BY SCOTT McHUGH: Steven Wallwork makes a rare appearance for Heywood CC first XI on Saturday for the trip to Monton and Weaste.
Curtis Maguire – after his excellent performance in the T20 defeat at Rochdale – returns to the first XI, while Andy Dawson drops into the seconds and is able to face Walsden in the Burton Cup semi-final clash on Sunday.
Maguire then drops into the second XI on Sunday for the Walsden clash at the expense of Lee Grogan, who, almost inexplicably, is ineligible to face the Villagers as he has been deemed to have played too many games in the first XI.
This is despite him being dropped from the first XI after a poor start to the season, well before the team was announced for the second round of the Wood Cup, which Heywood lost at Milnrow.
Considering Grogan is a bona—fide second team player these days and is due to deputise for Roger Smethurst as captain in the next few weeks, the league rules seem flawed. It is perfectly acceptable, seemingly and for example, to have hit three hundreds and taken five wickets a game in your past three first team games and then play in the second team in the Burton Cup because you have played less than half the season in the first team. However, if you have started the season in poor form and have been dropped because of poor form into the seconds you are ineligible.
As the league was (perhaps overly) flexible in re-arranging a round of fixtures when Heywood seconds was the only game to beat the weather earlier in the season against Werneth (I thought one game being played meant others couldn’t be replayed?), it seems strange that similar flexibility can’t be shown in the case of Grogan.
If rules are rules, however, it is hoped other issues that may arise are dealt with as inflexibly.
For Sunday’s Burton Cup fixture, cost of entry is £2 (£1 concession).
Heywood CC 1st XI (v Monton and Weaste, a, Saturday. Meet 12pm) R Cross, R Zelem, D Pawson, D Latham, C Maguire, S Wallwork, J Lovell, H Naeem, C Kaye, T Townsend.
Heywood CC 2nd XI (v Monton and Weaste, h, Saturday. Meet 12.30pm) R Smethurst, P Dawson, S Dawson, A Dawson, W Hunt, L Grogan, A Fawcett, S Jones, C Booth, S Byrne, R Purser. 12th man: S Burrill.
Heywood CC 2nd XI (v Walsden, h, Sunday, Burton Cup Sem-Final. Meet 12pm) R Smethurst, P Dawson, S Dawson, A Dawson, W Hunt, C Maguire, A Fawcett, S Jones, C Booth, S Byrne, R Purser. 12th man: S Burrill.
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