REPORT BY ROGER SMETHURST: HEYWOOD’S 3rd X1 crashed out of the Sunday Plate at Worsley despite the best efforts of century-maker Joey O’Neill.
Having won the toss Heywood chose to bat and got off to a quick start, with Matt Hood racing to 28, before he was adjudged lbw.
His dismissal and the loss of Dearden and Smethurst then left a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Joey O’Neill as the team’s only other senior batsmen – and he didn’t disappoint.
He first rebuilt the innings in a partnership of 53 with Tom Pagett before then joining up with 14-year-old Ethan Clarkson in a 58-run partnership that involved some chancy running between the wickets and some lusty hitting.
O’Neill timed his innings to perfection reaching a chanceless hundred in the last over as he finished on 103 not out and Heywood posted what looked like a challenging total of 204 from their 40 overs.
With a side containing six players aged under 18 a lot of responsibility lay on the shoulders of opening bowlers Rick Purser and John Keyworth to make early inroads for Heywood.
Purser proved to be his usual reliable self, bowling his eight overs unchanged for the miserly figures of 1–11.
Keyworth at the other end struggled for accuracy early on and his performance led the way for what turned into an erratic bowling performance from the Heywood attack.
He eventually settled into a more accurate line but his early waywardness resulted in figures of 2- 41 from his eight overs.
With their two senior bowlers finished Heywood turned to youth players Will Taylor, Tom Pagett, Ethan Clarkson and Tom Sullivan to bowl the remaining overs and try to lead the team to the next round.
But despite Taylor and Pagett picking up a wicket apiece Worsley remained in the game, although with 105 needed from the last 15 overs few on the ground gave them much chance.
However, wayward bowling from the Heywood attack, tired fielding from a team not used to playing 40-overs cricket and intelligent batting from the lower Worsley order saw the home side reach their target with two overs to spare following a sixth-wicket partnership of 61.
Heywood left the field disappointed at having let a great chance of progressing to the next round slip through their clutches.
An assessment of the bowling figures revealed more than 46 wides and no-balls had been conceded by the Heywood attack.
It was a disappointing end to a performance that showed great promise at times from the younger Heywood players, backed up by the reliability of Purser and the class of O’Neill.
The third team are next in action in the league at Crimble this coming Sunday when they entertain Brooksbottom.
M Hood lbw b M Old 28
M Dearden b Pervez-Griffon 3
R Smethurst c M Old b A Old 10
J O’Neill not out 103
T Sullivan b Rawding 9
T Pagett b M Old 8
C McNally run out 2
E Clarkson run out 9
W Taylor not out 0
Total (for 7 wkts, 40 overs) 204
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-40, 3-51, 4-83, 5-136, 6-145, 7-203
Bowling: W Pervez-Griffon 8-2-45-1, K Hayes 3-0-23-0, M Old 8-0-21-2, T Rawding 8-0-30-1, A Old 8-0-40-1, T Brogan 5-0-30-0
A Hussain c Clarkson b Purser 2
T Rawding b Taylor 39
T Brogan lbw b Keyworth 3
C Gray lbw b Keyworth 5
A Old not out 43
W Pervez-Griffon b Pagett 35
M Old not out 27
Total (for 5 wkts, 37.3 overs) 205
Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-38, 3-52, 4-73, 5-144
Bowling: R Purser 8-4-11-1, J Keyworth 8-1-41-2, W Taylor 6.3-0-37-1, T Sullivan 6-0-37-0, T Pagett 5-0-36-1, E Clarkson 4-0-37-0
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