Heanor Town CC go top as Taylor takes five

It was a great weekend for Heanor Town as two wins took them to the top of the league.

This may be short lived though as they have now played more games than others in the chase for promotion due to having played there scheduled September Saturday home games which were brought forward due to football season starting.

Is it really near the end of the cricket season already?

On Sunday the wonderful bowling of Town Ground favourite Colin Taylor paved the way to victory in what is almost certainly is last ever home competitive game on the Heanor Town Ground as he has announced his retirement from league cricket after 21 seasons at the Club.

Taylor, at the young age of 68, claimed 5 for 34 and took a wicket on the last ball of his 14 overs too which just rounded his spell off.

Earlier he had taken the first four wickets to fall as Morton were bowled out for 189.

Tideswell made 56 and Poiney and Swallow both made 39 each as Ali Dixon weighed in with 4 for 30. Taylor left the field to an ovation from both sides.

In reply Heanor got to 90 for 0 when both Dixon and Josh Brear fell for 51 and 38 to leave the side 96 for 2.

Captain Andy Brear then took the fight to the bowlers and blasted 65 not out to clinch the game at 193 for 3 with 6 overs to go.

This 22 points was added to the previous days excellent 27 points at home against struggling Alfreton.

Heanor batted first and racked up 235 for 8 and declared after 42 overs with Dixon making 50 and Corrie Keable a very fine 58.

The Alfreton wickets fell steadily and the game ended with the visitors on 148 in the 44th over. Kevin Barber took 3 for 33, Graham Mc Donough 3 for 48 and there was a wicket each for Ali Dixon, Jordan Halford and Ady Mann.

It will be an anxious September as Heanor pray for rain on the days the other chasing teams are playing catch up.

The Heanor second X1 went down narrowly on Saturday at neighbours Butterley who made 182 for 9 with West making 35 and Parkin 51.

In reply Heanor had their moments but ran out of steam and wickets at 156 with Maurice Edwards making a fine 71.

Cup Final for Heanor

After this coming weekends league games it is Cup Final Day for Heanor 1st X1 on Sunday at Eckington against Allestree in the Bayley Cup.

A coach full of enthusiastic supporters are also having a day out as Cup Final appearances are rare and should be celebrated.

Colin Taylor Farewell Game

On Bank Holiday Monday the Club stage a farewell celebration game for Colin Taylor.

Twenty One seasons have been completed by Colin which has seen the high point of Premier league and Cup double as he has taken over 900 wickets during his time at Heanor.

This is the last possible day for cricket at the HTG due to football season and Colin has invited many ex players from Heanor and other clubs to play against some of the current players.

This should be a fun day and one all are looking forward too and thank you Colin for all your hard work for the Club