News from the 1999 season

December 1999

Y2K fixtures for 1sts, 2nds and midweek side are now available. 3rd XI games to follow.

Club tour to Amsterdam scheduled for 12th August 2000.

Blair Parlane heads back to New Zealand after his second season with the club. He didn't think much of our weather but enjoyed the crack. Good luck to him in the future.

A whole range of photos have been added to the pictureboard including Mark Challis playing an exquisite off drive, Rodney Briggs on tour, the club barmaid of the Millenium.

Ten statistical profiles of 1st XI players can now be found in statto's corner.

November 1999

The 1999 1st XI averages are now available as are the 1983-1999 career figures. I have updated the complete 1st XI playing record from 1983-1999 including our record against every other club. We have impressive records against, for example, Cooke, Collegians, Donaghadee, Dunmurry, Shorts. with our double over Queens this year we have now won 11 and lost 10. At the other end, we have still never beaten Laurelvale, Bangor or Waringstown. See Statto's corner.

Brief review of the 1999 season.

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Club AGM was held at the club on Tuesday 2nd November. All office bearers were retained although a new midweek captain is still to be appointed. Congratulations to Johnnie Irons, Mark Challis and Dean McDonald who will skipper the 3 Saturday XIs.

October 1999

22 Academy cricketers/alickadoos enjoyed the cricket club dinner at the club on Friday 29th October. The 1st XI batting award went to Brian Kelso. Skipper Johnnie Irons chose modestly not to present himself with the best bowling award and instead made an overall contribution award to Michael Greenlees.

More bowlers will be required at the club next season. At the recent NCU AGM, it was decided that no bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the overs in each innings. This means our firsts can only bowl 10 overs each instead of 15. Our seconds and thirds can only bowl 9 overs instead of 13.

September

Congratulations to David and Ruth Greenlees on the birth of their second son Ben Michael. It is hoped that Ben will make his 1st XI debut in 2015.

Read the review of this web site by Doras - an Irish internet search engine.

2nds and 3rds will both remain in their respective leagues next season after mid-season relegation scares.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for the 1999 and update career averages.

Check out some more of the recommended books that you can buy at discounted prices from Amazon books and help the club at the same time.

2nds defeat Saintfield with a Gareth Hodges fifty.

An Academy side participated in the RUC Barbados Sixes. They scored 53-5 (B.Parlane 30) in the 5 overs against Cliftonville who got the runs for the loss of one wicket. The Cliftonville side contained 4 internationals.

August

1sts end the season with an excellent win over Queens thus ensuring Section Two status for the year 2000. After scoring 170-8 (B.Parlane 41, I.Moffett 23, B.Kelso 19, D.McCollam 18, A.Scott 16), Queens were bowled out for 158 with skip Jonny Irons taking 5-45.

2nds put together a good run of wins over Templepatrick, Holywood and Dunmurry to stave off any relegation worries. Captain Mark Challis was confident throughout the season that his side would stay up.

46 from Jim McCall helped the 3rds defeat Civil Service by 100 runs.

Ian Moffett makes a successful comeback for the 2nds after breaking his arm earlier in the season.

1sts lose by 9 wickets to Laurelvale after scoring 133.

Due to holidays, this web site will not be updated before Sunday 12th September.

Latest Section 2 league table (thanks to Waringstown web site) as of 16 August.

1sts lose to Waringstown by 7 wickets after scoring 139 (D.McCollam and M.Greenlees both scored 36). Scorecard from Waringstown web site.

3rds defeat Dunmurry on Sunday after dismissing them for 25. All the wickets went to Eddie Shaw and Lee Thompson.

1sts run Armagh close scoring 178 after chasing 196. Brian Kelso continued his good form with the bat, scoring 60. Colin Moffett and Tim Kay also made useful contributions.

2nds and 3rds games were both abandoned on Saturday.

Nigel Palmer's representative honours have been added. Nigel played for Ulster Schools his season and came back from the English tour with the highest batting average and as leading wicket-taker. Well done to Nigel.

1sts lose heavily to Laurelvale who scored 260 to our 80.

July

1sts pull off excellent win over Holywood. Chasing 185 (4 wickets to Nigel Palmer), we won by 3 wickets. Brian Kelso and Nigel Palmer again put on 50 for the 1st wicket. Alistair Scott, Michael Greenlees, Peter Whitten, Colin Moffett and Tim Kay all contributed useful runs to pull off a marvellous win.

2nds and 3rds lost their games to Civil Service at the weekend. Dennis Marriott scored a fifty for the 2nds.

Nets at Newforge the other night took place with Chelsea FC training on the adjacent pitch. Reserve keeper Kevin Hitchcock bowled at our very own Dean McDonald.

1sts lose to Carrick after scoring 176-8. Brian Kelso scored 50 and Nigel Palmer 32 in an opening stand of 80. Carrick won by 6 wickets.

1sts lose to Bangor by 9 wickets after posting 116 (M.Greenlees 40).

2nds lose to Templepatrick.

1st lose to Donacloney scoring 88 after dismissing them for 115.

2nds put up an excellent fight against the league leaders. Chasing 196-8, they scored 189-9 (R.Briggs 44).

1sts lose against Derriaghy by 3 wickets at Mallusk after scoring 85 (Pete McClay 20).

2nds lose at Ards.

3rds chase 167 to beat Dunmurry with a career-best 45 from Tim Kay.

June

On Sunday 27th, the 2nds defeated Civil Service.

Excellent win for 1sts at Queens on Saturday 26th. After scoring 190 (M.Greenlees 48, D.McCollam 42, J.Irons 25), Queens were bowled out for just over 100 with Colin ' Junior' Moffett taking 5 wickets.

Midweek XI lose at Dunmurry.

1sts are defeated by 5 wickets against Waringstown in low-scoring match. Check out the detailed scorecard which is an extract from the excellent Waringstown web site.

Midweek XI defeat Bangor with Gareth Hodges hitting a match-winning six in the last over.

1st XI game against Laurelvale postponed.

Some new statistics added showing the complete 1st XI playing record from 1983-1999.

Check out the new pictureboard.

1st XI game at Waringstown postponed as they are still in the Cup. The Waringstown C.C. site is well maintained with complete scorecards of all 1st XI games.

1sts lose against Armagh. 2nds and 3rds are also defeated.

Alan Campbell's representative honours have been added. AJ now lives and play in Aberdeen.

May

3rds have a great win against Larne.

Excellent midweek game at North Down ends in tie (140 each off 20 overs).

1sts get important win at Holywood chasing 160. 2nds also win at Ards.

Disappointing weekend with 1st XI losing to Carrick and Derriaghy. 2nd XI lost in the Cup to Donaghadee despite a P.Johnston 50 and Thirds went down to Cooke. John Quinn and Ian Moffett both break arms (picture). Happier days ahead ...

1st XI lose heavily to North Down in the Senior Cup by 162 runs. Brian Kelso top scored with 30, Ian Moffett took 5 wickets. 2nd XI scored 180 against Millpark with a Pete Johnston 50 but lost.

Midweek XI defeat Bangor.

A look back at the best 1st XI comebacks over the years as well as the worst cases of batting collapses and letting other teams off the hook - see trivia section.

1st XI lost by 8 wickets to Bangor on Bank Holiday Monday after scoring 129-8 off 50 overs.

Great start to the season for 1st XI (119) who beat Donacloney (45). Brian Boyd took 6-22.

All the club's fixtures for 1999 are now on-line (thanks to Dean McDonald).

Academy 1st XI in the new Millenium

Academy Cricket Dream Team.

April

First game of season against Derriaghy postponed.

Nets on Tuesdays at Newforge. Monday and Thursday nights at the club.

Win for Academy XI in pre-season friendly against Larne.

Annual tour to Manchester leaving Belfast on Thursday May 27th. Playing a match on Friday. World Cup match, West Indies v Australia at Old Trafford on Sunday. Returning Monday.

April - The club has received a huge boost with the news that New Zealander Blair Parlane is returning for another season (despite last season's weather !).

Check out some of the new links to other cricket websites.

The club has agreed with RUC cricket club that the 1st XI can use Newforge for their home games in 1999 (provided RUC firsts are not playing). The facilities at Newforge are first class and several representative games have been staged there in recent years. Well done to Pete Johnston, Brian Boyd and Jackie Quinn for all their efforts in reaching this excellent deal for Academy.

At the recent AGM, Johnnie Irons was elected as skipper of the 1st XI for 1999. He takes over from Brian Boyd who has skippered the side for the past 2 seasons. Ian Moffett will act as vice-captain. Pete Johnston was re-elected as President as were the 2nd and 3rd XI captains Mark Challis and Dean McDonald. Peter and Phil McClay will jointly skipper the midweek team.

The 1st XI fixtures for 1999 are now available (thanks to match secretary Dean McDonald). On 12th June, the 1sts will play their first ever league game at the Lawn against Waringstown.