News from the 2010 season

September 2010

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

Thanks to an interest in scoring and maintaining averages by Quinn/Kelso/Whitten, we now have 28 years of 1st XI career averages. Over the period 1983-2010, the 1sts have played 535 matches. Statto's Corner has been completely revamped.

Here's what happened in 2010:

- 1sts played 22 games, more than ever before
- 29 players were used (equal record)
- The 207 run win over Dunmurry was the highest victory margin ever
- There were 15 fifty partnerships, the joint highest ever
- L.Thompson and P.Whitten passed the 150 cap milestone

- David Greenlees scored 600+ runs in a season for the 5th time. Mark Shields became the only other player to ever score 600+.
- Mark Shield's 6 fifties (including a ton) equalled David's record for highest number of fifties in a season
- David's season average of 44 has only been bettered once (yes, by himself in 1995 when he averaged 53)
- We don't have long-standing records for the number of 'paper boys' (scores of 20+) but Mark Shields must arguably have broken the record with 12
- Apart from David and Mark, Brian Kelso also scored 330 and Andrew Magee 268 runs.

- Gerry Sloan and James Wix each passed 1000 career runs
- David Greenlees leads the way with 9642 followed by Brian Kelso on 8841 and Ian Moffett on 5538
- David Greenlees leads narrowly from Michael Harte with a career batting average of 28.9

- Gowtham Sinnathamby had the season's best bowling average with 26 wickets @ 12.42 followed by Johnnie Irons with 21 @ 14.95 and David Greenlees with 25 @15.24. Brian Boyd took the highest number of wickets with 34 @ 18.09

- Gowtham Sinnathamby knocked Bill Fox off his perch with the best career strike rate (20)!
- Brian Coyle held on narrowly to his record of best career bowling average (12.2)
- Johnnie Irons has bowled in all 147 of his appearances for 1sts
- Brian Kelso bowled for the first time since 2007, albeit just one ball!
- David Greenlees 530 still leads Brian Boyd 523 in career wickets, well ahead of the chasing pack.

- Brian Kelso leads the way with 234 catches
- Mark Shields has taken 49 stumpings (Michael Greenlees has 74)

1st XI averages for 2010 are available. Thanks to Brian Kelso for compiling them each week and JQ for scoring and putting the scorecards on CricketIreland website.


Annual awards dinner was held at the club on Saturday 25th September. A remarkable 13 awards were made!

1st XI Batting: David Greenlees
1st XI Bowling: Brian Boyd
Fastest 50: David Greenlees
2nd XI Batting: Adam Sloan
2nd XI Bowling: Craig Jackson
3rd XI Batting: Adam Jackson
3rd XI Bowling: Jordan Ryles
Most Improved: Adam and Craig Jackson
Best Young Player: David Hawthorne
1st XI Duck Award: James Wix
2nd XI "Chris Magee" Duck Award: Chris Magee
The Robert Best Toys out of Pram Award: Adam Sloan
Midweek Bowling: Brian Rea
Midweek Batting: Ricky Wilson

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.

August 2010

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!!!

A remarkable table produced by Brian Kelso showing the 22 wins out of 24 matches in the last six years of the Junior Cup!!! The only two defeats are in yellow.
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
East Belfast (A) Bangor II (H) Ards (A) Dungannon (A) PSNI (H) - Bowl out Larne (A)
Millpark (H)   Dundrum (H) Waringstown II (H) Clogher (H) Ballymena II (A)
Cliftonville II (A)   Lurgan II (H) Portadown (H) North Down II (H) Millpark (A)
Waringstown II (H)     Millpark (A) Portadown (A) Cooke/Collegians (H)
Woodvale II     Templepatrick Waringstown II Waringstown II

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.

April 2010

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

March 2010

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.

January 2010

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.