Monday, 13 December 2010

2010 Tour

Follow the link below for an official review of our 2010 tour which appeared on the NCU website.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Under 13s

Not only did Cregagh have the largest representation at the NCU Under 13 trials, they outshone their rivals both on and off the field as you can see from the above. Well done lads you are a credit to the club and yourselves, keep up the good work.

Pictured (L-R) Lewis Cunningham, Adam McCormick, Stuart Nelson, James Hume and Mark Johnston.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

NCU Under 13 Trials

The NCU Under 13 trials start today and representing Cregagh will be Adam McCormick, Stuart Nelson, Lewis Cunningham, James Hume and Mark Johnston.

Good luck lads from everyone at Cregagh Cricket Club.

Thursday, 11 November 2010


Following on from our AGM last night the following office bearers were agreed at the meeting;

Chairman: Philip Thompson

Vice Chairman: Graham Watt

Secretary: Philip Walker

Treasurer: Philip Walker

1st XI Captain: Peter Kerr

2nd XI Captain: William Ross

3rd XI Captain: Brian Clarke

In addition to this, Stuart Catterson will remain on the committee as an executive representative and grounds convener along with Ian Kerr. Thompson Dawson and Robert Moore have also been added to the committee.

As you will note Stuart Catterson after 5 years as Chairman has stood down. As was conveyed at the meeting last night by numerous members we would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to Stuart for the sheer amount of work that he put into the role and his leadership of the cricket section (a lot of which the normal membership see) throughout a period of expansion which the club had never experienced before with the youth section being the jewel in the crown. Along with the endless amount of hours and effort that he also put into the Centenary celebrations in 2006 the new chairman has serious shoes to fill.

The committee are delighted to announce that he is remaining on the committee and are delighted that Stuart will still be involved in the running of the section.

In addition to this we have a member who has now played in the last 6 decades at our club a feat which was acknowledged by the chairman and members within the club last night. None other than the Vet Ian Kerr, has played in the 60s, 70s, 80, 90, 00s, and the 10s, and is showing no signs of stopping, not only this but he has also filled every committee role possible. Well done Ian and keep an eye out for another article on this soon ;-)

Cregagh Cricket Club has been very lucky to have both these gentlemen as members and certainly we are stronger as a club.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

AGM Reminder

The 2010 AGM will take place this Wednesday 10th November starting at 7.30pm

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Cricket Dinner

Photos from our recent annual cricket dinner.

TD received his Tour Skipper shirt in recognition of his 100% unbeaten record in Europe
Bronagh accepts the gift from the club to the best WAGS in the league!

Simpy collecting his Captain's Pick award for the 2nd XI

Peter Kerr the 2nd XI Batsman of the year 2 years running and also a special award for his Century!

Mrs McCormick accepting a small gift from the players, a wee treat for being married to Davie Mac for so long ;-)

Tourist of the year!!!!

2nd XI Bowler of the year again!! Doesn't he look thrilled!

The one they all don't want, Alan Baker proud winner of the Golden Duck award!!

Bob Moore 1st XI Captains pick winner

Bob also got a special award for setting the record for the most ducks in a season last year, it had to be acknowledged

BC 3rd XI Skipper and never late!

Aaron Kerr, 1st Bowler of the year taking 20 wickets and brokeback mountain fan!

Adam Mac accpeting the award for his Father David as the leading 1st XI Batsman for the 2nd Year

Saturday, 2 October 2010

2010 Cricket Club AGM

The 2010 cricket club AGM will be held on Wednesday 10th November starting at 7.30pm

Anyone interested in standing for the captaincy of one of the teams, to take on one of the officer positions or to join the committee should let one of the current committee know before the AGM.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Annual Dinner reminder

Just a reminder about the annual dinner on Friday 1st October.

If anyone has still to put their name down for it please let your captain know or contact Stuart Catterson on 07720414155 before next Monday.

The cost is £20 with a reduction to £15 for schoolboys and those not in full time employment.

Also please note that the start time is 7.00 for 7.30.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Bar Opening Change-Friday Afternoons

Please note that the bar will be open on Friday afternoons from 4.00pm starting this Friday 17th September.

This is on a trial basis and will be reviewed after a number of weeks.

Also it will be open this Sunday for the 1sts last game and also the Liverpool v United game.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

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 note the earlier start time this year of 7.00 for 7.30.

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

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Under 11 Final Report

After their 10 wicket victory over North Down in the semis, Cregagh’s U11s took the relatively short journey up to Shawsbridge for their Plate Final against local rivals CIYMS on Monday (23rd) night.

With the early season league meeting between the two Belfast clubs going to Cregagh by the significant 48 run margin, they were favourites going into the game but with the added pressure of defending champions on their shoulders all form was overlooked. Cregagh’s captain Stuart Nelson lost the toss and his side were put into bat and with the outfield soaking due to the downpours the ball would have to be hit with some force to reach the boundary. After their 93 opening partnership against North Down in the Semi Final, Lewis Cunningham and Stuart Nelson put on the pads and strode out to the middle.

The CI Robinson twins opened the bowling and Chris had got his side off to a great start after bowling out both Cunningham and the dangerman Nelson both for 5, 17-2. Nelson’s batting was now finished for the U11 season and with figures of 247 runs at an average of 62, the lad should hold his head very high. James Hume was in at No.3 for Cregagh partnered by Jack White at 4. The pair started to rebuild the innings and White scored the first 4 of the evening with a great pull shot off David Robinson, 28-2 after 6 overs.

Hume was an expert in the running and put pressure on the CI fielders with his quick singles and often turned singles into 2s with his speed. The pair put on a 57 partnership being at the crease together for 12 overs before Hume was given out L.B.W. off the bowling of Mitchell. This very well played 23 off 39 balls was the rock of Cregagh’s innings, 74-3 after 17 overs. Daniel Martin was in and out for a duck as Mitchell had picked up his second wicket, 82-4. Jack White was then out in the last over of the game as Roulston bowled him for 24. White’s knock was off 47 balls and was vital for the Cregagh cause. Staying at the crease for 15 overs in a final is fantastic evidence of the boy’s ability to handle pressure, even more so considering that this is his first year in the sport. Jack Mahon came in at 7 for Cregagh with 4 balls remaining. Mahon hit the last ball to the boundary which was only the third of the innings which gave the defending champions great impetus going into their fielding innings.

CI were set the target of 94 to win from 120 balls. The Ulster representative Nelson had the ball in his hand for the Mighty Ducks and the big crowd were in for a show. This boy does not need any loosners when it comes to bowling which was clear when his second ball Yorker cleaned up Milligan’s stumps and Cregagh were off and running, 1-1 after the first over. Chris Robinson was in for CI at No.3 and Nelson’s second over was impeccable. Robinson out for a duck after Nelson bowled him, then Peden out for a duck after Nelson bowled him too.

The young Cregagh starlet’s double wicket maiden had CI 4-3 after 3 overs and the men from Gibson Park were more than on top.Then in stepped Nelson’s partner in crime Lewis Cunningham who also bowled a magnificent wicket maiden as Beattie was bowled for 2 and CI’s top order had been dismissed all through great straight bowling, 4-4 after 4. Nelson then made it the third wicket maiden in succession as Roulston was bowled for a duck and Cregagh had one hand on the Plate, 5-5 from 5. Cunningham then went on to bowl a maiden in the 6th over to show the world class way of how to open the bowling, two faultless spells from the two openers as CI were 5-5 after 6 overs needing 89 to win from 84 balls. David Robinson and Mitchell were grafting CI’s innings into a reasonable score as spells from James Hume, Daniel Larmour, Cameron Lindsay and Lewis Moore were all solid but wicketless with the score 37-5 after 13 overs. After top scoring in the first innings with 24, Jack White was brought on to bowl and was immediately effective as he bowled Mitchell for 6, 38-6.

Lewis Cunningham bowled the 18th over and after it went for only two runs, the young opener finished with fantastic figures of 1-3 from his 4 overs. This was Cunningham’s 11th wicket of the season at the small average of 7.3 which capped a great year for the lad.With figures of 4-1 from his 3 overs, Nelson was brought back on in the 19th over and unsurprisingly bowled his third consecutive wicket maiden and he bowled out the other twin David Robinson for a very well played 24 which turned his sides innings from potentially 20 all out into a good score, 58-7 after 19 overs. This wicket maiden saw Nelson finish with Man of the Match figures of 5-1 from his four allotted overs which included three wicket maidens.

This spell took Nelson’s tally of wickets for the season to 19 with the minuscule, in fact laughable average of 2.84 to cap a remarkable year which saw the star for the future get picked for the special one of match for Ulster in which he took a wicket. He did his club proud and will no doubt play a key part for the seniors in the not too distant future.

The final over of the Final was to be bowled by Jack White with CI needing 36 to win from 6 balls. This however did not come to plan as White bowled a double wicket maiden meaning CI could only manage 58 in their chase as Cregagh defended their Plate by a handsome 35 runs.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010


Cregagh Under 11's retained the Beverland Plate last night beating CIYMS with a man of the match performance from the Skipper Stuart Nelson taking 5 wickets for 1 run!! Full report to follow;Jack White battingHume & Cunningham in discussionThe Plate comes home again!Man of the Match Stuart NelsonSkipper leads the wayChampions again

Nelson on the wicket trail

Sunday, 22 August 2010

U11 Plate Final-Monday 23/8/10

The U11 plate final,against CIYMS, will be held on Monday 23rd August at Shaws Bridge starting at 5.15pm

Monday, 16 August 2010

Well done Skipper!

The 2nd XI Skipper certainly led from the front yesterday as his team easily beat Ards 2nd XI by 101 runs.

Peter Kerr opened the batting as usual and at the end of the innings the Skipper was still at the crease scoring a wonderful century (102 to be exact off 107 balls). An outstanding achievement for an opening batsman to carry his bat throughout the innings and to receive a standing ovation from everyone in the ground.

The skipper certainly picked the right day as he was surrounded by his family and friends to congratulate him in his lifetime cricketing ambition. I believe he also enjoyed his ice bath soon after the game!!

Well done mate nobody deserves it as much as you do.

Friday, 13 August 2010

U11 Plate Semi Final

The U11s will play their Plate semi final on Wednesday 18th August against North Down at Comber starting at 6.00pm..

All support is welcomed.

Reminder-Table Quiz Friday 20th August

Just a reminder about the table quiz in the club next Friday night, 20th at 7.30 for 8.00pm

This is the last function/fund raiser ahead of the club dinner and will include special presentations to each member of the U11 Plate winning squad.

Cost is £5 ,with members of the youth section admitted free, and supper will be provided.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Youth Section Awards Night & Party

The 2010 youth section awards night and party will take place,in the club,on Wednesday 25th August starting at 6.30pm.

Parents/relatives are most welcome to attend.

This will end the 2010 season and there will be no outdoor practice that night.

(Don't forget the table quiz on Friday 20th. 7.30pm for 8.00pm).

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Cricket Club annual dinner

Please note that the annual end of season dinner and awards night will take place on Friday 1st October in the clubhouse.

Further details will follow later

Monday, 2 August 2010

NCU U11 selection for Stuart Nelson

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Stuart Nelson has been selected for the NCU Under 11 representative side to play the Northwest at Bready this Friday 6th August.

Stuart has been in great form with both bat and ball this season and richly deserves this recognition.

Congratulations and good luck Stuart from all at the club.

Also well done to James Hume who made the final trial but unfortunately was not available for the game on Friday.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Sunday Bar Opening

Note that the club will be open on the following Sundays:

8th August: Community Shield Final
15th August: Arsenal v Liverpool.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Special Table Quiz Friday 20th August

There will be a special table quiz on Friday 20th August at 7.30 for 8.00pm. The night will include individual awards to each member of the U11 Plate winning squad.

The cost is £5 per person with no charge for members of the youth section and will include supper.

Contact Stuart Catterson on 07720414155 with any enquiries.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Photos from the fun day

Magic show (with a bunny and a dove!!), 6 bouncy castles, BBQ, 20/20 Cricket, Football match, golf challenge, face painting, sumo wrestling finished off by a boring world cup final, may I recommend FIFA get in touch with Rooster and maybe the world cup final would have been better!! What a great family day out.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Youth Section-July break

Just a reminder to all members of the youth section that there will be no net practices on Wednesday 14th and Wednesday 21st July.

They will recommence on the 28th at 6.30.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Under 11's Quarter Final Showdown

The under 11's will be at home to Lurgan on Friday night starting at 6 pm.

Why not come down and show your support for our young lads as they look to secure more silverware!!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

No Country For Old Men

Sunday brought a much earlier start as we were set to travel into Austria to play Vienna Cricket Club. We assembled around 10am for a body count, before the bus arrived at 10.30. Not surprisingly there were one or two injury concerns, not least of which of which were Scolari’s blistered feet, which had deteriorated considerably overnight.

We all knew it would take a big man to fill our spin king’s shoes, and an even bigger one to fill his shirt. Dr. Rooster was called in to affect some running repairs, and we were on the bus and ready to go.

Or were we? The body count was out by one, Beaker wasn’t there, and since he didn’t respond to room calls or door knocking, trepidation mounted. Perhaps body count wasn’t the best phrase to use in the circumstances, and we waited anxiously as again Dr. Rooster was employed, to use a pass key to enter Beaker’s room, clutching his full medical kit and a set of jump leads. However the snores that greeted Rooster’s entry signalled all was well, and 15 minutes later we were on the road again.

Just an hour and half later we arrived at Seebarn, the Vienna C.C. ground, which was both scenic and in immaculate condition. Mark Surridge the V.C.C. captain was kind enough to give us the choice of whether we wanted to bat or bowl first, and we had no hesitation in batting, in our 30 over game. We decided go for class from the off, so the Vet and Watty (t.w.b.) opened the batting. Whilst Dave Stan went off to open the local bar.

The German/Austrian new ball bowlers were quite a lively pairing and both batsmen were given an early opportunity to check out the makers name on the ball at close quarters, as it was fizzed through on the lively strip. However our gutsy openers weathered the storm brilliantly and set the foundation for our innings with a 50 run opening partnership. Unfortunately having seen the new ball bowlers off, the Austrian skipper having brought himself on as first change, struck to remove Watty in his 3rd over, and then again in his next over send Pete Kerr back. With young Simpson-Parker delivering some fine swing bowling at the other end, the run rate had all but stalled, when Davy Mac came to the crease.

Reports had varied as to whether Davy had an early night after drinking water, or a late night clubbing and drinking rocket fuel. So after two previous Sunday tour ducks was it about to be three? The answer was emphatically delivered after a couple of sighters, as Davy went on the rampage on his way to unbeaten 74, whilst at the other end the Vet notched up another tour 50, this time undefeated, except by his breathing difficulties. With 6 overs to go and no oxygen tent available we retired the Vet, to allow Mark, Aaron and Gibby to have cameo performances boosting our final total to a very competitive 185.

We then enjoyed a fine tea provided by our hosts, before resuscitating the Vet, jump starting Beaker, and removing all the remaining food from Scolari’s sight, to allow us to take the field again. Our opening bowlers, Mark and Aaron, then produced a tight opening spell, with an early wicket for Mark Thompson to keep Vienna well behind the run rate from the start. Davy Mac replaced Aaron to keep the run squeeze on. During this time the Austrian skipper, Mark Surridge, continued to bat sensibly to keep his team in the game, after coming at number 3.

However Mark Thompson bowling his 6 overs of magnificent swing bowling straight through, struck twice more in his 5th over to remove the other opening batsman and the number 4 batsman, whilst Davy Mac chipped in to remove Ninja, the number 5, to leave Vienna 48 for 4, after 15 overs. Cue the finisher, Phil Thompson, to trundle in on his blistered plates, to deliver the coup de grace, or so we thought, when, in an attempt to bring down the ever rising run rate, Mark Surridge plastered him to Davy Mac who was lounging at long off.

Unfortunately in the first of series incidents which were about to beset the McCormick family, the curse of the biscuit fingers struck for the first time, as Davy mangled a finger when he went to take the catch. By that time the skipper was hobbling about with a dodgy Achilles, the Vet was out grazing at fine leg, big Phil Scolari would never dance again and Beaker was waiting for his next tablet break. Cregagh were falling apart.

Next ball up though, the Austrian skipper tried to hoist Scolari again and son, Mark at long on, snapped up the chance. This well made 43 represented the end of the Austrian challenge. Phil also accounted for Wolfgang, the big German fast bowler, whilst Pete took 2 late wickets and Gibby, one, as the Austrians fell 60 runs short on the day. Mark Surridge was unsurprisingly awarded our Man of the Match award. We limped off tired, but happy. 2 countries, 2 days, 2 wins, job done.

We returned to Bratislava, and enjoyed a fine last meal in the Old Town square, admiring the architecture and basking in the pall of smoke emanating from the Vet’s big Havana cigar. It so difficult to find a good fire extinguisher in Bratislava.

A wonderful tour had come to a close, it only remains to thank our unsung heroes, specialist fielders; Greek Steve and Beaker, Chief Medical Officer; Rooster, Head of Security;The Bear and Nutritionist; Dave Stan.

Here’s hopefully to Croatia 2011!