HEYWOOD’S senior side face two more important dates at the weekend.
Friday night sees the second game of their Marstons T20 Cup qualifying campaign against Thornham Thunder at Crimble, with a victory needed after losing their opening Group match to Heyside Hyenas.
On Saturday they travel to Bury area side Woodbank in their latest Greater Manchester Premier League outing, following which the players will return to Crimble for their annual fancy dress event – which will feature an Australian theme.
It is hoped that as many members as possible will support the occasion.
The unbeaten 2nd X1 are at home to Ashton on Saturday, while the third team face a Sunday date at Worsley.
HEYWOOD MONKEYS (Thornham Thunder, T20 2, home, Friday, 6pm): T Townsend (capt), R Cross, D Pawson, S Burrill, M Witts, R Paterson, A Dawson, W Hunt, D Latham, C Hilton, T McQuinn.
HEYWOOD 1st X1 (v Woodbank, away, Saturday, 1pm): J Morley replaces M Witts.
HEYWOOD 2nd X1 (v Ashton, home, Saturday, 1.30pm): M Grogan (capt), S Evans, R Bennett, C Booth, C Kaye, J Kaye, M Witts, L Clarkson, J Mills, J Keyworth, T Pagett. Reserve: O Thomas.
HEYWOOD 3rd X1 (v Worsley, away, Sunday, 2pm): M Hood, J Kaye, O Thomas, G Taylor, W Taylor, J Carter, T Sullivan, L Forshaw, J Mills, M Grogan, R Purser.
+ SIMON Dawson has left Heywood Cricket Club and is believed to be signing for Middleton in the Lancashire League.
It’s a blow to lose a product of the Club’s junior system, and Cricket Chairman Roger Smethurst said: “Having spoken to Simon over the last few days he has decided the time is right for him to try a new challenge.
“This has not been an easy decision for him as I know he is a Heywood player through and through. I’ve played with Simon ever since he started in senior cricket with our most memorable highlight being when we won the Burton Cup together in 2013, where he was a key member of the side.
“Since then he has established himself as a regular in the 1st X1, principally as the team’s opening bowler.
“I’m sad to see Simon leave as I always want Heywood lads to be playing for Heywood and I hope that it won’t be long before he decides to return to Crimble. In the meantime, I wish him good luck and I know we’ll stay in touch.”