A superb display of swing bowling laid the foundations for Heywood’s march into the semi-finals of the JW Lees Wood Cup.
They smashed Crompton by nine wickets at Crimble to book a clash with Clifton at the Salford club’s home ground, and delighted the home crowd with some superb individual performances to follow up on the demolition of Littleborough the previous day.
Andy Dawson certainly caught the eye with some more big hits as he led the way in chasing down Crompton’s total of 109, hitting a boundary-laden 49 as Heywood cruised home with one wicket down.
But the plaudits had also to go to new ball bowlers Riley Paterson and Humza Naeem, and in particular Aussie overseas Paterson.
Crompton won the toss and chose to bat in muggy conditions that proved to be a dream for the Heywood opening attack.
Paterson was an instrumental factor in the first two wickets to fall, a hint of late away swing accounting for Zafar Jatoi second ball of the innings – he hit a sharp return catch that was well held – then an outstretched hand deflecting a fierce drive from Darren Graham on to the stumps of visiting pro Michael Pote, who was out backing up. A horrid way to go.
10-2 became 20-4 as Naeem again showed evidence that his pace is back and his confidence is high. He bowled Darren Graham neck and crop, and then bowled a vicious short ball at Danny Taylor first up, who could only fend it to Ross Zelem at slip. Old school bowling of real hostility.
There were too many wides sent down again by the opening pair – a massive 35 in total by the Heywood bowlers – but at times the swing they got was uncontrollable.
Paterson was bowling unplayable delivery after unplayable delivery, and overseas Denis Louis was undone trying to smash a ball that looked to be going down the leg side. Instead, it swung late and wickedly to hit his middle stump.
Paterson found another wonder delivery to trap Si Wright leg before for a duck – it looked to be going down leg only to swing late and trap him in front of middle – and Crompton’s hopes were in tatters at 39-6. Paterson finished with 3-22 of seven excellent overs, while Naeem was taken off after taking 2-17 off six.
Compton showed some spirit and the tail and middle order wagged a little, but pro Travis Townsend operated from his favourite Lake End and cleaned up the remaining four batsmen and eventually Crompton were dismissed for 109, never enough.
With such a small target required, Dawson and Zelem set out in a positive mode.
The pair matched each other early on before Dawson cut lose against Ryan Mayes, blasting him for two fours and a three that saw him removed from the atatck.
Pote was treated with equal disdain by Dawson, hammered twice over midwicket for six, and it looked right that the young opener would bring up an excellent 50 until he skied one to cover off Pote on 49. It was a great knock nonetheless and showed us again the talent he has.
All the time Zelem was staying calm and controlled at the other end. Townsend replaced Dawson and he took it upon himself to finish the game quickly.
Both he and Zelem finished on 20 and Heywood were through.
Dawson won the man of the match award, but it could equally have gone to Paterson for his role in destroying the top order of Crompton, who still looked shell-shocked from the hammering they had received against Royton the previous day.
Delighted captain Bobby Cross said: “I was really pleased with the way the lads played yesterday against a dangerous Crompton side. Humza and Riley, extras excepted, bowled with quality, pace and movement and then the way Andy and Ross went about chasing a low score was great to watch.
“Coming on the back of another good run chase at Littleborough on Saturday it keeps momentum going and gives everyone the belief that we are heading in the right direction this season.”
Z Jatoi c & b Paterson 0
M Pote run out 2
D Graham b Naeem 3
D Louis b Paterson 8
D Taylor c Zelem b Naeem 0
G Rigby c Pawson b Townsend 15
S Wright lbw Paterson 0
C Taylor c Latham b Townsend 13
A Kershaw not out 17
R Mayes lbw Townsend 4
S Smith c Paterson b Townsend 7
Total (29.2 overs, all out) 109
FOW: 0, 10, 20, 20, 34, 39, 71, 80, 96, 109
Bowling: Paterson 7-0-22-3; Naeem 6-1-17-2; Townsend 8.2-2-25-4; Moore 4-0-16-0; Kaye 4-0-24-0
R Zelem not out 20
A Dawson c Mayes b Pote 49
T Townsend not out 20
Total (18.2 overs, one wicket) 110
Bowling: Taylor 4-0-19-0; Mayes 3-0-21-0; Pote 6-0-26-1; Louis 5.2-0-36-0.
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