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.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Summer Scheme

Just following on from our first ever Summer Scheme last week, now that the dust has settled I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their assistance and support for what turned out to be an incredible week.

First and foremost the coaches who all took part, Carl Rae, James Mitchell, Robert Moore and Adam McCormick.  A special mention to Carl as he was the lead coach on the event and was heavily involved in the planning of the week, which was months in the making.

To Stuart Catterson in the support provided when seeking funding for the event, preparing the paperwork and Insurance, and of course Belfast City Council.  David McCormick for his support both off and on the field and arranging the use of Harding Memorial Primary School in conjunction with the Headmaster Mr. Cumper.

Also a big thank you to the Bluebird Cafe on the Cregagh Road for providing the lunches which the kids all enjoyed.  Finally a thank you to all the parents and of course children who came along to the event we hope you enjoyed, we as coaches certainly enjoyed and had an absolute ball, all the children were a credit to their parents.

See you all next year................

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

100th Anniversary Battle of the Somme

On Saturday past Cregagh CC marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme before our home game against Instonians.
Both teams led by the 19th BB and Bugler from the 1st Royal Scottish Regiment

Captain of the 2nd XI Graham Watt read out the names of our members who made the ultimate sacrifice during the 1st World War.  Also remembered was William McFadzean who was awarded the VC posthumously for his selfless act on 1st July 1916, his Father was one of the founding members of Cregagh Cricket Club who received the VC from the King.

Minutes silence
Also in attendance was the Captain of the 19th Boys Brigade Jim Ross which is the Boys Brigade from McQuiston Memorial Church.  Both organisations played a major part in the formation of Cregagh Cricket Club.  Jim spoke on behalf of the BB and remembered those people who played various sports on the cricket field before the war broke, and many of whom no doubt volunteered for King and Country.

After a short prayer, Ian Kerr then read the poem in Flanders Fields, before both captains laid a poppy wreath at the stumps.

At which point the Bugler from the 1st Royal Scottish Regiment played Reveille followed by a minutes silence and brought the ceremony to an end with the playing of the Last Post.

At the going down of the sun, we will remember them.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Battle of the Somme remembered

This Saturday we will be holding a short act of remembrance before the 2nd XI match against Instonians.

Please note this event is open to all members.

At 12.45 we will be led to the cricket square by the BB from McQuiston Memorial Church and the Rev. Beggs.

We will hold a short ceremony and call out the names of our past members who made the supreme sacrifice during the 1st World War.  At which time I am delighted to announce that we have a Bugler from the 1st Royal Scottish Regiment to play Rivali and the Last Post following a 2 minute silence.

Cregagh CC remembers them

We will remember them

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Cregagh CC to mark a special anniversary

With the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme soon upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to take the opportunity to mark the occasion and how it affected our own club and the wider community around the Cregagh Road.

Although we were formed in 1906 it wasn't until 1920 that we became members of the Northern Cricket Union.  This is quite an important milestone for the club.  When the First World War commenced in 1914 it was reported that 75% of our membership answered the call for King and Country and Cricket was suspended during the First World War.

In 1920 the members of Cregagh Cricket Club believed the best way to honour the members who had not returned from Europe was to purchase the land that we play cricket on and to establish Cregagh within the NCU.  To this day we still play at that very ground and we still honour those members.

When the ground was purchased and memorial gates erected the Secretary of the day a Mr. Mitchell made the following speech, which is taken from our minute book from this period;

"Ladies and Gentlemen, you are met here today to open and dedicate these gates and ground to those members who by their service and sacrifice have made the war records of this club one of which you may feel instantly proud.

It will not be necessary for me to recount in detail the engagement in which they took part nor the gallant manner in which they acquitted themselves but lest they and their deeds are allowed to pass into partial forgiveness.  I will briefly recall the part in which they played during the strenuous years of the war.

Thirty members of the club joined the fighting forces.  This represented 50% of the total membership.  75% of the available number for service.  In common with organisations whose numbers responded so nobly we lost some of our finest members.  Of the thirty, eight made the supreme sacrifice, their names are as follows;  C. Ervine, W. McKeown, J. Lowry, J. Mayberry, G. Whitley, E. Hamilton, J. C. Grant, R. McDowell.

Men of their type are not given to any club or community in profusion and it is because of this that the grounds where we knew them best and loved them most have been purchased as memorial to their memory.

They along with the others served in the various theatres of war and in addition to the various decorations the following distinctions were awarded, two military cross, five military medals and two military honours.

It speaks volumes for the esteem in which they were held when I say that within nine months from the inception of the scheme to buy the ground the sum of £800 was raised by the voluntary subscriptions, the aid of of a sale of work this made it possible to purchase the existing holding and an adjoining field for a sum of £500 to lay aside £120 for the memorial gates which are now completed.  Since then various improvement schemes have been affected.  It is hoped by the aid of increased membership to still further enhance the value of the memorial.  It is true that even when we have the grounds in keeping with the lush we know we will have discharged but a small portion of the debt under which they have paid us, but in addition to this we can ensure that the activities that carried on in these fields of sport are of such a nature that our conduct in them be a reflection of their more noble deeds on a sterner field of service.

If we succeed in this and I believe we will, not so much because we can but because we must, then indeed will there be a memorial to their memory this ground will be worthy of the name which you have seen fit to give, the Cregagh Memorial Recreation Ground".

The Cregagh CC Roll of Honour;

F Ballantine, G. Barr, W. Barr, W. Carmichael, V. Donaldson, E. Ervine, A. G. Ervine, F. Porter, John Gowdy, Joe Gowdy, A. Gallagher, J. C. Grant, J. Hamilton, E. Hamilton, W. Jeffrey, W. Keown, J. Lowry, G. Mitchell, D. Mitchell, R. McClonnell, J. Mayberry, R. McDowell, J. McDowell, H. Noble, L. Nichol, R. Whitley, G. Whitley, W. McKeown, H. Steenson, C. Ervine.

This Saturday we will hold a minutes silence before the game to mark this anniversary, to remember the members who made the supreme sacrifice,to remember the impact the War had on our club and the community and to remember the reason why Cregagh Cricket Club exists.