Heywood paid the price for a slow scoring rate as they were soundly beaten at Norden on Sunday.
Their target of 137 was at least 30 short in difficult conditions, and despite a good effort with the ball – especially from Rick Purser – Norden eased home with plenty of overs and six wickets to spare.
Norden had lost their last four matches prior to this game, and Heywood turned up in good spirits, which were immediately dampened as they were faced with a damp square, an outfield that had not been cut and a wicket that hadn’t been properly prepared. This meant that despite fine weather the game was reduced to 41 overs a side.
Heywood lost Matt Hood early on after being inserted, and Heywood struggled in the face of excellent bowling from Matt Buckley and the experienced Asif ‘Beamer’ Saeed.
Captain Roger Smethurst went next trying to increase the run rate after being bogged down, and Sean Burrill came and went quickly. After 20 overs, Heywood were 64-2.
This brought the Fawcett brothers – Dom and Adam – together and they found the going even tougher, scoring just 20 runs off the next 10 overs.
Adam fell trying to hit over the top in a bid to increase the tempo, bringing in Mikey Grogan to try to speed things up, and with a positive few overs Heywood managed to post 137-7. Dom Fawcett was eventually run out for another good knock of 64 to emphasise his patience and ability to build big innings.
The general feeling was that Heywood were short of a decent target, and this proved to be so despite some good bowling from Purser and Lee Grogan.
Purser removed Phil Docker early on to give Heywood hope, but Saeed was joined by young number three Udwadia, who showed maturity well above his tender 12 years.
He allowed Saeed to cut lose and he smashed some lusty blows – one over the Norden scorebox - before Purser briefly brought Heywood back into it with Scott Jones taking two good catches stood up to dismiss Saeed and Wild in quick succession.
However, a combination of excellent batting from Buckley and Udwadia, and a slippery ball, saw Heywood struggle again and even another Purser/ Jones double act couldn’t knock Norden off track and they cruised home.
Smethurst said: “We were comprehensively beaten and now have to regroup and have two winnable matches this weekend against the bottom two sides of Middleton and Werneth.
“But events this weekend have shown that every team in the top division is capable of beating each other and the return of Wes Hunt should hopefully prevent complacency setting in.”
M Hood c Collin b Humphreys 1
R Smethurst c Fawkes b Saeed 19
D Fawcett run out 64
S Burrill b Saeed 0
A Fawcett c Docker b Buckley 15
M Grogan run out 10
L Grogan c and b Wylde 6
S Byrne run out 0
S Jones not out 1
Total (for 7 wkts, 41 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-64, 3-64, 4-104, 5-126, 6-132, 7-133
A Saeed c Jones b Purser 31
P Docker b Purser 6
R Udwadia c Jones b Purser 27
S Wild c Jones b Purser 0
M Buckley not out 34
B Patterson not out 16
Total (for 4 wkts, 32 overs) 138
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-64, 3-64, 4-92
Bowling: Purser 15-2-45-4, L Grogan 7-0-43-0, Byrne 7-4-24-0, M Grogan 2-0-20-0, D Fawcett 1-0-6-0
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