News in 1998

New features are tales on and off the field from the club minute books 1965-1990 and also representative honours for Academy players.

The 1st XI career averages have been updated with 1998 figures. Some new features are added: Economic and tidy bowling figures and player by player batting and bowling analysis for each season from 1983-1998.

Looking through some old committee minute books, I have found an enormous number of league and cup wins from the 1960s and 1970s. See history/honours. One or two additional tours have also been unearthed ! A list of all captains, honorary secretaries and Presidents from 1965 can now be consulted.

3rd XI averages for 1998 have been added (thanks to Dean McDonald).

Check out the league tables of the 1st XI from 1991-1998 (easier to read version).

The 1st XI batting and bowling averages for 1998 are now available (thanks to Brian Kelso).

All the results from 1998.

One of the wettest cricket seasons in recent years ended with the 1st XI only completing 16 of their 18 games. Despite retaining their place in Section Two it was a disappointing season, particularly in the batting department. The 2nds had a good season but again finished runners-up. The Thirds also had a good season finishing second in their league. The Midweek team reached the final only to lose to RUC.

1st XI team highs and lows 1983-1998 have been added to the statistics section.

In the 1998 statistics section this season's records and milestones for certain players have been updated.

August was a disappointing month for the 1sts who lost to Holywood (unluckily), Bangor, Queens, Laurelvale and Armagh. In contrast, the 2nds and 3rds continued to push for promotion. Unfortunately the 2nds lost on Bank Holiday Monday to promotion rivals Civil Service which may mean 2nd place for the 4th year running. The Thirds won at Portadown to keep their title hopes alive.

The NCU web site managed by John Elder now includes the latest league tables for Division One Sections 1-4, usually updated every Monday. Address is

The Midweek team lost the final of the league to RUC by 4 wickets after scoring 93. Aussie Steve Waugh awarded the trophy.

1st XI team highs and lows 1983-1998 have been added to the statistics section.

At Mallusk on 1-2 August, the 1st XI suffered two emphatic defeats against Bangor. Chasing 147-9, Academy were dismissed for 66 with Blair Parlane making 20. Scorecard. On the Sunday, Academy could only muster 43 in 37 overs. Armagh won by 5 wickets. Scorecard.

The latest NCU Division One Section Two league table updated on 27 July.

In the 1998 statistics section this season's records and milestones for certain players has been updated on 28 July.

1st XI averages for 1998 season now available.

Victories for all 3 teams at Mallusk on Saturday 25th July. The firsts defeated Collegians by 44 runs (scorecard or Quinn's match report), the seconds thanks to fifties from J.McCall and G.Hodges beat Drumaness by 185 runs and the Thirds had a walkover over Portadown.

Where the 1st XI have finished in the NCU Senior league 1991-1997 (taken from archives of NCU website).

57 from Blair Parlane helped the 1st XI to 154-9 against Derriaghy at Mallusk on Saturday 18th July. Academy won by 3 runs. The 2nd XI also won comfortably defeating Donaghadee thanks to 51 from Rod Briggs and 5 wickets from Eddie Shaw.

On 5th July the 1st XI suffered a crushing 10 wicket defeat at home to North Down after scoring only 97 in 46 overs. Blair Parlane hit 33 and Davy McCollam 26. See scorecard. On the Sunday, Academy again batted first Queens scoring 102-9 off 50 overs. Queens won by 6 wickets. See scorecard.

On 16th June, after bowling out Holywood for 116 on the first night, the 1st XI had high hopes of a victory but collapsed to 49 all out. See scorecard. On Saturday 20th June, Academy scored a respectable 131 against the Carrick attack of Heasley and Eagleson with Brian Kelso top scoring with 43. In reply, Carrick reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets. See scorecard.

On Saturday 30th May the 2nds defeated Dungannon with Dennis Marriott scoring 108 not out. On Sunday the 3rds defeated Overton with Dean McDonald top scoring with 24.

In the 2nd round of the Senior Cup, the 1st XI lost to Derriaghy by 2 runs. Nigel Palmer with 5 wickets was the Touche Ross man of the match. Match report or scorecard.

Academy returned from a successful tour of Manchester on 25th May. Both matches were won and all 12 tourists attended the one-day international at Old Trafford between England and South Africa. Details to follow ...

On Saturday 23rd May, the 2nds defeated Portadown with Damien Dean scoring a fifty and Pete Johnston weighing with 30.

The 1st XI defeated Collegians on Saturday 16th May by 5 wickets to record their second win of the season. A vital 4th wicket stand between D.McCollam 44 and I.Moffett 46 saw Academy overhaul Collegians total of 126 by 5 wickets. The bowling was dominated by Colin Moffett who took a career-best 6 wickets. It was his first 5 wicket haul since 1991 and brought him past the 100 wicket mark for the 1st XI. Match report or scorecard.

The 2nd XI and 3rd XI both lost at the weekend to Saintfield and Queens respectively.

In a special 1998 statistics section we take a look at this season's records and likely milestones for certain players.

In their second game of the season, the 1st XI lost to Derriaghy by 5 wickets after being dismissed for a poor 104. Only Brian Kelso with a well-compiled 33 contributed with the bat. Derriaghy in reply were in early trouble at 30-5 with 3 wickets to Blair Parlane and 2 for Johnny Irons but a combination of dropped catches and a loss of the rub of the green saw Derriaghy put on over 70 for the 6th wicket. Full scorecard.

The 1st and 2nd XI fixtures scheduled for Saturday 2 May were postponed.

On his debut for the club, New Zealander Blair Parlane scored a magnificent 83 off 107 balls to help the 1st XI defeat North Down at Comber by 23 runs. Brian Kelso (24) and David McCollam (36) also made important contributions with the bat while Nigel Palmer (5 wickets) and skipper Brian Boyd (4) did the damage with the ball. 29 points takes Academy to the top of Section Two (no other game was completed !). Full scorecard.

David Greenlees has decided to try his luck with Section One side Instonians in 1998. We wish him well provided he comes back to us in 1999 !

The traditional pre-season match against Larne took place on Saturday 18th April. Academy won by 20 runs thanks to 40 from Michael Greenlees, 20 from David McCollam and wickets from Nigel Palmer, Johnny Irons and Brian Boyd.

1998 fixtures now available in calendar format.

The 1998 tour will be to Manchester from Thursday 21st - Monday 25th May. 14 tickets have been booked for the second one-day international between England and South Africa at Old Trafford on the Saturday.

A new statistics section is available - career averages

The past captains of the 1st XI have been added.

1st XI review 1997

What trophies have we won ?

Brian Boyd and his vice-captain Johnny Irons have qualified as ECB coaches.

Brian Boyd (right) has been re-elected as 1st XI captain for 1998.

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