Oct 172012

Hamish biffs a six v Rochdale (better colours)

After two great years at Crimble where he made a real impression, Hamish is back in Australia preparing for the rest of his life.

But the club and the CLL made a big impression on him, and here he thanks everyone for making his time at Heywood so memorable.

I can safely say that my time at Heywood Cricket Club has been one of the best experiences of my life and is one I will never forget. As soon as I left the club after my first year, I knew immediately that I wanted to return to Heywood, not only for the cricket but also for the people.

Cricketing wise, this has been up there with one of the most enjoyable seasons I have been a part of. This is due largely to the way and brand of cricket the team played this year and the strong bonds between players that were shared both on and off the field.

Team wise, I believe we had a very good year except for a patch during the season where we slipped up. I put this success down to not only all the players in the ones playing their role but also the depth and skill the club showed this year with the twos performing extremely well. Both teams are looking extremely strong for the future and I wish them all the luck.

The most important thing I will take away from my time at Heywood is the friendships that I have made with so many people. It’s not only the players I will have lasting memories with but all people associated with club and I would like to thank everyone for making it so entertaining and for being so welcoming.

One thing that was a bonus this year was having my family come over and experience my life over in the UK. They could not speak highly enough of the people and the club and loved every minute over there. Again they especially valued how welcoming everyone at the club was and this just reinforces what a truly great club Heywood is and how fantastic the people are.

There were some great on field moments this year but my favorite was probably bowling Milnrow out for 24 which was especially gratifying considering what they did to us last year.  Off the field would have to be Worcester trip which never fails to disappoint and also the cocktail night which was a steady drink.

There are a lot of people I would like to thank but I would especially like to thank Bobby for everything he has done for me, not only this year but for the last two years. Allowing me to stay with him for the whole season meant a lot to me and I am very grateful that. He also taught me a lot of life’s lessons like never steal another man’s chicken burger which I learnt the hard way. But putting up with me for six months is a big job to take on and I will always value his friendship.

Again thank you to everyone at HCC for being such good friends over the last two years and I look forward to a pint on the patio in the future.


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  2 Responses to “Hamish: Crimble Memories Will Stay With Me Forever”

  1. Given the poor experiences that some clubs have had with overseas amateurs I think that Heywood have been extremely lucky in the last ten years to have had Craig Glancy, Royce Blight and Hamish come over.

    With Craig’s outstanding keeping, Royce’s fantastic batting and the way that Hamish has led our attack each of them has added to the side which is one of the main reasons for having an overseas player.

    All three added much more than that of course off the field and I think each of them gained a great deal from their experience of living away from home and growing up, and this is the whole point of the overseas amateur system.

    It is a credit to the people at Heywood and to the lads themselves that all three speak so fondly of their time at Crimble and will always be welcomed back.

  2. It’s also important to remember that the Pawson family put Hamish up in his first season at Heywood. Thanks goes to them and to Danny for initially getting the big man over here.

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