Heywood seconds showed the form they are capable of to bounce back from defeat at Clifton to beat Unsworth by four runs in a really tense game. They went down to a 47-run defeat to a strong Clifton second team, managing only 126 as they chased a good target of 179. There were, however, encouraging Click here for more ….
Heywood seconds fell at the first round of their defence of the Burton Cup at Middleton. With a team lacking an experienced batsman or two, Heywood wanted a small target to chase down after losing the toss and being told to field by the home side. And on the good Middleton wicket, the home batsmen Click here for more ….
Heywood Seconds got back to winning ways with a relatively comfortable victory over Clifton last Sunday. Heywood lost the toss and Clifton decided to bat on a wicket offering seam movement to Heywood openers Rick Purser and Lee Grogan. Heywood appeared determined to put their recent two losses behind them and excellent fielding from Mikey Click here for more ….
Heywood seconds kept up the pressure at the top of the CLL 2nd XI Premier with a crushing win over Norden at Crimble last Saturday. A day before the now famous Burton Cup defeat of Walsden, Heywood’s powerful bowling attack served a notice of intent to win against their biggest rivals by 116 runs. Stars Click here for more ….
Sam Byrne and Rick Purser rescued Heywood Seconds from the brink of defeat to set up a thrilling Burton Cup final victory at Walsden yesterday. They put on 62 for the final wicket to lead Heywood to a par total of 171 all out at Scott Street. Then, with Dom Fawcett (2-19 off nine) the Click here for more ….
Heywood Seconds made short work of Werneth at Crimble on Sunday to continue their quest for a league and cup double. It was a great all-round performance against a side capable of upsetting the best teams on their day, but who can be very weak on others. Werneth won the toss and were soon in Click here for more ….
Heywood paid the price for a slow scoring rate as they were soundly beaten at Norden on Sunday. Their target of 137 was at least 30 short in difficult conditions, and despite a good effort with the ball – especially from Rick Purser – Norden eased home with plenty of overs and six wickets to Click here for more ….
Heywood Seconds clinched victory over Norden at Crimble in what was, to paraphrase skipper Roger Smethurst, a good-old fashioned nailbiter. Amid controversy and acrimony, Rick Purser and Mikey Grogan put on 32 for the last wicket as Heywood chased down Norden’s 138 and claimed a crucial five points from their close rivals. Norden batted first Click here for more ….
The youngest and the oldest were again to the fore for Heywood Seconds as they beat Royton at the Paddock. Rick Purser took 5-45 and Lee Grogan 2-67 as Royton were kept to 112-9 off 27 overs, then 15-year-old Ben Thulborn played his most accomplished innings to date to help Heywood chase down their target Click here for more ….
It was the Simon Dawson show for Heywood Seconds at Crimble in the six wicket defeat of Rochdale on Saturday. He was in superb all-round form for Roger Smethurst’s side, first taking 4-41 to help keep Rochdale to 127, then he smashed a superb 71 as Heywood chased down their total with half the overs Click here for more ….
Heywood Seconds’ perfect start to the season came to an end at Clifton. The home side are always a test for any team, especially on their home ground, and their tight bowling and fielding was the difference in a close game. Heywood thought they had possibly done enough to claim another victory at the half Click here for more ….
For Warne and Gilchrist, read Purser and Jones. Heywood second team’s oldest performer and one of its youngest combined at the end of a thrilling second team game at Crimble that beat the weather and saw Heywood remain undefeated after three CLL games. Chasing a rain-reduced target of 121, Walsden were well placed for victory Click here for more ….
Roger Smethurst praised the nerve of Adam Fawcett as Heywood Seconds made it two out of two against a committed Werneth side. Fawcett, finishing unbeaten on 48, held the middle and lower order together as Heywood chased down a rain-reduced target of 147 for a two-wicket victory at the Coppice that was testament to the 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 ….
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 ….