Heywood bounced back from the disappointing performance on Saturday with a stunning 201 run victory over mid table Royton on Sunday.
Visiting skipper Danny Pawson won the toss and elected to bat first and there were no signs of the run feast that was to follow as the Royton openers bowled a good line and length at Bobby Cross and Wes Hunt.
Both played with patience and Hunt in particular showed a willingness to apply himself and wait for the bad ball. After 10 overs the score had crept to 19 without loss but with bowling changes came opportunities to score and the Heywood pair began to put away loose deliveries.
Hunt fell for a patient 27 when he was trapped LBW by home professional Alwis but this only brought Rob Nicol to the crease and he looked fluent from the off playing a couple of powerful straight drives down the ground.
Cross meanwhile had started to accelerate and hit both Taylor and Durose out of the attack before also falling leg before to off spinner Callum Porteous for a well made 94.
Even at this stage there was little to suggest the carnage that would follow as Pawson and Nicol took full advantage of a tiring attack and added 132 runs in the last ten overs with a mixture of power and placement.
Pawson hit some wonderful strokes over extra cover whilst Nicol showed how destructive he can be with a couple of huge sixes over square leg and wide mid-on. The innings finished in style with a huge six over midwicket from the Heywood captain. Nicol finished with an excellent 74 whilst Pawson raced to 71 off just 32 deliveries faced.
Any hopes that the hosts had of getting off to a fast start were quickly snuffed out as Simon Dawson quickly found a good rhythm and was well supported by Pawson who again opened the bowling in the absence of Andy Dawson, Kate Cross, Jon Keyworth and with Humza Naeem having only just returned from injury.
Pawson made the breakthrough with Liam Brown edging a full delivery to Cross at first slip who took the catch at the second attempt. Dawson then joined the party having Walsh caught and bowled before producing a beauty to trap Alwis right in front. 11-3 became 11-4 next ball as Wilson missed a full one and was bowled and Zulfiqar became Dawson’s fourth victim with another LBW plunging the home side into disarray at 21-5.
Durose looked in no mood to hang around and after a couple of boundaries he became Pawson’s second victim, again caught at slip by Cross.
Porteous showed some fight with a battling 31 but the tail fell away and it was good to see Humza Naeem return with the ball to collect the last two wickets to leave Royton 87 all out.
Simon Dawson finished with the excellent figures of 5-27 and Pawson had another three wickets to complete an impressive weekend with the ball.
It was as complete a performance as you could hope to witness in the sunshine on what may be the last visit to the Paddock for some time and it will surely give the players increased belief as another big weekend is ahead.
R Cross lbw b Porteous 94
W Hunt b Alwis 27
R Nicol not out 74
D Pawson not out 71
Total (for 2 wkts, 50 overs) 288
Fall of wickets: 1-104, 2-156
Bowling: S Fielding 13-2-77-0, M Smith 6-4-13-0, G Alwis 12-3-46-1, C Taylor 7-1-60-0, A Durose 8-0-52-0, C Porteous 4-0-35-1
T Walsh c and b S Dawson 5
L Brown c Cross b Pawson 2
G Alwis lbw b S Dawson 1
A Durose c Cross b Pawson 8
D Wilson lbw b S Dawson 0
A Zulfiqar lbw b S Dawson 2
C Porteous b Naeem 31
S Fielding c Naeem b Pawson 7
D Hulme c Latham c S Dawson 13
M Smith c Evans b Naeem 6
C Taylor not out 1
Total (25.2 overs) 87
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-10, 3-11, 4-11, 5-21, 6-28, 7-37, 8-63, 9-81, 10-87
Bowling S Dawson 12-2-27-5, D Pawson 8-0-30-3, H Naeem 4.2-0-27-2, R Nicol 1-0-2-0
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