Aug 052020

HEYWOOD Cricket Club’s first team turn back the clock on Friday night when they revisit a popular venue from their Central Lancashire League days.

They make the short trip to Milnrow in the second match of their GMCL15 campaign, the 15-overs-per side competition which has superseded the T20 for the end of the current season.

The senior side make the trip to Edenfield on Saturday as the 40 overs-per-side format continues, while on the same day the second team host East Lancs Paper Mill at Crimble.

And another busy weekend concludes with a second successive Crimble game, this time for the third team at home to Bury.

HEYWOOD 1st X1 (v Milnrow, away, Friday, 6pm): S Burrill (capt), W Hunt, A Dawson, C Hilton, Z Zaman, M Witts, M Grogan, J O’Neill, O Thomas, T Pagett, A Ullah (pro).

HEYWOOD 1st X1 (v Edenfield, away, Saturday, 1pm): S Burrill (capt), W Hunt, R Cross, A Dawson, C Hilton, Z Zaman, M Witts, J Kaye, O Thomas, C Kaye, A Ullah (pro).

HEYWOOD 2nd X1 (v East Lancs PM, home, Saturday, 1pm): M Grogan (capt), L Grogan, D Fawcett, S Evans, G Deboeck, T Pagett, T George, H Bevan, E Clarkson, C McNally, M Dearden. Reserve: F Ijaz.

HEYWOOD 3rd X1 (v Bury, home, Sunday, 1pm): L Clarkson (capt), D Hilton, M Hood, J O’Neill, C McNally, T Pagett, M Dearden, E Clarkson, C Stanford-Campbell, T Moulton, D Openshaw. Reserves: C Jackson, F Ijaz.

We have been asked by the GMCL Board to remind players and spectators of the following around cricket in the current climate:


This note serves as a reminder to all Clubs that we must follow the ECB adaptive play guidance. We have now been playing for 2 weeks and the vast majority of clubs are following the guidance to the letter but we hear of others that are not in our own and other leagues.

Changing Rooms are not to be used as changing rooms.
Players are to arrive changed.
The ECB have allowed the use of the changing room for an individual for putting pads and box on and the use of any connected toilet in a controlled manner.

Showers are not to be used whatsoever.

Drinks- players must provide their own drinks. Clubs are not to provide these.

Whilst these are different conditions for our matches the last thing we want is any adverse behaviour and therefore all players should take to the field knowing they must respect the officials, respect their opponents and respect the game.

There has been some poor behaviour from individuals over the last weekend who have let down their team mates and clubs and have not respected the game or the officials.

The League will not tolerate poor discipline on the field of play.
In summary,
As we all know, the situation we find ourselves in is severe and unprecedented and we must follow the guidance, it’s our responsibility for the safety of our family and friends and each other. This cant be stressed enough.

GMCL Board

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Aug 042020

The funeral arrangements are now made following the tragic passing of Scott McHugh on Friday morning at the age of 47. The service will be on Wednesday 19th August, 11.50am at Rochdale Crematorium followed by a reception at Heywood CC. Due to Covid-19 restrictions only 22 people are permitted inside the Chapel but it will Click here for more ….

 August 4, 2020  20 Responses »
Aug 042020

Having lost the toss, a young Heywood team took the field against a more experienced Elton side with the Elton ground looking a picture, and a sizeable gathering of spectators set to enjoy a good afternoon’s cricket in the warm sunshine. Few could have forecast what was to follow with Heywood’s young opening pair of Click here for more ….

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Jul 292020

HEYWOOD Cricket Club teams face a hectic time featuring four games over the coming weekend (July 31, August 1 and August 2). The first team start on Friday night with their opening group game in the Greater Manchester League’s new GMCL15 competition. Their opponents at Crimble are Heyside Hyenas. This replaces the T20 competition due Click here for more ….

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Jul 262020

As many members will already know long time member and club supporter Neville Hargreaves sadly passed away last Saturday. Andy and the family would like to pass on the funeral information. The service will be at Rochdale Crematorium on Thursday 30th July at 1pm. Due to current regulations it will be family only inside but Click here for more ….

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Jul 222020

"Henry" in full flowIn a further contribution from former Pro Geoff Lawson he takes a look back on the glory days of international overseas players, some of the great West Indians to play league cricket, and some of his former teammates at Crimble: The CLL has had a long history of employing current and former Test cricketers as professionals. Click here for more ….

 July 22, 2020  4 Responses »
Jul 222020

HEYWOOD Cricket Club’s three senior sides will be keeping their fingers crossed that the weather is kind for a delayed start to the season at the weekend (July 25 and 26). The first team go to Bury area club Brooksbottom on Saturday in the opening game of their mini-league featuring six teams, which has produced Click here for more ….

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Jul 202020

The junior cricket section is delighted to confirm that ECB have now given the go ahead for the All Stars programme to return. The first session will be on Tuesday 28th July at 5pm, participants will have had an email via parents. The sessions will need to have some safety modifications and in particular we Click here for more ….

 July 20, 2020  No Responses »
Jul 132020

LIVE cricket action is scheduled to return to Crimble this forthcoming weekend (July 18 and 19) for the first time since the nationwide restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The clubhouse was re-opened to members last Thursday with recommended safety procedures in place and strictly observed. And now there will be action on the hallowed turf, Click here for more ….

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Jul 102020

For anyone wishing to join us at the club this weekend please see the information below and the earlier post regarding re-opening: The number to text when booking a table is 07747444915 this is a text only phone. If members can text who they are, the other members that will be joining them (6 max)and Click here for more ….

 July 10, 2020  No Responses »
Jul 092020

PLEASE DO ALL YOU CAN TO KEEP YOURSELF, OTHER MEMBERS AND THE STAFF SAFE BY FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES. Please only visit the club if you are feeling well. On arrival, please wash and sanitise your hands Please follow the social distancing guidelines & please refrain from shaking hands & avoid close contact, we have lots of Click here for more ….

 July 9, 2020  No Responses »
Jul 082020

Following a committee meeting last night the club will now re-open on Thursday 9th July at 7pm. Numbers inside the clubhouse are restricted to 58 at any one time for safe social distancing purposes and numbers above this will need to remain outside. It will not be necessary to book in advance but on arrival Click here for more ….

 July 8, 2020  No Responses »
Jun 302020

Unfortunately due to several factors including confusion surrounding legislation and the number of people who have contacted the club to try and book in to attend, the club committee feel they have no choice but to postpone the re-opening of the clubhouse and bar on safety grounds until further notice. We apologise to those members Click here for more ….

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Jun 202020

Jimmy in familiar pose in 2012Another article that was done a few years ago but forms a perfect part of this series as club legend Jimmy Porter spoke to Scott McHugh in 2012 to look back on his own Crimble Memories: “You could really hear the ball fizzle when Duncan Carter bowled.” It was just the sort of thing I Click here for more ….

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