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.