News from the 2007 season

November 2007

Thanks to Brian Kelso, the 2007 1st XI averages are available. Also in Statto's Corner, all the career averages have been updated. We now have 25 years of statistics! Of note:

- Of the 315 games in Section Three, we've won 182 and tied 2 giving a win percentage of 58%
- Brian Kelso has now played more than 430 games for the 1st XI!
- David Greenlees now has 459 wickets followed by Brian Boyd with 438. The next highest is 230! Gerry Sloan passed 100 wickets this season.
- Best career bowling average still lies with Barney Coyle (12.2), best strike rate David Fox McLarnon (22) and best economy rate Frankie Parkinson (2.31)
- Brian Kelso scored > 300 runs for the season for the 15th time, David Greenlees for the 14th time! David now has 8336 runs, Brian 7950 and Ian Moffett 5511
- Of the 196 fifty partnerships in the past 25 years, Brian Kelso has been involved in 76, David Greenlees 65 and Ian Moffett 59!
- David has scored 49 fifties out of a total of 167 followed by Brian 36 and Ian 28. Mark Shields moves into 4th with 7.
- Of the 167 fifties, 33 have been scored by batsman one against only 12 for batsman two. Presumably this is largely because Brian faces first ball!

The annual awards dinner took place 'up the club' at the end of November. James Wix took the batting award and the most improved player while the bowling award went to David Greenlees.

On a very sad note, Ian and Colin Moffett's father Tommy passed away. Tommy was a great supporter of the cricket team for more than 20 years.

In a remarkable end to the season, in which more cricket was played in September than in July, the 1sts finished in joint 4th. Link to the final table and all scorecards (thank to JQ and CricketEurope for storing all the info).

August 2007

Good news for the new Academy CC kids side. The club is extremely grateful to Newtownabbey Council who have given us a grant of 500 to buy nets and equipment for the boys. In 2008, we hope to enter a side in the Under 11 league. The club would also like to thanks the Lords Taverners who have provided a full bag of equipment.

Still, very little cricket to report. An excellent innings from Brian Kelso set up an important win for the 1sts over Donacloney.

The 1sts also beat Drumaness thanks to 70 from Mark Shields and 51 not out from David Greenlees.

Despite 40s from Brian Kelso and Gerry Sloan, the 1sts went down to league leaders Saintfield.

Check out the excellent rugby club site run by Jonny Allen.

July 2007

Check out the new Academy CC online pictureboard. Other pictures will be added in due course but to begin with here are some photos and videos of an indoor kids practice at the club in July 2007. Click on slideshow to view.

Very little cricket to report with the weather. 3rd XI did manage to play on Saturday 8th against Bangor on the mat at Roughfort. 

1st XI beat Dungannon by 9 wickets. Gerry Sloan was MoM with 25 and 3-20. Brian Kelso hit 33*. David Greenlees with 2-13 and Jonny Irons with 1-8 off 6 overs were the pick of the other bowlers. Link to scorecard.

June 2007

1sts lost narrowly to Lurgan IIs in the quarter-final of the Junior Cup. Chasing 200 to win 1sts were all out for 185 with David Greenlees hitting a quickfire 48. Link to scorecard

After a successful appeal by Lurgan, the 1sts will have to play Lurgan 2nds in the Junior Cup quarter-final. All games however are washed out for Saturday 16 June. Looks like we'll be playing at least twice a week for the next few weeks to catch up on the fixtures.

The 1sts lost heavily to Millpark after the home side posted 270. David Greenlees had remarkable figures of 3-15 off his 10 overs. Damien Dean had to hobble off after 15 overs and thus couldn't field or bat.

A convincing win for the 1st XI against Drumaness by 9 wickets after they bowled their opponents out for only 61. Impressive figures for Neil Hermon (4-17), Lee Thompson (3-15)and Davy Greenlees (3-6). In reply Gerry Sloan scored 31. Full scorecard.

Some photos of the new Academy CC kids section in action. Pictures courtesy of Bill Fox.

May 2007

Thanks to Barry Macaulay and 2nd XI skipper Robert Best, we now have a mini cricket setup running this summer.

A reminder that nets are on Thursdays at Roughfort. There is another indoor net session on Mondays at BRA. This is mainly for 2nd XI players and is organised by Robert Best and Gerry Sloan. Thanks also to Jimmy McCall for his coaching. The bowling machine is available on Mondays.

1sts are through to the 3rd round of the Junior Cup after an excellent 128 run over a strong Dundrum side. Davy Greenlees hit 59, his first 50 of the year but his 48th for the 1st XI. In his first outing this season Ian Beefy Moffett showed he hasn't lost it by scoring 47. There were also useful paper boys (scores of 20 or more) in the shape of Geoff Riddell, James Wix and Barry Macaulay. The pick of the bowlers was Jonny Irons with superb figures of 4-14 off 6.2 overs. Scorecard as always courtesy of JQ and CricketEurope.

1sts lost their first match of the season against Donacloney. Cloney were 77-5 but a ton from B.Lyttle saw them reach 261. A brave chase saw the 1sts end only 41 runs short thanks largely to a 101 stand for the 5th wicket between James Wix who got 83 and Irish schools rugby international Neil Simpson who scored an impressive 42. Scorecard details.

Another 50 from James Wix and wickets from Brian Boyd and Jonnie Irons helped the 1sts win their 1st round game in the Junior Cup against Ards. Scorecard thanks to Jackie Quinn and Cricket Europe.

The 1sts got the season off to a great start by winning at Larne, relegated from S2 last year. Aussie James Wix scored an impressive 71 with Davy Greenlees and Neil Hermon each taking 4 wickets. Scorecard thanks to Jackie Quinn and Cricket Europe.

April 2007

The annual pre-season cricket tour (golf only) saw ten Academy stalwarts head to Vilamoura in Portugal. Thanks to Brian Boyd for organising,  Photos now available plus the website's first video in the shape of Davy G singing, shortly before his "mates" decided to leave the bar during the middle of the song. Apologies as the quality is poor (and I'm not talking about the singing here!).

Pre-season 2007

Fixtures 2007 provided (and negotiated) by Dean K McDonald

The 1sts will be skippered by young Lee Thompson. The 2nds will be captained for the first time by Robert Best.