Nov 102017

JACKMAINJACK Morley has made a significant breakthrough in his cricketing career by being included in the Lancashire Academy intake for the coming year.

The 16-year-old all-rounder, Heywood’s youngest ever first team debutant at the age of 13, is one of eight players named by Lancashire for winter training and the prospect of playing for the 2nd X1 in 2018.

Also called into the squad is Clifton’s Sam Dorsey, whose progress through the junior ranks has mirrored that of Jack.

First team assistant coach Mark Chilton, second team head coach Chris Benbow and performance manager Steve Titchard are part of the Academy support staff.

And it is hoped that, in the New Year, former Red Rose all-rounder Tom Smith plus first team squad men Graham Onions – the new signing from Durham – and Steve Croft will assist with coaching sessions.

Academy director Gary Yates said: “With continued development we hope that many of the players will have the opportunity to play for the scond team next season.”

The youngster’s exploits for Heywood, as a left-arm spinner and left-hand bat, have made him one of the most exciting graduates from the Club’s youth system.

Jack’s father Rob said: “It’s exciting times for the family and the first step on the Lancashire ladder. But it’s ultimately down to Jack to show dedication and the will to develop.”

Jack, who will not reach the age of 17 until June, reflects:  “I had my sights set on several main goals during 2017, starting with selection for the Bunbury ECB England Under-16s squad which toured Sri Lanka in March, when I was named as the leading bowler.

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“Next was progression to Lancashire Cricket Board junior county level to play some fixtures a year above my age group for the Under-17s.

“That was surpassed when I was asked to join the Under-17s squad for the full season for both the one-day Cup and three-day County Championship.

“I ended up being the third leading wicket-taker nationally, and the team just lost out in the final of the one-day competition on the penultimate ball to Middlesex.

“As a long shot I had one eye on selection for the ECB Under-17s Super 4s competition with the North of England team. Being a year young was a challenge as I was competing with not only Under-17s players but also Under-18s.

“But selection was achieved and the full week’s play at Loughborough was a great experience – especially when four of the players at the competition were selected for the England Under-19s World Cup squad.

“Following on from Bunbury and the Sri Lanka tour, I was lucky enough to be selected to represent the ESCA in a game at Lord’s against the MCC. It was a wonderful couple of days down in the big smoke but rain set in on match day and washed out any play.

“At club level for Heywood my aim was to compete on all fronts and be the leading bowler at first team level, which I achieved.

“Now I have made it into the Lancashire Cricket Club Academy and this opportunity will help me develop my all-round game, with the possibility of getting the chance to feature in one or two 2nd X1 fixtures in 2018.”

Club chairman John Rhodes said: “We at Heywood Cricket Club are all immensely proud of what Jack has achieved, both with us and at higher levels.

“The fact that he has come through our junior system shows that youngsters can use it as a stepping stone to greater things, and we wish Jack all the success in the world.”

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Oct 312017

PLOUGHssANOTHER popular function is approaching at Heywood Cricket Club in the countdown to Christmas. A Ploughman’s Lunch, which enables members and guests to get together in cricket’s close season, is taking place at Crimble on Sunday, November 12, at 12.30pm. Price per head is £7 with proceeds going to Club funds. Tickets can be ordered Click here for more ….

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Oct 282017

HEYWOOD’S success in the 2017 season was reflected in awards to three of their players at the Greater Manchester Cricket League awards evening at Old Trafford. Heywood finished second in Division One to regain their Premier League status next year, and for Bobby Cross, Danny Pawson and Chris Kaye it was also a personal year Click here for more ….

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Oct 232017

bonfire flier 2017  BONFIRE night is just around the corner. And Heywood Cricket Club will again be staging their popular spectacle to celebrate the occasion. The annual Bonfire and Fireworks  Display at Crimble will be on Saturday, November 4, when the gates and bar open at the ground from 6pm. The supervised display has become one of Click here for more ….

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Oct 022017

ONE of the social highlights of the year at Crimble comes on Saturday, October 7, with the annual Presentation Night (6.30pm). It features awards in both the junior and seniors sections, plus revealing who has been chosen as the Clubperson-of-the-Year. The event starts earlier than normal, at 6.30pm, with awards to the youngsters who took part Click here for more ….

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Oct 022017

Olivia with the Women2017 has been another good year for Heywood youngster Olivia Thomas as she follows in the footsteps of several other female players at Heywood CC. At club level she has been playing for the Under 13 side and has ended the season averaging 79 with the bat having only been dismissed once in seven innings Click here for more ….

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Sep 252017

GREATER Manchester Cricket League awards night is at Old Trafford on Friday, October 20. And Heywood are asking that anyone interested in attending make their intentions known as soon as possible. Heywood finished second in Division One in the season recently ended to confirm their promotion back to the Premier League. Cricket Committee chairman Roger Click here for more ….

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Sep 152017

THREE Heywood players reached significant milestones during the 2017 season. The Club’s second term in the Greater Manchester Cricket League saw them successfully regain their Premier status, and they were only denied the chance to win the Division One championship when the last match of the season at home to Greenmount was washed out. But Click here for more ….

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Sep 072017

new cocktailHEYWOOD stage another of their popular Cocktail Nights in the Crimble clubhouse on Saturday (September 9) when players and supporters get their chance to celebrate promotion back to the Greater Manchester Premier League – and hopefully the Division One championship. The senior side host leaders Greenmount earlier in the day in a fitting finale to Click here for more ….

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Sep 042017

HEYWOOD are back in the Greater Manchester Premier League. They overcame a scare at the start of their 93-run chase to eventually complete a routine seven-wicket victory at Stretford. Now they have their sights set on lifting the Division One championship when they entertain leaders Greenmount in a final game showdown at Crimble on Saturday Click here for more ….

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Aug 312017

HEYWOOD can clinch promotion back to the Greater Manchester Premier League with a victory at Stretford on Saturday. Four teams will make the step up to the top flight, and, with just two games of the season left, Heywood are 11 points clear of fifth-placed Flowery Field. Greenmount are top with 80 points, Heywood have Click here for more ….

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Aug 312017

HEYWOOD Cricket Club’s Under-15s side have an important date at Crimble tonight (5.15) (Thursday, August 31). They host Greenmount in the semi-final of the Greater Manchester League’s Under-15s Cup in their bid to make it a fine end to the season. And a further incentive is that the winners will be at home to Walshaw Click here for more ….

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Aug 292017

GUEST REPORT BY DAVID CROSS: HEYWOOD swept aside a disappointing Worsley team with an impressive 10-wicket victory at Crimble. Key players were Chris Kaye and Travis Townsend with five and four wickets respectively, then Andy Kerr followed up with an unbeaten half-century. Worsley won the toss and elected to bat. However, they were soon in Click here for more ….

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Aug 252017

credit Getty ImagesHeywood are delighted to host part of the season finale to the Royal London One Day Cup this Sunday as Lancashire Women play Nottinghamshire Women at Crimble. Lancashire were recently crowned T20 Champions and currently sit third in the One Day table with two games to play, level on points with their opponents. Lancashire should Click here for more ….

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