May 042021

Heywood 3rd X1 made it two wins from their opening three games  when they comprehensively beat a much more experienced Unsworth side at Crimble on Sunday.

A win that takes the Heywood team to 2nd in the early league table standings.

Captain J. McCulloch (snr) won the toss and elected to bat first. The opening pair of Matt Hood, who was playing his first game of the season, and young Dan Openshaw who was coming off the back of a highly impressive 93 last week made a great start putting 71 on the board in no time and both looking in great form.

With the score on 71 Hood was out for a quick fire 43 falling LBW to left arm spinner Yaqoob. James Leadbetter was next man in but unfortunately holed out to mid off for 4.

Young Benji McCulloch was next in to partner Openshaw. With the score now on 93 Openshaw was out LBW falling 5 short of what would have been his second consecutive half century.

B. McCulloch and Matt Dearden pushed the score to 124 playing some sensible cricket shots and pushing singles when possible. Dearden went for 11 after another LBW decision.

With the score on 124 and only 8 overs remaining Connor McNally come to the wicket with the instructions to try and push the score along. B McCulloch was next man out being bowled for a creditable 21.

J.McCulloch (Jnr) joined McNally and both lads started to have a go at pushing the score on, playing some good attacking cricket shots. J. McCulloch (jnr) was next man out bowled Kayani for 5.

Skipper J. McCulloch Snr now joined McNally with the score on 150 for 6 and just 2 overs remaining, McNally finished with 27 not out of 26 balls and J.McCulloch Snr 9 not out of 6 balls and the score a competitive 173 for 6.

Tom George opened the Heywood bowling attack from the pavilion end and was soon finding his rhythm, both Unsworth openers looking uncomfortable facing him.

With the score on 17 James Leadbetter took the first Unsworth wicket after a good catch from J.McCulloch (jnr) at cover. George then struck, bowling Unsworth batsman Tammam with the score on 23. A good catch from Dean Ashton give Leadbetter his second wicket before George struck again bowling Ali for 0.

Connor McNally and Tom Pagett now come into the Heywood attack and were soon amongst the wickets. With the Unsworth score on just 39 for 6 0ff 20 overs Heywood was in total control of the match. Dean Ashton was brought into the Heywood attack replacing McNally at the lake end and he soon found his line and length. Pagett took his 3rd wicket with the Unsworth score on 50.

Unsworth’s last wicket fell with the score on 64 when Ashton took his first wicket after a good catch from Matt Hood at mid off.

Heywood’s bowling was excellent and backed up with some good fielding.

A special mention must go to young Tom George who bowled magnificently finishing with figures of 2 for 19 of 7  overs and Tom Pagett who took 3 for 7 of 7 overs.

This was another good all round team performance from Heywood, with all the junior players playing a big part in the result supported by the experience of the senior players.

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