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!