Two of the greatest professionals in Heywood CC’s – and the CLL’s – history are down at Crimble this weekend.
First up is the legendary all-rounder Colin Lever, who will be down for both games this weekend. Colin was professional from 1968 to 1976, and was the man behind unquestionably the finest era in the club’s history.
During this period, Heywood lifted the CLL title three times, in 1968, 1974 and 1976. As well as this, Heywood won the Wood Cup in 1970 and 1971, the Aggregate Cup in 1970 and 1976, and the Subsidiary Trophy in 1973.
And Lever’s stats are rather stand-out to. In nine seasons, he took 771 wickets at an average of 10.76, and scored 6439 runs at just over 31 in an era dominated by high-quality bowling pros.
Colin, born in Todmorden in 1939, was the brother of England fast bowler Peter Lever, but at Crimble, he is the only Lever that matters.
On Sunday, West Indian great Sherwin Campbell returns to the club. Although known as a great party-animal and rum lover, Sherwin was also part of one of the greatest eras in the club’s recent history.
He set the record for runs scored in a season for Heywood, scoring 1479 at an average of 64.3 in 2006, when he led Heywood to a league and cup double for only the fourth time in the club’s history.