Monday, 29 December 2008

Charity Table Quiz-Change of Date

The date for the table quiz in support of the Finlay Porter Trust has been changed to Friday 6th February starting at 8.00pm.

As mentioned before the cost will be £5 per person and will include supper.

A ballot will also be held and all participants in the quiz are encouraged to bring along a prize on the night.

Any questions to Stuart Catterson on 07720414155.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Charity Table Quiz-Finlay Porter Trust

The cricket section will be holding a table quiz on Friday 30 January 2009 starting at 8.00pm with all proceeds going to the Finlay Porter Trust.

Cost will be £5 per person and will include supper.A raffle will also be held in aid of the Trust and all contributions of prizes would be appreciated.

The section is hoping for a full house in order that we can raise as much money as possible for this very worthwhile cause.

Please contact Stuart Catterson on 07720414155 if you have any questions.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

New Years Eve Disco

There is a disco at the club organised for New Years Eve starting at 8.00pm. Tickets cost only £5 and are available from either Stuart Catterson (07720414155) or Philip Walker (07979481206). Sales will be on a first come first served basis.

This is a cross-section event involving the cricket,football and darts sections.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Cregagh Sports Club AGM

A reminder that the Sports Club AGM will take place on Thursday 11 December starting at 7.30pm.

A good attendance from cricket section members would be appreciated.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Change of Hon. Secretary

At the recent club AGM one of the main changes was the election of a new Hon Secretary.

After three very successful years Graham Watt has decided to stand down from the role and the club would like to place on record its thanks and appreciation for all the very efficient hard work carried out by him over that time.

Equally the club are very fortunate that Nicola Bell has agreed to take over and if the quality of her scoring is anything to go by then she will make an excellent new secretary.Welcome to your new role and the committee Nicola.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

2009 Captains and Officers

Following the club's 2008 AGM on 25/11/08 the following were elected for the 2009 season:

1st XI Captain: G Watt
2nd XI Captain: P Thompson
3rd XI Captain: B Clarke

Chairman: S Catterson
Deputy Chairman: P Thompson
Hon Secretary: N Bell
Hon Treasurer: P Walker
Youth Convenor: S Catterson
Match Secretary 1st and 2nd XIs: P Thompson
Match Secretary 3rd XI: B Clarke
Executive Committee Representatives:P Walker,P Thompson & S Catterson

As in 2008 the club has not entered a team in the NCU Mid-Week League.

The incoming cricket committee will comprise the three team captains,1st XI Vice Captain,Chairman,Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer plus they may co-opt other members onto the committee if they so wish.

S Catterson
Chairman

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

2008 Cricket Club AGM

The 2008 cricket club AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Tuesday 25th November commencing at 8.00pm.

All posts,officers and captains, will be up for election.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for a post or to join the incoming committee ,should forward their nomination to the Honorary Secretary, Graham Watt ,by 5.00pm on Friday 21st.

Expressions of interest in the Honorary Secretary position for 2009 would particularly be encouraged.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

End of Season Dinner

The end of season dinner signalled the end of the 2008 season, a time to celebrate the cricket season, or if you're a captain, a time to celebrate that its all over (no more phone calls from Phil, yee ha!!!)

As is the norm, the awards for the season are dished out, and the winners are as follow;

1st XI
Batsman of the year: P Walker
Bowler of the year: P Walker
Captain's player of the year: A Bell

2nd XI

Batsman of the year: P Kerr
Bowler of the year: P Thompson
Captain's player of the year: B Clarke

3rd XI

Batsman of the year: S Clarke
Bowler of the year: C. Copeland
Captain's player of the year: R Moore

Then onto the Cricket section awards;

Performance of the season: R Lang for his performance against Muckamore, not his 20/20 performance!

Clubman of the year: P Walker for his tireless work as treasurer and as Club Pro Convenor!!

S Clarke and P Trimble received sports vouchers for their centuries for the 3rd XI

The WAGS also received a voucher for a meal for their support during the season, and the miracles that they work with the 1st XI teas (sandwichgate shall never be forgotten)
Now for the 1st XI skippers awards!!!
The never showers award: A Bell
The biggest girl award: R Jarvis
The I LOVE MYSELF award: A Kerr
The worst excuse for not bringing sandwiches was shared between M Porter and G Hassard
For the best strop, this goes to: J Mohammed, for batting at 5 in the 20/20
Best time keeper: D Harris
The Iron Wallet award goes to: I Kerr
Best run out: R LANG, for his effort in Hungary, and for anyone who seen his attempt at running in the first 20/20 match, (I can still see it) a legend in his own lifetime!!!
Most celebrated wicket: P Trimble's in the Grudge Match, the Trimble Young Defenders!!
See ya next year if anyone is still talking to me!!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Annual Club Dinner-More Details

Please note the following for the club dinner on Friday 26th September in the clubhouse:

Adults £20
Youth £10

Start time is 7.00 for 7.30.

The prices are unchanged from last year (despite increased costs) and include a quality three course meal,disco and karaoke and at late bar (plus the usual speeches and awards).

If you planning to attend please let one of the committee know as we will need to confirm numbers with the caterer in due course.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Beans Beans, Good for the Heart!

With the rain finally taking a break it looked like we would get a game of cricket this weekend, although it was close.

We travelled to Donacloney with 11 men, just about! had the last stone I threw at the window not hit, we might have travelled with just 10. Not for the first time, my captaincy skills were put to the test right from the off, but it was worth it!

Ryan Lang was making his last appearance for his adopted club and had been out the night before for a few bevvys! None the less, with no shoes about his person he jumped into the car and we made off for the cloney.

With Donacloney's ground flooded last week, their efforts have to be noted for getting the game on and producing a wicket, in terrible weather. During many discussions we made the decision to play the game, by this stage Langer had just devoured a tin of Beans, (think it was Heinz) and he was ready.

With the toss lost, Donacloney asked us to bat, (no surprise). The solid partnership of Walker and Kerr set us up perfectly as it was vital not to loose early wickets. This they achieved and put on 40 odd runs for the first wicket when Pip got a shooter and was bowled. A piece of good fortune for Cloney as Pip was looking in good nick. RJ struggled with the pace of the wicket and went the same way as Pip to the ever dangerous Hanna. Soon after The Vet went lbw to Hanna for a watchful 23, but felt the decision was harsh. Javed and Langer were at the crease and certainly Javed was not hanging about. Unfortunately Jav holed out to a full toss and the innings needed rebuilt after a lively start.

Enter Langer, (now sober) the legend played a typical Aussie style innings buckling down to the task in hand. He ended 54 not out on a bowler friendly surface and ensured we had something to bowl at.

During the tea interval we swapped many humorous stories and the topic of conversation was its usual high standard. Davie Mac's ears should have been warm in around 4.30.

Jarvy and Davy Harris opened the bowling and both kept the Cloney openers in check. Jarvy was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, (sorry!) however, the old pro at the far end did the job and got us the breakthrough taking Hanna's wicket. Since Davy Harris's return to the 1st XI he has bowled 12 overs for 25 runs taking 2 wickets. Its easier to get him to buy a drink than score off him!

With 12 overs gone it was over to Langer and Hazzy and neither let me down, Langer bowled brilliantly and made the initial breakthrough taking the wicket of the dangerous Topping who edged to Baker, one of three catches for the young wicket keeper. Hazzy took three wickets in the middle order and Langer swept up the rest, snaffling up wickets in the same manner as he snaffled up his beans before play! A fitting end, Langer got to keep the match ball as a memento and lead us off the field.

What a way to go mate, it has been a pleasure all season to play with the Lang, from Cloney to Hungary, to the unforgettable 20/20 (I'll never forget the run out) and in our own backyard, what a way to go, 54 not out, and 6 wickets for 28 runs. If your reading this back in Oz I hope you don't forget us, next time your passing by, don't forget to drop in!

Ryan's final statistics in all competitions:

Games Played: 11

Runs 210 @ 26.25

Wickets 23 @ 15.13

Match Details

Cregagh 189 for 6

Lang 54 Not out
Hanna 3-26

Doncloney 91 All Out

Lang 6-28
Hassard 3-39

Man of the Match

Easiest one of the season

R. LANG

Yea Mate!

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Annual Club Dinner-26th September.

Just a reminder that the annual cricket club dinner will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 26th September.

As this will be the last official function of the season we are looking for a good attendance similar to last years record turnout, so put it in your diary now.

All players (including the youth section) and guests will be very welcome.

Ticket prices and starting time will follow shortly.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Youth Section End of Season Prize Night







The 2008 season ended for the youth section on Tuesday 26th August with a prize night and party in the clubhouse.
A large group of players and parents were in attendance to see all the youth section members receive a gold cricket medal to mark their participation during the season and the presentation of 7 special awards by club professional Richard Jarvis:

U15 Awards
Best Batsman:Bob Moore
Best Bowler:Haidir Masih
Best Attitude:Matthew Simpson
2008 Captain:Craig Copeland

U11 Awards

Best Batsman:Mark Johnston
Best Bowler:Stuart Nelson
Best Attitude:Darrell Larmour
The youth section was again kindly supported by Belfast City Council via its Support for Sport scheme for which the club is most grateful.

In 2009 we will again be running U11 and U15 sides and players will be contacted next March/April with details of the first practice night.

We hope that everyone has an enjoyable off season.








































Monday, 25 August 2008

Three home games one result!

Trying to play catch up we tried to get three games in over the Bank holiday weekend.

Larne were first up on Saturday, and at 50 for 4 after 20 overs we were happy with our work, however the rain came and that put paid to any more cricket. Probably a good thing as most of our team had hernia's after moving our top of the range covers!

Dunmurry on Sunday, this one got played. The wicket played really well, it was a slow wicket but at this time of the season most wickets in the NCU are under water. So the best kept secret in the NCU played fine.

Dunmurry posted a competitive score of 183 for 8 from their 50 overs, Langer taking three wickets and Andy Bell breaking the biggest partnership and claiming the prize scalp of Connelly. Jarivs and Hassard chipped in with a wicket a piece and we were confident of chasing this total down.

After a belly full of sandwiches! we set about the task of getting the runs with Kerr and Walker making a careful start to the innings putting on 57 for the first wicket. With 100 runs on the board for the loss of only 3 wickets at the 34th over we were on course. A run out between Javed and McCormick was costly with both batsmen looking comfortable. We never recovered and ended up 34 runs shy.

On Monday we took BISC to Gibson Park and after 4 overs of play the rain came and that was it for the day! Great weather!

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Youth Section End of Season Prize Night

The last night of the 2008 Youth Section season will be a prize night and party on Tuesday 26th August starting at 6.30pm.

Parents/Guardians are also welcome to attend.

Please note that there will be no outdoor practice that night.


Stuart Catterson
David McCormick

Night at the Races Cancellation

Please note that the Night at the Races event planned for Saturday 6th September has been cancelled.

However the Poker Night this Friday 15th August is still on and all members are encouraged to attend to help raise much needed funds for the club.

RAIN!!


Saturday, 26 July 2008

Bouncebackability!! (Cheers Pip!)

That's what it's all about, a popular phrase created by a Norn Iron footballing legend that is Iain Dowie.

After the poor performance against Academy, we were in for a tough battle against Templepatrick. After winning the toss I decided to have a bat on a cracking pitch at the home of Cricket in the East, cheers Ian.

I was not going to be disappointed, as The Vet and Pip put on 55 for the first wicket. With the Vet back in the pavilion 27 runs better off, RJ came to the party. After a shaky start and Templepatrick appealing for anything! the big lad got wired in.

He took his time to get to 30 odd, then he opened up, the Cregagh Road, The Green and the power station all felt the force, and 7 lost balls later the big lad was celebrating his 2nd ton for the CCC.

Pip was soon out playing very well for his 42 runs. This brought Javed to the crease and he was not hanging around as he raced to 23. RJ finally was adjudged LBW on 118 with a 150 on the cards. The innings stalled as a run out put paid to Javed and the following batsmen were simply swinging at anything with only a handful of overs left. Stewart Porter ended up on 18 not out with a few lusty blows from the kilt wearing Scotsman!

With a run rate of 5.4 Templepatrick were going to have to tee off, and with the dangerous Morrow at the top of the order we needed wickets. Thankfully our friends from the Commonwealth took care of their top 4 batsmen and the Temple never recovered. Some smart catches from the brummie behind the stumps also helped us along.

Then it was the Stewarty Porter show, after 7.3 overs the big lig finally found his rhythm, (it was in his wallet but he never looks there) and took 3 wickets for a miserly 30 runs. Runs off his bowling were as frequent as the rounds he buys in the clubhouse!

Wickets continued to fall and a run out from Stewart Porter made sure that we secured the win with 85 runs to spare. Magic!

Details

Cregagh 270 for 9

Jarvis 118
Walker 42

Templepatrick 185 All out

Jackson 44
S Porter 3-30
R Jarvis 3-45

MOM Close call this.....Ill give to the newest member of the Green and White army.....R Jarvis

Friday, 25 July 2008

Cregagh Training Tops

New clothing range for the 2008 season these training tops are available from Philip Thompson at £20.

Extremely useful for our chilly summer nights!!

1st XI Update

The weather has been the only winner I'm afraid.

The rearranged game with Cooke Collegians was agonisingly washed out. After making 154 runs with a great knock from young Max at the death we believed this to be a good score.

The next night with Cooke on the verge at 38 for 4 with 16 overs played and Davie Mac unplayable the rain came and the game was washed out.

Onto Academy and with a freshly rolled wicket just 10 MINUTES before the game started and the toss already decided we batted first on the worst wicket played on this season.

92 was never going to be enough and proved so, although we took five scalps on our way!

Friday, 18 July 2008

Breathe @ Robinson Centre Offer

Cregagh Sports Club members can now avail of a negotiated monthly discount membership offer at Breathe in the Robinson Centre on Montgomery Road.

The usual monthly fee will be reduced from £32 to £25,the initial £15 registration fee will be waived and the first month will be free of charge.An annual saving of up to £124.

The offer is available upon production of a current Cregagh Sports Club membership card (issued on payment of the club subscription).

An induction night has been arranged for Cregagh members on 31/7 and we need to advise the numbers who are planning to attend.Please let Stuart Catterson know as soon as possible on 07720414155.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Cregagh on You Tube !

Following on from our hugely successful Family Fun Day on the 12th July you can now see the highlight of the day on You Tube.

Follow the link below to see young Adam McCormick take his Dad down a peg, plus Belinder's laugh is excellent, so turn up the speakers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKzxCC2k_rU

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Subscriptions

Juts a reminder that the annual subs are now overdue.The amounts payable for each category can be found on the website home page.

Payment can be made to Graham Watt,Philip Walker,Stuart Catterson or your team captain.

The Cricket Committee.

Revised Social Dates

Please note that the dates for the social events previously posted have changed.They are now:

Saturday 2nd August-Inter Section 20/20 Game

Their will be a 20/20 game between two sides made up of members of the cricket ,football and darts sections followed by drinks and food in the club.Start time 4.00pm
(This is a closed weekend for cricket in the NCU).

Friday 15th August-Poker Night

Posters will be put up in the club in due course confirming start time etc.

Saturday 6th September-A Night at the Races

This is our major fund raiser and a large attendance will greatly assist in helping club funds

Friday 26/9-Annual Club Dinner

Please endeavour to attend as many events as possible and help to support the club.


Stuart Catterson
Chairman

Monday, 7 July 2008

Budapest Tour 2008 Part 2 (Divorce Lawyers at the ready!!)

The cricket over, we sat down at the little bar at the club, basking in the cooling evening temperatures, in the early thirties, whilst enjoying a steaming bowl of refreshing goulash, with our Hungarian hosts. We then presented a few little memento’s, which hopefully, would provide a more lasting memory of our visit, than cuddly duo’s on-field cavorting.

The troops then returned to base in good heart to prepare fully for a long night of celebration of our newly won international status. Stylish understated elegance was the order of the day, with a few opting for the more forgiving expanding shorts look, lots of men in striped tops, and B.C. and the Vet, modelling some little numbers from of their popular Man at Oxfam range. We started in typical fashion, in more familiar surroundings, watching the football, with some welcome pub grub and few pints, in Becketts, a downtown Irish bar. We next debated how best to immerse ourselves more fully in the city’s culture, and using his rapidly growing grasp of the Hungarian language, Trim led us to a fetching little Karoake bar, in a complex of underground tunnels.

After slow start, where we hummed along to a series of Hungarian rock songs, we finally captured the mike, for Trim to belt out a selection from his catchy repertoire of Celine Dion numbers; before after confiscating all the razor blades, Serious, Hazzy, and Marky T, otherwise known as “The Three Benders”, cheered us all up, with some Coldplay dirges. Through it all, our cheerleaders danced the night away in the background, as Disco Dave, who hitherto had limped along on one leg, suddenly produced a series of moves not seen since John Travolta’s heady days of the early seventies, whilst the Aussie funster adopted his more languid style solo swaying. It was a time for a lot of manly bonding, (in a good way, Pete). We even have the collectors item photo, of the triple hug between, Phil, Trim and Mark, before normal service was resumed when Phil checked out Mark’s expenditure! However as the numbers dwindled, and Davy Mac enjoyed his only full night out, (whilst awake, that is), the final Cregagh quintet really came into their own, late in the evening, leading with a heart rending Oasis number, before leaving their audience gasping, their performance of Robbie Williams, “Angels”, as only they could perform it. Not a dry eye left in the house!

Time now to retire to our hotel to enjoy some soup, accompanied by more soup, whilst Davy had a nap in reception.

DAY THREE

As the boys straggled into reception to return to R.A.F.C. Palya, for the 8 over tournament on Sunday, the tour skipper began to suspect that this particular event was not the focus of their weekend.

Nevertheless somehow we managed to get ourselves to the ground for around noon again. It was agreed we would open up with the long awaited, Cregagh v Cregagh encounter, and with both teams having racked up around 80 in the 8 over practice game, we knew the par score. So having won the toss, Trim’s team of, newly christened, “Woody” Clarke, “Careless” Pete, “Hapless” Hazzy, “Lager” Langer and “Mental” Mark, faced up to “Drunken” R.J, , the artist formerly known as “Davy Mac” and 4 other guys.

Trim won the toss, one of his specialist subjects, and inserted the opposition. It quickly boiled down to contest between those who can drink and play, and those who don’t do Sundays. Clad in our new fetching one day orange outfits, we opened with R.J. and Watty, and with Davy Mac at 3, the rest of us felt in a 8 over game, we could sit back and watch. Then Langer got amongst us, removing Davy Mac, going comprehensively bowled for his customary, Tour Sunday, first ball duck, following Watty’s demise. Scolari went next, after avoiding a 5 wides delivery, which interrupted this match clinching hat-trick performance. Mark T, then, as he had promised all the previous evening, saw off R.J. to clean up, 2.4 overs into the game, and the target had been set at 26. Attacking fields were duly set with R.J. and Davy Mac opening the bowling, but despite Davy removing Trim, in rare waking moment, the soporific run chase was concluded in the 6th over, with a conclusive victory to Trim’s squad.

Andy Grieve’s young squad embarrassed the Hungary A side, in the other game then, in another low scoring affair, to set up a date with Trim’s squad in the final. It was a much closer final game, with Trim’s boys setting a target of 52 in their 8 over innings, the highlight of which was Langer congratulating the wicketkeeper, after being stumped by Fanni, as our scorebook will forever testify.

Langer remained at the heart of the action during the Hungary innings, with perhaps, the run out of the year, swooping in the deep for a one handed pick up, realising he had not in fact managed to pick up the bottle of beer he was going for, he hurled the ball away in disgust, whilst on the run, but it promptly smashed over the stumps, running out the unfortunate hapless batsman by yards. It was not enough however, as Andy Grieve in partnership with Fanni, perhaps appropriately sealed a last wicket victory, when Andy hit the winning boundary, in the last over.

It had become clear throughout the day, that the Cregagh boys had learnt from their mistakes of the previous day, when they had failed to capitalize on the fact, that the bar at the club was open all day. In this atmosphere, the remaining Cregagh squad stumbled onto the field to face the Hungary A squad, in an attempt to uphold the club’s honour, in the final match of the day. The omens did not look good. R.J. described (the Hungary4cricket website, for his performance the previous day), as the South African whirlwind, by this stage, had subsided to merely a gentle breeze. Whilst the pride of Cregagh, Davy Mac resembled a man more accustomed to life in bus shelters.

Time for the footsoldiers to come to the party, and we opened with Scolari and the Vet, who put on a fine opening stand, punctuated by Scolari’s magnificent six on to the roof of the stand off the Hungarian pace man. The big South African followed the openers so swiftly, we had to check if Mark T was bowling for the Hungarians. Then whilst the smart money said Davy Mac couldn’t surpass his awful Monaco performance, Rooster cleaned up, taking bets on 2 ducks on one day! Surely a Cregagh record. We were in disarray, however in a series of partnerships between the skipper, Watty and Hazzy, the total was boosted to an improbable 58, the highest total of the day.

So to defending this total. We were somewhat handicapped by the loss of R.J. to the attack, the big wooss having hit himself on the foot, whilst batting, and Davy Mac, who failed a breathalyzer test. Nevertheless Hungary A were put to the sword, having been skittled for a paltry 18, much to the skipper’s delight. So at least half the Cregagh squad remain unbeaten by European opposition!

However not all the drama was taking place on the field, throughout the last two games. Pete, after an extensive search at the ground, had been asking everyone if they had seen his misplaced passport and wallet. Before the start of the last game, he had left for a final desperate search of the hotel, before contacting his mother (as you do), the local police and the British Embassy. All this despite the fact, his Vet had been waxing lyrical about a picture of his daughter-in-law, in a wallet retrieved from Rooster’s valuables bag, at the ground, clearly assuming we all have pictures of Iraina in our wallets, as we do!

We finished up the cricketing day, as is customary in Hungary, with a bowl of goulash, to bring our body temperature up to a mere 40 degrees C, before presenting Fanni with her richly deserved, Performer of the Tournament trophy.

On our return to the hotel, even after establishing, unsurprisingly, that Pete had not in fact lost either his passport or his wallet, the turn round at the hotel was not particularly swift, as we attempted to go for a final meal together. Eventually by about 9pm we assembled, minus Ryan and Rooster, who were tired and emotional, for a meal at local Steak House. We followed this with a series of games of Pool, with pints, in a hottest Pool Hall in the world, where Watty and myself had to be removed at regular intervals, to be wrung out.

Needless to say no-one wanted to be the first to leave on the last evening, so on our return to the hotel, Davy took up his usual position, head back, mouth open, shades down, in reception. The soup came and went, and people eventually succumbed to reason, departing at regular intervals, to barricade their rooms, in anticipation of a late night raid, which undoubtedly this year would not be led by the leading light of the Monaco Five. As the breakfast began to be served the final Cregagh stalwarts departed the 24 hour bar reception, and people’s shoes began to disappear!

DAY FOUR

And so to the final day, which opened for the more intrepid tourists, with a little morning gymnastics, as part of a new keep fit regime. This was rapidly followed in the same health conscience vein, by a trip to Burger King. From there we retired to the famous Gellert Spa, for an afternoon of pampering around the pool, with the wavemaker, enjoying our final afternoon of Hungarian sun, a fine way to bring our tour to a close.

By 4:30pm it was time to return to the hotel, to search for Pete’s helmet, suitcase, clothes etc., and wait for our bus to the airport, Cregagh’s second European adventure was drawing to close.

Aer Lingus conveyed us to Dublin a mere 10 minutes behind schedule, however after an hour on the ground, in the bus, entertaining the bus driver, his wife and kid, we were still waiting for Hazzy to clear customs. So it was until 2am we returned to the bosom of our families, just too late to catch our ticker tape welcome, as the new national champions of the People’s Republic of Cregagh.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Budapest Tour 2008 Part 1

DAY ONE

For this year’s tour, CafĂ© Mocha was the starting point, for those who like their carbohydrates. The last supper, was replaced by a final breakfast. The usual suspects were on show, with the Bear eating for two, and it also featured some of Davymac’s last few waking moments.

At 10 o’clock sharp the luxurious coach pulled into view, right on schedule, as most other things were this year, I hasten to add. The crowds of adoring Cregagh fans, flocking to bid farewell to their heroes, could not but fail to be impressed by the perfect blend of grizzled veterans and fresh faced youthful innocents (i.e. Watty), assembled for this year’s assault on European cricketing glory.

After a quick refuelling stop in Newry, primarily for our Commonwealth friends, who it would appear are entirely sustained by the amber nectar, we proceeded towards Dublin Airport, stopping only one further time, to allow the Vet, Trim and the Aussie to run along behind the bus for some 100 yards or so, to test their match fitness, or at least that is what we told the bus driver!

On arrival at the airport, last minute nerves were soothed in a sea of liquid tranquilizer, and to the amazement of all last year’s tourists, after a delay of a mere 20 minutes, we were Budapest bound. The incident free flight, was followed, on arrival in Hungary, by a pleasant and informative coach ride to our hotel, nestling in the Raday Utca, and twenty five minutes later we were good to go. Acclimatization is, we discovered from last year’s experience, a crucial part of the tour ethos, and with that in mind, we embraced the concept wholeheartedly. We discovered the wonderful world of Soprani, a recommended local restorative, as we made our mental preparations for the cricketing challenges ahead, and the evening was concluded in the sanctity of our hotel, enjoying a nightcap of Tomato soup, as was to become the norm. All that remained was to set our alarms, ready for the big game tomorrow!

DAY TWO

The day commenced, as decreed in the Tour Itinerary, with all the troops assembled in the hotel lobby at 10:30am sharp, all that is, bar the skipper and his room mate, who were relying on an alarm on the phone, and hadn’t reset the phone clock to Budapest time, or so they claimed! After that hitch, taxis were summoned, and the Peoples Republic of Cregagh were off to play their first international game, against Hungary’s finest.

Shortly before high noon, we were surveying the lush green outfield of the R.A.F.C. Palya ground, in Budapest’s XVI District. Having checked out outfield, we next checked out the wicket, which we quickly identified as the strip of the lush green outfield between the two sets of stumps! After giving it the key test, and losing two sets of keys, (though fortunately none of these belonged to Pete), and having consulted the senior pros and sought their advice on whether we should bat first, or insert the opposition on this green wicket, the problem was solved when skipper promptly lost the toss, we were fielding.

Almost embarrassed by the depth of riches in the bowling attack available in the touring squad, the skipper turned to Mark Thompson and Davy Mac first up, and runs were hard to come by for the hosts. Davy struck first, clean bowling one opener, and his partner soon followed, being run out, 20 for 2 then and Cregagh well on top. The next pair of bowlers kept the pressure up, with Hazzy and Lager, or did I mean Langer, getting a wicket a-piece, and the score was 48 for 4, Cregagh in control then. With the temperature hitting the mid 30’s, the skipper thought it prudent to rotate his bowlers, and take the pace off the ball.

Unfortunately the wicket didn’t seem assist our spin attack much, and wicketkeeper batsman, Mike Glover opened up with a couple of 4’s and 6, to send the run rate spiralling upwards, 89 for 4, advantage Hungary. Then R.J. came on at one end, and Davy Mac was quickly re-introduced before he fell asleep. R.J. removed the dangerous Tushar Gandhi; the wicketkeeper and no. 7, and on this occasion, the inappropriately named, Lucky Singh, were both adjudged lbw, to the Macster; Janos Matyasfalvi was run out without facing; and Stevie Clarke induced Zoltan Mago to pull a short ball into to Hazzy’s mitts, so by then the score had reached 119 for 9. That seemed to be that then. However a spirited unbeaten, last wicket partnership, of 37, between Mark Bownas and Hungarian skipper, Andy Grieve, took the score to an improbable 156, of the allotted 30 overs.

The Cregagh attack had used 10 bowlers, and whilst the pace quintet of Thompson (M), McCormick, Lang, Dawson and Jarvis, bowled 21 off these overs conceding only 59 runs, with only 9 byes in the total, perhaps the skipper’s policy of involving everyone in the bowling effort, had backfired? Time would tell.

Buoyed by the thoughts of a welcoming bowl of steaming after match Goulash, the Cregagh openers Pete Kerr, (whilst he still knew where his helmet was) and Stevie Clarke strode to the crease. However an opening partnership of 18, was a little short of our hopes, and when Stevie and Watty went, before their helmets needed emptied, with the score on 25, the skipper was starting to regret a couple of overs.
Langer and Trim started a mini-revival, with Langer opening up with a couple of lovely fours, before he was removed by a magnificent catch, and we had slumped to 49 for 4.

R.J. was next in, and whilst Trim and the big man were at the wicket the game was in the bag, however after a quickfire 9 ball 33, the Hungarian skipper induced a false shot, in an impressive spell, and the score had reached 101 for 5. Davy Mac strode to the crease to join Trim, the skipper was smiling again, no problem. Then after a drinks break, skipper Andy Grieve accounted for Trim, 111 for 6. Mark Thompson, next in, departed as quickly as he arrived, 112 for 7, and the skipper resumed his pacing in the stand.

Hazzy, in harness with Davy, started to put these fears to bed, with a confident performance, punctuated a couple of crisp boundaries, and the skipper was cracking jokes again. In true Cregagh fashion though disaster struck again, as Hazzy dragged a wide one onto his stumps, via his trailing leg, 144 for 8. The skipper was now popping tranquilisers, but nevertheless, with Brian “The Wall” Clarke at the crease, surely he would block one end up, whilst Davy took us home. Then Davy smacked one straight up in the air around mid off, 3 fielders converged, the skipper started munching his pads, and as two of the fielders backed off, the other dropped the ball after two attempts. The boys coaxed the skipper back down off the roof of the stand, just in time to see The Wall breached. Brian Clarke, bowled Grieve, with the score on 148 for 9.

The final act then, 9 needed, the last pair at the crease, the hopes of nation resting heavily on their shoulders, no pressure! Composing himself, with a deep breath, the skipper marched nervelessly to the crease, pausing only to pull on a pair of Pampers. On arrival in the middle, Davy quickly checked the skipper for a pulse, and bolted him to one end, before accumulating the required runs, finishing the game with a pull for 4.

Easy win then, no problem, never doubted the final outcome, Cregagh now rated number 33 in the world!

Monday, 30 June 2008

Youth practices over the July holidays

Please note that there will be no youth practice on Tuesday 8/7 or 15/7.We will recommence at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22/7.

Stuart Catterson

David McCormick

Friday, 27 June 2008

Podium 4 Sport-Discount Cards

Cregagh Sports Club has negotiated a Loyalty Discount Card scheme with Podium 4 Sport in Montgomery Road Belfast (and Coleraine).

On presentation of the card the member will receive a 15% discount off their purchase.

Cards will be issued to all members of the cricket section (including the youth section) on payment of their subs which are now due.No payment ,no card One card per member.

Following payment of your sub a card can be requested from either Stuart Catterson or Philip Walker.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

1st XI on a roll!

The 1sts travelled to Larne on Saturday to face a team unbeaten in the league and sitting top of section 3.

We set a total of 215 with Richard Jarvis hitting an incredible 108 his first century for Cregagh and hopefully the first of many. A mention also for Javed for a knock of 42 and a partnership with RJ that effectively killed off the game.

Larne in reply were bowled out for 177 with every bowler chipping in at some point with wickets to ensure that we would leave Sandy Bay with 4 points and move into joint second in the league.
Our next league game will be against Cooke Collegians at Gibson Park on 28th June. Our next game is against a Hungary Select XI in Budapest!

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Youth Section helpers needed

Due to the continued success of the Tuesday night Youth sessions we need more volunteers to help out particularly with the 9-12 year olds.

It doesn't require a commitment to attend every night or any coaching qualifications. If a few nights could be spared it would greatly assist the coaching staff and the kids.

If available please contact either of us on the numbers below.


David McCormick
07774179710

Stuart Catterson
07720414155

Under 11 Quoile Cup Quarter Final

The Under 11s will play their Quoile Cup quarter final against Laurelvale at Cregagh on Thursday 19th June with a 6.30 start.

All club members,parents and friends are encouraged to come along to cheer them on.

Please note that there will not be a senior net practice that evening.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Under 11's on the charge

Yet again Cregagh Under 11's start their season with a simply stunning performance in the Quoile Cup beating Civil Service North by 54 runs at Campbell College on Friday night.



Cregagh batted first and after the loss of a couple of early wickets out two most experienced players James Harper and Aaron Johnston then set about a brilliant partnership of 66. Both lads batted beautifully hitting 4's to all parts of the ground, while still taking their singles when available.



Back Row (L-R) Sam Leeson, Niall Burton Joel Pension Aaron Johnston James Harper Chrissie McKee Ross White

Front Row (L-R) James Hume, Adam McCormick Lewis Cunningham Stuart Nelson Mark Lowry (12th man)

Skipper Johnston was out in the 16th over for a well made 27 leaving young Harper to do the rest with some well timed shots through the covers and mid wicket. Wickets tumbled towards the end as the lads and ladies chased late runs. At the end of the 20 overs we had reached 100 for 7, with James Harper on a magical 60 not out and Joel Pension chipping with a valuable 8 NO.


The CSN innings started in stunning fashion, stunning that is for Cregagh. Sam Leeson claimed his first ever competitive wicket in his first over thanks to a simply brilliant catch by Lewis Cunningham at mid off. Lewis's catch set the tempo for the rest of his team mates and anything that was hit in the air was OUT.


Aaron Johnston took a great catch at extra cover, James Harper took a 'steepler" on the boundary and Niall Burtons' catch diving full length to remove danger man Beverland was good enough for TV. The fielding was matched equally by the teams bowling and everyone chipped in with either a wicket or a couple of maidens. Sam Leeson finished with 3 for 5, Joel Pension and Adam McCormick both with 1 for 6 off three overs a piece and 'paceman' Stuart Nelson with 1 for 18. A couple of run outs for Sam Leeson and Adam McCormick finished off the innings nicely CSN all out for 46.A fantastic team performance by all, Ross White is proving to be a real find behind the stumps and James Hume and Chrissy McKee's fielding was top drawer, but its unfair to single out just a few, the whole team were fantastic.


I thought our first ever victory over Portadown last year was magical, this one topped that.Well done everyone, you should all be very proud of yourselves. Thanks also to all the parents who made the worth while journey. I have never seen so many proud happy faces at the end.

Monday, 9 June 2008

1st XI Bouncebackability

What a couple of weeks, beating Dunmurry by 1 wicket at their place and then beating Dungannon by 6 wickets.

Not only that but all round performances by the team see us sitting with three wins from 6 played, special mentions for Ryan Lang, Davie McCormick, Graham Hassard and the ever green Pip.

Well done to all and thanks to the Vet for fulfilling his VC duties!!

Monday, 26 May 2008

1st XI suffer back to back defeats

It was always going to be a tough weekend against Templepatrick and Academy with both teams tipped to be going for the league.

On Saturday we travelled to Templepatrick and were asked to bowl first on a friendly batting surface. Templepatrick set us a target of 289 to win the game and in reply we fell 58 runs short. Javed hit an impressive 74 whilst the big Aussie hit a quickfire 47 runs before falling lbw. Had skippy stayed at the crease for 10 more overs the game would have been a lot more interesting. Hard lines skippy!!!

Man of the match for Cregagh had to be Javed for his knock.

On Sunday we simply did not get enough runs on the board. Academy are a good all round team with strong batting and bowling and 163 runs at Cregagh will always be a hard total to defend. None the less we fought hard and with a full strength team we hope to be pushing the big lads in section 3 a lot harder.

Man of the match for Cregagh against Academy was the springbok Ryan!

A word of warning to our Commonwealth friends. A fine system is currently under construction and not showering will attract the highest fine!! I will leave the fine system in the hands of the two oul lads, namely The Vet and the Mac.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Photos V Millpark

These have just been added to the NCU website, I seen the photographer at the time who was a Millpark lad but we see some of the Cregagh lads in action, good facial expression from Pip!!

http://www.cricketeurope4.net/PHOTOS/2008/ALBUMS/NORTHERN/29151/29152.shtml

Sunday, 18 May 2008

1st Crash out of the cup

The curse of the cup returns to haunt me as Lisburn II's progress to the next round.

Another toss and another win, and we elected to make first use of the wicket, however, The vet nibbled at one outside the off stump and was caught behind.

Walker and Watt put on 45 runs for the 2nd wicket before Pip was caught at point, Javed then came to the crease and started to accumulate runs very quickly, however, Watt has caught in the gully trying to slog and when Javed was given lbw, the collapse was on, and our batsmen duly obliged.

Davy Armour returned to the ones and opened the bowling taking two early wickets and bowled well for his 5 over spell, had we been able to remove Finlay and Allen earlier in the innings who knows.....

Unfortunately it wasn't to be and the Junior Cup challenge is over for another year.

The full scorecard can be seen at http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/2008/SCORECARDS/12876.shtml

Monday, 12 May 2008

Double Header Weekend (Sport hurts!!)

At last we got our league programme off and running with two games at the weekend, come Sunday night at 8.30 pm with 4 points under the belt, the luke warm tin of Tennents never tasted so good!!
On Saturday we faced Cooke Collegians at Shaws Bridge. We lost that game go to the NCU website if you want more detail than that.

On Sunday we were back at Cregagh, not a cloud in the sky, a battery of scorers at the ready!! another belter of a wicket and I won my third toss in a row! With the skipper being congratulated on being an excellent tosser Pip and The Vet padded up and made their way to the middle.

A steady start was provided by both until the 17th over and the first drinks break, after this the pro plus had really kicked in as both batsmen cut loose, Pip made 37 runs in total before being caught. However, it was the Vet that took the Millpark bowlers to Marlowe with a blistering 74 runs from 97 balls faced, (thanks Nicola!).

RJ came to the crease and made his intention clear with an incredible lofted drive for 4 and a flat six that had the walls of the Cregagh Methodist Church wincing at the thought of a repeated assault from RJ. Unfortunately it was not the case as the only ball that stayed low all day trapped him in front to the delight of the Millpark travelling support.

Javed and Davie then ensured that the scoreboard kept rattling along both playing great shots all round the wicket, I'm not sure who is who when they bat but both played well. Millpark stuck to the task and removed Javed which brought Aaron Kerr to the crease. Aaron as cautious as ever had a good long look at the bowling during his walk to the crease, with the words of wisdom still ringing in his ears from his partner Javed, no sorry it was Davie, Aaron thumped his first ball for 4. Aaron would then go on to hit 52 off 30 balls with 2 outrageous 6's over long on and over point!

Towards the end of the innings Andy Bell ensured that Aaron received most of the strike posting a total of 252 runs off 50 overs.

Millpark's intent was clear from the off as the McCarts got the innings underway and took the first wicket stand to 30 odd when junior had his castle knocked over by the Mac, cue that jump and punch celebration!

The Mac was in the zone with the skipper threatening to take him off he found another wicket to reduce the visitors to 39 for 2. However, Aaron (creaking his way to the crease plastered in heat pads) got the prize wicket of McCart senior, often a thorn in our side he mistimed a swaft to long on where Javed snaffled him up.

Both our opening bowlers had done their job and were put out to field waiting for the rabbits, the ball was handed to RJ who got his first wicket in his first over after a stunning catch from the Vet behind the stumps. With the size of the Vets hands after the weekend there was no way he was going to drop that. RJ claimed a second wicket breaking a stubborn partnership with the Skip popping up in the cover to take a catch.

Menown made us wait for our victory with a well made 67 runs however, Pip Walker returned to the attack to knock over the tail with both Aaron and Davie coming back to finish their overs with Davie finally claiming the 10th wicket with the last ball of the match. One over of note was an over from an up and coming bowler, plenty of revolutions on the ball and one delivery just evading the wing of a Flybe flight from Manchester ensured that only 2 very streaky runs were taken!

Man of the match, tough one, Aaron's 52 was incredible, 2 wickets and a great catch in the covers ordinarily would have seen him secure the Man of the match award, (a warm tin of Tennents) however, for his blistering 74, his catch off RJ and his incredible attitude over what was a tough weekend of hard cricket, my man of the match goes to Ian Kerr aka The Vet, VC, Club Granda. Like a fine red wine he only gets better with age.

Well done to all the lads over what was a tough weekend, after the 36th over of the Millpark reply the bodies in the field felt rough, limbs, hands, ribs, knees and a host of other body parts were used to stop runs, (what about the Macster kneeing on in the covers for 4!! some knee on ye!!) groin strains, swollen hands, swollen ankles and back spasms ensured that we got the 4 points. Sport certainly hurts, at one point our fielding resembled Emergency Ward 10!!
Full scorecard can be viewed on the following link

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Victory in the Cup

For the first time in a number of years we have progressed in the Junior Cup by beating BISC by 6 wickets chasing down a total of 204 with 7 overs to spare!

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Mallusk but was postponed as their ground was unplayable. It was agreed that the game be rearranged to take place at our ground as Mallusk would still not be ready.

We even won the toss (a sign of things to come) and inserted BISC, however, they got off to a steady start frustrating our opening bowlers. Finally the breakthrough came with Aaron removing their opener in his 7th over with his pace steadily increasing. Aaron bowled his overs straight through and was unlucky in only claiming one wicket.
Tim Jackson came on just before the drinks break to remove the other opener with his first ball and shortly after drinks Ryan Lang making his 1st XI debut had the prize wicket of Thakur. Shekhar came to the wicket and was in fine form hitting a blistering 87 runs before the experienced campaigner that is Philip Walker removed him and set about the tail. Philip and David both chipped in with wickets as BISC were all out for 204. Tim Jackson ended up with 3 wickets also enhancing his reputation as a strike bowler.

The run chase got off to a great start with Philip and Ian opening the batting and both punishing anything lose from the BISC bowlers. An opening partnership of 60 got us off to the perfect start Philip making 35 runs with Ian making 19. David and Javed came to the crease when Ian was caught and shared a 99 run partnership which effectively killed off the game. Javed was finally out lbw to Shekhar for 79 whilst David made 22 runs before holing out.

Andy Bligh and Ryan Lang made sure of the win with Andy finishing on 17 not out. A great game played in a competitive atmosphere on a great day!

Onto the next round where we will face Lisburn II's at Wallace Park, and finally, as a player and captain I have won my first Junior Cup match!! Cheers lads.


Well done to Ryan Lang and Andrew Bell both of whom made their 1st XI debut at the weekend.

Match Details

BISC

204 ao

Shekhar 87

P Walker 4-14
T Jackson 3-24

Cregagh

P Walker 35
J Mohammed 79

Man of the Match

P Walker

Monday, 21 April 2008

Captain's Blog

With the start of the season only days away it seems like a good time to make my first blog as 1st XI Captain.

First of all I would like to thank all who have contacted me to wish me well with the captaincy past players and current! Those of you who know me know how important this is to me. It is an honour to be the 1st XI captain of Cregagh and one which I hope to fully enjoy.

This year we return to Section 3 after winning Section 4 last year at the first time of asking. I would like to thank David McCormick for the excellent work he did last year as captain, I certainly have a job on my hands to emulate Davie!

On the playing front, as you will know the committee has been working very hard and I believe we have assembled as good a 1st XI squad as we have had for years. I am glad to say we have retained all out players from last year, along with Javed our top run scorer for the last 2 seasons. In addition to this we have added Richard Jarvis from South Africa. Richard is a top order batsman and qualified coach and I would like to welcome him officially to Cregagh.

In addition to this, Ryan Lang and Andrew Bell have joined us this year. Some of you will know Andrew from his time at Donaghadee, whilst Ryan is from Australia and is currently working in Belfast. Both have been impressive in preseason nets and will be of immediate benefit to Cregagh. We still have a few others in the pipeline so watch this space.

This weekend sees us start the league campaign at home to Millpark, these games have always been tight and I expect the same on Saturday. Once again a big thank you to all the committee members who ensured that the ground is ready for the season. In fact, I don't think it has ever looked this good in the middle of April!

Finally, I would like to wish good luck to all our teams this year, the 2nds under the captaincy of Phil Thompson, the 3rds with Brian Clarke as skipper and our under 15 and under 11 teams.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Night at the Races-Saturday 19th April

Just a reminder that we are holding a Night at the Races in the club this Saturday starting at 7.30pm.

Admission is free and there is a late bar organised.

As this is our main fund raiser for the year we need as many members and guests to attend

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

The Cricket Committee.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

First outdoor senior net practice

The first outdoor senior net practice will be held on Thursday 17th April starting at 6.30pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone that night.

Note-the last indoor net at Ards LC will be Sunday 20th April at the usual time of 1.00pm

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Inter Section Darts Night-Saturday 12th April

This Saturday night is the first in a series of joint social events in the club involving all three sections-darts,football and cricket.

This Saturday is being hosted by the darts section and will involve a darts competition with the teams being made up of 6 players from each section.

The action starts at 7.30pm and a late bar has been organised.

All members are encouraged to attend and help support this initiative.

Youth Section 2008

The first practice night for 2008 will be Tuesday 22nd April starting at 6.30pm.

Please note that there will be no coach/adult supervision prior to that time.

We are pleased to announce that this year our Head Coach will be Richard Jarvis who is joining us from Johannesburg in South Africa for the summer.Richard is a qualified coach and currently plays premier league cricket there.

The club has again entered into the Under 15 League and Graham Cup plus the Under 11 League (for the first time) and Quoile Cup.

We are also pleased to confirm that we have managed to retain the 2008 subscription at £10.

The coaches look forward to seeing all players, old and new,on the 22nd.


The Youth Coaches.

20/20 Shield

The draw for the 20/20 Shield has been made and Cregagh find themselves in a tough group.

We have been drawn in Group A and will face Laurelvale and last years winners Ards. The games will take place at Laurelvale on Sunday 15th June. The winners of each group will then take part in a finals day later in the season.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Richard Jarvis joins Cregagh

The committee are delighted to announce that we have agreed terms with Richard Jarvis (24) to be our professional player and coach for the 2008 season.

Richard will arrive in Belfast in mid April ready in time for the new season. Richard currently plays for RCC in the Guateng Premier League in South Africa. Predominately a top order batsman he can also bowl!
Richard is a qualified coach and will be coaching our junior players when junior practice starts.

Saturday, 29 March 2008

1st XI plus sons!!

Forgot to put these photos on from last year!!


Monday, 24 March 2008

Pre Season Tidy up

The committee has arranged a tidy up of the ground to take place this Saturday meeting at 9.30.

If you can make it please come along as there are plenty of jobs to do!!

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Tour Blazers

In an attempt to help people decide on the thorny issue of tour blazers, youngman took it upon himself to show the tour party how we would look!

I think he looks well. The debate can be continued on the forum!!!

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

New Kit for 2008

The new kit has arrived for 2008 with the addition on a new training top, pictured below which is available at £20.

Playing shirts are available priced at £10 and the new polo shirts which were popular last year priced at £15.

These new items will be available from Phil on Sunday.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Player/Coach required for 2008

Cregagh requires a player/coach for 2008.They must be an ECB qualified coach (or equivalent).They will be required to coach both the junior and senior sections.

Applications,including coaching and playing experience, to the club secretary Graham Watt at: graham77watt@btinternet.com


Stuart Catterson
Chairman

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Indoor Nets

This years pre-season indoor nets will be held at Ards Leisure Centre starting Sunday 9th March and ending Sunday 20th April. There will be no session on Sunday 23rd March (Easter Sunday).

The nets will run from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

CCC forum up and running

In case you have not yet noticed, our forum is now up and running and can be accessed following the link above.

Registration is required in order to submit a post. Any topics discussed or posted on the forum do not represent the committee of Cregagh CC.

Any ideas on who the Red Baron is?

Monday, 4 February 2008

Tour of Hungary

This is your last chance to reserve a place on the upcoming tour of Hungary.

The tour sets off on Friday 20th June to Dublin, from there we catch a plane to Budapest and will return on Monday 23rd June.

Thompson Dawson has 2 places remaining for this flight, so if you want to go contact him on 07775 677353 or by e-mail thompyd@hotmail.com this is the last chance to book this!!

If the last tour was anything to go by this should be the highlight of the season!!

For further details of the opposition check out their impressive website http://www.hungary4cricket.com we are already mentioned on their website!!

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Cregagh fast bowler out to stop Linfield

Cregagh's fast bowler Aaron Kerr, will be out to stop Linfield from winning the CIS Cup on Saturday.

Good luck Aaron, needless to say all of us Glenmen will be hoping you can put one over on the enemy! Mon the Crues!

With thanks to Pacemaker for the photo, cheers Davie, thats what I call a grin!

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Under 11s Quoile Cup Draw

The draw for the 2008 Quoile Cup (Under 11s) has been made.

Cregagh have a bye in the first round and travel to Stormont to play CSNI in the second round.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

A Night at the Races!

In 2008 the committee hopes to arrange more social events throughout the season, which of course helps raise much needed funds.

To this end, we will kick off the forthcoming season with a Night at the Races which is to take place at Cregagh on Saturday 19th April.

At present we are looking for sponsors, the cost to sponsor a race will be £50, in addition to this you can also sponsor a horse, with each horse costing £5. If you wish to sponsor a race or couple of horses, please contact Phil Thompson on 07703 277812.

We will of course issue reminder to all our members closer to the event and post updates on the website.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Graham Cup

Graham Cup draw was made today and our under 15's have been drawn at home against Cooke Collegians;

Full details of the draw can be found at the following link.

http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES2/articles/000025/002583.shtml

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Billy McCormick's 60th Birthday Party

Billy McCormick will turn 60 early next month and to mark the occasion a party is being held in Malone Rugby Club on Friday 8th February starting at 8.00pm.

All members of the cricket club are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Changes for 2008

Some minor changes to be made over the coming weeks to the website.

We hope to have our very own Cregagh CC forum up and running very soon allowing more interaction with the website. We are also adding a hyper link through to the Orangefield Old Boys site allowing users to keep up to date with the football section of Cregagh Sports Club.

2nd XI fixtures and 3rd XI fixtures should be confirmed within the next few weeks, once the Under 11's and Under 15's fixtures are known we will update the website.

Also coming soon, the Captains will give their thoughts on the up coming 2008 season and what they hope to achieve, can Brian Clarke take the 3rds to a 3rd successive Cup Final. Can Phil Thompson win a game for the 2nd XI, whilst Graham Watt takes over from David McCormick as the 1st XI look forward to competing in section 3.

Finally, keep an eye out as we hope to make an announcement regarding the start date for our indoor nets. The Carrick mafia will not be happy!!