Bobby Cross made back-to-back hundreds look like child’s play as he led his side to victory at Unsworth yesterday.
Heywood cruised to a 10-wicket, rain-reduced victory that extended their unbeaten run in the CLL and which will have sent a real message out to other would-be title contenders.
Unsworth looked like scoring a big total on a miserable day at Pole Lane, but an excellent late spell from Chris Kaye (3-37 from 10) and more impressive bowling from pro Travis Townsend restricted the home side to a lower-than-expected total of 183. Overseas amateur Hussain Badat batted through for an unbeaten 84.
Heywood were faced with what could have been a testing, rain-affected target of 151 off 38 overs on a greasy wicket.
However, Cross and Ross Zelem made sure it was anything but.
Cross continued his remarkable run of form – following on from his unbeaten 154 against Oldham and 87 not out against Bamford – hitting a chanceless 102 not out to lead his side to victory, while Zelem looked equally confident with an unbeaten 41.
It now makes it seven out of seven for the Crimble lads, who are looking red-hot tips for league success.
Full report and reaction to come on Monday.
H Badat not out 84
C Long c Slawson b Townsend 25
R Navaratnam st Pawson b Townsend 6
J Wiggans run out 9
J Fowler st Pawson b Kaye 13
A Arora run out 10
A Clarkson c Cross b Kaye 0
M Haig b Kaye 1
Total (for 7 wkts, 50 Overs) 183
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-77, 3-124, 4-160, 5-178, 6-180, 7-183
Bowling: Paterson 11-1-28-0, Naeem 6-0-19-0, Townsend 9-1-28-2, Lovell 14-2-57-0, Kaye 10-0-37-3
R Cross not out 102
R Zelem not out 41
Total (for 0 wkts, 29.3 overs) 152
Bowling: Fowler 9-1-35-0, O’Brien 5-1-19-0, Badat 2-0-8-0, Richards 6-0-22-0, Hetherington 4-0-31-0, Clarkson 2-0-20-0, Wiggans 1.3-0-12-0
HEYWOOD (4 POINTS) WIN ON REDUCED TARGET
- Perfect Record Gone, But Heywood Still Powering Along
- Brilliant Heywood Simply Too Hot For Unsworth To Handle
- Townsend Stands Tall To Send Heywood Through At Unsworth
- Bowlers Hold Nerve To Record Crucial Victory
- Heywood Crush Werneth To Confirm Gulf In Class
- Bowlers Set Up Crucial Win To Keep Heywood In The Hunt
- Classy Boro Enjoy Comfortable Eight-Wicket Victory
- Kaye And Slawson Hold Nerve As Heywood Win Thriller With Scorecard (Full Report And Pics On Monday)
- Heywood Fall Short As Unsworth Prove Too Good At Home
- Cross In Top Form As Heywood Cruise Past Flixton