HEYWOOD’S reward for their fine 62-run victory at Glossop in the second round of the Derek Kay 1st X1 Cup is a home tie in the quarter-finals.
They entertain Denton St Lawrence on Sunday, July 2 (1pm), and certainly know what they are up against.
They played the Saints three times last year in their inaugural Greater Manchester League season, losing heavily at Sycamore Park in their opening Premier League meeting. The home side made 195-9 and Heywood were cleaned up for 67 in reply.
But the following two encounters at Crimble were much more closely run affairs.
At the same stage of the 1st X1 Cup as this year, Heywood made 171 and the Saints scraped through with 173-8.
And in the reverse Premier League encounter, the Saints made 154 only for Heywood to fall agonisingly short on 149-9.
The win at Glossop was estimable in several different ways, not least because Heywood had to dig deep into their reserves with several players unavailable for a variety of reasons.
Rob Bennett and Phil Dawson answered two of the calls, alongside Cabhan Hilton and second team captain Mikey Grogan.
That certainly made it a red letter day for the Dawson family, with Phil joining brothers Simon and Andy in playing together in a competitive first team game for the first time.
And none of those stepping up let the Club down.
Skipper Danny Pawson was almost inevitably the shining light of the batting display in baking temperatures with another glowing contribution of 90, as Heywood battled to put a competitive score on the board after winning the toss.
Pawson was quite simply in a different league and shored up the batting order despite wickets falling at regular intervals.
He went in at 28-2 and was on the cusp of a brilliant century when playing on 10 runs short, leaving Heywood on 148-9 and looking susceptible to a Glossop run chase.
But Grogan and the 15-year-old Hilton then put together a vital last-wicket stand of 24, also making sure that the team batted all but four balls of the 50 overs, with the former making a gritty, unbeaten 18.
The total of 172 gave an under-strength Heywood attack something to work with and they responded in determined style.
Andy Dawson had the dangerous Lee Dale caught behind in his first over, after the opener had crashed him for two boundaries, before brother Simon and skipper Pawson made further inroads.
Pawson claimed Daniel Eyre caught behind, and Simon Dawson used the same method to get rid of Dale Pennington before trapping Chris Tipper plumb lbw.
At 41-4, Heywood had taken a stranglehold and that was reinforced 13 runs later when Andy Dawson came back into the attack to make Daniel Senior a fourth victim for wicketkeeper Bobby Cross, who is certainly making a fine fist of returning to the job.
The visitors were well on top but there was always a chance that a middle order stand by the home side could turn the tide. And there looked a possibility of that when James Eyre was joined by Jack Negram.
But Heywood’s outstanding catching came to the fore again with the total on 75 when Eyre smashed a Travis Townsend delivery high and straight – only for Andy Kerr to take a superb tumbling catch in the shadow of the sightscreen.
That was the beginning of the end as Townsend claimed two more victims, one aided by a neat catch by Phil Dawson; Hilton got in on the act by getting rid of Negram; and Andy Dawson ended the threat of Will Hargreaves thanks to a third catch by Kerr – this one a slick effort at extra cover, jumping to take the ball as it looked set to sail over his head.
R Cross c Senior b Usher 12
A Kerr c Senior b Hunt 2
T Townsend b Adderley 16
D Pawson b J Eyre 90
S Burrill c R Adderley b Tipper 8
A Dawson c and b Hargreaves 5
R Bennett b Hunt 1
P Dawson lbw b Adderley 2
S Dawson c D Eyre b Tipper 1
M Grogan not out 18
C Hilton b J Eyre 2
Total (49.2 overs) 172
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-28, 3-43, 4-69, 5-86, 6-99, 7-128, 8-129, 9-148, 10-172
Bowling: S Hunt 8-0-35-2, M Usher 8-1-28-1, R Adderley 10-1-28-2, W Hargreaves 10-1-33-1, C Tipper 10-1-22-2, J Eyre 2.2-0-21-2, L Dale 1-0-4-0
D Eyre c Cross b Pawson 13
L Dale c Cross b A Dawson 9
D Pennington c Cross b S Dawson 14
C Tipper lbw b S Dawson 0
D Senior c Cross b A Dawson 10
J Eyre c Kerr b Townsend 15
J Negram c Kerr b Hilton 21
W Hargreaves c Kerr b A Dawson 17
R Adderley c P Dawson b Townsend 5
S Hunt b Townsend 3
M Usher not out 1
Total (31.3 overs) 110
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-33, 3-36, 4-41, 5-54, 6-75, 7-87, 8-105, 9-107, 10-110
Bowling: S Dawson 7-2-20-2, A Dawson 8-2-31-3, D Pawson 6-2-19-1, T Townsend 6.3-0-24-3, C Hilton 4-0-14-1