REPORT BY STEVE MCHUGH: SOMETIMES you have just got to give credit to the other guy.
Yes, Heywood’s meagre total of 57 against Unsworth was their lowest at Crimble in recent memory and certainly disappointing for the home supporters.
But they were victims of an impressive spell of sharp bowling on a responsive wicket by visiting professional Chris Williams, whose figures of 7-12 from 12.5 overs speak for themselves.
It left Unsworth with a straight-forward run chase and they cantered to victory for the loss of just two wickets as the match ended well before 5pm, and left some of the Heywood members wondering what to do with themselves!
Heywood were on the back foot from the moment Williams and his new ball partner Ben Eckton put the squeeze on the top order, after skipper Danny Pawson had chosen to bat.
Williams wrecked the stumps of Wes Hunt in his first over, Bobby Cross went in similar fashion to Eckton at the other end, and when professional Rob Nicol was then caught behind off the professional it was 12-3.
Pawson and Dale Latham threatened some sort of a revival taking the total to 26. But Latham, Dominic Humphreys and Adam Fawcett perished for the addition of only two more runs, and, at 28-6, it was down to Pawson to try to guide the tailtowards a total that could give the Heywood bowlers some sort of a chance.
But Williams was in no mood to show any mercy. And Pawson, clearly trying to bat as many overs as possible, lost his off stump shouldering arms for a contribution of 28 that was head and shoulders above the rest to make it 52-7.
Chris Humphreys, who had stuck around grittily, Steve Evans and Simon Dawson went for the addition of a further five runs, and Williams rightly earned plenty of applause from the throng as he led his side off the field.
Not a good day at the office for Heywood, then, and two withdrawals from the original selection that saw Fawcett and Evans elevated from the second team continued the worrying trend of being unable to field a settled side.
R Cross b Eckton 1
W Hunt b Williams 0
R Nicol c Keyt b Williams 0
D Pawson b Williams 28
D Latham b Eckton 9
D Humphreys lbw b Williams 1
C Humphreys c Arora b Munawar 4
A Fawcett b Williams 0
S Evans b Williams 2
J Morley not out 0
S Dawson b Williams 1
Total (24.5 overs) 57
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 1-2, 12-3, 26-4, 28-5, 28-6, 52-7, 56-8, 56-9, 57-10
Bowling: C Williams 12.5-6-12-7, B Eckton 8-1-28-2, M Munawar 4-0-10-1
J Wiggans c Latham b S Dawson 2
J Ramsay c Latham b D Humphreys 16
C Long not out 28
J Keyt not out 4
Total (for 2 wkts, 26.2 overs) 60
Fall of wickets: 3-1, 43-2
Bowling: C Humphreys 6-1-11-0, S Dawson 8-2-12-1, J Morley 7-1-24-0, D Humphreys 4.2-1-6-1
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