Monday, 29 October 2012

Car Boot Sale

We are aiming to attend a car boot sale on 18th November to raise money for the club with any items you may want to donate.

Can we ask that all donations be made to the club before 15th November and are passed over to Bob Moore. You can contact Bob on 07754934566 or by email to arrange collection or dropping off any items you may have.

All items are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Annual Club Dinner

So as the season drew to a conclusion there was only one event left on the Cregagh CC calendar that being the end of season Dinner.

Watch out, I see a food critic!!
After many weeks of planning and our chairman who was placing the entire BT phone line network in Northern Ireland under pressure everything was finally in place and last Saturday night a crowd of 66 people packed out the back room at Cregagh all set for the now annual fixture of good food, plenty of awards, speeches, plenty of drink and the customary tour DVD presentation!

Gibby made it from London
The dinner was a success and as the room of Cregagh members, players, officers and other local dignitaries enjoyed their coffee the chairman started off the speeches, not before Bronagh fired up her video camera to take a recording of her favourite part of the year, Cregagh Speeches, (what a WAG!!). It was agreed that we would make the presentation to the WAGs for their support during the season first before the wine kicked in and they told us all what they really thought of us!!! So Bronagh was called upon to accept a token of our thanks for their hard work during the season.

Hands up who thought Phil could read
Next up was the gusher himself, an emotional David McCormick took us through the 3rd XI season as they secured the Junior League Section 9 trophy (which was in attendance decked out in Old gold and black) unbeaten. The squad was called up to receive their league winning medals and receive adulation from their adoring fans (WAGS and Mums mainly).

The individual awards for the 3rd XI were then handed out and the winners were as follows;

Batsman of the year; Stuart Nelson
Bowler of the year; Mark Johnston & Thompson Dawson
Captains pick; Stephen Watt

Mac the knife, he doesn't sing or cry!
It had been a great season for the 3rd XI team and an extremely satisfying one for the club as a whole to get the 3rd XI promoted but not just that but every young player had played a hand in doing so with some tremendous performances, take a bow lads; Stuart Nelson, Mark Johnston, Adam McCormick, James Hume, Darryl Hand, Oliver Fleetham and David Montgomery I hope I haven’t left anyone out.

Matthew's special award, Phil looks happy!
The committee took the decision to reward the skipper with a little memento of his season by framing his medal along with a print out of the final league table and a team photo capturing the moment the team secured the league. After all this still no tears much to the disappointment of the committee and to me who had been running a book on it, all bets were duly refunded.

Onto the 2nd XI and Thompson Dawson took the microphone for a quick review of the season in his typically relaxed demeanour, a man made for such nights. Insightful as always with many comical quips along the way he took us through the 2nd XI season where they finished in joint 3rd in an extremely competitive league. The winners for the 2nd XI were as follows;

Batsman of the year; David McCormick (Golden Bat)
Bowler of the year; Philip Thompson (much closer this year mind)
Captains pick; Mark Johnston

Finally the 1st XI skipper Matthew Simpson took to the stage and proceeded to take us through the 1st XI season ball by ball minute by minute highlighting some of the excellent performances and taking us through the roller coaster season that saw us clinch promotion on the last day of the season.

Davie Mac's living room I think, not sure why this photo is in here
Stand out moments in the season was Matthew’s century in the Junior cup and Hazzy taking 7 wickets against Larne, to this end Hazzy received a special award for this with the match ball mounted and engraved.

After an hour or so had passed (only joking mate you did a great job) and he had described the Junior Cup bowl out in great detail along with the mechanical workings of Duckworth Lewis and the pros and cons of employing this statistical model to the local game in Northern Ireland, he decided to hand out his prizes the winners in the 1st XI were;

Batsman of the year; Philip Walker (Slim)
Bowler of the year; Graeme Hassard
Captains pick; Robert Moore
Clubman of the year, oi Pinky move!
As mentioned above, the Skipper made 127 not out in the Junior Cup against Bangor 2’s (add to that a classy 70 odd against Larne which I think was a better knock but anyway I’m just the author) the committee got a photo from the match framed along with the match card as a keep sake. In addition to this, this performance had secured him the shield in terms of the performance of the year award, very well deserved young man.

Philip Walker was the recipient of the Harry Blair Memorial Shield which honours the clubman of the year for his tireless work on and off the field. Continuing with this to honour his hard work over a number of seasons the committee purchased a special award for him to enjoy on his ride to work each morning. No not new bicycle clips!!!!

The Pacemaker sponsored Young Player of the year award went to Stuart Nelson for his unbelieveable season.  Representing Belfast in the inter city tournament, the NCU playing for all three Cregagh teams, his performances for the under 15s, scoring 90 odd for the 2nds and not looking out of place at all in the 1st XI against Larne, what a talent and too boot what a great young lad he is.  Well done mate, pity you support the dark side!

Bracket no Hinge!
Along a similar vein the outgoing chairman Philip Thompson and Thompson Dawson also received vouchers for Nick’s Warehouse for their efforts during the season in terms of the chairmanship of the club over the last two seasons and TD’s efforts on taking us on tour each year, brave man!
Skipper gets the league trophy (no tears BOOOOO)
Finally we passed the event of TD a man well versed on batting with the tail it seemed fitting for him to take us over the line. First of all, the most coveted or dreaded of awards the Canard d’or. No doubt this trophy certainly focuses the mind of all batsmen young and old, last year’s winner being Craig Copeland and of course the record holder Robert Moore with his 12 ducks in a season which really does look like one of those records that will never be beaten.

Now we can add a McCormick to that list as Adam McCormick received this award for his 3 ducks with the 3rd XI!!! Can’t keep them McCormick’s away from the trophies! The final award of the night is the tourist of the year award. An award given to the tourist that TD believes has poured his heart and soul into the tour and someone who buys into the tour experience. This special award went to CJ. He left Northern Ireland as Craig Johnston father of Mark and returned as “call me CJ lads” although he still suffers from a tight hamstring!

Everybody do the Cat Dance!! Go on Shakira!

All that was left was to view the tour DVD a collection of photos from our adventures in Portugal professionally put together by our own answer to Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg!!
This is either Neil from the inbetweeners or COPEY!!!! go on my PIC!
What a night!


The cricket section AGM is to be held at the clubhouse on Tuesday 30th October starting at 7.30 pm.

At this meeting we will be looking to fill the various roles within the club for the 2013 season. If anyone wishes to put their name forward for any of the roles please contact Graham at before the meeting.

A good attendance is expected, its your club this is the meeting to shape next season.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Indoor Nets!!!!

Yes indoor nets start again in October same place as last year Grosvenor Grammar School dates and times are below see you there;

Friday 19th October 7-9pm

Friday 16th November 7-9pm

Friday 7th December 7-9pm

Friday 18th January 7-9pm

Friday 15th February 7-9pm

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Tour Update

Folks we are now at a decision stage in terms of the tour.  Thompson is looking for definite numbers in order to book the flight to Lanzarote so far we have a party of 17 confirmed but TD is now looking to book flights.

Therefore, can you please confirm with TD by Monday 8th October that you are going on tour.  You can get TD by mobile on 07775 677353 or by email on

The cost of the flight is £210 and this will need to be paid by Monday 29th October 2012 if you are wanting to go on tour.