May 212012

Heywood seconds’ resilient middle order kept them top of the league with victory at Crompton on Saturday.

Roger Smethurst’s side were in danger of losing their second match in a row when they collapsed to 27-4 at Glebe Street.

Skipper Smethurst and Adam Fawcett then dug deep, putting on 77 for the fifth wicket before Andy Dawson unleashed the sort of assault only he can.

He and Fawcett put on 54 for the sixth wicket, Dawson biffing four sixes in an brutal, rapid innings of 45 that meant Heywood would post a big target.

Fawcett, the glue in  the innings, finished on 46 not out and Heywood finished on 176.

Crompton were never really in the chase against Heywood’s potent bowling attack.

Simon Dawson took 4-47 off 14 overs and with brother Andy, Rick Purser and Sam Byrne taking a wicket apiece Crompton were restricted to 144-8 and Heywood won by 32 runs.


S Dawson b Sultan 10
P Dawson lbw Sultan 7
Burrill c & b Sultan 0
Smethurst c Wiston b Sultan 29
Hunt c Zulfiqar b Sultan 5
Fawcett not out 46
A Dawson b Allott 45
Booth c Wiston b Khan 6
Jones not out 6
Extras 22
FOW: 1-13, 2-17, 3-17, 4-27, 5-104, 6-156
Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 176
Bowling: Sultan 15-6-26-5, Allott 13-4-29-1, Saeed 8-0-61-0, Good 6-1-24-0, S Rigby 6-0-18-0, Z Khan 2-0-15-1.


G Rigby b S Dawson 17
S Rigby c Fawcett b A Dawson 1
Zulfiqar run out 4
Smith c A Dawson b S Dawson 22
A Kershaw c R Purser b S Dawson 8
Wiston c Smethurst b S Dawson 11
Good b Purser 20
Sultan c Purser b Byrne 11
Allott not out 29
Saeed not out 5
Extras 16
Total (for 8 wickets, 50 overs) 144
Bowling: Purser 14-4-27-1, A Dawson 11-5-27-1, S Dawson 14-3-47-4, Byrne 11-2-37-1

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