Curtis Maguire took the plaudits with a superb bowling performance that helped Heywood seconds to a massive victory over a spirited Oldham side at Crimble to secure their place at the top of the CLL Division Two.
Maguire was too quick and too hostile for the visitors, taking a superb 7-18 to bowl Oldham out for just 41 in reply to Heywood’s 202-8 off their 50 overs.
He finished the match with two wickets on two balls, meaning he is on a sort of hat-trick the next time he bowls. He was also on a hat-trick earlier in the innings.
Heywood’s victory was built on a resolute batting performance on a wicket made more difficult by the covers being left off during one overnight storm.
Simon Dawson unfortunately ran out his brother Phil for for, but Simon looked fluent and played excellently to get to 39 before he was trapped leg before.
Wes Hunt and Roger Smethurst looked like they were in the sort of form to destroy Oldham, but Hunt was bowled after drinks break following a couple of glorious shots through the leg side.
This brought in Lee Grogan to join captain Smethurst and the pair were on top of their game until Grogan inexplicably slapped a wide-long hop to cover when on 26.
Smethurst continued to play beautifully until he swept across the line at a straight one from Oldham’s leg spinner, but Adam Fawcett and Chris Booth also played with great intent and they helped Heywood post a total that was always too much for the visitors.
This proved to be the case from the off as Maguire and Rick Purser weaved their magic.
Oldham crumbled in the face of their ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine, Purser bowling straight and calm, Maguire bowling nasty and aggressive.
Purser finished with three wickets to add to his 12-wicket haul from last weekend, but Maguire stole the show with a magnificent display of fast bowling.
Credit must go to Oldham’s second team, who tried hard and belied the problems at the Pollards. It’s just a shame that the vocal support that followed them seem turned away from the first team, who used to be among the best in the CLL.
P Dawson run out 4
S Dawson lbw b Webb 39
C Maguire c Critchley b Taylor 2
R Smethurst b Rice 35
W Hunt b B Hussain 9
L Grogan c Furness b Rice 26
A Fawcett b Rice 29
C Booth not out 23
S Jones st Wrigglesworth b Webb 1
S Byrne not out 3
Total (for 8 wkts, 50 overs) 202
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-31-, 3-46, 4-77, 5-113, 6-156, 7-190, 8-199
Bowling: Webb 15-4-48-2, Taylor 12-1-50-1, R Hussain 6-1-25-0, B Hussain 8-1-36-1, Rice 9-0-37-3
B Hussain c Jones b Maguire 10
D White st Jones b Purser 4
W Critchley c Jones b Maguire 10
C Taylor b Maguire 1
R Hussain b Maguire 0
P Joy c Grogan b Maguire 0
S Webb lbw b Purser 4
M Wrigglesworth c P Dawson b Maguire 4
B Rice lbw b Purser 0
D Stanley not out 0
C Furness lbw b Maguire 0
Total (17.2 overs) 41
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-19, 3-20, 4-20, 5-21, 6-37, 7-41, 8-41, 9-41, 10-41
Bowling: Purser 9-0-22-3, Maguire 8.2-2-18-7
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