Fixtures for school cricket commence after Easter. Teams play each Saturday with friendly fixtures against schools across Northern Ireland. Friends’ School field five teams on a regular basis at 1st, U15, U14, U13 and U12 level. (see fixture list below)
Weekly after school practices are held for all teams throughout the season and these practices are open to all pupils. The school has two cricket pitches both of which have an artificial wicket. Indoor training is also accommodated through the provision of two indoor nets within the school Sportshall. Staff involved in cricket coaching are Mr Wilson, Mr McKinley, Mr Watson and Mr Monaghan. Frequently these practices are supplemented with coaching sessions run by NCU Cricket Development Officers or professionals from local cricket clubs, such as Lisburn and Derriaghy
In addition to the scheduled friendly fixtures all school cricket teams participate in the McCullough Cup and various National Cricket Union Schools’ Cup competitions. Draws for these competitions take place during the spring term and all players eagerly look forward to these games. Friends’ School has an excellent reputation in school cricket. In 2007 for instance the U14 cricket team won the province-wide U14 Cricket League cup and in the 2009 season was especially successful when all teams contributed to the winning of the Sherrygroom Cup. in 2011 the 2nd XI shared the Duke of Abercorn Cup with Grosvenor GS.
Current pupils Reece Malone and Michael Glass have represented the school at National Cricket Union, Irish Schools’ and Taverners level. Reece Malone selected for Ireland U15 Cricket Team. Former pupils continue to make headlines in the cricket world. Greg Thompson has now played at International level for Ireland. To date he is the youngest ever player to play for Ireland having been selected whilst in Year 13. Robert Cummins, Curtis Moorehead and Peter Bell continue to play for Derriaghy CC in the Premier League.
Fixture list 2017
27 May League Semi Finals
3 June Ballyclare
10 June League Finals
17 June Sullivan Upper