Jul 262015

Dom Humphreys on debut

Heywood simply failed to make enough runs as they lost at home to Norden on Saturday.

After winning the toss on a green deck at Crimble, Heywood could only muster 152 off 48.4 overs.

And this proved a relatively straightforward chase for the visitors, who eased home with more than four overs to spare.

The Norden opening attack of Martin Smith and Hartley was on fine form and they gave the Heywood batsmen little to score off.

Wes Hunt was first to go to Hartley, after the bowler had seen a number of hearty appeals turned down, before Cross feathered one behind off Dean Lord.

Former Oldham pro Smith was bowling excellently without luck, but Heywood unluckily lost pro Rob Nicol to Lord and from here the going was tough.

Skipper Danny Pawson looked in good nick but could only find Lord when trying to score off visiting pro Daniel Salpietro on 38, and Sean Burrill – showing more potential – found Harman at short midwicket when going well.

It was left to Dom Humphreys, on debut, to put up some resistance against his former team, and his 22 bodes well for all concerned.

But with Norden excellent in the field and giving little width, Heywood fell well short of a good target.

In front of a well-oiled home support, the home side needed wickets but Andy Dawson bowled a loose spell, which undid the accurate spell from Chris Humphreys, also playing his first game.

The latter made the breakthrough, bowling Harman, and then Joe Lovell has Udwadia brilliantly caught by Nicol at slip.

The big wicket looked like it had come just before drinks when Lovell hit the pads of Ash Gowers, but the umpire thought it was missing.

All the time, Salpietro was playing beautifully and looked to be taking his side home to a comfortable win. He went trying to blast Lovell for 71,and it looked, briefly, as though Heywood could get back into the game.

But a loose over from Humza Naeem – despite earlier taking a wicket – loosened the pressure and Norden eased home on their last visit to Crimble.

R Cross c Gowers b Lord 23
W Hunt c Udwadia b Hartley 9
R Nicol lbw b Lord 12
D Pawson c Lord b Salpietro 38
S Burrill c Harman b Salpietro 13
D Humphreys c Buckley b Hartley 22
A Dawson b Hartley 2
S Dawson c Salpietro b Hartley 0
J Lovell c Harman b Smith 2
H Naeem not out 4
C Humphreys lbw b Smith 7
Extras 21
Total (48.4 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-48, 3-62, 4-94, 5-110, 6-113.7-113, 8-123, 9-139, 10-152
Bowling: M Smith 15-4-38-2, C Hartley 16-1-45-4, D Lord 8-0-30-2, D Salpietro 9-0-38-2
S Harman b C Humphreys 15
D Salpietro c Cross b Lovell 71
R Udwadia c Nicol b Lovell 0
A Gowers c Pawson b Naeem 23
S North not out 27
S Pimm c Cross b Lovell 3
A Buckley not out 8
Extras 9
Total (for 5 wkts, 45.3 overs) 156
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-61, 3-118, 4-118, 5-135
Bowling: C Humphreys 15-5-22-1, A Dawson 6-0-35-0, J Lovell 16.3-5-53-3, H Naeem 7-0-36-1, S Dawson 1-0-9-0

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