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