Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) recently held their annual Awards Dinner at the Pavilion, Stormont.
The Awards night was a chance for all senior players and partners to relax and celebrate the clubs successes throughout the season. They heard from Ireland International, Surrey Cricket Star and Club man, Gary Wilson, who regaled the crowd with tales about on and off the field with Ireland and Surrey. Later in the night Neil Dougan provided a stand-up comedian act which had everyone in fits of laughter.
Speaking at the Awards Dinner Club Chairman, Ivan McMinn, said: "This season has seen the club consolidate its mid table Premier League status while also enjoying success in the Irish Senior Cup and Challenge Cup by reaching the semi-finals of both. There was also success for the 5th XI who lifted the Minor Qualifying Cup. It has been a busy season both on and off the field as we look to drive the club forward by implementing our long term plans as we search for further success in 2016 and beyond. It is pleasing to see so many club stalwarts here tonight and everyone was delighted to hear from Gary who first learnt his cricket at CSNI before moving to Surrey in 2008."
Between courses the serious business took place as the various club awards were handed out and as the players waited with bated breath, it was probably the quietest part of the night!
The Club Awards were as follows;
Harry McCammon Club Player of the Year - Stevy Ross
CSNICC Young Player of the Year - Paddy Beverland
Simon Corlett Cup -1st XI Player of the Year - Jason Van Der Merwe
2nd XI Player of the Year - Andy Hodgins
3rd XI Player of the Year - Robin Johnston
4th XI Player of the Year - Louis Lowry
5th XI Player of the Year - Mikey Smyth
6th XI Player of the Year - Tony Giardini
Midweek XI Player of the Year - Conor Ross
CSNICC Academy Players of the Year - Matthew Foster and Archie Johnston
George Wilson was made an Honorary Life Member at the Awards. In a fitting presentation George received the award from his son and guest speaker, Gary Wilson.
The Club recognised the success of the Under 15 team who won the Graham Cup earlier in the season with each squad player being presented with a token of the clubs appreciation.
An enjoyable night was had by all who attended and with the Winter Academy already underway, success next season is definitely in the club's sights.
Photo Captions (top to bottom):
Feature Photo: A number of players received awards for making centuries and taking five or more wickets during a match.
Photo 2: George Wilson was made an Honorary Life Member at the Awards. George (centre) was presented with his Award by his son, Gary Wilson (left), who plays for Ireland and Surrey. They are joined by Ivan McMinn (right), CSNICC Chairman.
Photo 3: CSNICC Senior Awards. Pictured (l-r) are: Jason Van Der Merwe who was 1st XI player of the Year, Ivan McMinn, Club Chairman, Stevy Ross who was the Harry McCammon Club Player of the Year, Peter Lunney, Immediate Past President, CSNICC, Paddy Beverland, Young Player of the Year and Stephen Dyer, Junior Convener.
Photo 4: CSNICC Academy Players of the Year receiving their awards. Pictured (l-r) are: Mike Hodgins, Archie Johnston, Matthew Foster and Ivan McMinn, CSNICC Chairman.