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

1st XI CHAMPIONS

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!!