Thursday, 27 December 2007

Just for Davie

Joe Bambrick, Alan Dornan, Lindsay McKeown, John Eason, Dessie Gorman, Gary Peebles, Tommy McIlroy, Martin McGaughey your boys took one hell of a beating!!!

Back to the cricket, anyone seen Davie of late?


We have a confirmed sighting of Davie leaving the Oval at speed in his TT. Please keep us informed if you see him, apparently his phone has had a malfunction and is not receiving any gloating texts or phone calls!!

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

League Fixtures confirmed

The NCU have confirmed the league fixtures for the upcoming season, which will see the 1st XI take on Millpark at Cregagh marking our return to Section 3.

The full fixtures are as follows;

Division 1 Section 3

26 April

Cregagh v Millpark

10 May

Cooke Collegians v Cregagh

17 May

Cregagh v Academy

24 May

Templepatrick v Cregagh

31 May

Dunmurry v Cregagh

7 June

Cregagh v Dungannon

14 June

Larne v Crregagh

28 June

Cregagh v Cooke Collegians

5 July

Millpark v Cregagh

19 July

Academy v Cregagh

26 July

Cregagh v Templepatrick

2 August

BISC v Cregagh

9 August

Cregagh v Dunmurry

16 August

Dungannon v Cregagh

23 August

Cregagh v Larne

30 August

Donacloney v Cregagh

6 September

Cregagh v BISC

13 September

Cregagh v Donacloney

We are awaiting a decision on the 20/20 Shield and will inform the players as soon as a decision has been made.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Cup Draw

The NCU recently completed the draw for the Cup competitions for the upcoming 2008 season, the draw for our teams is as follows;

In the Junior Cup (pictured right) the 1st XI will renew their rivalry with BISC with the match taking place at their ground on 3rd May. Irish Cup Final weekend, usually a busy weekend for us Glenmen! Cup competitions have not been kind for Watt as a skipper as he still seeks his first cup win as a skipper.

The 2nd XI received a bye in the first round and will face a tough test against a Templepatrick 2nd XI on 24th May at Gibson Park. A tough test? certainly, but skipper Phil Thompson believes the boys will be ready, of course Phil has been under pressure before, during one of the worst run of results EVER experienced by a 2nd XI captain at Cregagh, he received the dreaded backing of the board but held onto the position.

The 3rd XI who are now unbeaten for the last two seasons in the Minor Qualifying Cup will put their record on the line when they face Dunmurry 3rd XI at Gibson Park on 10th May. Cregagh and Dunmurry will be the only teams taking part in the 1st round! with all the other teams receiving byes! The boys will have to defend the trophy the hard way, the Cregagh way! However, 3rd XI skipper Brian will lead his team into the breach once more with a blend of young and 'not so young' players.

Good luck to all the Cregagh teams.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Hungary 4 Cricket!!

Not exactly the best kept secret in the club, but for anyone who has been living under a rock for the last three months, this might be new to you!!

Thompson Dawson will once again Skipper a Cregagh team in Europe, this time we are heading to Hungary. TD will put his 100% Cregagh record on the line to lead his charges into Europe once again to take on the Hungarian national team!!!! or so he says.

We depart from Dublin airport on Friday 20th June no doubt at some ungodly hour, (weekend after Father's Day! cheers TD) and we hope to return on Monday 23rd June. Hotel room lottery is already set and tongues are wagging already, is there a chance that the love buddies might not share a room! I'm sure TD and Davie Mac can come up with other ideas to make sure we don't get bored during the 4 hour flight!

More information regarding our destination can be found at which should whet your appetite!

Contact TD should you wish to register your interest, I can confirm that we have 17 people fully paid already.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Captains and Officers for 2008

The club AGM was held on Wednesday 14/11/07 and the following captains and officers were elected for 2008:

Chairman Stuart Catterson
Deputy Chairman Phil Thompson*
Secretary Graham Watt
Assistant Secretary Peter Kerr
Treasurer Philip Walker
Youth Convenor Stuart Catterson*

*New positions for 2008

Ist XI Captain Graham Watt
2nd XI Captain Phil Thompson
3rd XI Captain Brian Clarke

Cricket Section representatives to the Cregagh Sports Club Executive Committee:

Stuart Catterson,Philip Walker and Phil Thompson

The first meeting of the new cricket committee will be held on Thursday 22/11 at 8.00pm in the club.

Stuart Catterson

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

The return of Murderball

Thats right, its back!

The return of murderball is set for 21st November between 8 pm and 9 pm at Ballymacarret Leisure Centre (same place as last year) and it will cost £2.50 per skull per night to kick your fellow cricket member. The photo above is just a taste of things to come, although saying that Maccers is now at University!!

Murderball will run until the indoor nets start in March 2008.

A lot of talk from the likes of Jonny English, Davy Harris and TD of maybe coming along for a kickabout, so lets see who turns up, we might even have a professional footballer in our midst (g-force!!!!! no only joking its Aaron).

Friday, 9 November 2007


Don't forget the Cricket Section AGM takes place at Cregagh on 14th November starting at 8 PM.

Free pint for all who attend, just put it on Phil Thompson's tab, works for Trim!!

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Look a likes Part 3

Following on from the ever popular look a like series we have a few more for you to keep you going through the Winter break

Peter Kerr......

Andy B.......

Tim Jackson.....


Announcement coming soon on the return of Murderball and details of the 2008 tour!!!
PS Bunsie, if you can tell me who your look a like is, I'll buy you a Pear Cider! No helpers, anyone Bunsie is too shy!

Tuesday, 23 October 2007


The 2007 AGM will be held in the club on Wednesday 14th November 2007 starting at 8.00pm

Every paid up member is entitled and strongly encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Division 1 Section 4 Champions 2007

Back Row: (L to R) Stuart Catterson (Chairman) Ian Kerr, Philip Walker, David Harris, Sameer Maish, Aaron Kerr, Peter Kerr, Billy McCormick (Scorer)

Front Row: (L to R) Paul Trimble, Graham Watt (vc) David McCormick (Captain) Alan Baker, Javed Mohammed

For all the historians, this is the 1st XI's 9th league title, as a club this is our 26th league title.

Monday, 8 October 2007

End of Season Dinner

Cregagh held its end of season awards dinner in the clubhouse on Friday past.

With the room packed to the rafters, the awards for the season were handed out, the winners were as follows;

1st XI Batsman of the year Ian Kerr
1st XI Bowler of the year Graham Hassard
1st XI Captain's award Graham Watt

2nd XI Batsman of the year William Campbell
2nd XI Bowler of the year Philip Thompson
2nd XI Captain's award Thompson Dawson

3rd XI Batsman of the year Paul Trimble
3rd XI Bowler of the year Craig Copeland
3rd XI Captain's award Sameer Maish

In addition to this, the Captain's also received their Cregagh Captain shirt presented by former Cregagh and Ireland player Adrian Thompson. A new Cregagh tradition started by Ian Kerr. William McCormick received the Harry Blair Memorial shield as Clubman of the year, acknowledging his work as club scorer for all 6 teams! The best individual performance of the season award went to Aaron Kerr for blasting Instonians 1sts (sorry 2nd XI wink wink) around the ground and scoring his first century ending on 118.

Tim Jackson and David McCormick also received a special award as the club recognised their individual efforts by taking 6 wickets in a game. Tim's came against the PSNI and David's came against Clogher. Both players received a hand holding the ball they did the damage with.

Finally, David along with Aaron received a sports voucher for both scoring centuries during the season. David's came against Dungannon for the 2nd XI also scoring 118, must be something about that number.

The 3rd XI retained the Minor Qualifying Cup and on the night the players officially received their medals. Likewise, the 1st XI Section 4 trophy was in attendance and the 1st XI squad received their medals. Unfortunately Graham Hassard and Andrew Bligh were not able to attend but their medals have been set aside.

As a thank you for his tireless work during the year, chairman Stuart Catterson received a voucher as a thank you from the committee. As you can see, the awards presentation ran for almost an hour as each captain and the chairman recalled the season's highlights. Some Captain's talked longer than others but I think the audience appreciated Phil's ball by ball account of his season!! One low point of the night and indeed the season was the dreadful injury to Billy Campbell, and as a gesture, the committee has decided that all proceeds from the ballot would be for the benefit of Billy. We hope he has a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him in a Cregagh shirt next year.

One highlight and 'coo' of the night if not the season, was the special guest appearance of Philip Schofield on the night. What a catch to have a top TV personality in our little club in East Belfast. He even brought his mate Gordon with him (wink wink nudge nudge).

Once the caterers had dispensed the teas and coffees, and the awards ceremony had finished, it was then over to the disco / karaoke to take us into the wee small hours in true Cregagh fashion. I cant totally recall the evening, I do remember a fine Elvis number was belted out in style by Andrew Thompson, whilst the riddler struggling with the cold killed the Back Street Boys version of 'I want it that way' we as the audience certainly didn't.

I think the Trimble's sang but I cant remember, the night was finished off by a Queen classic, We are the Champions, predictable, yes, enjoyable, yes, did the WAGS enjoy it NO. After killing that song the 1st XI then proceeded on a lap of honour, around the glorious Gibson Park just before one in the morning, to acknowledge the fans who had believed in us all season. The grass was wet, it was freezing, and we don't have floodlights at Cregagh so God only knows who actually took the lap, but the lap of honour capped off a great night, not sure if the residents of Village Green would agree but none the less the fans appreciated the effort!

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

1st XI beat Donaghadee and Clogher

With promotion already in the bag after the hammering of our nearest rivals BISC on the 9th September. Cregagh 1sts knew that two victories last weekend would confirm them as Champions on Division 1 Section 4.

On Saturday 22 September we travelled to Donaghadee for a rearranged game.

Cregagh won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first on a greenish wicket.
The Dee batsmen found runs hard to come by coupled by opening bowlers David McCormick and the recalled Aaron Kerr giving nothing away and superb fielding they reached 32 runs off the opening 25 overs . But it was the introduction of Cregagh’s answer to Embury and Edmonds AKA Graham Hassard and “The Vet” Ian Kerr that had the batsmen in a spin. Hassie had all the batsmen in trouble from his first ball, and with fielders either side of the bat wickets soon started to tumble as the edges were found.
The Hassler finished with 3 for 17 and The Vet with 1 for 8 from their 10 and 8 overs respectively.

The Skipper, sniffing a few bunnies, then brought himself on to bowl and claimed 3 wickets in one over to really rip the heart out of the Donaghadee line up. And with young Sameer and Aaron taking a wicket a piece the innings was wrapped up just before 2pm and we were chasing a score of 78 to win.

With such a low score, openers David McCormick and Aaron Kerr strode to the wicket in search of some quick and easy runs, but within minutes the “hitters” were striding back to the pavilion with their tails between their legs with 4 and 0, and two very red faces having been dismissed by the brothers McNamara. A mini crisis was averted when Jonny English AKA Andy Bligh was joined at the wicket by the hard hitting Javed. Both men set about the bowling attack with gusto and we reached our target in the 12th over with Javed finishing on 49 no.

Donaghadee 77

D McCormick 3 for 1
G Hassard 3 for 17
A Kerr 1 for 34
Samir 1 for 5

Cregagh 78 for 3

Javed 49 no

MOM Graham Hassard

Part one of ‘Mission Championship’ was complete, and it was off to bed early for the next days hike to Clogher, a team new to the league and a team whose name the Skipper has only just learned to spell correctly.

Sunday morning 9.15 am, and we met at the entrance to Gibson park. On seeing some of my fellow cricketers up close and so early in the morning I began to wonder what the hell the Wags were doing married to them…

At just after 10.45 am we arrived en masse at the Clogher Oval, and after passing 42 motorway service stations, 93 roundabouts, 4 dead badgers at the side of the road, a cow in the middle of the road and of course Ian Kerr who had left Carrick the night before it was obvious that the facilities would need to be used immediately. The skipper pulled rank and went first, only to find that there was no running water, and so the Vet had to wait, not a good thing for a man his age, as problems can soon set in.

At just after 11.30am play got underway with the home team taking first use of batting on the sticky wicket. Opener and skipper Kenny Maxwell was the mainstay of the innings scoring 44 out of a total of 93.

Wickets on the day were shared as they have been for most of the year between the bowlers. MOM from the day before Graham Hassard was given a lesson in the art of slow bowling by the Vet who took a seasons best 3 for 9. Evergreen David Harris also got in on the act taking 3 for 24 from 9 overs. The other wickets being shared by joint leading bowlers for the year Graham Hassard and David McCormick. Our application and concentration on the day was good with conditions sometimes being very difficult. Indeed the VC Graham Watt looked as though he had been playing rugby rather than cricket given the state of his whites after a few slides on the boundary.

The Clogher innings finished with them posting a total of 93. We knew what we had to do to lift the title.

And after a short break for teas, which were excellent by the way. We began our run chase. Given the two idiots who opened the batting the day before the skipper reverted to his tried and tested duo of Ian “the vet” Kerr and Graham “Don’t call me puddles” Watt.

Both men got us off to the perfect start putting on 41 for the first wicket before Watty fell for a well made 20. Andy Bligh joined Ian at the crease and after a few hefty blows decided to do his audition for “Dancing on Ice” and was duly stumped. Javed then came in and he and Ian saw us home in the 25th over for a 7 wicket win, and alas we were Champions. How fitting it was that our two best batsmen this season were there at the end just as they were in the first game of the season when we beat Victoria by 10 wickets. Well done Ian and Javed.

Thanks must also go to our hosts, Kenny Maxwell and his Clogher team. Thank you guys for your hospitality and kind words off the pitch on the day and sportsmanship on the pitch. You are a great bunch of fellas and your cricket has improved 100% from we played you earlier in the season. Good luck for next year.

Clogher 93

K Maxwell 44

I Kerr 3 for 9
D Harris 3 for 24
D McCormick 2 for 12
G Hassard 2 for 26

Cregagh 94 for 2

I Kerr 31 no
Javed 21 no
G Watt 20

MOM Ian Kerr

Man of the Weekend Andrew Bligh (aka Jonny English/AB/Steak)
The Reason: For the past few seasons Andy has suffered from a disease called he “playawayability” which attacks his nervous system every time an away game is mentioned, and he duly cries off. But the vociferous Englishman to his credit travelled to both Donaghadee and Clogher on the same weekend. When measured on Google Earth we can reveal that AB actually travelled over 200 miles at the weekend, a superb effort I am sure you will all agree.

And so the season is at a close. The result? Champions! Roll on section 3. Lets get at them.

That’s it from the skipper, thank you all for taking the time to read this drivel.

Pint of Carlsberg please.

Monday, 24 September 2007


The 1st XI played their 11th and 12th games away to Donaghadee and Clogher winning both to end the season top of section 4 completing the full league programme in a dreadful summer;

Back Row: D. Harris, A. Bligh, P. Kerr, P. Walker, G. Hassard, S. Maish, B. MCormick (Scorer)

Front Row: I. Kerr, G. Watt (VC) D. McCormick (C) A. McCormick (Mascot!) S. Gibson, J. Mohammed

Not pictured; WAGS!!!

Match reports to follow.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Big Weekend Looms!

A huge weekend lies ahead for Cregagh Cricket Club as the 1st XI and 3rd XI chase league titles.

The 1st XI have secured promotion to Section 3 but are now after silverware. Weather permitting they will travel to Donaghadee and Clogher in the hunt for 8 points. Donaghadee have been a bogey team for us in recent years whilst Clogher have recorded wins against Victoria of late, ensuring that we will have to fight hard to obtain 8 points.

The 3rd XI also have 2 games left and will play Muckamore this Saturday at Cregagh. Muckamore find themselves at the wrong end of the table in Division 3 section 5 and will come to Cregagh fighting for survival. The 3rd XI's last game is scheduled for 29th September away to Lisburn, which could end up being a league championship decider if the results go their way.

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Club Dinner

The end of season dinner and prize giving is being held in the club on Friday 5 October 2007.It will include a 3 course meal,karaoke and disco and late bar.

Tickets are £20 (£10 for those in full-time education) and can be ordered from:

Stuart Catterson 07720414155
Graham Watt 07714332516
Phil Thompson 07768318077

Please make an effort to attend in order that we can all celebrate what has been a successful season for the club.

Monday, 10 September 2007

1sts Bounce back to section 3 at the first attempt!

On an overcast day at Gibson Park, Cregagh 1st’s took on BISC in a top of the table clash.

Winning the toss captain David McCormick decided to bat first and post a score for BISC to chase down. Openers Ian Kerr and Graham Watt made slow but steady progress seeing off the new ball as had been the plan before the game. Graham fell in the 14th over and was soon followed by Pete Kerr. The Vet, Ian Kerr held the top order together under pressure from the very accurate but vociferous BISC bowlers. Ian fell for a well made 20, and Javed took up the roll of senior batsmen sharing a partnership of 44 with Stephen Gibson, making his first appearance on the firsts this season. As both men fell it was left to the skipper David McCormick and the tail end to get us up above 100. We finished on 153, a very creditable total given the conditions and the bowling attack.

BISC began their innings nervously loosing two wickets in the third over to David McCormick. Both he and opening partner David Harris had the BISC batsmen tied down and they duly struggled to get the ball away.

A superb piece of fielding by Sameer Maish causing a run out with a direct hit seemed to really galvanise the Cregagh team and from there we never let up on the pressure. First and second change bowlers Graham Hassard and Phil Walker both took wickets in their first overs respectively. Graham in particular had all of the batsmen in trouble with his slow left armers, is there a better slow bowler in section 4 or even 3 for that matter, I don’t think so!!!

With a succession of great catches being held close to the wicket and in the deep the BISC innings closed on 73 all out. Cregagh won by 80 runs in what was by far our best all round team performance of the season. Well done lads.

Not only did we gain promotion back to section 3 at the first attempt but the win on Sunday also saw us leapfrog BISC and go back to the top of the table…

Match details

Cregagh 153

Javed 44
D McCormick 29
I Kerr 20

Thakur 3 for 24

BISC 73 all out

G Hassard 4 for 18
D McCormick 2 for 14
P Walker 2 for 21
D Harris 1 for 19

MOM David McCormick

PS The photo of Davy Harris was taken in 1991 and Mr Harris can still be seen wearing the same garment. We should expect no less from him, he supports linfield after all!!

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Look a likes Part 2

Following on from our successful look a likes, some more faces for you to look out for;

Mark Thompson?
Phil Thompson?

Graham Hassard?

And of course the Chairman....

Stuart Catterson

More to follow........

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Cregagh Look a Likes

Seeing as the only team playing at the weekend was the 3's and that we wont get a report, thought we would highlight some of the famous faces you might see around Cregagh;
Aaron Kerr?

Davie Mac?

Max Porter?

And of course.........

Paul Trimble?

Keep an eye out, you never know who you might meet!!

Thursday, 30 August 2007

2nd XI Travel far and wide in search of wins

Holywood v Cregagh

Cregagh travelled to Rockport school on Saturday for their game with Holywood and to say the wicket was the worst we had seen was an under statement. Holywood won the toss and put us in to bat and that soon paid off as the wicket was doing all sorts of things and we where quickly 0 for 2 as Mc Areavey and Young Beattie where out for a duck, The only batsman to score was the ever reliable Campbell who scored 30 before being run out and the Cregagh innings stuttered to 84 all out.We got off to a great start when Mark Thompson had their opener caught and bowled and Hollywood where 1 for 1, but some steady batting from Treacy and Nicholl got Holywood up to 63 before both where removed by Thompson P and Thompson M before Holywood reached their target in 31 overs a truly difficult day all round.

Result lost by 6 wickets

Dungannon V Cregagh

The next day we travelled south to Dungannon for our 10th league game of the season and on a dry and warm day Dungannon won the toss and elected to bowl a decision that would prove costly, At the start both openers Trimble and Gibson struggled to get bat on ball and four maidens resulted then at last runs started to flow Trimble reached 20 before being caught at slip but i must say he should have been dismissed before this, Gibson went on to make a great 44, but then enter the Macster who was making his debut for the 2nds as he struggles to make Saturday cricket with his work commitments and we all set back and watched a master class of batting as 4s and 6s where dispatched to all parts of the ground and no more so than on 99 he hit a six over the clubhouse to bring up his first ton for a few years, he finally fell for a fantastic 118 and received a standing ovation form his fellow team mates and of course the Cregagh wags who where just finishing their 2nd bottle of vino. If Dungannon thought that the runs would stop there they were wrong as Watty hit a class 23 to finish the innings and take our total to 252 for 5 off our 45 overs. The Cregagh attack soon got started and wickets x 3 for skipper Thompson and 2 wickets from Porter and 2 from Thompson M and 2 wickets from Dawson soon had the Dungannon innings wrapped up for 74.

Result Cregagh won by 173 runs

Donaghadee v Cregagh

The Cregagh lads travelled to Donaghadee for their third match in as many days, I won the toss for only the third time this season and put Donaghadee into bat. A great opening spell from Macster and Masih meant Donaghadee found it hard to score runs and when they lost their first wicket for 1 the pressure was on but the Dees struggled to 48 for 1 thanks to the help of first team regulars OHara and Stubbings before enter the skipper into the attack to remove OHaras off stump and break up this important partnership, wickets fell steadily and at 99 for 8 the Dees skipper hit Trimble for 19 in one over and got his side to 136 for 9 at the close. The opening attack from the Dees soon paid of as McAreavey and Trimble fell quickly which lead to Macster entering the batting arena for Cregagh and as the wags next bottle of vino was popped we all set back for Macster to take us home but sadly it was not to be as he was caught on the boundary for 20 we where in a bit of trouble at 79 for 5, But the partnership of Baker and Watt took us home as both men finished unbeaten with 29 and 27 respectively with some great shots and sensible batting.

Result Cregagh win by 5 wickets

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Squad Numbers

Just as a reminder. 13 squad numbers have gone, to reserve your number for next year e-mail me the number you want and send it to

Monday, 27 August 2007

1st XI Stay on top

The 1st XI welcomed Victoria to Gibson Park on Saturday and gained their 3rd 10 wicket win this season.

Losing the toss Cregagh were asked to field and it didn't take long for the opening bowling partnership or Aaron Kerr and David Harris to make the early breakthrough.

Wickets fell at regular intervals with all the bowlers sharing the wickets around. Aaron Kerr, David Harris and Graham Hassard all took two apiece, young Sameer chipped in with a wicket, and of course the vet continued his recent good form with the ball by taking 3 wickets for 9 runs.

Set 54 to win the game the opening partnership of Ian Kerr and Graham Watt took to the wicket to knock the runs off in 15 overs, Ian ending on 25 not out and Graham ending on 19 not out.

Next up away to Clougher as Cregagh travel to the furthest outpost within the NCU.

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Local Heroes

If you missed the newspaper article in the Belfast Telegraph's Local Heroes section follow the link below to see the report in full.

Well done to David and Stewart for their superb work with the Junior Section this year.

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Squad numbers

If we were to put your surname and number of the back of our shirts next year, which number would you want.

E-mail me at with your preferred number and we will look into the cost, and see if we can accommodate all your requests.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Another wash out, another trophy!!

The Minor Qualifying Cup Final certainly had a wet feel to it this year.

When Armagh's ground was deemed unplayable, Gibson Park became the venue for the Final and late on Friday night the committee worked hard to ensure the ground was ready for the final.

Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and the trophy was shared. A disappointing end as both captains were keen to play a match but the weather had not read the script. The NCU President made a short presentation to the teams and thanked the Cregagh club for making the ground available at such short notice. The Presidents comments were warmly received and it was nice to see the President at Gibson Park, I think he even allowed himself to share in some memories of playing against Cregagh.

Ironically, the 3rds played against Lisburn 4ths the next day beating them by 7 wickets with Craig Copeland returning great figures of 3 for 9 0ff his 9 overs, and the old stalwart Paul Trimble collecting 3 wickets for 25 runs. Young Sameer ended the day on 38 not out, supported by Adam Beattie making 22 runs, another valuable contribution from Adam at the crease.

The 3rd XI captain now focuses on chasing the league title, can the 3rds do back to back doubles!!

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Cregagh Gossip!!

Just in case you didn't notice its been raining.

3rd XI Cup Final was lost to rain and they travel to Armagh again this Saturday. Skipper Brian Clarke is hopeful it wont go to a bowl out, as it could last days!!

The 2nd XI squeezed in a game against Donacloney winning by a handful of wickets. Following his recent backing from the board the sigh of relief from the hugster could be heard in Carrick!

The 1st XI don't play cricket anymore, they have turned into a full time drinking outfit, as was demonstrated last Saturday!! I think they won!

The jungle drums have started early, keep your eyes on the website for a tour announcement as Cregagh might make their International Cricket debut!! Also stay away from Barcelona during the month of January, there is talk of an unofficial WAG tour!!!! Davie has opened a baby sitting service if you're interested.
Finally, a rumour broke out that Trim bought a round, I can categorically confirm this to be a LIE. Andy Bligh thought about buying a round but as yet nothing has materialised.
Also watch out for an announcement on murderball as the new season looms. The Ulster Hospital has confirmed that they have opened a new wing in their X-Ray department to help cope with the increased demand. Although if Maccers goes to University they might not need it!

Friday, 10 August 2007

Under 15's & Under 11's

Some more photos from the Under 15's and Under 11's award night.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Under 11's & Under 15's Award Night

The junior section season came to an end on Tuesday night and to mark the end of the coaching session we held our first awards night at the club on Tuesday night.

Stuart Catterson reported on the under 15's season whilst David McCormick reported on the under 11's season. The Under 15's showed progress this season by securing 3 wins out of 5 and improving on last season. The under 11's grabbed the highlights by beating Portadown in the first ever under 11 game at Gibson Park and progressing to the quarter final of the cup only to be beaten by finalists Saintfield.

The awards for the under 15's were as follows: Batsman of the year Sameer Maish Bowler of the year Craig Copeland Best attitude Shane Kelly Best Fielder Bob Moore All rounder of the year Sameer Maish and the skipper Craig Osbourne also picked up an award. The under 15's awards were presented by 1st XI Vice Captain Graham Watt.

The award winners for the under 11's were as follows; Batsman of the year Adam McCormick, Bowler of the year James Hume, Fielder of the year Lewis Cunningham, All rounder of the year James Harper, Special Merit award Chrisse McKee. The under 11's awards were presented by the 2nd XI captain Phil Thompson.

The night was rounded off with a light bite for the parents. A big congratulations must go to Stuart Catterson and David McCormick for the effort put in all season in what was a great year for the Junior section. We could not have achieved this without their commitment. A special thanks also goes to the head coach Stephen Donnelly and our band of helpers, Billy Campbell and Martin Ross.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

2nd XI Skipper receives the backing of the board!

After an urgent board meeting held at HQ tonight to discuss the recent run of poor results for the 2nd XI, skipper Phil Thompson, (pictured right) received the full backing of the board.

Chairman Stuart Catterson believed that even after 3 defeats on the bounce that Phil should not feel any pressure going into the game against Donacloney on Friday. Usually in the Premiership 4 defeats results in a sacking, however, the Chairman believes Phil can count on the full support of the Cregagh Board.

Good luck skipper!!

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Big win for 1st XI

In a rearranged game against the PSNI the first XI recorded their 7th win of the season in a 2 night game at Newforge Lane.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Cregagh reached a total of 292 with the loss of 5 wickets off 50 overs. Javed hit an unbeaten and flawless 142 and was well supported by Paul Trimble marking his return to the 1st XI team with an unbeaten 62. Andrew Bligh also contributed a quickfire 36 runs. Our highest total this season with Javed and Paul putting on 177 runs for the 6th wicket, surely a club record.

The following night our bowlers wrapped up the win with Aaron Kerr taking 3 wickets for 29. Young Sameer also continued his recent good form with 2 wickets, with Graham Hassard also picking up 2 wickets.

Another good all round performance which should set us up well for a tough end of season run in!

Match Details

Cregagh 292 for 5

J Mohammed 142*
P Trimble 62*
A Bligh 36

PSNI 104 ao

P White 33

A Kerr 3 - 23

MOM J Mohammed

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

1st XI Skipper receives award

Another month of Ulster Bank awards and another award gained by a Cregagh bowler. This time its the 1st XI skipper David McCormick for taking 6 wickets for 18 runs against Clougher.

As he was on holiday at the time, club scorer Billy McCormick went along to the Ulster Bank headquarters to collect his award. Well done lads.