BY STEVE MCHUGH: HEYWOOD exploited their big Crimble playing area to positive effect as they scored a maximum points victory in a rain-reduced clash against Clifton.
Bobby Cross scored an unbeaten 75 out of 144-7 in a match reduced to 35-overs-per-side after persistent morning and early afternoon rain.
Then Heywood reduced the visitors to 117 all out with nine balls left, taking a series of catches on the boundary edge which would have been six-hits on most other grounds in the league.
The best of them was a spectacular running effort at deep mid-wicket by Wes Hunt – who had taken a neat earlier effort – to claim the key wicket of opener Callum Parkinson, whose 40 had underpinned a Clifton run chase that made the match a delicate affair for a period of time.
Cross himself took two skiers at long-off, Dale Latham never looked like dropping another big hit at cow corner, and Riley Paterson and Andy Dawson also claimed crucial catches. In between, wicket-keeper Danny Pawson pulled off a brilliant leg-side stumping .
They played a big part in a five-wicket haul for Mohammed Jamal, Chorley’s regular professional in the Northern League, who was standing in as Heywood’s paid man following the early departure back to South Africa of Farhaan Behardien and justified his role despite scoring only a single with the bat.
Chris Kaye also had his fieldsmen to thank for his three-wicket haul, another consistent return in his impressive run of form, and Heywood eventually got home by what could be construed as a flattering 27-run margin.
Earlier, Cross had teamed up with skipper Pawson in a fluent third-wicket partnership of 56 as they ran the Clifton fielders ragged, making ones into twos and twos into three around the big Crimble playing area.
Pawson eventually paid for his aggression as he was one of three stumping victims, but he and overseas amateur Riley Paterson both made key contributions of 24 to help Cross take Heywood to a useful total – although it should probably have been beyond the 150 mark.
R Cross not out 75
D Latham b Cheetham 8
M Jamal c Parkinson b Chapman 1
D Pawson st Brown b Parkinson 24
R Paterson c Parkinson b Cheetham 24
A Dawson c Cheetham b Parkinson 0
M Kenny st Brown b Parkinson 3
W Hunt st Brown b Parkinson 0
Total: (for 7 wkts, 35 overs) 144
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-29, 3-85, 4-132, 5-133, 6-144, 7-144
Bowling: Cheetham 12-1-43-2, Borratt 4-0-15-0, Chapman 5-0-18-1, Parkinson 10-0-45-4, Reade 4-0-19-0
C Parkinson c Hunt b Jamal 40
B Chapman c A Dawson b Paterson 8
D Morris c Paterson b Naeem 6
T Masmulla c Hunt b Jamal 19
C Lord b Jamal 10
T Derbyshire c Cross b Kaye 10
J Brown st Pawson b Jamal 12
J Evans b Jamal 0
R Reade c Latham b Kaye 7
S Cheetham c Cross b Kaye 1
R Borratt not out 0
Total (33.3 overs) 117
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-35, 3-77, 4-84, 5-90, 6-109, 7-109, 8-110, 9-117, 10-117
Bowling: Paterson 9-3-19-1, Naeem 7-1-25-1, Kaye 9.3-0-30-3, Jamal 8-0-39-5
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