Oct 222018

Following the statistics for the leading amateur wicket takers last week, a chance now to look back on some of the all time leading wicket takers in the professional ranks.

All time Pro Wickets

At the top of the list is a man who also featured high up in the amateur lists and must have been quite the bowler. Frank Watson was professional from 1898-1908 and subsequently remained as an amateur for some years after. His 950 wickets is an incredible effort.

Fred Slater, in second place on the list was professional between 1929-36.

Some supporters will still recall the wonderful service given to the club by Colin Lever, who sits third on the list, a superb return for a man who came to the club as a batsman at the end of the 1960′s! It was no coincidence that the club entered a highly successful period with Colin as professional.

Prior to Colin’s term as professional the early part of the 60′s saw Clairmonte Depeiza, the popular West Indian, take 405 wickets in another successful spell for the first team.

Moving down the list supporters will recognise some more current names with South African Alan Badenhorst inside the top 10 and talented Australian all rounder Steve Wundke not far behind. The South Australian was a terrific all round cricketer and contributed much to the double winning season of 1984. Another member of that side appears just below him, as Bob Cooke had spells as both professional and amateur at Crimble.

Current professional Travis Townsend is now in the top 20 after four consistent seasons at the club and has the chance to climb the list further.

Making up the top 20 are two names that most cricket supporters will recognise with the extremely talented Johan Botha (South Africa) at 19 and West Indies great Curtly Ambrose at 20.

Botha’s figures are more impressive when you consider that in his first season at Crimble he bowled genuinely fast, before ankle surgery forced him to turn to his off-spin by the time of his second summer. Botha’s first season in 2003 represents only the second time a Heywood player managed the magical double of over 100 wickets and over 1000 runs in the same season (103 wickets and 1432 runs).

Ambrose is widely regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers of all time and the fact that he makes this list despite only having played for one season is evidence of this. 13 hauls of 5 wickets or more shows just how difficult the man from Antigua would have been to face for league cricketers.

At 10th on the list some may recognise the name of Ellis Achong. From Trinidad & Tobago but of Chinese descent, it was Achong’s unusual style of slow left arm bowling that would lead to the description of a “Chinaman” bowler. With 324 wickets for Heywood in just three seasons it was fairly certain that opposition players struggled to play him!

The other man to do the “double” was New Zealand great John Reid. In 1954 he took exactly 100 wickets whilst scoring an impressive 1373 runs at an average of just over 76.

12 month round international cricket means that the likes of Ambrose may never been seen again at this level but the list is made up of many other talented bowlers that Crimble supporters have had the fortune to witness in action over the years.

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Oct 192018

Bowling All TimeIn what we hope will be a series of interesting articles for club supporters we are going to look back on some of the best players to have played for the club, whether over a whole career or just for one season. We will look at both professionals and amateurs and a variety of different Click here for more ….

Oct 192018

Some dates for your diaries as we move towards Christmas: Friday 26th October – Fashion Show  A chance to enjoy an evening at the club, have a few drinks and get huge discounts on high street prices. Tickets are just £5 and are available from Catherine Freeman. Saturday 27th October – Halloween Party  Now sold Click here for more ….

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Oct 182018

Amid the disappointment of the relegation from the Premier division of the GMCL there were notable highlights this summer, particularly with Jack Morley and Olivia Thomas continuing their exciting progress with Lancashire and beyond. On the field at Crimble however popular Australian overseas player Tom McQuinn had a season to remember with the ball in Click here for more ….

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Oct 152018

Morley in action in Sri LankaHeywood’s Jack Morley continues his exciting development with selection for the England Young Lions training squad for the first half of the winter. The left arm spinner is one of two Lancashire players in the 18 strong squad that will train in both the UK and then Bangalore under the guidance of former England seam Click here for more ….

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Oct 152018

thumbnail_image1Crimble will play host to a fashion show on Friday 26th October, 7.30pm, with the chance for shoppers to grab discounts of between 50-75% off high street prices. Tickets are just £5 and are available from Cathy on 07809 238985 or email cfreeman150274@gmail.com Payment will be accepted on the night – both cash and card.

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Oct 032018

CRIMBLE will be a hive of activity for the Club’s eagerly anticipated Presentation Evening on Friday, October 12 (7pm). The awards will range from: + The Lancashire All Stars cricket section, featuring five to eight-year-olds. + The junior teams comprising the Under-9s, Under-11s, Under-13s, Under-15s and Under-18s. + The senior sides made up of the Click here for more ….

 October 3, 2018  4 Responses »
Sep 252018

Olivia Thomas on Lancashire Duty in 2018HEYWOOD Cricket Club’s female protégé Olivia Thomas can look back on an outstanding season at Lancashire with pride. The 14-year-old all-rounder has featured regularly in Heywood’s second and third teams this season, and recently took her first senior five-wicket haul with figures of 5-28 from seven overs in a third team game against Egerton. But it Click here for more ….

 September 25, 2018  3 Responses »
Sep 192018

paws0032DANNY Pawson is moving on after an 11-season playing association with Heywood Cricket Club. The now 27-year-old came to Crimble from Milnrow at the age of 17 ahead of the 2008 campaign originally as a wicketkeeper-batsmen, but in recent years has given up the gloves because of knee problems. And the left-hander has turned out Click here for more ….

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Sep 192018

HEYWOOD’S second team ended their Division 4 East campaign in the Greater Manchester League with a thumping win at Saddleworth. The home side could muster only 10 batsmen and closed on 60-9 in just 17 overs. Chris Kaye again led the way with 5-13 from five overs, Cav Hilton backed him up with 3-19 and Click here for more ….

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Sep 182018

REPORT BY STEVE MCHUGH: THE LIGHTS finally went out on Heywood’s escape route in the Greater Manchester Premier League on a dramatic final day of the season. The clash against Clifton turned to be a winner-takes-all survival showdown. And it had a dramatic conclusion, ending in near darkness after a three-hour delay produced a 30-overs-per-side game Click here for more ….

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Sep 132018

THE curtain comes down on another local cricket season at the weekend – and it’s an important finale for Heywood’s senior side. They entertain Clifton on Saturday needing a victory to have a chance of preserving their Greater Manchester Premier League status. The second team, after being in the one of the two Division 4 East Click here for more ….

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Sep 112018

BY STEVE McHUGH: HEYWOOD will be keeping their fingers crossed that the weather does not interfere with the final day of the Greater Manchester Premier League programme for a second successive week. Saturday’s total washout of the fixtures leaves Heywood precariously positioned in the fourth and final relegation place, with Denton West, Edgworth and Greenmount Click here for more ….

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