Aug 312015

REPORT BY STEVE MCHUGH: HEYWOOD can reflect on the positives and negative of their 47-run defeat at Monton and Weaste.

The positives were an outstanding spell of left-arm spin bowling from 12.4 overs by 14-year-old Jack Morley, whose 6-61 return had even the home supporters in glowing with praise; and impressive contributions with the bat by professional Rob Nicol, 81, and skipper Danny Pawson, 49.

The negative was another alarming lower order batting collapse after a 90-run second wicket stand between Nicol and Pawson had put Heywood in with a chance of chasing down Monton’s 231.

From 145-2 with 17 overs left, Heywood subsided to 184 all out. And the last six dismissed batsmen contributed just two runs between them. Enough said!

It was always going to be a tough ask for the visitors after Monton, led by impressive all-rounder Jake Sandham and South African professional Simon Harmer, had paved the way to a big total in a third-wicket stand of 80.

Simon Dawson was another Heywood player to emerge with credit after an opening 13-over spell of 2-49 accounted for Joe Kershaw and Ben Chapman.

But Sandham and Harmer then took control, and it was not until Morley came into the attack to bowl the 26th over that the tide started to change.

The youngster, showing great maturity, varied his pace and flight impressively. He cleaned up Harmer for 32, had Sandham superbly caught on the long-on boundary by Andy Dawson for 73, and bowled throughout for the rest of the innings.

Naturally, he came under pressure from the lower order Monton batsmen with the comfort of a good total already guaranteed, but still continued to account for the danger men – including Furqan Shafiq for 35 and Aamir Riaz for 32.

Two wickets in his last over clinched Morley’s six-wicket haul and he left the field to a generous ovation from both sets of fans.

A target of 232 was always going to be tough for Heywood, especially when Wes Hunt was run out backing up for two.

Nicol then found a good ally in Dale Latham, who gave himself time to get in before playing positively. So it was a shame when he lofted a tame return catch to Harmer for a contribution of 26.

Pawson stepped to the wicket to join Nicol and the pair dominated the Monton attack to such an extent that it clearly worried the home crowd while raising the expectations of the travelling support.

Both mixed attack and defence intelligently, but, just when the run chase showed signs of bearing fruit, Nicol was caught behind off Sandham for an excellent 81.

Monton smelled their chance and off-spinner Harmer returned to the attack to team up with Sandham, clearly the home side’s most potent bowlers.

They grabbed their chance with both hands, Sandham claiming the wicket of Liam Mason playing on, and then the crucial wicket of Pawson caught behind for 49 when he clearly deserved more for his classy contribution.

Then came the all too familiar collapse, with the last six wickets mustering just 14 runs and only 17-year-old Dominic Humphreys weathering the storm.

Ah, what might have been …

B Chapman b S Dawson 23
J Kershaw b S Dawson 0
J Sandham c A Dawson b Morley 73
S Harmer b Morley 32
F Shafiq c Nicol b Morley 35
J Lenihan c Lovell b Nicol 1
D Collins c and b Morley 6
L Morris run out 16
A Riaz c D Humphreys b Morley 32
A Nawaz c C Humphreys b Morley 0
T Coe not out 0
Extras 13
Total (49.4 overs) 231
Fall of wickets: 2-1, 44-2, 124-3, 159-4, 161-5, 172-6, 185-7, 227-8, 231-9, 231-10
Bowling: S Dawson 13-1-49-2, C Humphreys 9-1-31-0, D Pawson 3-0-23-0, J Morley 12.4-1-61-6, J Lovell 6-0-32-0, R Nicol 6-0-28-1

R Nicol c Kershaw b Sandham 81
W Hunt run out 2
D Latham c and b Harmer 26
D Pawson c Kershaw b Sandham 49
L Mason b Sandham 1
D Humphreys not out 5
A Dawson b Sandham 0
J Lovell lbw b Harmer 0
C Humphreys c Lenihan b Harmer 0
J Morley st Kershaw b Harmer 1
S Dawson c Sandham b Harmer 0
Extras 19
Total (45.2 overs) 184
Fall of wickets: 11-1, 55-2, 145-3, 164-4, 170-5, 172-6, 174-7, 181-8, 184-9, 184-10
Bowling: J Sandham 14-2-50-4, D Collins 7-1-21-0, A Riaz 5-0-28-0, S Harmer 12.2-1-33-5, F Shafiq 4-0-25-0, B Chapman 3-0-19-0

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Aug 272015

The annual players fancy dress is this Saturday following the Unsworth game at the club. It will be a chance for supporters to have a drink with the players for the first time since the T20 finals day victory and we hope that plenty of you will stay down for a drink afterwards. The matches Click here for more ….

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Aug 252015

As we near the end of the season there are a couple of fixture changes to note against the published list. The match against Littleborough will now take place on Saturday 5th September at home rather than the scheduled date as Littleborough are playing in the final of the Lancashire Knock Out. This will start Click here for more ….

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Aug 242015

KATEC0001BY STEVE MCHUGH: KATE Cross returned from England duty to help Heywood to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Royton at Crimble. The 23-year-old, who featured in the recent Women’s Ashes Test against Australia, claimed 4-29 in a lengthy, probing spell of 14 overs to topple the top order as the visitors eventually subsided for 85. Click here for more ….

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Aug 212015

image4Heywood are pleased to be hosting the national semi final of the British Association of Cricketers with Disabilities on Sunday 6th September, 12.oo start. The British Association for Cricketers with Disabilities (BACD) National Semi Final between LCB PDLD Hardball and Surrey PDLD Hardball will take place on Sunday 6th September at Heywood Cricket Club at Click here for more ….

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Aug 202015

For those members of the club that would like to become involved in the coaching of junior players there are coaching courses being run later this year. The club is always seeking enthusiastic people to help on the junior program in order that we can continue to give our young players the best opportunity to Click here for more ….

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Aug 182015

Chris Booth in action on SaturdayA young Heywood Seconds side showed plenty of talent and potential as they easily beat Rochdale at Crimble on Saturday. They bowled Rochdale out for just 106 after posting an excellent target total of 197-8 off their 50 overs. Star of the show with the bat was Dom Fawcett, whose fine 53 was by a Click here for more ….

Aug 102015

Leading from the front:  Danny Pawson enjoyed his first triumph as captainHeywood CC skipper Danny Pawson believes Sunday’s superb Tommy Hardman CLL T20 Finals’ Day triumph is a “sign of things to come” for the club. Heywood saw off a powerful Walsden side in a last-over thriller at Woodhouse Lane in the semi-final to win by one run, then turned in a superb all-round performance in Click here for more ….

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Aug 102015

A brilliant century from pro Rob NicolA TREMENDOUS double century stand between professional Rob Nicol and Bobby Cross set up an ultimately tense Heywood victory over Walsden at Crimble. Walsden looked in the box seat when they posted a challenging 236-5 from their 50 overs, but Nicol and Cross – coming together at 7-1 – tamed the visiting attack to such Click here for more ….

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Aug 062015

As the club continues to plan for the future the committee is seeking volunteers to fulfil several roles within the club. With the plan to work towards a full women and girls section we need a Women’s Cricket coordinator to sit on the cricket committee and to help promote the opportunities for the growth of Click here for more ….

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Aug 032015

14-year-old Jack Morley bowled superbly on his first-team debutREPORT BY STEVE MCHUGH: HEYWOOD can reflect on their conclusive defeat by Walsden in the quarter-final of the Lancashire Cricket Board KO Cup as a missed opportunity. Walsden struggled to 148-6 from their 45 overs, a target that looked well within reach of the home side. Yet Heywood, after losing Bobby Cross and professional Rob Click here for more ….

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Jul 302015

Kate with (l-r) Emily Carter, Abi Henson & Olivia Thomas-CornsThe club is delighted to announce that women’s cricket is returning to the club later this summer with the long term aim of establishing a full women’s cricket section. The club had a thriving women’s cricket section back in the 1970′s with regular fixtures and in more recent times players such as Sue Fawcett and Click here for more ….

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