May 122015

Runs for Sean BurrillHeywood 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 ….

Aug 302013

A promising start from Matt HoodHeywood 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 ….

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Aug 122013

A rather chuffed Sheriff lifts the Burton CupSam 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 ….

May 272013

Runs and wickets for Mikey GroganHeywood 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 ….

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May 062013

Simon Dawson in action pre-curly hairIt 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 ….

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Apr 292013

Jones and PurserFor 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 ….

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Apr 222013

Adam Fawcett played a blinderRoger 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 ….

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 ….

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 ….