1st XI review 1997

1st XI results 1997

The 1st XI finished the season by securing their place in Section Two for 1998. Given the number of injuries to key players early in the season and the fact that all other teams bar Ballymena and the relegated RUC played with a pro, the final tally of 5 wins and one tie was quite an achievement.

David Greenlees was again the leading run scorer with 419 runs at an average of 27.9. He was the only batsman to score a century last season with a swashbuckling 101 against Armagh. Brian Kelso weighed in with 330 runs at 20.6 including a marvellous match-winning knock of 91 not out against Armagh. Ian Moffett actually topped the averages with 211 runs at 30.1 despite badly injuring his hand mid-season. Finally, Davy McCollam emerged as a frontline batsman with 316 runs at 18.6.

On the bowling front, Johnny Irons topped the averages taking 25 wickets at 18.5. Skipper Brian Boyd was the leading wicket taker with 29 wickets at 24.7 and indeed was the only bowler to take 5 wickets in an innings. He took 5-33 against Derriaghy and 6-42 versus RUC. Davy Greenlees with 16 wickets at 20.7 and Tim Kay with 11 at 19.5 were the pick of the other bowlers.

Brian Kelso finished top in the fielding stakes with 12 catches and 4 stumpings ahead of Davy McCollam with 10 catches, Davy Greenlees 9 and brother Michael 7 and 1 stumping.

The 2nd XI had a good season but unfortunately narrowly missed out on promotion.