The first team have gone to the top of the mini-league with two fixtures still to play in this shortened GMCL season.
Having won the toss on a damp wicket skipper Sean Burrill elected to bat first and despite a steady start from Wes Hunt in particular the home side looked in trouble when they fell from 52-1 to 57-4. Hunt falling for a well made 31 on a difficult surface.
Andy Dawson instigated a repair job with a quickfire 29 and contributions from Cross, O’Neill, Burrill and DeBoeck allowed Heywood to post 141 from just short of the 40 overs.
In response the dangerous Barnes was removed early by Dawson courtesy of a good catch on the square leg boundary by Mikey Witts but when visiting professional Gallagher settled in with wicketkeeper Taylor a breakthrough was needed and Burrill obliged with a ball that exploded in the pitch and took the glove and was caught behind.
From that point spin proved difficult to score from on a slow pitch and Chris Kaye and Amar Ullah put the brakes on the innings chipping away with regular wickets. Ullah ending with superb figures of 5-12 from 6.3 overs as the visitors fell to 116 all out.
Heywood travel to Tottington St Johns on Saturday and host Bury in the final match of the season which so far has presented some of the younger players with plenty of chance to showcase their ability.
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