Sunday 27th May 2012
Headley Sunday XI– 247-6 dec (W.Midmer 105*, McDonald 79)- 34 overs
Kensington CC– 221 all out (Simmonds 7-36) 34.3 overs
By 26 Runs
Headley played out a thrilling game on Sunday against new opponents Kensington Cricket Club, a thoroughly nice side who will hopefully fancy a trip back next year.
Defending 247, Headley had seemingly moved into a dominant position by 5:30, with Kensington reduced to 100-5 by some brisk induckers from Matt Simmonds and needing to chase the remaining runs in 20 overs. However, a thrilling 100 run partnership for Kensington’s 6th wicket, during which their No.7 and No.8 threw the bat at absolutely everything, brought the game within site for the visitors at 207-5 with 7 overs remaining. Thankfully, Headley still had Simmonds in reserve and he returned to take both the set batsmen, and a third, with Will Midmer also taking one and Grant Waller dismissing the final Kensington batsman in the very last over. Simmonds 7-36 was a real exhibition in inswing bowling- coming both over and around the wicket to the right-handers he clean bowled six batsmen and could well have had more. Kieran Pollitt also bowled a fine spell in the middle of the innings which kept things tight and meant Kensington’s late surge ultimately came up short.
Earlier in the day, Headley won the toss and set Kensington a target of 247 thanks mainly to some classy knocks by George McDonald and Will Midmer. McDonald, looking in super touch from the outset, hit some authoritative drives to both straight boundaries from the outset. Having lost opening partner Mitch Pickering, McDonald continued to up the heat on Kensington in partnership with Will Midmer and together this pair took the score past 150-1 before McDonald was out LBW for a good 79. Headley continued to progress, with Midmer reaching an untroubled 50 and then starting to accelerate, at one point placing three late cuts in a row to the third man boundary. Cameos from Grant Waller, Barney Hesketh and Jake Nixon all kept the score ticking over, before Midmer powered the score towards 250, bringing up a superb hundred with a huge six over the road. The innings was declared immediately afterwards and Kensington had 247 to chase. The rest will go down as one of the most exciting games on the heath in recent years.