Mar 082021

HEYWOOD have pulled of a new signing amid encouraging signs that the 2021 campaign may be starting on the April 17 date proposed by the Greater Manchester Cricket League (GMCL) – or soon after.

He is Caleb Grant, an Australian who moved to England some years ago and more recently has been playing for Nelson in the Lancashire League.

In the 2018 season he took more than 40 wickets opening the bowling for Nelson, and he is also a more than useful with the bat, scoring more than 50 on at least one occasion.

A further bonus is that he is keen to partake in coaching with the Crimble junior section, which is switching the majority of its training to Thursday evenings with the seniors returning to Tuesdays. There will be more to follow on this as Maddy White will remain at Crimble and will be running her popular coaching camp again and another boost for the club as popular league professional Clinton Perren will also be supporting training nights.

Heywood have also made an offer to another potential first team player and are awaiting his decision.

Cricket chairman Roger Smethurst views the signing as important to bolstering the first team squad following the news that James Kettleborough is not returning to the club following his decision to buy a house in the Stafford area.

He said: “Caleb will be a very welcome to the first team squad following the news that James Kettleborough is unable to return.

“We are continuing to try and sign one further player . We have made him an offer and are awaiting a decision on whether he will sign.”

Meanwhile, the GMCL Board has issued a statement about the prospects for starting the new 2021 season as planned on April 17.

It says: “We have now considered the most recent guidance and welcome the decision to permit outdoor grassroots cricket from March 29th, 2021.

“This position is dependent on further guidance from the ECB, Sport England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which of course is dependent on further progress in fighting Covid-19.

“All things considered, and with no further bumps along the way, we fully expect the GMCL open-age season to start on Saturday, April 17th, with some restrictions, adaptive play regulations and clubs being required to follow relevant guidance.

“The GMCL Board does not expect more detailed information until mid-March at the earliest.”

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Jan 142021

Sample 1Thanks to the incredible diligence of first Vernon Connolly and then Flo Cromarty the club has a wonderful record of players that have played in the first team at Heywood over the years. Along with player statistics and notable performances, each amateur player that has played for the first team since the records began has Click here for more ….

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Jan 112021

Heywood in action circa 1984As part of our celebration of 100 years of cricket at Crimble we will be sharing some historic photographs from over the years. Not many will give a better perspective on the action than this photo taken around 1984/5 from the park and looking back across the ground to the pavilion. It was a fantastic Click here for more ….

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Jan 102021

Crimble from above Queens Park2021 will see the 100th anniversary of cricket at one of the finest grounds in Lancashire. Heywood Cricket Club has been in existence since 1865 but it was only in 1921 that the club first played at the beautiful Crimble ground that is still its home today. Heywood had played at two other locations in Click here for more ….

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Jan 042021

HEYWOOD are looking forward optimistically to the 2021 cricket season – despite the current difficult times. The new Greater Manchester Cricket League campaign is scheduled to start on Saturday, April 17, when the senior side set off in Premier 2 with a trip to Glossop. The second team are in Division 3E and their opening Click here for more ….

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Dec 152020

Heywood Chairman, John Rhodes, has provided the following message for members and supporters: Well 2020 has been a funny old year and as I write this we can only hope that 2021 will be nearer normal. The club has survived in what can only be called the strangest of circumstances. We have been closed for Click here for more ….

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Dec 072020

EVIDENCE that Heywood’s senior side will have to be ready for action in 2021 comes with confirmation of the side being moved up a division in the Greater Manchester Cricket League (GMCL). The League has now ratified Heywood’s place in Premier Division 2, one rung below the top tier, following Greenmount’s move to the Lancashire Click here for more ….

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Oct 202020

Following today’s announcement that the region will now be back in the Tier 3 stage of lockdown tonight will be the last time the clubhouse will be open until further notice. The club committee would like to take the opportunity to thank all our staff, particularly Steve Cromarty, for the way in which they have Click here for more ….

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Oct 152020

Another sad day for the Heywood Cricket Club family yesterday with the news of the passing of long time member David Shepherd and former professional John Reid. Reid played for the club for 3 seasons from 1952-54 and famously did the double in his final season with an incredible 1,373 runs and 113 wickets, a Click here for more ….

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Sep 262020

IMG_0011With the final weekend of the season upon us the committee have agreed some winter opening times. This weekend we are open from midday on Saturday and Sunday with the 3rd team playing the final game of the summer on Sunday against Newton CC. Going forward the club will be open at 5pm on Saturday Click here for more ….

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Sep 242020

HEYWOOD Cricket Club has seen its re-arranged Greater Manchester League commitments for the 2020 season curtailed. But there will be an end-of-season extra for players and spectators this coming Sunday (July 27) with a 3rd X1 game against Derbyshire side Newton (12 30pm). The 1st X1 were due to host Bury on Saturday and the 3rd X1 had Click here for more ….

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Sep 222020

thumbnail_IMG_4438The 2020 season was never going to be about league positions or results, it was a season that was a bonus for players and supporters and a credit to the GMCL and all the administrators that made it happen. However, victory on Saturday away at Tottington St John’s meant that Sean Burrill’s side will finish Click here for more ….

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Sep 222020

Heywood’s third team made the trip to Walshaw for their final league match of the season knowing that victory would leave them in a share of top spot in the table and likely be crowned champions based on countback for most victories. The wicket looked good with a close cut outfield and a high scoring Click here for more ….

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Sep 162020

HEYWOOD teams feature in the penultimate round of re-arranged mini-league matches in the Greater Manchester League this coming weekend (September 19 and 20). The senior side face a trip to Bury area club Tottington St John’s on Saturday, and on the same day the second team are at home to Elton. The third team go Click here for more ….

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