Many thanks to all those who continue to buy books from Amazon via the web site.
A fantasy football league to help raise funds for the club will start in mid-October. Entry fee is 10 pounds with 200 pounds to the winner. Entry forms available by e-mail.
1st XI were relegated from Section Two after losing all their games bar the final match of the season where a fine first-ever win was recorded over Laurelvale. A review of the rather unforgettable 2000 season.
Another edition to the club's junior ranks. Matteo Whitten was born at the end of August. He could well become the first Italian to play for the club.
Former Academy wicketkeeper/batsman Peter Noblett contacted us, wishing the club all the best for the season. His representative honours have been added.
Welcome to Jeffrey and Peter Riddell who have joined the club on free transfers from Cliftonville. Peter scored 73 for the Seconds against Donacloney.
Apologies for the lack of recent updates to the site which are due to a pending baby and my bathroom ceiling falling down ! For those interested in the 1st XI scores and other NCU news, please try the excellent NCU site which is updated regularly.
Congratulations to Ian and Alison Moffett on the birth of a wee boy called Robbie at the end of July.
On the cricketing front, the 1st XI continues to struggle with no wins so far this season. There have been some good recent individual performances: Ian Moffett with two fifties against Cooke/Collegians and Carrick ; Michael Greenlees with 4 stumpings against Carrick including 3 in one over - surely an NCU record ? ; Jonnie Irons with 3-15 against league leaders North.
There have been wins for the 2nds, 3rds and midweek XIs. Rod Briggs scored 80* to help
the 2nds chase 178 versus Ards. Gareth Hodges also hit 55 not out for the 3rds.
The Irish Cricket Union site (run by John Elder) now has an Ulster section with a comprehensive and regularly updated results service - an excellent site for all NCU players and fans.
Congratulations to former Academy bowler, Derek Bennett whose girlfriend Teresa gave birth to a baby boy in New Zealand.
1st lose to league leaders North by 7 wickets. Nigel Palmer carried his bat through the innings to finish on 46 not out in a total of 98.
1sts lose to Holywood, mustering 150 in pursuit of 290. Holywood Pro scores a record 190 not out. In reply, Davy McCollam and Michael Greenlees score 30s.
3rds register a good win over Saintfield.
Midweek side gain a win over Dunmurry.
1sts lose heavily to Carrick.
1sts lose to Armagh on Monday collapsing to 86 all out after being 54-0 off 10 overs at close of play on Saturday. Armagh scored 188-6 with Dennis Moore taking 4-18.
Midweek XI easily defeat RUC by about 70 runs. Michael Greenlees and Mark Challis both scored 30s.
1sts lost heavily to Section One outfit Lisburn in the Senior Cup after being dismissed for 61 (I.Moffett 26).
2nds lost to Lisburn in Cup. Pete Johnston top scored with 32.
Despite a marvellous 95 from Michael Greenlees, 1sts lost their opening league match with Queens by 4 wickets. The next day, the firsts lost to Derriaghy scoring 96 in pursuit of 202. Details.
2nds began the season with a fine win over Dundrum. After scoring 148-4 (D.Moore 24, A.Scott 28, P.Johnston 40*), they dismissed their opponents for 65 with the 2 Johnsons picking up 3 wickets apiece.
3rd XI lost to Larne on Bank Holiday Monday. Lee Thompson top scored with 30.
1st XI game against Derriaghy was rained off.
A Larne XI easily defeated an Academy IX (sic) in the traditional pre-season friendly at Sand Bay. Read all about it in the well-maintained Larne website.
1st XI take on Derriaghy at Newforge in the first game of the season. The 2nds meanwhile will play at Millpark on Bank Holiday Monday.
An Academy XI will take on Larne at Sandy Bay in the traditional pre-season friendly on Saturday 22nd April.
2 new books hot off the presses have been added to the recommended books in our Amazon link. The Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2000 at 14.99 (29.99 in shops) and Playfair Cricket Annual 2000 at 2.99 (5.99 in shops).
Many thanks to all those people who have bought books with Amazon via the web site. The club has benefited to the tune of 50 pounds in the last year. For those who haven't tried, just click on the Amazon logo on the homepage and see the discounts you can get on books, CDs and videos. If you buy something on-line, the club gets a small premium from Amazon for every purchase. It doesn't cost you a penny.
With the new season only weeks away, Academy are keen to find any new players. Without wanting to be accused of poaching, 1st XI places (Section Two) are up for grabs for all disaffected 2nd or 3rd XI players from other clubs !
13 Academy cricketers had an excellent pre-season golfing weekend at the Deerpark Hotel in Dublin. Colin Junior Moffett somehow managed to play to his remarkable handicap of 5 while others had trouble playing to theirs of 24 ! Club spokesman, treasurer, scorer Jackie Quinn proved a dab hand at the caddying.
Some new links to other clubs have been added - North of Ireland (NICC), Welwyn Garden City (UK) and Dormansland (UK). See links section.
A series of indoor nets were held at Carrick Leisure Centre.
Thanks to Wylie McKinty of Larne CC, the link to the 2000 season has been corrected. Previously it gave the 1999 fixtures (good job someone is awake !).
A new Academy CC messageboard has been created. It is used mainly by players to exchange information and talk some real nonsense !
An Academy cricket club pre-season golf outing is scheduled for the Deerpark Hotel in Dublin on 7 April.
The Academy CC policy of producing home-grown talent looks set to continue with more babies on the way. Messers Bennett, Moffett (I) and Whitten are all expecting. Fingers crossed that they are all boys with maybe one-lefthander among them to keep Jimmy McCall happy.
Drew Emery has kindly made some corrections to some of the historical information on the site, particularly in the Tales from the past section. One of best anecdotes is that concerning the 1972 NCU dinner. It was attended by 46 members including Stanley Nash and H. Catherwood who came out of retirement specially. The unlucky Catherwood broke his leg dismounting from the bus at the dinner !
It's taken me a while to get round to wishing you all a happy new year (22nd February !). No major changes to the site other than a new counter.