May 312016

A MUCH more disciplined batting performance set up Heywood’s progress to the third round of the Derek Kay 1st X1 Per-fit Cup.

Heywood rattled up 231-4 from their 50 overs – a stark contrast from the previous day at Denton St Lawrence – then bowled out visitors Dukinfield for 134.

Key performers in Heywood’s total were Bobby Cross with 85 and professional Danny Pawson, who made 71. They shared a second-wicket stand of 124, after the early loss of Liam Mason, and set up the team’s acceleration towards the end of the innings.

Australian overseas amateur Jayden Borg chipped in with 24 and the ever-improving Dominic Humphreys was there at the close on 17 to help set an imposing run chase for Dukinfield.

So it proved for the visitors, who being from Division One are a flight below Heywood in the new Greater Manchester League set-up.

They made a spirited response yet lost wickets at key moments, and were always playing catch-up after losing openers Louis Riley and Kabeel Ahmed to skipper Chris Humphreys and Simon Dawson early in the piece.

Dawson then also trapped Dukinfield’s substitute professional Chris Viljoen lbw, and it was left to Jake McDougall with an impressive half-century to keep Dukinfield’s fading hopes alive.

Once he went to a neat catch by Kate Cross running in from long-off the end was nigh, and it was left to Jack Morley with three wickets and Dominic Humphreys with a couple to mop up the tail.


R Cross b Morton 85
L Mason b Viljoen 6
D Pawson lbw b Fenton 71
J Borg b Fenton 24
D Humphreys not out 17
C Thomas not out 4
Extras 18
Total (for 4 wkts, 50 overs) 231
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-143, 3-198, 4-208
Bowling: C Viljoen 10-1-41-1, J Fenton 10-2-26-2, J Morton 10-0-45-1, G Middleton 10-0-40-0, J McDougall 10-0-55-0
K Akram c Thomas b S Dawson 11
L Riley lbw b C Humphreys 7
J McDougall c K Cross b D Humphreys 51
C Viljoen lbw b S Dawson 6
J Fenton c Pawson b K Cross 11
J Gascoigne c D Humphreys b Morley 19
M Mayne run out 0
J Mahmood c C Humphreys b Morley 5
J Morton c Borg b D Humphreys 1
G Middleton b Morley 5
A Lisence not out 3
Extras 15
Total (43.1 overs) 134
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-34, 3-44, 4-70, 5-111, 6-116, 7-120, 8-126, 9-126, 10-134
Bowling: C Humphreys 7-2-18-1, S Dawson 7-0-23-2, D Pawson 10-1-31-0, K Cross 5-1-20-1, J Morley 9.1-2-23-3, D Humphreys 5-1-13-2

HEYWOOD’S second team also progressed in the Per-Fit 2nd X1 Cup with a comprehensive victory at Brooksbottom.

The home side were bowled out for 91 and Heywood cantered to their target for the loss of just two wickets. Star performer was 16-year-old Joe Humphreys with four wickets and an unbeaten 40 with the bat.

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