Jun 222017

HEYWOOD’S reward for their fine 62-run victory at Glossop in the second round of the Derek Kay 1st X1 Cup is a home tie in the quarter-finals.

They entertain Denton St Lawrence on Sunday, July 2 (1pm), and certainly know what they are up against.

They played the Saints three times last year in their inaugural Greater Manchester League season, losing heavily at Sycamore Park in their opening Premier League meeting. The home side made 195-9 and Heywood were cleaned up for 67 in reply.

But the following two encounters at Crimble were much more closely run affairs.

At the same stage of the 1st X1 Cup as this year, Heywood made 171 and the Saints scraped through with 173-8.

And in the reverse Premier League encounter, the Saints made 154 only for Heywood to fall agonisingly short on 149-9.

The win at Glossop was estimable in several different ways, not least because Heywood had to dig deep into their reserves with several players unavailable for a variety of reasons.

Rob Bennett and Phil Dawson answered two of the calls, alongside Cabhan Hilton and second team captain Mikey Grogan.

That certainly made it a red letter day for the Dawson family, with Phil joining brothers Simon and Andy in playing together in a competitive first team game for the first time.

And none of those stepping up let the Club down.

Skipper Danny Pawson was almost inevitably the shining light of the batting display in baking temperatures with another glowing contribution of 90, as Heywood battled to put a competitive score on the board after winning the toss.

Pawson was quite simply in a different league and shored up the batting order despite wickets falling at regular intervals.

He went in at 28-2 and was on the cusp of a brilliant century when playing on 10 runs short, leaving Heywood on 148-9 and looking susceptible to a Glossop run chase.

But Grogan and the 15-year-old Hilton then put together a vital last-wicket stand of 24, also making sure that the team batted all but four balls of the 50 overs, with the former making a gritty, unbeaten 18.

The total of 172 gave an under-strength Heywood attack something to work with and they responded in determined style.

Andy Dawson had the dangerous Lee Dale caught behind in his first over, after the opener had crashed him for two boundaries, before brother Simon and skipper Pawson made further inroads.

Pawson claimed Daniel Eyre caught behind, and Simon Dawson used the same method to get rid of Dale Pennington before trapping Chris Tipper plumb lbw.

At 41-4, Heywood had taken a stranglehold and that was reinforced 13 runs later when Andy Dawson came back into the attack to make Daniel Senior a fourth victim for wicketkeeper Bobby Cross, who is certainly making a fine fist of returning to the job.

The visitors were well on top but there was always a chance that a middle order stand by the home side could turn the tide. And there looked a possibility of that when James Eyre was joined by Jack Negram.

But Heywood’s outstanding catching came to the fore again with the total on 75 when Eyre smashed a Travis Townsend delivery high and straight – only for Andy Kerr to take a superb tumbling catch in the shadow of the sightscreen.

That was the beginning of the end as Townsend claimed two more victims, one aided by a neat catch by Phil Dawson; Hilton got in on the act by getting rid of Negram; and Andy Dawson ended the threat of Will Hargreaves thanks to a third catch by Kerr – this one a slick effort at extra cover, jumping to take the ball as it looked set to sail over his head.

R Cross c Senior b Usher 12
A Kerr c Senior b Hunt 2
T Townsend b Adderley 16
D Pawson b J Eyre 90
S Burrill c R Adderley b Tipper 8
A Dawson c and b Hargreaves 5
R Bennett b Hunt 1
P Dawson lbw b Adderley 2
S Dawson c D Eyre b Tipper 1
M Grogan not out 18
C Hilton b J Eyre 2
Extras 14
Total (49.2 overs) 172
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-28, 3-43, 4-69, 5-86, 6-99, 7-128, 8-129, 9-148, 10-172
Bowling: S Hunt 8-0-35-2, M Usher 8-1-28-1, R Adderley 10-1-28-2, W Hargreaves 10-1-33-1, C Tipper 10-1-22-2, J Eyre 2.2-0-21-2, L Dale 1-0-4-0

D Eyre c Cross b Pawson 13
L Dale c Cross b A Dawson 9
D Pennington c Cross b S Dawson 14
C Tipper lbw b S Dawson 0
D Senior c Cross b A Dawson 10
J Eyre c Kerr b Townsend 15
J Negram c Kerr b Hilton 21
W Hargreaves c Kerr b A Dawson 17
R Adderley c P Dawson b Townsend 5
S Hunt b Townsend 3
M Usher not out 1
Extras 4
Total (31.3 overs) 110
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-33, 3-36, 4-41, 5-54, 6-75, 7-87, 8-105, 9-107, 10-110
Bowling: S Dawson 7-2-20-2, A Dawson 8-2-31-3, D Pawson 6-2-19-1, T Townsend 6.3-0-24-3, C Hilton 4-0-14-1

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Jun 222017

HEYWOOD’S senior side bid to continue their excellent run with another triple header this coming weekend. All the games are at Crimble and feature: the final game of the Archway T20 group at home to Thornham Thunder on Friday; a Greater Manchester League Division One clash with Stretford on Saturday; and hosting Hyde on Sunday Click here for more ….

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Jun 212017

A FORMER Heywood Cricket Club player has sadly passed away at a relatively young age. Tim Smedley, who played mainly second team cricket but some first team games in the early 1980s, died last week after visiting Crimble the previous weekend. He was believed to be 58. He lived in Milnrow but had a spell Click here for more ….

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Jun 192017

HEYWOOD’S 168-run defeat of Worsley in Division One of the Greater Manchester League was not totally unexpected given the respective positions of the teams in the table. But Danny Pawson’s side can take great encouragement from the performance of the lower order batsmen who paved the way to an imposing score of 275. And the Click here for more ….

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Jun 192017

HEYWOOD Monkeys comfortably saw off Bamford Bulldogs to set up a chance of qualification from their Archway T20 Group when they take on Thornham Thunder on Friday (June 23) (6pm). The Monkeys restricted the home side to 112-5 from their 20 overs, after having them 19-4 at one stage, then comfortably chased down their target Click here for more ….

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Jun 142017

HEYWOOD Cricket Club teams feature in five games over a hectic coming weekend. The senior side feature a triple away test that could help define their season. + Friday has the Monkeys travelling to Bamford Fieldhouse to take on the Bulldogs in the second game of their Archway T20 group. + Saturday sees the side Click here for more ….

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Jun 122017

HEYWOOD Monkeys were well beaten by Unsworth Dragons in their opening action of the Archway T20 group. The visitors put themselves in the box seat at the halfway stage by rattling up 153-5 from their 20 overs. And that proved too much for the home side who eventually fell for 116, with only professional Travis Click here for more ….

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Jun 092017

HEYWOOD have agreed to step in at the last minute and host a Lancashire boys game on Sunday after the county’s original choice of venue fell through. The Under-14s will take on Lincolnshire in a match set to start after the Heywood U13 cup game completes in the morning. It continues the run of Sunday Click here for more ….

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Jun 072017

HEYWOOD are looking forward to a couple of big Cup dates. They take on Glossop in the second round of the Derek Kay 1st Xl Cup a week on Sunday, June 18. And, following their defeat of Walsden in the third round of the Royal London National Club Championships, they entertain Hyde in the area final Click here for more ….

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Jun 052017

 A DOMINANT display saw Heywood march into the group area final of the Royal London National Club Championship. A decisive seven-wicket defeat of  Walsden was punctuated by only one 20-minute period of nervousness in their run chase, after toppling their former Central Lancashire League rivals for 112. Bobby Cross and Andy Kerr had seen Heywood off Click here for more ….

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Jun 052017

ALL STAR LINE-UP! Youngsters who took part in the All Stars Cricket session at Crimble get in the picture as Heywood president Bob Cross (second left) receives the sponsorship cheque from John Willie Lees National Sales Director Dean Redfern. Also in the line-up (left to right) are:  Mark Simmons (Area Sales Manager for John Willie Lees), Nigel Walch (Heywood CC bar chairman) and Bobby Cross (Committee member).ONE of the longest running and most valued sponsorships in local sport has been sustained at Heywood Cricket Club. John Willie Lees were happy to hand over a sponsorship cheque, believed to be for more than the 20th successive year, at Crimble to continue the relationship between the two parties. National Sales Director Dean Redfern, accompanied Click here for more ….

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