Jul 312018

WHAT seemed like a manageable task a fortnight ago for Heywood’s second team to achieve promotion from Division 4 East of the Greater Manchester League has turned into a dogfight.

They lost their second successive match, this time by 109 runs at Newton Heath, and now lie third in the table – 11 points behind Hollinwood and one behind Denton.

Heywood suffered a pre-match blow when Lee Clarkson, who has had a fine all-round season but particularly with the ball, had to pull out with a back injury.

And Newton Heath cashed in by rattling up 222-4 from their 45 overs based on an opening stand of 81 between J Robinson and P Johnstone.

The latter was the main aggressor before being first to fall for 57 from 74 balls, and Robinson was fourth out for 62. But D Winstanley made sure his side went well past 200 with an unbeaten 42.

Then, for the second successive match, Heywood’s batting fell apart as they collapsed to 64-7 before rallying to 113 all out.

Chris Kaye, batting at No 5, top-scored with 49 and James Mills made 30, but Ethan Clarkson – who went in when the seventh wicket fell – was the only other batsman to reach double figures with 12.

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