Posted: 1 month ago

And so, it begins…

Finally we have seen action at The Green as the 2nds (186 in 35 overs) comfortably defeated a Downpatrick XI by 88 runs.

Back: R Galway (c), H Coulter, G Anderson, D Parker, W Adams, R Haire; Front: J McClure-Dalzell, J Shields, J Parker, L Hayman, J Corbett

In truth the cricket was almost secondary, as those involved both playing and non-playing simply enjoyed what the summer season down Castle Lane is all about – some cricket to watch, kids playing on the sidelines and a smattering of supporters enjoying a cold drink in the sun. Ah perfection!

For the record, Hammy Coulter (47 ret), Ryan Haire (36) and Skipper Galway (32) scored the runs and Kiwi debutant Liam Hayman (3), Billy Adams (2) and Jacob McCD (2) took the wickets.

You can see Ian Shields’ photo gallery from the match HERE.

A few busy days for the grounds team had the place in good order and hopefully the ‘better’ weather will continue allowing the top ground to be next to fall into line.

In the latest edition of Dines’ Diaries, we’ve seen the upgrading of the stumps, further paintwork completed, the ‘squaring’ of the square and a well earned pint of Guinness. Keep up the good work mate!

Friendlies this week, weather permitting, keep an eye on social media for updates:
Thursday 25th 1sts/2nds v Cliftonville (h) 6pm
Sat 27th 1sts v Instonians (h) 12noon
Sun 28th 1sts v Lisburn (a) 12noon
Sun 28th 3rds v Belfast Spartans (h) 10.30am

Friday night saw the launch of our youth cricket season with lots of new and old faces in attendance – we look forward to seeing lots of cricket skills and fun had throughout the season…

A reminder that the Tribal Branding online club shop is currently open and with a 3 week lead time on purchases it is advisable to get in as soon as possible to have your training kit early season…

The Clubhouse at The Green confirmed we’re now on Summer opening hours and keep checking social media too because these will alter to accommodate home cricket matches…
Thursday 7pm – 9pm
Friday 4pm – 10pm
Saturday 2pm – 11pm
Sunday 2pm – 6pm

In other news, a former North Down player called time on his professional career this week when Nick Larkin hung up his boots with New South Wales. Nick played with us 2013/14 and was a popular guy who also excelled when playing for the Northern Knights. We wish him well in his future coaching endeavours…

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