News from the 2008 season

2008 round-up

A very successful season ended with the 1st XI winning the Junior Cup and finishing third in Section Three having won 9 and lost just 4 games (Cooke were awarded the points against us in September as we couldn't find a ground). 13 league games was the smallest number we're ever played in a season. See final table. Having struggled to field teams in previous seasons, it was encouraging that 26 different players turned out for the 1sts this season.

All the 2008 results (and scorecards for the 1sts thanks to Jackie Quinn) are available on the NCU website. Here are the shortcuts: 1st XI league; 1st XI cup ; 2nd XI league and 3rd XI league.

Hats off to Barry Macaulay, Brian Boyd and Robert Best for all their work with the U11 side which played its first matches this season. See Kids cricket section.

Thanks to JQ and BK, we have a very complete set of 2008 averages for the 1sts. We had our strongest batting line-up in years with the result that 5 batsman scored 300+ runs. Remarkably,  Davy Greenlees notched up his 50th fifty for the 1sts, Davy Menaul and Danny Morgan each hit hundreds.  Danny scored 400 runs at an average of 40 and picked up this season's batting award. Our bowling fared well too with 4 players taking 20+ wickets though there were only two five-wicket hauls.

All the career averages have been updated in Statto's corner

Over the past 26 seasons, we've played 328 games in Section Three - we've won 191 and tied 2 giving a win percentage of 59%. In the Junior Cup, our record is played 23, won 16, giving a 70% win percentage.

In 2008, Gerry Sloan played his 100th game for the 1sts, James Wix and Neil Hermon each passed the 50 mark. BK has now played around 455 games followed by DG on 349, IM 312 and BB on 293.

There were 11 fifties and 2 hundreds - the highest number of 50s on record. Remarkably, Davy Greenlees notched up his 50th fifty for the 1sts. Brian Kelso has 38, Ian Moffett 28, Mark Shields 10, Peter Whitten 7 and Danny Morgan 5.  DG passed 8500 runs (BK has an estimated 8500-9000)!

There were 15 stands of fifty or more runs, the joint highest on record. 5 of these were century stands, the highest ever. Of the 211 fifty stands in the past 26 seasons, BK has been involved in 81 followed by DG 68 and IM 59 - quite extraordinary! Young Mark Shields has already notched 20 (4th place).

With more runs being scored than in the last century, new player are racing to the top of the career averages. Davy Menaul heads the list with 34.0 followed by DG 28.2, Danny Morgan 23.9, BK 23.9, Mark Shields 21.3 and Barry Macaulay 21.1.

Three all-time 1st XI partnership records were broken, two in the same game!

1st wicket - 125 Davy Greenlees and Gerry Sloan
2nd wicket - 192 Brian Kelso and Danny Morgan (beating Scotty and Ian Moffett's 178 that many of us thought would never be beaten!)
4th wicket - 129* by Davy Menaul and Danny Morgan

On the bowling side, Davy Greenlees has now taken a quite remarkable 481 wickets just ahead of an equally extraordinary 463 by Brian Boyd who passed 450 wickets this season. No-one else has taken half that number! Of the chasing pack, Johnnie Irons is fast approaching 200, Lee Thompson has almost 150 and Neil Hermon is closing in on 100.

Lee and Neil each recorded their first five-wicket haul this season, but have some way to go to catch BB and DG who each have 18 !

Barney Coyle still has the best career average with 12.2 and finally, Bill Fox retains his place at the top of the strike rate with a wicket every 22 balls!

August 2008

For the second time in four seasons, the 1sts won the Junior Cup beating Templepatrick at Saintfield - a great effort from all involved! Mark Shields was chosen as Man of the match. See scorecard thanks to JQ.

See more than 100 pictures of the two days. Thanks to Gerry Sloan Senior. After entering the special picasa photo website, click on slideshow.

The trophy and honours section has also been updated. Check out to see what we won in the past!

Back in 2000, we guessed what the 1st XI would look like in 2010 - see selection. One of the players, 12 year old Adam Kelso made his debut for the 1sts last week becoming the youngest ever to represent the 1sts! Niall Greenlees (also just 12) made his debut for the 2nd XI. Well done to both!

Dreadful weather and the T20 WC qualifying meant that no cricket was played in August before the cup final! In July, the 1sts beat Cregagh, Dunmurry and BISC but lost to Donacloney. As of 28 August, the 1sts lie 2nd in the league with 7 wins and 4 defeats. See latest table.

June 2008

1sts continue their good start to the season with 4 wins out of 6 so far in the league and on Saturday 28th June they reached the Junior Cup final (9 August) after beating Millpark. Thanks to JQ, here's the scorecard. Well done to Danny Morgan on his maiden hundred for the 1sts and Brian Kelso on his 81 not out.

Amazing number of records have already gone this season: Davy Greenlees notched up his 50th fifty for the 1sts, Davy Menaul and Danny Morgan have each hit hundreds, Barry Macaulay hit 118 for the 2nds and three all-time 1st XI partnership records have been broken, two in the same game!

1st wicket - 125 Davy Greenlees and Gerry Sloan
2nd wicket - 192 Brian Kelso and Danny Morgan (beating Scotty and Ian Moffett's 178 that many of us thought would never be beaten!)
4th wicket - 129* by Davy Menaul and Danny Morgan

See the all-time records for each partnership and scorecard of the remarkable Templepatrick game.

Academy's U11 played their first ever game in June. Photo of the team. They lost their first match to CSNI but in their second ever game, they beat Muckamore in the U11 league. A great effort for a new team!

May 2008

1sts got off to a great start beating BISC in the league (scorecard) and Dungannon in the Junior cup (scorecard). 2nds lost in the Intermediate Cup to Laurelvale despite a valiant 40 from the evergreen James McCall.




Pre-season 2008

Lots of recent and old photos have been added to a specially dedicated Academy CC online photo album.

A reminder that indoor nets are on Mondays until the end of June in the BRA sports hall, 18:30 to 20:30. A bowling machine is available. Thanks to Robert Best for organising this. Outdoor practice is on Thursdays till the end of the season at Roughfort, 18:30 to 20:30.

A warm welcome to the club to several new players: Davy Menaul, David Spence, Chris McGee, Aidy Bryans, Chris Todd, Vivshal, and Luke Simon.

Some 1st XI targets for the season:

Brian Boyd needs 21 caps for 300 (a good cup run and all 18 league games!)
Davy Greenlees needs 18 for 350
Brian Kelso well out in front with approx 435+
Gerry Sloan 12 for 100
Neil Hermon needed 1 for 50 (against BISC)
James Wix 7 for 50
Peter Riddell 14 for 50

Brian Kelso 48 for 8000 (since 1983)
Gerry Sloan 227 for 1000
James Wix 386 for 1000
Danny Morgan 444 for 1000
Brian Boyd 21 for 500
Jonny Irons 40 for 500

Davy Greenlees needs 1 fifty for 50 fifties!
Of other current players
B.Kelso 36
I.Moffett 28
M.Shields 7
P.Whitten 6
J.Wix 3
D.Morgan 2 (got his third against Dungannon this season)

Good season with bat? - 694 runs to beat (Davy Greenlees),

Brian Boyd needs 12 for 450
Jonny Irons 24 for 200
Neil Hermon 37 for 100
Peter Riddell 14 for 50

Brian Boyd and Davy Greenlees each need 2 five wicket hauls for 20 career ones

Good season with the ball? - 51 wickets to beat (Jonny Irons and Brian Boyd)

Kids training (aged 7-11) began again at Roughfort on Wednesday 30th April. See special flyer and/or kids section for more details. We have entered a team in the NCU U11 league and cup.

11 Academy veterans headed on the annual pre-season tour to Faro in Portugal from 7-11 April. Thanks to Brian 'Mr Brian' Boyd in his role as tour manager. Tour photos available.

New NCU website up and running with all the season's fixtures and results.

Thanks to match secretary Dean McDonald for sorting out all our fixtures.

1st XI will be skippered for the first time by Gerry Sloan. Vice-skip is Mark Shields. 2nd XI captain is Robert Best.

Pete Johnston continues as President for the 13th year in a row! Even more remarkable is that John Quinn is now in his 20th consecutive year as Honorary Secretary.