Thursday, 23 March 2017

Junior Cricket Season details

Folks the season is only round the corner hope to see you all soon some information for you all in the meantime

Friday, 3 March 2017

Major Ground Improvement Annoucement

Cregagh Sports Club is pleased to announce the commencement of a 2 year project that will involve undertaking major improvements to both the current playing surfaces and club facilities. 

The initial phase involves the installation of new drainage to the cricket outfield and square and this work is currently underway. In addition new covers and sightscreens have been ordered and later in 2017 replacement ball-catch structures will be installed.

The final element involves significant improvements to the clubhouse, both internal and external, with the work scheduled to be undertaken during 2018.

Chairman of the project steering committee, Stuart Catterson, said: ‘None of the planned improvements would be possible without the excellent support of Belfast City Council. Their assistance, particularly financially, has been invaluable and is greatly appreciated by everyone at the club’. 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Indoor Nets

Dates for indoor nets have been confirmed as follow;

27th January
10th February
3rd March
17th March
31st March

Time: 7pm to 9 pm

Venue; Grosvenor Grammar School

Hope to see you all there

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Statement on behalf of Cregagh CC

On behalf of the committee of Cregagh Cricket Club, and following social media reports at the weekend, we can confirm that Stuart Nelson has informed the club secretary that he wishes to transfer to North Down Cricket Club. Stuart has spoken of what a difficult and emotional decision this was for him to leave his many friends at Cregagh CC.

Stuart Nelson has been with our club since he was 9 years old, and immediately demonstrated a natural aptitude for the game of cricket.  Under the excellent tutelage of his coach David McCormick, Stuart came through the ranks of Cregagh with a number of extremely talented young cricketers, all of whom we are extremely proud.  In recent years the rise of our 1st XI squad is down to this exceptional group of young talented cricketers, with Stuart being a vital part of that team.

At Cregagh CC, from an early age, Stuart regularly played his part in the clubs successes on the field. This culminated in our u15 squad securing the coveted Graham Cup in 2014, a team which was led by Stuart Nelson.  This led to Stuart being recognised at representative cricket level many times for a number of NCU regional squads. Our club was always proud to have Stuart represent Cregagh CC.  Last season Stuart led the NCU team to a famous Inter-Provincial win for the Under 17 team in Leinster.  Stuart has also received Ireland international honours at u15. Typical of the type of young man he is, he donated one of his Ireland jumpers to the cricket club as a thank you for all the support during the years.  

We appreciate how talented and ambitious Stuart is and everyone at Cregagh CC wish him well in his cricketing journey and look forward to him achieving his goals. We will all be cheering him on.

It is well known that at Cregagh CC we pride ourselves on being a welcoming family club with a tremendous team spirit throughout the whole club, the bond and friendship that we all share has been forged over many years.  We all know at certain times we need to go our separate ways for a variety of reasons, however that special bond that we all have as Cregagh players runs strong in us all. Perhaps, one day, Stuart Nelson will once again wear our proud colours.

Stuart, the committee and everyone within the club wish you well on your next adventure, a challenge we all believe you will meet head on and at which you will no doubt succeed. We are all extremely proud of you and look forward to seeing you about the club in the 2017 season.  Good luck in the Premier League.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Annual Presentation awards night

On Saturday 1st October we held our end of season awards presentation night in front of a packed function room, it would also be the finale of our Grab a Grand draw with the winner being drawn on the night.

Mr Chairman welcomes everyone
It had been a solid season all round for the 2nd XI and 3rd XI teams who both maintained their league position.  For the 1st XI it was a season of what ifs, however, it must be said this young enthusiastic team where an absolute pleasure to watch.  Missing out on promotion on net run rate, they also made the 20 20 cup final only to lose out again Cliftonville and again losing to Cliftonville in the Junior Cup Semi Final.  A season to build on with many highs and an average age of around 21 this team should be around for a few seasons to come.

The individual award winners on the night where;

1st XI

Batsman of the year                        Stuart Nelson
Bowler of the year                          Adam Beattie
Captains pick                                 Matthew Simpson

2nd XI

Batsman of the year                       Graham Watt
Bowler of the year                         Sam Grant
Captains pick                                David Harris

3rd XI

Batsman of the year                       Paul Trimble
Bowler of the year                         Thompson Dawson
Captains pick                                Sarthak Kareer

In addition to these the three captains, Graeme Hassard, Graham Watt and Neil Pinkerton also received a small award for their efforts as captains during the season.

Each year we also have a number of Perpetual trophies and the winners are as follows;

Adam celebrates in style
Performance of the year award                                Adam Beattie

Young Player of the year                                          Stuart Nelson

Harry Blair Memorial Shield (Clubman of the year)   Stuart Catterson and Philip Walker

Deserved winners of the Clubman of the year award
Of course each year we have a special award, the award we all fear a trophy which contains some Cregagh legends, of course I’m talking about the Canard D’or  (as a footnote, did you know there is a restaurant that I think we need to visit )

Yes once again Thompson Dawson did not disappoint and had quite a few of our 1st XI players on stage when making his presentation.  The winner this year, and it was a first I believe went to a family!!  Yes Neil and James McGrath won the dubious honour of the most ducks in a season.  Well done and the award was well received.
The Cregagh Ducks

As per usual we finished the night up dancing the night away.  To this end we would like to thank our new caterer Bluebird Cafe on the Cregagh Road who provided an excellent meal which we all enjoyed, to all our speech makers, our committee members who all worked hard to put on such a great show, not to mention a special thank you to Peter Searson who attended on behalf of Leinster Youth Cricket and is now an honorary Cregagh Duck!!

Finally, on the night itself we made the big draw for the Grab a Grand, and the results are as follows;

1st Prize and the winner of £1,000 was Gary Cunningham
2nd Prize and the winner of £300 was Maureen Hassard
3rd Prize and the winner of £100 was Joan Clements

Sam Grant and Philip Walker present our cheque for £1000
We want to thank everyone who bought a ticket within the Club and across the Northern Cricket Union and of course to all our members who sold tickets.

From this we are pleased to announce that we raised £1,000 for our nominated charity this year which was Clic Sargent.  Well done to all involved and something we can all be proud of.

See you soon for indoor nets and we get to do it all over again!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Presentation from Leinster Youth Cricket

Following on from our end of season awards night (full report to follow) those of you who where there will know that we had Peter Searson from Leinster Youth Cricket in attendance.  Peter is the scorer for the Leinster Youth teams.

Over the last few years of Cregagh CC hosting interprovincial games involving Leinster, we have built up a relationship with Peter who has always enjoyed the craic, and of course we like to think that we always look after our visitors from Leinster and put on a good days cricket both on and off the field.  I'm sure it has nothing to do with the hot food that we always provide!!!

To this end, and as a thank you for all our hard work Peter came along to our dinner with a few gifts to present to the committee, namely a signed cricket bat from the game between Ireland and England which was part of the RSA challenge series in 2011.
 In addition to this we also received a signed West Indies Test Shirt from their game against New Zealand in 2012.  Once again Peter many thanks for your very kind gifts and we hope to host you again soon in Belfast and hope that you enjoyed our end of season awards night.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Junior Presentation Awards Night

Friday past we held our annual end of season junior awards night at the club.  It was great to see such a great turn out of players and parents attend the evening.

The evening was opened by the Youth Chairman Graham Watt who welcomed everyone along and proceeded to give an overview of what has to be one of the busiest years the junior section has ever embarked upon.

The highlights included a cricket factory day held at Avoniel Leisure centre in conjunction with Cricket Ireland and two local primary schools, those being Orangefield and Harding Memorial.  This led up to an 8 week coaching programme again in conjunction with Cricket Ireland.

We sent 5 coaches  (David McCormick, Adam McCormick, Tony Henry, Robert Moore and Carl Rae) into 5 local primary schools, namely, Cairnshill, Loughview Intergrated, Harding Memorial, Cregagh and Euston Street.  Each week a coach would go into the school and take an hours kwik cricket.  This then led to a kwik cricket tournament at our ground in early May which seen Cairnshill winning the tournament.

Once again, our coaches went above and beyond their duty to ensure the whole programme was the success that it was.  Work had also begun on the summer scheme and once again the youth chairman thanked all the coaches who made this such a success along with Stuart Catterson our very own grant guru!  Once again the committee worked extremely well as a team to deliver such a great summer scheme with special thanks to the support provided by Belfast City Council.

Moving onto the teams for the 2016 season, again the chairman expressed his thanks to all the coaches you have taken teams this year, Ian Kerr and David Harris with the under 15's, Robert Moore and Matthew Simpson with the under 13's and of course Tony Henry and Carl Rae with the under 11's and under 9's.  In addition to this our fixture secretary who keeps us all on track and Stuart Catterson our grounds convenor ensuring the ground is always in tip top condition.

Finally, our junior secretary Laura Watt who kept me right during the season with registration forms, summer scheme applications, subs and everything else.  Once again we would be lost without our off the field support team.

Tony Henry our under 11 coach then provided a short review of the season, the winners of the under 11 section where as follows;

Under 11 batsman of the year;  Daniel Henry
Under 11 bowler of the year; Daniel Henry

Daniel Henry receiving his award who had an excellent season with bat and ball
Under 11 coaches pick; M Rae
The Skipper (Matt Rae) receiving his award after another great season with bat and ball and now leading the side.

Moving onto the under 15s, David Harris took us through the season and the outstanding performances during the year.  The winners were as follow

Under 15 batsman of the year;  Andy Nelson
Under 15 bowler of the year;  Andy Nelson

Another great season for this young man with bat and ball, he led the team by example this year

Under 15 coaches pick; Jack Keenan
Jack showed massive improvement this year and continues to grow in confidence well done the hard work is paying off

Finally, our young player of the year award which is sponsored by Ian Kerr from Kerr Consulting was awarded to Andy Nelson.  Andy had a great all round performance this year, he scored just under 200 runs, taking 10 wickets with the ball and captained the team, setting his own field, setting his batting order and making his own decisions in the field.  Well done Andy and a very deserving winner of the young player of the year award.
Andy Nelson receiving young player of the year award from Ian Kerr

This wrapped up our evening, we hope to see you all during the winter net programme guys so keep an eye out for the dates and keep up the hard work.