Sunday, 30 May 2010


The 2010 subscriptions are now due and can be paid to Richard Walker (club Treasurer) Philip Walker, Stuart Catterson or any of the captains.

The amounts due are detailed on this home page. They remain one of the lowest in the NCU.

Please note that with the new dual pricing system being introduced from 1/6/10 it is in each members interest to pay their subs following which they will receive their new swipe card which will give them members discounts at the bar.

Remember, the club relies on this income to provide the facilities that we all use each week.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Under 13's fall short

Cregagh Under 13's bowed out of the cup on Tuesday going down to a 6 wicket defeat to a strong Derriaghy team.

Captain Daryl Larmour won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.From the off the Derriaghy men showed good control with the ball giving very little away. Openers Mark Johnston and James Hume battled hard but just couldn't get the ball away. Both men fell for 19 and 5 respectively. Young Cameron Stewart got a beauty first ball and was unlucky. Adam McCormick and Ollie Fleetham then shared the biggest partnership of the game, 40 and with skipper Daryl Larmour finishing 1 no the CCC innings finished 82 for 4 after 20 overs.

A McCormick 25 NO M Johnston 19 O Fleetham 17.

The Derriaghy lads started their innings brightly taking effortless quick singles until a sharp piece of fielding from Tom Campbell ran one of them out. Stuart Nelson then produced the best bowling performance of the night, bowling his 4 overs straight he finished with 2 for 16, one of which he can thank Lewis Cunningham for, yet another spectacular catch by the wee man. The hard hitting Ballantine came in for Derriaghy and after a few cultured 4's the game was won for the away team.

Derriaghy 83 for 4 D Ballantyne 29 no M Armstrong 18

Cregagh MOM Adam McCormick for his 24 not out.
A tough opening to the season for the 13's, but bearing in mind we had only 3 thirteen year olds, 3 twelves and 5 under 11's this was a very spirited performance. Lads as we discussed before the game, this year is a step up in class, the bowling, batting and fielding will be much sharper, and by the looks of things a score of 100 in 20 overs will probably be a par score in most matches. Well done again, very encouraging start to the season.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Under 11 Cup Final

Yes folks CCC under 11's did give Armagh some 'Shock and Awe' in last nights Under 11 Plate final. For the dozens of people who turned up to support Cregagh's youngsters may not have been is shock at the victory, but everyone in the ground were in awe of the performance.

Playing against an Armagh team who in their semi final a week earlier had scored 144 in 20 0vers that were obviously on form. Form is temporary, Class is permanent. Armagh 50 All out. Cregagh 54 for 0 in 6.5 overs.

Skipper Mark Johnston got what would turn out to be a perfect night off to a great start by winning the toss and asking the visitors to bat first, and from the off they were under pressure. Pace men Stuart Nelson and Lewis Cunningham were their usual economical selves. After their opening 6 over burst they only gave away 7 runs between them.

But it took a moment of sheer brilliance from Stuart McClune to bring the first wicket, Opener Hughes clipped the ball off his legs for what he thought was a certain 4, but young Stuart got a hand to the ball to take the pace off it, and he was up in a flash to throw the ball in and make the break through for the lads. The first piece of brilliance and it was only 6.20pm. Skipper Johnston then made a bowling change bringing himself and Adam McCormick on to bowl at either end. It was an inspired decision with Adam taking a wicket with his 4th ball, having the dangerous Marshall caught in the covers by who else, but the skipper.

The Armagh lads didn't know what had hit them and were again under the cosh when Adam struck again in his second over having Wright caught by old 'safe hands' Nelson at mid wicket. Mark then got in on the action with a wicket himself in his second over. Armagh were reeling at 19 for 4, and things were only to get worse, mark made another change and again it was inspired, James Hume came on and again took a wicket in his first over, having McIlveen lbw for 9. Mark then took two wickets in his last over and coupled with a magical run out by James Hume Armagh were almost done.
Stuarty Nelson weighed in with his usual wicket as the Armagh innings closed on 50 for 9 in 20 overs. All bowlers were backed up by some stunning fielding, Jack Mahon showed everyone why he is regarded as the best fielder in the team. Cameron Lindsay, Daniel Larmour and Ollie Fleetham patrolled the off side and only gave Armagh 1 single in the whole 20 overs, amazing.

Mark Lowry was again fantastic behind the stumps, only giving away 4 byes in the innings and Lewis Cunningham's one handed pick up and throw on the boundary was, well it was a touch of class from the wee man..

Armagh 50 for 9. M Johnston 3 for 8. A McCormick 2 for 14, S Nelson 1 for 5, J Hume 1 for 11

Cregagh began their run chase with openers Mark Johnston and James Hume picking off singles at will, and punishing the bad ball when it was required. The run chase began at 7.20pm and at 7.40pm the game was done. After James and Mark had got their 'eye in' they were not only punishing the bad ball, but also the good ones. Shots all over the wicket from both men had the gathered masses cheering and clapping every shot.

50 for 0 in 6.5 overs James 34 no Mark 19 no *Cregagh won by 10 wickets*

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Bar prices-Introduction of Price Discount Swipe Card

The Executive Committee of Cregagh Sports Club has announced the following:

A further uplift in Bar Prices will be implemented across the full range of alcohol products with effect from 1st June 2010.

This increase will not apply to Members who will be able to purchase alcohol products at current prices.

Members will shortly be issued with a Price Discount Swipe Card to ensure that the current price range is activated via the cash register. This card will also act as the new Club Membership Card.

Further information regarding the distribution of cards will be issued shortly. For Cricket Section members the new card will be issued upon full payment of their subscription for the 2010 season.

In the meantime Non-members/ Visitors may wish to consider applying for Associate Membership of Cregagh Sports Club, prior to introduction of this Dual Pricing Scheme, at a subscription rate of £10 (Senior Citizen £5) for the period June-October 2010. The full annual subscription will apply thereafter. Membership Application Forms are available from the Bar Manager.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Under 11's Win the Plate!!!

History was made tonight as the Under 11's won the Plate beating Armagh by 10 wickets. A full report will follow;

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Table Quiz Friday 28th May

Just a reminder that we are holding a fund raising table quiz at the club on Friday 28th May.

Time is 7.30 for 8.00 and the cost is £5 for adults while members of the youth section go free. Supper will be provided.

We hope to see plenty of senior and youth section members (plus parents) for a repeat of what was great night back in August last year.

Under 11 Cup Final!

The arrangements for the Under 11 Cup Final have been confirmed:

Date: Friday 14/5/10

Venue: Cregagh CC

Start: 6.00pm

Opponents: Armagh CC

As you can see the final will be played at home and we would encourage all club members, family and friends to come along and support our young players

Sunday, 9 May 2010

1st Progress in Junior Cup

The 1s went down to a lovely Donaghadee for the first round of the Junior Cup with the 2s staying at home for Victoria.

Watty won the toss bowled first with the sun splitting the trees, a sensible decision? we would soon find out. Bob Moore was thrown the Kookie and with Alan (Marcus Tresmagazinebrick) Baker as the chief ball shinner, there was some wind assisted swing at Northfield.

The opening partnership of Moore and Aaron Kerr was working wonders for Cregagh as Donaghadee stuttered to 40-6. After 14 overs the 6 wickets were equally split between the two openers. Then on came 'Ole Blue Eyes', 'The King of Swing', Davey Harris. This was the Dazzler's track and he too took 3 wickets for 5 miniscule runs. Arun Thakur chipped in with 1 wicket to bowl Donaghadee out for 54. Mrs Bell paid a visit and provided the 1st XI with info of the 2nds match.

They had bowled Victoria out for 104 and were at tea. Being the well self supported club that Cregagh are, the news provided the batsmen with the incentive to score quickly, put the match to bed, book their place in the 2nd round and get home to watch Manuel (Petros 'Alumia' Kerr, love it TD) see his side home.Andy Bligh and the Vet opened the batting. The Englishman's intentions were clear scoring 4 with a magnificent off drive of the first ball of the match. He then scored his second boundary with a pull though square leg and Cregagh had raced to double figures.

In a moment of madness, Bligh leisurely strolled back to his crease for 2 only to find that the throw from the deep was excellent leaving the opener short of the crease. The Vet soon followed back to the pavilion for 5 getting out LBW. 14-2. Arun Thakur fell to a dodgey LBW decision as he was batting off leg to a left arm over, hmmmmmm. Javed and John soon settled the ship and the pair saw Cregagh into the second round of the cup as Stewart smashed a beautiful cover drive for 4 taking Cregagh to 57-3 after 14.5 overs. Javed and Copey's Da both finished on 14 not out. Great decision by Rafa to bowl first when many others would have done differently. Well done lads, let this be the start of the cup run!

MOM Split decision Bob Moore and Aaron Kerr for ripping out Donaghadee's top 6.

Those Magnificent Men and their Cregagh Machine

Under sun drenched skies the Cregagh 2nds whirled into action again, after a week's sabatical, at the home of Cregagh, against a durable Victoria outfit.

After the skipper Pete "Alumnia" Kerr won the toss, Cregagh opted to bowl on a perfect wicket. After 4 overs though as the Cregagh openers struggled to find their range, against the right/left handed opening partnership, Victoria raced along at 41/2 runs per over. However pull it back they did, and followed up with a double strike at each end. Markie T then followed up with another wicket in a fine opening spell.

Next up, Andy Bell and the Ginger Ninja took up the attack, and kept the pressure on, and though Andy was unlucky, the Ninja struck twice more. Victoria counter attacked with a few boundaries, but never really broke the shackles, as the skipper rang the fielding changes, with a horses for courses approach, attacking at one end and defending at the other, squeezing the strike rate. Then he threw the ball to our talisman, on his belated return, Cregagh's answer to Murali, big Phil Scolari, and he didn't disappoint (but when did he ever? .......over to you Wendy). With his own unique brand of the sublime and the ridiculous, big Phil extracted 4 more wickets, (only 26 more to go to hit his season's target now), thanks to some canny field positioning by the skipper.

The back of the innings was finally broken though, when the big hitting middle order batsman made the cardinal error of taking on the legenday T.D. arm for an improbable second, so perish the foolish, and credit again to the skipper for his pre-match drills, which honed those skills so razor sharp! In this 8 man bowling attack, the ever reliable Willie Ross was only required to bowl two overs, and young Kyle Agnew didn't get his chance, but there will be other days when they will both bowl plenty. Not everyone can bat or bowl on any given day, and credit must go to our own pocket rocket, Adam McCormick and Steven McGill, who don't know the meaning of chasing lost causes, and fielded like trojans all day.

A word too, for our opponents who battled all the way through their innings, and played the game in the right spirit, with a smile and sense of fair play, that we would do well to emulate throughout the season.And so to the chase, looking for 107 or 110, depending on which scoring system was employed.

We didn't start ideally, losing the skipper before we had reached double figures, however young Matthew Simpson and Andy Bell stepped up to the plate with some powerful hitting, which put us well ahead of the required rate, as they both scored their targetted runs and more before they were removed. A dangerous time then, to bring Mark Thompson and Willie Ross to crease, as they unfurled their full range of strokes, including one Mark Thompson six, that we understand Kevin Pietersen has requested a video off.

So we comfortably reached the total to record our first win of the season.There will be other and more difficult challenges ahead for this young Cregagh side, however win or lose, we will win or lose together, and if on the day we are beaten, we know we will go down having given all we can for each other, and you can ask no more.

MOM....Sorry Mark, despite another great all round performance, it has to be Simpo, for his fine wicketkeeping, despite ignoring that catch, of my last ball jaffa, and his batting at the top of the innings to set us on the road to the win.C.I.T.D. (Cregagh till I die)Bob Moore's apprentice

Friday, 7 May 2010

Under 11 Cup Final Details

The arrangements for the Under 11 Cup Final have been confirmed:

Date: Friday 14/5/10
Venue: Cregagh CC
Start: 6.00pm
Opponents: Armagh CC

As you can see the final will be played at home and we would encourage all club members, family and friends to come along and support our young players.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Under 11 Cup Final

The Under 11 final delayed from last season is now to be played on Friday 14/5/10.

The other semi final (Armagh v Derriaghy) is being played tomorrow night and after that we will know our opponents and venue.

A further update will follow when we have more information.

Try and keep the 14th free to support our young players.