Thursday, 20 October 2016

Annual Presentation awards night

On Saturday 1st October we held our end of season awards presentation night in front of a packed function room, it would also be the finale of our Grab a Grand draw with the winner being drawn on the night.

Mr Chairman welcomes everyone
It had been a solid season all round for the 2nd XI and 3rd XI teams who both maintained their league position.  For the 1st XI it was a season of what ifs, however, it must be said this young enthusiastic team where an absolute pleasure to watch.  Missing out on promotion on net run rate, they also made the 20 20 cup final only to lose out again Cliftonville and again losing to Cliftonville in the Junior Cup Semi Final.  A season to build on with many highs and an average age of around 21 this team should be around for a few seasons to come.

The individual award winners on the night where;

1st XI

Batsman of the year                        Stuart Nelson
Bowler of the year                          Adam Beattie
Captains pick                                 Matthew Simpson

2nd XI

Batsman of the year                       Graham Watt
Bowler of the year                         Sam Grant
Captains pick                                David Harris

3rd XI

Batsman of the year                       Paul Trimble
Bowler of the year                         Thompson Dawson
Captains pick                                Sarthak Kareer

In addition to these the three captains, Graeme Hassard, Graham Watt and Neil Pinkerton also received a small award for their efforts as captains during the season.

Each year we also have a number of Perpetual trophies and the winners are as follows;

Adam celebrates in style
Performance of the year award                                Adam Beattie

Young Player of the year                                          Stuart Nelson

Harry Blair Memorial Shield (Clubman of the year)   Stuart Catterson and Philip Walker

Deserved winners of the Clubman of the year award
Of course each year we have a special award, the award we all fear a trophy which contains some Cregagh legends, of course I’m talking about the Canard D’or  (as a footnote, did you know there is a restaurant that I think we need to visit )

Yes once again Thompson Dawson did not disappoint and had quite a few of our 1st XI players on stage when making his presentation.  The winner this year, and it was a first I believe went to a family!!  Yes Neil and James McGrath won the dubious honour of the most ducks in a season.  Well done and the award was well received.
The Cregagh Ducks

As per usual we finished the night up dancing the night away.  To this end we would like to thank our new caterer Bluebird Cafe on the Cregagh Road who provided an excellent meal which we all enjoyed, to all our speech makers, our committee members who all worked hard to put on such a great show, not to mention a special thank you to Peter Searson who attended on behalf of Leinster Youth Cricket and is now an honorary Cregagh Duck!!

Finally, on the night itself we made the big draw for the Grab a Grand, and the results are as follows;

1st Prize and the winner of £1,000 was Gary Cunningham
2nd Prize and the winner of £300 was Maureen Hassard
3rd Prize and the winner of £100 was Joan Clements

Sam Grant and Philip Walker present our cheque for £1000
We want to thank everyone who bought a ticket within the Club and across the Northern Cricket Union and of course to all our members who sold tickets.

From this we are pleased to announce that we raised £1,000 for our nominated charity this year which was Clic Sargent.  Well done to all involved and something we can all be proud of.

See you soon for indoor nets and we get to do it all over again!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Presentation from Leinster Youth Cricket

Following on from our end of season awards night (full report to follow) those of you who where there will know that we had Peter Searson from Leinster Youth Cricket in attendance.  Peter is the scorer for the Leinster Youth teams.

Over the last few years of Cregagh CC hosting interprovincial games involving Leinster, we have built up a relationship with Peter who has always enjoyed the craic, and of course we like to think that we always look after our visitors from Leinster and put on a good days cricket both on and off the field.  I'm sure it has nothing to do with the hot food that we always provide!!!

To this end, and as a thank you for all our hard work Peter came along to our dinner with a few gifts to present to the committee, namely a signed cricket bat from the game between Ireland and England which was part of the RSA challenge series in 2011.
 In addition to this we also received a signed West Indies Test Shirt from their game against New Zealand in 2012.  Once again Peter many thanks for your very kind gifts and we hope to host you again soon in Belfast and hope that you enjoyed our end of season awards night.