Another all-round team effort on a tough wicket saw Heywood Seconds through to the second round of the Burton Cup at a damp Crimble.
They put a decent total of 175 on the board, then all the bowlers – led by Lee Grogan’s 4-9 – bowled well to restrict Unsworth to 131.
This sets Heywood up for a trip to Middleton in the quarter finals, and another tilt at the final is in the offing.
Captain Roger Smethurst described it as a “typical second team performance” after he lost the toss and was asked to bat on a green wicket that had got wet earlier in the week.
Smethurst and Simon Dawson got Heywood off to a steady start but Dawson fell with the score on 25 when trying to hit over the top.
Matt Hood came in at three and the pair took the score briskly along to 77 before Smethurst’s wicket led to a spate of dismissals at regular intervals.
Hood scored 41, but apart from that there were few runs until Chris Booth was joined by number 11 Sam Byrne and the pair put on 23 for the final wicket, Booth the last man out for 27 and Byrne finishing on 10 not out.
Grogan bowled beautifully as Unsworth replied, picking up three early wickets.
However, Heywood then took their foot off the ball and despite a tight spell from Dom Fawcett of 1-11 off seven overs, Unsworth started to make steady progress with veteran Steve Earnshaw and number four Helliwell putting together a decent partnership.
The home side weren’t helped as they dropped three catches off Byrne before he eventually had Helliwell caught at long on by Phil Dawson
Byrne picked up another two wickets as Unsworth continued to try and despatch most deliveries out the ground despite the fact they were playing right in the middle!
Simon Dawson came back on and the run rate started to shoot up very quickly, going up to 7 an over. But Grogan was also re-introduced, picking up another and finishing with fabulous figure of 4-9 off 8.4 overs as Unsworth were dismissed for 131.
This coming weekend sees a very tough game for the seconds against Norden at home, who have added a couple of new faces, one being veteran CLL 2nd X1 player “Beamer” – Anwar Saeed.
Smrthurst said: “We have three missing this weekend – Simon Dawson, Sam Byrne & Adam Fawcett – so the squad going to be tested again.”
S Dawson c Cray b McGuinness 17
R Smethurst c Helliwell b Gilmore 19
M Hood b Earnshaw 41
D Fawcett c Hague b Gilmore 1
P Dawson c Gilmore b Earnshaw 15
A Fawcett c Gilmore b Maxwell 4
C Booth c Gilmore b Maxwell 27
L Grogan c Hague b Earnshaw 9
S Jones lbw b Earnshaw 0
R Purser run out 0
S Byrne not out 10
Total (45.5 overs) 175
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-77, 3-84, 4-115, 5-122, 6-124, 7-151, 8-151, 9-152, 10-175
Bowling: Addleston 10-0-32-0, McGuinness 10-2-25-1, Helliwell 2-0-18-0, Gilmore 10-0-39-2, Earnshaw 8-0-17-4, Maxwell 5.5-0-38-2
M Browne c and b Grogan 6
B Edge run out 8
D Comrie c A Fawcett b Grogan 0
M Helliwell c P Dawson b Byrne 32
S Maxwell lbw b D Fawcett 12
S Earnshaw b Byrne 31
D Cray c and b Byrne 11
M Hague c Purser b S Dawson 4
S Addleston b Grogan 8
M Gilmore not out 4
A McGuinness c P Dawson b Grogan 0
Total (45.4 overs) 131
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-14, 3-15, 4-47, 5-85, 6-106, 7-113, 8-117, 9-127, 10-131
Bowling: Purser 10-2-21-0, Grogan 8.4-4-9-4, S Dawson 10-0-39-1, D Fawcett 7-1-11-1, Byrne 10-0-43-3
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