Tuesday, 26 June 2007

2nds Topple League Leaders

On Saturday Cregagh entertained the current league leaders Portadown at Gibson Park
in what was going to be the toughest game of the season so far.

In overcast conditions and with moisture on the pitch it was no surprise when Portadown skipper Paul Edgar won the toss and elected to bowl and that proved to be a good decision, Cregagh opened the batting with S Clarke and G Watt it didn't take long for the opening bowler R Whitfield to claim his first victim clean bowling Clarke for 0 and after 3 overs the home side where 7 for 1. P Walker batting 3 hit a quick fire 15 before being caught and bowled by R Hoey and the home side where now 22 for 2 and that soon became 22 for 3 as Trimble fell to the bowling of Hoey without adding to the score.

Enter B Campbell who steadied the ship by scoring his first 50 of the season hitting Hammond for 14 in one over then the rock solid Watt fell to the bowling of Hammond for 9 after batting for 22.3 overs and holding an end together that gave Campbell good support. The batting was then supported by D Waddell and M Thompson 16 and 28 respectively before Waddell was caught behind off the bowling of Hoey and Thompson being run out of the last ball of the innings, and the tail end of Baker, P Thompson, Porter and Dawson taking the final score to 157 all out.

Portadown opened the batting with Hammond and Skipper Edgar and they showed that batting conditions had improved as they went on to make a great start taking the away side to 70 for 0, Then enter the bowling of Skipper Thompson and the break-through quickly came as Portadown skipper Edgar was run out by Baker and Trimble this was quickly followed by Hoey being bowled by Thompson and the away side where now 70 for 2.

It soon became 78 for 3 as Brown was caught behind by Trimble off the bowling of Dawson and Cregagh where now starting to take wickets quickly. Then no. 4 wicket fell as Thompson claimed his second wicket taking Whitfield without contributing to the score, next up was O 'Hara who decided from the off to attack the bowling hitting 21 of 8 balls before becoming the skippers 3rd victim caught at mid off by Porter the away side now 88 for 5. Then in a moment of madness the opening bat Hammond tried for a second run when it clearly was not on and was brilliantly run out by Walker score 109 for 6.

Then the funniest moment of the day came as Dawson tried to use his head shoulders knees and toes to catch Caddell before alas dropping the ball but it was not to be to costly as M Thompson had him cleaned bowled next ball. So 111 for 7 soon became 119 for 8 and the home side sensed victory then Walker claimed his 2nd wicket having Hawthorne trapped lbw score now 124 for 9, The last wicket stand added 15 before Hoyle was caught brilliantly by skipper Thompson off the bowling of Baker and at 8.15pm Cregagh had beaten the league leaders by 18 runs.






Monday, 25 June 2007

Revised Under 15 Fixtures

Following the recent wet weather and cancellation of a number of games the fixture list is now:

Cooke-Collegians (A) Friday 29/6
Instonians (H) Friday 6/7
Woodvale (A) Tuesday 10/7
CSNI B (H) Friday 13/7
Lisburn (A) Friday 20/7

Friday, 22 June 2007

Tour of the Cote d'Azur Part 2

That evening began, in fine spirits, with an evening meal at Pulcinella, an Italian restaurant, which served steaks, or moos, as Andy refers to them, when abroad. We then joined another renowned international sporting personality, Sir Alex Ferguson, in the Fairmont Casino, to speculate a little, in order to accumulate, but we still couldn’t afford a new bus afterwards. On the party went to McCarthys Irish Bar, before returning to prepare for the game next day, to the strains of “Stand up for the Ulstermen”

Sunday’s journey back to St. Vallier began at 10:30am, but by the time we arrived rain was starting to fall steadily, just like home, and it looked unlikely there would any play. However after a two and half hour delay, the rain abated, Riviera sportingly conceded the toss and we batted, in a twenty/twenty encounter. On this occasion in the absence of a sixth stump, the middle stump at one end, surely for the first time ever in international cricket, was made up of 3 Coke cans. The openers, Brian, who likes to bat, went bowled middle can, and Andy was caught, before Trim hit a typically breezy 30, and Pete 24, then Dave McCormick went for a golden duck, much to the amusement of his father in law, who said “I thought he could play. What a wooden one”. After Hassy was run out again, somehow with the last wicket pair at the crease, Cregagh set a target of over a run a ball, of 123.

The Riviera innings opened in blistering fashion, with the Aussie opener depositing the third ball for 6, in amongst the pile of logs near the storm drain, where the Vet was fielding. Having learnt by our mistakes of the previous day, we mixed slow and quick bowling, and where the quicks had been better the previous day, Hassy led the way with a great 4 over spell, removing the Aussie opener, with the aid of diving wonder catch from Brian Clarke. Again the Riviera boys showed their ability to fully punish the bad ball, and they continued to threaten, whilst refusing to throw away wickets. Two run outs and a tight spell from Dave McCormick checked their progress however, and with 2 overs to go the target was an unlikely 22, and so it proved Despite a mighty six in the last over, Cregagh triumphed again. The hosts were magnanimous in defeat, and nevertheless professed to have enjoyed our visit, and indeed the unique Cregagh style of encouragement practised in the field, especially by our own larger than life twosome, Phil and Trim. And so to T-shirt sharing time, back to Monaco.

The celebratory meal that evening was held in Stars N Bars in the harbour, followed by a drink in the Rascasse Café, where people, naturally, queued up to wear the Cregagh yellow shirt, before we finished the evening off in, where else but, McCarthys.

Our first European tour, a truly memorable, and successful experience, was enhanced by the late night appearance of the, as yet unidentified, Monaco Five, in Phil and Trim’s room, spoiling their final evening’s bonding.

Hats off and thanks, to Dangerous Dan and our hosts Riviera C. C. Now where to next year lads?

Under 15s Win Again

The Under 15s continued the good run of form by avenging their earlier Graham Cup loss by defeating Derriaghy by 7 wickets at Cregagh on Tuesday 19 June.

After winning the toss (for the first time this season) skipper Craig Osborne elected to field and the bold decision proved to be the correct one as wickets fell regularly.

The opening attack was again impressive with Sameer and Adam Beattie generating good pace while also proving very accurate and in the fourth over Adam cleaned bowled opener Bell to leave the visitors at 4 for 1.

However the real damage was done by the first and second change bowlers ,the two Craigs ,Osborne and Copeland.Osborne in particular put in his best showing of the season so far with an excellently controlled spell that returned figures of 4 for 11 off his 4 overs well supported by Copeland's 2 for 2 off 4 overs.

The impact of this sustained spell of quality bowling was that Derriaghy were reduced to 19 for 7 after 12 overs aided by an excellent catch at point by Bob Moore taking the chance low diving forward to dismiss their captain for 1.

However,perhaps through complacency, the intensity of the attack dropped off,fielding standards fell and the visitors rallied with a late 30 run stand to finish on 49 all out with the last man dismissed in the 20th over.Still an excellent effort all round against last years Graham Cup winners.

The Cregagh reply started shakily with Matthew Harland unable to reproduce the good form he had shown in the CIYMS game being bowled for 1 in the third over to leave the score at 2 for 1.

Sameer was then joined by Adam Beattie and they took the total on to 18 before Beattie fell to an excellent yorker by the Derriaghy left armer Williams.Any concerns in the Cregagh camp were soon dispelled with the arrival of the man of the moment Craig Osborne who went after the bowling right from the start.A series of quality shots,one in particular off the back foot for 4 through cover,were a delight to watch and he and Sameer guided the score to 47 before Sameer was bowled trying to win the game with one final boundary.

Craig was joined by the ever reliable Matthew Simpson and they saw the team home by 7 wickets in the 12th over with Craig ending 23 not out including 3 boundaries.

Following the good performance against CI this was a further improvement against one of the better teams in the league and the progress being shown both as a team and individually is great to see.

Two league games and two wins.Long may it continue.

Match details:

Derriaghy 49 all out

C Osborne 4-11
C Copeland 2-2
A Beattie 1-6

Cregagh 50 for 3

C Osborne 23 no
S Masih 9

Cregagh won by 7 wickets.

Man of the match-Craig Osborne

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Cregagh Tour, on the Cote d'Azur (Part 1) !!

The funky short-clad Cregagh Tour party met on Friday morning as planned, causing a few strange glances on a rainy morning at Aldergrove. An early liquid breakfast to fortify the nerves, preceded a 2 hour wait on the plane on the runway, which was not for-told on the itinerary, however eventually we touched down in Nice to meet our local chaperone, Danny Brown,(or Dangerous, as he was christened) a native of our shores, now resident in Monaco. Our guide led us to our luxury coach, which did look a little on the economical side, and so it proved, for 15 minutes later it no longer had a clutch! With steam pouring out the engine the tour had begun on a real high point, and the tour organizer knew it!

However a short while later, the replacement coach had left us off at our hotel, and we were down at Eric’s Beach Bar, trying to get Mark Thompson to relinquish the yellow T-shirt for a little while. The amber nectar flowed, the sun shone, and the food arrived, God was in his heaven, and Jabba the Hut and his mates were in their element.

Day two started early, with our bus arriving at 10am to take us to the picturesque St. Vallier ground, at 800 metres above sea level, for our first game, a 35 over encounter with our hosts, Riviera Cricket Club. Some found the hour and half journey a little more challenging than others, but nevertheless we arrived around 12am raring to bat. Then the tour skipper lost the toss! So Riviera batted, and Cregagh toiled, but to be fair, in spite of the searing heat, Dave McCormick insisted on bowling his full 2 over opening spell. Cregagh rotated their bowlers, with no less than seven turning the arm over, with varying degrees of success, as Riviera batted solidly and consistently throughout the innings, with opener Natoli hitting 27, No. 5 Rabbini top scoring with 31, in a useful partnership with No. 6 Lamb, who scored 19, before Chitriki at No. 8 clobbered 26, to set a challenging total of 157. Despite the heat the pace bowlers shared 6 wickets to fall, as the slower bowlers with a few notable exceptions, shared a pasting. The bar had been set, (and emptied), but in the meantime the tourists were bolstered by the arrival of Andy Bligh, who flew in on Saturday morning and got a taxi straight to the game, and more importantly was fresher than our whole team.

The chase began with Ian Kerr chipping to mid-wicket, a dolly, the entry was made in the book, however the fielder had inexplicably dropped it! What a let-off, and what an error. The Vet set about the bowling, as only he can, and with Hassy, at the other end, immoveable, or perhaps motionless, until he was run out 12.3 overs later for 5. The Vet was joined by Andy Bligh, and they eased Cregagh comfortably to 105 for 1, until Ian fell after reaching a well constructed 50. Andy continued the good work with a swift 30, then he and Trim got out in quick succession, followed by then by, an medicinally enhanced, Rooster and Mark Thompson, before Dave McCormick steadied things again in tandem with Pete Kerr, who made an attractive 19. Pete too got out near the end, and the chase slowed up, until Phil Thompson hit the winning runs of the first ball of the last over. Cregagh had won the first tour match, and were understandably pleased with themselves, but perhaps none so, than the tour skipper, Thompson Dawson, delighted with a first success abroad in 6 attempts. Presentations were made, and we adjourned for a quick beer with our hosts, before continuing on our way to enjoy the evening’s festivities.

To be continued............

Cup adventure over for Under 11's

Cregagh Under 11’s run in this years Quoile Cup came to an end at the quarter finals stage in Tuesday evening at the hands of cup favourites Saintfield.

Skipper Niall Burton won the toss and elected to bat and soon we were in trouble. As in previous weeks when playing the more experienced teams we struggled for runs and lost wickets steadily. But as we have said this season is a learning curve for our boys and girls at this level.

The Cregagh innings finished on 19 for 6 with Adam McCormick finishing 5 no.

With their usual enthusiasm Wee Cregagh took the field and did themselves proud, reducing Saintfield to 7 for 3 at one stage with an excellent opening spell from Stuart Nelson and Joel Pension. Joel also took a great catch a backward point to send the home team’s skipper back to the pavilion. As ever all the bowlers can take great pride in their performance you can see the improvement week after week in everyone, and as I keep bleating on most of our guys are still only eight and nine years of age.

But it was the fielding which was especially pleasing on the evening, with the stand out, Lewis Cunningham who took a ‘skier’ to remove Saintfield’s number 3. What a catch.

Saintfield eventually stumbled over the line 20 for 3 in the 9th over. They were made work for their runs and victory. Good luck to them in the semi finals.
Well done Wee Cregagh keep up the hard work.

Wednesday, 20 June 2007


Subs are due at the end of the month.

Please hand your subs to the section secretary Graham Watt by the end of the month. If writing a cheque it should be made payable to Cregagh Sports Club.

It can also be left behind the bar in an envelope for the attention of Club Treasurer Richard Walker. If subs are not paid by the end of June you will not be available for selection!!

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Cregagh head off to Monaco

Cregagh will embark on a tour of the South of France this week, (reading that sentence back to myself it really doesn’t sound right) but true enough the lads are flying out of Aldergrove on Friday morning with the aim of playing two cricket matches against a team called Riviera. Monaco, not a bad destination for our first tour in a long time!

The tour party, to be skippered by Cregagh’s answer to Gary Glitter (Thompson Dawson leader of the gang) will be ably assisted by Phil (the hugger) Thompson. Of course with Phil will be his shower buddy Paul Trimble.

So who else makes up this dirty dozen!, well, Davie (the hips don’t lie) McCormick, Peter (ridds) Kerr, Mark (I get all the girls) Thompson, Graeme (king of men) Hassard, Brian (I’m not buying shorts) Clarke and Ian (the vet) Kerr who at very late notice decided to open the wallet and join the tour. Rooster and the Bear will represent the darts section! And at present I understand have emerged as favourites to score the most runs and take the most wickets!

That is one hell of a touring party, and they have come up with some interesting ideas, in order to liven up the tour. One is to buy Hawaiian styled shorts to ensure they don’t get lost and can easily spot each other when strolling around the bars and clubs in Monaco.

So the shops in the Cregagh area have sold out of funky coloured shorts. The wags that are being left behind can be sure in the knowledge that with those shorts on, their Husband, Boyfriend or significant other will not be in any danger of pulling a southern France lovely!! Although some might have said a few them didn’t have much of a chance any way.

The other idea is the “Yellow T-Shirt” which will be worn by whoever has made the most recent of stupid remarks, or made a balls up in the field. At present, after last nights warm up game the Bear and Mark T are fighting for the honour of the Yellow T-Shirt. It should be noted on the back of the t-shirt reads “Cregagh Idiot”.

But my hat goes off to those who have organised the trip, from making contact with the opposition, booking flights, buying silly shorts, arranging the hotel, (I say hotel but I use the term hotel very lightly, apparently there is an option to pay an extra 5 Euros to get curtains in your room) to the £900 bus!!! (if Phil and TD have booked that bus I’d check the price again, those two have a history), it has all gone very smoothly.

So on Saturday instead of playing a team from the NCU the dirty dozen will be taking on Riveria Cricket Club in a 50 over game. On the Sunday they will play a 20/20 game against Riviera, no doubt still feeling the effects of the previous night!

Good luck lads and take plenty of photos. You can keep up with their progress at Riviera's website http://www.rivieracricket.com/index.html

The Sec.

PS Before you say it I know there is only 11 in the party mentioned above, its just I had no dirt on the 12th member.

PPS Phil I believe your recent starring will not effect your availability for the matches on the tour, but I will check with Cat, just to make sure!!!

PPPS Davie, if you start taking wickets, remember to let someone else have a bowl!

Jackson gets his rewards

Congratulations goes to Tim Jackson who has made a great start to his 1st XI career.

Tim attended the monthly award presentation to pick up his Ulster Bank award for taking six wickets against the PSNI. His figures that day were 6-16. A great effort and hopefully the first of many awards for the young man.

Well done Tim!

Follow the link below for the full article on the Ulster Cricket website.


Aaron Kerr hit a century in the same month, but that was in the Junior Cup. However, the club will present Aaron with an award at the end of the season.

Monday, 11 June 2007

1st hit the perfect 10....

Cregagh 1st eleven chalked up their second 10 wicket win of the season on Saturday with the defeat of Clougher at Gibson park.

Clougher skipper Kenny Maxwell won the toss, and on what has been the warmest day of the season so far he had no hesitation in electing to bat. Cregagh skipper David McCormick and 16 year old Sameer Maish opened the bowling and after a couple of early wayward ones they soon had the Clougher batsmen in trouble.

Wickets fell steadily with both bowlers bowing a good line and length on a flat wicket, and backed up by some fantastic fielding and catching we soon had the visitors in serious trouble.

Pete Kerr and Graham Hazard were particularly impressive ‘snaffling’ anything that went in the air. Hazzie took two brilliant catches at gully and Pistol Pete bagged another at first slip.

And just when the Clougher batsmen thought they were getting a breather first change Phil Walker came on to tighten the screw.

After just over 90 minutes the Clougher innings was at an end with 72 on the board.

The Cregagh innings started with VC Graham Watt in his new role as opener being joined at the crease by Graham Hazard, and both men impressively steered us home in just over 10 overs.

Both Graham’s played some beautiful shots either side of the wicket, and never looked in trouble, while getting some useful batting time at the crease.

Well done lads a thoroughly impressive performance, and thanks to the Clougher lads for making the long journey, good luck to you for the rest of the season..

Match stats

Clougher 72

K Maxwell 23

D McCormick 6 for 18
S Maish 2 for 21
P Walker 2 for 20

Cregagh 73 for 0

G Hazard 21 no
G Watt 15 no

Thursday, 7 June 2007

New dates for Under 15 League Fixtures

There have been some changes to the scheduled dates of the Under 15 League games.

The new programme is:

Tuesday 12/6 Instonians A (H)
Friday 15/6 Woodvale (A)
Tuesday 19/6 Derriaghy (H)
Friday 29/6 Cooke-Collegians (A)
Friday 13/7 CSNI B (H)
Friday 20/7 Lisburn (A)

Under 11's go down fighting

Cregagh under 11’s played their second game of the season last night, a friendly against Holywood.

With most of the senior players away on a school break in Wales, the depleted squad gave a good account of themselves against an older and vastly more experienced team. Indeed under 11’s seems a bit unfair as the average of the team last night was 9.

Skipper Tom Campbell won the toss on what was a beautiful summers evening and had no hesitation in batting first. But with some pacey and very accurate bowling runs were very hard to come by through out the innings. James Harper and Adam McCormick batted and battled their way manfully and put on 14 runs for the 3rd wicket. With a couple of hefty blows towards the end by the James’ Harper and Hume we reached 29 for 4 in out 20 overs.

Holywood began their innings with gusto and skipper Mark Adair led the way and seeing his side home to a comfortable 10 wicket win. With another large crowd watching the Cregagh bowlers and fielders battled on wanting to bowl their 20 overs and also give the visitors a chance to bat, a very commendable gesture by the Cregagh lads. To a man they all bowled very well, and everyone can see the improvement in the boys week by week. Pick of the bowlers on the evening were Lewis Cunningham and Gareth Todd.

On the night we were beaten by a bigger better team, but everyone agreed that cricket was the real winner on the evening with everyone coming off the field with big smiles on their faces, and remember all but one of our team last night have at least two more seasons playing at under 11 level.

“Just imagine how good they will be then”. Well done lads….

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Under 11's take on Holywood

The under 11's entertain Holywood tonight at Cregagh in a friendly match.

They hope to continue their rich vein of form following their debut win in the Graham Cup against Portadown. At least the weather should make for a more enjoyable experience for the young lads in comparison to the bone chilling conditions last week. Are you sure cricket is a summer sport!!

Good luck to the wee Cregagh

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Ireland ODIs

Interested in getting tickets for the upcoming ODI's at Stormont? Contact Heather Johnson on the numbers given in the poster above. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.irishcricket.org

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Under 15s Post Impressive win at CIYMS

Not to be outdone by the magnificent Under 11s victory on Wednesday night the Under 15s put in a very solid all round team performance on Friday 1st June to defeat CIYMS at Belmont by 68 runs.

After being inserted the Cregagh openers,Sameer Masih and Matthew Simpson, set about building a solid platform with Matthew's solid defence being the perfect foil for the attacking Sameer.Sameer was the first to go for 16 after an opening partnership of 33 quickly followed by Mark Wilson for 1.

However ,any hope that this gave the CI bowlers was short lived as the middle order all scored rapidly and all got into double figures with a blend of hard hitting and clever running between the wickets.Skipper Craig Osborne (16),Adam Beattie (23),Matthew Harland (18 not out) and Matthew Simpson (12) all contributed to a final total of 111 for 5 in the 20 overs.

In reply the opening attack of Sameer Masih and Adam Beattie were too pacy and accurate for the young CI batsmen who were behind the clock from the outset not helped by the loss of opener Jenkinson bowled by Sameer in the first over.

Wickets fell steadily with all Cregagh bowlers proving that they were well up to the task.Of particular note were the spells by Adam Beattie,Craig Copeland and Bob Moore.

CI battled well through to the 19th over but were eventually dismissed for 43 to provide Cregagh with a convincing win in their first league game of the season.

Cregagh 111 for 5

A Beattie 23
M Harland 18 no
C Osborne 16
M Simpson 12

CIYMS 43 all out

B Moore 2 for 2
A Beattie 2 for 9
C Copeland 2 for 10