Aug 102020

Heywood first team may have lost narrowly in the T15 at Milnrow on Friday evening but they reversed their fortunes away at Edenfield on Saturday.

For many Heywood players and supporters it was a first trip to the club that former Heywood man Steven Kirby had played for some 20 years ago and a good sized travelling support enjoyed a beautiful day in the sunshine under the backdrop of Holcombe Tower.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first and the opening pair of Barnes and Gallagher played well, Barnes in particular aggresive on any loose bowling as he quickly reached his half century.

The game changed when skipper Sean Burrill introduced the returning Harry Bevan into the attack and he proved the most economical of the Heywood bowlers and accounted for Barnes caught by the skipper at long off.

Home professional Gallagher played a lovely innings and eventually fell just after reaching his century off the bowling of Zaman again caught by Burrill.

Andy Dawson, Chris Kaye and Amar Ullah all chipped in with wickets as the home side finished on 200-6 from their 40 overs, a total that looked like being much higher at one stage.

In reply Heywood lost Mikey Witts early but Wes Hunt was in positive mode and despite the loss of Jacob Kaye he continued until being bowled for 29 with the score only having reached 39. When Bobby Cross quickly came and went it was 49-4 and hopes looked like resting on Ullah.

He did not disappoint and built a nice partnership with Andy Dawson, the pair putting on 58 before Dawson was unlucky to be bowled for a run-a-ball 33.

Harry Bevan showed his all round ability by supporting Ullah as they put on a further 46 together and it was then the job of skipper Burrill to see his side home with a calm 20 not out which included two sixes.

Ullah remained unbeaten at the other end with 86 which included 12 boundaries and a maximum and Heywood took the points with just over 3 overs to spare of the reply, a victory which should give the young side some confidence for the remaining 6 league fixtures of this unusual season. With four of those fixtures at Crimble supporters will be hoping that the sun continues to shine.

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