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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