Thursday, 27 June 2013

Graham Cup Final Statement

The Committee can confirm that unfortunately the Cregagh Under 15 team, that secured a spot in the upcoming Graham Cup Final on Friday, has been disqualified from the competition by the NCU for fielding an ineligible player, due to age, in earlier rounds.

The error came to light on Wednesday at which time we immediately informed the NCU.

We would like to reiterate that this was a genuine administrative error on our behalf and wish to apologise to the NCU for the oversight.

In addition, we would like to offer our most sincere and heartfelt apologies to the Coaching staff, parents and most importantly the players for what has transpired.

Cregagh CC Committee.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Under 8 Academy to continue

Folks our Under 8 Academy will continue to run throughout the summer due to the high numbers that we have had and the positive feedback.

We have decided to keep running, same time, same night up until Monday 12th August.

See you all next week.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Cregagh Under 15s secure final spot after tense finish

Just when you think you have seen it all, something like this comes along and astounds you, leaves you gobsmacked, and thankfully overjoyed, depending on who you were supporting.

What on earth am I talking about, the Cregagh Under 15s triumph against Lisburn on Friday night in the semi final of the Graham Cup, that’s what!!

Now please forgive me if I don’t get all the details right, you see I only get to see these lads every other week, so I am not totally clued in with names and nicknames for that matter so here goes.  That and as per usual I stayed away from doing the book to focus on the incredible match that unfolded, well, thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

So Friday night then, what happened.  With the Graham Cup within touching distance the young Cregagh lads travelled to Lisburn, who had previously, beat them in the league a number of weeks ago.  With the rain never far away the Cregagh lads bowled extremely well to restrict the home team to 79 runs.  What we didn’t know was that on the Lisburn artificial wicket, that score isn’t too bad!!

Apologies as I am not sure who took the wickets and who didn’t as I missed most of the Lisburn innings, let’s assume the wickets were spread around.  So it was clear, 80 runs needed to secure a place in the Graham Cup Final, to put a Cregagh team back into the Graham Cup Final for the first time since June 1970 when a young Ian Kerr was running riot!

However, it wasn’t the greatest of starts, the ever reliable Mark Johnston and Stuart Nelson both failed, as did James Hume to say Lisburn were cock – a – hoop would be an understatement they didn’t realise there was more to this wee team than the NCU lads.  I mean, you couldn’t blame Lisburn the three lads as we all know are quality but we have a few handy cricketers that fly under the radar.
Graham Cup Finalists

Adam McCormick and Oliver Fleetham tried their best to stop the fall of wickets but both failed leaving Cregagh at around 25 runs for 6!!!  Step up Ross McKnight and Andrew Welch as they both went about rebuilding the innings and taking the fight to Lisburn.

The rain began to fall and credit to both sets of lads both teams struggled through, however, with both McKnight and Welch at the crease neither looked like departing, with some beautiful cricket shots, mixed in with some mental running which left some of the Mother’s on the sidelines breathless these two guys managed to put Lisburn under the pump.  All of a sudden we had cruised past 50, we needed 5 runs an over and didn’t need to take any silly runs or play any stupid shots.

In fact the lads cantered over the finish line with 2 needed off the last over a single and wide were enough and Cregagh were in the Graham Cup Final.  Andrew finished 31 not out (I think) and Ross had gone for a brilliant 27 before losing his wicket in the last over.  What a partnership, what a run chase, never have I seen such great partnership, the best compliment I can pay the two of them is that they made it look easy. 
The mighty duo
Well done you two, quite often due to the high quality of the top order you guys don’t get to bat that often, however, to deliver when your team needed you is something else.  So all roads now lead to The Seapark OVAL in Holywood.  Fire up the BBQ Uncle Billy the boys from the east can smell a trophy.

3rds fall short at home to Downpatrick

The 3rds lost a very closely contested match at a blustery and rainy Gibson Park against unbeaten Downpatrick IIIs.

3rd XI skipper Neil Pinkerton.  This photo
was not taken at the weekend!!
Having won the toss and electing to field Cregagh took the game to the visitors with Stuart Nelson and Mark Johnston bowling superbly. Mark took 2 wickets and a timely run out (take a bow young Marty Ross) left the visitors struggling. Adam McCormick and Ross McKnight then continued the good work and another run out (take another bow Marty but watch that back!) put Cregagh in a commanding position. Wickets continued to tumble and only a handful of quick boundaries from the Downpatrick 5th batsman gave their score a sense of respectability. Eventually the visitors were bowled out inside 20 overs with James Hume wrapping up the tail with 3 for 14 in 3 overs, and left Cregagh chasing 108. Again some great catches in the field from Adam, Stuart and Ross.

Despite the loss of 2 early wickets the Cregagh batsmen rallied and Stuart Nelson hit a very composed 30 before being bowled by the dangerous Reilly. Batting wasn't easy in the conditions but partnerships between Skipper Neil Pinkerton and Marty Ross and then Craig Johnston gave the lads a sniff of victory. It wasn't to be however with the last wicket falling in the final over 9 runs short of the target. 

It was a great effort from the lads in really tough conditions and its clear that despite the loss, Cregagh IIIs will be difficult to beat this year.

Sunday, 16 June 2013


Subs are now due and must be paid by 30th June at the latest. The rates are:

Playing member: £60
Associate or Non Playing member: £25
Age 18-21: £20
Youth: £20

Subs should be paid over to either team captains,David McCormick or Philip Walker.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Graham Cup semi final preview

Tonight, weather permitting, our Under 15's will take to the field against Lisburn looking to book a place in the Graham Cup final and hoping to overturn a recent league loss against Lisburn.

The 2nd semi final will be contested between CSNI and CIYMS with the final to be played at the Seapark Oval, Holywood on 28th June 2013.

The young lads have performed extremely well so far this season and will hope to continue their fine form going into tonight's game which will easily be the biggest game of their short cricketing careers to date. 

Mark Johnston the Cregagh and NCU Under 15 captain has been batting extremely well lately scoring a great 41 for the 2nds in the cup against Bangor, as has Stuart Nelson who is fresh from a score of 95 on Saturday for the 3rd XI.  Ollie Fleetham has also been in the runs, whilst James Hume continues to make runs and take wickets along with being the team ball magnet when in the field!!  In fact, the lads have continued their form into 3rd XI cricket with Adam McCormick being a fine example taking 3 wickets against Armagh last Saturday.

In addition to this Mark, Stuart and James have all been called up to the NCU Under 15 squad and Cregagh now hold the highest number of representatives in the current under 15 squad, testament to their dedication and hard work during the winter and during the last 5 years, and the coach who has helped them every step of the way David McCormick.

These lads have been playing cricket together for the last 5-7 years, maybe longer and have a real chance to go out and secure a final place.  At every stage they have represented themselves and their club with great pride and tonight lads we wish you well.  Do yourselves, your family and your club proud tonight lads.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Good news keeps on coming

Mark Johnston
During our tour we received more positive news on the back of our three lads being selected for the NCU Under 15 Team we found out that Mark Johnston was named as the captain.
His reward for this was to speak to every tour member that night, sorry Mark lol!!!! but we all celebrated that news for you!!!

Well done and well deserved not only for Mark but also for the Coach David McCormick who lets the young lad captain the team and the great experience that Mark has now gained puts him ahead of most lads his age.

In addition to this, although we had 22 people away on tour our 3rd XI were still able to fulfil their cup fixture away to Armagh 3rd XI.  Big thank you to the various Mums who all helped out with lifts and Philip Walker who also assisted.
Stuart Nelson
The 3rds put up a superb display, it must be remembered that Armagh 2nd XI didn't have a match that day so the Armagh 3rds would have been at full strength.  The lads restricted Armagh to 166 runs and fell 12 runs short of the total themselves with Stuart Nelson hitting an incredible 95.  It's only a matter of time Stuart until you hit the three figures mate!!

Well done to the 3rds a brave effort.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Well done lads

Well done to Stuart Nelson, Mark Johnston and James Hume who have been selected for the NCU Under 15 Squad.

(l-r James Hume, Mark Johnston & Stuart Nelson)
Congratulations lads all the hard work is paying off, do your club and yourselves proud lads.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Under 8 Academy Information

Folks just as a reminder, the Under 8 Academy is taking a week off on Monday 10th June.  We will be returning again on Monday 17th June at 6.30 pm.

See you all there.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Cup fever on a high as Cregagh teams are on a roll!!

Cup fever in East Belfast already at a high has now been added to by Cregagh Cricket Club (cups a touchy subject for our token bluemen) as the Under 15's beat Ballymena to progress into the Semi Final of the Graham Cup, whilst the 1st XI beat Victoria to progress into the Quarter Final of the Junior Cup.  We will have a separate report on the Graham Cup match later.

In the meantime, the 1st XI had another double header weekend.  This time it was Victoria in the cup on Saturday and away to Drumaness in the league on Sunday.

On Saturday with a rain delayed start Victoria were put in on a slow wicket at Cregagh considering the ground was under water again on Monday the place looked a picture!  Arun and David McCormick bowled well and between them they took out the Victoria top order.  The spin twins in the shape of Rodney Ontong and Graeme Hassard then shared the remaining 7 wickets between them bowling out Victoria for 51 runs.

A young Max Porter, only photo I had !
Cregagh knocked the runs off with the loss of one wicket with David McCormick finishing the game with 3 consecutive 6's.  Cregagh will now face Cooke Collegians on 22nd June at home in the quarter final.

On Sunday the 1st XI travelled to Drumaness, not a happy hunting ground for the 1st XI in recent seasons this time would be different however.  Batting first we were bowled out for 151 with Stuart Porter and Max Porter (the Porter Brother's aie right big lad!!!) bolstering the middle order with some big shots.  Stuart finally departed for 37 and Max with a quick fire 39.  We still felt around 50 runs light with Drumaness being such a small ground.
However, undeterred with our total the bowlers went at Drumaness from the off with Max Porter taking the first wicket.  To their credit Drumaness went after the bowling and were easily on top of the run rate but started to lose wickets as McCormick, Ontong and Hassard were at it again taking wickets at regular intervals.
If he doesn't catch them with his hands his chest will do instead!!

Gelston's wicket was massive as he tried to bat with the tail, however when he played on to Rodney it was only a matter of time and finally David McCormick took the last wicket with 23 runs spare to see us over the line and secure a vital away win and our first in the league this season.

3rd XI skipper in full flow!!

To top off the weekend, Cregagh 3rd XI led for the first time by Neil Pinkerton secured their first home win of the season with Stuart Nelson and Ollie Fleetham starring with the bat as they chased down 117 to win against Academy 4ths.

What a weekend, 4 games, 4 wins, semi final of the Graham Cup, Quarter Final of the Junior Cup, first league wins for the firsts and thirds and if you didn't know already we are off to Lanzarote on Thursday.

Not a bad weekend!  Keep up the good work guys, everyone who was worked hard in training with Rodney and our coaches has reaped the rewards!!!!