Great Games

North Down v Lisburn 2nd Round Senior Challenge Cup at Wallace Park in 1981

In this year the Senior Challenge Cup was won and returned to 'The Green' for the first time since 1936.

The 2nd Round tie against the formidable Lisburn side was played at Wallace Park and captain Mike Reith batted having won the toss.

At 6 for 2 with Geoff Dempster and Reith out things looked bleak and on the slow track runs were going to be hard to muster.

Don Shields and Robin Haire established the innings but both fell victim to spinner Given Lyness when trying to force the pace.

Shields brothers good day at Wallace Park

In an unaccustomed middle order placing Ian Shields was forced to put bat to ball from the outset and his quickfire 32 lifted the total to a moderate 153 for 8.

North Down              
G Dempster  b Roberts  T Roberts  19  52 
D Shields st Bowden b Lyness 44  G Lyness
M Reith   b Solanky J Solanky  13  27 
R Haire b Lyness  28  D Monteith  14  39 
I Shields c Corken b Roberts  32           
J Gilliland  b Roberts           
D Artt  c R Monteith b Roberts  12           
G Mowat  b Roberts          
C Hiles not out           
J Galway not out           
W Dale  dnb             
Extras    16           
Total    153 

for 8 


This vulnerable score looked on paper to be a relatively easy target but the opening attack of Billy Dale and Michael Reith caused major problems both swinging the ball with controlled accuracy. When Dale was replaced by Clarence Hiles two more wickets fell quickly and Lisburn were reduced to 34 for 6.


Dermott Monteith led a revival with brother Roger and when Denis Artt stumped him the game looked over. Controversy ensued when umpire Murray Power gave Monteith 'not out' calling a 'no-ball' and indicating that Artt's gloves had encroached in front of the stumps.

The over zealous  keeper conceded 5 such 'no-balls' in his attempt to exert great pressure on the batsmen and Lisburn edged closer to their target. Artt caught McDowell for 41 and Reith bowled Lyness, but Ian Shields dropped Bowden at deep mid off amidst growing tension.

A brilliant delivery from Robin Haire and a piece of magical wicket keeping from Artt saw Monteith legitimately stumped as North Down progressed towards a final that they eventually won against Ballymena.


I Thompson  c Mowat b Hiles 14  M Reith  23  35 
G Corkin  lbw b Dale  W Dale  16 
D Johnston  b Dale  C Hiles  10  35 
R Burton  c Haire b Hiles  R Haire  18 
J Solanky  b Reith           
D Monteith  st Artt b Haire  33           
R Monteith  b Reith           
D McDowell  c Artt b Reith  11           
M Bowden  not out  29           
G Lyness  b Reith  16           
T Roberts  st Artt b Reith  14           
Extras    13           
Total    132  all out         



North Down V NICC at 'The Green' Senior Cup Semi Final 1991

North Down had cruised through the earlier Senior Cup rounds seeing off Instonians (158 runs), Cregagh (7 wickets) and Ballymena (73 runs).  The day after they defeated Ballymena, they met NICC at Ormeau in a league encounter and lost by 36 runs, so the match at 'The Green' on the 14th July looked set to be a close affair.  North batted first and Charles Beverland and Colin Magowan had 146 runs on the board before Miller O'Prey got the breakthrough.  Paul Jackson's 26 saw off a complete batting collapse and he was well supported by Dean Simpson's 18.  North finished on a commendable 241 with O'Prey the pick of the home bowlers with 2 for 25.

C Beverland  c Clarke b O'Prey  66  C McCrum  12  33 
C Magowan  c & b C McCrum  98  W Adams 42 
S Corlett  c I Shields b Haire  M O'Prey  25 
M Napier  c Gilliland b O'Prey  L Semple  28 
D Napier  b C McCrum  I Carser  12  37 
P Jackson  c Haire b Adams  26  M Clark 
P Law  run out  R Haire  11  51 
D Simpson  run out  18           
R Parkhill  run out           
D Johnston  not out           
W Kirk  b Adams           
Extras    21           
Total    241  all out         

North Down were 57 for 2 and 123 for 5 the pendulum had swung in favour of the visitors.  No one could have foreseen the drama that was to unfold.  Robin Haire saw wickets fall regularly at the other end until the arrival of Michael Quinn.  His quickfire 39 included five 4s and an almighty 6 before David Johnston bowled him.  This brought O'Prey to join Haire with 20 runs required.  Fourteen runs were required off the last over and the game looked lost but six were needed off the last two and still a six off the last ball.  All fielders were patrolling the boundary as Haire hit a flat batted straight six splitting the long off and long on. The North players were devastated amidst the wild scenes which followed.

Robin Haire -  Match Winner

North Down               
M Clark lbw b  Magowan  54  S Corlett  12  50 
C McCrum  c & b Johnston  R Parkhill  12  67 
I Carser  c Simpson b Johnston  D Johnston  12  48 
J Gilliland  hit wicket b Corlett  31  W Kirk  12  28 
R Haire  not out  49  C Magowan  12  37 
P Moore  st Jackson b Magowan           
L Semple  c Jackson b Kirk  15           
I Shields  c Magowan b Johnston           
M Quinn  b Johnston  39           
M O'Prey  not out           
W Adams  dnb             
Extras    16           
Total    242  for 8         


Michael Quinn brilliant 39

This remarkable win set up one of the greatest Finals ever against Woodvale when North Down won a thriller by 7 runs.



North Down v Donacloney 25th August 1973

As North Down and Donacloney battled for the Section II title they met at 'The Green' in this top of the table clash.

Michael Lumb was arguably the fastest pace bowler in Ulster at the time and at this stage the wickets at the Green were coming under criticism for their condition.

North Down               
W Artt  c S Alexander b Quigley           
M Campbell  lbw b Lumb  11           
I Shields  c & b Quigley           
M O'Prey  b Lumb           
J McDonagh  b Lumb           
G Dempster  lbw b Lumb  20  M Lumb  17.5  32 
W Montgomery  b Lumb  J Quigley  19 
D Artt  c Gilliland b Lumb   D Carson 13  22 
L Hunter  c G Alexander b Lumb  20           
D Shields  b Lumb           
W Wishart  not out           
Total    78           
J Topping  lbw b Wishart  17           
S Alexander  c Campbell b Wishart 14           
D Carson  b Wishart           
G Alexander  b Hunter           
K Arlow  st D Artt           
K Allen  c & b Hunter  11  D Shields  16 
R Matier  run out  L Hunter  24.2  13  23 
M Lumb  c & b Hunter  W Wishart  17  19 
B Dowds  b Hunter  W Montgomery 
J Gilliland  run out           
J Quigley  not out           
Extras    16           
Total    77           




















Billy Artt

Two days later, August Bank Holiday, North Down travelled to Moylena where we scraped home by 2 wickets with the car headlights on and no-one sure as to where the winning shot actually went! The League Championship was secured.


North Down v Cliftonville 1908

The teams, meeting in this league clash, had only 7 of the NDCC cup finalists against 6 of the Cliftonville final line up playing at 'The Green' in this game.

Cliftonville batting first scored 102 and RT Adair claimed  7 for 62.  The same 'Red' Adair had scored an undefeated 95 and taken 3 for 42 against Waringstown in July but couldn't make the Cup Final side!  North Down looked beaten on 82 for 9 but were rescued by Albert Anderson 50 not out and TJ McDonald 19 not out.

 Lowings (Pro) 18  40 
 RT Adair 17.1  62 


Albert Anderson 


 North Down v Waringstown 1913

The game featured is the 1913 Cup Final between North Down and Waringstown at Ormeau on the 8th & 9th August when North Down won by an innings and 97 runs. This game preceded the limited overs version that we play today!

At 106 for 4 on the first day North Down were not cruising along, but a sixth wicket partnership between Willie Andrews and Albert Anderson added 163 runs and the favourites amassed 423. Willie Coulter, who regularly travelled from Scotland to play for NDCC was the main bowling attraction.


Willie Coulter (7 for 100)

North Down  1st Innings             
DR Taylor lbw b Williamson  35  Williamson       
W Coulter  c R Scott b T McKenzie  36  T McKenzie       
J Dearden  c Harwood bWilliamson  30  W Scott       
DR Wheeler  c Harwoodb Williamson  C Ferguson       
WG Abernethy  b W Scott  34           
W Andrews  lbw T McKenzie  111           
AE Anderson  run out  80           
J Andrews  b Williamson  41           
HB Hanna  b Williamson  22           
J Taylor  lbw Ferguson  19           
V Benson  not out           
Extras    14           
Total    423           
Waringstown  1st Innings             
J Hampton  c Dearden b Coulter  W Coulter  17  37 
R Harwood  st Dearden b Coulter  17  V Benson  16  31 
W Scott  c DR Taylor b Benson  HB Hanna  10  28 
T Anderson  c J Taylor b DR Taylor  49  WG Abernethy  15 
J Williamson  c DR Taylor b Coulter  0 J Taylor  1.4 
R Scott  run out  DR Taylor 
C Ferguson  c Benson b Hanna  23           
W Frier  b Coulter           
F McKenzie  b J Taylor  12           
R Irwin  not out           
T McKenzie  b J Taylor           
Extras    33           
Total    156           
Waringstown    2nd Innings              
J Hampton  b Coulter  46  W Coulter  16.3  63 
R Harwood  b J Taylor  10  J Taylor  15  46 
J Williamson  c Dearden b J Taylor  V Benson  20 
W Scott  b J Taylor  12  HB Hanna  15 
T Anderson  c Benson b Hanna  31  WG Abernethy  13 
R Scott  run out  47           
W Frier  c Benson b Coulter           
C Ferguson  b Coulter           
R Irwin  b J Taylor           
T McKenzie  not out           
F McKenzie  Absent             
Extras    12           
Total    170           

 North Down won by an innings and 97 runs



1931 Street Cricket 

            Braeside  beat  Railway Street by 29 runs 


The names in this match give rise to speculation.  For instance is J Wilson any connection with Jackie Wilson who has a memorial seat at the Pavilion?  Is W Ireland related to Barry? Dodds of the fruit shop? Galbraith's shop? Harry McKnight of the Garage? Drew Hogg of horticultural fame? Roy Dempster any relation to the great Willie 'Spin King' Dempster? J Shields was related to the current Shields clan.

J McCloud b R Dempster 
D Canavan  b D Hogg 
W Galbraith  b R Dempster  16 
J Wilson  b Minnis  21 
D Dugan  b Hogg 
H Kelly  c Dempster b Hogg 
H McKnight  b Hogg  29 
D Canavan  b Minnis 
W Ireland  b Dempster 
S Dodds  b Dempster 
B Dodds  not out 
Extras    13 
Total    91 


Railway Street     
R Redpath run out   15 
C Mullan  b Dugan 
W Wallace  b Canavan 
N McWilliams  b Canavan 
Roy Dempster  b T Wilson  13 
D Hogg  lbw b Canavan 
B Roddy  c Ireland b Dugan  15 
J Shields  st McCloud b Canavan 
T Gordon  not out 
N Minnis  run out 
J Annett  c  b T Wilson 
Total    62 



Upper Crescent beat Mill Street bt 45 runs

1st July at 'The Green'

Upper Crescent     
H Dodds b McGreghan 
V Boyd  b Crosby 
J Magowan  run out (Patton) 
K Boyd  c Barry b Watson  33 
J Bailey  b Watson 
A Ballantyne  b Watson 
J McVeigh  c & b McGreghan 
J Ross  b Warson 
W Gibson  b Adair 
R Dodds  c McKeag  b Watson 
D McVeigh  not out 
Extras   10 
Total    71 


The MIll Street bowlers used were: J McGreghan, M Donnan, B Patton, R Crosby and J Watson. 

Mill Street     
J Adair  c & b Gibson 
M Donnan  c Gibson b McVeigh 
R Crosby  b McVeigh 
J McGreghan  b McVeigh 
S Wishart  run out 
J McKeag  b Dodds 
R Patton  c Magowan b McVeigh 
J Watson  run out 
A Niblock  c Gibson b McVeigh 
J Black  b Dodds 
A Barry  not out 
Total    26 

Many familiar names here. Have you a relation who played in this game?