Monday, 29 June 2015

Well done to Matthew and Stuart

Well done to both Matthew Fleetham and Stuart Nelson who will be representing the NCU at under 15 and under 17 games this week.

Keep up the good work lads and enjoy your experience both well deserved.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Under 17s thrash Academy

The Under 17 Colts Cup team got their season off to a fairly emphatic winning start by beating Academy by 204 runs in a T/20 game last night.

Skipper Mark Johnston won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a beautiful wicket. Mark and James Hume got the innings off to a flying start, with the latter smashing a couple of 4’s in the opening over to set the tone for the innings. James then ‘holed out’ to mid wicket bringing Stuart Nelson to the crease.
Stuart Nelson gets a standing ovation for his brilliant 130 not out last night
There then came 15 overs of carnage where Mark and Stuart plundered 182 runs. Mark was eventually out for a brilliant 63 of 36 balls, but that didn’t halt the run rate, Ollie Fleetham came in and cracked 15 of 5 balls late on. But it was that man Nelson who stole the show finishing on an incredible 130 not out off just 67 balls. The innings closed on 251 for 2 in 20 overs.

The Academy lads were always going to be up against it looking for 12.5 an over from the off, and wickets fell straight away. Opening bowlers James Hume and Adam McCormick claimed 2 a piece (all bowled), Matty Fleetham chipped in with one and Ross McKnight mopped up the tail with two also. But it was the self confessed ‘King of Spin’ Adam Skelton who was most successful with 3 for 6 in 3 overs. Academy were bowled out for 47 inside 10 overs and that was it. A win by 204 runs

Next Up is Ards Colts Fixture to be arranged (mid July)

Under 11s continue good form

The under 11s undertook their 2nd game in 3 days and produced a 49 run win over Cliftonville Under 11s.

Losing the toss again!! We were asked to bat and Joshua continued his fine form with the bat scoring another 30 retired which now takes him to an incredible total of 101 runs for the season.

After Joshua a number of batsmen got starts but managed to get themselves out combined with sharp fielding from Cliftonville, definitely our running between the wickets needs to be improved upon.  We finished the innings on 89 for 8 setting Cliftonville 90 to win the game.

Joshua and Alastair opened the bowling with both bowlers taking wickets in their 2nd over Alastair taking a caught and bowled to remove Cliftonville’s danger man.  Wickets continued to fall with our pair of Leg Spinners Noah Kelly and Daniel Henry, with Daniel getting in on the act and taking a wicket.  Jonathan Lawrie also claimed his first wicket of the match.

The Cregagh boys remained sharp in the field with Joshua and Patrick getting run outs however the run out of the night goes to James Kerr throwing down the stumps with a direct hit from square leg, well done wee man.

Patrick was involved again taking two more wickets and Daniel Murphy took his first ever wickets for Cregagh.  Finally it was left to James and Coady to bowl the death overs, bowl bowled well with Coady taking the last wicket to fall.

Cregagh secured a 49 run win but more importantly all the players for both teams got a bat and a bowl as we continue our development.

Man of the match; again I am going to split this between Joshua for his continued good form with the bat, taking a wicket and a run out and Daniel Murphy for his first wickets for Cregagh and all round good fielding.

Well done boys keep up the good work and I will see you all on Monday at training, as long as Bobby Fleetham hasn’t organised another match that is!!!!!!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Under 11s bounce back with a win!

The Under 11s continued their season on Monday night past with an excellent 14 run win against CIYMS b.

Losing the toss Cregagh were asked to bat on a beautiful summer evening at the home of cricket in East Belfast.  The skipper Joshua Archer was leading the way with the bat and continuing his fine form as we lost three early wickets.
Daniel Henry MOM

Joshua was eventually retired on 31 and the baton was then taken up by one of our younger players Daniel Henry.  Daniel steadied the good ship Cregagh with a great knock of 33 retired to see us reach a total of 101 for 7.  Special mention also must go to our youngest player in the team Coady Sloan who hit his first ever boundary.

CIYMS b had been set a target of 102 to win the game and although Joshua had taken care of one of the openers, it was Eagleson who was hitting the ball to all parts of the ground.  However, on 26 he took the Cregagh fielder on and was run out by none other than the skipper.  This would be a feature in our innings with all the players fielding extremely well as we build our reputation on fielding.  In total there was 3 run outs in the CIYMS innings.  Great work lads.

Cregagh continued to take wickets with Daniel Henry our left arm leggie getting a breakthrough followed up by Alastair Watt claiming his first wicket of the season with his new found pace.  A special mention also to Finn Cross who bowled for the first time in a game and after a nervous start took his first ever wicket and produced the biggest smile of the night, maybe only bettered by Daddy!!!

CIYMS innings came to a close on 87 to secure our 2nd win of the season. 

Special mention to Joshua Archer for his continued fine form with the bat surely 100 + runs must be on the cards for the season and our wicket keeper Scott Mackey who kept a great wicket with only 1 bye all night, very impressive.

However man of the match goes to Daniel Henry for his great knock of 33 runs when the backs were to the wall and his wicket.  Well done wee man definitely the best cricketer in that household!!!! (at that age!)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Max Porter blasts 178 runs

With both the 1st XI and 2nd XI playing both days at the weekend and both teams recording a win and a loss the main news at the weekend was the incredible innings by Max Porter for the 2nd XI against Laurelvale 2nd XI.
Max on the right receiving his award for his 100 last year
Our 2nd XI set Laurelvale a total of 289 from 35 overs to win the game with Max scoring an incredible 178 runs, peppering the houses at the bottom end of the ground he will not be welcome down there anytime soon.

We haven't had a chance to crunch all the facts yet but we believe he hit his 100 in 50 balls!!!!  A mention also for Trim hitting 61.  The 2nds wrapped up the match winning by 141 runs.  On the sunday they lost to Holywood by 5 wickets.

The 1st XI chased down a total of 167 against Larne with Stuart Nelson ending on 54 not out and David McCormick on 40 not out at the end with Leon also hitting 47 from 54 balls.  However on the Sunday the 1st XI never really got going and were defeated by 10 wickets against Holywood.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Under 11s suffer first defeat

Last night the Under 11s took to the field against a strong Instonians side in their 2nd game of the season.

After losing the toss we were put into bat and after the initial loss of Matthew Rae, Joshua Archer and Noah Kelly got the innings back on track.  Joshua inparticular batted extremely well against a good attack and retired on 30.

Noah continued to attack and was finally out for a well made 19.  At this point the runs dried up as we ended up on 64 runs from our 20 overs, a special mention to Finn Cross who scored his first ever boundary.

In reply, Instonians reached the target of 65 in the 13th over losing 3 wickets in the process with our 8 year old Leg Spinner Daniel Henry taking two great wickets and Noah Kelly also chipping in with a wicket.

However, the young team never lost heart in the field and with some of our batsman receiving a few body blows all the boys took to the field and continued to support and encourage each other.  Again I thought the fielding was excellent and is becoming a great feature of our play.  However, we could learn from the excellent running between the wickets demonstrated by our visitors.

This time I have a joint man of the match between Joshua Archer and Noah Kelly.

Against a strong bowling unit Joshua never looked in any danger, taking singles and hitting the bad ball for 4 he made it look easy.

Noah scored a great 19 runs and was unlucky not to reach 30, in addition to this his wicket and he then took the gloves and kept wicket, it really was an all round performance.

Well done to both the lads.

Next game is on Monday night at home to CIYMS b starting at 6.30pm

Friday, 12 June 2015

Under 11s Season is up and running

Finally the summer has arrived and on a beautiful summer evening the Under 11 season got underway away to Cooke Collegians.

Losing the toss Cooke Collegians put us into bat so an early test for our new opening partnership of Joshua Archer and new signing on debut Matthew Rae.

They love posing for photos, looking good lads!
Joshua started the quicker of the two but was out bowled in the 3rd over for a brisk 10 runs, just as he was looking dangerous, which brought Noah Kelly to the crease, who got up and running very quickly with the bat.  At the other end Matthew was beginning to find his feet and finding boundaries.

Runs were flowing but wickets had also tumbled until Scott Mackey and Matthew Rae put on a solid partnership with Scott finally falling for 16 runs.  Matthew continued to bat well, hitting powerful shots all round the ground and finally retired on 33 runs.  A great knock.

The tail wagged with Jonathan Lawrie adding useful runs in the end whilst we finished the innings on 106 from our 20 overs.

The same opening partnership that opened the batting also opened the bowling and Joshua struck in the first over, with Matthew Rae also taking a wicket thanks to a great catch from Rory Janseen at gulley.

Tight bowling and giving away very few extras we restricted the Cooke Collegians reply to just 69 runs.  Our fielding also took a big stride forward with another excellent catch from Rory, what also pleased the coaches was the general throwing and backing up by this young team.  Not to mention the constant encouragement from each other which was excellent.

A great game played in the right spirit, good luck to Cooke Collegians who certainly have some great kids and talent coming through under the stewardship of Bumper Dale.

Man of the match was Matthew Rae for his batting performance and all round fielding.

Next game is against Instonians C at Cregagh starting at 6.15 on Monday 15th June.