1999 will not go down as a particularly memorable season. However, thanks largely to the 3 skippers (Johnnie Irons, Mark Challis and Dean McDonald), 3 teams were fielded and all managed to fight off early season relegation worries.
The 1st XI, hampered by the loss of vice-captain Ian Moffett with a broken arm, won 5 of the 18 league games, managing the double over Holywood (2 great chases) and Queens and also defeating Donacloney in the opening match. Brian Kelso scored the most runs (358), had the only average over 20 and hit the only 2 fifties. Blair Parlane, Davy McCollam and a rejuvenated Michael Greenlees all scored 270-plus. On the bowling front, Johnnie Irons took 29 wickets at 22.8 with Blair Parlane and Brian Boyd aslo taking 20-plus wickets.
Another enjoyable tour was held to Manchester although we saw probably one of the 2 worst games of the tournament.
Captain 1st XI : Johnnie Irons
Vice-Captain 1st XI : Ian Moffett
Captain 2nd XI : Mark Challis
Captain 3rd XI : Dean McDonald
Captain Midweek: Phil and Peter McClay
Match secretary : Dean McDonald
Honorary secretary/treasurer/club spokesman and 1st XI scorer :
John Quinn (pictured below with his customary cup of coffee)
Johnnie Irons has been elected as skipper of the 1st XI for 1999. He takes over from Brian Boyd who has skippered the side for the past 2 seasons. Ian Moffett will act as vice-captain. Pete Johnston was re-elected as President as were the 2nd and 3rd XI captains Mark Challis and Dean McDonald. Peter and Phil McClay will jointly skipper the midweek team.
Nets on Tuesdays at Newforge. Monday and Thursday nights at the club.