THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

April has arrived and this is the month when the season gets under way. The first matches are scheduled to take place on Saturday 26th April in what is an exciting season for the club. With renewed optimism and enthusiasm, the firsts will look to garner some silverware after the ups and downs of 2013. We welcome back both Darryl Brown and Craig Ervine, and with James Magowan having joined from Downpatrick, the firsts will look to challenge this year. The 2s under the new stewardship of Graham Elliott also hope to start their campagin in April, whilst the 3s will have Matthew Gleave steering their ship. Evergreen 4th XI skipper Joe Hardial begins his 48th season* as a captain as he leads the mighty 4s once more.

Good luck to all teams and captains for the season ahead. In the meantime, the longer nights and the (hopefully) warmer weather will allow some work to be carried out on the ground. Expect someone to be in touch with you if you are a member to help with this task.

Please also keep an eye out for finalised coaching timetables which will be available within the next couple of weeks.

* slight exaggeration

CLUB VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

Over the coming months there are several events planned in relation to the club for which the support of our members is essential. On 26th April and 10th May there are two Lisburn City Council events taking place at the Park. Then, on Sunday 25th May (date to be confirmed), the club will be undertaking the car parking at the Moira Show. All of these events will provide vital income to the club and it is essential that we have around 15 helpers on the two council dates and between 25-30 for the Show. Most members will receive an e-mail from the Vice Chairman, Gary Blair, about these events and you are asked to make contact him on gusherblair@hotmail.com as soon as possible. YOUR support for YOUR club is vital.

HERBIE MARTIN, 19/2/14

Lisburn CC is saddened to learn the news from Australia that another Wallace Park great, Herbie Martin, has passed away. Herbie was one of the key players in the great Lisburn sides of the 50s and 60s, and he earned international honours with Ireland during that time. A fine all round sportsman, Herbie still kept a keen interest on his hometown club from afar and the club’s sympathies are extended to his family circle. A tribute to Herbie can be accessed on the Ulster Cricketer website.

TOM McCLOY

Lisburn CC was saddened to learn earlier this week of the passing of our Patron and life member, Tom McCloy. Tom was a stalwart of not only Lisburn but also local cricket in general. He still maintained a close interest in the club, always keen to come down and watch any of the teams at the club playing at his beloved Wallace Park. Tributes have been paid to Tom on both the Ulster Cricketer site and the Cricket Ireland site, such was his standing in the local game. The club extends its sympathies to his wife Maureen and his family circle at this sad time.

CHRISTMAS MEMBERS NIGHT AND QUIZ

The annual Xmas party night featuring a quiz, late bar, food and fun has now been set for Saturday 28th December 2013. This evening represents a vital cog in our income stream for the year, and it is very important that it is well supported by our members. All members are encouraged to attend and to try to source a quiz team. Traditionally this is one of the biggest club nights of the year, and a chance to catch up with people over the holiday period. Please do come along and bring friends and family with you. Kicks off 8pm on the 28th.

15th November 2013

The 177th Annual General Meeting of the oldest cricket club in the NCU was held last night. A decent crowd turned up to see the following elections of office-bearers

Chairman: Dean Simpson
Vice-Chairman: Gary Blair
President: Trevor McKeown
Senior VP: Ian Ross
Honorary Secretary: Michael Foster
Honorary Membership Secretary: Seymour Murphy
Honorary Treasurer: TBC
1st XI Captain: David Simpson
2nd XI Captain: Graham Elliott
3rd XI Captain: Matthew Gleave
4th XI Captain: Joe Hardial

Good luck to all office bearers and captains for the forthcoming year

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