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.