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.