Sep 242013

Ten massively successful years as captain for Bobby Cross

Bobby Cross believes Danny Pawson will blossom as a cricketer when he takes over as captain at Heywood CC next season.

Cross has stepped down as captain of Heywood after 10 hugely successful years at the helm.

The 30 year-old – one of the greatest amateurs ever to play at Crimble – stands down after a period where success has come in floods, both on a personal and at club level.

During his 10 years, he has won four Wood Cups, two CLL titles, made two appearances in the Lancs KO semi-finals, won the CLL T20 and lifted the Sir Frank Worrell trophy as the leading amateur run scorer an incredible five times.

Now, after a season which has brought further Wood Cup success, Cross is stepping down after the longest continuous stint as captain since Dr H H I Hitchon finished in the role in 1915!

And he is delighted to hand over the reins to all-rounder Pawson, a player with all the credentials to be a huge success in the role.

Danny Pawson

Danny Pawson

He said: “I am delighted that the club has asked Danny Pawson to take over the reins, he is a fantastically talented batsman and keeper and has always been the source of ideas and help to me during the last few seasons.

“I think the captaincy will help him improve even further and I look forward to playing a part in the side under his leadership.”

Cross has admitted he made his mind up to step down midway through the current season.

With success in both the Wood Cup and the LCB KO, Heywood have played a huge number of games with little break.

The 2013 season has also seen the league split into two divisions, which has meant some teams have played each other five times. This has certainly taken its toll on spectators, and must have impacted on players used to visiting 15 different grounds instead of just seven this season.

Cross continued: “I had decided in my mind that I would step down as captain about half way through the season, it was the first time that I felt I wasn’t 100% focused on the playing side of things and I didn’t feel that was fair on the lads who were in the side.

“It has been a very difficult decision as I have always been incredibly proud to occupy the role in such a fantastic club. It is therefore a decision tinged with sadness and certainly not one that I have taken lightly.

“There are those that will no doubt point to this summer as being a disappointing one for me with the bat and whilst it is true that I was nowhere near as consistent as I would have liked I am still reasonably happy with the end result (960 runs including Lancs KO).

“As a captain I have always tried to lead from the front and that is why the highlight of the summer was the innings in the Wood Cup Final. To have to restart the innings over 3 different evenings was pretty draining especially against the best side in the league and the thoroughly deserving League Champions. It was a very proud moment to represent Heywood, my players and all the supporters in that way, I know how much the Wood Cup means to everyone at the club.”

Part 2 will follow this week, when Cross talks about his time as captain and thanks the people who made his time as captain so special.

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