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Carl Hey is off to Bowdon
Friday 12th October 2007

Record breaker Carl Hey won't be playing Liverpool Competition cricket next season.

The Northern batsman, who plundered 1476 league runs to eclipse a record set in 1955, has made the decision for 'family' reasons. Instead, he is joining Cheshire County League Premier side Bowdon.

It is a setback for the Crosby club and local cricket in general as Hey cracked runs around Merseyside and beyond all summer for fun, but his skipper, Phil Cooper, said he was aware of the possibility of losing his prolific star.

"It's a blow because he is a quality player and for the five years he has been with us he has put his heart and soul into the club. We have known for the past four months, but he wanted to break the league record to leave on a positive note.

"Carl's girlfriend is expecting a baby and he has moved back to Manchester. He travels Monday to Friday to work in Crosby and we always knew it would be a stretch to travel here Saturday and Sunday to play cricket."

Cooper, who will captain the side again in 2008, went on: "Carl was our director of coaching and his main thrust has been his involvement with our development squad and running coaching on Fridays.

"He is a tremendous guy to have in your team and around the club. Now, because of his family, he feels he cannot commit to us but he has done very well. He is one of the best players in the north west of England. It's a loss for the league as much as for us. We wish him all the best."

Hey and team mate Steve Mullaney rattled up over 2700 league runs between them, but it failed to bring Northern success this season. Cooper admitted: "It was an OK season. We were always there or thereabouts in the league, but never quite close enough.

"Steve Mullaney was also phenomenal for us all season. His batting was superb (1308 runs) and he had a similar average to Carl. He also did tremendously well bowling and took 38 wickets, while Jack Woosey had 50 wickets which was a great return."

In his five seasons (2003-2007) at Northern, Hey played 99 ECB Premier League matches and scored 3443 runs in 95 innings, averaging 45.90 with 6 centuries and 20 fifties. He also claimed 46 wickets at an average of 13.23 with a best of 5-29 at Leigh in 2006.