Thursday, 5 December 2013

Cup Draws

The NCU have now completed the cup draws for 2014.  The 1st XI have been drawn away to Donaghadee in the Junior Cup.  The game will take place at Donaghadee on 17th May 2014.

The 2nd XI have been drawn away to Waringstown 3rds in the Intermediate Cup on 31st May 2014, whilst the 3rd XI will face CSNI 6ths in the Minor Qualifying Cup on 7th June 2014.

The league fixtures for the 1st XI have been released and we should be in receipt of the fixtures for the 2nd XI and 3rd XI by next week so keep an eye out on the website for those.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

1st XI Fixtures announced

Click on the link below to see the 1st XI fixtures for the 2014 season

http://www.northerncricketunion.org/database/2014/leagues/League3.shtml

Monday, 2 December 2013

1st XI Captain appointed

The committee our delighted to confirm that Graeme Hassard has been appointed the 1st XI Captain for the upcoming season, with Graham Watt to be his Vice-Captain.  The club was delighted when Graeme put his name forward to be captain and Graeme is now looking forward to the indoor net season starting very soon.

In addition to this the committee has co-opted Bobby Fleetham onto the committee with his extensive knowledge and understanding of clubs similar to our own this is a great addition to the committee.  Welcome aboard Bobby.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas drinks

Its that time of the year again, egg nog and silly jumpers at the ready!!

As we have done in previous years, we are planning to have an informal Christmas Drinks at the club on Friday 20th December at 8pm.  Often the parent club is running a drinks promotion in that week so fingers crossed you might even get a free drink.

Everyone is welcome to come down and have a Christmas drink with us, Stuart has promised this year not to bring his mince pies due to the phenomenal demand for them last year.

See you all there.

Monday, 18 November 2013

2013 AGM

The following office bearers were elected at the recent AGM: Chairman: Phil Thompson, Deputy Chairman: Thompson Dawson, Secretary: Philip Walker, Treasurer: Philip Walker, Youth Section Chairman: Graham Watt, Youth Academy Director: David McCormick, Grounds Convenor: Stuart Catterson, Tour Director: Thompson Dawson

Friday, 15 November 2013

Tour News

Ladies and gentlemen. Can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story.  I need all of you, to stop what you’re doing and listen....... TOUR NEWS!!!!!

Yes folks we can now confirm that we are heading to Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia leaving on 5th June 2014 and returning on 9th June 2014.

Flights are now available and if you wish to book your seat on the plane please contact TD on 07775 677353 or at thompyd@hotmail.com 

The cost of the flight is £225 per skull and TD needs to have this money by the end of November.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

End of Season Dinner

On Saturday 6th October our annual end of season dinner took place in what is now the highlight of the social calendar, however this year had a surprise at the end that no one could have predicted.

The evening got underway with the customary welcome from the chairman before we all got tucked into a 3 course meal.

Yes, TD is wearing a big flowery shirt, who knew what he had in store for later.


Another angle of TD's shirt, doesn't get any better really.
After the meal we moved onto the main event of the evening, the speeches and the awards.  The chairman enthralled us all with his wonderful review of the season both on and off the field.  His speech was a masterclass and captured the roller coaster season that was 2013.  With some 'special' mentions for some of our 'friends' within the NCU this particular crowd pleaser would be a recurring theme with other speeches on the night.

And so onto the captains speeches, first off the bat was the 3rd XI skipper.  Ill be honest, when Neil reached for a speech that resembled a ream of A4 paper the crowd expected a Simpson-like speech.  However, it was precise, well timed and gave us all a great review of the season in which the 3rd XI secured promotion, albeit just before we were confirmed as securing the final promotion spot, one of our 'friends' in the NCU appealed the decision.  This was overturned by the NCU, the 3rds had secured promotion and the skipper milked and worked the room on that little nugget!!!  WELL DONE SKIP.

Then onto the 2nd XI skipper, this was an emotional speech, as the outgoing skipper announced that we will not be seeking re-election as skipper in 2014.  Once the cheers had subsided TD continued with his speech.  You could almost hear the joy in his voice at the thought that we wont have to skipper a Cregagh team ever again.  Exlcuding our European adventures of course.

TD's speech was of its usual standard, however, he did have us wondering was he really going to review the season game by game, however, at game 3 he relented much to the relief of the members in the room, and moved into a more general review of the season, although he did focus (and rightly so) that did his big mate not run him out in a 20/20 game the skipper would have went through the whole season not out.  What an achievement that would have been, but the holiday buddys can talk over that during the next week in Abu Dubai!!!!! (holiday friends!!)

Then we moved onto the main event, the 1st XI skippers speech.  Fair to say Simpy now holds two records, the longest speech in our history, (although the chairman made a great effort at that title this year) and he followed that up with the shortest speech in our history.

The winners on the night were as follows;

1st XI batsman of the year;   S. Nelson
1st XI bowler of the year;   L. Moore
1st XI captains pick;  M. Johnston

2nd XI batsman of the year;  R Moore
2nd XI bowler of the year;  R Moore & P Thompson
2nd XI captains pick;  O. Fleetham

3rd XI batsman of the year;  S. Nelson
3rd XI bowler of the year;  A. McCormick
3rd XI captains pick;  A. Skelton

Well done to all the winners all well deserved and of course the captains also picked up a small thank you.

We then moved onto the special awards, (get the hanky out Pamela & Bobby).  First of up was Clubman of the year the Harry Blair Memorial shield which this year went to Bobby Fleetham as an acknowledgement for Bobbys support not just for off the field events and social events, but also for making himself available and offering his services and advice throughout the season.

Next up was performance of the year award, which went to the one and only Stuart Nelson for his 4 wickets and 84 not out against Academy (cue cheer) securing a vital 4 points that day.
In addition to this, Stuart also received the Pacemaker Press International young Player of the Year award and received a framed bat and photo marking his first ton for the club.  At this point Pamela was in a mess as we crossed over into X factor mode for the back story to Stuart's career to date.  In addition to this, we also invited David up to receive a small thank you on behalf of the committee for his tireless work in the youth section as the Under 15s came to a conclusion this year.

Finally, for the official awards we invited the Cregagh WAGs up to receive a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for all their help with the teas over the season, without doubt we are the best supported team when it comes to the WAGs.

As the night drew to a close we then had a peculiar visit form two supposed wisemen from the East.

Who is the fella beside TD? queried Pip.  At this point in the evening I knew Pip was blocked
Yes, in true Cregagh tradition we had a few 'special' awards to hand out, some might say that TD looks forward to this bit of the year more than any other.
Bronagh's teatowel was never quite the same when TD was finished with it.
The accents were dodgy at best, not to mention the names and the fact that one of them struggled to keep his beard on!!!
Who is that man, Crimewatch Cregagh style
However, the first of the special awards was for the 2nd best cricketer in his house, which went to Watty.  Alastair has only played one season for Cregagh and at 6 years old has more medals than his Dad already.  Thanks for that lads lol!!!!  Watty also managed to pick up the Canard d'or in what was a great year for him as he pipped Copey to that prestigious award.  You owe me a pint Copey.
I have a feeling those trophies are not on the mantlepiece in the Hume, Fleetham and Thompson households.
Next up was the trio of James, Ollie and Phil (Mark stood in for Phil) who received a special mention and award for being bowled by a girl in a league game in Donaghcloney.  James and Ollie were bowled over that they managed to get that close to a girl and had an excuse, as for the big lad, he went for the helicopter shot that day and it didn't pay off.
No Pinky, you cant send that back

Once the Arab's had left us, not before signing transfer forms and passing their details to Pip we fired up the disco and danced the night away.

I'm not sure that's the right way to get on a stretcher

Bobby starts the YMCA

Bobby is wondering why no one else is doing the YMCA
Another great night was wrapped up with a conga line that took us through the bar and into the car park, however, it was too cold to continue and we all retreated back to the bar just in time for the last round.

Sometimes the cricket doesn't go our way, but just like a family does, we all stick together and have a drink.

Go on the ducks!!!!

#ducksflytogether

Monday, 28 October 2013

Stuart Nelson named in Under 15 Ireland Squad

We are delighted to announce that Stuart Nelson has been named in the Ireland Under 15 winter development squad.

What a reward for Stuart who has worked at his game and is now enjoying all this hard work paying off.  Its also great to see all the hard work the committee has done and of course the Director of Youth Cricket David McCormick for all his time and investment into the youth section at Cregagh.

It has been a while since Cregagh has had an Ireland representative and we are all sure Stuart will do everyone proud.  Well done mate everyone at Cregagh is extremely proud of you.

Friday, 18 October 2013

2013 Cricket Club AGM

The 2013 cricket club AGM will be held on Tuesday 29th October starting at 7.30pm. Please make an effort to come along as this is the opportunity to have your say on how the club is run (or maybe even volunteer for a job !!)

Friday, 4 October 2013

End of Season Dinner

Folks our end of season dinner is taking place on Saturday night, please note the start time is 7.30pm SHARP  As in previous years we have a lot planned for the night so we try to start as early as possible for what promises to be a great night.

Can we also ask that you bring along a little gift for the ballot which would be greatly appreciated.

See you all tomorrow night!!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

NCU Appeal Upheld

We are pleased to advise that the appeal against the NCU Competitions Committee decision to void the 3rd XI result against Derriaghy has been upheld. Accordingly, the 4 points have been awarded for the game meaning that the 3rds finish second in Junior 8 and have been promoted. Congratulations to Pinky and the team.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Sold Out!!!

Folks we have now sold out the end of season dinner.

Thank you to everyone who has reserved a ticket Philip Thompson will reconfirm with you all next week in order that we can confirm the exact number attending to our caterer.

In the meantime, if you still would like to go but haven't booked a place yet, please contact Phil Thompson on 07748 354216 who can add you to the reserve list.

See you all then.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Cregagh appeal NCU decision

We have been advised that the NCU Competitions Committee has decided to void the recent 3rd XI game against Derriaghy 4ths which we won by 9 wickets. The reason given is that the game was not re-arranged or played within the required 29 days. As is stands we have been moved to third place and out of the promotion spot. The committee believes the NCU decision to be incorrect and an appeal has been submitted. Further information will follow when the result of the appeal is known.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

3rds Secure promotion on last day of the season

So the 3rds took to the field on Saturday knowing a win would take them to a 2nd place finish and promotion.

Nothing was taken for granted however and Skipper Pinky took a "if it ain't broke..." attitude to the match and after winning the toss, elected to, as is now customary, have a bowl. 

In fairness, 'Cloney made a good start and it wasn't until James Hume's 14 dot  balls in a row and then double wicket maiden which afforded the Cregagh lads the confidence to know the game was there to be won. 

'Cloney's innings subsequently stuttered to 96 for 9 off 25 overs and the target was set. 

Complacency was out of the question as Adam McCormick and Stuart Nelson set out to bring the game home. A measured and cautious approach was needed on an uneven wicket and the lads proved up to the task until Adam fell to a peach of a delivery and James Hume also succumbed a few balls later. Crisis was averted however as Vice Captain Stuart Catterson took to the field and supported Mr Nelson who hit yet another unbeaten half century. It was fitting though that the winning runs were dispatched to the boundary by Stuart The Elder with 8 balls to go.
 
League 7 now beckons for the 3rds and another crack at Downpatrick!!
Back Row (L-R) A. McCormick, T. Dawson, C. Copeland, D. Hand, N. Pinkerton (c) S. Catterson
Front Row (L-R) R. McKnight, D. Skelton, O. Fleetham, D. Welch, J. Hume, S. Nelson

Friday, 6 September 2013

End of Season Dinner

Folks our end of season dinner will be held on Saturday 5th October at the Club starting at 7.30 pm sharp!!!

The cost will be £20 for adults and £15 for juniors the same cost as last year. To confirm your tickets please contact Phil Thompson on 07748 354216 in order to book your ticket as demand for this event is always high.

The format will be the same as last year with a 3 course meal, tea and coffee followed by the awards presentations a quick review of the tour DVD!!! and then the disco in true Cregagh style.

See you all there.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

End of Season BBQ

This Sunday the 2nds will be at home and as it will be the last home game of the season at Cregagh we will be holding a BBQ after the game.  The bar is also open and will be showing the football so why not come down and finish the season off in style.  See you all there.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Under 11s defeated in final

It wasnt to be for the Under 11s as they lost by 43 runs against a strong Armagh side.  Armagh batted very well hitting some excellent shots against a strong Cregagh bowling attack, who had taken 2 wickets in the first over of the game thanks to Andrew Nelson.

Cregagh were eventually set 114 to win the cup and fell 43 runs short.  Hard luck boys, keep working hard and we have the makings of a very good side.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Under 9s Academy Presentation Night

Last night we brought our Under 9s to a close with a BBQ and presentation night.  After 14 weeks and starting this venture up from scratch Id like to thank the Parents and Players who all came along and made it such a success.  Also a special thanks to Ben and Andrew for running the BBQ last night.

I couldn't have done it without my wing man Tony Henry and our young up and coming coaches, Mark Johnston, Adam McCormick and James Hume.  Thanks for helping out lads as the nights became more and more popular we needed all the help we could get.  Also like to thank David McCormick our Youth Cricket Director for his help and sponsorship not to mention the photos.

We will be back next year and aim to run right through the summer again so keep an eye out on the website, facebook and twitter.  We will also write out to everyone once the new season starts in May!!

See you all then and have a good winter.