All last season's league results and final standings are available from the NCU site. Here are the shortcuts.
1st XI league results and standings
2nd XI results and table
3rd XI results and table
Midweek results and table
A strong end to the season for the 2nds with 4 wins in the last two weekends. 1sts ended the season with 7 wins out of 18 in the league, well clear of relegation. With 5 wins in the cup, we at least won more than we lost.
The 3rds managed an historic double winning the league and the Minor Qualifying Cup final at Newforge v Ballymena IV
Hard to believe that there might be someone out there, with an interest in Academy CC, who doesn't know that we won the Junior Cup for the third year running after a last-ball thriller against Waringstown 2nds!!!
There are now over 100 'fans' registered on the Academy CC facebook page. During the season it has been updated virtually on a daily basis. As a result this website has not been updated regularly.
The remaining fixtures for August and September have been posted.
The 1sts continue to struggle in the league although both Davy Greenlees and Mark Shields scored tons.
2nds have had a frustrating time with a lack of fixtures early on but are in the top half of the league. 3rds are having great season reaching the NCU Minor Qualifying Cup final and topping their league. Jordan Ryles scored a ton and Adam Jackson came close with 97.
Midweek XI began well but faded slightly winning 5 out of 9. Well done to Adam Sloan for getting a team out each week.
U13s won the Antrim league. Lost out in NCU semi-final to Armagh.
After previous attempts all seemed to end in failure, the NCU website run by Wylie McKinty has proved a great success in its first year. Updated regularly and includes results and league tables for 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, midweek and cups. For 1st XI scorecards you still need to consult the CricketEurope site.
The Youth section covering U9s up to U15s has been updated with details for the 2010 season. There will be a registration evening at the Club (Academy Sports Club, Hydepark, Mallusk) on Tuesday 4th May 7:30pm - 8:30pm. The season starts the week beginning 10th May. Note the different venues and days for the various age-groups.
A couple of changes to the 1st XI fixtures - the Donacloney fixtures are reversed and both Millpark games will be played away.
3rd XI will be captained by Jordan Ryles with his brother Darren lending him a hand.
As a big fundraiser,the cricket club is running a Fantasy league for the football World Cup in South Africa. The rules are simple. Please enter and spread the word! Entries should be sent to organiser David Greenlees or other commitee member. Rules and entry form.
Keep up to date with the latest news on our new Academy CC Facebook page
Indoor nets begin on Thursday 11 March at 18:30 in the BRA sports hall, Cliftonville Road. New players welcome.
If anyone can fill in the few remaining gaps in the honours board, please let me know. See main office bearers and captains.
In February the cricket AGM was very held attended at the club. Mark Shields and Robert Best were re-appointed as 1st XI and 2nd XI captains respectively. Adam Sloan was elected as midweek captain. The 3rd XI captain is yet to be filled. Jackie Quinn will continue as secretary for a remarkable 20th year while Pete Johnston carries on as President, also for a record number of years! Dean McDonald is the club match secretary.
The fixtures for the 2010 season are now available, thanks yet again to Dean. As you can see, the club is aiming to field 3 weekend sides and a midweek team. We are also hoping to enter the Graham Cup (Under-15) for the first time in around 25 years.
1st XI career averages have been updated. Over the past 10 years or so, scores have become higher. This is reflected in the number of young players at the top of the batting averages and the continued presence of old codgers at the top of the bowling averages! It's interesting to note that all those players who batted in the 1990s all improved their batting averages in the noughties.
1st XI have a difficult draw in the bid to retain the Junior Cup, facing Larne in the first round.
Last season's awards were presented at the club dinner. For the 1sts, Michael Harte picked up the batting award, Davy Greenlees the fast fifty, Matthew Palmer the young player of the year and Johnnie Irons bowler of the year. For the 2nd XI, Davy Moore picked up the bowling and the batting went to Jordan Ryles. For the 3rd XI, the batting award went to Adam Sloan and the bowling to Jordan Ryles. Adam Sloan also won the most improved player.