Cricket

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 Briggs, Mr Williamson, 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 2019

To be confirmed

Cricket for girls at Friends’ is a fast growing summer activity. The club is open to all girls Years 8-11. Cricket is taught in PE class and games with the expert assistant on NCU coaches.

Girls’ Cricket Report 2019

For the last two years the Cricket Union requested the use of the fantastic facilities at Friends’ to host an U13 Girls Cricket Blitz involving some 10 teams. This initiative served to ‘whet the appetite’ of Friends’ girls. Such is the talent Rebecca Evans and Aoife Fisher regularly play for the boys’ teams. The plan for the future is to field Girls teams under the NCU umbrella. Working with new development officer, Wayne Hughes, the girls practised on Mondays after school in preparation for up and coming ‘blitz’ events.

The U13 followed up this competition with an NCU event hosted by Wallace. 8-a-side A and B teams from both schools played one another with Friends’ A team coming out on top with 2 wins.

The U13 Girls cricket team, renamed the ‘Friends’ Foxes’ began the competitive season, competed in an U13 Kwik Cricket competition at Holywood CC. The girls convincingly won all their pool matches against the Wallace Warriors, Rockport Rebels and Sullivan 6’s to reach the final. However, rain stopped play! The trophy was shared between the other pool winners – Methody, Wallace and ourselves.

A group of Year 10 girls also played in the same style of competition the next week at U15 level which included the experienced players. Friends’ fielded two teams – Friends’ Foxes and Friends’ Falcons’! However, disappointingly, having won their section, they had to leave after the first play-off match because the tournament had overrun and Belfast Bus cannot be kept waiting!

The main event, the NCU U13 Blitz at Friends’, was enjoyed by 9 visiting schools. Unfortunately, this day clashed with the language trip to Dublin so Friends’ could only field the less experienced U12 team. The standard proved too much for this novice group against U13 and U14 opposition but the enjoyment was clearly evident.

The season was rounded off with an invite to an NCU taster session at Wallace school for this very enthusiastic and talented group of girls whose potential knows no bounds.

L Rodgers

 

 

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