Sep 232016

CONTRASTING emotions were on display in Heywood second team’s final match of the season at Crimble.

The home side were relegated from Division Three of the Greater Manchester League after a crushing defeat against Prestwich – who in turn clinched the championship in the inaugural season.

Heywood’s total of 115 was never nearly enough, with only opener West Hunt (63) and Michael Witts (14) posting double figure scores.

The home side could never come to terms with a persistent Prestwich attack, in which Stephen Ritchie and Oli Holt claimed four wickets apiece while Nathan Bailey claimed the other two.

Heywood’s bowlers kept an early grip on the run rate in the Prestwich reply. But it was wickets that the home side needed, and they only claimed one apiece for Joe Humphreys and Cabhan Hilton.

Lewis Smith expertly anchored the Prestwich run chase and finished with an unbeaten 70, and he was supported in the gallop to the finishing line by an unbeaten 14 from Holt.

J Humphreys c Kelly b Ritchie 9
W Hunt b Ritchie 63
S Burrill b Holt 8
M Grogan c Carter b Holt 7
J Morley c Taylor b Bailey 1
M Witts b Ritchie 14
J Mills c Kelly b Bailey 2
C Kaye b Holt 1
R Smethurst not out 1
J Keyworth lbw b Holt 0
C Hilton c Taylor b Ritchie 0
Extras 9
Total (43 overs) 115
Bowling: S Ritchie 11-3-22-4, O Holt 13-4-30-4, N Bailey 13-1-30-2, N Carter 6-0-27-0

L Smith not out 70
J Doyle lbw b J Humphreys 9
H Aziz b Hilton 12
O Holt not out 14
Extras 13
Total (for 2 wkts, 35.3 overs) 118
Bowling: J Keyworth 4-0-16-0, J Morley 12-3-27-0, C Kaye 6-2-14-0, J Humphreys 4-0-19-1, J Mills 5-0-23-0, C Hilton 4.3-2-9-1

+ HEYWOOD’S 3rd X1 finished on a downbeat note as they failed to chase down a modest victory target of 82 in a 32-run defeat at home to Thornham the following day.

Joe Humphreys, Cabhan Hilton and Jack Morley were the main wicket-takers as they helped restrict the visitors to just 81 from 32 overs.

But the Heywood batsmen never got to grips with a determined and skilful Thornham attack, despite a defiant effort by Morley.

He went in second wicket down but saw a series of partners come and go before he was last man out for 14 as Heywood subsided to 49.

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Sep 122016

HEYWOOD concluded their first season in Greater Manchester Premier League with a decisive defeat of Flixton at Crimble. The nine-wicket romp against the admittedly well-below strength visitors at least makes sure that Heywood end the inaugural season in the new set-up not rock bottom of the table. But their relegation fate was known before the Click here for more ….

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Sep 122016

MICHAEL Witts turned in an outstanding performance for the Greater Manchester League’s Under-14s side as they dominated the Michael Roche Trophy final against the Lancashire League Juniors at Crimble. The Heywood protégé was the main batsman on the day to master the conditions, and his 69 opening the innings enabled the Manchester side to reach Click here for more ….

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Sep 082016

THE season may be drawing to a close but there is still a double bill of action at Crimble over the coming weekend. The senior side play their final match of the Greater Manchester Premier League season on Saturday when they host Flixton (12 30pm). And, on Sunday, Heywood stage the Under-14s Inter-League final between Click here for more ….

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Aug 312016

CHRIS Kaye answers an SOS call for Heywood at the weekend. The senior side are down to the bones on the bowling front with the Humphreys family being unavailable, causing problems in the senior attack for the do-or-die relegation games at Egerton on Saturday and at home to Glossop on Sunday. That sees Kaye, who Click here for more ….

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Aug 302016

Cup Kings! 3rd XI Cup Winners Heywood CCA YOUTHFUL 3rd X1 team has brought silverware to Heywood in the club’s first season in the Greater Manchester Premier League. They produced two outstanding performances at the weekend to win the semi-final at Denton West on Sunday and the final against Elton at Thornham on Bank Holiday Monday to lift the Per-Fit 3rd X1 Click here for more ….

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Aug 302016

HEYWOOD are down but not quite out in the Greater Manchester Premier League after coming out on the wrong side of another Crimble photo finish. They slumped to the bottom of the table after losing by just two runs in heartbreaking fashion to Edgworth – who had started the day themselves propping up the pile. Click here for more ….

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Aug 252016

YOUTH cricket is being given special attention at Crimble following the first meeting of the newly-formed Junior Cricket Sub Committee. There are many issues to be addressed, and chairman Matt Hilton said: “Hopefully, we can make a difference very much for the better. But we need to prioritise and hope that the following decisions show Click here for more ….

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Aug 242016

TWO of Heywood Cricket Club’s most promising young players step into the first team for their league debuts this coming weekend. Joe Humphreys, who has turned in a series of impressive performances in the second team, makes it a family triumvirate in the senior side alongside his dad Chris and older brother Dominic. And Michael Click here for more ….

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Aug 232016

HEYWOOD Cricket Club’s very own Dad’s Army came to the rescue at the weekend – and earned the admiration of Crimble supporters. With Heywood facing the unpalatable prospect of having to concede a second team game for the second successive weekend, a group of former players – some ageing, some retired and some aiming to Click here for more ….

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Aug 222016

COCKTAILS0001A POPULAR function is being given at encore at Heywood Cricket Club by popular demand. The cocktail night will again be staged at Crimble on Saturday, September 10 (8pm), after the first team home fixture against Flixton. The Social Committee is asking for donations of spirits for what is always a lively evening, and anyone Click here for more ….

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Aug 162016

ANOTHER Jekyll and Hyde performance cost Heywood dearly as they slipped to a five-run home defeat against Denton St Lawrence. Heywood were excellent in the field as they restricted the Saints to 154 all out from the last ball of the innings after they had put together an opening stand of 72. Then, led by Click here for more ….

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Aug 152016

JACKNEW0001JACK Morley has received further recognition as he continues to make his name in the junior cricketing world. The 15-year-old has been chosen in a Midlands/North side to play the South/West and London/East from August 28-30 in a ‘Best of Bunbury’ match at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University. He is one of Click here for more ….

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