A brilliant century from Heywood captain Danny Pawson set up a deserved victory for Heywood CC in their first home CLL clash of the season against Rochdale.
Pawson played with class and control all around the wicket to hit his second century for Heywood, finishing on 115 to set his side on the way to 215-6 off their 50 overs.
Then, following a nervy third wicket partnership of 90 between Scott Butterworth and Shayne Wornes, Chris Kaye delivered the late coup de grace – along with some poor running – taking five wickets to bowl out the visitors for 159 to give Heywood all five points.
Pawson received good support from vice captain Dale Latham, who scored 30 at the top of the order and batted with maturity, as well as crucial backing from new pro Farhaan Behardien (34), who helped rotate the strike well in a partnership of 102 with his captain.
But the day was really all about Pawson. He lost Bobby Cross early on for 8, but Pawson found support from Latham and the pair set the platform for what was to come.
Pawson refused to let pro Wes Lansdale and Dale Highton settle into their spells of slow bowling and forced them to change their length with sweeps, drives, glides and back-foot drives through the covers.
Behardien knocked the ball around well, allowing Pawson to move towards his hundred. He expedited his century charge with a couple of T20-style smashes over long-on off young leggie Duffy and reached his landmark with a clipped four off Scott Butterworth.
He was warmly applauded by good home support and he had done everything that could be asked of him when he was finally caught in the deep off Derek Faulkner, who was the pick of the visiting bowlers.
So Rochdale needed 216 to win, and were dealt an early blow when Riley Paterson took the wicket of Jon Henderson, who played in the air to Humza Naeem at cover.
Naeem then claimed a wicket himself. He bowled a short delivery with his first ball of the match and pro Lonsdale bottom-edged his attempted pull to Pawson, who was also keeping well.
Hope for Rochdale came in the guise of Lansdale and Wornes, and they took heavy toll of a loose first over from Chris Kaye, and anything else that was off line.
However, Behardien took a fine catch straight in front of the patio to dismiss Butterworth off Kaye for an enterprising 65, and with rain and bad light threatening, Kaye wrapped up the lower order.
Wornes was caught by Pawson attempting to hit Kaye through the offside, and with two run-outs from Cross – the second a slick piece of work – and attacking bowling from Kaye, Rochdale collapsed from 142-3 to 159 all out.
Pawson led his team in an enterprising fashion and Heywood fully deserved their victory.
R Cross c Crabtree b Faulkner 8
D Latham b Highton 30
D Pawson c Aughey b Faulkner 115
F Behardien b Faulkner 34
A Dawson c Lansdale b Faulkner 11
R Paterson run out 2
W Hunt not out 4
T Blundell not out 5
Total (for 6 wkts, 50 overs) 215
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-70, 3-172, 4-199, 5-205, 6-205
Bowling: S Butterworth 12-3-42-0, Faulkner 13-5-48-4, Lansdale 10-1-41-0, Highton 12-1-53-1, Duffy 3-0-26-0.
J Henderson c Naeem b Paterson 2
S Wornes c Pawson b Kaye 44
W Lansdale c Pawson b Naeem 7
S Butterworth c Behardien b Kaye 65
K Aughey c Pawson b Kaye 10
D Faulkner b Behardien 0
I Helliwell run out 0
D Cryer b Kaye 7
L Crabtree run out 1
D Highton c Behardien b Kaye 6
J Duffy not out 3
Total (45.3 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-25, 3-115, 4-142, 5-142, 6-142, 7-142, 8-144, 9-154, 10-159
Bowling: Behardien 9-1-18-1, Paterson 10-2-24-1, Naeem 7-0-17-1, A Dawson 6-1-34-0, Kaye 13.3-0-63-5
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