Nov 122011

The seven Heywood players and members who went to Friday’s Central Lancashire League dinner came away laden with awards and prizes.

Bobby Cross won the Frank Worrell Trophy for the leading English amateur run scorer – he hit 924 runs at an average of 38.5 – claiming it for a record fifth time.

We also picked up the Spirit of Cricket awards for both the 1st and 2nd XIs. This was voted for by the umpires, although we are not quite sure of the criteria. However, it’s nice to win both awards and is credit to the excellent support and the efforts of the club members as much to the players. Dave Blundell, in particular, was delighted.

Then, if further proof was needed that success breeds success, Bobby claimed the main prize in the raffle, a box full of bottles of wine and spirits donated by league sponsors John Willie Lees.

With guest speaker Peter Bowler proving entertaining it was a good night and banished into the background the possibility of the league being split into two by Norden’s proposal.

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