Crimble challenge

Heywood’s Crimble ground will be the venue for the Tom Hardman T20 on Monday 27 May.
Teams will be Heywood, Rochdale, Norden and Middleton.
The draw has yet to be made.

Training for ladies

The Norden Ladies team will start pre-season training on 21 February, 8-9pm at Bowlee Park Sporting Centre, Windermere Road, Middleton.
Sessions are for those aged 15+ and cost £5 per session.
For more information contact Mel on 07710 569993.

Profit for Stags

DESPITE spending a lot on clubhouse and ground NCC returned a nett profit of £8,385 for the 12 months ending 30 September 2018.
The figure was revealed during the club’s annual general meeting.
Stuart Hunt was re-elected as chairman, Les Barlow as secretary, and Steve Clegg as treasurer.
The club’s new president is former chairman John Murphy.
He replaces Brian Butterworth who stood down after 33 years in the position.

Pres stands down

BRIAN Butterworth has stood down as President of Norden Cricket Club after 31 years in the position and a total of 66 years service to the club.
The announcement of his “retirement” was made during the club’s presentation night when Brian was given a standing ovation .
A club official said: “I don’t know if we should look on this with happiness to mark a fantastic tremendous achievement, or by sadness as it is the end of an era.”

Brian said he would continue to support Norden CC and attend as many matches as possible.
He joined the club in the 1950s and played regularly into the 1960s.
Records show that Brian played in only two first team matches. But this was probably due to the fact that Norden had an extremely strong first team bowling attack at the time.
He was a bowler to be feared in 2nd X1 cricket, and in 16 seasons he took 338 wickets at an average of 14.25, figures which many players would be proud of these days.
It was, however, his work off the field for which Brian became something of a legend.
He took over the mantle of club secretary in the 1960s and was soon embroiled in controversy.
Looking to the future Brian recognised that all clubs were going to need a good off-field source of income, and he was one of the leaders in proposals that the club should become licensed to sell ale.
The proposals didn’t meet with favour from all members, but they proved successful, and “the bar” became a lifeline.
As secretary Brian oversaw many changes at the club, and the engagement of some top-class professionals.
On “retiring” as secretary Brian was elected club president.
It has to be said he was never an aloof president, and he continued to be a man of the people, and a very active one at that, doing all sorts of tasks including gateman, raffle-ticket seller, and organiser of a weekly draw.
A life member “Pres” as he is affectionally known, stayed on late into the night when Norden clinched the CLL title in 2010 and said: “Nights like this don’t come round so often, I don’t want to go home.”
It could be said he was at home – his true second home at Norden CC.

Top awards for Greg, Paul, and Jayne

GREG Butterworth received two of the major trophies when Norden Cricket Club held a presentation night on Friday.
He won the Asif Mujtaba Shield which is awarded for having gained most nominations for leading players in matches, and the Geoff and Marion Hargreaves Trophy as the players’ player of the year.
Jayne Salford was named as the most consistent player on the ladies’ team which won the Lancashire Softball League in what was only their second full season.
The Coupe Cup for Clubperson of the Year went to Paul Hanby.
The full list of winners was:

1st X1 batting: Josh Tolley
1st X1 bowling: Hashum Malik
2nd X1 batting: Greg Tattersall
2nd X1 bowling: Paul Morrell
3rd X1 batting: Jamie Jackson
3rd X1 bowling: Sami Waheed
Under 17s batting: Spencer Allen
Under 17s bowling: Will Wystawnoha
Ladies batting: Lucie Berwick
Ladies bowling: Kate Davies
Hanmer Cup (best performance v Rochdale): Dominic Humphreys
JR Bonser Trophy (most representative honours by a junior player): Sami Waheed
Bob Tattersall Trophy (best junior fielder in senior cricket): Joe Humphreys
Harold Sibbert Trophy (best junior in senior cricket): Jamie Jackson
Derek Parker Trophy (most improved player: Matt Farrand.
Majorca Batting Cup (best individual performance of season): Greg Tattersall 71 not out v Rochdale 2nd at Redbrook.
Majorca Bowling Cup: Teeno Saeed 7-22 v Church 2nd in Telegraph Cup at Stag Park.
Asif Mujtaba Shield (most points as awarded by captains during season): Greg Butterworth
BI Butterworth Trophy (most consistent lady player): Jayne Salford
Geoff and Marion Hargreaves Trophy (players’ player of the year): Greg Butterworth
Coupe Cup (clubperson of the year): Paul Hanby.
The trophies were presented by guest speaker and former Lancashire and England player Graeme Fowler, and his former Lancashire team-mate Ian Austin.
The event was overseen by NCC cricket chairman Dexter Fitton and MC Matt Allen, with entertainment from Tony Grant and his Freddie Mercury tribute act.

League award for Mo

THIRD team skipper Mo Waheed won the Halifax Sunday League’s bowling award for 2018.
He was presented with the award on Friday night when Stags were handed a trophy aknowledging their time in the league.
The Norden third team will play in the Lancashire League next season after 26 years in the Halifax League.

Junior presentations

NORDEN Cricket Club held its junior presentation night last Friday, when trophies were handed out by the club’s junior sponsor Steve Clegg of the North West Gas Training and Assessment Centre.
All those who had represented the under nines during the season were presented with certificates by the club’s junior co-ordinator Anne Clegg.
Award winners in other age groups were:
Batting – Eve Chadwick
Bowling – Sky Whitton
Fielding – Poppy Buckley
Batting – Alfie Radcliffe
Bowling – Joseph Golden
Fielding – Ollie Yates
Batting – Charlie Gooding
Bowling – Stanley Kearns
Fielding – Aaron Hanby
Batting – Spencer Allen
Bowling – Sami Waheed
Fielding – Luke McTear
Trophies for the girls’ awards were sponsored by North Business Solutions.