HEYWOOD’S second team fell to a seven-wicket defeat against a strong Middleton side in their first friendly of the season at Crimble.
The home boys managed 124 from their 40 overs and, in truth, the visitors rarely looked like failing to reach their target.
If it was a slightly inauspicious side by new skipper Mikey Grogan’s side, there were some positives to take from the game after a disastrous start while batting first.
Heywood nosedived to 12-5 as Mikey Witts, Wes Hunt, Sean Burrill, Rob Bennett and Dominic Fawcett perished cheaply.
But then Jack Morley and Keelan Nugent put together a rescue act in a stand of 43, with Nugent leading the way with an impressive 23 that bodes well for the future.
Morley, fresh from his successful expedition to Sri Lanka with an England Under-16 side, had set his stall out to anchor the innings and did so impressively after surviving an early dropped chance to gulley.
He received further good support from Grogan, who made 13 out of a seventh-wicket stand of 55, and reached a deserved half-century before falling for 52 trying to set Middleton a more competitive target.
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