Anyone who follows our Social Media will be aware that there is a lot going on behind the scenes at the minute and we thought now would be a good time to get an update on the website.
Return to action… The NCU have confirmed that the competitive season will start on 8th May after the Stormont Executive agreed a return to competitive sport. We expect to have fixtures in place as soon as possible. Unfortunately the current regulations stipulate that for now our games must be played behind closed doors but hopefully that will also be eased soon.
AGM… In October we postponed our 2020 AGM with a view to holding this at a later date when it was safe to get a group together. Unfortunately this hasn’t happened all winter and therefore the AGM has been cancelled. As stated last year, if any of our members would like to receive a copy of the reports that would normally be available on the night then please either contact Dean MacDonald (Hon Treasurer) or Staci Maxwell (Hon Secretary).
TeamFeePay… Follow the link to get registered for membership and make payment of annual subscriptions - as you can imagine, with the clubhouse bar having been closed all winter there is a shortfall in our current cashflow position, therefore prompt payment of these fees will help us enormously in the expensive early season period. https://www.teamfeepay.com/s/I9Ajv8J
Ground Works… Anyone who has been about The Green will have seen some of the great work being done in getting the place looking good for the new season – that work is not complete so please feel free to join in as and when another request for help is made – it has been very encouraging to see some new faces helping out alongside the usual suspects!
Cricket Ireland/Northern Knights Unsurprisingly we were asked to host some training for the NCU Cricket Ireland Hub and despite the recent cold weather that began today and as usual the playing surface was well received by those involved. We have also been confirmed as host to the Knights v Lightening 50 over interpro game on Sunday 16th May.
Overseas Arrivals Despite the current COVID travel restrictions Gayan Maneeshan and Tom Mayes will be with us in good time for the start of the new season, once they complete their relevant isolation/quarantine period.
Welcome to 2021 and welcome to the brand new North Down CC website. A big thanks to former player Kieran Donnelly from Podium Apps who has generously part-sponsored this new site and the accompanying ‘app’ which will follow soon.
We’re also indebted to Ian Shields who has agreed to revive his former role of Webmaster which will not only ensure the history section of the website is well catered for, but that the latest news will quickly appear on our mobile devices via the NDCC App – welcome to the 21st century folks!
At the minute a lot of the content is centred on the 1stXI but that is just a starting point, we have ambitions to eventually upload similar information for all teams – this is a work in progress and we will be seeking assistance to fill some gaps in the info so keep an eye out for those requests.
The main cricketing news pre-Christmas was that Ruhan Pretorius has left the club after 4 years. Jamie Magowan and Aditya Adey have also moved on and we wish them all well at their new clubs.
Of course, such is the nature of the game that as 'one door closes another one opens' and we are delighted that we have made some additions to our playing/coaching department and you can read about the arrivals of Gayan Maneeshan, Aniruddha Chore and Tom Mayes in the 'News' section.
'The Vault' is a huge project and one which we hope will be a great interest to the visitors to the site. It not only tells us about the senior players but of those behind the scenes, from scorers and groundsmen to supporters and patrons, there is a story to be told for everyone.
We are looking forward to seeing the site evolve over the coming weeks and months, and if you have any comment, suggestions for content or news that you would like published then please drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing Gayan Maneeshan
The club are delighted to announce Gayan Maneeshan as our overseas player/coach for 2021.
Gayan is a left-handed middle order batsman playing First Class cricket for the Sri Lankan Port Authority and has previously been involved with the Sri Lanka 'A' squad. He has an excellent record, averaging nearly 37 with 8 hundreds and 21 fifties, and as well as being a very talented and adaptable batsman is an experienced and successful captain at that level.
He has previously played for Chorley in the strong ECB Northern Premier League where he scored 1658 runs across the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In 2019 he played for Drumpellier CC in Scotland, scoring 542 runs in a season reduced to just 12 matches because of the weather.
At 29 years old he is still very much in his prime as a batter and he is also an accomplished wicketkeeper and part time spin bowler in local club competitions back home.
And perhaps most importantly he comes with a reputation of being a fantastic coach, which will be of huge benefit to all players , in particular the excellent group of young players currently making their way through the youth ranks at The Green.
We would like to thank James Hine at World Sports Exchange for his assistance in putting the deal together and we look forward to Gayan's arrival in mid-April.
Tom Mayes is a 19 year old seam bowler from South Africa, who will be joining us for the 2021 season.
Tom has represented Limpopo Province in youth cricket since the age of 10, most recently at the prestigious Under 19 Khaya Majola competition last year, were he was second leading wicket taker.
This form saw him selected to represent the South African Schools Colts XI and subsequently the Titans 'Cubs' this year, while he is currently enrolled at the SSE Titans Academy in Pretoria as well as playing for the Pretoria High School Old Boys club.
Tom's family on his father's side are from Dublin so he is using his Irish passport to achieve his goal of gaining experience playing and coaching overseas.
Daniel Hancock at Club Vitae Cricket Agency was instrumental in getting the deal done so we would like to thank him, and we look forward to welcoming Tom to The Green in April.
In what was an interesting 'twist of fate', when we were doing some research on Tom the email address we were given for a reference, the master in charge of cricket at St Alban's College and the coach of the Titans Cubs team was gregjsmith@ - none other than our overseas player from 1997, former Titans and Nottinghamshire left arm quick Greg Smith!
Greg confirmed that we are getting a talented and hard-working young player who we hope will be a great asset to the club next summer.
New Wicketkeeper Aniruddha Chore
The club are delighted to welcome on board new wicketkeeper/batsman Aniruddha Chore.
Hailing from Nagpur in India, Aniruddha joins us via a spell in Oman, where he was based courtesy of his wife's job with Citibank.
He has First Class experience having represented Vidarbha in the prestigious Ranji Trophy and was more recently included in the Oman 'A' squad before departing the Middle East and arriving in Ulster late last summer.
Anniruddha has already been to The Green and was thoroughly impressed with the ground, even though it was in the middle of winter, and is looking forward to the new season.
Having seen his plans to return to India this month for his brother's wedding cancelled due to COVID19, he will no doubt be keen to get going when restrictions are lifted and he can begin his role as a player/coach with the 1stXI and our youth program.
I'm sure a warm welcome will be extended to Anniruddha and his wife when cricket resumes at The Green in April.
Stirling and Young in Ireland Squad for UAE
I'm sure everyone at the club would like to wish good luck to 1stXI players Paul Stirling and Craig Young who are in the UAE for games against the host nation and Afghanistan, details of the fixtures, which will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, are:
UAE v Ireland – 1st ODI – 8 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
UAE v Ireland – 2nd ODI – 10 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
UAE v Ireland – 3rd ODI – 12 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
UAE v Ireland – 4th ODI – 14 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
Afghanistan v Ireland – 1st ODI – 18 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
Afghanistan v Ireland – 2nd ODI – 21 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
Afghanistan v Ireland – 3rd ODI – 23 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
The matches against Afghanistan will be part of the World Cup Super League.
LIVESTREAM / BROADCAST
Matches will be livestreamed via Youtube in Ireland / UK, with further details made available closer to the match days.