Good weekend for Heanor Town CC seconds

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After another week of rain Heanor Town CC seconds unexpectedly travelled to West Park to play Sawley thirds and ex-Lion Andy Matthews.

After winning the toss again Sawley was asked to bat due to the potential of rain to come again in the late afternoon.

Heanor started with Paul Fletcher and Graham McDonough and Andy Matthews continuing to punish the bad ball for four.

McDonough achieved the initial breakthrough with a wicket maiden in his second over, followed by his second victim in his very next over. Paul Fletcher then joined in removing Andy Matthews for 8.

Sawley’s batsmen appeared to be in a hurry to get home before the rain as Paul Fletcher continued to remove anybody put infront of him.

Only captain Steve Hoskinson appeared to put any resilience put also fell to ‘Fletch’ being caught at first slip by Gary Hickinbottom for 17.

McDonough picked up his third wicket again removing the off stump, finishing with figures of 11-3-18-3.

Fletcher continued to prove to be more effective and removed the long, long, long tail of the Sawley XI removing three batsmen in his tenth over alone finishing with the figures 11-3-27-7.

Sawley were dismissed in the 21st over for 48-10 with tea not quite yet ready!

After a quick turn around and no tea, Heanor went to bat chasing 49 to win and a massive 70 overs to knock them off.

Mark Fletcher started well before being caught behind for 18 with the score at 27 in the eigth over. In form Oliver Naylor then came to bat but unfortunately Carter found the gap between bat and pad with his first ball.

Paul Barlow was next to fall again being caught behind which would have made a good talking point should Hawk Eye & the Hot spot camera’s been available.

This left Gary Hickingbottom and Andy Naylor to look over their shoulders at the rain clouds approaching and knock off the retaining runs in the 17th over with 18 not out and one not out respectively.

After the previous frustrating performance and blank week due to the rain this was a very rewarding performance and a valuable 22 points which will hopefully give Heanor the push which is required to stay with the leading teams in the division and two double header weekends to look forward to.