Friday, 31 May 2013

Pre Tour Meeting

Lads we are holding our pre tour meeting at the club on Tuesday night at 8.30 pm.

See you all there for the usual important information and to go through the final travel arrangements.

Please don't forget your parent slips to confirm you are allowed to go on tour or if you are married a note from the Mrs to say you have permission to tour!!!!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Under 15s defeat Waringstown in the League

Friday 24th May saw Cregagh under 15's take on Warringstown for the second time in a week when the lads from Armagh travelled up to the 'Big Smoke' on a revenge mission after being knocked out of the Graham Cup 7 days earlier by the lads from The East.

Warringstown won the toss and decided to stick Cregagh in on what was the best evening of the summer so far. Openers Mark Johnston and Stuart Nelson got us off to a steady start putting on 59 for the first wicket in 9 overs. After Stuart was run out, James Hume entered the fray, and after playing himself in he then proceeded to batter the ball to all parts of the ground with three 6's and three 4's in an unbeaten innings of 59, putting on 50 in five overs with Adam McCormick. The Cregagh innings finished 142 for 3 in 20 overs.

Warringstown openers Waite and McClean knew the pressure was on at 7 runs per over from the off, and were well up with the rate until James Hume caught the dangerous McClean off Adam McCormick to peg them back. Wickets continued to fall through the 20 overs with Ross McKnight picking up 3 for 16 in 4 overs on his home debut. But as he had done with the bat, 'Jimmy Hume' stole the show in the field with 4 stunning catches. Warringstown finished 35 runs short on 107 for 5, with young Jack Carson 28 not out.

Cregagh 142 for 3

J Hume 59 no
M Johnston 38

Warringstown 107 for 5

R Waite 29
J Carson  28 no

R McKnight 3 for 16

MOM James Hume for his brilliant half century and 4 stunning catches.

His late grandfather Bob, whose memorial seat now sits proudly at the club, would have been a very proud man last Friday night watching his grandson light up the evening.

Mixed weekend for the Cregagh Teams

Fair to say we experienced a mixed bag last weekend in terms of results.

The 2nds travelled to Bangor in the Intermediate Cup and were beat by 6 wickets but performed well with Ian Kerr hitting 68 runs and Mark Johnston starring with the bat scoring 41 runs.  A great performance from both guys and our blend of experience and youth working well.

The 1st XI worked themselves into a great position against Saintfield on Saturday reducing them to 100 for 8 only to let Saintfield off the hook as they posted a total of 194 from their 50 overs.

Only Philip Walker with 38 and Graham Watt with 32 not out posted any runs of note with the 1sts falling 53 runs short of the total.
Sorry mate this is the only photo I have of you, need to get this updated!!!
On Sunday the 1sts entertained Armagh in the Junior Cup, this time batting first we set Armagh a total of 180 to win the game with Philip Walker hitting a brilliant 71.

It then became the Leon Moore show as he simply blew away the Armagh top order with fast straight bowling taking 6 wickets.  We eventually bowled Armagh out for 74 runs which after the disappointment of Saturday certainly lifted the team.

This week the 1st XI host Victoria at home in the cup and we are away to Drumaness in the league on Sunday.  Whilst the Under 15s host Ballymena in the Quarter final of the Graham Cup.  Another busy weekend.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Poker Night

Dont forget lads, poker night on Saturday night at 8.30 pm all funds raised going towards the tour transport, £20 entry fee.
Couple of aces to get you started
If you cant make it all donations accepted especially from the touring party!!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Under 15's knock out cup holders

Cregagh Under 15's got their season and Graham Cup challenge off to a winning start on Friday night, and in what style.

A 9 wicket win at the home of holders and favourites Waringstown.  Waringstown won the toss and elected to bat on what has to be one of the best grounds in Ireland 'The Lawn'. The home side were well placed at 60 for 0 after 10 overs and ready to launch an assault. But the Cregagh lads had other ideas; Andrew Welsh produced a stunning catch on the boundary to remove the dangerous Ross Waite.

The final 10 overs were dominated by the Cregagh lads and in particular the fielders. Waringstown finished their 20 overs 113 for 7 with Stuart Nelson and skipper Mark Johnston taking 2 and 1 wicket respectively.

The Cregagh openers Mark Johnston and Stuart Nelson strode to the crease knowing that a run a ball would see their team home. The boys play with a maturity beyond their years and took us to 40 off 7 overs before Mark fell to a great catch at backward point.  Our other NCU representative, James Hume then joined Stuart and the pair knocked off the remaining runs for a 9 wicket win.

Stuart finished 62 not out and James 30 not out

Normally with 62 runs and 2 wickets Stuarty Nelson would get MOM most weeks.  But for his stunning catch which totally turned the game on its head Andrew Welsh was the unanimous choice for Man of the Match.

Well done to skipper Mark Johnston and his troops, onward and upwards.  Ballymena in the next round at home 31st May.

A message from your Tour Skipper


Just to confirm that this Saturday evening the club will be holding the only specific dedicated fund raising event for our now imminent tour to Lanzarote, in the shape of a Poker Night, at the home of cricket at Gibson Park Avenue, commencing at 8.30pm.

The cost of admittion is £ 20 and a significant amount will be going to the winner, with prizes also for 2nd and 3rd places. The final amount will depend on the gate receipts on the night.

It is imperative that all tourists should attend if at all possible, as the monies raised will partially offset the cost of our luxury coach travel to and from Dublin Airport, which is always a good tour opener and closer. In the event of you not being able to attend all donations will be accepted (or should I say expected).

Please remember this is primarily to the benefit of all tourists and to avoid levying any further charges to cover the cost of the coach, and other unspecified tour related expenses!

The craic will also be good and further details of the tour will be confirmed on the night, so make sure you are there.

Tour Skipper

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Family Fun Day

Last Sunday we held our annual Family fun day event which we combine with our annual sponsored walk, and Dads V Lads match.
The guy in the orange didn't do the marathon, he had ate a few though!!
As a special treat this year we even had the club Professional the one and only Rodney Ontong who took care of the BBQ, top man!!  Along side the plant hire!!! and the bouncy castle we had it all except the weather.  The score of the Dads V Lads match is still in with the club scorer but I think the lads finally beat their Dads, certainly the Dads went home with sore ears!!
Power Strangers doing their thing!!
In addition we had a special visit from the Power Strangers who were taking part in the Belfast Marathon the next day and who had raised over a £1,000 for Marie Curie a tremendous effort and big well done to Robert Moore, Craig Copeland, Stephen Watt, Matthew Simpson and Adam McCormick.

In addition to the usual caper on the family fun day of fun family day, the Catterson family donated a bench to the club in honour of Stuart's Father who passed away and who had spent many hours watching his son and grandson play cricket at Cregagh.  The bench was unveiled by Stuart, James and Daniel a lovely gesture from the Catterson family and a great way to remember a Father and Grandfather. 

Cup Draws

Cup draws have all been made and the Cregagh teams will play against the following;
Junior Cup

Cregagh 1st XI V Armagh 1st XI on Saturday 18th May 1 pm

Intermediate Cup

Cregagh 2nd XI V Bangor 2nd XI on Saturday 25th May 1 pm

Minor Qualifying Cup

Cregagh 3rd XI got a bye in the first round and wait to play the winners of Muckamore 4ths and Armagh 3rds

Colts Cup

Cregagh Colts were drawn away to Ballymena to be played before 28th June

Graham Cup

Cregagh Under 15s are away to Waringstown on 17th May

Banogue Cop

Cregagh Under 13's are away to Bangor

Quoile Cup

Cregagh under 11's got a bye and await the winners of Muckamore and Cliftonville

Good luck to all our teams.