By Bobby Cross, writing entirely as a Heywood player concerned for the future: Two members of Heywood Cricket Club’s cricket committee attended a very informative morning at Emirates Old Trafford on Saturday 8th November to listen to several presentations regarding the future of cricket in Greater Manchester. There is agreement around the region that something Click here for more ….
Attached are the final averages for the 2014 season. Bobby Cross and Chris Kaye top the batting and bowling averages, with Danny Pawson the other main contributing amateur batsmen and plenty of wickets shared around. The loss of Farhaan Behardien was a major blow and the main reason Heywood didn’t push closer for honours. I’ll Click here for more ….
If Sunday’s win over Royton does prove to be the final first-team game for Chris Kaye, it couldn’t be a more fitting way to bow out. Kaye was treated to an impromptu and (for many of the members of the patio, at least) an emotional guard of honour when he exited the Crimble pitch after Click here for more ….
Heywood go into the final weekend of the season with team and individual honours on the line. They host Walsden on Saturday then Royton on Sunday. They are currently just three points ahead of Littleborough in third, although are assured of fourth spot and a place in the Lancashire Cup. On an individual level, Chris Click here for more ….
BY STEVE McHUGH: BOBBY Cross closed in on 1,000 runs for the season yet again as he helped Heywood negotiate a wobble and score a six-wicket victory at Werneth. The home side were bowled out for 137 with just one ball of their 50 overs left. And when Heywood were comfortable in reply on 95-0, Click here for more ….
History repeated itself at Clifton on Saturday as Heywood contrived to lose a game they looked like winning comfortably. Last August, Greg Jennings took eight wickets when he ripped through the Heywood middle order and tail as they collapsed from 198-4 to 215 all out chasing a target of 220. This year, it was the Click here for more ….
BY STEVE McHUGH: HEYWOOD’S recent revival was emphasised by a convincing defeat of struggling Rochdale at Redbrook. The only disappointing feature of an eight-wicket victory, with Bobby Cross making an almost faultless, unbeaten 86, was that they did not take all five points! Heywood had a grip on the Rochdale innings, after they put the Click here for more ….
BY STEVE MCHUGH: HEYWOOD exploited their big Crimble playing area to positive effect as they scored a maximum points victory in a rain-reduced clash against Clifton. Bobby Cross scored an unbeaten 75 out of 144-7 in a match reduced to 35-overs-per-side after persistent morning and early afternoon rain. Then Heywood reduced the visitors to 117 Click here for more ….
BY STEVE McHUGH: HEYWOOD’S progress as a well-regarded cricket club in the county has been reflected in one of their top players and administrators being appointed as one of the directors of the Lancashire Cricket Board. Bobby Cross, 31-year-old record run scorer at Crimble, becomes the youngest member of the Board of Directors following the Click here for more ….
Former Hampshire player and first class umpire John Holder was a welcome guest at the recent Sponsors’ Evening at Heywood and was full of praise for the efforts of the volunteers and supporters that have done so much to improve the club. Holder, who stood in 11 Tests and 19 ODI’s, had previously been a Click here for more ….
Two new life members were named at last week’s AGM. Bobby Cross and Colin Brown were given the accolade for their services to the club. Bobby has played a huge role on and off the field in leading Heywood out of some dark times. His playing record is one thing, the funding he has brought Click here for more ….
Heywood CC’s Crimble ground is set to benefit from massive improvements thanks to funding from Sport England. The club has been granted £37,480 of National Lottery funding to improve the square and outfield following some of the problems with drainage in recent years. Many areas of the ground are among the quickest draining in the Click here for more ….
With what he believes is a very bright future ahead at Crimble, departing captain Bobby Cross hopes he can continue to repay the faith shown in him by Heywood CC over the years. Cross, 30, announced last month he has relinquished the captaincy of Heywood CC after 10 successful years at the helm, during which Click here for more ….
It was never going to be easy to predict how well Heywood were going to do in the new and ‘improved’ Central Lancashire League of 2013. With two divisions of eight teams, an untried overseas player and a very young team, sure there were hopes of going one step further than 2012 and winning the Click here for more ….
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 Click here for more ….