ANOTHER batting collapse saw Heywood lose top spot in the Central Lancashire League as they were convincingly beaten by Walsden at Crimble.
The facts are that Heywood were slammed by 68 runs as they slumped from 99-2 to 135 all out, chasing the visitors’ total of 203.
Heywood were not helped by playing without a professional, with South African Travis Townsend suffering an injury to his right hand during the early stages of the previous night’s Twenty20 clash against Norden.
But the Crimble boys are still well in contention in the Premier Division, in joint second place with Littleborough a point behind defending champions Walsden.
Perhaps the difference between the two sides was the lower batting orders.
Walsden were struggling on 27-3 after a fine opening burst from Heywood’s overseas amateur Riley Paterson got rid of Jake Hooson, Shubham Harkal and substitute professional Geeth Alwis.
The visitors knuckled down, however, and – led by Nick Barker’s crucial contribution of 81 – battled their way from 63-3 at halfway to a challenging 203 from the completed 50 overs.
That looked a stiff enough target for a Heywood side without a professional, despite concerted efforts the previous evening and the following morning to secure a substitute.
Yet they looked well in the game at 99-2 despite losing Paterson early on and skipper Bobby Cross for 25 with the total on 66.
But then Danny Pawson played on to left-arm spinner Alwis, Todmorden’s paid man in the Lancashire League, for 22 and Ross Zelem was caught on the mid-wicket boundary for 39.
Walsden sensed their opening and Heywood surrendered tamely, with the notable exception of Dale Latham, whose application in an unbeaten 21 was perhaps a lesson in the way forward.
Another plus was the bowling off Joe Lovell, whose off-spin earned a 5-59 return thanks to three wickets in the last over of the innings.
It was, however, a tough debut for Stuart Moore, who looked a little rusty in a six-over spell on his first outing of the season. But, in racing parlance, he will undoubtedly be better for the outing!
J Hooson c and b Paterson 6
S Harkal c Lovell b Paterson 9
M Dawson st Pawson b Lovell 18
G Alwis c Zelem b Paterson 0
N Barker run out 81
J Rawlinson c Naeem b Lovell 24
Joe Gale c Cross b Paterson 19
Josh Gale st Pawson b Lovell 21
J Shackleton c Paterson b Lovell 5
S Barker not out 5
C Dewhirst lbw b Lovell 0
Total (49.4 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-27, 3-27, 4-68, 5-122, 6-158, 7-183, 8-202, 9-202, 10-202
Bowling: Paterson 11-4-54-4, Naeem 7-2-16-0, Moore 6-1-22-0, Kaye 13-3-44-0, Lovell 12.4-1-59-5
R Zelem c Harkal b Joe Gale 39
R Paterson b Shackleton 4
R Cross b Hooson 25
D Pawson b Alwis 22
A Dawson c S Barker b Joe Gale 7
D Latham not out 21
H Naeem c Dewhirst b Alwis 1
A Fawcett lbw b Alwis 0
J Lovell run out 0
S Moore lbw b Joe Gale 0
C Kaye c Rawlinson b S Barker 2
Total (46.2 overs) 135
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-62, 3-99, 4-103, 5-115, 6-121, 7-121, 8-122, 9-123, 10-135
Bowling: S Barker 9-2-28-1, Shackleton 7-1-22-1, Hooson 7-0-22-1, Alwis 16-3-40-3, Joe Gale 7-1-20-3
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