Thursday, 31 May 2007

Under 11's Win their first ever game!!

Under 11's prove big crowd pullers

It may have taken Cregagh Cricket 101 years to get an Under 11’s team. But my goodness, what a team, what a night, what a result and what support.

Cregagh Cricket Club Under 11’s played Portadown Under 11’s at Gibson park last night on a cold damp evening, but the performance from both teams was enough to make everyone feel warm inside.

Cregagh skipper Lewis Cunningham won the toss and elected to bat first. With openers Chrissie McKee and Ross White taking the shine off the new ball like seasoned pro’s.
Ross was first to go after a spirited fight and James Harper strode to the middle. After a few beautiful drives he too was soon out which saw Adam McCormick sprint to the middle. Adam and Chrissie then shared the biggest partnership of the match, with the hard hitting Chrissie showing the boys how to do it. Two beautiful 4’s over midwicket were met with rapturous applause and cheers from her fan club up by the church wall.

Towards the end of the innings when the run chase was on Chrissie’s wicket fell chasing quick runs and Niall Burton strode confidently to the crease. Niall and Adam, crashed the ball to all parts and brought the score up to a very respectable 39 for 3 from their 20 overs. Niall finishing with 8 not out and Adam 5 not out.

The Portadown innings began with some pacey and accurate bowling from openers Lewis Cunningham and James Harper and with a bit more luck both men could have been in the wickets such was the accuracy of their opening spell, Lewis being particularly unlucky with a great effort at a “caught & bowled”.

Next to bowl was James Hume and Joel Pension, and yet again these two men bowled with extreme accuracy and gave nothing for the Portadown batsmen to hit, and so the run rate and pressure on the visitors increased. With the excellent glove work of Ross White who has proved a natural behind the stumps and Daryll Larmour and Jake Kelly patrolling the covers these three set the standard for the fielding which was excellent. Daryll just missed out on what would have been a spectacular catch at mid on just getting his finger tips to a ‘skyer’ and Jake stopping everything that came his way.
2nd change bowling pair were young Stuart Nelson and Niall Burton. Stuart bowled with deadly accuracy and claimed the prize scalp of the Portadown captain who was beginning to look dangerous. Niall, off his shortened run up was more of the same and was very unlucky with a great effort at a caught and bowled. All the time the fielding was of such a high standard that the Portadown batsmen were struggling for runs, James Hume showed great agility at midwicket stopping a certain 4 with a magic dive and stop, and Chrissie McKee also stopping a certain 4 with another piece of majestic fielding, which saw her have to go off to ice her hand for a while (to be replaced by 12th man Tom Campbell, who done a sterling job for 3 overs, such is the depth of the squad).

Showing that you cant keep a good woman down, Chrissie returned to the field just in time to bowl her spell and with Adam McCormick the pair really put the Ports batsmen under pressure. With Chrissie giving nothing away at one end, young McCormick produced the bowling performance of the night. With his first delivery ever for Cregagh he bowled the Portadown opener, middle stump, Just as his grandfather Stuart had done with his first ever delivery for Cregagh back in 1991.

Adam went on to get two other batsmen out and finished with the amazing figures of 3 for 2 of his two overs. With the overs running out the skipper Cunningham and his opening bowling partner James Harper took the ball again and really tied the innings down. Needing 9 to win from the last over Joel Pension duly put his hand up and shows he was the man for the nervous finish, producing 6 beautiful deliveries which yielded only 3 runs. And thus the game was won, by 6 runs. What a night and what a game.

Thank you Portadown, for not only being so gracious in defeat but for being great sportsmen, each and everyone. Thanks to all remaining squad members who turned up to support, Tom Campbell, Daniel Martin, Josh Martin, Gareth Todd, Mark McCachnie, Daniel Larmour and James Brown. And to all those parents and friends for your support in what was a very special night indeed…

Match details

Cregagh 39
C McKee 11
N Burton 8 no
A McCormick 5 no

Portadown 33

A McCormick 3 for 2
S Nelson 1 for 3

Man of the Match Adam McCormick

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

1sts Back to winning ways!

Cregagh 1sts recorded their 3rd league win of the season after a hard fought game against Ards at Gibson Park.

Batting first on a greenish wicket we lost Javed for 12, but yet again “The Vet” Ian Kerr, belying his years and bruises was the top man. He and son Peter steadied the ship and put on 72 for the second wicket, taking the score to 99 before Pete was out. Ian soon followed and it was then that the skipper and Andy Bligh took up the reins, before the latter tried a dodgy single which would have had Linford Christie struggling to make his ground. A midwicket collapse then ensued with us loosing 6 wickets for 20 runs, and putting ourselves in a spot of trouble when we were coasting. A last wicket stand between David’s Harris and McCormick put on a valuable 29 runs taking our finishing total to 193 all out.

Notable performers for Ards with the ball were B Maxwell with 4 for 33 and B Hetherington 3 for 45.

Ards began their chase well putting on 64 for the first wicket and were helped by some sloppy fielding and catching along the way, which had the skipper roaring like a lion.

Tim Jackson, coming of the back of two MOM performances in the previous weeks made the break through trapping opener N Anderson lbw and an end was open. Wickets fell steadily with only Scott offering any resistance. All the bowlers applied pressure on the batsmen with some tidy if non spectacular figures. Phil Walker and Ian Kerr in particular slowing down runs in the middle of the innings. Ards were finally bowled out for 171 giving us a win by 22 runs on the day.

Cregagh 193 all out

I Kerr 44
D McCormick 41
P Kerr 32

B Maxwell 4 for 33

Ards 171 all out

S Scott 64
N Anderson 22

P Walker 2 for 27
I Kerr 1 for 24
T Jackson 2 for 27


One of the Ards players had to leave the field after feeling unwell. We would like to wish him and the rest of the Ards players all the very best for the rest of the season.

Monday, 28 May 2007

Under 11's make history

For the first time in our 101 year history a Cregagh under 11 team will take to the field under the guidance of David McCormick on Wednesday 30th June against Portadown.

To say that the young lads are keen and raring to go would be a huge understatement as they are counting down the hours to their first game. Coach David McCormick has been working hard with them since April, putting them through their paces and making sure they are ready for the first round of the Cup.

Your support on the night would be greatly appreciated to support our young lads as they make their debut in the Cup, so why not come along and show your support.

Good luck lads!

Our under 15s match on Friday night did not take place as Instonians were unable to field a team!! The match will be rearranged to take place later in the season. The under 15's will now turn their attention to their next game which takes place away to CIYMS on Friday 1st June.

Ireland ODI's

As you may be aware, Ireland will be playing One Day Internationals against South Africa and India at Stormont. The first game against India is to take place against India at Stormont on 23rd June. The game against South Africa will take place on 24th June.

Tickets are priced at £35 for an adult and £15 for under 16's. If you are a member of the Irish Cricket Union adult tickets can be purchased for £25.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Graham Watt on 07714 332516.

Thursday, 24 May 2007

New Sponsor Tulip

Our sponsor Tulip will be erecting signs around the ground over the next coming days, as part of our new sponsorship deal with Tulip.

Philip Thompson pictured to your right is delighted with the new deal and hopes the signs will add a bit of colour to the ground, and also increase the awareness of the Tulip brand.

New playing shirts are also available to members with the new sponsor's logo. Each player will receive a new shirt when they pay their 2007 subscription.

Under 15s raring to go!!

The league campaign starts for the Under 15s on Friday night against Instonians, and they go into the game with a renewed confidence under the guidance of Team Manager Stuart Catterson, following their recent game against Derriaghy.

Their first game was in the Graham Cup a couple of weeks ago against the holders Derriaghy where they put in a great performance to only lose by 3 wickets in a tight game that was only settled in the 18th over. This gave the young Cregagh lads a great boost and will hopefully set them up for a good league campaign.

Why not come down and support the next generation of Cregagh players!

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

1sts Loose their way after sloppy batting display!

Cregagh 1st’s lost their first home game of the season on Saturday going down to BISC by 47 runs at Gibson park..

The venue switch was due to what can only be described as a very “sub-standard” pitch produced at Mallusk. After both Cregagh players and the umpires deemed the pitch too dangerous the BISC officials ‘eventually’ agreed to a venue switch and so at just after 2pm we got the game underway.

BISC openers Lamba and Bhaggne got the visitors off to a steady start but once the break-through was made wickets fell steadily throughout the innings and at regular intervals. Indeed the only delay was the batsman’s 2 minute mid wicket conferences at the end of each over !! The changing of bats, helmets and asking for runners meant that 42 overs took 3 and a half hours..

BISC were reduced to a modest total of 123 off 42 overs with young Tim Jackson yet again among the wickets with 4 for 21, other contributors with the ball were David McCormick with 3 for 25 and Aaron Kerr with 2 for 31. Special mention must be made though of 16 year old Samir Maish who bowled his first overs for the first’s finishing with 0 for 14 from 6 very tidy overs and with a little luck he could have managed a couple of wickets. Well done young man !

The Cregagh innings began just before 6pm, and we were soon in trouble. Opening bowlers Adithan and Shekhar, bowling with both pace and swing had all of the top 6 in trouble and soon we were on a “Road to Nowhere” as the batsmen failed to show up !!!!

Only Ian Kerr showed any resistance at the top of the order but he too fell victim to a dubious LBW decision. Constant appealing for anything that hit pads or went past the edge seemed to be the order of the day when the BISC bowlers were at the crease, and the old saying ‘If you ask often enough’ eventually you will get was proven to be true.

With the help of some late bashing by David Harris and man of the moment Tim Jackson the Cregagh total was boosted to a poor 76 all out, and if anything the two men mentioned proved to the rest that a little application goes a long way.

First league defeat of the season. I did not feel good, and I hope we can put it behind us with a win next week over Ards at Gibson Park.

Match Stats

BISC 123

Lamba 25
Baloch 24

T Jackson 4 for 21
D McCormick 3 for25
A Kerr 2 for 31

Cregagh 76

D Harris 16no
A Kerr 13

Shekhar 6 for 22
Adithan 2 for 37

Monday, 14 May 2007

1st XI Get back to winning ways

The 1st eleven’s impressive start to the league campaign continued on Saturday with a crushing victory over the PNSI in our first game at home this season.

Having won the toss the PSNI decided to bat with the outfield a bit damp after overnight rain.

They were soon in trouble though with some very impressive bowling from openers Aaron Kerr and David Harris the latter belying his years returning figures of 1 for 12 from seven overs on the bounce, and as ever Aaron’s pace had everyone in trouble.

With fielding sharp and anything in the air duly snapped up the PSNI batting wilted under the pressure with wickets falling at regular intervals.

The introduction of first change bowler Tim Jackson was the turning point. In one of the best exhibitions of line and length swing bowling seen at Gibson park for a number years the young man from Grosvenor Grammar school returned figures of 6 for 16 in his 7 allotted overs. Such was his accuracy that 4 of his victims were clean bowled. An amazing performance for someone so young, Well done Tim…You are now starting to show your true potential…

Another highlight was young Samir Masih’s superb fielding and runout on his 1st eleven debut.

The PSNI innings was over at 1.45 PM with only opening bat Scroggie offering any resistance carrying his bat with a well constructed 17 not out.

Total 55 all out

The Cregagh innings started, with Javed getting out to a shot he will care to forget, however the evergreen Ian Kerr and son Peter set about the PSNI bowling attack with gusto and indeed not since I “Started working as a waitress in a cocktail bar” have I seen such delicious offerings served up. I don’t think there is a better man at putting away a bad ball than Ian Kerr.

Finishing with 41 no and 5 no respectively the father and son partnership saw us home to a comfortable 9wicket win putting on an unbeaten partnership of 41 for the second wicket.

Well done lads a thoroughly professional performance by all on the day. Keep up the hard work..

Match details

PSNI 55 all out

B Scroggie 17 no

T Jackson 6/16
A Kerr 1 for 17
D Harris 1 for 12
I Kerr 1 for 0

Cregagh 56 for 1

I Kerr 41 no
P Kerr 5 no
B McCrum 1 for 17

Cregagh won by 9 wickets

MOM…. Tim Jackson

Sunday, 6 May 2007

1st XI Exit Junior Cup

Cregagh 1st XI travelled to Instonians on Saturday to face their 2nd XI team in the first round of the Junior Cup.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Cregagh set the home side 256 to win the game. Aaron Kerr returned to 1st XI action in style hitting his first ton for the club. Aaron made a superb 118 and in a stand with Philip Walker they put on 120 for the sixth wicket, with Philip making a well crafted 39.

Instonians came out after the tea break in determined mood, however, after 12 overs they were 56 for 3 and Cregagh were certainly in the box seat. However a stand of 114 would prove to be a matchwinning partnership. Wickets fell at regular intervals, however with two overs remaining and one wicket left, former Cregagh player Billy Dale pushed Instonians over the line.

The wickets were shared around the bowlers with 2 a piece for Aaron Kerr, David Harris and Philip Walker. Graeme Hassard returned impressive figures of 3 - 36 off 10 overs. No one doubted who man of the match was, with Aaron Kerr scoring a century, taking two wickets and for good measure he also took two catches!

Our next game is against the PSNI in the league and we hope to take the positives out of this performance and get back to winning ways.