Sep 012014

The junior section at Heywood CC has seen a remarkable turnaround in recent years and is set to make even more progress over the winter months and into 2015.

Following the highly successful introduction of an Under 9′s squad and the attainment of ClubMark status the club has seen both the quality and quantity of coaches rise whilst development of facilities has matched that pace with the construction of the artificial nets.

The successful Under-13s side

The U13′s League Winners showcase the developments at Crimble

With the best part of 100 juniors now participating down at the club the Cricket Committee have instigated the first steps towards setting up a full time junior section to help manage the running and development of junior cricket.

A new Junior Management Committee is to be set up to deal with the practicalities of running the junior section and this committee will have its own finances and the ability to fund raise should any items of expenditure be outside the current budget.

The Junior Management Committee will be formally introduced at the AGM in January 2015 but any junior parents wishing to put themselves forward for a role on the committee should contact Bobby Cross with an expression of interest. The committee will need a Secretary and Treasurer as well as other members to plan fundraising, liaise with the Club Committee, organise the practical side of hosting matches and to listen to the views of junior players.

It is hoped that two junior players will sit on the committee to represent the players and in order that the club can respond to the feelings of our junior members.

As a further development the club are pleased to announce that 2015 will see the introduction of an U19 Development Side. This will sit alongside the existing U18 side but will play some 40 over matches on the free Saturday’s created by the change to the senior league format.

The side will effectively replace the 3rd XI which has been withdrawn from the existing structure and matches will initially be played on a friendly basis with the CLL considering the development of a similar style league in 2016.

One or two over age players will play and the likelihood is that former first team captain Bobby Cross will manage and captain the side although any senior players that feature will take no active part in the matches.

The club are keen that players moving from Under 15 cricket into senior cricket have access to a longer format of the game in order that batters have the opportunity to score centuries whilst bowlers can learn to bowl more than one spell. Players will be given the chance to captain the side under senior guidance with player development and enjoyment, rather than purely success, being the aim.

Cross himself is delighted with the concept stating, “there is currently a huge gap in the provision of cricket appropriate to ability once players move up from U15′s. Junior players are currently being asked to play senior cricket when previously they have never played more than a 20 over match. I am really pleased the club has decided to take the lead and move down this road as I firmly believe this will give our young players the right environment in which to play and will encourage their retention into the senior section of the club.”

More details will be announced on both these developments in due course.

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Sep 012014

An excellent knock from the classy Sean BurrillHeywood seconds secured their survival in the top division of second team cricket for 2015 with a well-deserved victory at Rochdale. Having narrowly lost to the Redbrook side the previous Sunday, Heywood turned up confident of overturning that result. Heywood were asked to bat in wet conditions and were indebted to a fine innings of Click here for more ….

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Aug 262014

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Aug 252014

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Aug 202014

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Aug 202014

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Aug 192014

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Aug 182014

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Aug 072014

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