CHRIS Schofield answers another SOS call by Heywood as deputy professional for tomorrow’s home clash with Greenmount at Crimble.
The former England and Lancashire star, current professional with Todmorden in the Lancashire League, stepped in for Travis Townsend for the game against Woodhouses at the beginning of May.
And the 39-year-old impressed all with his batting, bowling and commitment in a vital victory.
Townsend has hurt his wrist and is awaiting results of an X-Ray, and is one of three first team regulars unavailable – along with Andy Kerr (honeymoon) and Andy Dawson (holiday).
Their absences also impact on the Heywood Monkeys side travelling to Littleborough Lakeside tonight (Friday) in their third Group game in the Marston’s T20 Cup.
So stepping up for their debuts are 15-year-old Jacob Kaye, son of the Club’s record wicket-taker, Chris, and 17-year-old Tom Pagett. Dominick Fawcett is the other second team regular to answer a senior call.
It’s a game the Monkeys need to win as they bid to make progress out of the Group following an opening one-run defeat to Heyside Hyenas and a washout for the planned clash with Thornham Thunder – although the latter game could be rearranged as per League rules.
Their other games in the Group are against Royton Renegades (home, Friday, June 8) and Shaw Spartans (away, Thursday, June 21). One side from the five teams goes through to the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Heywood second team’s clash against Hollinwood tomorrow has been switched to Bolton Cricket Club, BL3 2JB, because Hollinwood’s normal choice of home venue is unavailable.
HEYWOOD MONKEYS (v Littleborough Lakeside, Marstons T20 Group game 3, away, tonight, June 1, 6pm): D Pawson (capt), R Cross, S Burrill, M Witts, W Hunt, D Latham, T McQuinn, J Kaye, T Pagett, R Paterson, D Fawcett.
HEYWOOD 1st X1 (v Greenmount, home, Saturday, 1pm): D Pawson (capt), R Cross, R Paterson, J Morley, S Burrill, W Hunt, D Latham, M Grogan, T McQuinn, T Pagett, C Schofield (pro).
HEYWOOD 2nd X1 (v Hollinwood, away, Saturday, 1.30pm, at Bolton Cricket Club, BL3 2JB): R Bennett (capt), J Kaye, M Witts, C Booth, O Thomas, J Mills, K Nugent, C Hilton, C Kaye, L Clarkson, J O’Neill.
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