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1st XI beat Holywood

Sunday 03rd September 2017

When you get a lovely sunny day, as Saturday was, there’s no better place to be than at the home of cricket in North Belfast, Woodvale Cricket Club. Although the past few weeks have been a real challenge for the groundsman, the stadium looked a picture in the early September sunshine. Conditions may not have been ideal but, play started on time after Jamie had won the toss and inserted a strong looking Holywood side on a pitch he knew would only get bett...er as the day went on. The ...

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Final Youth Night & BBQ

Monday 04th September 2017

Our youth cricket scheme, sponsored by HNH, came to a close on Friday 18th August. The scheme ran over the Summer for 12 weeks, and on average we had between 30 to 35 children attending on Friday nights. On the final evening we also had a BBQ for both the kids and their parents even though the heavens opened just as we started serving the food! The led coaches this year where Stephen ‘Duck’ Donnelly and Lewis ‘Prso’ Adair to whom the cricket committee and the club are ...

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Weekend Review - 19 August

Monday 21st August 2017

1st XI Batting, Pathetic! I think it’s only fair when I made a similar remark a few weeks ago about a poor Downpatrick second XI that the same word is used about the effort of a Woodvale 1st XI chasing 101 in 50 overs. On a weekend were numerous games were called off due to the volume of wet stuff from the heavens, Downpatrick was playable and although the pitch was once again a very used one, at least it was dry and some level of play was possible. Woodvale won the toss and ...de...

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Weekend Review - 12 August

Monday 14th August 2017

Michael and Tucker come to the party! In a week where Woodvale were accused of being party poopers the 1st XI celebrated in style with a resounding victory over neighbours Cliftonville at Ballygomartins ever improving cricket Stadium. Not for the first this season ‘Tucker’ Hill grabbed a fistful of wickets 5-36 to take his tally for the season so far into the forties. He was well supported by big Baz Robinson 1 for 12 off his 10 and Ferhan Saeed 2-22. Cliftonville were deep i.....

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Title challenge falters

Monday 07th August 2017

Title hopes take a knock in thriller A superb Captains knock of 84 from Jamie Gibson wasn’t to be enough to clinch victory over Armagh at The Mall in the top of the table fixture. Armagh had elected to bat on the damp pitch with rain forecast for later in the afternoon and expectations were high when Ferhan Saeed (3-27) grabbed early wickets. The main threat to Woodvales hopes came from the lofty J. Barnes, so when Timmy Browne (2-28) had him well held in the deep by Tucker H...ill...

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Weekend Review - 29 & 30 July

Monday 07th August 2017

1st XI in 2nd spot after damp defeat, however success for 3rd XI! Woodvales victory over Academy at Ballygomartin rd on Saturday was cancelled out when they lost in the second of the wet weekends fixtures to Cliftonville at Mallusk. On a damp pitch at Woodvale Jamie eventually won a toss and unsurprisingly elected to field. Three maidens in the first four overs were a sign of things to come as the Academy batsmen toiled throughout the innings, especially when the slower bowlers were o...

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Cup Final Woes for 1st XI

Monday 24th July 2017

The 1st XI faced Armagh on Sunday 23rd July in the T20 Trophy Final at The Lawn, Waringstown. After overnight rain it would be an important toss to see who bowled first, unfortunately Jamie Gibson’s recent run of losing the toss (won 1 out of 15 so far this season) continued and we were inserted on a pitch which offered a bit of assistance early on. Jared Barnes, the Armagh ‘pro’, used the conditions to his advantage and was practically unplayable. He accounted for both Davi...

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T20 Finals Day - All roads lead to The Lawn

Monday 17th July 2017

This Sunday (23rd July) sees the 1st XI travel to The Lawn, Waringstown, to take on Armagh in the Final of the T20 Trophy. Play is due to commence at 11.30am, and all support would be welcome for Jamie Gibson and his team.

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Chairman's Luncheon - 3rd June 2017

Tuesday 11th July 2017

I’m delighted to say that my luncheon was better supported than ever this year with forty five members, friends and guests joining me for a great afternoon’s craic. Luckily we even had cricket to watch although several heavy downpours did punctuate the 1st’s game against Armagh. Everyone commented on how fantastic the ground was looking especially the addition of the two new ‘ball stop’ nets and all the new sponsor’s boards. Given all the ground improvement...

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Condolences from Woodvale Cricket Club

Thursday 29th June 2017

It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the death of club stalwart Wally Shannon on Wednesday after a long term illness. The club and all members would like to send their sincere condolences to the Shannon family at this time. Wally will be greatly missed at Woodvale Cricket Club. The funeral will take place at Templepatrick Presbyterian Church on Friday 30 June 2017 at 2pm.

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