Cregagh have just completed a database archive which will preserve the statistical history of the famous Belfast club.

The special project that the clubs’ historians have embarked upon came to an exciting climax  this week in the clubhouse for the members of this cricketing institution in the East end of Belfast.

Club historians Graham Watt and Ian Kerr were the driving force for this incredible task of compiling a database recording the club’s 1st XI games dating back to 1920 when Cregagh first competed within the Northern Cricket Union, having only played friendly matches before this.

Graham Watt, Ian Kerr and Jimmy Irvine at the club evening

With online access to the British Newspaper Archive and the Irish News Archive they were able to trawl through previous newspapers and gather the information from scorecards that were printed in the Belfast Newsletter and Belfast Telegraph.

"The club were also able to draw on our own extensive records and scorebooks," commented Graham, "along with Don Halliday’s AGM reports and statistics from when he was the Honorary Secretary which spanned the 70s and 80s.

"When we collated the information, this resulted in this incredible database where the club can now identify its highest run scorers, and wicket takers".

"In addition to this we were able to track down the various players who have scored centuries for Cregagh and bowlers who have taken hat-tricks".

Therefore Charlie Corry's 7004 runs and the legendary Robert McFadzean's 669 wickets will be recorded in the annals for ever more, along with the feats of such club legends as Frank Fee, Ronnie Foster, Ian Kerr, James Irvine, Russell Cooper, James Woods, Ernie Halliday and William Smith.

The club have also allocated a ‘cap number’ to each individual player once they have played more than twenty games for the 1st XI.

That has produced 207 capped players to date, with the first 32 numbers specially reserved for those members who fought in the First World War, many of whom would never return.

"This was something that I believed could really link the current players to our previous players in the past and really provide the current squad with a connection to our proud history," added Graham. 

"Once the idea had formed, we also felt it was important to pay our respect to our previous playing members who volunteered and fought during the 1st World War. Therefore, the numbers 1 to 32 are reserved for our members who died during the 1st World War and for those members that returned home.

"This is such an important episode in the club’s history it was felt that this would be a lasting memorial to their legacy and embed those names in our history."

BATTING - LEADING RUN SCORERS

  • CV (Charlie) Corry 7004 runs at 28.47
  • R (Ronnie) Foster 5243 runs at 19.64
  • IW (Ian) Kerr 5050 runs at 23.49
  • J (James) Irvine 2443 runs at 15.46 
  • RB (Russell) Cooper 3358 runs at 18.05

BOWLING - LEADING WICKET TAKERS

  • RJ (Robert) McFadzean 669 wickets at 9.51
  • F (Frank) Fee 570 wickets at 12.60
  • J (James) Woods 558 wickets at 10.82 
  • E (Ernie) Halliday 538 wickets at 15.03
  • WT (Billy) Smith 415 wickets at 15.61