Waringstown have confirmed the signing of South African all-rounder
Shaheen Khan as their new overseas professional.
The 26-year-old replaces compatriot Obus Pienaar, who has joined a
club in Holland.
Khan, a middle-order batsman and medium-fast bowler, represents the
Cape Cobras franchise in Cape Town and boast impressive first-class
and one-day statistics.
In 17 first-class matches he has made five half-centuries and taken 52
wickets at an average of just 21.01.
New Waringstown captain Lee Nelson said: “I’m obviously delighted that
Shaheen has agreed to sign for Waringstown. While it it was a blow to
lose Obus who did so well for us, I think we are getting a player who
is more than capable of replicating his achievements.
“A franchise all-rounder was always our top priority and Shaheen has
shown at the top level in South African cricket with the Nashua Cape
Cobras that he can contribute to winning games with both bat and ball.
“I’m sure I speak on behalf of all players, members and supporters of
Waringstown CC in welcoming Shaheen to the club and look forward to
what promises to be an exciting 2014 season.”
Khan’s signing is subject to clearance from Cricket Ireland.
Lee Nelson is Waringstown Cricket Club’s new first eleven captain.
The 23-year-old takes over from Kyle McCallan, who has stepped down after three successful seasons in the role.
Nelson, who has representative experience with the Northern Knights, Ireland A and Ireland under-19s, takes on the captaincy after Waringstown’s double-winning exploits in 2013.
The villagers won the NCU Challenge Cup and shared the Premier League title with Instonians and Nelson hopes to add more honours in 2014.
The Gilford man, son of Waringstown seam-bowling legend Alan Nelson, becomes one of the youngest captains in the club’s history. He is considered one of the most promising young players in Ireland.
He said: “I’m delighted to have been named first eleven captain of Waringstown.
“I would like to pay tribute to Kyle McCallan who has led the team to trophy successes over the last three years. Waringstown won five trophies in that time and Kyle has to take a lot of credit for that, he led by example on and off the field.
“Looking ahead I’m already excited about next season. We have an excellent squad and with plenty of young players coming through I believe the future is very bright.
“We’re going to work hard over the winter and be ready for the start of the new season next April. We will be looking to challenge for honours once again in 2014.”
Here are a few events/dates for your diaries..
Monday 7th Oct 2013 @ 7.30pm in The Roy Harrison Pavilion. All club members can attend.
Musical Evening Friday 22nd November 2013 @ 7.30pm in The Civic Centre Craigavon.
Featuring THE LEADING LADIES . this glamorous quartet sing a wide repertoire from the Broadway Classics to Abba –something to suit all musical tastes. “They are undoubtedly four of the most talented female singers to emerge from the local scene” Belfast Telegraph.
Plus performances from Andi Oakes and his band , and The Newmills Chorale Group.
Our very own Andrew Beattie is part of the Newmills Chorale Group
Tickets £15.00 per person (Helen 07736378767 firstname.lastname@example.org Judith 07785385865 email@example.com)
If you are associated with any clubs or organisations and wish to reserve block seating in advance please contact me asap. Preferably via firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for your club at these events would be much appreciated.
WCC Awards Evening 22nd Sept 2013 at The Roy Harrison Pavilion
Visiting Guest: Mr Gavin Rogers (coach to the Northern Knights Team)
Player of the Year Awards
Under 11 James Humphreys
Under 13 Jonathan Waite
Under 15 Marcus McClean
Under 17 Adam Dennison
Midweek Team Joe Lyons
4th eleven Morgan Topping
3rd eleven Robyn McClimond
2nd eleven Alan Harrison
1st eleven Gary Kidd
Most Improved Newcomer Jonathan Warren
Steve Hall Memorial Cup
Ladies Player of the Year Jennie Lyttle
Club Person of the Year Alan Nelson
Waringstown Seconds held onto their Junior One status after a remarkable one-run victory over Civil Service North at Stomont on Sunday.
Alan Waite’s team, who would have been relegated had they lost the game, pulled off an unlikely win as James Mitchell took the final wicket in dramatic circumstances.
Defending a moderate total of 149 on a big-spinning pitch, Simon Harrison gave Waringstown hope by taking six wickets for 40 runs with his unfamiliar off-spinners.
The villagers continued to chip away at the CSNI batting but a ninth-wicket partnership from the home side took them to within five runs of the Waringstown total.
Staring relegation in the face Waringstown had hope when one of the batsmen popped a catch to Aaron Kennedy at silly mid-off.
With four to tie and five to win, the last-wicket pair scrambled a two and a wide to put them to within one run of a tie that would also have relegated Waringstown.
But then came the incredible moment as a full James Mitchell delivery had the last man plumb lbw, to spark frantic Waringstown celebrations.
The young team have given plenty of promising performances this season and relegation would have been desperately harsh.
Earlier a father and son partnership between Alan and Ross Waite dug Waringstown out of a desperate early predicament. Alan (30) and Ross (20) added around 70 runs with the help of extras to take Waringstown past 100 and towards a defendable target.
Waringstown 149 (A Waite 30, S Harrison 23, G Heyburn 22 no, R Waite 20) beat Civil Service North 148 (S Harrison 6-40, J Mitchell 2-27) by one run.
The previous day Waringstown had beaten Muckamore to maintain their survival hopes. Aaron Wright, Ross Waite and Andrew Mitchell were among those in the runs.
Waringstown are joint NCU Premier League champions after beating
Lurgan at The Lawn on Saturday.
The villagers won the derby game by nine wickets, and that was enough
to earn them a share of the title with Instonians losing to Civil
Service North at Shaw’s Bridge.
Lurgan meanwhile can resign themselves to Section One cricket in 2014
with net run rate relegating them instead of CIYMS, with both clubs
finishing with 16 points.
Stephen Johnston’s men were never really in contention at The Lawn as
they were dismissed for just 161 batting first on a superb pitch.
Neil Anderson provided most of the resistance with a gritty
half-century but that total was never going to be enough.
James Hall and Aaron Kennedy (25) put together a half-century opening
stand for the villagers and although Kennedy fell, Hall and McCallan
took Waringstown home in emphatic fashion.
Both made unbeaten half-centuries in a commanding victory.
North Down can make it a three-way tie if they beat Civil Service
North on Sunday.
Waringstown beat Lurgan by 9 wickets
N Anderson 56, P Maxwell 29,
G Kidd 3-21, O Pienaar 2-24, G Thompson 2-42
Waringstown 162-1 (32.1 overs)
K McCallan 63no, J Hall 56no
Ian Abraham’s U13s have challenged Ian Froggatt’s U11s to a friendly match tonight (30th August) at The Lawn. The match will start at 6pm.
All the parents are getting involved as well so there maybe more than 11 fielding…!!!
Masterchef Marcus McLean will be running a BBQ during the match.
ALL ARE WELCOME to what promises to be a memorable night
Waringstown skipper Kyle McCallan is hoping for a big final push ahead
of Saturday’s final day of the NCU Premier League season.
The villagers are back in title contention, with Instonians’ shock
defeat to Civil Service North meaning McCallan’s men could yet get a
share of the trophy should the leaders lose again to the same
Waringstown must however beat Lurgan, which will be no easy task given
that their local rivals must win themselves to stand any chance of
McCallan said: “Since we lost to CI we have been fairly untouchable
with the cricket we have played with no pressure on. Lurgan are coming
to us desperately needing a win to try and stay up and we need to win
to give ourselves a chance should Instonians slip up. “
Adam Dennison, the 16-year-old batsman, is on holiday, so McCallan has
called up another prolific young gun, Aaron Kennedy, to open the
He added: “Adam has been brilliant for us, but he’s unavailable, and
Aaron is coming in to open the batting.
“I was following the Instonians game on Sunday on Twitter and I
expected them to chase 120. But sometimes the closer you get to
winning the harder it becomes. It should be a great final day of the
season with all bar two clubs having something to play for.
“Instonians are playing Civil Service North again, who are a bit like
Lisburn, they can beat any side on their day. I am hoping they will do
us a favour and if we win we might just come up the inside.”