1sts finish the season in mid-table after 9 wins out of 18 league games. Hats off to skipper Brian Boyd who topped the bowling averages with 39 wickets at 11.31. Honourable mentions to Davy Gee with 33 @ 11.36 and the two Sloans (unrelated) Gerry and Scott each with 20 wickets. Scott recorded by far the best economy rate (2.88 runs/over).
Batsman of the year was certainly Davy Greenlees with 645 runs @ 43.0. He was followed by the usual suspects Ian Beefy Moffett with 268 @ 33.5 and Brian Kelso with 409 @ 27.3. Danny Morgan and Mark Shields each deserve a mention for match-winning fifties.
1sts lose a lacklustre game against Templepatrick by 72 runs but then beat PSNI by 6 wickets with the talented Mark Shields (63 not out) finally scoring some runs this season.
Five members headed over to Manchester for a mini-tour to take in a couple of days at the England v Windies test, meeting up with former Academy player and headcase Derek Bennett.
1sts recorded a very satisfying win over Saintfield by 117 runs. A fine 81 from Davy Greenlees helped 1sts post 195 and then Brian Boyd (5-21) and Scott Sloan (4-17) bowled extremely well to dismiss Saintfield for 78.
After losing again to the McCrum brothers at Laurelvale, the 1sts then beat Donaghadee by 7 wickets with Brian Boyd taking 3-11.
July was a poor month in terms of results with the 1sts losing to Millpark, Dundrum and Donacloney. However, the 1sts did win easily by 8 wickets against Cregagh with students Peter Riddell (4-31), Craig Coulter (24) and Danny Morgan (67) the pick of the players. Despite posting 217-9 with Davy Greenlees hitting 72 and Ian Moffett 43, Donacloney won by 3 wickets.
1sts completed a comfortable win over Templepatrick by 80 runs. Ian Moffett scored 65 and Davy Greenlees 57 as 1sts posted 203-9. Davy then took 4-30 and Craig Coulter 5-41, his first 5 wicket haul for Academy.
1sts lost narrowly by 10 runs to Saintfield chasing 183 despite 43 by Scott Sloan.
1sts chased 143 against Donaghadee to win by 6 wickets. Bowling honours went to Gerry Sloan who took 6-36 and batting to Brian Kelso with 60 not out.
1sts lost a two-nighter against Cregagh by 7 wickets after being dismissed for only 88. Michael Greenlees top scored with 27.
Some more career averages have been updated in Statto's corner.
1sts got hammered by a semi-professional (!) Laurelvale side on the last Saturday in May. After dropping a few chances, Charlie McCrum hit a superb 125 n.o. as L'vale posted 270. Brian Boyd and Scott Sloan were the pick of the bowlers. Paul McCrum and amateur Wayne Pearson then ripped through the batting to dismiss us for 56. A big loss but not quite our biggest defeat which according to my records was by 236 runs in 1996 against Carrick. Enough of that !
One of the most memorable games played in Academy history took place at Millpark. 1sts scored 238-6 thanks to arguably the most destructive innings played by an Academy batsman. Davy Greenlees hit 10 sixes in his 133 against a strong Millpark bowling attack. Scott Sloan (23) gave Davy great support in a stand of 126 for the 5th wicket. Brian Boyd and Scott Sloan bowled well but with runs coming freely off the other bowlers, Millpark needed just 7 runs off the last over. With 3 required off the last ball, the batsman was run out just short of his 2nd run to leave Academy winning by one run.
1sts beat Dundrum by 12 runs after scoring 187-7 thanks to 89 from Ian Beefy Moffett and 39 from Brian Kelso. Brian Boyd took 4-37.
1sts put PSNI out for only 100 with 3-26 from Scott Sloan and 4-37 from Brian Boyd. In reply Ian Moffett hit 27 and Brian Kelso 47 not out.
1sts got the worst of the track against Donacloney and went down by 5 wickets. Brian Kelso scored 47 and Davy Greenlees 48 in the total of 147-8.
1sts began the season with a resounding 9 wicket win over Newry&Mourne in the Junior Cup with Davy Greenlees taking a club record 9-15 off 9 overs. Unfortunately we were knocked out of the cup by Dundrum in round 2 despite a 50 from Brian Kelso and 3 wickets apiece to Scott Sloan and Mark Challis.
Cricket Ireland site again provides an excellent fixtures/results/tables service. This year it even offers full scorecards of most of our matches, uploaded thanks to club stalwart John Quinn.
2nd XI begin by knocking Holywood out of the cup. Special mention to 15 year old Ryles who took 3 wickets. They then beat Dungannon in their first league game with 50 for Jim McCall and 67 for Peter Whitten.
A warm welcome to new boy Scott Sloan who joins us this season.
A very enjoyable pre-season tour (play golf, talk cricket) was held at the Grand Hotel Malahide in Dublin in April.
Academy Rugby club now have their own excellent site. Well done to them on putting out 3 Saturday XVs and particularly to the firsts who are top of their league. Here's hoping some of the rugby boys fancy a game of cricket in the summer ...
Some of the career averages to be updated so far are individual batting records, fifties and fifty partnerships. During the season, Ian Moffett was involved in his 50th fifty partnership for the 1st XI, a remarkable effort. The other club record to be broken was David Greenlees who became the first player to score 6 fifties in a season. The previous record was held by Brian Kelso who hit 5 half-centuries in 1995.
Statto has begun work on the career averages which will be updated gradually in the coming weeks. Thanks to Brian Kelso for 2003 1st XI averages. Thanks too to the Cricket Ireland results service from which we took the 2003 results and league table.
David Greenlees with 596, Mark Shields 438 and Brian Kelso 410 were the top run scorers. David also topped the bowling averages taking 31 wickets at 9.00 apiece. Well done to Mark Shields for a record 10 stumpings.
1sts have drawn Newry and Mourne in the first round of the Junior Cup.