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Following the cancellation of this afternoon's Ulster Schools' Trial, the following team has been selected to play against the MCC at Campbell College, Belfast on Tuesday 20 June:
Stuart Nelson (Grosvenor Grammar School) (Captain)
Max Burton (Belfast Royal Academy)
Jack Carson (Banbridge Academy)
Matthew Foster (Regent House School)
Aaron Heywood (Strabane Academy)
James McClean (Ballymena Academy) (w/k)
Marc McCloskey (Foyle College)
Thomas McCord (Sullivan Upper School)
Gregory McFaul (Foyle College)
Marcus Poskitt (Coleraine Grammar School)
David Robinson (R.B.A.I.)
Ben Rose (R.B.A.I.)
Jonathan Waite (R.B.A.I.)
Play will start at 11.30 am – players should report to me at Campbell College no later than 10.45 am.
Some established players have been excused from this match in order to enable the selectors to see a wider range of players, while others were unavailable because of examinations.
The team for the Schools' Interprovincial against the Southern Schools at Rathmines, Dublin on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June will be selected after the match.
Any selected player who is, or becomes, unavailable to play should advise me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 9066 6354, or 077 7552 0054 as soon as possible.
The remarks I made were mine and mine alone, not those of Templepatrick Cricket Club. I take full and total responsibility for them.
These remarks were totally out of order: somehow I just lost it. I want to apologize unreservedly for them. I also want to assure you that when you come to Templepatrick you will be made most welcome, and if you introduce yourself, I will apologize to you again in person.
Yours most sincerely
Well spoken Arthur. It takes a brave man to admit being wrong and deserve credit for it. I would like to see Templepatrick later in the summer and hopefully say hello.
You make some very salient and objective points Arthur, though tattoos are something of an acquired taste, some like them, some don't and some like me are indifferent.
But why folk want to reduce overs especially for an already shorter version of the game 'beats me' ?
As it stands, forty to thirty overs below senior leagues already are an abbreviated form of the game, yet on a fine afternoon, we still have skippers agreeing to reduce to a 20 over bish bash, bizarre to say the least?
Even in a recent game some guys we're looking away to watch a cup final on TV. All I can say is thank goodness Glenavon no longer get past the first round of anything or we'd be playing 5 overs each.
As regards mobile phones, when the game starts, put them into the bucket of water provided and collect them again on your way out!
Looking forward to your next post and thoughts on the game Arthur, like I've often said, there's no substitution for experience!
Okay Andy 'YOU' Pedantic
IRELAND SERIES AGAINST AFGHANISTAN CALLED OFF
CRICKET IRELAND today confirmed that the proposed One-Day International series against Afghanistan next month will not now go ahead.
The teams had hoped to play a three-match series in Belfast but the Afghanistan Cricket Board informed Cricket Ireland today that they're not in a position to approve the tour due to a clash with preparations for their domestic franchise T20 event.
As the risk of being accused of being pedantic I would point out to Ronnie that 'you selection' in his post should have perhaps read 'your selection'! Arthur is too much of a gentleman to point this out but I'll do it for him! But more seriously, a few years ago I posted about the situation in Ulster rugby with regard to 'contracted' players and the detrimental effect on club rugby. Is there any plan to offer Inter-pro contracts to players from Section 1 teams who come in to the reckoning for the Knights and how would clubs be compensated for the loss of such players on Inter-pro duty.
In looking through the NCU scores from yesterday I noticed a J Matchett scoring 26 for CIYMS 2nds v Warringstown 3rds in Junior 1 yesterday. Surely that couldn't be the same J Matchett who made his 1st class debut last week for the Knights?
This performance should clarify the potential shown from the Knights' selectors when Morgan made his recent debut on a late cry-off-
At Phoenix Park,
IRELAND ACADEMY 233-8 (50 overs; M Topping 66, C Fletcher 63, F Tucker 25*, N Rock 23, J Little 21, C Emerton 3-58)
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY 208 all out (48.1 overs; T Colverd 51, P Tice 49*, N Winder 24, C Webster 22, M Topping 3-39, JJ Garth 2-31, I Anders 2-35)
Ireland Academy won by 25 runs
Holywood showing themselves as title contenders in Section One? Emphatic win over Derriaghy. Also nice to see no crying about a local professional turning out against them for his home club. Feel like S1 could be very interesting come the end of summer!
Wee Morgan is better than any s1 spinner I've played against this year so far. A few junior 1 teams would beat s1 teams on Good day. and if Morgan has been around those Knights nets nothing wrong with his selection, hope the wee man goes far, Tom.
I notice you have as your location Templepatrick Cricket Club. I presume you are then giving these views as an opinion on behalf of said club?
Its a brave move for a club to come out in total opposition to players having tatoos.
Secondly, in your first post the tatoos on said player are described ad ghastly, on your second post they are alledged to be offence, which is it as, the way I see it there could be quite a difference in interpretation there.
I also note your comment that you appear concerned that no comments were passed on the remainder of your post. If you take the time to read A Burton's response, he does mention that he is somewhat in agreement regarding other elements of your post.
I look forward to your response and also that of TCC as I would prefer to know if I should wear long sleeves and trousers on my next visit due to visible tatoos on my arm and leg.
Arthur Bowron. not takin' the P***, but really, read over your posts before sending.
What a total waste for three guys who give up their time to prepare a ground for, so called, cricketers to play every weekend when you have a bunch of wasters like CSNI 3 XI who turn up at one of the best 'cricket'grounds in the NCU with absolutely no intention of playing cricket and refuse to play on a ground they should be privileged to play on. a cricket ground, not a rugby field!!! Their excuse... there is a wet area 20 meters behind the stumps at one end. Had there been official umpires (as Housty offered) there, they would have been told to get on with it. total disgrace, hang you heads in shame. Full practice took place. please see photos on my FB page
There have been quite a few "tattoo" comments with regard to my posting on 6 June and I consider that a response is necessary.
First of all this was reportage, not me offering my personal opinion on tattoos. How the reporting of a fact can be interpreted as a personal opinion on that fact is, quite frankly, beyond my understanding.
Secondly. Is it all right for a person with a tattoo on display that could possibly cause offence go out to umpire, and is this something that should not be reported, as some of you seem to suggest?
Third. I would most respectively suggest that people who choose to have offence tattoos also have a duty to society like the rest of us. They are not the only ones who have rights and should, if they are responsible people, take into account other people's possible sensitives, and dress accordingly, depending on where they are and what they are doing.
Third. I find it very disappointing that no one had a thing to say about all of the other points that I mentioned in this posting; all that some of you, including The Rev, could do was to find the time to come onto this forum to slap me across the face for reporting that a person had an offensive tattoo.
Finally I say to all of you, including The Rev, who had something to say on this matter; if your sixteen year old daughter brought home a new boy friend with an offence tattoo, would your tolerance threshold for offence tattoos suddenly undergo a severe drop in temperature to Absolute Zero perhaps?
Re: Jimmy Banbridge
Was at Woodvale couple of weeks ago when the Knights trained there and have to say they look an impressive bunch, wouldn't fancy your selections chances against them.
My main point of interest though is that you selection has not one Woodvale player selected, even though they are unbeaten thus far this season, have been in contention last couple of years and top Ncu Section One....blinkered me-thinks