Monday, 31 October 2011

David Harris

Unfortunately over the weekend we learnt of the sad news that David Harris's Father passed away on Saturday afternoon.

On behalf of the cricket committee and all our members at Cregagh our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Bob Catterson

On behalf of the cricket committee and the members of the cricket section we would like to pass our condolences to Stuart Catterson and his family upon the death of Stuart's Father Bob.

The funeral will be held on Saturday 29th October at Cregagh Methodist Church at 9.30 am.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

AGM

The Cricket Club will be holding its AGM on Tuesday 1st November starting at 7.30 pm. 

Some big announcements and decisions to be made!!!!!  Make sure you are there to voice your opinion!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Indoor Nets

Indoor nets start on Friday 14th October at Grosvenor between 7pm and 9 pm.

Any junior player wanting to come along please contact David McCormick on 07774 179710 to arrange lifts.

Link below for directions to Grosvenor!


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Annual Dinner and Awards Night

I think its fair to say that the switch to a Saturday night and starting the event at 7.30 pm ensured that this was one of the best dinners we have had at the club, of course not to mention the Chairman's stand up performance (would be remiss of me to overlook his 3 hour speech), however the punters were in for one hell of a surprise as TD along with Davie Mac brought the presentation to a conclusion with the tour DVD!!!  More of that later! 

You knew the night was going to be special when the tour veterans were receiving medals from the Club President, and to add to this, we now have a club tie, ssshhhhh keep that quiet as we only have a small supply!

Anyway...Like a well oiled machine (few were still well oiled afterwards) the attendees at a Cregagh Cricket Dinner now know the drill, grub first, then speeches (Bronagh's favourite bit) followed by the award presentation and this year was no different, or so we thought!!!

First up Brian Clarke ran through the 3rd XI season with the winners as follows;

3rd XI Batsman of the year;   Sameer Maishe
3rd XI Bowler of the year;  Neil Pinkerton
3rd XI Captains pick;  Adam McCormick

Haider Maishe also received a special award for his hattrick.

Following Brian was our 2nd XI skipper William Ross.  Possibly the shortest speech ever which went down well with the punters, William announced his award winners of the season;

2nd XI Batsman of the year;  Matthew Simpson
2nd XI Bowler of the year;  Philip Thompson
2nd XI Captains pick;  Thompson Dawson

Then the 1st XI skipper was on deck for his review of the season.  Along with a large notepad the members in the room feared a lengthy speech but to his credit (and our delight) his speech was sharp and to the point.  the award winners for the 1st XI were;

1st XI Batsman of the year;  Peter Kerr
1st XI Bowler of the year;  Alan Baker
1st XI Captains Pick;  Robert Moore

Then we moved onto the special awards;

The WAGS got their usual wee backhander!!!  Well deserved may I add.

Clubman of the year;  David McCormick, for smashing his ankle and still playing this year and overseeing a great season in the youth section, a truly great effort

Young Player of the year;  Matthew Simpson, won it hands down, well done mate.

Special performance award;  Peter Kerr for his 132 against the PSNI.  Peter also received a special frame of the scorecard from the match along with a photo of him celebrating his century. 

Special award winners
As a special award the club wanted to acknowledge the services of two very special and important people to Cregagh Cricket Club, namely Ian Kerr and Stuart Catterson.  A special collection of photographs were collated for Ian showing his service down the years and a specially commissioned water painting effect photograph was presented to Stuart Catterson.

At which time the chairman handed over to Thompson Dawson for his special review and short presentation in relation to our successful tour to Croatia.  (Still unbeaten in Europe).  In addition to this the most eagerly awaited trophy, namely the canard dore`. 

This year a low number would win this prestigious trophy, clearly the Cregagh batsman have upped their game.  In fact, this year 2 ducks was enough to win the trophy, (will Bob's record ever be beaten, 12 just in case you had forgotten) however, one person had managed to secure himself a 'European duck' and as we all know the away goals rule in Europe it was decided that this duck counted as double.  So step forward Craig Copeland (aka Justin Beiber) to accept your award.  Along with his pink cap which was decided that he could keep.  Well done mate.

Copey found a bird to go home with
But Thompson wasn't finished here, for the first time ever we had a comfort break in the presentation ceremony in order to set up the DVD player!  Step forward Davie Mac in the role of Steven Speilberg as he had put together a short film/recruitment DVD charting our exploits on tour.  Needless to say the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN finally made an appearance!!!

Rock the boat
And as the night drew to a conclusion (and what a conclusion) it meant we were free, to have a drink, have a laugh with your mates who you play cricket with during the summer, recall all our glorious wins and defeats, go on a huge recruitment drive for Portugal!, laugh at Copey chatting up our wives, suggest to the riddler that the 4 week drink ban was a bad idea and ask the DJ for one more song to revive our memories of a wonderful tour and a great night. 

Well done to our winners, our special award winners, the WAGS (of course, best in the NCU) and all our committee men who punch in the hours to make our wee club the best in the NCU!

Cregagh CC needs you in Portugal, European Skipper on the recruitment drive
Hey mate, any Prodigy?