Aug 072018

AN outstanding bowling display by Heywood’s record wicket-taker Chris Kaye led to the second team getting back on to the winning trail in Division 4 East of the Greater Manchester League.

The 49-year-old returned the remarkable figures of 9-55 from almost 14 overs as Royton were bowled out for 148 at Crimble.

Then Dominick Fawcett turned in the other notable performance with 84 opening the batting as Heywood romped to a seven-wicket victory.

There seemed little indication of what was to follow when Kaye was introduced into the attack after Royton reached 38-0 in 10 overs.

But the veteran spinner immediately turned the tide and claimed all nine Royton wickets – they played a man short – with the help of four assists by wicketkeeper Mikey Witts.

A total 148 still looked as though it might be challenging for a Heywood batting line-up that had displayed a brittle look in the previous two games. But Fawcett alleviated any anxieties.

His 84 came off just 91 balls and he shared a partnership of 100 for the third wicket with Rob Bennett before being stumped with only four runs needed for victory.

Bennett saw it through with an unbeaten 34 to keep Heywood well in the promotion hunt.

+ HEYWOOD’S third team were well beaten by Worsley despite posting a total in excess of 200 at Crimble.

The home team rattled up 218-7 as new recruit Ashwin Khanna made an impressive 46 and opener Joey O’Neill 38. Other good contributions came from Fawcett (21), Matt Hood (22) and Dave Fare with an unbeaten 24.

But Worsley reached their target in the last of the 40 overs to post 219-2 after an opening stand of 177 between J Cox, 71, and A Hussain, 75. Cav Hilton claimed the two wickets to fall.

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