Heywood’s U11′s played their first game of the 2013 season away to Unsworth on Wednesday night and with the weather being bright but a little cold, the youngsters started the campaign in great spirits and warmed to the task with masses of drive and vigour.
New captain for the season Ethan Harding lost the toss and the Pole Lane outfit decided to bat, which came as a pleasant surprise to the Heywood coaching team.
Game on. Captain Harding started the bowling season off excellently with a wicket maiden and the remaining eight youngsters, who all had at least two overs, came through their first bowling innings with amazing figures, so it should come as no surprise to all that the Unsworth innings ended on 213 for 9 off the 20 overs, an excellent start.
On to the Heywood innings. Bearing in mind that 60 per cent of the team had not played a competitive game of cricket before with a real cricket ball they came through with flying colours, both on and off the pitch. Again the first over of the innings did not go to plan, losing two wickets and no runs, however from that point on the focus kicked in and shots were played ending the first pairing on 206 for Crompton and McKenzie. Next two in where Kay and Taylor, adding 9 runs to the total without any wicket lost, so Heywood had 216 on the board.
Next pairing of Brennon and Carter, both being fresh to the U11′s, again made good headway to leave the total at 226 off their 4 over spell. Following on were captain Harding and Parkinson, with Harding smashing a leg side delivery over the boundary for six in the first of the four overs which concluded with a solid score of 241 on the board.
The final pairing for Heywood was Witts and Skidmore, who further increased the score to a winning total of 244 from the 20 overs, which gave the young guns the victory by 31 runs.
Coach Grogan, along with assistants Morley and Hunt, where delighted with the performance both on and off the pitch with all members of the team working together and backing each other up all the way.
Great start to 2013 for the team and it must be said that the support on the night was outstanding with a head count of over 40 people watching the game.
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- Under-11s Maintain Unbeaten Record In Last Over Thriller
- Under-11s Remain Top After Great Performance With Ball And In Field
- Seconds Denied Much-Needed Victory By Rain
- No Hiccups As Smethurst’s Seconds Ease Past Unsworth
- Brilliant Heywood Simply Too Hot For Unsworth To Handle
- Seconds Hold Nerve To Bounce Back With Unsworth Victory