Sunday, 29 July 2007

1st XI Win at Ards

This was going to be a tough game with the 1st XI missing both opening bowlers, David McCormick and Aaron Kerr. However, a good all round team performance ensured the 1st XI won by 52 runs.

Losing the toss was no bad thing and we were asked to bat. Ian Kerr and Graham Hassard got us off to a steady start. However, Ards bowled well and at 40 for 4 their decision to stick us in was looking good. 22 of those runs coming from the ever reliable Ian Kerr. The middle order for once! put up a fight, with Javed making a well crafted 64 taking us to a total of 161 runs. Slightly short of our target of 180.

After the interval it was vital to get into Ards early, and that's exactly what we did with the opening bowling partnership of Davy Harris and young Sameer, they accounted for the Ards top order, 2 wickets for Davy and one for Sameer.

The opening bowlers had done their job and on a turning wicket, our spin twins Graham Hassard and Ian Kerr took 3 wickets each to rip the heart of the Ards middle order. At one point the Vet was on for a hat trick! Ards skipper McFeeters put up a fight making a gutsy 33 runs before Tim Jackson had him caught on the boundary to wrap up the innings.

A good all round performance and one that keeps us top of Section 4. Well done lads.

Match details


J. Mohammed 64
I. Kerr 22


McFeeters 33

G. Hassard 3-17
I. Kerr 3-29

MOM I. Kerr

Saturday, 28 July 2007

U15s Defeat CSNI

The U15s welcomed CSNI to Cregagh for their re-arranged league game on Friday 27 July.

After choosing to field skipper Craig Copeland saw his team get off to a good start with CSNI losing their opener for a duck to a run out in the third over to leave the score at 5-1.

The Cregagh bowling was very steady and while wickets were hard to come by so were the runs with CSNI sitting at 28-3 after the first 10 overs.The two wickets coming from H Masih and another run out.

Some poorer bowling in the second half allowed CSNI to reach 70-5 after 20 overs with remarkably four of the wickets coming from run outs,two from direct hits.Testimony to the many fielding drills the boys are put through every Tuesday night by coach Stephen Donnelly.

In reply Cregagh got off to the worst possible start losing their leading run scorer Sameer Masih bowled for 1 by an excellent delivery by left arm opening bowler S Ross.

However fellow opener Adam Beattie at last showed what many of us believe he is capable of by anchoring the innings with a well constructed and patient 25.He and Matthew Simpson steadied the ship and patiently built the total to 41 before Simpson was bowled.

Good support was received from the middle order particularly Matthew Harland who batted sensibly and with style to see the team home with 10 not out after 19 overs.

A very welcome win after losing our last two games to leave us with a league programme of Played 5 Won 3 Lost 2.

CSNI 70-5

Cregagh 71-5

A Beattie 25
M Harland 10 no

Cregagh won by 5 wickets

U15s spirited display against Instonians A

At the fourth time of asking ,due to the recent wet weather ,the U15s game against the 2007 Graham Cup winners Instonians A finally took place at Cregagh on Tuesday 17/7/07.

Batting first ,an understrength Cregagh started poorly losing Harland and Copeland for ducks to the pace of the Instonians opening bowler Gilmer.

At 3 for 2 opener Sameer Masih decided to put things right and proceeded to play a flawless innings containing three fours and one six eventually being caught for an excellent 54.With the support of the middle order this brought the Cregagh total to 97 for 7 after the 20 overs.

In reply the ever reliable Copeland dismissed opener Gilmer for 7. However the quality of the Graham Cup winners batting line up was evident as they moved onto 57 before the fall of their second wicket via direct hit run out by Copeland.

This was to be Cregagh's last success as Instonians proceeded to 101 for 2 after 15 overs with S Shannon the outstanding batsman on 41 not out.

A spirited display against a very strong Instonians team with the innings of Sameer outstanding.

Cregagh 97 -7

S Masih 54
P Johnston 3-4

Instonians A 101-2

S Shannon 41 no
H Martin 21 no

Instonians won by 8 wickets

Friday, 27 July 2007

3rd XI make the final

For the second year the thirds took to the field at Gibson Park on 21 July 2007 in the Semi-final of the Minor Qualifying Cup, in defence of the trophy. The opposition on the day was Lisburn IVs.

We won the toss and elected to field, much to the consternation of at least one senior member (you know who you are!), given the totals Lisburn have posted to date. However, our faith in the mighty Cregagh bowling attack was vindicated as we bowled Lisburn out for 95. Special mention must go to Sameer Masih who picked up his first senior 5 wicket haul for 21 runs.

While a total of 96 to win did not on paper look daunting, we knew that runs would be hard to come by, and boundaries would be at a premium. And so it proved, as the Lisburn openers applied the pressure with some accurate bowling, and although no wickets fell in the first 12 overs, at times it looked as though the overs total would outnumber the runs!

Things did change, however, with the arrival of Andrew Young, the Lisburn skipper, who picked up 3 wickets without the addition of many runs. But there was always hope with opener Paul Trimble still occupying the crease, batting patiently and steadily edging the score forward.

When he was joined at the crease by Davy Waddell, their 5th wicket proved decisive, as they held their nerve, taking us to 94 and the brink of victory before Davy was run out. This was only a minor hiccup, with last two runs, and victory, coming from extras.

Congratulations to everyone, this truly was a team performance.
Let’s see if we can go to back Armagh on 11 August and “do the Double”!! (An unfamiliar expression to Glentoran supporters!)

Monday, 23 July 2007

Curry & Disco & Karoke Night Friday 3rd August

The Club will be running a curry ,karoke and disco night on Friday 3rd August starting at 7.30pm.

A range of curries will be produced by club professional Javed Mohammed,followed by a disco ,karoke and late bar.

Tickets are £10 and can be obtained from behind the bar in the club or from Stuart Catterson on 07720414155 or Phil Thompson on 07768318077.

Friday, 20 July 2007

2nds Lose to Millpark

With the all recent heavy rain this game was switched to Gibson Park as snorkels and flippers were needed at Millpark's ground.

Scolari (pictured left, nice hat) lost another toss and we were asked to field on a slightly heavier outfield than we had thought, oops never mind, not so much deep square leg, more like the deep end at the Robinson Centre! (our Carrick branch wont understand that reference)
Skipper led the way taking 3 wickets and bowling Millpark out for 109. All the bowlers did their job, Mark T, Sameer and it was good to see the return to form of Max Porter. Of course the old workhorse Pip as always chipped in with a few scalps.

However the run chase was not good, as we could only muster 81 runs. A disappointing result in what turned to be weather wise, the sunniest day of the year, yes I said sun, it made an appearance. We only did half the job and the batsmen undid all the good work done by the bowlers!

Good luck to the Millpark lads for the rest of the season, result withstanding, they are always welcome opposition at Cregagh.

As for the Skipper, no report means the same fate befalls you as did the 1st XI skip, we put an embarrassing photo of you on the website.
BC, take this as an official warning!!!

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Youth Section end of season party

The Under 15 and Under 11 groups will finish their season on Tuesday 7 August with a party and prize distribution in the clubhouse starting at 7.00pm. There will be no outdoor practice that night.

Everyone who has paid their £10 membership fee is eligible to attend and will receive a small trophy.There will also be 5 special awards for both the U15s and U11s.

All parents/guardians are also invited. The evening should end around 8.00/8.15.

(Anyone who has not paid their £10 yet can give it to one of the coaches before the 7th).

We look forward to seeing you all at the club on the 7th.

The Coaches

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

1st XI and 3rd XI Triumph over Donaghadee

In a weekend when very few games were played in the NCU, Gibson Park was once again playable. A credit to our chairman Stuart Catterson and his team who have put a lot of effort into the ground. When a lot of other Senior NCU clubs were not playable Cregagh was, not that our local 'friends' in the media knew as their results coverage didn't reach us. Ah well we have always been unfashionable but proud!

The 1st XI entertained Donaghadee on the Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI were due to travel to Donaghadee in what was to be the first part of the Cregagh Donaghadee saga. Due to the weather the 2nd XI game was called off.

So on a damp day Cregagh lost to the toss and were asked to bat. Making 153 runs in the 50 overs with Javed making 59 and a useful contribution by Andrew Bligh it was going to be a tough total to defend.

A mixed start by Donaghadee as they lost their opener Keenan caught by Ian Kerr under lid at short leg as skipper McCormick got life out of the wicket. The skipper (and man of the match) certainly put in a big shift taking 4 Donaghadee wickets for only 13 runs from his 10 overs. He was ably supported by Philip Walker who swept up the Donaghadee tail taking 3 wickets, with Tim Jackson taking a contender for catch of the season!

A great win for the 1st XI which sees us return to the top of the table.

The 3rd XI took on Donaghadee 3rd XI on the Sunday in what was a similar match to what had went the day before.

Cregagh batted first and made 159 runs in 36 overs with Sameer Maish top scoring with 53 runs. Congratulations is extended to Sameer from all of us in hitting his first 50 for Cregagh. We have a feeling it wont be his last. Well done young man!

Not to be outdone by his brother, even younger Haidur took 3 wickets to restrict Donaghadee to 127 and secure the 4 points. What was most satisfying for the skipper Brian Clarke is all the young lads such as Craig Copeland and Craig Osbourne coming into the 3rd XI and taking wickets. Well done lads keep up the good work.

Monday, 9 July 2007

Weekend wash out!

The Cregagh teams suffered at the hands of the weather at the weekend.

In what was the wettest June in over 50 years, the new drainage system finally gave in which resulted in the 1st XI game against Victoria being called off. Following some of the worst weather seen in a long time, the 1st XI are now only 1 game behind. This certainly would not have been the case in previous seasons!

The 2nds were set to travel to Dungannon, but this game also fell foul to the weather.

The 3rd XI gave it a go against Templepatrick on Sunday, and after being bowled out for 74 the skipper BC began to wonder about this decision. However, the rain was to come again, Templepatrick had reached 34 with the loss of 5 wickets when the rains returned and both skippers called it a day.