Jul 242018

HEYWOOD found themselves on the wrong end of batting blitz as they went out of the Derek Kay 1st X1 Cup at the semi-final stage.

Royton, with big centuries from James Maurice-Scott and professional Chirag Khurana, rattled up a massive 372-6 from their 50 overs at The Paddock to put the tie virtually out of reach at the halfway stage.

And although the visitors responded bravely with 268 in reply it always looked like a mission impossible.

The Maurice-Scott and Khurana axis rattled up an opening partnership of 242 from little more than 33 overs in the face of a hapless Heywood attack before the latter went for a destructive 129 made off 95 balls, containing three sixes and 17 boundaries.

Maurice-Scott, who was dropped off a relatively easy chance on the backward square leg boundary when just 12 and the total 38-0, carried on regardless and finished up with a swashbuckling 160 from 146 balls featuring three sixes and 17 boundaries.

It was a run fest on the quick-scoring Royton ground, particularly with a short boundary to the pavilion side and the rapid outfield baked by tropical weather over the past few weeks.

The Royton middle-order batting line-up contributed with scores in the teens and there were some weary bowling figures and bodies as Heywood trooped off the field at the halfway stage.

Heywood promoted Andy Dawson to open the batting. And despite quickly losing Riley Paterson and Danny Pawson – the latter to a first ball caught behind that certainly did not please him – he briefly threatened to get Heywood off to a flier.

Dawson galloped to 33 from just 19 balls, including two sixes and five boundaries, until slicing a catch to the point boundary to make it 45-3. And, realistically, that was that.

Jack Morley was run out for three going for a quick single and at 74-4 there looked a possibility that Heywood could fold cheaply. But skipper Travis Townsend and Sean Burrill set about a revival that raised faint hopes of a miracle.

Burrill was in particularly belligerent form – more of the same in future please, Sean – and his exciting 69 off just 41 balls included three sixes and and eight boundaries.

Townsend, meanwhile, was proving the perfect foil at the other end and proving no slouch himself. But just when there appeared a glimmer of hope Burrill lifted another big hit towards the long-on boundary where Ryan Carruthers jubilantly snaffled the catch.

That was it, done and dusted, despite two late decent contributions from Dominick Fawcett and Simon Dawson, with Townsend seeing it through until the end before being last man out for a worthy 91 which included three sixes and nine boundaries.

At the end of the day, it was another Cup failure at a late hurdle with a below-strength side. It probably would not have been different result with a full complement to pick from … but it might have been.

J Maurice-Scott b S Dawson 160
C Khurana lbw b Townsend 129
R Carruthers b Townsend 0
A Carruthers c Townsend b S Dawson 13
R Holder c A Dawson b Townsend 16
J Greaves b A Dawson 17
C Thickett not out 10
N Sinkinson not out 1
Extras 26
Total (for 6 wkts, 50 overs) 372
Fall of wickets: 1-242, 2-242, 3-294, 4-337, 5-342, 6-366
Bowling: T McQuinn 9-0-66-0, S Dawson 8.5-0-52-2, D Pawson 10-0-67-0, T Townsend 10-0-82-3, J Morley 6-0-46-0, A Dawson 6.1-0-54-1


R Paterson c Joy b Holder 12
A Dawson c Thickett b Holder 33
D Pawson c Joy b Holder 0
T Townsend b N Maxwell 91
J Morley run out 3
S Burrill c R Carruthers b Khurana 69
M Witts lbw b Maurice-Scott 0
M Grogan b Maurice-Scott 2
D Fawcett lbw b Khurana 13
S Dawson b A Carruthers 21
T McQuinn not out 1
Extras 23
Total (43.3 overs) 268
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-32, 3-45, 4-74, 5-165, 6-165, 7-184, 8-213, 9-259, 10-268
Bowling: R Holder 10-0-70-3, N Maxwell 7.3-0-36-1, J Maurice-Scott 10-0-52-2, A Carruthers 6-0-29-1, C Khurana 10-0-74-2

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  4 Responses to “Heywood Attack Feels Heat At The Paddock”

  1. Difficult ground to defend when the bat gets on top of the ball at the Paddock, although a target of 372 would suggest that the reported indiscipline of our side in the field did not help the cause. There well may have been a certain amount of provocation from the opposition, however several members have commented that the behaviour of some of our players was not not what is expected of Heywood cricketers. From what I am told we crossed the line on more than one occasion and we are very lucky that the umpires chose not to submit a report

    So yet again we exit another cup competition fielding a depleted team, with due respect to the eleven that played at Bradshaw in the NKO cup (we could have easily won that game) it was an embarrassment that we had to play second and third team players at a Bolton League club in a national competition.

    Selection shall we say has been challenging in the extreme for the last two or three seasons, this season worse than ever with unavailability for various spurious reasons, hardly surprising therefore the first team is striving to avoid relegation for the second time in three years. Next weekend as most of you are aware there is at least a full side of first and second team unavailable, which in itself is another embarrassment.

    On Sunday to fulfil the fixture our 3rd team had to field a 61 and 69 year old and someone who has not played for 21 years, again another embarrassment.

    People tell me that times have changed and that may well be the case, however those that I can only sympathise with are the members who put in hours upon hours of unpaid work to provide the facilities which are the envy of all other clubs, and which our players seem to take for granted.

    In my view relegation is not an option and I sincerely hope after the forthcoming weekend ALL players will rally round to ensure premier league cricket at Crimble in 2019.

  2. A lot of factors in this, but I think the main two are, in my view, social media and the ability to borrow money/ use credit cards and do what you want on the spur of the moment.
    Social media, because you’re the one who feels left out when your pals do something so human nature is to want to do things with your pals who don’t commit to cricket and that means missing fixtures for what are, I agree, to you or I spurious reasons but to the player they are important reasons.
    The access to money is the biggest thing for me. No need to save, fancy a holiday in the cricket season? Bang it on the credit card.
    I’m sure there are more, and who is to say any of us who played in the great, sepia-toned past when everything was perfect and it never rained would not have fallen prey to the same temptations people do now?
    Maybe enter one fewer cup competition next year, if players don’t want to commit it would free up Sundays to run events at the club, maybe concerts, festivals, more weddings etc.

  3. Sensitive one this one.

    I turned out for the 2′s on Saturday so that the club didn’t receive a fine for not fulfilling a fixture. I didn’t enjoy playing. The lads in the side, young and old though were good fun and I’m glad I could help them for a day. I also owe the club far more than it will ever owe me and that is why I will always help when I can.

    Fundamentally though, success in any walk of life takes commitment, dedication and sacrifice. Winning cricket matches consistently is no different. Without checking, i’ll wager that Flixton have the same side out pretty much every week. Walsden, top of the Lancashire League will field the same side week in week out in the main. When we did the doubles a few years back we only used 14 players in one season I think. Players didn’t miss training never mind games. Thats the sacrifice, the commitment to a cause. It can’t be forced though. People have to buy into it.

    People are free to choose what they do though and thats an individuals choice and no bad thing. Please don’t take the club for granted though and to those who give there time and energy for the love of the club please don’t be disheartened.

    We wont be the only club with these problems and we won’t be the last. Lets pull together though and good things will happen.

  4. Very sad to hear that we are still struggling to turn out teams each week – but this is not something that has just come about in the last 2-3 years – it was happening when I was playing 6 years ago before I moved out to Bahrain and in fact it has been happening for most of this century (and probably before that even).
    I can remember on more than one occasion in the seconds we dragged people who had only come to watch onto the field to play!
    What often struck me was that our team consisted mainly of under 18s and over 40s and little in between. Yet many of our opponents were stacked with players in their twenties and thirties i.e. in their prime cricket years. So why not Heywood? Never did work out the answer to that one.
    Long gone are the days when you didn’t dare arrange your holiday or your wedding during cricket season for fear of a ripping from your team mates and not getting back in the team. Life has changed and there are infinitely more alternatives on offer nowadays which has to be a good thing – at the end of the day there are more things to life than cricket for most people. We need to accept that.
    But players need to somehow strike a balance and if you really want to play cricket then we must support the club. As David suggests above, I’m sure the players would have something to say if one week the wicket hadn’t been cut as the groundsman fancied a day at the lakes instead.
    Nobody should take anything for granted – one day we might just wake up and the club is no longer there!

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