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LEE Clarkson turned in an outstanding bowling performance as Heywood’s second team easily accounted for Failsworth Macedonia to go back joint top of Division Four 4 East of the Greater Manchester League.

The off-spinner was introduced into the attack with the Crimble visitors going well on 46-1 but he quickly transformed the face of the game.

Clarkson took a wicket with his second ball and virtually ran through the rest of the Failsworth innings to close with 7-20 from 13.5 overs.

Chris Kaye also chipped in with 2-5 from eight overs and Rick Purser claimed the other wicket as the visitors fell for 81 from 35.5 overs – which allowed the players to take a break and watch England’s victory in the World Cup!

But Heywood did not relax their grip on their game on the resumption. Dominick Fawcett and Jacob Kaye motored stylishly to 51 from 9.3 overs when the former was adjudged lbw for 29. And Kaye followed him for 24 to make it 57-2.

It was the last success for the Failsworth attack as Roger Smethurst, 16, and Chris Booth, 13, saw Heywood comfortably to 83-2 and a maximum points haul.

+ HEYWOOD’S 3rd X1 were crushed by 193 runs at Egerton in their latest Sunday Division 2A outing.

A brutal third wicket partnership of 202 between A Hamnett, who made a blistering unbeaten 170, and A Patel, 60, saw Egerton rack up an imposing 286-3 from their 40 overs.

Then Heywood succumbed to 93 all out in just 23.1 overs. There was no way back after slumping to 23-5, and it was left to Tom Sullivan (31), Dan Joesbury (18) and Smethurst (13) to save further embarrassment.

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