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A database of the people past & present behind North Down Cricket Club.

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AdamsWilliam (Billy)
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Billy 'hit the ground running' at North Down 1n 1989 when he took 3 wickets for 34, including prolific run maker Decker Curry, at Rathmines in the victorious Irish Cup Final against Donemana. Two years later at The Meadow he...
AllenBilly
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Billy was a very popular member and wicketkeeper of the sucessful 4th XI and with son David made many contributions to the 4th XI in particular.  
AndersonAlbert
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Local businessman, based where Hardy's currently stands, who played as a 1st XI opening batsman both pre and post  1st World War. Albert made his Senior Challenge Cup debut in 1908 scoring 37 in the final against Cliftonville. He went...
AndersonGavin
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Very capable high order right hand batsman and capable wicket keeper for the 2nd XI. Like a number of successful North Down cricketers, his early cricket was at the neighbouring Ards club where his father and uncle made big contributions.
AndrewsJames
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James Andrews was born in 1877 and after attending “Inst” he was accepted at Trinity College Dublin in 1896 to study law. He was an outstanding legal student who rose to the lofty status of Lord Chief Justice in 1937...
AndrewsJohn Miller
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One of the children of Thomas Andrews Snr, John Miller was particularly close to his brother Thomas. Both young men played their cricket mostly on the 2nd XI and for a time John Miller captained the side and led them...
Andrews John Jnr
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The journalist for ‘The Irish Athletic and Cycling Record’, known as ‘busy bee’, had a difficult task in finding an opportune time to interview John for the article on ‘Leaders in Sports and Pastimes’ destined for the first issue in...
AndrewsOscar
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Born in 1876, Oscar Andrews was educated at Rossall School in Lancashire, married Amy Lyttle in1904 and had two daughters. His career followed the path of his grandfather Isaac in whose mills he became a partner in 1894, director in...
AndrewsThomas Jnr
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RMS Titanic was the second of a trio of luxury superliners designed to provide an express transatlantic service for the White Star Line. She was built at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and was the largest passenger steamship in...
AndrewsThomas
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Thomas James Andrews was born in 1847, son of Isaac Andrews of Flour milling fame and was to become the owner of the ground in 1895. With his brother John he was responsible for the continued development of the bleach...
AndrewsWilliam
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Willie Andrews was president of the Irish Cricket Union in 1948 and 1952, chairman of the Northern Cricket Union from 1948 to 1966, captain of North Down 1st XI from 1910 to 1949 (excluding 1947) and club chairman and godfather...
ArthurIain
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Iain has represented the club for many years and at the tender age of 14 played for the Lords Taverners  and followed this achievement by being selected for the NCU under 15s. At this time he played on the very...
ArttWilliam (Billy)
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Billy was a long serving member during the late 50s through to the 70s and was involved in many aspects of the club. In 1957 under the 2nd XI captaincy of Alan Simpson, young Billy played a major role in...
ArttDenis
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With brothers Billy and Peter firmly entrenched at The Green it was always the hope that Denis, a top class wicketkeeper, would join them. He had been a fierce opponent when Collegians and North Down met in the league and...
ArttPeter
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The late Peter Artt was a swashbuckling batsman who usually played in the 3rds and 4ths captaining the latter to Division 4 Section 2 League success in 1983 He had a cavalier approach to batting even when, on one occasion...
BarryJim
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Born before the Great War, Jim Barry’s life spanned over 90 years during which he served North Down manfully for over 70 of them. He donned many roles not least as club chairman from 1966 to 1979 during the challenging...
BeckNorman
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Norman, a left hand batsman and wicketkeeper, first played for the very successful Boys' XI under coaches Jimmy Boucher and Roy Thompson. In 1965 he scored 65 against Bangor in the Graham Cup and captained the side the following year...
BeckRoy
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Roy played for the Junior teams on occasions as a batsman and featured in a Minor Cup game against North of Ireland with team mate Robin Mitchell seeing the side home. He also played for the North Down side in...
BensonAmy
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Amy adds a touch of class to the North Down Ladies batting line up with her accurate attacking approach. She was Player of the Match v Waringstown at the Lawn in the Cup Final.
BensonGraeme
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Graeme is one of the very few players at The Green to have won 2 Irish Cup medals, in 1989 and 1993. He was a slow medium paced bowler in the side.
BoucherJimmy
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Jimmy was a highly respected teacher in Comber Primary School for many years and thereafter a first class swimming instructor. He coached and managed the youth under 15 side at the club for 20 years and was himself a wily...
BoyceWallace
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One of a few players who could have played at the top level locally. A Qualifying League A winner in 1955 he was an aggressive batsman and excellent fielder. He won the club's 1st XI batting award in 1955 and...
CampbellLaura
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Laura is one of the key players in the Ladies squad.
CampbellMalcolm
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Malcolm Campbell came through the ranks playing for the 2nd XI in the 50s where the O'Prey brothers, Miller and David, scored most of the runs supported by a growing input from a young Campbell.  His first century came in...
CampbellMatthew
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Matthew played most of his cricket with the 2nd XI but played throughout the club when the occasion demanded. He could be devastating with the bat and caused opposition real problems when he got going.
CarserIan
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As an Ards youth and a sporting enthusiast, it was perhaps inevitable that Ian’s Regent House School rugby led to an association with the successful Ards rugby club, and for a time he played at senior level as an effective...
CarsonTim
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Tim has played 1st XI cricket but has been for the most part an integral part of the 2nd XI bowling outfit. An experienced left arm slow bowler he can pose additional problems to the batting side and on his...
ChoreAnihuddra (Ani)
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Ani Chore arrived at The Green for the 2021 season, an unknown quantity with the locals, but by the end of the  season he was not only the talk of the town but of the local cricket union. He was...
ClarkeDarren
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Darren was a 2nd XI all-rounder and won the prestigious Rosebowl in 2004 and 2005 for top wicket taker. He captained the side in 2005 to the Division 2 Section 1 for the first time in the club's history  and...
ClelandIan
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A former Woodvale player, Ian's move to The Green corresponded with his move to Comber. Ian was an very effective quick bowler, a dangerous opening bowler particularly adept at removing stubborn tail end resistance. Ian still turns out for the...
CoeyArtie
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A lifetime with his club, Artie came through the very difficult post war years, the team playing at a lower level than ever before and holding on to deflect the unimaginable- further relegation.  Artie and his 1940s/50s colleagues struggled to...
CoetzeeRalph
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Having played against Ralph in the 2000 and the 2004 Senior Challenge Cup Finals , North Down was fully aware of the talents of the all rounder.  He played at The Green from 2005 to 2009 and was an excellent...
CombeGeorge
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George Combe, a member of the family of engineers that supplied and fitted the machinery for the Spinning Mill in 1863, was also a key player in the side. His batting was of the highest calibre and he wasn’t short...
ConnellPeter
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Fast bowler who arrived with an Irish Passport from New Zealand in 2006 and played successfully with the club until 2010, taking 120 wickets. Went on to win 59 Irish caps before returning to NZ where he is a PE...
CorbittDaniel
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Daniel is on  of our younger players making an impression with the 2nd XI as a bowler. More to Follow
CorbettJosh
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Josh is a promising slow left arm bowler who has played for the 3rd XI in the 2022 season.
CoulterHamilton (Hammie)
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Left hand opening bat and slow left arm bowler. Key player on the 2nd XI and occasionally steps up to the 1st XI. Close family ties with the club going way back.
CoulterWillie
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The second round senior cup game went well in 1910 when the side chased Ulster’s 278 runs and won by five wickets, thanks to a magnificent 164 from opening batsman Willie Coulter, who followed this with 191 not out against...
CrosbyRaymond
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Raymond epitomised everything that was good about the club, on and off the field. He had a distinguished career as an all round sportsman, starting with the Boys’ XI and eventually winning a place in the 1st XI in the...
DaleWilliam (Billy)
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A true veteran still playing into his seventies Billy has made major contributions on and off the field of play. His first season was 1975  when the 1sts were relegated but he played on the Section 2 league winning sides...
DalzellJack
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Jack came to The Green from Ards in 1960 and played for 8 seasons proving invaluable to a senior team and club striving to return to top flight cricket. He spearheaded the attack with some pace and took plenty of...
DalzellMarty
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Marty came to The Green in 2003 and was a major part of the success story of the times. He unfortunately sustained an ankle injury in 2004 which, in combination with Peter Shields finger surgery and Taimur Khan's delay in...
DavidsonPaul
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Served his cricketing apprenticeship at Ards CC and came as an experienced cricketer in 2000 and made quite an impact as a medium paced bowler and a useful lower order batsman. In the Irish Cup Quarter Final against Pembroke in...
DavidsonSammy
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Sammy played in his first Senior Challenge Cup Final in 1897 and won 2 more winners medals a year later and in 1908. He also suffered a 'pair' in 1904 and was on the losing side again in 1909 even...
DavisonPeter
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Tall aggressive 1st XI opening bowler who can cause problems for the best opponents. Peter  played his first Premier League in 2013 and to date has played 109 1st XI games for the club. His role became more defined and...
DeardenJack
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Jack was an outstanding wicketkeeper during the Second Golden Era winning 12 Senior Challenge Cup Finals and playing a big part in the 8 League wins. Jack somewhat notoriously claimed for 'lost wages' from the NCU after his interprovincial selection,...
DempsterGeoffrey
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Son of the legendary Willie, Geoffrey was an accomplished left hand high order batsman. He played Interprovincial for Ulster Town with some success before changing from The Green to the Ballygomartin Road and Woodvale.
DempsterIvan
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Younger brother of Geoffrey and son of Willie, Ivan was a stylish left hand batsman who played mostly for the 2nd XI but also on the 1st XI at times. One of these times was when he stood in for...
DempsterWillie
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Willie Dempster emerged into the North Down senior team at the start of the war and was to leave an indelible imprint on the club for many years. He assumed a wide variety of roles in his time, not least...
De WindEdmund
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Our Victoria Cross recipient for his heroics during the 1st World War. Little is recorded of his cricket other than he played in the junior teams.
DonnellyKieran
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An aggressive all-rounder who played a few games for the club in 2010 and 2011, two important moments for the 1stXI included a vital last over 'six' at Pollock Park v Lurgan and taking a 'skyer' at Belmont to dismiss...
DrennanJake
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Jake is another of our promising young players who is a quick bowler and has stepped up to the senior teams with a visit to Laurelvale with the 3rd XI
DuganLewis
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Lewis is one of the hard hitting batsmen at the club playing on the junior teams where he is a major asset.
EakinPeter
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Peter began his 1st XI career in 2011 but had played a major role in the youth teams from an early age. He was a key player in the magnificent  winning year 2010 when the under 15s won the Graham...
ElliottDarren
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Darren (Fax) brings a vitality and vision to the Executive Committee and follows in the footsteps of father Sydney who was club secretary for some years. From a young age he followed the fortunes of the sides and  was the...
ElliottSydney
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  Sydney (Syd) came to North Down in 1967 and served the club with distinction on and off the field for 40 years. As a batsman he was technically sound and built his innings purposefully. A memorable 'knock' at Stormont...
EwartTim
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Talented young player. Former pupil of RBAI, Tim switched to his home town club this season (2022) from CSNI. He has already scored a fine 48 for the 2nd XI.
FraterAndrew
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In 1999 Andrew led the 4th XI to a rare league win picking up the Division 4 Section 2 trophy and captained the 3rd XI to an encouraging 4th place in 2004. Always enthusiastic, Andrew did a lot in introducing...
GalwayJimmy
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As with most long serving players, Jimmy experienced the great days with the not so good, and as a member of the 1975 Cup Final team he experienced the latter, although he took a creditable 3 for 21 in the...
GalwayRyan
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Son of much  admired James (Jimmy), Ryan played most of his cricket for the 2nd XI and was a very useful all rounder, being a match winner with bat and ball and a member of the 2006 Jumnior Cup Winners. ...
GillilandJohn
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John was a high order right hand batsman and also a very useful slow medium paced bowler.  His great strength, and weakness was hooking and his ability to bowl straight was more than useful in the dreaded 'bowl out'. He...
GilmoreJosh
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Very useful striker of the ball. Plays mostly for the 2nd XI and was a Junior Cup winner in 2019. More to Follow
GloverStanley
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Stanley played for the 2nds and 1st XIs through the fifties and sixties and did some painting and decorating as required notable at the refurbishment in 1957. (Seen painting the flagpole in '57)
GrahamDaniel
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Daniel (Danny) was, on his day, a great timer of the ball and played some lovely innings for the 1st and 2nd XIs as well as contributing with athleticism in the field. He played in the very successful Colts teams...
GrahamTommy
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Tommy Graham was a remarkable man. He was North Down Cricket Club secretary from 1875 to 1898 and one of the team’s finest all rounders in an era when they dominated Ulster cricket. He was a top class player and...
GrahamWesley
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It would be interesting to do the sums in relation to the vast amounts of sponsorship finance raised by Wesley over the years. He was the go to man when funds or legal advice were required and he rarely disappointed....
GreggAlex
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Alex Gregg played after the war in the 1st XI. It was a difficult time for the club, in the Qualifying League, but Alex brought a freshness to the batting line up and on his day scored plenty of quick...
HaireAndrew
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Youngest of the renowned North Down family, Andrew has played at the highest club level for the 1st XI and also Captained the 2nd XI to Junior Cup success. A genuine and capable all rounder he suffered somewhat by being...
HaireRobin
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Robin Haire may not have emerged from a strong cricketing background, but by the mid-Nineties he had established something of a dynasty at North Down, with sons Ryan and Andrew much to the fore, father Sammy a doyen stalwart and...
HaireRyan
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Prolific left-handed batsman and slow bowler who was instrumental in the club’s successful  ‘Third Golden Era’. Was an Under 19 International, senior Interprovincial and also won 7 international caps between 2000 and 2008. One of his greatest innings was played...
HaireSammy
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For someone who never played the game Sammy gave a large proportion of his latter years to North Down CC in many different guises. One of his greatest gifts to the club of course was his talented cricketing son Robin,...
HallidayJosh
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Josh is a talented all rounder who has played at all levels.   More to follow
HarrisonSandi
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Founder member and driving force behind the establishment of the successful ladies section of the club. Also 'broke the mould' by becoming the first regular female player in the men's team and now the veteran captain of the 4thXI.
HilesClarence
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Although domiciled in Barbados since 1996, Clarence Hiles has remained in close contact with North Down Cricket Club and Irish cricket in general. His boyhood dreams of emulating the great North Down cricketers of the past were largely ‘kept on...
HilesJohn
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Another left handed Hiles, John, played mainly on the 2nd XI where he was the reliable wicket keeper and useful hard hitting lower order batsman. He was a member of the successful 1986 Junior Cup winning side led by Sydney...
HunterLawrence
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After his marriage to Maureen in 1971, Lawrence Hunter moved to live in Comber and joined North Down from Lisburn. He was to make a huge impact at the club during the Seventies. At the time, the big strapping pace bowler...
IrvineScott
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Scott is the third generation of the family to be steeped in the game. His grandfather Jimmy served Cregagh well as an opening bat in the 50s/60s and his father David led North Down junior teams to silverware as well...
IrwinBasil
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Ian Shields, in the club's history reveals that North Down averaged 100 runs in all cup games between 1945 and 1950 and yet the bowlers Walter Wishart, Willie Dempster and Basil Irwin matched the opposition in their respective fields. Basil...
JohnstonBrian
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Brian played a few seasons in the seventies and was a member of the 1979 League winning side. He was a tall right arm opening bowler.
KennedyDavid
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One of the best batsmen to play at The Green, David was a high order batsman who made major contributions particularly in the big games. He was a good slip fielder who bowled one critical over in the cup final...
KennedyDavid
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David Kennedy arrived from Holywood and gave the club a season where in 2011 he bowled right arm medium pace and the records for that year show that he bowled 52.1 overs of which 5 were maidens taking 9 wickets...
KhanTaimur
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Taimur hailed from the Peshawar region in the north of Pakistan. He holds a degree in law but worked for the Allied Bank of Pakistan, that is whenever he was not representing their very successful cricket team in the national...
LambaRaman
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The Legend of Raman Lamba No player in post-war Ulster cricket made a bigger impact than Raman Lamba. He was a legend in his time and gave the club a huge boost. However it may surprise many people to learn...
McCauleyMatthew
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Matthew captained the 3rd XI for a couple of seasons recently but is now in England. More To Follow
MacroryAndrew
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Played on every team at the club and the proud winner of Senior Challenge Cup medal and others. Great advocate and participator in youth work.
MainiAdi
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A very talented young player, Adi has already played for the 3rd XI and is a specialist opening batsman and slow bowler. He will be encouraged to work hard for future 2nd XI cricket soon.
MaloneKeith
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Cricketing family background with Downpatrick, Keith has been a playing member at The Green for a good many years, after a spell at his old club. (More to Follow)
MaxwellStaci
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Excellent medium pace bowler who has led the attack on the women's side and made great contributions on the men's 4th XI side. Stacci is currently (2021) secretary of the club and is also heavily involved in the NCU coaching...
McCaugheyColin
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Colin (Gatch) has been a vital member of the club for many seasons and is the current Vice Chairman. Living on the periphery of The Green he knows more than most what goes on around the ground on a nightly...
McClure-DalzellJacob
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Another of our promising young players who is an all rounder with a leg spinning option in his armoury. Played for the 3rd XI at Laurelvale
McCrackenDerek
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1st XI slow right arm bowler and an excellent slip fielder, Derek played in the seventies, took plenty of wickets and catches and played in the prestigious Ballymena and RUC sixes.
McCrumCharles
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Charles 'Charlie' McCrum played for North Down from 1990 to 1996 and during that time was one of the leading all-rounders in the country, helping the 1stXI to both All-Ireland and Challenge Cup success with a series of outstanding performances...
McCrumPaul
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The 1995 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Final North Down v Bready was arguably the most dramatic final of this competition and is remembered for Charlie McCrum bowling Alan Rutherford for a 1 run North Down victory.  With a 98...
McDonaldDean
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Formerly a player with Academy, Dean played for the 3rd and 4th XIs when he came to The Green and provided a useful guide to the young players who benefitted from the experience that he had. Although he still turns...
McGreeghanHugh
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One of the great North Down 'characters' Hugh was a knowledgeable cricketer who experienced the game at Hove and The Green. A left hand bat in the classical mode and a teller of many good cricketing stories. Known affectionately as...
McIlveenRaymond
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A dual sportsman at The Green  playing down the teams at cricket and as a senior goalkeeper in hockey. Raymond was a capable wicketkeeper playing on the 4th XI when they won the Minor Qualifying Cup and Division 4 Section...
McKennaGavin
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Having taken 4 for 45 against Bangor in the 2nd round of the Senior Challenge Cup, Gavin played in the 2004 Cup Final against Belfast Harlequins and took 2 for 40 in the 1st innings and 2 for 53 in...
McKibbinDavid
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One of the stars in the 'dream team' of the late twenties and thirties, DGR was a classical stylish often opening batsman. He was also a capable slow bowler who was denied the opportunities in the 1st XI, already, at...
McVeighDavid
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Grandson of Tommy Maxwell, a Senior Cup winner in 1920, David has played for the club since boyhood and has captained and given his knowledge to the very good young generation in the mid nineties. He has played at every...
MaxwellTommy
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A true Comber man, Tommy was the inspirational opening bowler in 1919 and the early 1920s producing match winning figures game after game. In the 2nd round of the Senior Challenge Cup 1n 1919, he took a remarkable 7 for...
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