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.