Apr 152013

A good 50 on debut for Matt HoodRoger Smethurst says there is no room for complacency for Heywood Seconds despite a comprehensive defeat of Middleton at Crimble. The twos beat the Moonrakers by 80 runs to start the season well and gain some small measure of revenge for the loss in the Burton Cup final last season. But by Smethurst’s own admission, Click here for more ….

 April 15, 2013  Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Apr 122013

The captain butters up another umpireOn 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 ….

Mar 302013

In November of last year the club was contacted by Sue Ridgard of Rochdale Heartbeat, which is a locally based charity supporting the coronary care of people in the community. She spoke with Gwen Edwards, our Secretary, and explained they had been raising money to buy Defibrillators and they wanted to donate one to Heywood Click here for more ….

Jan 182013

Crictour0239Anthony Lepere joined Heywood’s misfits for the 2010 tour of Worcester. Here, the Australian – from the Midland Guildford Club with which we have such great links – recalls a great few days away with the lads. I was first asked to write about my memories of Crimble an embarrassingly long time ago. I hesitated Click here for more ….

 January 18, 2013  Tagged with: , , ,  7 Responses »
Oct 172012

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 ….

Sep 202012

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 ….

 September 20, 2012  Tagged with: , , , ,  3 Responses »
Sep 032012

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 ….

 September 3, 2012  Tagged with: , ,  3 Responses »
Sep 032012

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 ….

Aug 262012

Heywood are prepared for a massive test by Middleton in tomorrow (Monday’s) Burton Cup final at Crimble (1pm start). Roger Smethurst’s team have beaten the Towncroft side home and away this season, but the second of these two emphasised how close the sides really are. Heywood won at Towncroft by just seven runs just as Click here for more ….

Aug 232012

For more than 25 years, Roger Smethurst has been the heartbeat of Heywood CC. A successful junior through all the age groups, a first-team stalwart in some of the club’s darker days, a hard-working member of the volunteer ground staff, committee man, bar chairman. However, it’s as the captain of  2012 Burton Cup-hunting second team Click here for more ….

Aug 192012

Mark Wright defied Father Time with a performance from the archives as Heywood seconds continued their march to the CLL Second Division Title. Wright – the second-highest first team run scorer in the club’s history but now into his 50s – was called into the side to face Milnrow at home at the last minute Click here for more ….

 August 19, 2012  Tagged with: , , , ,  10 Responses »
Jul 302012

a2s0002Two of Heywood’s talented under-18s came to the rescue of Roger Smethurst’s second team at Monton and Weaste on Saturday. Andy Dawson and Scott Jones dug Heywood out a hole as they claimed four important points that keeps them firmly on target for the club’s first Division Two title since 1984. Batting first, Heywood were Click here for more ….