Jun 032013

Mature performance from Wes Hunt

HEYWOOD have won the Taylor Cup, the Central Lancashire League’s knockout competition for Under-18 age group teams.

   They convincingly toppled Rochdale by four wickets at Redbrook in the final, held over from the end of last season because of wet weather.


Scott Jones was excellent with the gloves

It was an excellent all-round performance by the Heywood youngsters. And while all the side contributed and deserve praise, two individual performances stood out.

Joe Lovell bowled a telling 10-over off-spin spell for a superb 3-25 return to make sure that Rochdale never looked like posting a really challenging total after batting first.

That was despite a fine 50 from opener Kelton Aughey, who retired on 50 out of an eventual 131-8.

That the home side could never really dominate was also due in no small part to Scott Jones’s wicketkeeping. It included three vital catches, two stood up to Lovell, to supplement  his polished glovework.

Lovell also went on to hit 23 in Heywood’s reply, but the innings was anchored by an unbeaten 40 from Wes Hunt, who narrowly earned the Man-of-the-Match award from well-known CLL umpire Nigel Tench, watching from the sidelines on this occasion.

Hunt played maturely after the loss of openers Andy Dawson and Dom Fawcett, who both looked assured before getting out.

And when Lovell went to only the third ball from highly-rated left-arm spinner Greg Butterworth, Hunt sensed that he needed to be there at the end.

In truth, he never looked in trouble despite losing Humza Naeem, Ben Thulborn and Jones along the way, although it was left to Morgan Kay to smite the winning boundary.

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