May 212013

Good control from Danny Joesbury, who took three wickets

Bowling continues to be the strength of Heywood under-15s as they played exceptionally well to beat a good Norden side at Crimble.

The win – by eight wickets – puts them in the final of the regional Lancashire KO tournament against Royton, and it’s hoped this game can be played at Crimble on Saturday evening, after the T20 clash at Middleton.

The best figures with the ball, as Heywood kept Norden to just 54 off their 20 overs, came from Danny Joesbury (3-11), Harry Bevan (2-9) and captain Ben Thulborn (2-12) and all bowled straight and with exceptional control of length.

But Norden were stopped from getting off to a flier thanks to superb opening bowling from the ever-improving new-ball pairing of Morgan Kay and James Mills.

The pair have definitely blossomed this year, with Mills finding a yard of pace as he follows through better, and Kay adding control to his ability with the ball. Both have also got a lot of improving to do, which bodes well.

Mills removed Scholfield with the second ball of the match, and he and Kay bowled so tightly even the talented Dom Humphries and number three Udwadia couldn’t score quickly and Norden were 16-1 off their 6 over opening spell.

The big wicket of Humphries came when Charlie Sandiford snaffled a sharp catch at backward square leg off Bevan, and with Thulborn having Udwadia caught and bowled, Heywood knew they were into the Norden batting.

Joesbury then came into the attack and he bowled straight and full – apart from one loose spell of three deliveries – and deserved his wickets.

Thulborn and Kay opened the batting and made sure there would be no problem getting the runs despite facing one of the best under-15s opening attacks in the league in Humphries and Udwadia.

Both ran well and picked their shots well, and it was a shame when Kay went, stumped off Scholfield when he should have kept his back foot down. However, his 23 set up victory and further underlined his growing maturity as a cricketer.

There was time for a mix-up between Thulborn and Bevan – which saw the latter run out after marvellous fielding from Udwadia – but the captain (19 no) and Keelan Nugent saw Heywood home to victory in front of good home support.

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