.