Heywood’s new-ball pairing of Riley Paterson and Simon Dawson brought Rochdale to their knees and a step closer to relegation at Crimble yesterday.
Dale were bowled out for just 94, and Heywood cruised home to win by eight wickets – a very satisfying effort in front of a good home support.
Rochdale have suffered an horrific run, with reports from the patio that they have not managed a victory in 18 league games.
And the way they failed to deal with the most-improved pair of bowlers in the CLL emphasised Dale have it all to do if they are to avoid the plunge.
Paterson and Dawson were spot on from the off on a lively but playable Crimble wicket, both using their height to cause problems for the visiting batsmen. They have been instrumental in Heywood’s turn around in form, with Dawson really starting to shine after being given a good run with the new ball.
Admittedly, the first wicket to fall – that of Ian Hague to Dawson – was unfortunate for Dale, as the batsmen smashed as short ball to Wes Hunt, who claimed a great catch at mid-wicket.
But following that the pair were unplayable. Dawson claimed the key wicket of pro Wes Lansdale, while Paterson removed Andrew Dawson and overseas Shayne Wornes thanks to great control of line and length.
Dawson put Jon Henderson out of his misery as he gave another catch to pro Tom Cullen behind the stumps, and Dale were in a miserable position at 37-5.
As usual, Scott Butterworth looked a class above his team-mates and his battling 15 at least ensured Rochdale didn’t capitulate completely.
Chris Kaye and Joe Lovell kept things tight, finishing with two wickets apiece, but Dawson had the last laugh, picking up visiting skipper Daz Cryer to finish with 4-19 off 11.2 excellent overs.
In reply, Bobby Cross again looked in great form and although Dale Latham struggled at first for timing, Cross kept the scoreboard ticking.
Latham eventually got off the mark with a sweet drive through extra cover and the pair then upped the scoring.
It was a shame Latham could not see things through after battling so well, but he fell to Dale Highton, before Cullen gave Derek Faulkner a tough catch as he failed to get hold of a short one when aiming over mid-wicket.
Cross remained untroubled to rack up yet another CLL 50, and Heywood cruised to another excellent victory that leaves them the form team in the league at the moment.
I Hague c Hunt b S Dawson 4
S Wornes c Kaye b Paterson 9
W Lansdale c Cullen b S Dawson 4
Andrew Dawson c and b Paterson 2
J Henderson c Cullen b S Dawson 7
K Aughey c and b Kaye 10
S Butterworth c Hunt b Lovell 15
D Faulkner c Paterson b Kaye 6
D Cryer c Pawson b S Dawson 12
J O’Neill b Lovell 2
D Highton not out 5
Total (43.2 overs) 94
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-20, 3-23, 4-25, 5-37, 6-65, 7-65, 8-73, 9-86, 10-94
Bowling: Paterson 8-1-17-2, S Dawson 11.2-4-19-4, Kaye 14-4-29-2, Lovell 10-4-21-2
R Cross not out 50
D Latham c Aughey b Highton 21
T Cullen c Faulkner b Highton 8
D Pawson not out 3
Total (for 2 wkts, 32 overs) 95
Fall of wickets: 1-67, 2-77
Bowling: Butterworth 6-2-14-0, Faulkner 6-2-14-0, Highton 10-0-31-2, Lansdale 10-1-33-0
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