Heywood fell just short of what would have been an excellent victory over Rochdale in the T20 at Crimble.
Shorn of a professional, Joe Lovell and Ross Zelem, Heywood still had enough skill to reduce a strong Rochdale side to 100-6 chasing Heywood’s target of 140.
Alas, some loose bowling and a lack of slow-bowling options allowed Rochdale to get off the hook and they eventually eased to a four wicket victory.
Danny Pawson captained the side with Bobby Cross expected not to play, but Cross had to step in late in the day and played by far the best innings of the night.
He came in with both Andy and Simon Dawson out and scored a marvellous, unbeaten 66 that was the bedrock for a good total of 140, although Crimble was flying and gave great value for shots.
The best support came from Danny Pawson, while there were also small hints of talent from Wes Hunt and Dale Latham.
Latham took over the gloves while Pawson captained, and let Shayne Wornes off the hook second ball when the overseas edged one off Naeem between he and Cross.
Getting an early wicket would have been crucial, but Heywood bowled well and took some good early wickets before Scott Butterworth and Derek Faulkner swung hard at everything, edging most but middling some as they rode their luck.
Andy Dawson and Cross took a couple of vital wickets and when Darren Cryer came in to join Andrew Dawson, there was hope for Heywood.
However the pair played beautifully and took Rochdale home with time to spare.
S Dawson st Crabtree b S Butterworth 8
Andy Dawson c Faulkner b Harling 12
D Pawson b G Butterworth 24
R Cross not out 66
W Hunt run out 13
D Latham not out 12
Total (for 4 wkts, 20 overs) 140
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-25, 3-73, 4-98
Bowling: S Butterworth 3-0-24-1, Harling 2-0-10-1, G Butterworth 4-0-23-1, Highton 4-0-29-0, Faulkner 3-0-21-0, Lansdale 4-0-33-0
D Ayres c Latham b Paterson 11
S Wornes c Both b Andy Dawson 20
W Lansdale c Hunt b Paterson 3
S Butterworth lbw b Naeem 34
D Faulkner st Latham b Cross 19
Andrew Dawson not out 27
G Butterworth c Latham b Andy Dawson 0
D Cryer not out 16
Total (for 6 wkts, 18.2 overs) 141
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-31, 3-36, 4-87, 5-93, 6-100
Bowling: Naeem 3.1-0-20-1, Paterson 4-0-23-2, D Fawcett 0.5-0-10-0, Andy Dawson 4-0-37-2, S Dawson 2-0-15-0, Cross 3.2-0-30-1, Pawson 1-0-5-0
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