News from the 2001 season

September 2001

1st XI averages now available in Statto's corner, thanks to Brian Kelso. 

1sts end up in 4th place in Section Three with 12 wins out of 18 games. See final league table.

Football and Rugby fans among you might like to check out two other sites that I run: and Each site provides weekly rankings of Europe's top Premier clubs. So, for example, you can compare your English Premier League team with, say, AC Milan, Real Madrid or even Crusaders !

Brian Boyd's remarkable sequence of 149 consecutive games for the 1st XI finally came to an end when he couldn't get back from holiday in Tunisia to play in the rearranged game at Dunmurry !

1sts finished the season in style with a convincing win over Templepatrick. The 1sts posted their highest total of the season, 224-8. Ian Moffett top scored with 68 not out, putting on 101 for 2nd wicket with Rod Briggs who got 45. T'patrick were then bowled out for 96 with Davy G taking 5-22. 
This win by 128 runs was the 5th most comprehensive win by the 1sts since 1983 (batting first). See other best wins.

1st XI went down by 8 wickets in a disappointing performance against Larne. 

Another Ian Moffett fifty helped 1st to 135 against Dunmurry. In an exciting finish, Academy won by 3 runs to complete an excellent double over this season's league champions. 

August 2001

1sts defeat Drumaness 139 (D.Greenlees 4-14) by 5 wickets with Ian Moffett top scoring with 39 not out.

Academy join Clubscene on the NCU website.

1sts lost in the penultimate over to Templepatrick after scoring only 85 at Mallusk. Some amazing bowling figures, the pick being Davy Greenlees 10-7-4-2 ! 

1sts game against Dunmurry was abandoned after were restricted to 157-9 off 50 overs.

Congratulations to Davy McCollam on getting married.

1sts look to have avenged their defeat against Larne by bowling them out for 92 with young Lee Thompson taking 4-15. Rain stopped play with the 1sts on 37-0. Rather like the game against CIYMS, the decision to abandon play for the day was taken much too early. The game could in the end have been finished on the Saturday evening but instead was delayed to Monday and of course it poured down.

New link added for Holywood CC.

July 2001

1sts score 201-9 against Dundrum with 30s from I.Moffett and D.Dean (highest 1st XI career score of 35) but lose by 3 wickets.

1sts win easily by 9 wickets after dismissing Donacloney for only 76. Davy Greenlees and Brian Boyd each took 4 wickets. Alistair Scott, Davy G and Brian Kelso knocked off the runs.

Congratulations to Matthew Corrie on his maiden fifty for the club, batting for the Thirds.

Controversy reigns after the seconds fine win over Civil Service on 15 July. From their web site, "Academy knocked this total off reasonably comfortably, though the batsman who scored their runs had been clearly caught when he was on ten, but their umpire for some reason didn't give it and the batsman didn't walk." Our 2nds skip Dean McDonald was well placed to gave his version of the events, "The contentious issue happened when Rod clearly hit the ball into the ground and was then caught at mid-off. I was batting at the other end and clearly saw it to be a bump ball, as did Rod and both our umpires." So there !

From the Shorts web site, a very detailed but interesting match report of their 2nds victory over ours. 

Photo of the 1st XI side that won Section Three in 1995 has been added to the pictureboard.

Despite an Ian Moffett 50, 1st XI can only manage 134 and lose out at home to Civil Service. Against the same club, the 2nds managed to win, chasing 164 with 70 from Rodney Briggs. 

1st XI record an excellent win chasing 165 at Belmont against CIYMS. The two Greenlees brothers each score 30.

In the latest internet poll, Brian Kelso is voted as having the safest pair of hands at the club.

June 2001

Congratulations to former all-rounder Colin Moffett on the birth of his baby Ellie Hannah.

1st XI bounce back well after the Larne debacle to defeat Drumaness (P.Riddell 3-36) and Donaghadee (B.Boyd 5-18). 

Rod Briggs scores 80 for the 2nds. David Fox McLarnon hits his first six for over 10 years.

3rds get off the mark with a win over Civil Service.

On a wet wicket at Larne, the 1sts record their lowest ever total (19) and go down by 8 wickets.

2nds record their first win of the season with a win over Ards.

A touring party heads to Manchester to witness England's lowest ever one-day score in the day/night match v Australia.

1sts defeat league leaders Dunmurry with D.Greenlees top-scoring with 40. Phil McClay took 3 wickets. 

May 2001

Good start to the season for the 1st XI with 4 wins out of 5 in the league. 

All the club's results are available in fixtures/results or in detail for the 1st XI (with league tables) on

There have been 1st XI debuts for Mark Shields (23 v Donaghadee) as well as  Gareth Gilliland and Matthew Corrie, each of whom took a wicket.

1st score 160 at Dundrum (Mikey Greenlees 44) and dismiss opponents for less than 80 (Brian Boyd picking up his 2nd five-wicket haul of the season).

1sts score 190 (40s for I.Moffett and B.Kelso) against Donaghadee and win by 50 runs with Lee Thompson taking 4-15. In the Cup, 1st lose to Holywood in a low scoring game at Mallusk (80 v 50).

1sts chase 150 against Donacloney thanks largely due to A.Scott, I.Moffett and  and Damien Dean (aka Big Cliff). 2nds go out of the Cup at Drumnaness.

Thanks largely to 94 from David Greenlees, the 1sts beat Civil Service. Brian Boyd took 5 wickets and passed 250 wickets on 1st XI. Despite scoring 210 (an 80 from Brian Kelso), the 1st XI lost their first game of the season to CIYMS at Newforge on a lovely batting wicket. 

Apologies to Mark Challis, whose top score on 1st XI of 26 was somehow omitted from the career stats section on batting. This has now been corrected.

April 2001

News of former Academy player AJ Campbell. He had a son called Matthew James on 23rd October 2000. He will shortly be moving to Houston Texas where he will turn out for Memorial Cricket Club in the Houston Cricket Leagues. He can be contacted at 

February 2001

Overall 1st XI team records and career averages for batting, bowling and fielding have been updated to cover the period 1983-2000. Check out Statto's corner. The player profiles should be updated shortly.

Brian Kelso appoints David Greenlees as 1st XI vice-captain for 2001. 

January 2001

After a three year sabbatical at Instonians, David Greenlees is returning home. 

The messageboard should now be working again. We had to find new hosts after the last ones seemingly went bust.

A new regular feature will be a poll in which readers can vote on various topics. The first question is who is the best ever all-rounder to play for Academy. Unlike other elections in N. Ireland, one can only vote once ! 

November/December 2000

After captaining the 1st XI in 1987 and 1988, Brian Kelso was again elected skipper for the 2001 season. Dean McDonald will captain the 2nd XI.

Colin 'Junior' Moffett got married.