A RAIN-HIT clash away to Littleborough Lions resulted in Heywood Monkeys scoring their first victory – on rate rate – in their Marstons T20 Group.
Heywood made 174-5 from an interrupted innings reduced to 18 overs, and the Lions were 64-3 from 7.1 overs when a storm washed out play for good, with the visitors narrowly coming out on the right side of the scoring rate calculation.
The evening proved a notable one, however, for two Heywood youngsters making their senior debuts.
Tom Pagett, aged 17, and Jacob Kaye, 15, were called up to bolster the ranks and did themselves and the side proud.
Pagett opening the bowling and responded with three tidy overs yielding two wickets. One of them resulted in a neat catch taken at mid-wicket by Kaye, who fielded enthusiastically and competently.
Feature of the Heywood innings was a whirlwind 35 off 11 balls at the end by Riley Paterson to lift Heywood to a challenging total, after Bobby Cross had weighed in with 46 opening the batting.
Heywood have now won one and lost one, to Heyside Hyenas, in the Group and their next assignment is at home to Royton Renegades on Friday (June 8, 6pm).
Heywood are also trying to rearrange the washed out second Group game at home at Thornham Thunder as per League rules.
R Cross c Malik b A Shah 46
S Burrill c Z Abbas b Afzal 6
W Hunt c Haq b Qurban 20
D Pawson c S Abbas b A Shah 25
D Latham c Z Shah b Afzal 11
M Witts not out 11
R Paterson not out 35
Total (for 5 wkts, 18 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-66, 3-99, 4-122, 5-138
Bowling: K Afzal 4-0-39-2, S Shah 4-0-22-0, A Amtiaz 3-0-37-0, Z Shah 3-0-27-0, I Qurban 1-0-3-1, A Shah 3-0-40-2
U Malik c Burrill b Pagett 5
K Abbas st Hunt b Paterson 0
Z Abbas not out 29
Z Shah c Kaye b Pagett 16
U Haq not out 7
Total (3 wkts, 7.1 overs) 64
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-5, 3-36
Bowling: R Paterson 2-0-13-1, T Pagett 3-0-34-2, T McQuinn 2-0-11-0, D Pawson 0.1-0-0-0
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