REPORT BY JOHN HEYWOOD: Heywood Under 13s travelled to Bury last Sunday looking to build on a promising start to the league campaign, but came unstuck against one of the best players in local league cricket.
Winning what seems like our fifth consecutive toss, skipper Daniel James opted to bat hoping to post a decent total on a wet green wicket and put the Bury side under some pressure.
At 8-0 after two overs things were looking bright and then a series of events conspired against this talented team.
acking up from the non strikers end Danny James slipped slightly as Billy Radcliffe drove one to cover. The Bury fielder did well to collect the ball and hit the stumps with a direct throw. Despite the slip Danny and all the Heywood supporters were convinced he had made his ground.
In any form of cricket if there is any doubt the decision should be not out. In junior cricket I always think you need to be very out and it was with some surprise that the home umpire gave our captain out at the non-strikers end.
At 8-1 Heywood still had a plethora of batting talent at their disposal but what happened next was a quick lesson in junior fast bowling.
Bury’s district opening bowler found his rhythm and produced one of the quickest and most accurate spells I have seen in quite a few years for this age group. The Heywood lads were probably taken by surprise by the speed and accuracy of this attack and struggled to make any head way against some quite brilliant bowling. Very soon 8-1 became 20-6
Even though this destroyed our chances in the game the reality is that the Bury opening bowler bowled very well on Sunday morning and if he continues to develop the way he has so far he will have a great future in the game. One to watch for the future.
Shoeb dug deep and assisted by the remainder of his team mates the Heywood lads recovered to some extent to post a score of 50.
50 was always 20 or 30 runs short but the Heywood lads used the time well and restricted the Bury side to three an over to take the game to the 16th over of the Bury innings.
Daniel James produced a stunning return catch from his own bowling. Sam Sweeney did all that was asked from him and his improvement as a player is there for all to see. Certainly more bowling and a higher batting position is on the cards for Sam next week.
Ben Crompton was due on next to bowl as the Bury lads hit the winning runs. Ben, I will get you bowling at an earlier stage in the game next time.
Thanks to Harrison Crompton, who stepped up for his first under 13’s game as without him we would have only had 10 players.
In summary I have no doubt that with a better plan (that’s my job!!) and some application we will give Bury a much closer game back down at the Crimble.
Johnny aside ( Bury quick opening bowler ) we are at least on par with the Bury under 13’s – the home game we will be ready for them to reverse this result
Well done to all the lads.
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