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A THUMPING win over Saddleworth maintained Heywood second team’s title challenge in Division 4 East of the Greater Manchester League.

But they were on the end of a batting blitz at Woodbank the following day as they went out of the 2nd X1 Cup at the quarter-final stage.

Heywood’s total of 257-6 at home to Saddleworth featured significant contributions by skipper Steve Evans (63), Rob Bennett (56), Chris Booth (45) and Roger Smethurst (30).

The visitors to Crimble threatened to make a game of it through a second wicket stand of 57 between R Jones and D Jenkinson. But once the spinners came into the attack the picture changed.

Jones fell for 20 and Jenkinson made 27 in the face of a 4-15 return from seven overs by Lee Clarkson. Saddleworth eventually closed on 93-9 as Will Taylor chipped in with 2-3 from 3.4 overs, while Tom Pagett, Chris Kaye and Olivia Thomas claimed a wicket apiece.

Heywood’s Cup hopes at Woodbank were virtually extinguished by the home side’s run riot. They racked up 336-8 from their 50 overs led by J Brody (80), T Murphy (79), M Grundy (39), S Brooks (42) and M Dentith 23.

In the light of that, there were creditable bowling figures of 3-41 by James Mills and 3-56 from John Keyworth.

The visitors had little feasible chance of pulling the match out of the fire despite the fast-scoring nature of the Bury area ground, and eventually closed on 178 from 35 overs.

The major contribution came via an unbeaten 54 by Chris Kaye, batting at No 7.

+ HEYWOOD’S third team made up mainly of up-and-coming young talent were also on the wrong end of a sizeable batting display at Astley Bridge.

The home side made 260 from 37.1 overs led by 118 from opener L Wainman. Long-serving players Rick Purser claimed 3-56 and Dave Fare 2-46, while there was a welcome and successful return by Sam Byrne with 4-60.

In reply, the visitors could make only 128. Dan Joesbury, batting at No 9, top scored with an unbeaten 32 and there was also 20 from Heywood’s Under-15s team wicket-keeper Liam Forshaw, who had earlier underlined his promise behind the stumps.

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 July 3, 2018  Add comments

  One Response to “Seconds Enjoy Saturday Win, But Suffer Sunday Cup Loss; Thirds Well Beaten”

  1. I’ve heard good reports in this far off place of the “up-and-coming young talents” in the names of Purser and Fare!
    Listen to advice from seniors and keep your heads down boys and you won’t go far wrong in your careers!
    Hope to join you next season – noting that I’m possibly a little on the young side yet!

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