Thanks to fellow stattos Jackie Quinn and Brian Kelso, the 1st XI averages are available:
- The leading batsmen were Michael Harte with 295 @29.5 with 3 half-centuries, Davy Greenlees with 347 @28.9, Mark Shields with 436 @25.65 and Brian Kelso with 260 @ 18.57.
- Johnnie Irons was the leading bowler with 26 @11.4 followed by 3 other players who took 20+ wickets. Lee Thompson took 28 @11.6, Brian Boyd 26 @14.4 and Davy Greenlees 24 @16.3.
- Mark Shields took a record 15 stumpings, beating Michael Greenlees best of 12 in 2002.
In spite of a relatively poor end to another season dominated by the weather, the 1sts maintained their Section Three status. Unfortunately, the 3rd XI just missed out on promotion. It was very encouraging to see the club being to field a genuine 3rd XI made up of youngsters plus Denny Moore, James McCall and skipper Dean McDonald.
1sts win the Junior Cup again for the second consecutive year and the third time in five years! Mark Shields was the man of the match in the final against Waringstown 2nds with a fifty though it was Davy Greenlees who saw us over the finishing line. Match-winning team below. More photos on the club's Picasa website.
Mixed fortunes for 1st XI with only 2 league wins at the halfway stage but another great cup run sees a third appearance in the Junior Cup final in the last five years.
On the batting front, there have been good knocks by Shields, Kelso, Greenlees, Harte, McCarey and Palmer while Irons, Thompson, Boyd have been the pick of the bowlers. Newcomer Michael Harte has scored 3 fifties already this season
A young 3rd XI under the watchful eye of stalwart Dean McDonald and with Jim McCall still scoring runs have won 7 out of 9 in the league. Well done to all involved.
Thanks largely to Mark Shields and Robert Best, a significant number of schoolboys have been persuaded to join the club. So, finally there is plenty of competition for Jim McCall and Dennis Moore as regards the young player of the year award.
Training for kids aged 7-13 will be held on Monday evenings 6.30pm - 8.00pm at the Castle Grounds. First session re-commences on Monday 11th May. Cost: £15 per child (£10 for additional child in family). See Kids cricket for more details.
The club would also like to thanks the Lords Taverners who gave us a very generous £1000 grant towards the cost of a batting cage.
Thanks to Robert Best, we now have a Club Shop. The first large order will be placed at the end of April so get your order in by Friday 24 April.
Mark Shields has been elected captain of Academy 1st XI for the 2009 campaign. Robert Best will again skipper 2nd XI. Best of luck to both.
The 2009 fixtures for 1sts, 2nds and 3rds are now available. Thanks to Dean and Brian Boyd for their efforts,
In the first round of the Junior Cup 2009, we've been drawn against the PSNI (who drew with champions Linfield in the Irish Cup at Windsor Park) so we'd better watch out!