Sep 142014
Sean Burrill in full flow against Werneth

Sean Burrill in full flow against Werneth

REPORT BY ROGER SMETHURST: Heywood seconds put in a great all-round performance when they faced Werneth at Crimble last week.

The previous days game against Clifton was washed out despite the best efforts of both teams, but the following day made up for it thanks to some excellent performances with both bat and ball, which led to a 115-run defeat of the visitors.

Heywood won the toss and got off to a rare exceptional start. Adam Fawcett and Matt Hood set the innings off at pace scoring at one point at seven an over as they attacked the wayward opening Werneth attack.

The pair looked untroubled and looked set for high individual scores when Hood fell for 38 lbw to a quicker ball from one of the four spinners used on the day by Werneth.

Having put on 86, Heywood appeared well set for a large total but then had a bit of a wobble losing Tom Blundell for no score and Adam Fawcett for 36.

The previous week’s top scorer Sean Burrill came to the crease and continued with his fine form.

Despite giving a chance while on 20 he then scored freely, playing aggressive shots all around the wicket.

Burrill’s innings proved crucial as Heywood continued to lose wickets at the other end. Mark Wright went clean bowled having misjudged a delivery, the normally reliable Chris Booth was out first ball caught behind and when Mikey Grogan was caught at mid off Heywood were in danger of not batting their overs out.

The Sheriff hits the deck as part of his bizarre dismissal. A shimmy down the track, a hoick, stumped and on his backside

The Sheriff hits the deck as part of his bizarre dismissal. A shimmy down the track, a hoick, stumped and on his backside

Burrill had other ideas though as he passed 50 for the second consecutive week. Dom Fawcett and Roger Smethurst both went cheaply, the latter stumped while trying to give Burrill the strike with Smethurst’s dismissal causing the watching patio much amusement.

When Burrill eventually fell for 72 Heywood still had 8 overs left to bat and it was left to James Mills and Rick Purser to take Heywood to a competitive 221.

In taking the field Heywood were in confident mood and things couldn’t have started any better when James Mills clean bowled Werneth’s number 2 in his first over. Further wickets fell to Purser – one to a sharp catch to the ageless Mark Wright – and Mills as Heywood took control of the game.

In truth from this point Werneth were never in the game as Heywood’s young seamers Mills and Fawcett bowled with great discipline in support of Purser.

Fawcett bowled an excellent seven-over spell, eventually finishing with 3-22 and Mills then returned to the attack to pick up a further two wickets to finish with 4-33.

It was left to Mikey Grogan to pick up the final wicket as Werneth were bowled out for 106 giving Heywood a comprehensive win.

 September 14, 2014  Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »
Sep 042014

TABS1s0001Heywood’s two senior teams will be hoping to continue their good form this weekend. With the Subsid trophy now firmly in Heywood’s sights, the firsts travel to Clifton and Werneth this weekend (12.30pm start). The Clifton game is re-arranged from one of the early-season washouts and as usual the Salford side will be hoping to Click here for more ….

 September 4, 2014  Tagged with: ,  1 Response »
Sep 012014

An excellent knock from the classy Sean BurrillHeywood seconds secured their survival in the top division of second team cricket for 2015 with a well-deserved victory at Rochdale. Having narrowly lost to the Redbrook side the previous Sunday, Heywood turned up confident of overturning that result. Heywood were asked to bat in wet conditions and were indebted to a fine innings of Click here for more ….

 September 1, 2014  Tagged with: , , ,  2 Responses »
Aug 262014

Vital early wickets for James Mills at Hare Hill on SaturdayREPORT BY ROGER SMETHURST: Heywood seconds edged closer to mathematical safety in the top flight of the Second Division after a tense weekend. On Saturday, the seconds travelled to Littleborough in a must-win game against the side currently lying bottom of the Premier League table. On paper, Heywood appeared stronger than in recent games and Click here for more ….

 August 26, 2014  Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Aug 202014

Heywood host Littleborough on Saturday and Rochdale on Sunday on the back of some excellent performances. Having beaten Boro at Hare Hill two weeks ago, Danny Pawson’s side then beat Walsden at Crimble on Saturday, before just missing out on victory at a wet Norden on Sunday. Pro Tom Cullen is in fine form, and Click here for more ….

 August 20, 2014  Tagged with: , ,  1 Response »
Aug 202014

REPORT BY ROGER SMETHURST: Heywood Seconds lost both their games this weekend, but against the two top sides, things could, perhaps, have been different. The seconds travelled to second placed Walsden with a much-depleted side that saw former chairman David Fare dragged out of retirement and 13 year old Jack Morley given his second team Click here for more ….

 August 20, 2014  Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Aug 152014

REPORT BY ROGER SMETHURST: Heywood 2nds entertained Littleborough at Crimble on Saturday in a crucial bottom of the table clash. Fresh from their victory the previous weekend luck appeared to be with the home team when, for the first time in months, home captain Roger Smethurst won the toss and promptly elected to bat first. Click here for more ….

 August 15, 2014  Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Aug 072014

Heywood will be hoping to put in a strong performance as the CLL enters its final phase this weekend. The firsts travel to Littleborough to face them for what is the fourth scheduled league fixture between the two sides this season, aside from the clash in the Wood Cup. A win would be a big Click here for more ….

 August 7, 2014  No Responses »
Aug 072014

mikeyBY ROGER SMETHURST: Heywood Seconds ended their losing run of eight games on Saturday with a fine performance at Clifton. At a ground where the seconds have done badly since the Salford side joined the CLL, strong batting performances from Adam Fawcett & Mikey Grogan were then backed up by an incisive spell of bowling Click here for more ….

 August 7, 2014  Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 302014

Heywood are looking for a morale-boosting victory when they host Clifton on Saturday. Two heavy defeats at the weekend – admittedly to powerful sides in Walsden and Norden – left a feeling of gloom hanging over supporters and a good performance is needed to lift spirits. The seconds have been improving of late, especially with Click here for more ….

 July 30, 2014  Tagged with:  No Responses »
Jul 112014

Heywood have signed young Aussie-born Tom Cullen for the trip to Royton tomorrow. Cullen, 22, has a UK passport and is a wicket-keeper batsman. His full details and biography can be found here, and this season he has been playing for Westbury in the West of England Premier League. We welcome Tom for the first Click here for more ….

 July 11, 2014  Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Jul 022014

Heywood face their biggest game of the season this weekend. On Saturday, they play host to Werneth, but on Sunday it’s the big clash with Littleborough in the semi-final of the JW Lees Wood Cup. Heywood are almost at full strength for both games at Crimble, and will be hoping for some sunshine to attract Click here for more ….

 July 2, 2014  Tagged with: ,  1 Response »