Ross Zelem entertained his home crowd with a superb hundred in the CLL Under-18s defeat of the Bolton League at Crimble yesterday. Zelem was simply splendid, continuing to impress with his ability to punish anything short of a length, and finished on 103 not out as his side chased down 181 for victory in front Click here for more ….
On the eve of another season as captain of the seconds, Roger Smethurst shares his thoughts on the season ahead. He admits it will be a tough season, as there will be few ‘gimme’ games, but rues the loss of away trips to some of the now Second Division sides. He also picks out some Click here for more ….
Chris Kaye started off what he hopes will be a record-breaking season in fine style at Crimble. Kaye – just 22 wickets behind David Fare’s Heywood record of 789 senior wickets – claimed 5-37 in his side’s comfortable defeat of Bury. He received some stick early on from Mohammed, but returned late on to mop Click here for more ….
Supporters braved the weather and enjoyed Crimble hospitality as a Heywood CC XI won the first match of the season on a freezing cold Easter Monday. Heywood beat a Lancashire under-19s XI by five wickets, with some encouraging performances across the board. Most encouraging from a Heywood point of view was Andy Dawson. Coming on Click here for more ….
Sorry it’s taken an age, but here’s Roger Smethurst’s review of the second team season. With presentation evening coming up, it’s not a bad time to reminisce on what was a great season for the seconds. Heywood seconds started 2012 in uncharted territory with its youngest looking squad in the last 10 years. With club Click here for more ….
Part 2 of the review of the season is here, and I pick my five games of the season. Again, it’s my view and all but one of them I saw every ball of. One I didn’t but am reliably informed by my dad that it was THE complete performance of the season. These are Click here for more ….
BY SCOTT McHUGH: Although he ended up without the silverware he deserved, seconds skipper Roger Smethurst and his players can look back with pride on 2012. They demonstrated the skills and team ethic they possess nearly all the way through a long, hard and often cold season and we should not be at all harsh Click here for more ….
Heywood seconds ended an excellent season with a good performance at home to Walsden. Although the title was out of Heywood’s grasp – you would not have known who was winning it if you followed the CLL website – Heywood raised their spirits and bowled Walsden out for just 118 on a poor day at Click here for more ….
The recent fragility of Heywood seconds’ batting was in evidence at Unsworth on Saturday. The weekend before, Heywood twice failed to post totals to win matches, including the Burton Cup. This time, the top order capitulated in the face of a small run chase, and now it looks like their bid for the Second Division Click here for more ….
For a second successive day, Heywood seconds’ failed to turn up and paid the ultimate price. Another poor performance with the bat left Heywood’s bowlers with it all to do at home to Royton, and on an improving wicket and quicker outfield, Heywood were always in trouble after posting just 139-9 off 47 overs. Royton’s Click here for more ….
Heywood seconds’ Burton Cup dream was ended by a superior Middleton team at Crimble on Saturday. Yes, a poor wicket and some indiscipline from Heywood contributed to their below-par total of 107 all out, but Middleton bowled straighter than Heywood and gave the batsmen little to hit. And yes, if a catch off man of Click here for more ….
Rd 1: Heywood 171-8 (A Dawson 53) Clifton 158-9 (Smethurst 3-24, A Dawson 3-31) Cruising on 136-5 with Andy Dawson and Wes Hunt (38) playing well, Heywood suffered a mini-collapse to find themselves on 138-8, before Scott Jones and veteran Rick Purser put on what proved to be a crucial ninth-wicket partnership of 33. Clifton Click here for more ….
Heywood are at full strength for Monday’s Burton Cup final clash at Crimble. Andy Dawson and Curtis Maguire are back to spearhead Heywood’s first tilt at the cup since 1996. The unlucky player to miss out is Chris Booth, who is 12th man. The match starts at 1pm, and I’ll provide more details shortly. Other Click here for more ….
Roger Smethurst’s seconds continued their march to league and cup glory with a demolition job of Ashton on Saturday. Star of the show again was all-rounder Simon Dawson, who continues to re-discover the kind of form that makes him a real contender for a push for first-XI selection next season. He picked up 3-43 off Click here for more ….
Heywood Under-18s set up a Taylor Cup final showdown with Whitaker Cup champions Rochdale after they demolished Royton by eight wickets at Crimble last night. Royton were never in with a shout really as they struggled against the new ball pairing of Humza Naeem and Andy Dawson and they stuttered to a below-par total of Click here for more ….