Holywood - 2018 Review
After a long season Holywood Cricket Club can reflect on what was an overwhelmingly positive period for the club.
It was the first time in nearly 70 years that Holywood fielded all-female teams (83 girls and women practised at Holywood) and membership of the Junior Section was expanded from 26 to 128 children. The Club Committee are hopeful that the foundations laid in 2018 will support the Clubs plan for Junior Cricket, School Girl Cricket, Women's Cricket and Senior and Junior Men's Cricket for many years to come.
The 1st XI finished 2nd to deserved winners Lisburn in Section 1 with 14 wins from 18 matches, one win behind Lisburn despite having beaten them twice during the season.
While the Club are disappointed to finish 2nd, there is considerable excitement about 2019 and at the rumoured possibility of changes to the league structures at the top end.
In the Lagan Valley T20 Trophy Holywood posted only 83 and lost in the Final to Downpatrick by 5 wickets after defeating Cregagh and Bangor on the way. The semi-final against the latter will always be remembered for its sensational finish as Bangor failed to get across the line despite needing no runs from the last 3 balls to win (in a fewer wickets lost scenario). Holywood won the semi-final in a Super Over.
In the League, Senior Cup and Irish National Cup, Mark Adair topped the bowling stats with 39 wickets at 12.36, followed by Jordan Wilson (29 wickets at 23.59) and Andrew Haire (28 wickets at 20.25).
Other notable contributions came from Wesley Hurn (18 wickets at 14.94) and Ronald DeFreitas (15 wickets at 20.07). Kyle Walsh and Thomas Anderson Jr were both limited due to exams and yet finished with 13 and 9 wickets respectively. Jack Chrishop emerged this year as a valuable alternative option with his left arm over, bowling exceptionally well at times.
Paddy Beverland topped the batting statistics with an aggregate of 774 runs at exactly 43.00 average.
Nathan Burns was 2nd with 619 runs at 38.69, followed by Mark Adair with 531 runs at 29.50, Andrew Haire 468 runs at 36.00 and Jordan Wilson with 461 runs at 24.26.
Special mention goes to Ross Adair who returned from injury only at the end of the season to collect 272 runs in 5 matches at 54.40.
Other contributions came from Ricky Kerrigan (205 runs at 14.64), Charles Beverland (157 at 17.44) and Thomas Anderson Jr (120 runs at 20.00).
Holywood Cricket Club thanks all members who supported and worked hard for the Club in 2018, the best season the Club has had in many years.