Friday, 25 September 2015

End of Season Annual Awards Dinner Update!!

Folks for all of you coming along to our end of season dinner we have a special announcement!!
Imagine this could be you, walking hand in hand talking your beloved through your finest cricket moment of 2015

Thanks to David McCormick we have secured a wonderful prize of an overnight stay at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle with full use of the spa facilities worth over £200.

On the night you can buy a ticket for this prize by writing your mobile number on an envelope which will be positioned at your table. On the night we will then pull a number out of the hat at random and call that phone meaning the winner will be announced on the night in the room.

You can enter as many times as you like so don't forget to bring your mobile with you on the night I'm sure we will come up with a winning phrase for you all to say if you're the lucky winner.

Good luck!!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Junior Presentation Night

On Friday past we held our Junior Presentation night for our under 11s and under 15 squads to bring the junior section to a close for the season.

It was great to see such a turnout from players, coaches and parents on the evening and for the first time we held a short 4 round quiz after the presentation a chance for Parents to socialise and get to see the other side of the club.  On this point I would like to thank Bob Moore on behalf of the Junior Cricket Committee for the sterling job he did on the night, especially the observation round.  The fact that everyone stayed behind to take part in the quiz was particularly pleasing for us all.

After a short welcome and review from the youth chairman it was over to Tony Henry our under 11 coach to review the under 11 season and hand out the prizes, the winners were as follows;
Joshua Archer bowler of the year Under 11
Jonathan Lawrie bowler of the year Under 11

Joshua was also the Under 11 Batsman of the year
Daniel Henry received the Coach's Pick for his all round performances
After the Under 11s it was over to David Harris to offer a review of the Under 15 season, the winners were as follows;
Under 15 Batsman of the year Matthew Fleetham
Under 15 bowler of the year Andrew Nelson

Under 15 Coach's pick Sarthak Kareer
Following this we had some special awards to present on the evening.  The 2nd XI captain Sam Grant was in attendance and he made a special senior presentation to Sarthak Kareer.  Sam had decided that his Captain's pick would Sarthak and offered to come to our Junior Presentation night to make the award in front of all his peers as a thank you to Sarthak for his level of commitment and performances for the 2nd XI this year.

In addition to this we also made a special presentation to Stuart Nelson to mark his ton against Academy in the Under 17 Colts Cup when he made 130 not out in a 20 over match.  Andrew Nelson pictured accepting the trophy on his behalf.

The final Trophy of the evening is the Stewart McCormick Memorial Cup which is sponsored by Ian Kerr and is presented to the overall young player of the year in the junior section.  This year it was a unanimous decision for a young fast bowler who in one season went from opening the bowling for the 3s to opening the bowling for the 1s and bowling with some great pace, this years winner and deserved winner was Matthew Fleetham.

All that's left to say is I want to thank everyone who helps out and takes part in the Junior Section, our Under 9 coach Peter Kerr, Under 11 coach Tony Henry, Under 15 coaches Ian Kerr and David Harris, our 'floating coaches Bob Moore and Matthew Simpson and our Under 17 coach David McCormick.  Lads the roles you all play are vital to maintain our club without your commitment we wouldn't survive, we are blessed as club to have so many coaches.

I also want to thank our honorary secretary Laura Watt, our fixture secretary Bobby Fleetham, our Cricket Section Treasurer and Secretary Philip Walker and our Grounds Convenor Stuart Catterson.  As you can see it takes a lot of people to run the section and it makes my job a lot easier with so many people to spread the burden.

Finally I want to thank the parent club Cregagh Sports Club.

Keep an eye out on the website and social media outlets for events during the winter and keep practising.

PS  Don't forget, if any of your mates play cricket, get them down to the best kept secret in the NCU ;-)  (Cregagh Cricket Club just in case you didn't work that one out!!)

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Annual Dinner Ticket Prices

The ticket prices for the 2015 dinner will be the same as last year: adults £20 and U18s £15. Please let Phil Thompson know on 07748354216 if you planning to attend as numbers are filling fast.

End of season night out

The annual end of season night out is scheduled for Saturday 19th September. The venue as usual is the Archana Indian restaurant on the Dublin Road starting at 7.30. Please let Stuart Catterson know if you are planning to attend so that numbers can be confirmed with the Archana.

Dads & Mums V Lads (Finally)

Finally, (I can almost hear the sighs) I have finally got round to completing the most keenly awaited match report of the Under 11 season.  Never mind all the local derby matches we have played this year, the battle of the roses match and you can forget about the Ashes, this is the biggy, Mum and Dads V Lads, where reputations are never gained but can be lost in an instant!!!!

As you can see from the photo below these lads were taking it serious  (of course the Dads and Mums had a few taking it serious too) but as we waited on Tony turning up the lads formed a huddle to discuss tactics!!  Comments like, "I don't care about pocket money anymore I just want to bowl him out" along with other comments such as "My Mum told me she would give me a tenner if I bowl him out".  Clearly the boys were pumped.
Lets get WIRED INTO THEM!!!
The same couldn't be said about our bunch!!!
Much more relaxed atmosphere!!!
The toss took place and thankfully the Parents called correctly and decided to make use of the facilities first.  With attack and defence on my mind we opened with Tim (the Wall) Archer and Andrew (Competitive Dad) Cross.  What a combination this was, Tim was studious in defense of his wicket whilst Andrew took no prisoners sending the ball to the boundary on numerous occasions!!
Tim settles down into his natural game

Andrew on the DRIVE!!!!
Unfortunately we lost Andrew which seemed to push Tim further into his batting shell!!!  We then threatened Tim with retiring him on 10, this seemed to be the rocket he needed, Tim awoke from his slumber to send the ball to all corners and retire not out on 20!

This sparked a mini collapse of sorts with the lads taking regular wickets, John Kelly was the next victim to fall to the pace of Rory who had him pinned LBW.

Noah looks on wondering why cant I bowl at that eejit??
However, June, Neil and Dave rescued the innings following a mini collapse, we knew that we had the under 11 coaches to go in at the end, I mean these lads talk a good game they are bound to score runs.....right??? Remember what I said about reputations, we lost one on this night, when young Alastair Watt bowled his Dad neck and crop, leaving coach Tony to bat with the tail and take us to a respectable 72 runs from our 15 overs.  Needless to say pocket money has been suspended and he can now walk to school in the mornings!!

Over to the lads then for their reply, needing 73 runs from 15 overs they needed to maintain a run rate of 4.86 runs per over.  No easy task and again it was Joshua and Daniel opening the batting, meaning we had Tim and Tony (sounds like a lovely wee couple) opening our bowling.

We managed to get one wicket but of course Joshua went on to get his customary 20 runs (scoring a lot of runs from Tim might I add) and retired, this brought Jonathan Lawrie and Noah Kelly to the crease and then the game got really nasty.  Someone bowled out their son!!!!!! (and she has hardly mentioned it since).  To be fair she did well to bowl after backing up one of Andrew Cross's overthrows and nearly losing a shin in the process.

Then of course we had another Father Son battle and again it didn't end well for the Father, we had Noah at the crease and John at Mid Off, John offered Noah a bit of advice, something along the lines of "right son come on then, warm my hands here mate, right to me".  Noah being a very obedient and respectful young man did exactly what his Dad asked of him only for Daddy to drop it!!!!!

Kelly to Kelly!!!
We had a couple more Dad v Lad battles that didn't end too well, try as he might and nudging around 65 mph Andrew could not get Finn out!!!  In fact Finn loved extra pace on the ball playing shots through backward point on a couple of occasions!!  Matt Rae definitely won his personal battle, he managed to see his Dad's bowling off and to rub his nose in it when fielding a ball I thought Neil's back had popped!!!

Scott and Dave Mackey was a close contest with Dave bowling a very tight first over, however his 2nd over not so much, it was becoming clear to the Captain Tony that the Dads should only bowl one over spells. The captain knew this himself when Daniel took Tony to the cleaners in one over, it was fair to say we were losing the personal battles.  Not only did Daniel smack Tony round the ground, Tony struggled with his son's leg spin.

The bowling is Watt???
And as if my reputation wasn't already in tatters the winning runs were hit from my own bowling from that nemesis of mine.  Rory Jansenn had already pumped us round the ground to steady the run chase and the Dads had no answer, we even had June 'Golden Arm' Turkington take an extra over but Rory had all the answers.  There you have it, with 3 balls spare the lads got over the finishing line and the Dads and Mums trudged off the pitch, safe in the knowledge that it will be another 12 months before revenge could be sought, and reputations once again placed on the line.

As I mentioned on the night, I have now submitted my full report on all the players to the 3rd XI captain, I have done my best for you all, if you get a call during the winter about indoor nets and playing 3rd XI cricket then well done.  If you don't get a call I'm sorry but your performance wasn't what we are looking for, however I am considering starting a 4th XI next year!!!!!

Once again on a serious note myself and Tony would like to thank all the parents and of course the kids for taking part in the game, it was a great evening and we were both delighted to see the boys having such a laugh and the Parents.  In true Cregagh tradition the best innings was played in the bar afterwards!!!

Report on the Presentation night to follow shortly!!!