Sep 192018

paws0032DANNY Pawson is moving on after an 11-season playing association with Heywood Cricket Club.

The now 27-year-old came to Crimble from Milnrow at the age of 17 ahead of the 2008 campaign originally as a wicketkeeper-batsmen, but in recent years has given up the gloves because of knee problems.

And the left-hander has turned out to be one of the Heywood’s best recruits, with his undoubted talent and attacking style earning the plaudits of cricket fans throughout the region.

Danny has also turned his hand to pace bowling in recent seasons, becoming an integral part of the Heywood attack.

His overall aggregate of runs – excluding T20 matches – for Heywood is 7,546 at an average of 34.1, putting him second only behind Bobby Cross in the list of the Club’s all-time record run-scorers.

He took 113 wickets at 23.2 runs apiece and claimed 230 catches as a wicketkeeper and outfielder.

Now he feels it is time for a fresh start and next season will play for Prestwich in the Greater Manchester Premier League.

He says: “Playing for Heywood has been a privilege. I have had some of the best moments of my career here and owe the club a hell of a lot.

“They helped turn me into the player I have become and nearly fulfilling my dream of becoming a professional cricketer.

“I have made friends both on and off the field that I will never forget and I will always cherish these friendships.

“I would like to thank the club for the opportunities they have provided me with, including being able to captain the first team for three years. I will take with me many memories including a Wood Cup win, a League title and two T20 Cup wins.

“Obviously, I cannot mention everyone I have played with but I would especially like to mention three guys who have helped me so much over the years.

“Bobby Cross, Chris Kaye and Travis Townsend have all always been there when I needed them, both on and off the field, and this is something I have very much appreciated – especially in the past 12 months.

“I have decided to leave Heywood as I genuinely feel it is the perfect time for me to take on a new challenge at a new club. And I would like to wish Heywood every success in the future.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the members who have shown great support over the years. I doubt that there is a better supported club in the North West.

“Losing on Saturday at home to Clifton and seeing the side relegated was not how I wanted to go out, but I’m now looking forward to getting started with my new club Prestwich.

“I will hopefully see you all soon.”

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Sep 192018

HEYWOOD’S second team ended their Division 4 East campaign in the Greater Manchester League with a thumping win at Saddleworth. The home side could muster only 10 batsmen and closed on 60-9 in just 17 overs. Chris Kaye again led the way with 5-13 from five overs, Cav Hilton backed him up with 3-19 and Click here for more ….

 September 19, 2018  No Responses »
Sep 182018

REPORT BY STEVE MCHUGH: THE LIGHTS finally went out on Heywood’s escape route in the Greater Manchester Premier League on a dramatic final day of the season. The clash against Clifton turned to be a winner-takes-all survival showdown. And it had a dramatic conclusion, ending in near darkness after a three-hour delay produced a 30-overs-per-side game Click here for more ….

 September 18, 2018  No Responses »
Sep 132018

THE curtain comes down on another local cricket season at the weekend – and it’s an important finale for Heywood’s senior side. They entertain Clifton on Saturday needing a victory to have a chance of preserving their Greater Manchester Premier League status. The second team, after being in the one of the two Division 4 East Click here for more ….

 September 13, 2018  No Responses »
Sep 112018

BY STEVE McHUGH: HEYWOOD will be keeping their fingers crossed that the weather does not interfere with the final day of the Greater Manchester Premier League programme for a second successive week. Saturday’s total washout of the fixtures leaves Heywood precariously positioned in the fourth and final relegation place, with Denton West, Edgworth and Greenmount Click here for more ….

 September 11, 2018  No Responses »
Sep 052018

IT’S crunch time for Heywood’s first and second teams on Saturday. The senior side go to bottom club Denton West knowing that victory is vital in their bid to stave off relegation from the Greater Manchester Premier League for a second time in three seasons. Heywood are fourth bottom and battling to avoid joining West, Click here for more ….

 September 5, 2018  No Responses »
Sep 032018

HEYWOOD’S second team stayed in contention for promotion from Division 4 East of the Greater Manchester Premier League with an 88-run victory at Ashton Ladysmith. And that’s sets up a showdown with Denton at Crimble on Saturday, when the winners will be poised to go up alongside champions elect Hollinwood. Heywood were indebted to 55 Click here for more ….

 September 3, 2018  No Responses »
Sep 032018

YOU can’t accuse Heywood of making life easy for themselves! They slipped back into the bottom four danger zone of the Manchester Premier League with a Jekyll and Hyde 33-run defeat to fellow strugglers Denton St Lawrence. And that leaves them possibly needing to win their last two games, away to bottom club Denton West Click here for more ….

 September 3, 2018  No Responses »
Aug 292018

ONLY three games left in the Greater Manchester Premier League season but for two of Heywood’s teams they assume extra importance. The first team can go a long way to ensuring their Premier League place next year when they entertain Denton St Lawrence at Crimble on Saturday. The two sides are separated by just a Click here for more ….

 August 29, 2018  No Responses »
Aug 272018

THREE victories in succession, seventh place in the table, and yet Heywood are still not immune from relegation from the Greater Manchester Premier League! A six-wicket defeat of Edgworth at Crimble was virtually as routine as it sounds and leaves the visitors virtually doomed to the drop. Denton West are already relegated and, with Greenmount Click here for more ….

 August 27, 2018  No Responses »
Aug 222018

HEYWOOD supporters can watch the Club’s teams in action on three successive days on the coming Bank Holiday weekend. The first and second teams are on parade on Saturday, the senior side at home to Edgworth in an important Greater Manchester Premier League clash while the seconds travel to take on Failsworth Macedonia. On Sunday, Click here for more ….

 August 22, 2018  No Responses »
Aug 212018

TOM McQuinn’s fine first season with the ball for Heywood’s senior team with the ball is underlined by the latest club averages. The 28-year-old Aussie paceman has claimed 49 scalps at an average of 17.9 runs per wicket, and he is set to top the 50 mark in the last four games of the season. Click here for more ….

 August 21, 2018  No Responses »
Aug 212018

HEYWOOD second team’s Division 4 East title aspirations were virtually crushed by leaders Hollinwood at Crimble. The local side’s batting frailties resurfaced as they were sent packing for a meagre 54, then the visitors strolled to victory by seven wickets. It leaves Hollinwood in pole position to take the title. They lead on 88 points, Click here for more ….

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