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!

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Special club function-awards for the U11 plate winning squad

A note for your diaries. The next club function will take place on Friday 20th August and it will include the presentation of individual awards to each of the U11 plate winning squad.

Further details will follow but please make a note to come along to what will be a special night in the club.