Captain Scott’s XI– 246 all out, 34.5 overs (D.Watson 105, Calvert 4-19)
Headley: 218 for 7, 35 overs, (S.Winslet 119)
The lottery that is the cricket conference produced a corker of a fixture that one hopes will become a regular fixture. Captain Scott’s XI achieved fame back in 2006 as the basis for the famed cricket touring book “Penguins Stopped Play”
Captain Lee Dickinson won (or lost) the toss and elected to bowl first and this seemed to be a good move with the visitors struggling with the Headley pace and a dual Barton opening attack. After 4 overs at 10 for 3 and some injudicious shots the Headley side were wondering about the conference lottery! From then on though the visitors application to the largely uninspired bowling was excellent, with decent balls nudged for singles and the two bad balls per over summarily despatched to the Headley environs. Watson anchored the innings with a good 105 and was ably assisted by 3 other meaningful middle order innings. Henry Calvert proved to be the only bowler to get any measure of the visitors batting with a tidy 4 for 19 in his 3 overs at the death. 246 was an excellent score on a par 220 track.
Headley’s response was measured for the first 6 overs and 22 runs accumulated against tight bowling. Opener Pickering, frustrated by a lack of mobility caused by hamstring strains, then played all round a straight ball and was promptly followed by two more batsmen to see Headley similarly placed at 22 for 3. Barton and Winslet seniors steadied the ship and it was apparent that could they stay together a remarkable run chase was feasible. Barton was then caught for 31 and the win odds lengthened dramatically. Steve Winslet thought differently and ably abetted by Dickinson’s senior and junior took his score past 100 for the first ton of the Headley Sunday season. Some of his ball striking was as good as seen at Headley for many a year and the oak tree at The Cock Inn end saw action for the first time in a long while! Winslet’s departure for 119 ultimately saw the end of the run chase and Headley were left rueing some sloppy bowling to finish 28 runs short.
Captain Scott’s XI ticked all the boxes for a good Sunday game, great game of cricket played in great spirit and good beers afterwards with the opposition once again outlasting the hosts.