News from the 2005 season

Autumn 2005

Thanks to Jackie Quinn, some photos from the NCU dinner 2005 where Stephen Rhodes handed over the 2nd XI league trophy to skipper young Lee Thompson.

This season's results and averages for the 1st XI are available thanks to Brian Kelso and those for the 2nd XI thanks to Dean McDonald.

The team statistics and a few career stats (most of the batting and fielding) have now been updated - see Statto's Corner

Summer 2005

A marvellous year for the cricket club with the firsts winning the Junior Cup for the first time in our history, as well as finishing joint 3rd in Section Three and the 2nd XI getting promoted after winning Division Two Section Four!!!

In the Junior Cup, the 1st XI overcame East Belfast, Millpark, Cliftonville 2nds, Waringstown 2nds and finally Woodvale 2nds in a thrilling final. Davy Greenlees got the Man of the Match award after scoring a rapid 50 and taking 4-16 in the 2nd innings. Brian Kelso batted almost the entire 2nd innings, hitting a superb match-winning unbeaten 47.

Picture of the Junior Cup final winning team! Hats off to the team and all concerned. A magnificent achievement considering our former cricket and rugby Presidents tried to fold our club 10-15 years ago and that we lost our ground in 1987! No, we're not beat yet!

Brian Kelso hit an excellent 128 against Drumaness that puts him third in the all-time highest score list. This was Brian's 3rd hundred for the  1st XI while Davy Greenlees has 4.

Dean McDonald, Jackie Quinn, Alistair Scott, Young Lee Thompson, Derek Bennett and Rodney Briggs enjoyed two days out at the Lords Test.

The 2nd XI's win over Victoria ensured the league title. Well done to skipper Young Lee Thompson and stand-in Dean McDonald.

Gareth Hodges got married.

May 2005

1sts easily defeated East Belfast in the first round of the Junior Cup by 10 wickets after dismissing their opponents for only 68. Scott Sloan took 5 wickets, Gerry Sloan 3.

1sts began the league season with one of the most dramatic wins in their 40 year history. Having kept Saintfield to only 107 with Gerry Sloan taking 4-10 and Barney Coyle on his return 4-16, their initial reply was disastrous: they stumbled to 4-3, 7-4, 12-5 and 17-6. A stand of 54 between Brian Kelso and Barney Coyle took them to 71 but after Barney was out for 34, it was left to Brian to steer the team home by one wicket with a remarkable 59 not out! In total 7 players failed to score though skipper Brian Boyd's 0 not out was vital in a last wicket stand of 15!

Young Dario George Whitten was born on 16th May.

April 2005

Another season beckons with the 1st opening league game at Millpark. Full set of club fixtures for 1sts, 2nds and revived midweek XI. For results check out this Cricket Ireland site direct link to NCU Section Three.

Captains this year are 1st XI Brian Boyd, 2nd XI Lee Thompson and Midweek XI Scott Sloan.

A few targets for 1st XI players to aim for this season:

Appearances - Ian Moffett is 5 games short of 300. Brian Coyle is 10 short of 50 and Gerry Sloan 11.

Batting - Davy Greenlees needs 68 runs for 7000 career runs, Brian Kelso needs 515 though he played before 1983 when stats began. Club President Pete Johnston needs 16 for 1000 runs, Mark Shields 140. Mark Challis requires 44 for 500, Brian Boyd 71.

Bowling - Davy Greenlees needs 8 for 400 career wickets, Brian Boyd 30. Brian Coyle requires 23 for 100. Ian Moffett needs 2 for 50, Mark Challis 14.

Fielding - Brian Kelso needs 11 catches for 200 career catches, Michael Greenlees 15.

Pre-season 2005

The usual 13 suspects travelled down to Dublin in mid-April for the annual pre-season bonding weekend. No cricket was played as everyone prepared mentally for the season!

Annual cricket club dinner saw Davy Greenlees scoop the batting award and Scott Sloan the bowling one.

The club is delighted to welcome back Brian Barney Coyle after several years back at his home club in Drummond. If his enthusiasm is even half of what it used to be, the crack on and off the pitch should be good!

A warm welcome also to Neil Hermon who has joined us from Woodvale.

Sympathy to Academy RFC player and former Academy cricketer Nigel Palmer whose rugby career appears to have been cut short after a bad injury.

November 2004

Various bits and pieces have been added in Statto's Corner including the 1st XI career averages, and 2004 averages, thanks to Brian Kelso.