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160 YEARS OLD
Monday 2nd October 2017
McBrides On The Square was the venue for a night of celebration for North Down Cricket Club's 160th year. around 90 members and friends attended, enjoyed the meal and the music and caught up with the season past.
Chairman Peter Shields welcomed everyone and the gueat speaker David Holmes, noted journalist and Twit. His addiction to cricket and Twitter has kept the cricketing communities bang up to date with the happenings at most clubs and his informative and entertaining quips are well worth reading.
It could have been a much more difficult experience for David, being a member of The Master Race, but he handled himself with aplomb and related many episodes from visiting The Green and dealing with the locals with great humour.
Mr Harry Hawke on behalf of the supporters spoke eloquently about the 1st XI and lavished praise on the captain, Marty Moreland and our new 'signings', Stuart Nelson, Jay Hunter and Carl Robinson. He related the Ruan Pretorius innings at Muckamore as exceptional and that of Ali Shields at a rainy Green as the best he has ever seen from a local player and worthy of the Supporters Player of the Year award which he handed over.
The evening continued with Mrs Diane Eakin, representing Eakin Ltd., the club's premier sponsor, presenting the senior awards ably assisted by Mrs Sally Irvine wife of our treasurer, David and our Guest.
The 1st XI Player of the Year award went to Alistair Shields for an outstanding season scoring over 1000 runs. Ali also took the 1st XI batting award with Peter Eakin the recipient of the 1st XI bowling award.
Hammie Coulter, batting and Billy Dale bowling lifted the 2nd XI awards while on the 3rd XI, Peter Shields and Aaron Macrory shared the spoils.
Ross Copeland and Stacci Maxwell lifed the 4th XI awards with Stacci becomming the top wicket taker on the Ladies 1st XI.
The Ladies 1st XI batting award went to Rebecca Nield and the Young Player of the Year went to T Schulstzer.
With the rapid development of the Ladies game in Comber a 2nd XI was fielded and the Player of the year with this side was K Rogers.