Ross has joined Liverpool Competition side Leigh for the 2014 season following four successful seasons playing first team cricket at Heywood.
Last season Ross scored 750 runs at an average of over 30 as a 17-year-old at Heywood, to go with the 590 he scored in 2011 and the 599 he scored in 2012.
It’s a big blow to Heywood in that it leaves a hole at the top of the order, and means we lose a player with the potential to score 1000 runs plus in a season.
But it creates a chance for a young homegrown player or ambitious and talented non Heywood player to fill the slot and make a name for himself at one of the best grounds in Lancashire, and an ever-improving wicket.
Cricket chairman David Fare said he was sorry to see Ross leave, but is a bit bemused by the modern trend of switching clubs so often among young players.
He said: “I am sad to see Ross go as he will be very hard to replace.
“However, I am disappointed in that we have shown faith in Ross, given him a chance and laid things on for him, and now he is joining his third club before he is 20.
“It’s a growing trend among young players to move often between clubs – when they look back on their playing days they won’t have the deep bonds and roots that other more settled players have.”
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