Heywood made light work of Norden, beating them by 76 runs at Woodhouse Lane on the back of a brilliant Bobby Cross hundred.
The 30-year-old Heywood skipper was the only player on either side to get to grips with the surface and some good bowling from both attacks, finishing with 110 to rack up his 15th century for the club as Heywood posted 195 for eight. The next highest score was just 27!
Then the match was as good as over as early as the first over when Humza Naeem bowled home pro Michael Price with a beauty for two, and with Heywood pro Travis Townsend taking 4-18 and Chris Kaye 3-12, Norden were bowled out for 119 with almost 17 overs left.
It was a good five points for Heywood, and a win which keeps them in the chase for a CLL title.
Having lost the toss, Heywood needed a good start but lost Ross Zelem caught behind off Simon North with the score on four as both he and Chris Humphreys moved the ball around off a slightly damp surface.
Cross played and missed a bit early on, but then started to put the ball away backward of square on both sides of the wicket, and as usual picked up length well and ran excellently.
He got a little support from Townsend and Danny Pawson, but the main partnership was with Wes Hunt, who dug in at number five to score 23 out of a partnership of 77 for the fifth wicket.
Hunt played patiently while Cross availed himself of the goodies dished up by Oli Makin and Price.
He moved rapidly through the 90s, hitting Makin hard over long on for sixes and fours, and his 100 was greeted with applause from all round the ground.
Heywood should have scored 220 at this stage, but some accurate bowling from Dean Lord and Chris Humphreys restricted them to 195-8 off their 50 overs.
Certain sages in the ground were more than confident this was enough, and as it turned out Norden were never in the chase.
After Naeem removed Price, Riley Paterson bowled Danny Buckley with an equally good delivery, and after Simon North and Mark Buckley showed some grit, both were dismissed by Townsend, the former to an excellent catch by veteran Kaye at his now customary gully position.
Townsend bowled a probing spell as conditions offered swing and movement, and the hammer blows were delivered when he first bowled Oli Makin, then induced a top edge that was taken by Cross behind the keeper to get rid of Dexter Fitton. These two had been the main reason Heywood lost at Crimble the last time the two teams met.
Harvey Fitton and Paul Morrell both played handy little innings, but Kaye’s wily skills were too much for the Norden tail, and with Joe Lovell picking up the other wicket to fall, the home side were bowled out for just 119 off 33.1 overs.
Another great performance from Heywood.
R Cross c Hazlehurst b Lord 110
R Zelem c Hazlehurst b North 4
T Townsend b Humphreys 11
D Pawson b Price 19
W Hunt c Morrell b Humphreys 23
A Dawson lbw b Lord 0
R Paterson b Humphreys 6
J Lovell b Lord 4
H Naem not out 1
A Fawcett not out 0
Total (for 8 wkts, 50 overs) 195
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-53, 3-98, 4-175, 5-177, 6-185, 7-193, 8-195
Bowling: Humphreys 15-3-41-3, North 6-2-23-1, Makin 16-3-55-0, Price 10-0-60-1, Lord 3-0-11-3
M Price b Naeem 2
D Buckley b Paterson 6
S North c Kaye b Townsend 13
M Buckley b Townsend 22
H Fitton st Pawson b Kaye 27
O Makin b Townsend 0
D Fitton c Cross b Townsend 0
P Morrell c Lovell b Kaye 21
C Humphreys b Lovell 5
D Lord b Kaye 0
W Hazlehurst not out 6
Total (33.1 overs) 119
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-16, 3-44, 4-53, 5-55, 6-55, 7-96, 8-105, 9-106, 10-119
Bowling: Naeem 6-1-28-1, Paterson 3-0-19-1, Townsend 7-3-18-4, Lovell 11-1-38-1, Kaye 6.1-1-12-3
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