May 292018

HEYWOOD’S second team extended their unbeaten start to the season with an easy victory over Ashton at Crimble.

The home team’s total total of 218-8 from their 45 overs was based around a second-wicket stand of 99 between Mikey Witts and skipper Mikey Grogan.

Witts continued his rich vein of recent form with another half-century, 59, and Grogan weighed in with 66 to pave the way to Heywood’s formidable target.

It was all too much for Ashton, who were bundled out for 57 in 32 overs.

Seam bowlers James Mills, with 3-18 from eight overs, and John Keyworth with 1-13, did  the early damage.

Then spinners Chris Kaye, with two wickets for four runs, and Lee Clarkson, who polished off the tail with 4-4 in three overs, administered the last rites.

The third team slipped to a one-wicket defeat at Worsley after looking likely to pull the match out of the fire.

The visitors made 139 led by 30 from skipper Matt Hood and 18 by Will Taylor.

Then Worsley, after Taylor had claimed an early wicket, raced to 87-1 in little more than 10 overs and looked set to win in a canter.

But Mikey Grogan was introduced into the attack and claimed 6-20 in 10.4 overs to reduce the home side to 108-7, 118-8 and 129-9 before Tony Fare – brother of a former Heywood CC chairman – made a crucial, unbeaten 14 to inch his side home.

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