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