Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Christmas Drinks

This Friday we are holding our informal Christmas get together at the club, something which we have started in the last few years which gives us all a chance to catch up with each other over a festive pint or two.

We have arranged to meet at 8 pm so why not treat your significant other to a wonderful night of witty banter and dry humour that we often experience in the changing rooms ;-)

See you there, don't forget your wallet!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Cup Draws

The NCU have just recently completed the cup draws for the 2010 season involving all our senior teams.

In the Junior Cup (pictured) the 1st XI will travel to Donaghadee a repeat of last years draw and will be hoping for a better result after being knocked out of the cup last year in a bowl out.

The 2nds under the captaincy of Peter Kerr received a bye in the first round of the Intermediate Cup and will await the winners of Millpark and Dunmurry. Our 3rd eleven will compete in the Minor Qualifying Cup and have been handed a home game against Ballymena 4ths.

Finally, the Graham Cup was also drawn and our boys got a bye in the first round and will face either Woodvale or Lurgan. Full details of the draws can be found on the NCU website www.irishprovincialcricket.com/NORTHERN/index

Monday, 23 November 2009

NCU Under 13 Trials

This week we wish Adam McCormick and Mark Johnston every success as they head off on trials with the Northern Cricket Union flying the flag for Cregagh.

Their coach David McCormick commented, "these two lads have set the standard this year and proves to everyone else within the squad that if you work hard you can reap the rewards and that at Cregagh we wont be shy at pushing your talents at a higher level" comments echoed by the committee.
Good luck lads and enjoy yourselves!

Monday, 16 November 2009


Attention all Internet shoppers-you can raise funds for the cricket club when you shop on line.

Log on to www.easyfundraising.org.uk and choose from over 600 of the UK's best known retailers including Next,Argos,Amazon,Game,Boots,Tesco, HMV and M&S. When you shop using the links on the site up to 15% from every purchase you make is donated to the club. It doesn't cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds using this site.

Simply log on to the above site, register as a user (only needs done once) and select 'Cregagh Cricket Club' as your Charity/Organisation. Choose the retailer you want from the A-Z list on the site or use the 'Search' function then shop !

As you have logged onto the retailer via easyfundraising the purchase triggers the donation to Cregagh. Remember you must log onto easyfundraising first for the club to benefit.

NCU Under 11 trials

As the NCU under 11 trials take place this week we would like to wish our boys well as they fly the flag for Cregagh.

Stuart Nelson, Lewis Cunningham, James Hume and Daniel Larmour have been put forward for the trials with the Northern Cricket Union taking place this Thursday and next Thursday, under 11 coach David McCormick commented " these lads have really stood out this year and deserve a crack at the NCU trials this year.The whole team has been brilliant this year and it would be a great end to the year if one of these players was to make the grade. I have every confidence in them and believe they will raise a few eyebrows within the NCU."

The committee would certainly echo David's comments and wish them luck, do yourselves proud lads!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

2009 AGM decisions

The club AGM was held last Wednesday night (11th) and the following decisions/appointments were made:

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

Chairman: S Catterson
Deputy Chairman; P Thompson
Secretary: P Walker
Treasurer: P Walker
Match Secretaries: 1st XI P Thompson, 2nd XI P Kerr, 3rd XI B Clarke
Youth Convenor: S Catterson

Youth Section Competition Entries

It has been decided to enter the U11s, U13s and U15s in both league and cup in 2010. This is the first time that the U13s will compete in the league and will mean that the club are participating in all the underage leagues that are available.

The U11s will be managed by Marty Ross, U13s by David McCormick and U15s by Stuart Catterson.

Letters regarding the start of youth practice will be issued in the new year.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

AGM Reminder

Just a reminder that the 2009 cricket club AGM will be held on Wednesday 11/11 starting at 7.30pm.

The club strategy document, mentioned at the club dinner, will be included on the agenda for an initial discussion with copies available to take away.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

End of Season Dinner

The photos below are from our end of season dinner and awards ceremony, with just over 65 guests a great night was had by all. thanks to Wendy Thompson who was the official photographer on the night.
The Kerr clan and Dan WILD!

The next generation!!
Mr. & Mrs. Copeland, Marty Ross and Mr. & Mrs. Moore

The Watts and Mr. & Mrs. Harris

The guests for the evening and Pip!TD, Mrs. Dawson, BC, Woody

The Chairman and his guests.

Aaron Kerr and Laura Kerr, unfortunately Aaron's shoes didn't make the photo!

Young Love! ahhhh

Friday, 16 October 2009

Cricket Club AGM-Change of Date

The date for the 2009 AGM has been changed to Wednesday 11th November starting at 7.30pm.

As mentioned previously only those who have fully paid their 2009 subscription are eligible to take part in any decision making.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Cricket Club AGM- 17/11/09

The 2009 AGM will be held on Tuesday 17th November starting at 7.30pm

Please note that only members who have fully paid their 2009 subs will be able to take part in any decision making that is required.

The AGM for Cregagh Sports Club will be on Thursday 26th November also at 7.30pm.

Halloween Fancy Dress Party

The Sports Club are running a Fancy Dress party in the club on Saturday 31/10/09 starting at 7.30 pm.

The cost will be £4.Tickets are not required.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Annual Dinner Update

The cost for the annual dinner on Friday 1/10/2010 will be £20 with a discount to £15 for anyone still at school or not in full time employment.

The ticket prices have not changed from last year and include a quality three course meal,awards distribution,disco and late bar.

Please let your team captain know if you are planning to attend or contact Stuart Catterson on 07720414155 as numbers need to be ascertained.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Cregagh cruise into Final of U11 Plate

Cregagh Cruise into Final of U11 Plate

By Robert Moore

WITH two previous attempted meetings being rained off, Cregagh U11s finally arrived at North Down for their U11 Plate semi final on an evening which wasn’t raining for a change! The match had to be restricted to 15 overs a side because of the lack of light available nearing the end of the evening.

Cregagh skipper Mark Johnston lost the toss and his side was put into bat as North Down would be more comfortable chasing the game in the 2nd innings.

James Hume and captain Johnston opened the batting for Cregagh against the accuracy of North Down opening bowlers Quinn and Adams. The Cregagh pair did their job at the top of the innings and saw off the new ball as they were 8-0 after 4 overs. Then, the partnership was broken when Hume held out to cover for 2 off the bowling of Quinn in the 5th over, 8-1.
Oliver Fleetham was Cregagh’s No.3 and attacked from the off scoring the first 4 of the night through backward square-leg with the clip off the legs. Cregagh then lost their skipper in the 7th over as Johnston mistimed the pull shot hitting it straight to mid-wicket off the bowling of Watson, 17-2 after 7 overs.

This brought Adam McCormick (above) to the crease at No.4. With nearly half the innings gone and Cregagh’s run rate at less than 2 an over, Fleetham and McCormick started to have a swing. Fleetham scored another two glorious boundaries through the leg side taking him into double figures. McCormick then hammered the ball through the covers and despite the fielder getting a hand on the ball, it still raced away for 4.

The 3rd wicket partnership fell for 17 as Watson took his second wicket of the night. Fleetham held out to cover-point for 17 off only 17 balls attempting to hit the ball through the gap on the off side, 38-3 after 11 overs. Stuart Nelson was Cregagh’s No.5. Nelson picked up where Fleetham had left off and scored quickly. Off only his second ball, the talented youngster stepped across his stumps and worked Watson away behind square leg for a boundary, 46-3 after 12 overs. With 3 overs remaining Cregagh were looking to achieve their target of 4 runs an over which would give them 60. If they were to do so they would need 14 from the 3 remaining overs.

The exciting partnership grew and grew with Nelson and McCormick rotating the strike well. 4 runs came off the 13th over and Cregagh were looking on for their target. Adams had one over remaining in his quota and he bowled the last over. McCormick went to slog a good length delivery over mid-off only to look back and see the bails lying on the ground. He made an important 12 from 24 balls, 57-4. Lewis Cunningham (above) came out to face the last 3 balls of the innings and he could only manage to score a single taking Cregagh to 58-4 after their 15 overs. Cunningham finished 1 not out with Nelson 12 not out from only 12 balls. It was a par score with some very talented batsmen in the North Down top order very capable of scoring at a rate of 4 runs an over to achieve the 59 they needed to win.
North Down opened the batting with Irvine and Adams against the inform Stuart Nelson and Lewis Cunningham with the ball. It was obvious that these two batsmen had some class about them as the ball came off their bat much stronger than any of the Cregagh boys.
Then a stroke of bad luck fell on North Down, Irvine had hurt his back running a quick single and the dangerous bat had to retire hurt in the 1st over bringing Quinn to the crease at No.3.
However this interruption didn’t seem to upset Adams as off Cunningham’s very first delivery, he hammered the ball through point and the ball raced to the boundary setting some fear amongst the visiting fans, 6-0 after 2 overs.

In Nelson’s second over he produced a bit of magic. He bowled on a good length and Adams was bamboozled, the ball cannoned into the top of off stump and Cregagh had got their man, 7-1. However, celebrations were brought to a halt as Irvine seemed to have shaken off his injury and he strode out to the middle. Nelson was fearless and Irvine was looking to battle the young quick bowler. With the last ball of the over Irvine attempted to slog Nelson over the covers. He miss hit it. Daniel Larmour stuck his hands out and grasped the ball out of the air taking a very important catch to give Nelson his second scalp of the over, 7-2, what a turnaround!

Walker was No.4 for North Down. In these conditions if you weren’t going to take wickets, then dot balls were imperative. Lewis Cunningham backed up Nelson at the other end by keeping it tight with his maiden heaping the pressure on North Down further.

Nelson only had one over left so he was given a break with the option of coming back on near the end of the innings. McCormick replaced him. It proved to be an inspirational bowling change from Johnston as McCormick bowled Walker with his second ball and North Down really were down, 7-3.

The skipper brought himself on after Cunningham and kept it tight as per usual starting with a maiden, 10-3 after 6 overs. McCormick then got in on the maiden act as his second over was also a maiden and North Down were 48 runs behind with only 9 overs remaining.

Eakin was at the crease and looked determined not to lose her wicket. She failed in her task as Johnston’s delivery clipped the very top of the stumps and she was sent back for 1, 11-4. With the last ball of the over Johnston doubled his wickets for the evening as Quinn was bowled with the perfect in swinging Yorker, too good for him, 12-5.

In McCormick’s 3rd and final over he managed to double his wickets for the night also as Walker was given out L.B.W. for a duck with the ball going on to hit the middle of the middle, 12-6. Watson looked to get the strike for the next over as he nudged it into the off side and ran. Nelson was first to react and ran in from mid-off to throw it at the non-striker’s end. Watson would’ve been out by a distance but the throw missed only for bowler McCormick and snatch the ball off the ground and hurl the ball at the stumps.

Watson was clearly short of the crease and North Down were now 7 down. McCormick went on to bowl a wicket maiden meaning that he bowled 13 successive dot balls, it was very impressive bowling in a pressure situation from Mac Jnr.
Johnston then bowled himself out as his 3rd and final over went for yet another maiden, 12-7 after 10 overs. North Down were now playing for pride. Everybody was now getting in on the act for Cregagh as Daniel Larmour took a wicket with his third ball as Dillon was bowled for a duck. 13-8.
After 13 overs, Cameron Lindsay was brought on to bowl the penultimate over, 17-8. Again it proved to be an inspired bowling change from Johnston as he took a wicket with the first ball of the over as Watson skied one straight up for Nelson (Man of the Match) who ran in from fine leg to take a good catch, 17-9. Cregagh were only one wicket away from victory and excitement was building from the away team dominant crowd.

Lindsay bowled and Phair skied the ball into the leg side. It was fitting that the skipper who started the match for Cregagh with the bat, should finish it with the ball clasped in between his hands. Cregagh had won by 40 runs through the fantastic bowling display from their pacemen and flair with the bat from their middle order.

Man of the Match: S. Nelson

Note: For the first time in our 103 year history we have an under 11 team in an NCU final. Well Done lads!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Under 11 Plate Semi Final 'Take 3'

The third attempt to play the semi final will take place on Monday 7/9/09 at North Down starting at 6.00pm

Monday, 31 August 2009

Under 11 Plate semi final re-arrangment

The Under 11 Plate semi final has been re-arranged for Wednesday 2/9 at North Down starting at 6.00pm.

Again all support would be appreciated by the boys.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Under 11s Plate Semi Final

The Under 11s will be playing in the Plate semi final on Monday 31/8 at North Down starting at 6.00pm.

All support would be very welcome.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Annual Club Dinner

Please note that the annual cricket club dinner will be held in the club on Friday 2/10/09 at 7.30 for 8.00pm.

As usual the meal with be followed by distribution of the awards for the 2009 season with a late disco through to the end.

More details will follow on ticket prices.

Please make every effort to attend what is always a very good nights entertainment.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

East Belfast Herald

Don't forget, every week in the East Belfast Herald you can see your heroes in action with full coverage of all the Cregagh games along with photos!! I have enclosed a sneak preview of this weeks article!

Looking good rids, stretch out that back!

Monday, 17 August 2009

Table Quiz Friday 21st August

Just a reminder about the table quiz this Friday night at 7.30 for 8.00pm

Cost is £5 for adults and free for children/members of the youth section.Supper will be provided.

As usual can any member of the club attending bring along a prize for the raffle.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Mac the Knife!

Devastating Cregagh take the vital victory against PortadownWith the clouds closing in and the nights getting ever shorter, Portadown travelled to Gibson Park for their important evening league match last Thursday (13th) against fellow relegation battlers Cregagh.

Cregagh captain Graham Watt won the toss and batted first with the intention of posting a good score after the 1st innings in a reduced match of 20 overs a side.Cregagh opened with Philip Walker and Andrew Bligh against Portadown openers Hammond and Haire. The Cregagh pair attacked from the off running every single hard and scoring boundaries off the bad balls. Walker and Bligh past the 50 partnership for the 1st wicket after 7 overs and were still going strong when Walker was bowled by Murphy for 37 off only 37 balls, 63-1.
David McCormick came out at 3 and picked up where Walker left off pushing Bligh for every single. McCormick scored two 6s straight down the ground with Bligh also scoring well at the other end. The batsmen started to all out attack with the score on 115-1 and only 6 overs remaining. McCormick went for the big shot over the deep mid-wicket boundary, the fielder McCann was under it, the ball was going for 6 but he took a good catch on the boundary line and McCormick was out for a magnificent 31 from only 27 balls, ending the 2nd wicket partnership on 52, 115-2.

Javed Mohammed came in at 4 for Cregagh but could not build a partnership with remaining opener Bligh because with the very next ball, Bligh was bowled by Murphy for 37 off 36 balls, 115-3. This brought Alan Baker to the crease at 5. Javed reached 2 before getting out in a similar fashion to McCormick, holding out to deep mid-wicket Caddell off the bowling of Harris, 119-4. Max Porter then came out next at 6. Porter only faced 2 balls before holding out to fine leg Adamson off the bowling of Murphy, 121-5. Skipper Watt came out to bat with Baker at 7 with 4 overs remaining. Baker provided Cregagh with a late flourish scoring three 4s through the leg side finishing on 22 not out with Watt 2 not out, Cregagh completed their 20 overs on 145-5.

Portadown opening batsmen Caddell and Harris took to the crease knowing that they had to score at a rate of 7.3 runs an over if they had any chance of securing victory in this possible relegation deciding battle. David Harris and Bob Moore opened the bowling for Cregagh. It was Moore who got the early breakthrough for Cregagh as he bowled Harris for a duck to get Cregagh off to a great start, 9-1 after 2 overs. Harris then got in on the act with the perfect in swinger bowling Caddell for 6, 10-2. Harris took his second wicket of the night dismissing the dangerous J. Edgar who smashed one to David McCormick at long off who took a fantastic catch, 20-3 after 5 overs.

With Cregagh in a fantastic position after their opening bowler's spells, it was great for Graham Watt to have his best bowler David McCormick ready to replace Moore after 5 overs. You just knew it was going to happen, two 6s with the bat, fantastic catches on the boundary and now a wicket with the 6th ball as McCormick bowled Murphy for 12 with a world class Yorker, 22-4 after 6 overs. McCormick doubled his wicket taking tally on the night as Whitfield was dismissed L.B.W. for 2, 26-5 after 8 overs. Craig Copeland replaced Harris and Walker replaced McCormick with Portadown starring defeat in the face with their tale nearly exposed.

Walker got in on the act as Adamson went for the big shot with Portadown well behind the required run rate, only to miss-hit it to Watt at extra cover, 41-6 after 10 overs. McCormick replaced Copeland as he had 2 overs left and Watt wanted to home in on victory. McCormick bowled one of the best overs of the season bowling Hammond for 9 with an out swinging Yorker and dismissing McCann with the same delivery for a duck to complete his double wicket maiden, 41-8 after 11 overs. Edgar decided to have a whack nearing the end of the innings racing to 20 with two 4s and a 6 in the next over, 65-8. McCormick took the 9th wicket of the innings in the next over dismissing Madhok for a duck, 69-9. Baker was brought on to have a bowl when McCormick had completed his 4 overs with Moore taking over from Walker.

Moore took the last wicket of the Portadown innings as Haire hit the ball to Watt at cover who took the catch to give Cregagh their 4th win in the league and take a stride further away from the relegation zone. Portadown finished all out for 78 after 17.5 overs, Cregagh won by 67 runs.

MOTM - a tough one this week, no only joking, 31 with two big 6s, a table turning catch on the boundary off their best batsman, and bowling figures of 5-8 from 4 overs. A mention has to go to all the batsmen who all scored at a rate of more than a run a ball which set the tone for our bowling innings taking the momentum forward from Bun's late flourish.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Cregagh lose nail bitter with Holywood

After thier semi-final cup defeat a few weeks ago, Cregagh 2nd XI hosted Holywood second XI for the league meeting held at Gibson Park.

With the wicket in prestine condition, Cregagh captain won the toss and elected to bat first on the beautiful track. Openers Stephen Clarke and Matthew Simpson were under fire from Ireland U17 player Ross Adair, who opened the bowling with A. Murray. Simpson scored a great lofted one bounce 4 down the ground off the third ball of the 2nd over.

The 4th ball was different however as Simpson edged behind for 5 off Murray's bowling, 11-1. John Stewart came out at 3 for Cregagh and batted well with Clarke putting on a stand of 41 for the 2nd wicket with Stewart getting 24 before being bowled by Best, 52-2. Max Porter came in at 4 for Cregagh but was bowled by D. Murray's second ball for a duck, 60-3 after 15 overs. Andrew Bell came out at 4. Bell and Clarke batted superbly, scoring runs all around the ground with the pair coming in at drinks both in their 20s with the score on 87-3 after 25 overs.

The partnership lasted for another 14 overs with Bell and Clarke both in their 40s. Bell was on 43 and was stumped off the bowling of R. Adair Snr. in the 39th over ending the partnership on 81. Clarke was on 42 and followed Bell back to the changing rooms in the next over as he was caught off the bowling of R. Adair Jnr, 135-5 after 40 overs. If Cregagh could score at a rate of 6 an over, then the score of 200 would be very defendable with the clouds closing in. Neil Spiers and William Ross picked up were Clarke and Bell left off, as they scored boundaries and ran the singles hard. Spiers reached 12 before bottom edging behind off the bowling of R. Adair Snr, 155-6 after 45 overs. Moore came out at 8 but could never trouble the scorers getting run out for a duck, 155-7. Thompson Dawson was next in at 9. Ross scored a 6 in the 48th over before holding out to mid-on for 14, 167-8. Copeland was next in for Cregagh at 10. Dawson was out in the 49th over for 2 getting caught behind off the bowling of Best, 171-9.

There was a late flourish by Copeland at the end of the innings who scored a great straight boundary. The pair batted out the remaining overs with Copeland finishing 9 not out and Thompson 2 not out with Cregagh posting a good 178-9 after their 50 overs.

Hayes and Mark Adair opened the batting for Holywood with Moore and Dawson given the ball for Cregagh. Cregagh were off to a flyer in the 3rd over when Moore had the prized wicket of M. Adair with the batsman holding out to Max Porter at cover for 4, 10-1 after 4 overs. Moore then removed the remaining opener in the 5th over as he was bowled for 2, 10-2 after 5.This brought the huge bat of Ross Adair out and Cregagh knew they had to get him out early. The first ball of the 11th over saw Adair dropped by sqaure leg and the disappointment was clear to see on every Cregagh face.

The big turning point in the game came however three balls later, as Adair was caught by Porter at cover and Moore had got his man, 35-3 after 11 overs. Phil Thompson replaced Moore after 12 overs. The off spinner got off to a great start, bowling two maidens out of his first 3 overs. Kerrgian and Adams had put on 30 before Kerrigan fell to the bowling of Thompson, top edging behind for wicket keeper Simpson to take a cool one handed catch, 65-4 after 21 overs. Best came in at 6 for Holywood and only made 4 when Ross had caught him at mid-on off the bowling of Thompson, 73-5 at drinks (25 overs) Thompson picked up his third wicket straight after drinks as Adams was caught by Porter at cover for 11 and Cregagh only needed one more wicket to expose the Holywood tail, 82-6 after 27 overs.

Craig Copeland and Andrew Bell had spells at Carr and R. Adair Snr but could not get through their defences. Adair just blocked any good ball and really punished any wide ball. This unforseen partnership really shocked Cregagh and they could not get the breakthrough, 109-6 after 32 overs. Moore was brought back on to see if he could find a way through with his four remaining overs. Adair just looked to see him off after scoring a boundary at the end of Moore's 9th over. Moore could not take the much needed wicket and the game had now swung back into Holywood's favour with the pressure on Cregagh, 131-6 after 38 overs, 48 to win from 72 balls. Carr and Adair passed the 50 partnership for the 7th wicket and looked to be capable of seeing Holywood home.

Dawson had replaced Moore and in the 41st over Adair cut one away on the off-side and called for the single, Moore ran in from point and attempted the one hand pick up and under arm throw. It looked good, direct hit! Carr was run out for 29 and the game had swung yet again back into Cregagh's favour, 35 to win from 54 balls, 144-7 after 41 overs. John Stewart had replaced Bell for a bit off variation with Adair looking dangerous. Adair took a single and No.9 batsman Marks was on strike. Stewart gave the delivery some flight, Marks went to play it off middle and ball turned past the bat and hit the top of off stump to give Cregagh their 8th wicket, 30 to win from 48 balls, 149-8 after 42 overs.

Dawson tried to get the yorkers in and Adair was more than happy to hog the strike and see the quick bowler off with only 2 overs of Dawson left. Adair took the single and got on strike for 2nd over of Stewart, 27 to win from 42 balls, 152-8 after 43 overs. For Cregagh it would only take 2 balls whereas Holywood still needed to find their 27 runs from somewhere. Then Stewart's 2nd over was a big one for Holywood with Adair scoring 18 runs off it with two 6s and a 4, 9 to win from 36 balls. Adair passed his 50 with a 2 down to 3rd man. Dawson had one last over and was plugging away with his yorkers. Adair missed one and the ball missed the stumps by the smallest of margins, 5 to win from 30 balls, 174-8 after 45 overs.

Copeland was brought back on and had Murray on strike. He tried to get it in full but Murray saw his over off for only 1 run, 4 to win from 24 balls. With Dawson finished, Bell was brought back on. To Cregagh's heartbreak, Holywood got the runs with 19 balls to spare. Adair finished on 57 not out and had it not been for him at No.8, Holywood would have struggled to get the runs. Holywood win by 2 wickets. Attachment:

Cregagh 2nd XI v Holywood 2nd XI 9th Aug.docx (151.0 KB)

Friday, 7 August 2009

Under 11's push League leaders to the end!

The Under 11's lost a nail biter last night at Lisburn's Wallace Park. Loosing the toss, skipper Mark Johnston was asked to field first. The Lisburn batting looked solid and got off to a good start with Lightbody and McKeown scoring freely.

They were soon pegged back by strikes from Captain Johnston and Adam McCormick. But the game really came alive when James Hume got the ball in his hand. In a superb spell of 4 overs he claimed 4 wickets for 17 runs including a hat trick in his 3rd over (two bowled and one catch by Jack Mahon).

Lisburn 66 for 9 in 20 overs

J Hume 4 for 17
M Johnston 2 for 16
A McCormick 1 for 10
D larmour 1 for 5

The Cregagh innings started brightly with Mark Johnston and James Hume on their toes with quick singles, but both were out shortly after each other bringing Ollie Fleetham and Adam McCormick to the crease. Both lads were starting to find there feet when Ollie was bowled for 4. That brought Lewis Cunningham in and both he and Adam shared an unbroken partnership of 48 in 10 overs with some great shots all around the ground. At the end we fell just 3 runs short of what would have been a great win over the previously unbeaten Lisburn. It was a great game of cricket played by 22 gentlemen in front of a big crowd who throughly enjoyed it.

Cregagh 63 for 3

L Cunningham 24 no
A McCormick 18 no

Well done lads, another brilliant display with both bat, ball and particularly in the field. Sorry to those who didn't get batting of bowling this week, Cricket is a team game and you are all part of a great team.

MOM On another week it could have been Adam or Lewis but for his amazing hat trick this week it is James Hume, well done...

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Table Quiz-Friday 21/8/09

The club will be holding a table quiz on Friday 21st August at 7.30 for 8.00pm.

It is open to both senior and junior members,guests and parents.

Cost is £5 for adults with juniors free.A supper will be provided.

Enquiries to Stuart Catterson on 07720414155.

Friday, 31 July 2009

Under 11's hammer Derriaghy

The Cregagh under 11's game an awesomely powerful display against their Derriaghy counterparts last night (Thursday).

On a very slippy mat ( due to yet another rain shower) skipper Adam McCormick was asked to bat after loosing the toss.

Runs flowed from the off with James Hume, Mark Johnston, Ollie Fleetham and Adam scoring freely, but a few rash shots always kept the home team in the game. At the end of 20 overs the mighty CCC were 71 for 9.
The Derriaghy innings started disastrously (for them) with Lewis Cunningham getting two wickets in his first over. Other quick wickets from Mark Johnston (one) and Adam McCormick (two) had Derriaghy struggling on 16 for 5. With Cregagh a team of all-rounders, it was time to show how powerful our bowling attack is, as Cameron Lindsay, James Hume, Daniel Larmour and debutant Tristrim Stewart (two) all got amongst the wickets.

With two great catches from Mark Johnston and Daniel Larmour and wicket keeper Mark Lowry only letting 4 byes the Derriaghy innings was done just before 8.30. 44 for 11.
A throughly professional display by a superb group of young men. I couldn't pick a man of the match last night as each man was as good as the other. Well done...

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Cricket Section Functions

Please note the following dates for forthcoming functions:

Friday 21st August-table quiz in aid of club funds. 7.30 for 8.00 pm. Admission £5 per person including supper.

Friday 2nd October-end of season club dinner

Youth Section Dates

Please note the following important dates for the youth section:

Wednesday 22nd July-practice re-starts at 6.30 after the July break

Wednesday 12th August-end of season party and awards starting 6.30. Note there will be no outdoor practice that night.

Under 15 League Game Re-arrangements

The dates for the final two U 15 league games are:

Friday 31/7-Instonians (A)
Friday 7/8-Saintfield (H)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Youth Practices-July break

Please note that there will be no youth practices on Wednesday 8th and 15th July due to the July holidays.

We will re-start on the 22nd at 6.30pm

Friday, 3 July 2009

2009 Subs

All members please note that the 2009 subs are now overdue and should be paid to their captains or left behind the bar in the club this weekend.

Subs are the lifeblood of the club and are needed to continue to provide the facilities that we all enjoy.

Details of the subs tariff can be found on the web site home page

Stuart Catterson

U15s make it three in a row

The Under 15s made it three league wins in a row with a 5 wicket defeat of CSNI at Stormont on Thursday 2/7 in a high scoring game.

After losing the toss skipper Matthew Simpson and his team were asked to field with the game being played on the back square with short boundaries on all sides and a very fast outfield.

Not surprisingly all of the Cregagh bowlers found it difficult to keep the runs down as edges and mishits went for easy runs however this was not helped but some poorly directed bowling and lack lustre fielding.

After using 6 bowlers the CSNI total ended with an imposing 165 for 3 off their 20 overs with the wicket takers being Stephen Nixon,Neil Adams and James Taylor.

As in the two previous victories the batsman then pulled the team out of a hole as they went after the victory target with great skill and judgement.Openers Matthew Simpson and Neil Adams added 88 for the first wicket with Neil first out in the 11th over for a well crafted 45.
Next in was Haider Masih who kept the momentum going with a quick fire 22 with Simpson continuing to play the captains knock at the other end.

A flurry of wickets then followed as Haider (22),Stephen Nixon,Matthew Simpson (26) and James Taylor all departed trying to keep the run rate up at the required 8 per over.

However a steadying innings from James Harper (plus a considerable number of extras given away by CSNI) saw Cregagh home to 166 for 5 in the at the end of the 19th over.

Another excellent performance by the batsman but a considerable improvement is needed in the field before we complete the league campaign against Saintfield and Instonians.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Thursday Night Nets-New Arrangements

The club committee has decided to make some changes to the operation of the Thursday night net practice.

Commencing Thursday 2/7/09 the nets will be organised and ran by Javed.

Javed is now a fully qualified Level 2 coach and he has been tasked by the committee to bring improved structure and organisation to the Thursday practice session.One of his remits is to ensure that the 1st XI are adequately prepared for their weekend games.

It is hoped that this initiative will attract more members of the senior club to the practice and that those attending will in turn derive more benefit from the night.

The committee asks for all senior players to support them and Javed in this new approach.

Tuesday night nets will remain in their current form

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Under 15s Win Again

The Under 15s followed up on their thumping of Woodvale last week with a 9 wicket victory over Cooke-Collegians at home on Friday 26/6.

Having lost the toss and being asked to field the Cregagh performance fell short of the high standard set in the previous game as balls were mis-fielded and catches not taken.Cooke-Collegians took advantage of these and some average bowling to post a total of 97.

Bowling highlight was Haider Masih with 2 for 6 off 3 overs and Neal Adams with 2 for 17 off 3.

If the fielding performance was below par the same could not be said of the batting.Openers Matthew Simpson and Neal Adams set about the reply in a very controlled fashion with a mix of positive attacking shots and sound defence.Together they added 30 in the first 7 overs before Neal was run out by a direct hit from square leg.

If this gave the opposition some hope it was to be short lived as new batsman Haider Masih then proceeded to put all bowlers to the sword from the first ball he received.In the next 16 balls faced he plundered 40 not out which included two 6s and four 4s.

After 13.3 overs the Cooke-Collegians total was passed with Haider 40 not out and Matthew Simpson 25 not out (another excellent captains innings).

The team are now looking to continue their winning run in the next game against CSNI.

MOTM-it has to be Haider with a first class all round performance

Friday, 26 June 2009

Under 13's out of the cup

Cregagh u13s met with CIYMS u13s on Thursday (25th) night for their Banoge Cup quarter final match. Cregagh skipper Ross White lost the toss to CIYMS skipper Aaron Johnston and Cregagh had to bowl.

James Harper and Sam Leeson opened the bowling and restricted the batsmen to a slow start, 10-0 after 4 overs. Jamie Westburry replaced Harper and was immediately effective as he removed Carl Rae for 8 L.B.W. Westburry then bowled former Cregagh player Aaron Johnston for 11, 49-2 after 10 overs. Youngster Stuart Nelson was thrown the ball after his MOTM performance in the U11s game on Wednesday (24th) and did not look out of place. Nelson took a wicket when Jake Beattie was caught by Darrell Larmour at square leg for 12. Gareth Millar was batting for CIYMS at 4 and played some fantastic shots around the ground, quickly passing 20 with a six and 4 fours, 73-3 after 15 overs.

James Harper was brought back to bowl his four overs and his persistence was rewarded with the wicket of Connor Hall as Harper bowled him for 13. Gareth Millar was at the non-strikers end in the last over of the innings and there was a fear of him being stranded on 49. Fortunately however, D. Mitchell scored a single taking him to 7 and Millar scored a single with the last ball of the innings to give him the score of 50 Not Out, 116-3 after 20 overs.

Cregagh got their run chase off to a poor start as Ross White was bowled by Aaron Johnston for 1. Other opener Chrissie McKee scored 3 before retiring hurt. James Harper was in at 3 and looked impressive from the off as boundaries were constantly scored off his bat. Mac Wilson batted at 4 and was deceived by the flight of Carl Rae’s bowling, coming down the pitch only to miss it and get bowled. 40-2 after 9 overs. A baron spell was to come for Cregagh as three consecutive batsmen scored ducks, Westburry, Burton and Larmour respectively. 46-5. With James Harper still at the crease, Cregagh were still in with a fighting chance.

Unfortunately it was a case of one shot to many for Harper as his attacking shot was caught on the fine leg boundary and he was dismissed for a very entertaining 31. 63-6 after 15 overs, Cregagh still needed a huge 54 from 30 balls. Stuart Nelson and Mark Johnston provided fireworks at the end of the innings with fours being hit to all areas of the ground. There was a fascinating encounter between brother and brother as Aaron the bowler and Mark the batsman faced each other. Mark managed to score a single off his big brother which he was delighted about. Johnston was later bowled by Wilson for 10, bringing Joel Pension to the crease. Pension scored a boundary through square leg to leave Cregagh needing 28 from the last over. They could only muster 2, leaving Stuart Nelson 11*, Joel Pension 4* and Cregagh 91-7. CIYMS won by 25 runs.

For the second night in a row, Stuart Nelson received the Man of the Match for superb bowling at a higher level and fantastic batting at the end.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Under 11's go down fighting...

The Under 11's bowed out of the Quoile cup last night at the quarter final stages loosing by six wickets to a well organized CSNI team.

Cregagh lost the toss and were asked to bat first and soon found runs hard to come by. Some very tight bowling by the CSNI boys had us under pressure from the off, coupled with an 'iffy' LBW decision against Mark Johnston and a very questionable run out against Adam McCormick. However, to a man they battled well, James Hume again top scorer with 10, and useful runs at the end from Stuart nelson and Lewis Cunningham we finished on 43 for 6.
CSNI were immediately put under pressure when they went in, Stuart Nelson again the man with a wicket in his first ball. The Cregagh boys did not lie down, two wickets from Lewis Cunningham and one from Adam McCormick has the CS lads sweating at one stage, but CSNI skipper Paddy Beverland soon steadied the ship and seen his team into the semi's with an unbeaten 24.

Well done lads on another hard fought game, keep the heads up, there is still a lot to play for in the league in July. And well done to the CSNI boys too, Good luck in the next round.

Result CSNI won by 6 wickets.

Cregagh MOM Stuart Nelson 8 NO and 1 for 10

Monday, 22 June 2009

No Senior Net Practice Thursday 25/6

Please note that there will be no senior net practice this Thursday as the ground is being used by the U13s who play CIYMS in the quarter final of the Banoge Cup.Start time 6.00pm.

All support is welcomed.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Youth Practice Wednesday 24th June

Please note that there will be no youth practice this Wednesday as the Under 11s are playing their Quoile Cup quarter final against CSNI at the club that evening. Start time 6.00pm

All supporters are very welcome.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Under 15s Win by 10 wickets

On Friday night ,19th June, the U15s registered an emphatic win over Woodvale by 10 wickets.

After deciding to bat first Woodvale never got started against some accurate opening bowling from Matthew Simpson (0 for 8 off 3) and Haidir Masih (1 for 6 off 3). This was supported by steady performances from the change bowlers James Harper (1 for 17 off 4) , Gavin Adams (2 for 4 off 4) and Neil Adams (1 for 11 off 2).

However the stand out figures were produced by 13 year old Jamie Westbury who took 5 wickets for 2 runs off 9 deliveries which caused Woodvale to collapse from 44 for 5 to 51 all out.

Critical to the outstanding performance in the field was the quality of the catching with 8 chances being given and all 8 being being taken including a scorcher by Gavin Adams.

Set 52 to win the openers Matthew Simpson and Neil Adams went about the task in a very controlled fashion mixing solid defence with a fine array of attacking shots as they waited for and punished the bad ball.Neither batsman give a chance and were undefeated at the end on 27 and 16 not out respectively to give the Under 15s a 10 wicket win.

Hopefully this will allow some momentum to be built up for the remaining league games as the side showed very good all round skills in all three disciplines.

Cregagh Under 13's start their season in style

Cregagh Under 13's got their season off to a flyer with an emphatic 54 run win over Muckamore at the picturesque Moylena grounds last night.

Winning the toss, skipper Ross White had no hesitation in batting first, and his decision was to be spot on. Both he and opening partner Chrissie McKee set about the Muckamore bowlers.
With 21 on the board, Chrissy was narrowly run out going for a sharp single, enter James Harper. James then produced an unbelievable batting display (after being dropped first ball) as he and Ross put on an unbroken stand of 96 in 15 magical overs. James's power hitting was beautifully complimented by Ross's smart batting, working the ball into the gaps the skipper kept rotating the strike as the Muckamore bowlers wilted under the pressure. There was no slogging towards the end of the innings, just good sensible hitting.
After 20 overs Cregagh 117 for 1 James Harper 69 NO Ross White 21 NO Chrissie McKee 8.

The Muckamore innings began with that man Harper in the action again, up-rooting the Muckamore skipper Kirkpatrick's middle stump. There then followed a master class in the art of fielding, as every ball was chased down, every throw was backed up well and every catch was caught. James Harper took two catches, Skipper Ross took two great catches behind the stumps, but Adam McCormick who took a skier on the boundary and Niall Burton who took a great running catch could not be separated in the 'catch of the night' competition. Wickets were shared around between James Harper (1), Mac Wilson (1), Adam McCormick (2), Tom Campbell (2), Niall Burton (2) & Darryl Larmour (1). Darryl finished Muckamore off with the ball of the night, a beautiful in-swinging yorker, which sent S Gordon's middle stump 'cart wheeling'. It was great as a coach to see all the hard work which the guys put in on practice nights being exercised in match days, typified by Adams run out from the boundary. At 8.55pm the and in the freezing cold the game was done

Well done guys. A great all round performance with Bat, Ball and in the field. Roll on the next round.

MOM. Who else James Harper. (but on another night it could have been Ross, Adam, Tom or Niall)

PS. Thanks to all the dads for the lifts. And next time there's coffee on the boundary, remember the umpire !!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Under 11's go down fighting!

Under 11's put up a brave fight against Instonians, but just fall short...

The Under 11's put up yet another magnificent display last night narrowly loosing to Instonians under 11's by 25 runs.

The game was much closer than the score line would suggest, as even the 'Inst' coach agreed at the end, describing our lads as the best team they have played !!

The Instonians boys batted first on a sunny evening and were very thankful to their skipper Ben Mellor for a well made 59 not out out of a total of 93. Next highest score was 7..

As ever with the Cregagh boys the bowling and fielding were superb, Stuart Nelson, Lewis Cunningham and Mark Johnston being the pick of the bowlers, Stuarty finishing with 2 for 11 from his 4 overs. Special mention also for Daniel Martin, making his under 11 debut he finished with 1 for 14 from his 4 overs. Although a few half chances were dropped, the heads never dropped and we battled hard for 20 overs against a very special talent in young Mellor..

Chasing 94 to win was always going to be a difficult ask especially after that man Mellor got the wicket of Mark Lowry with his first ball (he eventually finished with 3 for 12), but the boys stuck to their task and never gave up, nor did they let some 'un-sportsman like tactics' put them off their game. Skipper James Hume and Adam McCormick kept us up with the run rate, with some smart running and great shots to give our middle order men Stuart Nelson, Lewis Cunningham and Daniel Martin a chance in the final overs. These three played some great shots to all parts of the ground. Lewis in-particular was in great form, scoring a career best 18 not out and the wee man was very unfortunate not to see us home to the victory his performance deserved. In the final couple of overs we had to go for it and the guys lost wickets to shots they would not normally have played, but to their credit Cameron, Stuart and Daniel are team men, and done all they could to get us across the line, but alas just fell short. A great team effort, by a group of very special young men..

Well done Instonians, especially their main man, Ben Mellor 59 and 3 for 12.

Cregagh MOM. Lewis Cunningham 0 for 13 in 4 overs and 18 NO (run close for the second week by Stuart Nelson)

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

2nd XI defeat Cliftonville

In the rearranged fixture which was scheduled for Sunday 7th, Skipper Scolari took the 2s down to Cliftonville for a 25 over smashing.

Phil lost the toss and the lads had to bowl (he was going to anyway as the 2s like to chase down targets.) It was likely to be a big target with the crisp outfield and good pitch. However the exceedingly large boundary could play a part in the total. As was the case in the previous meeting between the two sides, David McCormick and Mark Thompson opened the bowling coming off the back of their 16-7 partnership.

The Cliftonville openers equalled this score after 2 overs with 4 boundaries being hit. 16-0.Scolari replaced Mark after 5 overs and was immediately effective, bamboosling batsmen left, right and centre. With some pulls and cuts being hit to the long boundary, Scolari soon removed the opener as the batsman cut the ball onto his off stump. 30-1. The other opener was next to depart off Scolari as he drove one into the chest of Spearcy at Mid-Off. He took a good catch and we were back in with a fighting chance. 40-2. T.D. replaced the Mac after the 5th over and after a shaky start, he was bang on form with pace and accuracy. After his spell he had taken 3 wickets, an edge behind to Trim, L.B.W. and bowled. 80-5. Andy Bell replaced Scolari and was on target immediately. He was very unlucky not to take a wicket.

However he may as well have done as he was fielding at fine leg and chased the ball done to the boundary, he turned and hurled it into Trim's gloves. Trim removed the bails and they were now 6 down. After T.D.'s spell I took his end and bowled half volleys and unintentional slower ball bouncers asking to be hit. Well, one of the drag downs was top edged by Mulholand who was set on 30, Trim ran round and took a good catch. 7 down. The Mac then took my end and bowled beautifully and it was very surprising that he was still wicketless. However the surprise was gone when he bowled a yorker to make them 8 down. Mark came back on and bowled far better in this spell than his first. Edges were not going to fielders, good balls were missing the stumps and he had one dropped at point. Bunsy came on after the Mac had finished his spell in an attempt to finish the innings. His first ball of the 25th over was a wicket and Cliftonville were 9 down with 5 balls left. 146-9. Bunsy was unlucky not to finish the innings with his next 4 balls. The last ball of the innings was poor fielding and a rush of blood to our heads as three attempted run-outs all failed and they ran 4. 153-9.

P.Kerr, N.Spears, P.Trimble, D.McCormick, J.Stewart, M.Thompson, A.Bell, A.Baker, R.Moore, P.Thompson, T.Dawson

Ridds and Spearcy got the innings off to a controlled start as they push the ball into gaps and ran them hard. Spearcy made 1 before being bowled and Trim was next in at 3. 10-1. A much needed partnership occurred next as Pete and Trim hit the boundaries and scored the singles. The partnership was brought to an end when the Ridds was bowled for 18 off 30 balls, a good knock from the man with the Man United hat in the West Ham colours which he bought in Cancun.

Davey Mac then made a great partnership with Trim who was ticking along nicely. Boundaries came from some great shots from the pair and after a slightly slow start, the run rate was beginning to fall. Trim surpassed his 50 with a shot down the ground and it was a valuable knock. The partnership ended as the Mac held out to Extra Cover who caught and dropped the ball twice, 18 from 16 balls. Casper... or John Stewart came in next and the settling in period increased the run rate to 8 an over with 5 overs remaining, 41 to win from 30 balls. John soon saw to that with an incredible 6 down the ground, followed by a 4 through the covers. That over went for 17, dropping the rate dramatically from 8, to 6, 24 need from 24 balls.

Trim was unfortunately out in the next over as he was bowled attempting the cut off the back foot. An extremely important knock of 67 from 60 balls. The only advantage from Trim exiting the crease, was that Mark was in next and as Trim was exhausted, (understandably so, as the 2s and 3s which were run from that huge boundary would be 4s on any other cricket ground.) more quick runs were available. John was still at the crease and was looking very impressive. Mark and John kept the singles coming and the rate was falling with every run scored. The lads levelled the scores at the end of the 24th over, and John got the single needed with the first ball of the last over and the 2nds unbeaten run continues after a fantastic run chase of 154 from 145 balls.

John finished on 32 Not Out from 25 balls and Mark came in with 6 Not Out from 5 balls. MOTM - John Stewart popped up with a valuable 17 run over which turned the game around in our favour. T.D. took three quick wickets and he looked like he had never been away. However it has undoubtedly got to go to Trim with a match winning all round performance, 2 catches, great glove work behind the stumps, and an enjoyable 67 from 60 balls

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Under 11's Win Cup Game

Cregagh Under 11's got their 2009 season off to flying start with a hard fought 19 runs victory over Ards in the Quoile cup at Gibson gardens.

Skipper Mark Johnston won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Right from the off runs flowed with openers Mark Lowry and James Hume putting on 29 for the first wicket. James played some beautiful pull shots over mid wicket for fours, and was eventually out for a career best 22. Captain Johnston and Stuart Nelson then took up the mantle, scoring runs to all parts of the ground, Mark finishing on 13 and Stuart with a well made 19.

The Cregagh innings finished on 87 for 5 James Hume 22 Mark Johnston 13 Stuart Nelson 19 Ards began the chase for runs, but were soon pegged back by some very tight bowling by our 'pace men' Stuart Nelson and Lewis Cunningham. With the Ards batsmen under the 'cosh' they lost wickets at regular intervals with skipper Mark Johnston being on a hat trick in his first over. Credit to Ards skipper Ross Martin who led the fight single handedly but fell just short for a well made 33. With three overs left and Ards needing 33 skipper Johnston went to his most accurate bowler Adam McCormick who only conceded 1 run in the 18th over ( and only 5 runs in his 4 overs) to close the game out, and with himself only conceding 1 run in the 19th over the game was all but done. And so enter debutant Cameron Lindsay, back on the pitch after getting some attention for a hand injury sustained while trying a spectacular catch.

With his third ball he took his first wicket for Cregagh.Ards finished on 68 for 8 (well done lads a good chase)R Martin 33S Nelson 2 for 10M Johnston 4 for 6And especially well done the CCC lads. A great all round performance.

The fielding as usual was superb, great catches from Stuart and Lewis. Mark Lowry was brilliant behind the stumps, and our three debutant's, Cameron, who bowled and fielded superbly and our two 'younguns', 9 year olds Christopher Baker and Michael Johnston. Chris taking 1 for 13 in his two overs and Michael's fielding was superb, the best compliment I can pay to all 3 is that not only did they fit into the team superbly well, but a stranger watching for the first time could not have picked them out as playing their first game for the club.

Well done all 11 young men. Onwards and upwards....M.O.M. Mark Johnston for his 13 runs and 4 for 6 in 4 overs(but it was close call, Stuart Nelson pushed him close with his 19 runs and 2 for 10)

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

1st XI Win

Our first two nighter of the season ended in a 9 wicket win against Donacloney.

As temperatures hit 27 degrees Celsius the summer has finally arrived in what was a beautiful night to play cricket. Donacloney won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a great surface.

However, it didn't take long for the mac to get into the swing things getting his first wicket of the night in his third over. Harris then replied with a caught behind which Jonny English gleefully accepted to see off the other opener.

With the scent of wickets in the air its never easy to get the ball out of Davie's hand, and tonight was no different. Saying that, Donacloney's number 3 and 4 batsmen played some big shots before the Mac claimed his second wicket sending the Cloney's no. 4 back. The stage was set for our first bowling change of the evening and with his third ball, (finally controlling the swing!) Pip took his first wicket of 4 on the night.

Davie ended up with 4 wickets and Pip also with 4 wickets, Harris claimed a run out to bring the Donacloney innings to an end setting a target of 41.

The target was reached losing one wicket on the way and to cap his man of the match performance Pip ended up not out.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Weekend Results

The firsts were put out of the Junior Cup at the weekend losing to Donaghadee by way of a bowl out 2-1!! A bowl out was played as Donaghadee's ground was still too wet after all this great weather!!

The Seconds progressed in their cup game after bowling Cliftonville 2nd's for 17 with M. Thompson claiming a 5 wicket haul on the day. The seconds reached the total with the loss of 5 wickets.

On Sunday the 3rd's played CIYMS 4ths and batting first set CIYMS 137 to win with Marty Ross the star of the show as he ended up on 56 not out. CIYMS got the runs with only 3 wickets left as the lads put up a great fight, if only they could have broke the opening partnership that seemed to do the damage.

On Friday night the under 15's also lost to CIYMS in the league by 40 odd runs chasing 118, and on Saturday Grosvenor played their first league of the season at Cregagh, so with the good weather of late we have certainly made good use of the ground.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Youth Practice-Change of night next week

The youth practice next week has been moved to Monday 1/6/09 starting at the usual time of 6.30. The change is only for one week.

The ground is not available on Wednesday night due to the club's 1st XI having a two night league game against Donacloney.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Under 15s Graham Cup & Youth Fixtures

The Under 15s twice postponed Graham Cup game has now been re-scheduled for Friday 22nd May at the club with a 6.00pm start.

The Under 15 league fixtures are:

29/5-CIYMS (H)
12/6-Derriaghy (A)
19/6-Woodvale (H)
26/6-Cooke Collegians (H)
3/7-CSNI B (A)
17/7-Saintfield (H)
A new date for the game against Instonians A ,which was due to be played on 15 May, has still to be set.

The Under 11 fixtures are:

29/5-CSNI B (H) : probable change of date or venue due to ground clash.
5/6-Ards (A) Cup
12/6-Instonians A (H)
26/6-Derriaghy (A)
24/7-Saintfield (H)
31/7-Lisburn (A)

Under 13 cup game:

12/6-Muckamore (A)

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Easy Fund Raising !

You will have noticed some changes to the site of late, one of them being the Easy Fund Raising Logos.

This is a chance for every member in the club to raise funds for Cregagh Cricket Club simply by purchasing goods on line.... how does it work? simple.

Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ and register yourself and open an account. At the point of registration you will be asked for a cause that you want to support and from a drop down list choose Cregagh Cricket Club.

When you are shopping on line, by accessing that retailer's site from the Easy Fund Raising website they will make a donation to Cregagh, for example, Argos are making a 2% donation of your total bill towards your nominated cause. A simple way to raise much needed revenue. Further information can be found at the website.

You can even register for free gifts and a donation is still made, typical example being a 14 day free trial with Love Film, or by registering with E-Bay Cregagh will receive a donation of £4.

Get registered, have a look at the retailers taking part and the next time you buy online remember that Cregagh could benefit at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU!!

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

1st XI season opener

With a depleted squad the 1sts travelled to Sandy bay to find the Larne ground looking great for the first game of the season.

Unfortunately, we didn't get enough runs to challenge although Paul Trimble and Billy Campbell batted well together in the middle order.

The highlight of the day was Garlic Bread! Robert Moore on his full 1st XI debut opened the bowling and did not look out of place, with his 3rd ball of senior cricket he had removed the Larne Skipper. We wont mention the age gap between the opening bowlers, suffice to say, one is old enough to drink and the other probably doesn't have his National Insurance Number yet!!!

Well done Robert, our wee club depends on bringing through this talent from our youth section, and Robert shows what can be done when you work hard and take your chance. Well done Tommy, keep up the good work.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Player Recruitment

As you know, the committee works hard during the winter months to look for new players to bolster our three weekend teams, to this end on behalf of the committee I am pleased to announce that we have secured 5 new players joining the ranks, they are;

John Stewart - Top order batsman and left arm spinner. John joins us from Carrickfergus and looks set to increase the competition within the top order of the first XI.

Andrew Brown - Andrew joins us from Dungannon where he played for their first XI opening the batting and keeping wicket.

Adrian Bell, middle order bat and spin bowler, Neil Spiers genuine all rounder and Graeme Taylor a middle order bat have all joined Cregagh from Donaghadee.

We wish to take this opportunity to welcome them all to Cregagh and wish them success in the forthcoming season, and look forward to getting to know them better over the next 6 months!

Good luck lads.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Youth Section Equipment

The Under 15s are very short of batting gloves for the 2009 season.

If any senior player has old gloves that they are no longer using can they let Stuart Catterson know.

Any other surplus gear is always welcomed by the youth coaches.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Night at the Races

Our main fundraising night is nearly upon us as we go to the Races once again following on from the great night we had last year.

This years event will take place at the clubhouse on Friday 17th April, with all horses and races fully sponsored it promises to be a great night.

Your team captain will be in contact with you to confirm your attendance, if any Parents from the youth section wish to attend please contact Phil Thompson on 07920 599423.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Youth Cricket Details

The 2009 youth cricket practices will start on Wednesday 22nd April at 6.30pm.

Please note the change of night from Tuesday to Wednesday.

The other change this season is that the cost has increased to £15 for the first child in the family with £10 for each subsequent child.This will be payable on the first night.

The club has again entered into the Under 15 League and Graham Cup,the Under 11 League and Quoile Cup and Under 13 Banogue Cup (for the first time).Plenty of cricket for everyone.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the 22nd.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Cup Draws

All the first round cup draws have now been made, the ties for all the Cregagh teams are as follows;

1st XI

The firsts received a bye in the first round of the Junior Cup and will travel to Donaghadee on 23rd May.

2nd XI

The seconds also received a bye in the first round and can look forward to a home tie against Cliftonville seconds in the Intermediate Cup.

3rd XI

The thirds will face CIYMS fourths at home in the Minor Qualifying Cup.

Under 15's

In the Graham Cup, the under 15s will face North Down at Cregagh a great test for the young lads.

Under 13's

Our under 13 squad have been entered into the cup this year and will travel to Muckamore after receiving a bye in the first round.

Under 11's

Similar to the Under 13's the under 11's got a bye in the first round and will travel to Ard's in the quest for the Quolie Cup.
A special mention for the under 13's as this is our first year running a team at this age and we wish them well. Good luck Davie!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Indoor Nets

Indoor nets will start on Sunday 8th March at Ards Leisure Centre starting at 1 pm and lasting for two hours.

The nets will run until early April at which time we hope to be able to resume net practice at the ground.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Charity Table Quiz

Friday night saw the function room packed for the table quiz in aid of the Finlay Porter Campbell College Trust.

A total of £700 was raised for the Trust made up of the entrance fees from the quiz itself and the raffle during the break.

A very big thank you to all who assisted in organising and running the evening including the cricket committee,Morris and Walter for the quiz,all the members who provided food and raffle prizes and the friends and family who took part in a very enjoyable evening.

Stuart Catterson