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Cricket Ball Sponsorship

The Cricket Section would like to thank Giant Leap Sports (Callum Grieve) and Paula Magill for kindly sponsoring the balls used in the weekend matches.

First XI start season with a win / Ladies lose at North Down

The 1st XI won their first Lagan Valley T20 Shield game at Pollock Park on Saturday beating Cooke Collegians by 7 wickets.

Batting first, the visitors got away to a good start with 36 runs on the board for the loss of 2 wickets after 4 overs. The Lurgan bowlers however started to slow the run rate down but it was a decisive four ball burst from Callum Grieve claiming 3 wkts that really swung this game in the home side’s favour. Cooke Collegians went from 88 for 2 wkts to finish on 120 for 8 wkts at the end of their 20 overs. Callum Grieve finished with 3 wkts for 23 runs off his 4 overs while Iqbal Khan took 2 for 41 off 4, Jack Maxwell had 1 for 15 off 4 , Callum Gibson 1 for 16 off 4 and Peter Maxwell 0 for 15 off 4.

Following the loss of Stephen Johnston in the first over of Lurgan’s reply for a duck, Stephen Chambers took control of the Lurgan innings hitting 7 fours and a six in an undefeated 56. He was well supported by Callum Grieve (23) with their 70 run second wicket partnership setting the home side up for victory. Jack Maxwell finished on 10 not out as Lurgan passed the visitors total with 2 overs to spare.

At North Down, the bat dominated the ball as the home side beat Lurgan Ladies by 7 wickets in the Premiership League. Only 5 wkts fell in the whole game and it was Sophie Hinds who dominated the Lurgan innings hitting 55 not out, including 6 boundaries. She was well supported by Sam Todd who hit 37 as the visitors posted a challenging 124 for 2 wkts in their 20 overs.
Despite an early breakthroughs by Sam Todd and Emma McMurray, partnerships between Morton(50) and Benson (20) and then Morton and Millar (24) saw North Down pass the Lurgan total in the 17th over. Sarah McCallan claimed the other Lurgan wicket.  

The men’s 2nd XI game at CSNI was postponed due to rain  

Raymond Hunter

It was with sadness that members of Lurgan Rugby Football and Cricket Club learned of the passing of former 1stXI cricket captain Raymond Hunter. Raymond was an exceptionally talented sportsman excelling at both cricket and rugby, playing both at the highest level. He won 10 caps for Ireland in the old Five Nations competition between 1962 and 1966 and also toured with the British and Irish Lions.

But it is with cricket that he will be most fondly remembered for at Pollock Park. Raymond was an all-rounder, a medium pace bowler and right handed batsmen, winning 28 caps for Ireland and captaining the team 3 times, his best performance being in the 1961 match against the MCC when he claimed 5 wickets for just 22 runs. In total he scored over 800 runs including three half centuries and took 33 wickets with the ball at international level. Raymond started his cricket career at Lisburn but moved to Lurgan in the 1960’s. He made many memorable performances for the town side, but his most influential game was probably in the 1972 Senior Challenge Cup Final, when he top scored with crucial knocks of 87no and 65no to ensure the trophy came to Lurgan for the first time. All three of Raymond’s sons, Alan, Neil and Graeme, followed in their father’s footsteps at the club, all playing with distinction for the 1stXI. Off the field Raymond served for many years on the cricket section committee and was instrumental in the development of the cricket square and the grounds in general when the rugby and cricket clubs amalgamated in the mid-seventies and cricket eventually moved to Pollock Park in 1980.

To his wife Maureen, sons Alan, Neil and Graeme and daughter Susan and their extended families, we send our deepest sympathies. 

     

Raymond Hunter in action at an Irish Senior Cup game at Pollock Park

Victor Malcomson

It was with regret that we learned today of the passing of Victor Malcomson at the age of 97. Victor was the oldest and longest serving member of the club having been a founder member of Lurgan Cricket Club.
Victor recently recalled how was contacted by Waringstown Cricket Club at the end of the 2nd World War and asked if he could put together a team to travel out to play the villagers. Victor duly assembled the team and he said that the players enjoyed the game so much that they held a meeting in his house the following week and reformed Lurgan Cricket Club. He played with distinction for many years for the club, held various offices and took part in youth coaching for many seasons. He was a regular attendee at Lurgan games and various club functions at Pollock Park and will be greatly missed by us all. We extend our sympathy and prayers to the family circle.

Due to current Covid 19 circumstances those wishing to pay their respects may do so as the cortege leaves Hill Street Presbyterian Church this Friday 6th November at 12.45pm en route to Lurgan Cemetery observing social distancing.

Below – Victor pictured in his playing days and with his good friend Alvin McMurray

Girls gain representative honours

Congratulations to Sam Todd, Emma McMurray and Sophie Hinds who have been selected for the NCU Senior Women’s Squad for the series next week against Jersey. Well done from everyone at Pollock Park.