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  31.10.15 Max Sorensen to joing CIYMS for 2016 season

After an incredible 8 years with The Hills Max Sorensen will be departing for pastures new for the 2016 season. Max will be taking up a position with Belfast based CIYMS.

On behalf of everyone at the club we want to wish Max the very best of luck in this new phase of his career and thank him for all that he has done as a player and coach for the club. Knowing Max I know that he will want The Hills to continue grow and prosper both on and off the field, the friendships Max has made here at The Hills will last well into his old age not to mind next season.

Thanks again Max for all the wonderful days and memories.


  22.10.15 Harry Archer selected for Ireland Under 15's

Yesterday the Irish selectors announced their underage squads for the coming season and Harry Archer has been selected to repesent Ireland in the Under 15 team. Well done to Harry and the best of luck in the upcoming season.

The Under 15's squad includes:

Cian Nulty (Balbriggan), JJ Garth (Pembroke), Neil Rock (Rush), Stuart Jackson (YMCA), Harry Archer (The Hills), Mikey O'Reilly (YMCA), Mitchell Thompson (YMCA), Gavin Hoey (Pembroke).


  22.10.15 2016 Committee elected at AGM

At the AGM held in the clubhouse on Monday last the 19th of October wth 26 members in attendance the following were elected to the committee for 2016:

President: Shea Clinton

Chairman: Paul Smyth

Treasurer: Mark Clinton

Honorary Secretary: Bill Stuart

Chairman of Adult Cricket: Bobby Swarbrigg

Chairman of Youth Cricket: John Pope

Chairman of Grounds: Thomas Murphy


  26.08.15 Max Sorensen to replace Kevin O'Brien in the Irish side to face Australia

Max Sorensen has been announced as a late call up to the Irish Squad to face Australia at Stormont tomorrow. O'Brien is suffering from a hamstring injury and will not take part in the game. We wish Max the best of luck at the game and hopefully a good Irish result.


  10.08.15 Two Hills boys selected for Leinster Under 11's

Congratulations to Adam Clinton and James Ryan on their selection for the Leinster Under 11's. The full squad is as follows:

Jamie Forbes (capt) YMCA
Yash Balasubramanium YMCA
Adam Clinton The Hills
John Devane North County
Andrew Doheny Rush
Wilhelm de Klerk Malahide
Josh Ericson North County
Alec Jackson YMCA
Philippus Le Roux Railway Union
Andrew McCarthy Pembroke
James Ryan The Hills
Andrew Tonge Leinster
Mark Tonge Leinster
Luke Whelan North County

Matches are as follows:

•Mon, August 10th – Leinster U11 v Eryri District – Pembroke CC - 1.30pm 30 overs
•Tue, August 11th – Leinster U11 v NWCU – North County CC - 1pm 30 overs
•Wed, August 12th – NCU v Leinster U11 at Shaw's Bridge (Instonians CC) - 12pm 30 overs
•Fri, August 14th – Eryri District v Leinster U11 at Anglesey Aluminium CC, Holyhead 11.30a.m 30 overs

  06.08.15 Hills girls get plenty of Leinster Representative Honours

Ashling Byrne is heading to England next week to play Leinster Under 15's, Jane Maguire , Abi Leonard and Klarissa Walser head off next week to represent the Leinster Under 13's. While back here in Dublin next week Cliondha O'Reardon and Rose Palmer will again be prepresenting Leinster Under 13's. Congratulations to all on their selection and the best of luck in the games.

  04.08.15 Harry Archer named in the Leinster Under 15 Squad

Congratulation to Harry on his selection for the Leinster squad and the best of luck in the tournament.

The following boys have been selected to the Leinster U15 squad for the series against Munster being held in Cork on Aug 4th-6th.

Aaron O'Neill (Capt.) Pembroke
Harry Archer The Hills
Eoin Barron Railway Union

Andy Brawders Civil Service
Sanil Gupta Pembroke
Stuart Jackson YMCA
Cian Nulty Balbriggan
Shane O'Brien Clontarf
David O'Halloran Malahide
Aviril Shukla YMCA
Sean Stanton Merrion
Diarmaid Tucker Pembroke
Zak Woods Oliver Malahide

Tuesday, 04 August, 2015 Munster v Leinster T20 17:00 Farmer's Cross
Wednesday, 05 August, 2015 Munster v Leinster 45 overs 11:00 Mardyke
Thursday, 06 August, 2015 Munster v Leinster 45 overs 10:30 Mardyke

  29.07.15 "Last Man Standing" fundraiser launched

Do you fancy yourself as a football pundit and reckon you can predict a few results? The club is running a last man standing competition so give it a go. It's easy even if you've never done one before; just pick a winning team each week to progress through to the next round. As the name suggests this competition is about the last man standing.....winner takes all! (......less the fundraising bit of course!!!)

Click on the link below and set your account up. You will register with your Facebook Account or your email address, you will then be asked to select your team for the upcoming fixtures followed by a request for payment of €10.00.


If your selected team wins then you will progress to the next round and you will select another team for the next set of fixtures and so on for the following rounds until there is just one winner or the pot is shared with those that are still standing.

The Club will get 45% of the total pot, so it is a great opportunity for the club to raise much needed funds while having a bit of fun. The prize money is also 45% of the pot.

For those who have questions on how this works get in touch with Cliff Costello on 086-3050451 or cliff.costello@gmail.com who will look after you.

  27.07.15 Joe Caprani - An Appreciation 1920-2015

The Caprani family moved to Dublin from the Lake Como area of Northern Italy in the late 1890's. They got involved in several businesses including printing. Joe was born in 1920 in Clontarf. He was the last survivor of five brothers and one sister. He lived immediately adjacent to the cricket ground. From early on the cricket ground became his playground. There were no underage teams in Clontarf when Joe was a youth. He confined himself to watching the adults practicing, retrieving the balls and carrying gear but he showed such potential that he was quickly playing on the First X1.

He trained as a printer at Alex Thoms. He relocated to the south side joining Leinster Cricket Club where he opened the batting. He was a prolific run getter. One August holiday weekend he scored three centuries and had a nice photo in his home of when he was named Sports Star of the Week by the Irish Independent. He was the first Leinster player to reach 10,000 runs. He was presented with the Hall of Fame Award by the Leinster Cricket Union in 2001. He played for Ireland on seven occasions. He was former President of the Irish Cricket Union and Malahide Cricket Club.

He set up his own printing business and moved to Malahide. He finished his playing days at Malahide in his mid-70's. All during his playing career he worked on his technique and not surprisingly he embraced coaching. He got great satisfaction from passing on his considerable knowledge and skills to other players. Luke Clinton said "his coaching was very technical".

He coached widely especially with schools. He had a very gentle disposition and got on well with adults and children alike. The Hills were an ambitious new club and approached Joe with a view to him helping us improve the skills of our players. He started working at our club in 1978. He was a very energetic teacher working first with the First X1. Initially he ran several weekly session at Balrothery National School.. The following season his efforts reaped rewards with dramatic improvements with the Byrnes, Archers, Clintons, Hoares and several others. Paddy Byrne prior to Joe's arrival batted in the lower order for the First X1 but moved up the order and made a century as an opener.

He worked with underage players for years. He worked wonders for Barry Archer, Mark Clinton, Patrick and Robert Byrne to name but a few. The Hills were one of the first clubs to run a cricket camp where Joe's input was put to considerable use. Scores of young boys and girls availed of his skills. In all he coached for our club for 21 years.

He passed away on 16th of July 2015. He was laid to rest in his Irish cricket gear and was buried at the Fingal Cemetery in Kinsealy. He will be sadly missed but his legacy will continue for many years here at The Vineyard.

Joe Clinton

Photo courtesy of Joe Curtis

  22.07.15 Tickets for ICC T20 Playoffs in Malahide - Free Tickets

As agreed with Cricket Ireland The Hills has 167 tickets for this Saturday and Sunday T20 finals in Malahide.
Ireland will play on both days. Bobby Swarbrigg and Willie Dwyer are dealing with tickets and will be at the ground Wednesday, Thursday and will be around at various stages on Friday.

The Hills have many teams out over the weekend so there will be plenty of spare tickets, so bring your friends and introduce them to our great game in Malahide over the weekend. Ireland play The Netherlands at 2.15 on Saturday and will either play at 10.00 on Sunday for the Third/Fourth position or in the Final at 2.15

If you are not in a position to get to The Hills over the next few days you can contact Bobby Swarbrigg on 087 227 7563 or Willie Dwyer on 086 056 1721 who will be glad to make arrangements with you.

  20.07.15 Joe Caprani RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Joe Caprani late last week. Joe spent many years here at The Hills as a coach and was instrumental in the development of many our great cricketers. Joe was not only a great coach he was a gentleman that enjoyed the respect and admiration of everyone involved with cricket in Ireland. May he rest in peace.


CAPRANI, Joseph Desmond, (JD). (Formerly of Malahide, Co. Dublin. Former President of the Irish Cricket Union and of Malahide Cricket Club). July 16 2015 (peacefully) at St. John's House Merrion Road, surrounded by his family; beloved husband of the late Peg; sadly missed by his loving daughters Robina and Paula, sons Cliff, Peter and Joe, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, his adored grandchildren Kieran, Emma, Leonard, relatives and friends.

Removal on Tuesday morning to St. Andrew's Church of Ireland Church, Malahide arriving at 10.50am for 11am. Funeral Service followed by burial in Fingal Cemetery. All enquiries to Fanagans Dundrum 01-2984143.

  14.07.15 Katie Boylan named in Irish Womens Senior Squad

Cricket Ireland have announced that Katie Boylan and Rachel Delaney have been called up to the senior Irish team for their trip to face Durham in the ECB County Championships this weekend after the pair impressed in Super 3's games and training.

Boylan will travel as the 12th player in a squad that will once again be led by Kim Garth in the absence of regular captain Isobel Joyce.

Ciara Metcalfe will make a return to 50-over cricket as she retains her place after the recent T20 defeat to Somerset, she is joined in the squad by Elena Tice, who returns to the team after being unavailable for the trip to Somerset.

Clare Shillington is also not available for selection, paving the way for debutant Delaney, whilst Lucy O'Reilly returns after a planned break, taking the place of fellow seamer Amy Kenealy.

The side will face Durham on Sunday at Durham City Cricket Club, with live updates available through @irishwomenscric on twitter, and www.cricketireland.ie.

Ireland Squad in full:

Kim Garth (capt), Katie Boylan, Laura Delany, Rachel Delaney, Cecelia Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Ciara Metcalfe, Louise McCarthy, Lucy O'Reilly, Elena Tice, Mary Waldron


  12.06.15 Traffic Restriction at The Hills on Saturday the 13th of June

Due to the fact that the grounds are on the route for the Skerries Triathlon 2015 there will be some disruption of access to and from the grounds from approximately 7.30 AM until 12 Noon. Please allow some extra time if you you are coming to or leaving the club between those times and be patient with the stewards who will be on duty for the event.

You can see details of the route at the following link: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/722278239


  14.05.15 First X1 through to second round of the Irish Senior Cup

Last Saturday our First X1 had a great win in the first round of the Irish Senior Cup, beating North Down by 40 runs. North Down won the toss and asked The Hills to bat first. The Hills openers got to 40 without loss before Mike Baumgart was caught off the bowling of Taimur Khan for 26. The next three wickets fell quickly only adding 13 runs to the scoreboard. This brought Max and Naseer together and between them they brought some respectability to the score, adding 64 between them before Max was caught on 49 off the bowling of Peter Eakin. Naseer went on to finish on 65 off 83 balls. Mark Dwyer, Joseph Clinton, Deon Carolus and Luke Clinton added an important 27 to finish the innings on 199 for the Hills men.

Naseer and Deon Carolus opened The Hills attack and Naseer struck with the wicket of Daniel Graham with his second ball. Pieter Malan was next to go, caught by Tomás Murphy off the bowling of Carolus and with the visitors on just 27 with two down the game was on despite the relatively small target. What must go through the batsmen's heads when they realise that once Naseer and Deon are finished their opening spells with the new ball they only have to face the challenge of Max Sorensen and Tomás Murphy for the next 10 overs at least! Well the lads from North Down definitely know that feeling, Deon ended up taking 3 for 41 off his 10, Naseer took 2 for 25 off his 10, Tomás took 3 for 39 off 7 with Mark Dwyer also getting in on the action with a wicket. North Down finished on 159 all out, best of the batsmen were Andrew Sutherland(33) and Peter Shields(35).

This game marked a special day for one of our upcoming stars with Mark Donegan getting the call up to the First X1 for the first time and while he was unlucky with the bat he had the privilege of taking the catch to dismiss the last North Down wicket, congratulations Mark and best wishes from everyone in the club. We are now into the second round against Malahide or Instonians away on June the 6th.


  30.04.15 First X1 get 2015 League campaign off to a dream start against Trinity students

Despite the inclement weather we managed a great double points win against Trinity on Saturday last, winning the game by 154 runs. Trinity won the toss and not unsurprisingly, given the weather conditions, asked The Hills to bat. Max Sorensen made a blistering 98 off 51 balls supported by Cormac McLoughlin Gavin with 53 and support coming from the returning Daryl Calder(30), Manu Kumar(21) and the evergreen Nazeer Shoukat(31). Chasing a total of 262 off 37 overs the Trinity batsmen were facing and enormous challenge especially given the firepower of our bowling attack augmented by the addition of new arrival Deon Carolus. Tomás Murphy and Mark Dwyer took 2 wickets each with Max, Deon and Luke Clinton taking a wicket each leaving the Trinity side with just 108 on the board after their 37 overs. This double points victory gives us a great start to our league campaign for 2015. Separately it should be noted that The Hills was the only club in Leinster in Division 1 or 2 that completed their fixture on Saturday last, well done to Matt and those who help get the ground in such great shape at this early stage of the season.

On Sunday our Second X1 opened their league campaign against Phoenix on a very cold and wintery day. Batting first The Hills made a respectable 199 in 47 overs with a flawless 63 from the ever improving Mark Donegan and a dogged 48 from a "jet lagged" Joseph Clinton. Rain played a part as the second innings was delayed and Phoenix were set a revised target of 184 in 42 overs. Phoenix made the total with 5 wickets in the bag despite some very innovative bowling by The Hills. Notwithstanding the loss I was most encouraged and impressed by the combination of our young players such as Robbie Clinton, Mark Donegan, Ian Byrne, Ultan Doherty and Heinrick Walser with the more experienced players such as Mark Clinton, Malcolm Byrne, Clifford Costello, Joseph Clinton and William Archer. Our future looks in great shape as long as we keep helping our young stars learning their craft from such experienced cricketers.

  23.04.15 Max Sorensen and Cormac McLoughlin named in Leinster Lightning squad

Following last weekend's pre-season T20 series against Denmark, the Leinster Lightning selectors have met and are delighted to announce the following squad of players who will form our initial 2015 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial squad.

John Mooney – Captain (North County); John Anderson - Vice Captain (Merrion); Yaqoob Ali (YMCA); Kenny Carroll (Railway Union); Bill Coghlan (Clontarf); Alex Cusack (Clontarf); Eoghan Delany (Clontarf); Bobby Gamble (YMCA); Dom Joyce (Merrion); Tyrone Kane (Merrion); Fintan McAllister (Malahide); Cormac McLoughlin (The Hills); Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union); Andrew Poynter (Clontarf); Eddie Richardson (North County); Simi Singh (YMCA); Max Sorensen (The Hills); Fiachra Tucker (Pembroke); Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke).

Greg Molins, the newly-appointed national selector and now chairman of the Lightning panel, expressed his satisfaction at the balance of the squad, and is particularly pleased with the inclusion of Eoghan Delany, Dom Joyce and Bobby Gamble for the first time, decisions which reward consistently strong performances for their clubs over the past few seasons.

The Lightning's UK based players have not been named in the squad for logistical/availability reasons but are very much in the selectors thought process.

After a very successful first season in charge John Mooney continues as Lightning captain, and along with recently appointed coach Ted Williamson they are hoping to go one better than last season by claiming all three trophies on offer in 2015.

The Lightning square off in this seasons T20 curtain raiser against the Knights on Friday 1st May in Stormont with a 4.30pm start time. The Lightning's first home match is a 3-day championship game in Clontarf on the 12th May against the Warriors.

  23.04.15 League campaign gets underway with home game against Dublin University

The Hills will host Dublin University (Trinity) on Saturday next the 25th in what could be a crucial decider in the outcome of the League for 2015. Trinity only play their opposition on one occasion during the year and as a result games against them count for double points. In this odd scenario we can either come away from the game on Saturday with two wins under our belts or alternativeley two losses which could be crucial in our bid for promotion back to Division 1 for next year. All support welcome.

On Sunday the 26th our Second X1 get their League campaign going with a home fixture against Phoenix.

Both games start at 12.30.



  15.04.15 2015 Season gets underway with two enticing friendlies

On Saturday the 18th our First X1 take on Civil Service Northern Ireland in a 40 over game to get the season underway at 12 noon. CSNI are one of the top clubs in the Northern Cricket Union and play their cricket in the very lush grounds at Stormont.

On Sunday we have a unique event to look forward to when a Hills Presidents X1 will take on the Danish national team in a T20 format game that starts at 11AM. The Danish side is coached by non other than our former player Jeremy Bray. The Hills certainly can't be accused of lacking ambition as they get the 2015 season underway!



  30.01.15 Adult Men's Fixtures for 2015

We have finalised the Adult Mens fixtures for 2015 and they can be found by clicking on the following link:

Fixtures Men's 2015


  28.01.15 Tickets for the England game in Malahide on May 8th.

The Irish cricket calendar is in full swing and although our minds are on the world cup we cannot forget the important date of the 8th of May when we play England in Malahide.
Who will forget when we played England at the same venue last year when 160 Hills folk helped fill the ground. Well, let's try and beat that this time around.
So with that in mind we have secured some great ticket deals from Cricket Ireland.

The following packages are on offer:

PACKAGE 1. €60
At the special discounted price of just €60 (usually €65), the Club Day Out Experience includes:

- Match Ticket
- Match Programme
- Morning Coffee
- Lunch at any outlet in the Cricket Ireland Village
- Beverage Voucher
- Bus Parking for groups of 10+

PACKAGE 2. €40
We are also offering match tickets at the discounted rate of €40 for adult tickets – a saving of over €9 per ticket as there is no booking fee, while OAP (€38) and U16 (€15) tickets are also available.
We will ensure that all seats are in the same section of the ground. The club is now taking orders. Tickets can either be ordered on our Facebook page, by leaving your name on a poster in the clubhouse or by emailing: thehillsccshop@yahoo.ie

We will order tickets at the end of February, for anyone that has paid in full on that date. Ticket sales are going well so book your tickets early and let us do the rest.

  28.01.15 Three Hills Boys named on Leinster Under 13 Squad.

A training squad has been selected for winter coaching sessions currently being held at North County cricket club. Nine coaching sessions between October and Easter will give the boys an opportunity to further develop their skills and improve as players in their preparation for the season ahead. Included are three Hills boys Killian McGrane, Edmund Sexton and Thomas Stack. Well done boys on your selection and the best of luck at the training sessions.


  27.01.15 Cormac McLoughlin named in Leinster Lightning Pre-Season Training Squad

Cormac McLoughlin has been named in the pre-season squad for Leinster Lightning. The full squad is: Ben Ackland (Merrion); Yaqoob Ali (YMCA); John Anderson (Merrion); Bilal Azhar (Leinster); Kenny Carroll (Railway Union); Bill Coghlan (Clontarf); Eoghan Delaney (Clontarf); Dom Joyce (Merrion); Tyrone Kane (Merrion); Fintan McAllister (Malahide); Barry McCarthy (Pembroke); Cormac McLoughlin (The Hills); David Murphy (Pembroke); Andrew Poynter (Clontarf); Eddie Richardson (North County); Simi Singh (YMCA); Fiachra Tucker (Pembroke); Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke) and Albert van der Merwe (YMCA).

Seperately Cormac recently featured at the Fingal Independent Sports Star of The Year Awards ceremony held at the Maldron Hotel where he was presented with his Award for August. Many thanks to everyone who voted for him over the past month.

  20.01.15 Max Sorensen called up to the Irish Squad for the ICC World Cup

Following an injury to Tim Murtagh, Cricket Ireland's National Selectors have announced that Max Sorensen is now part of the 15 man ICC World Cup Squad. Naturally we send our best wishes to Tim for a speedy and full recovery to his injury.

That said, we are also delighted for Max and his inclusion in the squad. We wish him the very best in the World Cup campaign which starts with some warm-up games commencing on the 6th of February. The first pool game of the competition starts against the West Indies on the 16th of February from Nelson,New Zealand. Our other opponents in the Pool stages include the UAE, India, South Africa, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.


  20.01.15 Nicolaas Pretorius returns for the 2015 season

Nicolaas Pretorius is returning to The Hills for the 2015 season. Nicolaas will be a big boost to the First X1 again for the coming season. In 2014 Nicolaas topped the wicket keeping averages in Leinster with 24 dismissals and helped us on our way to the Irish Senior Cup title with an additional 8 dismissals during that campaign.

I am looking forward to him keeping pressure on opposition batsmen should they even contemplate moving outside the front line. On his day he can also be an exhilerating top order batsman that can quickly change the fate of any game. Nicolaas will be the backbone of our coaching infrastructure for the youths section of the club for the coming season and he will be taking up his duties in March.


  20.01.15 More Leinster Representation for Hills Youths

The Leinster Under 13 girls training squad has been announced and includes five of our upcoming stars in Abi Leonard, Jane Maguire, Cliodhna O'Reardon, Klarissa Walser and Rose Palmer. Well done to all five girls and the best of luck with the upcoming training sessions and hopefully selection for the interprovincial series and tours later in the year.


  23.12.14 The Hills Cricket Club - First X1 Leinster League Fixtures 2015

Sat 25 Apr Home The Hills vs Dublin University
Sat 02 May Home The Hills vs Leinster
Mon 04 May Away Rush vs The Hills
Sat 16 May Away YMCA 2 vs The Hills
Sat 20 Jun Home The Hills vs Balbriggan
Sat 04 Jul Away Phoenix vs The Hills
Sat 11 Jul Away Terenure vs The Hills
Sun 26 Jul Away Leinster vs The Hills
Mon 03 Aug Home The Hills vs Terenure
Sat 15 Aug Home The Hills vs Rush
Sat 22 Aug Away Balbriggan vs The Hills
Sat 29 Aug Home The Hills vs YMCA 2
Sun 06 Sep Home The Hills vs Phoenix


  22.12.14 The Hills Youths are well represented in Leinster Winter Training Squads

The Hills Youths have been well represented in the Leinster Winter Training programme with 16 of our up and coming stars putting in the hard work during the winter months. The players featured in the programme are as follows:

Leinster Under 11 Training Squads
Adam Clinton
Cillian Daly
Eoghain O Connor Flanagan
Ben Parker
Arthur Sexton

Leinster Under 13 Training Squads
Jamie McCarthy
Killian McGrane
Edmund Sexton
Thomas Stack

Leinster Under 15 Training Squad
Harry Archer
Jodi McIvor
Ryan Tobin

Leinster Under 17 Training Squad
Ultan Doherty
Mark Donegan
Killian Everard
Andrew Kavanagh
Heinrick Walser

Good luck to them all as they prepare for the 2015 season ahead.


  22.12.14 Results of the Christmas Raffle 2014

Winners 2014
Prize - Card - Line Name
1st - 46 - 8 Gary Harford
2nd - 192 - 5 Aoife O'Mahony
3rd - 54 - 1 Aisling Kitteringham
4th - 109 - 6 Armin Egqed
5th - 173 - 2 Killian Everard
6th - 180 - 3 Cara Gilbride
7th - 51 - 7 Patrick Kenny
8th - 23 - 3 Sandra Fleming
9th - 173 - 10 Killian Everard
10th - 65 - 9 Mark Clare
11th - 181 - 8 Heidi

The committee and members of The Hills Cricket Club wishes to thank all who bought, sold or helped to make this draw a success.


  10.12.14 First X1 draw North Down in the ISC 2015

The First X1 have home advantage for the first round of their challenge to retain the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup for 2015. We are drawn against North Down who we defeated in 2014 in a close fought encounter in the Semi-Final. The full draw is as follows:

Co Galway v Fox Lodge
Clontarf v Cork County
Railway Union v Strabane
Terenure v Bready
The Hills v North Down
Leinster v Carrickfergus
Waringstown v St Johnston
Ballymena v Ardmore
Instonians v Malahide
CIYMS v Merrion
Woodvale v YMCA
Glendermott v Lisburn
Coleraine v Muckamore
Brigade v CSNI
Donemana v North County
Eglinton v Pembroke


  09.12.14 Second X1 drawn away to Leinster in the Leinster Senior 2 Cup

The Second X1 have an away draw against Leinster in the first round of the Senior 2 Cup. The full draw is as follows:

Malahide 2 vs YMCA 2

Pembroke 2 vs Railway Union 2

Clontarf 2 vs Merrion 2

Phoenix 2 vs Laois 1

Leinster 2 vs The Hills 2

North Kildare 1 vs Dundrum 1

North County 2 vs Greystones 1

Civill Service 1 receive a bye


  09.12.14 First X1 will host Pembroke in the Leinster Senior Cup

The First X1 will have home advantage when they will host Pembroke n the first round of the Leinster Senior Cup on Saturday May the 30th 2015. The full draw is as follows:

Balbriggan vs North County

Clontarf vs Leinster

Cork County vs Railway Union

Phoenix vs YMCA

The Hills vs Pembroke

Malahide vs Rush

Merrion and Terenure receive byes


  02.12.14 Youths Pre-Christmas indoor training

For all Boys and Girls Under 15's, Under 17's and Under 19's, training will take place in North County on the following dates:

Saturday the 6th

Saturday the 13th

Saturday the 20th.

Sessions will run from 18.30 to 20.00 on each day. The cost of the three sessions will be €15.00. To book your place please make contact with Will Archer on 085 244 3051.


  26.11.14 Two Hills girls named in Ireland squad

Congratulations to Katie Boylan and Veronica Fay-Watt on their inclusion in the Ireland Emerging Players squad. The full squad is as follows;

Fiona Gill (Malahide), Rebecca Stockell, Pia Diepman, Anna Kerrison, Sophie MacMahon (all Leinster); Ruby Neville, Leah Paul, Hannah McKay, Rachel Delany (all Merrion); Katie Boylan, Veronica Fay-Watt (both The Hills); Robyn Lewis, Gaby Lewis (both YMCA); Vanessa Kaleda (Phoenix), Una Raymond-Hoey (Clontarf), Hannah Grieve (Lurgan), Clodagh Conway (Rush), Tori Lapsley (Strabane), Alison O'Reilly (Railway Union), Naomi Matthews (Donacloney/Waringstown).


  25.11.14 Patrick (Paddy) Simpson RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to report the demise of Paddy Simpson. We would like to express our condolences to all his family and friends and especially to his daughter Emer Kitteringham and his son in law George Kitteringham and all their immediate family . May he rest in peace.

Lying in repose at theTemple Hill Funeral Home, Boreenmanna Road, of Jerh. O'Connor Ltd. Removal on Wednesday evening at 7pm to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballinlough. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am. Cremation will take place afterwards at the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.


  12.11.14 Developments at the AGM

AGM held at the clubhouse on Friday 7th November

Outgoing Chairman, Michael Dwyer thanked all the members and friends of the club who contributed in so many ways throughout the 2014 season. Mick also congratulated Max Sorensen on his continued selection for the Irish team and the Leinster Lightning squad.

Willie Dwyer presented his cricketing report for the season and applauded the First X1 for winning the Irish Senior Cup for the second occasion. Willie noted the special efforts during the year for all adult teams and especially William Archer for the performance of the Second X1. Joseph Clinton commented that we have been making great progress with all the youths teams and thanked all the mentors, coaches and parents for their support throughout the year.

Matt Dwyer outlined the planned new structure for the club which was discussed and adopted with the following key committees:

Management, Grounds, Cricket, House and Youths

The following members were elected to the Management Committee:

• President: Jim Bennett
• Chairman: Thomas Murphy
• Secretary: Bill Stuart
• Treasurer: Matt Dwyer
• Executive: Seamus Clinton
• Executive: Paul Smyth

• First X1 Captain: Max Sorensen, First X1 Vice Captain: Cormac McLoughlin
• PRO: Michael Gavin

Several members were proposed and seconded en block to the various other committees who will in turn elect their own officers to include; Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.

  27.10.14 Adult Awards 2014

At the awards ceremony held on Saturday night the following were recognised for their contribution to a great year at the club:

First X1 Mens: Cormac McLoughlin

Second X1 Mens: Will Archer

Third X1 Mens: Garry Hynes

Fourth X1 Mens: Muhammid Mehmood

First X1 Ladies: Katie Boylan

Second X1 Ladies: Veronica Fay-Watt

Seperately the club presented a "Life Time Achievement Award" to Martin Russell for his contribution to the club and to cricket in Fingal over many decades


  27.10.14 It's official we have the best ground in Leinster

As if we needed convincing! The LCU have awarded The Hills with the Joe McCleary trophy in recognition of the standard of the ground and the facilities available at the Vineyard. The award recognises the standard of the playing surfaces, the standard of the outfield and the general facilities at the ground. Well done to Matt and his small band of volunteers on achieving this accreditation and recognition.

In a seperate development the LCU Grounds Committee have given the Vineyard the ultimate accolade in recognition of the quality of the facilities at the club. To quote their report: "Congratulations to all involved at The Hills, these are the best marks for any ground in the province". "Of the 60+ reports we are sending out, this report is the only one in which all the umpires reports are so positive........................hopefully more will follow your example"

  19.10.14 Mark Donegan South Africa Bound

Rising star Mark Donegan is headed to South Africa for a 2 month period in January to hone his skills on new soil. He is heading to Muir College, near Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape where he will play a full part in their very active cricket campaign. Mark will be accompanied by other LCU representatives Fionn Hand (North County), Sam Murphy (YMCA) and Conor O'Gorman (Leinster). The best of luck to Mark and the other boys in their endeavours.

  05.10.14 Mary Dolan RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to report the demise of Mary (Mabel) Dolan. We would like to express our condolences to all her family and friends and especially to her daughter Gillian Byrne and her granddaughters Aisling and Vivienne. May she rest in peace.

Reposing at Baltrasna Lane, Barnageeragh, Sunday the 5th of October from 3pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass Monday 6th of October at 10am to St. Patrick's Church, Skerries and thereafter to Ardla Cemetery. All enquiries to Lannon's Funeral Directors 01-8491277.

  04.09.14 Road Closures and Traffic Disruption

Please note that several roads around the cricket club will be closed this weekend due to the staging of the Killalane Road Races. Roads close on Saturday the 6th from 1pm to 7 pm and on Sunday the 7th from 9.30 am to 6.30pm.

The road from Skerries to the cricket club will be open but those approaching from a Dublin direction should divert via Rush and on approaching Skerries (park on left) take the first left hand turn at Shenick Road and continue straight through cross roads and under the railway bridge and up to the club.

Anyone approaching from the Balbriggan direction will not be affected.


  21.08.14 Alan Murray T20 Cup Final

Clontarf defeated Terenure by 5 wickets on Monday to earn their place in the final against The Hills which will now take place next Tuesday the 26th in Pembroke. Start time for the game is 5pm and as the current holders of the trophy and having defeated YMCA in a last ball nail biter to get to the final the First X1 will be looking to keep that trophy behind the bar for another season.


  19.08.14 The Hills reach Final of All Ireland Senior Cup

In a tense and drama filled game against North Down on Sunday the First X1 secured their place in the final which will be played on Saturday next the 23rd at Castle Avenue. North Down needed 8 runs off the last over but Naseer Shoukat restricted them to just five giving The Hills victory with a margin of just three runs.

Their opponents will be Clontarf who overcame Pembroke by three wickets in the last over of their game to reach the final.

Please note that the game on Saturday starts at the earlier time of 11am. All support welcome as our lads try to take the Bob Kerr trophy home to Skerries one more time.


  04.08.14 Two Girls Under 13's selected for Leinster

Tess and Lara Maritz have been selected to play for the Leinster Under 13's that travel to the Malvern cricket festival that will run from the 4th to the 7th of August. Congratulations to both girls on their selection and the best of luck for the tournament.


  04.08.14 Irish Senior Cup Semi-Final Refixed

Our First X1 will travel to North Down on Sunday the 17th of August to play their Semi-Final of the Irish Senior Cup. The game will be played at Comber and will start at 12.30.


  13.07.14 Harry Archer named in Ireland Under 13 Training Squad

The Ireland Under-13 selectors have named a squad of 24 for the National Training Camp which will take place in Bready on the 16th/17th and 18th July.

At Bready, the squad will be put through their paces by the coaching team of Michael Hingston, Andrew Poynter, James Colhoun & Craig Hogan.

Commenting on the training camp, lead coach Michael Hingston said:"On the back of a very competitive and exciting Under-13 Inter-Provincial competition held last week in Dublin, Cricket Ireland are hosting a three day under-13 Development Camp at Bready CC. The coaching team are really looking forward to challenging the players and taking them out of their comfort zones, as we look to develop the next generation of Irish cricketers.

"During the camp, we plan to set up a series of practice sessions on the first day, then a 45 over match between the players on the second day and finally to have a T20 match on the final morning to have a look at the lads in different game scenarios, as cricketers need to be multi-dimensional and able to adapt to as many different game-modes as possible. We hope that the players enjoy the experience and gives them a bit of a taste of what it takes to become an Ireland international of the future."

Ireland Under-13 Training Squad;
Kaasim Alam (Limerick Raiders)
Harry Archer (The Hills)
Max Burton (Carrickfergus)
Diarmuid Carey (Cork Harlequins)
Jack Carson (Waringstown)
Patrick Carson (Coleraine)
James Humphreys (Waringstown)
James Hunter (Instonians)
Stuart Jackson (YMCA)
Archie Johnston (CSNI)
Seanan Jones (Cork Harlequins)
Jacob Logan-Wilson (Ballyspallen)
Kyle Magee (Killyclooney)
Justin Martin Kavanagh (Balbriggan)
Ben Mills (Glendermott)
Peter McCreery (CIYMS)
Gregory McFaul (Bready)
Tom Millar (CIYMS)
Cian Nulty (Balbriggan)
Michael O'Reilly (YMCA)
Fionn O'Sullivan (Leinster)
Marcus Poskitt (Coleraine)
Neil Rock (Rush)
Harry Warke (Templepatrick)

Michael Hingston, Andrew Poynter, James Colhoun, Craig Hogan



  08.07.14 Harry Archer named in Leinster Under 13 Squad

Congratulations to Harry Archer for his selection for the Leinster Squad for the Taunton Cricket Festival being held at King's College, Taunton, Somerset from July 28th 2014 - August 1st 2014. The full squad is as follows:

Neil Rock (Capt) Rush CC
Harry Archer The Hills CC
Richard Bisgood Merrion CC
JJ Garth Pembroke CC
Stuart Jackson YMCA CC
Justin Martin Kavanagh Balbriggan CC
James Maginnis Phoenix CC
Aaron McGuire Rush CC
Cian Nulty Balbriggan CC
David O'Halloran Malahide CC
Mikey O'Reilly YMCA CC
Fionn O'Sullivan Leinster CC
Tim Tector YMCA CC
Mitchell Thompson YMCA CC

Michael O'Gorman
Reinhardt Strydom
Tim Ackland


Date Home Team v Away Team
Monday, 28th July, 2014 Yorkshire v Leinster
Tuesday, 29th July, 2014 Gloucestershire v Leinster
Wednesday, 30th July, 2014 Kent v Leinster
Thursday 31st July 2014 Cornwall v Leinster
Friday, 1st August 2014 Cheshire v Leinster


  01.07.14 We need all the volunteers we can get for the big Motor Bike weekend

As you all know this weekend sees the running of the Skerries 100 Road Races. This is a big fundraising weekend for the club and we need everyone to support us in getting the most out of the weekend. With that in mind we need volunteers from about 12 noon on Friday 4th through to late evening on Saturday the 5th. All help would be appreciated including bar work, cleaning, litter control and serving up teas and burgers.

If you are available for some or all of the time just let one of the executive know of your availability,


  01.07.14 The Hills draw North Down in Irish Senior Cup

The First X1 have been drawn away to North Down in the Semi-Final of the Irish Senior Cup. Pembroke will have home advantage over Clontarf in the other Semi-Final. Games will be played on Saturday August the 2nd.

  25.06.14 Hills Girls feature in Leinster Selections

Three Hills Girls,Tess and Lara Maritz and Roisin O'Connor Flanagan have been named in the North Leinster Under 13 squad to take on South Leinster on the 3rd of July at Merrion. Congratulations to them all and the best of luck for the game.

The two Maritz girls also feature on the North Leinster Under 15's and will be joined by fellow Hills players Aisling Byrne and Katie Boylan. The best of luck to all the girls and congratulations on your selection.


  13.06.14 Harry Archer named in Leinster Under 13 Squad

Harry Archer has been named in the Leinster Under 13 Interprovincial squad that will take part in the Interprovincial Series that will take place between July 2nd and July 4th. The full squad is as follows:

Neil Rock (Capt) Rush CC
Harry Archer The Hills CC
Neil Currie Clontarf CC
Theo Dempsey Phoenix CC
JJ Garth Pembroke CC
Stuart Jackson YMCA CC
Justin Martin-Kavanagh Balbriggan CC
Cian Nulty Balbriggan CC
David O'Halloran Malahide CC
Mikey O'Reilly YMCA CC
Fionn O'Sullivan Leinster CC
Tim Tector YMCA CC
Mitchell Thompson YMCA CC

The best of luck to Harry and the rest of the team in the series.


  12.06.14 Cormac McLoughlin and Max Sorensen named in Leinster Lightning Squad

Cormac McLoughlin has earned his first Lightning call-up after an excellent start to the season for our club.

The Lightning are in action at home for the first time in this year's IPC Championship in College Park, Trinity College Dublin from 17-19 June.

McLoughlin gets his first Lightning call-up after an excellent start to the season for his club the Hills.
The 20-year-old has scored 418 runs to date at an impressive average of 69.67, the highlight being a match-winning 128 against Leinster in the first round of the Leinster Senior Cup.

"I've been delighted with Cormac's form – his selection is a just reward for his hard work over the past few seasons," Lightning coach coach Trent Johnston said. The 12-man squad also contains a first call-up this year for YMCA captain and former Ireland international Albert van der Merwe. Lest we forget Max Sorensen is also included in the squad.

Leinster Lightning squad to face Northern Knights, Tuesday 17-Thursday 19 June:
John Mooney (Capt – North County)
John Anderson (Vice- Cpt Merrion)
Ben Ackland (Merrion)
Pat Collins (Railway Union)
Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
Fintan McAllister (Malahide)
Cormac McLoughlin (The Hills)
Andrew Poynter (Clontarf)
Eddie Richardson (North County)
Simmi Singh (YMCA)
Max Sorensen (The Hills)
Albert van der Merwe (YMCA)

Eugene Moleon's well-drilled Northern Knights side beat North West Warriors by 8 wickets in their first match of the IPC campaign last week at Stormont.

The first ball will be bowled at 11am each day and admission is free.
Hours of Play: 11am-6:30pm – Lunch: 1:15pm-1:55pm, Tea: 4:10pm-4:30pm.
A minimum of 104 overs is scheduled to be bowled each day.

Congratulations to Cormac and to Max and the best of luck for the game.

  11.06.14 Traffic disruption around club grounds on Saturday 14th of June

Due to the running of the Fingal Triathlon around Skerries on Saturday the 14th next, players and supporters should be aware that there will be road closures and diversions in place from about 12 o'clock until circa 3 o'clock. If you are coming to the club on Saturday we would ask you to bear these timings in mind and also ask for your patience.

Further details on the route and timings can be found on the following link:


  10.06.14 The Hills draw Railway Union away in the Irish Senior Cup Quarter Finals

The Quarter Finals will be played on Sunday June 29th. The full draw is below:


Clontarf v St Johnston
Pembroke v Merrion
Coleraine v North Down
Railway Union v The Hills


  03.06.14 Draw for RSA Leinster Senior Cup Quarter Finals

The draw for the quarter finals of the RSA Leinster Senior Cup was made this morning and is as follows:

Malahide v Phoenix
North County v The Hills
Clontarf v Cork County
Pembroke v Merrion

Games wil lbe played on Saturday the 21st of June starting at 11 am.


  23.05.14 Traffic Disruption around The Hills - Sunday 25th May

Please be aware that due to the An Post Rás final stage taking place in Skerries this coming Sunday there will be traffic disruption around the grounds during the day. There will be rolling road closures from about 13.30 through to about 15.30 so while you will be able to get to and from the ground during this time you may experiience some delays and your patience will be appreciated

  22.05.14 Level 1 Scorers Course - 25th May

The Leinster Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association is running an ICC Level 1 scorers course on Sunday 25th May. It is perfect for beginners and those that want to get on the pathway to International scoring alike.

For those interested in attending please make contact with either Siobhan McBennett (SMCBNNTT@tcd.ie) or Azam Ali Baig (azamali_baig@hotmail.com).The venue is yet to be determined but will be based on suiting the majority of attendees.

  17.05.14 Margaret McDonnell RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of the mother of one our great friends Johnny McDonnell. Margie McDonnell ( Nee Murray ) Skerries Co. Dublin ( Late of Balrothery ) 14th May 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by her lovig family, Margaret ( Margie ) wife of the late Hugh, sadly missed by her children, Mary, Patrick, John, Ann and Helen, sisters, brother, grandchildren, great grandson, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Our condolences goout to Johnny and his extended family at this time.

May she rest in peace.

Reposing at home Thursday and Friday from 6pm to 9pm. Removal Saturday to St. Patrick's Church, Skerries, arriving at 9.50am for 10am Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in Ardla Cemetery.


  13.05.14 2nd Round Draw for Irish Senior Cup

The winners of Sundays game in Derry between The Hills and .Glendermot will have a home draw for the next round of the Cup against Bready. The full draw details are as follows:


•Terenure/Waringstown v Instonians/Railway Union
•North Down v Phoenix/Brigade
•Coleraine v Downpatrick/YMCA
•Merrion/Muckamore v Ardmore/North County
•Leinster/Fox Lodge v Clontarf
•Pembroke v Cork County
•St Johnston/CSNI v Strabane/Lurgan
•Glendermott/The Hills v Bready

Games will to be played on Sunday June 8th

  13.05.14 Johnny Burke RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our old friend Johnny (John) Burke. Joihnny was a regular supporter of cricket here at The Vineyard and he was also father to our first Irish International Marguerite, May he Rest in Peace.

Reposing at Lannon's Funeral Home, Wednesday, from 6pm to 9pm. Removal Thursday to St. Patrick's Church, Skerries, arriving 9.50am for 10am Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in Holmpatrick Cemetery.


  08.05.14 Order for Club Branded Clothing

Wille Dwyer is putting together an order for Hills branded clothing which will offer considerable savings for members over and above what they can get online by ordering individually. As an example the Rain Jacket is retailing on the O'Neills website at €55 but by ordering though the club you can purchase it for €38. Willie also has access to other offers no yet up on the O'Neills web site such as our new 20:20 top

You can check out the merchandice by clicking on the following link: http://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/cricket/the-hills-cricket-club.html

Please get in touch with Willie to place orders or make enquiries on our Facebook page or directly vis his email address at willdwyer10@yahoo.ie..


  25.04.14 Leinster Lightning include 4 Hills players in 2014 Squad

The Leinster Lightning selectors have the pleasure in announcing the following squad for the 2014 Interprovincial series of matches. We are also naming a squad of players who will train with the main squad for the entire season.

Leinster Lightning 2014 Interprovincial Squad

John Mooney (Capt-North County), John Anderson (Vice- Cpt Merrion), Ben Ackland (Merrion), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex/Pembroke), Peter Chase (Malahide), Bill Coghlan (Clontarf), Pat Collins (Railway Union), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Fintan McAllister (Malahide), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), Cormac McLoughlin (The Hills), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Eddie Richardson (North County), Simi Singh (Y.M.C.A.) Max Sorensen (The Hills), Albert Van der Merwe (Y.M.C.A).

Leinster Lightning 2014 Training Squad

Rory Anders (Phoenix), Balil Azhar (Leinster), Mark Dwyer (The Hills), Allan Eastwood (Pembroke), Ryan Hopkins (Pembroke), Tomas Murphy (The Hills), Fiachra Tucker (Pembroke), David Watkins (Merrion).

We are delighted to announce that John Mooney will captain the Leinster Lightning for the 2014 season, with John Anderson serving as his vice-captain.

As selectors we are looking for continuity for the entire season & with Kevin O'Brien's continued involvement in the CPL this is not feasible. John Mooney already captained the side in a number of games last season when Kevin was away and we are looking forward to the energy that John will bring to the role. The selectors would like to thank Kevin for his efforts as captain & in helping to secure 2 of the 3 interprovincial trophies for the Lightning last season.

The squad has a great balance of youth and experience and the Lightning are determined to go one better this season by winning all 3 Interprovincial trophies.

The Leinster Lightning campaign gets started with a 50 over game against the North West Warriors on Saturday the 3rd of May in The Hills and if last years event is anything to go by we are all in for a treat.


  23.04.14 Max Sorensen picked on Ireland Squad to face Sri Lanka

Max has been named in the 13 man Ireland squad to face the T20 World Champions Sri Lanka in the two 50 over games to be played on Tuesday the 6th and Thursday the 8th of May in Clontarf. The best of luck Max from everyone here at The Hills. The full squad is:

W Porterfield (captain, Warwickshire), A Cusack, A Poynter (Clontarf), G Dockrell (Somerset), E Joyce (Sussex), T Murtagh, P Stirling (Middlesex), A McBrine (Donemana), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Leicestershire), M Sorensen (The Hills), S Thompson (Eglinton), G Wilson (Surrey)

  22.04.14 May Tolan RIP

It is with sadness that we have to report the passing of May Tolan yesterday the 21st of April. May Tolan (nee Corr) Skerries, Co. Dublin, peacefully, at Beachtree Nursing Home, Ballyboughal. May, wife of the late George, sadly missed by her loving family sons, Damien and Gary, daughter, Catherine,sister Rose, grandchildren, Eoghan, Ian, Amy and Danielle, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Our condolences go out to all the family at this time but especially to her son Gary and grandchildren Ian and Danielle.

Reposing at Lannon's Funeral Home Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Removal Thursday to St. Patrick's Church Skerries arriving 9.50am for 10am Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in Ardla Cemetery. All enquiries to Lannon's Funeral Directors 01-8491277.


  12.04.14 Leinster Lightning Squad Announced

Cormac McLoughlin included in twelve man panel to play in the season opener against the Ireland Under 19's. Congratultaion Cormac and the best of luck with the fixture which takes place at YMCA on Saturday the 19th of April starting at 12 noon.

The full squad is as follows:

John Mooney (Capt - North County), Ben Ackland (Merrion), John Anderson (Merrion), Bilal Azhar (Leinster), Peter Chase (Malahide),Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Fintan McAllister (Malahide), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), Cormac McLaughlin (The Hills), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Fiachra Tucker (Pembroke), David Watkins (Merrion).


  12.04.14 2013 Juvenile Cricket Awards

Earlier this week the Awards for 2013 were made in the clubhouse, Irish International Max Sorensen made the presentations accompanied by Councillor Ciaran Byrne. The full list of award winners is as follows:

Under 11 Girls
Jane Maguire [Player of the Year]
Cathy Coleman [Most Improved Player]

Under 11 Boys
Killian McGrane [Player of the Year]
Thomas Stack [Most Improved Player]

Under 13 Girls
Aishling Byrne [[Player of the Year]
Tess Maritz [Most Improved Player]

Under 13 Boys
Niall Daly [Player of the Year]
Adam Bund [Most Improved Player]
Harry Archer [Batting Award]

Under 15 Girls
Rhiannon Pope [Player of the Year]

Under 17 Girls
Anna Mooney [Player of the Year]

Under 15/17 Boys
Killian Everard [Bowling]
Ultan Doherty [Batting]

Milverton Perpetual Trophy
Sean Hickson - Most improved Youths Player for 2013

Sheehan Cup
Lauren Hoey - Lifetime Contribution to Youths Cricket

  11.04.14 LCU Registration for 2014

The LCU have introduced a new online registration process for the 2014 season which is aimed at reducing the administration overhead of the current manual registration process for clubs and the LCU, provide greater transparency and accessibility to starring lists, introduce a unique player ID system and provide a channel of communication directly to players etc. The new system also entails the payment of a €15.00 registration charge which will help fund the continued development of cricket in Leinster. In essence anyone who intends to play with one of the adult teams in The Hills in 2014 needs to complete this process which can be done online at the LCU web site at: https://registrations.cricketleinster.ie/auth/landing where you will be asked to provide your personal details together with credit/debit card details. There is a fee of €15 for all registered players who are 18 or over on 1st September of the previous year.

Separately we are holding an Adult Registration Evening next week on Tuesday the 15th at 8pm for all adult players for 2014. If you have not registered online by then please give your details to Martin Russell who will register you on behalf of the club. We will need your email address, date of birth and the €15.00 on the night.

Those players who play for our Youths teams, even though they may play for adult teams as well do not need to register online as the club will be registering them centrally. Specifically for 2014 season those born after 1st of September 1994 do not need to pay the €15.00 registration fee but will still be registered.

Some answers to questions you may have:

Is the €15 in addition to my membership fee for The Hills? Yes

Is registration mandatory? Yes

If I don't wish to or can't register online? Come along on Tuesday the 15th on the Adult Registration night, alternatively get in touch with Martin Russell

Must I register before I play in 2014? Yes

Does this new arrangement apply to Women's and Men's? Yes

Do I need an email address to register? Yes

  06.04.14 Timetable for Outdoor Nets

Outdoor Nets schedule for the coming season, adults start Tuesday 8th of April, Youths starts Monday the 14th of April :

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Session One Nets First Fielding Second
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Session Two

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Session One Nets First Fielding Second
GENTS I & 11
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Session Two
Colts by invite

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Session One Nets First Fielding Second
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Session Two

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Session One Nets First Fielding Second
GENTS I & 11
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Session Two
Colts by invite

6:00pm – 8:30
Session One Nets First Fielding Second
Session One - To be agreed

  28.03.14 Enticing Pre-Season Friendly against the North West Warriors - April 13th

The North West Head Coach Bobby Rao will be bringing his charges to the Vineyard on Sunday the 13th of April to take on The Hills First X1 in our first pre-season friendly of 2014. Nothing like a stern challenge to get the season off to a good start. With the likely inclusion of Irish Internationals such as Andrew McBrine, Stuart Thompson and Craig Young this will be a tough ask for the men from Milverton but all the more reason to look forward to a great day at the Vineyard to get the season underway. Play is likely to commence at 12.30, bring your sun block!


  13.03.14 "Welcome to Cricket" Course


Cricket Leinster in conjunction with Fingal County Council is running ‘Welcome to Cricket’ Courses.

  1. Dates: Wednesday, April 2nd from 3pm – 5.30pm.
    Corduff Sports Centre, Dublin 15

  2. Dates: Wednesday, April 9th from 3pm – 5.30pm.
    North County Cricket Club.

This course is a good starter for those people with limited cricket experience or limited experience in working with young players.

This course will introduce the basic cricket skills and provide you with a range of games that can be used with players to introduce the game or develop their cricket experience.

Cost: Free of charge

Assessment/Attendee Requirements: There is no assessment to be completed during this course. All participants will receive a certificate.

Cricket Ireland are hugely grateful to Cricket Leinster/Fingal Co Co for supporting these hugely important courses as cricket continues to grow exponentially at many levels throughout the country.

To obtain a place on this course please contact Fingal cricket development officer Reinhardt Strydom @ strydom24@gmail.com


  24.01.14 Ladies Cricket for 2014

The club would like to invite everyone who has an interest in playing Ladies cricket this year in The Hills to a players meeting.

The club is playing in Leinster Division 1 and 2 this year and this will be a tough but an exciting year.

The meeting will outline the objectives and structures for players for the upcoming season. We will also nominate captains and managers for the First and Second teams.

We would hope that all players who are members of the First and Second teams would turn up and show their support to the ladies section at this exciting time for The Hills ladies cricket.

If you are aware of any cricketers who would like to play with the club please invite them along. All members will be emailed or texted but please pass on the info.

Meeting in The HillsCricket Club 8pm 30th Jan.


  24.01.14 Pre-Season Activities at The Hills

Indoor nets are scheduled to start on February the17th at 8pm and every Monday thereafter at North County. Meanwhile the Fingal indoor cricket league is now in full swing and The Hills are in there competing for honours. The schedule for the coming weeks is as follows:

All games played at North County indoor facility.

19/1/14. Week 1
16:00-17:00. The Hills v Rush

26/1/14 Week 2
18:00-19:00. The Hills v Navan United

2/2/14 Week 3
17:00-18:00. Swords v The Hills

9/2/14 Week 4
16:00-17:00. The Gallions v The Hills

16/2/14 Week 5
16:00-17:00. Oracle and alumni v The Hills

23/2/14 Week 6
16:00-17:00. Semi f 1
17:00-18:00. Semi f 2
18:00-19:00. Final

Open to all and anyone interested in participating please contact Willie Dwyer on 086 241 8835.

  18.01.14 Olivia Dunne (nee Clinton) RIP

It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Olivia in a road accident yesterday. Our hearthfelt condolences go out to all the Clinton family especially to her father and mother Seamus and Margaret, her brother Derek, her sisters Caroline and Marguerite.  Deeply regretted by her loving husband Ciaran, daughter Éabha, father-in-law and mother-in-law Heather and Eddie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

 Reposing at the residence of her parents (Strifeland) from 3pm Sunday afternoon.  Removal Monday morning to Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Balbriggan, arriving for 10am Funeral Mass.  Burial afterwards in Balrothery Cemetery.  Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Temple St. Hospital.  Basket in Church c/o McNally's Funeral Directors.

May she rest in peace.


  02.01.14 The Hills Second X1 host Laois in the Tillain Cup

In a repeat of the Semi-Final of 2013 the Second X1 will host Laois in the first round of the Tillain Cup on Monday the 19th of May. The Hills were victorious on that day only to be defeated in the Final by Merrion despite a Man of the Match performance by Patrick Byrne with 74 runs. Merrion won by just 16 runs but on the way to the final The Hills had wins over Clontarf, North County and the aforementioned Laois. The full draw for the trophy can be viewed on the Cricket Leinster web site at the following address:



  16.12.13 Christmas Raffle Winners 2013

1 Pat Grimes
2 Fergus Campion
3 Killian McGrane
4 Kay Rogan
5 Jeanette Archer
6 Meg Burke
7 Sophie Monks
8 Jason Magee
9 Matt Dwyer
10 Muireann Kitteringham
11 Bernie Costello
12 Mairead & Noel Hickson
13 Eoghen Pope


  12.12.13 Pat Hynes RIP

It is with great sadness that we have heard the news that our great supporter Pat Hynes passed away earlier today. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends especially to his wife Jean and his sons Gary and Caimin.

Reposing at Lannon's Funeral Home in Skerries on Friday 13th from 4pm to 8pm. Removal Saturday to St. Patrick's Church, Skerries arriving 9.50am for 10am Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in Ardla Cemetery.

May he rest in peace


  11.12.13 Cup Fixtures 2014

Here are the complete Cup First Round fixtures for 2014:

First X1 Irish Senior Cup Saturday 10th May Vs Glendermot (Home)

First X1 Leinster Senior Cup Saturday 31st May Vs Leinster (Home)

Second X1 Senior 2 Cup Sunday 1st June Vs Pembroke (Away)

Third X1 Middle 2 Cup Sunday 8th June Vs Knockharley (Home)

Fourth X1 Junior Cup Sunday 15th June Vs YMCA (Home)


  15.11.13 Max and teammates doing Movember for charity

Max, John Boy, Tim Murtagh and Alex Cusack are fundraising for Movember during the qualifiers in Abu Dhabi. You can donate at the following link https://www.justgiving.com/maxmoonersmurts/


  03.11.13 Winners of 300 Club Draw

The following people were the lucky winners of the Draw which took place last evening in the Clubhouse, two additional €500 prizes were added to the prize fund:

1st €5,000 Hugh Cowling, Sydney, Australia
2nd €3,000 Diana McElligott, Rush
3rd €2,000 Robert Hoare, Lusk
4th €1,000 Adam Clinton, Skerries
5th €1,000 Gerard McAuley, Skerries
6th €1,000 Don Sheehan, Skerries
7th €1,000 Donal Rice, Skerries
8th €1,000 Gillian Hoare, Lusk
9th €500 DMG Engineering, Donabate
10th €500 Matt Sheridan, Rush

  01.11.13 Three Hills men named in Leinster Lightning Squad

Cormac McLoughlin, Mark Dwyer and Tomás Murphy have all been named in the Leinster Lightning squad for winer training.Regular indoor net sessions, weekly strength and condition sessions along with performance reviews will be held over the course of the off-season.

The Lightning squad is as follows:

Rory Anders (Phoenix), John Anderson (Merrion), Bilal Azhar (Leinster), Peter Chase (Malahide), Bill Coghlan (Clontarf), Mark Dwyer (The Hills), Allan Eastwood (Pembroke), Ryan Gallagher (Malahide), Shane Getkate (North County), Ryan Hopkins (Pembroke), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Paul Lawson (Pembroke), Theo Lawson (Pembroke), Fintan McAllister (Malahide), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), Cormac McLaughlin (The Hills), Tomás Murphy* (The Hills), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Eddie Richardson (North County), Simi Singh (YMCA), Fiachra Tucker (Pembroke), Albert vd Merwe (YMCA), Dave Watkins (Merrion).

*Tomás Murphy is unavailable to attend training due to overseas commitments.

  10.10.13 AGM takes place on Monday 21st of October
21st October 2013 at 8pm


1. Attendance and apologies
2. Minutes of last Annual General Meeting
3. Chairman’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Bar Report
6. Cricket report (adult)
7. Youth Cricket
8. Grounds
9. Social
10. Election of Officers - for the 2013/2014 Year
• President
• Chairman
• Vice-Chairman
• Hon. Secretary
• Hon. Treasurer
• Ass Secretary
• Team Secretary
• First Team Captain
• Eight ordinary members

11. AOB
11.1 Cricket Structures – brief discussion regarding selection and integration of youth players into adult teams.

The Club is always looking for additional/new hands on deck to serve on sub-committees and on the Executive Committee.   Please attend the AGM to be part of the fun activities below:

• Finance sub-committee:  Treasurer assisted in this task throughout the year by individuals driving and assisting in the main fundraising events, for example the golf outing, Quiz Nights, Skerries Races, Membership Draw, etc.

• Bar/House: The bar is the most important and biggest income stream for the Club and involves substantial work throughout the year.  This includes amongst others running the bar (stocking and staffing) and event/party bookings diary; Maintenance/upkeep of the Clubhouse, marketing of the venue, flower baskets. etc.

• Social: scheduling/organizing and running of social events; publication of a pre-season social events calendar; BBQ’s on match days etc.

• Youth Cricket: Youth sub-committee membership; Assistant Coaches and mentors, managers, administrators for all youth teams from U/9 – U/17

• Cricket: cricket sub-committee membership; Scorers; Managers for all adult teams (4 men’s and 2 ladies teams);

• Grounds: Support staff to assist with grounds related work throughout the season; gardening.

  08.10.13 Des Cashell RIP

It is with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of Des Cashell, one of the greats of Leinster and Irish cricket. Arrangements are as follows; Reposing at The Kirwan Funeral Home, Fairview Strand. Removal on Thursday morning to St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street for 11.30am Service. Funeral afterwards to Glasnevin Crematorium, due at 1.30pm. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to all his family and friends.


  30.09.13 Adult Awards 2013

At a gathering in the club house last Saturday Jim Bennett and Michael Dwyer presented the Awards for Mens and Ladies adult teams. The Award winners were;

Women's Seconds: Katie Boylan

Women's Firsts: Miranda Andrews

Men's Fourths: Ian Byrne

Men's Thirds: Thomas Arnold

Men's Seconds: Patrick Byrne

Men's Firsts: Mark Dwyer.

In addition to the individual awards, 11 centuries were scored during the season, and plaques were presented to the following players in recognition of these outstanding achievements: Miranda Andrews, Ultan Doherty, Ajaz Farooqui, Patrick Byrne (2), Cormac Mc Loughlin (2), Nazeer Shoukat, Michael Baumgart, Nicholas Pretorious and Howard Mc Donnell.

John Wills, the club's brilliant, long-serving coach was presented with Life Membership to mark his commitment, dedication and successes at the club since he came to the Vineyard in 2005, and John announced that he had accepted the invitation of the Executive to remain as Coach to the First Team for a further year.


  27.09.13 Max Sorensen nominated for Cricket Ireland Award - From Cricket Ireland

Ed Joyce, William Porterfield and Max Sorensen have been short-listed for the RSA International Men's Player of the Year award.

All three enjoyed excellent seasons which saw Ireland qualify automatically for the 2015 World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand, and reach the final of the ICC InterContinental Cup, which will be played in Dubai in December.

Sussex captain Ed Joyce scored 506 runs at an average of 63.25, including centuries against Pakistan and The UAE - making 155, his highest score for Ireland . In addition he made an unbeaten 96 in the crucial World Cup qualifier against The Netherlands.

Ireland captain William Porterfield was the epitome of consistency during the season, making 675 runs at 56.25. He scored hundreds against UAE in Sharjah, and memorably in the RSA One-Day International Challenge against England at Malahide - a match attended by a record crowd of 10,000 in glorious sunshine in early September. That took his tally of centuries to ten - an Irish record. In addition he made a further five scores in excess of fifty, as Ireland continued to dominate their Associate peers.

The Hills paceman Max Sorensen enjoyed a fantastic campaign with the ball, taking 21 wickets at 18.33. His return included five wicket hauls against a very strong Australia A side at Stormont, and versus traditional rivals Scotland in the InterContinental Cup at Castle Avenue.

Laura Delany, Isobel Joyce and Clare Shillington are the short-listed nominees for the Women's accolade. The Irish Women emulated the success of the Men by qualifying for the final stages of an ICC World event when they defeated The Netherlands in a thrilling contest at YMCA in August. The squad will travel to play in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in April 2014.

20 year old all-rounder Laura Delany from Leinster Cricket Club took 8 wickets at 20.50, and scored 62 runs at 8.86.

Irish captain Isobel Joyce from Merrion Cricket Club - who made her 100th appearance during the successful T20 qualifiers - scored 167 runs at 18.56, and captured 3 wickets at 47.33.

Last year's winner Clare Shillington from Malahide Cricket Club enjoyed another productive season, scoring 373 runs at 37.30, which came at an incredible strike rate of 116.92. The Malahide opener scored the only century of the season - an unbeaten 114 against Japan at The Hills.

The RSA Cricket Ireland Awards will take place on Friday 11th October in the Hilton Double Tree Hotel (formerly the Burlington) in Dublin. For further information about the awards and to purchase tickets for the gala cricket event of the year, please visit http://www.cricketireland.ie/about/awards or email awards@cricketireland.ie

  24.09.13 300 Member Monster Draw Launched

The Club have been leasing/renting their facilities at The Vineyard since their foundation in 1969. We now have the opportunity of acquiring the freehold of "The Field" which will present us with the ability to securely invest in the further development of the facilities and the club in general.

The Committee have decided that to help fund the acquisition of "The Field" we will run a 300 Member Monster Draw. The proceeds from the Draw will be used to defray some of the costs of the purchase. Tickets will cost €100.00 each and the prize money will be €15,000 broken down as follows;

1st Prize €5,000.00, 2nd Prize €3,000.00, 3rd Prize €2,000.00, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th €1,000.00 each.

We have waited a long time for this opportunity and we hope that you will be motivated to help in our endeavours.

Pro-forma tickets will be issued by our various sellers and when we have received your monies we will issue a validated ticket and number. We will have a date for the Draw in the near future, watch this space.


  12.09.13 End of Season Celebrations

To mark the end of what has been a very successful season for the Club we are having a celebratory bash in the club house tomorrow evening, Friday 13th September, starting at 7 pm. BBQ, Music, photos and craic. We will be celebrating the efforts of all our adult and youths teams for their great efforts on and off the field of play in the season that's almost concluded.

Everyone in the club is welcome , players, parents, mentors, supporters and friends.


  28.08.13 Under 15 Boys defeat Leinster to claim Cup in Final

The Boys Under 15's completed their 2013 campaign with an emphatic 8 wicket victory over Leinster at Observatory Lane on Monday. Batting first Leinster were restricted to just 117 off their 30 overs as a result of very tight bowling by The Hills backed up by some excellent fielding. The team were batting on a grass wicket for the first time this season so nothing could be taken for granted. The opening pairing of Ultan Doherty and Mark Donegan worked hard to put the platform in place during the opening 10 overs that would put the target within reach. Doherty went on to make an undefeated 53 as the game concluded with 8 wickets still standing and with 2 overs remaining. Support came from Robbie Clinton and Sean Hickson.

This group of young men have been undefeated in their season and have done the club proud on and off the field of play throughout the year. Will Archer has done wonderful work with this group during the year and claiming the Cup is a fitting end to his hard work and the efforts put in by all the coaches, mentors and parents. Congratulations to everyone involved.


  26.08.13 The Hills lift Alan Murray T20 Cup

Semi-Final: The Hills Vs Pembroke

The Hills went to the Alan Murray Cup Semi-Final hoping to put some silverware on the mantle for the first time in the 2013 season. First up they had to defeat the hosts Pembroke. The Hills lost the toss are were asked by Pembroke to bat and after just two overs and two opening wickets down it looked like a good decision by the home team skipper Theo Lawson. Daryl Calder and Nicolaas Pretorius resting in the pavilion it was time to steady the ship and Mike Baumgart and Mark Dwyer duly set about righting the ship putting on a 69 run partnership before Dwyer(34) was caught by Danny Barclay off the bowling of Fiachra Tucker. Baumgart(44 off 42) was joined at the crease by the inform Max Sorensen which proved to be a game changer. Max set about demolishing the Pembroke attack in what was a spectacle of batting prowess scoring 97 undefeated off just 36 balls including 10 Sixes and 4 Fours. There were white cricket balls in every garden around Sydney Parade and surrounding parishes, some worried that there wouldn't be enough balls to allow the innings be completed. So despite a poor start The Hills finished their 20 overs with 210 for six off their 20 overs. Best bowling for Pembroke was Alan Eastwood 2 for 36 off 4 overs and Ryan Hopkins 2 for 27 off 4.

The Hills started their defence well when Mark Dwyer took the wicket of Ryan Hopkins in the first ball of the Pembroke innings. Lorcan Tucker(12) stumped by Nicolaas Pretorius off the bowling of Dwyer was next to go with the score on just 36. Captain Nazeer Shoukat was next to strike taking the wicket of Danny Barclay(36) and the Pembroke reply looked in jeopardy. Captain Theo Lawson tried his best with 41 aided by Alan Eastwood(17) but the 10 runs an over target was just too much of a stretch for Pembroke who finished on 151 for 8 off their 20 overs, 59 runs short of the very aggressive Hills total. Best bowling for The Hills was Mark Dwyer 2 for 37, Nazeer Shoukat 1 for 24, Luke Clinton 2 for 30, Jonno Andrews 2 for 6 and Tomás Murphy 1 for 19.

Final: The Hills Vs Railway Union

Railway Union had already secured their place in the final with a 19 run victory over North County in the earlier Semi-Final. With stars like Kevin O'Brien, Paddy Collins and Kenny Carroll they are a formidable side. With just a 20 minute break from their victory over Pembroke many pundits were asking if they could sustain the momentum. First advantage went to The Hills when Nazeer won the toss and decided to bat but The Hills opening batsmen stuttered a little and with two wickets down (Pretorius 19 and Calder 9) for just 37 off the first 5 overs The Hills needed their middle order to perform again to steady the ship. Mark Dwyer(37) and Max Sorensen(41) duly served up the required ingredients with a 38 run partnership preceded by a dogged partnership from Baumgart(18) and Sorensen of 41. The Hills finished their innings with 153 on the board for the loss of 7 wickets in their 20 overs. Most pundits suggested that the target was at least 20 shy of a challenge for the men from across the road in Park Avenue.

The Hills attack couldn't get off to a better start than when Max Sorensen bowled Kenny Carroll without scoring in the first over and the Fingallian visitors were further boosted by the exit of Kevin O'Brien for just 15 off the bowling of Nazeer Shoukat. The pressure on Railway Union continued with the stumping of danger man Patrick Collins off the bowling of Mark Dwyer with the score on 56 in the ninth over. The Hills were back in the game with 11 overs remaining and a reasonably stretched run rate required by the Railway men. Paddy Conliffe(26), Said Ullah(21) and Tim Townend(37) brought the score to 143 with just one over remaining with Max Sorensen the man to bowl the last 6 balls. At this stage there wasn't spare finger nail south of the Liffey and when Abu Baker despatched a six into one of the plush gardens the game looked over for the Milverton men, but that man Max had other ideas and promptly clean bowled Baker with his next delivery. Greg Lambert joined Druv Kapoor at the centre with two balls remaining and three runs needed to win. Two scored off the penultimate ball to leave the scores level but with some brilliant fielding by Cormac McLoughlin on the last ball to run out Kapoor, the game was over and The Hills were victors having lost less wickets, 7 versus 9. The Alan Murray Cup was going back to Fingal in the hands of Shoukat and his indefatigable team mates.

  21.08.13 Finals coming up for The Hills

Lots of exciting finals action coming up for The Hills over the coming weekends. First up we have the Under 15 Boys in the final of the Under 15's Marlay Park Cup against Leinster in Rathmines on Friday next the 23rd at 1 o'clock followed that evening by the Ladies Second X1 Minor Cup final against Rush at The Vineyard at half past five on the same day.

On Sunday our First X1 travel to Pembroke for the Semi-Final/Final of the Leinster T20 Alan Murray Cup competition. We play Pembroke in the Semi-Final at 2 o'clock and depending on that result we will play the final at the same venue against the winners of the earlier Semi-Final of North County Vs Railway Union at 5 o'clock.

Of course we shouldn't forget the big game against YMCA coming up at home against the League leaders on Saturday the 31st. This pivotal game could decide our fortunes for League honours this year. With only 2 points seperating us at the top of the league table a win would put us in a great position going into the final game against Phoenix the following weekend.


  21.08.13 Mark Donegan selected for Leinster Under 15's to play Munster

Congratulations to Mark Donegan on being selected for the Leinster Under 15's for their InterPro match against Munster and the best of luck at the game itself.

The full Leinster Under 15 XI team to take on Munster under 15's at the Mardyke, Cork this Thursday 22nd August is as follows:

1.Stephen Doheny, Captain (Rush)
2.Eoin Barron (Railway Union)
3.Andrew Blair White (YMCA)
4.Eamon Byrne (Leinster)
5.Mark Donegan (The Hills)
6.Oisin Farrell (Terenure)
7.Jamie Grassi , WK, (North County)
8.Fionn Hand (North County)
9.Andy Jackson (Railway Union)
10.Ciaran Murtagh (Ring Commons)
11.Sim Singh (Phoenix)
12.Sam Streek (YMCA)

Coach: Kenny Carroll

Manager: Peter Searson

  08.08.13 Two Hills girls named in Ireland Under 17 Squad

Congratulations to Rhiannon Pope and Lauren Hoey who have been selected for the Ireland Under 17's that play Scotland next week here in Dublin. The best of luck to the girls in the competition. The fixtures are as follows:

12 August: Ireland v Scotland, 40 overs, Dublin
13 August: Ireland v Scotland, 2 T20's, Dublin
14 August: Ireland v Scotland, T20, Dublin


  21.07.13 Three Under 15 Girls named in Leinster Squad

Katie Boylan. Anna Mooney and Veronica Fay-Watt have been selected for the Leinster U15 squad for the Malvern cricket festival, being held at Malvern College, Worcestershire from August 6th-8th. Congratulations to them all and the best of luck at the festival. The full squad is as follows:

Katie Boylan (The Hills)
Sorcha Breslin (Merrion)
Eimear Conway (Rush)
Fiona Gill (Malahide)
Claudia Johnston (YMCA)
Anna Kerrison (Leinster)
Robyn Lewis (YMCA)
Anna Mooney (The Hills)
Ruby Neville (Merrion)
Alison O'Reilly (Railway Union)
Leah Paul (Merrion)
Margaret Richardson (Malahide)
Veronic Fay Watt (The Hills)

Management – Barbara McDonald & Sean McCann

Aug 6th v's Wales (11am)

Aug 7th v's Kent (11am)

Aug 8th v's tbc (11am)


  21.07.13 Under 11 Girls lift Leinster Cup title

The Hills under 11 girls won the Leinster Cup at the final against Clontarf at Castle Avenue yesterday. The team which is managed by Mark Maguire, I believe this team are unbeaten this season and lifting the Cup is a credit to all the girls their mentors, coaches and parents.


  15.07.13 World Cup Cricket comes to The Hills

The Hills will be host to 6 games of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013. The match schedule is as follows:

Tues 23rd July Match
10.00 -12.45 Ireland v Japan
14.30 -17.15 Sri Lanka v Canada

Thurs 25th July
10.00 -12.45 Thailand v Netherlands
14.30 -17.15 Zimbabwe v Pakistan

Sat 27th July
10.00 - 12.45 Thailand v Zimbabwe
14.30 - 17.15 Japan v Canada

As usual we are looking for volunteers to help us stage these important games so if you are available/willing to help out please let any member of the executive know your availability.


  12.07.13 More representative honours for Hills youths

Four Hills boys named in Fingal Under13 team announced to play Bedford Modern School at Rush Cricket Club on Tuesday, July 16th.

Congratulations to Niall Daly, Adam Bund, Adam Fearon and Harry Archer and the best of luck at the game itself.

The match will start at 3pm and all support is welcomed.

The full squad is:

•Cian Nulty (Balbriggan)
•Justin Kavanagh (Balbriggan)
•Adan Tanats (Balbriggan)
•Niall McElearney (Balbriggan)
•Neil Rock (Rush)
•Aaron McGuire (Rush)
•Conor Devine (Rush)
•Gearoid McCormack (Rush)
•Niall Daly (The Hills)
•Adam Bund (The Hills)
•Adam Fearon (The Hills)
•Harry Archer (The Hills)
•Manager: Carole McGuire

Elsewhere 4 Hill Girls have been selected in the North Leinster Under 15's squad that play South Leinster in Malahide today. Congratulations to Anna Mooney, Katie Boylan, Veronica Fay-Watt and Sophie Sheahan on your selection and the best of luck at the game.

The squad in full is:

Rebecca Brennan Clontarf CC
Anna Mooney The Hills CC
Katie Boylan The Hills
Eimear Conway Rush CC
Naomi Doherty Malahide CC
Veronica Fay-Watt The Hills CC
Fiona Gill Malahide CC
Shana Lipson North Kildare CC
Caoimhe McCann Malahide CC
Sarah McIntosh Phoenix CC
Margaret Richardson Malahide CC
Sophie Sheahan The Hills CC

  10.07.13 Leinster call up for Niall Daly

Niall Daly has been selected in the Leinster Under 13's side that will play the visiting Bedford Modern School at The Vineyard on Monday next the 15th of July.

Congratulations to Niall and the best of luck in the game itself.


  04.07.13 Cormac McLoughlin selected for Ireland Under 19's World Cup Qualifiers

Cricket Ireland today announced the squad that will compete in the World Cup Qualifiers which will take place in The Netherlands next month. Congratulations and the best of luck to our own Cormac McLoughlin who played himself into the side with some great early season performances.

Tyrone Kane will skipper the squad, the Merrion all-rounder is one of four survivors from the 2012 Under 19 World Cup in Australia, alongside Scott Campbell, Ben Wylie and Alistair Shields.

At the other end of the scale, the Irish selectors have chosen the highly rated 15 year-old Phoenix fast bowler Rory Anders.

The selection panel composed former internationals Alan Lewis, Junior McBrine, and Ryan Eagleson - who also coaches the side - with manager Brian O'Rourke and National coach Phil Simmons.

Eagleson is well aware of the importance of the six-team competition, which is being held in Holland between August 2-8.

"The World Cup qualifying tournament in Holland is a hugely important one for Cricket Ireland as only the winner will qualify for the 2014 World Cup. In the past there has been the safety net of a global tournament with the top six qualifying so it's very much a case of winner takes all.

"There's a good balance to the side which is packed with talented all-rounders. All the players are playing senior cricket for their club sides and turning in consistent performances which augurs well for August.

"The squad will have three training camps in the month of July to help prepare, and we also have a match against the Ulster Grasshoppers at Waringstown on the 30th of July. We've just beaten the MCC who had Australian Test player Pat Cummins in their team, and the Irish Schools side as well in warm-up games."

Ireland will compete with hosts Netherlands, Scotland, Denmark, Jersey and Guernsey for the one qualification place on offer.

The squad in full is as follows:

Tyrone Kane (captain) (Merrion), Mark Adair (CSNI), Rory Anders (Phoenix), David Barr (Bready), Scott Campbell (Coleraine), Rishi Chopra (Coleraine), Peter Chase (Malahide), Lee Cole (YMCA), Peter Eakin (North Down), James McCollum (Lurgan), Robert McKinley (Ballymena), Cormac McLoughlin (The Hills), Alistair Shields (North Down), Ben Wylie (Instonians).


  04.07.13 Team selections weekend of 6th of July 2013
7th July 2013 7th July 2013 7th July 2013
Sunday Sunday Sunday
1st XI 4th XI 2nd XI
CSNI Pembroke Clontarf
All Ireland QF Junior 2 Cup D. 3
Stormont Sydney Parade Milverton
N. Shaukat J. Magee J. Clinton
L. Clinton D. Robinson M. Donegan
O. Khan I. Byrne N. Akhtar
D. Calder E. Carolin P. Byrne
N. Pretorius S. Hickson C. Costello
J. Andrews N. Ferrera G. Hynes
C. McLoughlin U. Doherty Mick Dwyer
T. Murphy B. McMahon A. Moore
H. McDonnell T. Arnold Aijaz Farooqui
M. Dwyer K. Phillips W. Archer
M. Baumgart C. Cuneen W. Akhtar
I. Tolan


  29.06.13 Winning Horses and Owners at Race Night on Friday 28th June 2013

Best dressed Lady Award went to Mary Boylan and John Pope picked up the Best Dressed Gentleman title.

Race One
Horse Number 2
Cherriz Choice - Johnny Archer
Bronco - Brigid Fleming
Chevey - Baz Grimes
Bob - Luke Clinton
Magnificent - Mags Mooney
Fighting Kate -Esther Andrews

Race 2
Horse Number 6
The Lexus Man - Kevin McGuinness
Egg Man - Paddy Byrne
Brandon - Noreen Devane
Bart Simpson - Fionn O'Brien
Timmie's Flyer - Mark Dwyer
No Daisy's - Matt Dwyer

Race 3
Horse Number 8
Dumptruck 1 - Malachy Gavin
Cudama - Annie & Wille
The Best - Nazeer Shoukat
Baby Sam - Samantha Keegan
Dumptruck 7 - Malachy Gavin
Century Cricket 1 - Barry Grimes

Race 4
Horse Number 6
The Leek Man - Seamus Clinton
Only Organic - Paddy Byrne
Canada Dry - Noreen Gavin
Little Princess - Caoimhe O'Brien
No Crusts - Eileen Dwyer
English Chaser - Damien Gill

Race 5
Horse Number 5
Hercules - Adam Clinton
Robos Return - Dean Robinson
Cow Corner - Mark Donegan
Go Get It - Mary Skelly
Cover Drive - David O'Hanlon
BO - Margaret Clinton

Race 6
Horse Number 8
Never Redundant - Sarah Campion
50 Shades of Greyling - James Greyling
Jim'll Fix It - Jim Doherty
Shergar - Sheehan Family
Moose Lad - Brendan Moore
Bowelions - Conor Donegan

Race 7
Horse Number 7
Hoof Hearted 2nd - Mark Donegan
ManU - Darren Clarke
Dumptruck 5 - Malachy Gavin
BroadLea's Girl - Annie & Willie
Sprinkle - Nazeer Shoukat
Galway Lassies - Robert Byrne

Race 8
Horse Number 1
Hoof Hearted - Joanne Byrne
The Wests Awake - Tony Cunningham
The Bishop - Martin Casey
The Herder - Jimmy Archer
Foxy - Wille Rogan
Nualy's Delight - Fionnuala Sheridan

Race 9
Horse Number 6
Up Early - L&B Archer
Hoof It - Bill Stuart
Last Bus - Darragh Redmond
Tote Lady - Elaine Greensit

Auction Race was won by Sean Hoare

  28.06.13 Team Selections 29th June 2013
First X1 Fourth X1 Second X1 Third X1
Phoenix Wexford North County Dundrum
Sat 29th June Sun 30th June Sun 30th June Sun 30th June
Home Away Away Wesley College
N. Shaukat M. Moore J. Clinton M. Mahboob
L. Clinton D. Robinson Mark Dwyer A. Evans
P. Byrne I. Byrne N. Akhtar W. Dwyer
J. Clinton E. Carolin P. Byrne K. Butt
N. Pretorius S. Hickson C. Costello A. Farooqui
J. Andrews S. Denny D. Moore J. Magee
C. McLoughlin U. Doherty Mick Dwyer M. Donegan
T. Murphy G. Costello A. Moore M. Sajid
H. McDonnell D. Byrne H. McDonnell M. Lynch
M. Dwyer K. Phillips W. Archer R. Clinton
M. Baumgart C. Cuneen W. Akhtar T. Arnold


  21.06.13 Max lifts Man of the Match Award for Leinster Lightning

Leinster comprehensively defeated the North West Warriors in the opening T20 game at Pembroke earlier today. Leinster Lightning won the toss and asked the men from the North West to bat. Max set about doing the damage early taking three wickets for just 13 runs in the opening spell of 3 overs, Eddie Richardson and Albert van der Merwe took two apiece while Alex Cusack and Barry McCarthy took a wicket each. The Warriors were all out for just 78 in 18 overs. Max also took a brilliant one handed catch fielding at long on to dismiss McKeegan off the bowling of Cusack.

Leinster made relatively light work of the chase getting the target with 9 overs to spare and 7 wickets in hand. Top score for Leinster was Andrew Poynter undefeated on 28 while Bill Coughlan supported with 27. Max got his reward for his performanve as he lifted the MOM award after the game.


  18.06.13 Batmen, the story of Irish Cricket on Setanta

Setanta will be showing their documentary Batmen this evening (18.6.13)at 8pm. The program charts cricket in Ireland from the earliest days right up to today with contributions from several members of The Hills likely to feature from our 2012 season. The program will be shown in the clubhouse live.


  18.06.13 Max Sorernsen picked for Leinster Lightning T20 Blitz

The Leinster Lightning selectors have the pleasure of announcing the following squad for the first RSA Inter-Provincial Trophy T20 Blitz day, against both the North-West Warriors & the Northern Knights. Both games are being played in Pembroke Cricket Club this coming Friday the 21st June.

Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union); John Anderson (Merrion); Pat Collins (Railway Union); Alex Cusack (Clontarf); Fintan McAllister (Malahide); Barry McCarthy (Pembroke); John Mooney (North County); Stephen Morton (Leinster); Andrew Poynter (Clontarf); Eddie Richardson (North County); Max Sorensen (The Hills); Albert van der Merwe (YMCA).

The first game against the Warriors starts at 12:30pm & the 2nd game against the Knights is at 5:00pm. Entry is €10 (including parking) with U16's and Cricket Ireland members getting in for free. The gates open at 11:30am.

  14.06.13 Draw for the Quarter Finals of RSA Irish Senior Cup

The Hills travel away to Civil Service NI in Belfast on Sunday the 7th of July in the quarter final of the RSA Irish Senior Cup. The other draws are:

YMCA v North County
Waringstown v Merrion
Fox Lodge v Clontarf


  06.06.13 Ladies First X1 for P40 Vs Leinster at YMCA Sunday 9th June

Team for Sunday 9th June
1:30 start YMCA
Leaving the Hills 12:00
€5 match fee

1. Laura Boylan (capt)
2. Lauren Hoey
3. Hannah Corcoran
4. Katie Boylan
5. Samantha Keegan
6. Kathy Carey
7. Robin Lewis
8. Jennifer Grey
9. Lucy O'Reilly
10. Rachel ( YMCA)
11. Gaby Lewis


Team Selections for weekend starting 8th June 2013


8th June 2013 9th June 2013 9th June 2013 10th June 2013
Saturday Sunday Sunday Monday
1st XI 4th XI 2nd XI 2nd XI
CIYMS Cabinteely Laois Clontarf 2nds
Irish Senior Cup D. 11 D. 3 Tillain Cup
Milverton Milverton Togher Castle Avenue
12.30 13.30 13.00 18.00
N. Shaukat D. Robinson G. Hynes G. Hynes
L. Clinton M. Moore C. Costello C. Costello
M. Baumgart I. Byrne P. Byrne P. Byrne
T. Murphy E. Carolin Mk Dwyer Mk Dwyer
N. Pretorius B. McMahon N. Akhtar N. Akhtar
J. Andrews K. Phillips W. Akhtar W. Akhtar
C. McLoughlin U. Doherty A. Moore A. Moore
D. Calder T. Arnold C. McLoughlin M. Lynch
M. Dwyer M. Donegan A. Farooqui A. Farooqui
O. Khan S. Denny W. Archer W. Archer
A.N. Other N. Ferrera H. McDonnell H. McDonnell
P. McGrane
  05.06.13 Weekend round-up 1st to 3rd June 2013

What a great weekend of cricket here at the club with lots of runs, wickets and some great victories under the belt.

First up on Saturday we had the Fourth X1 take on Greystones for the first time in Leinster competition. Both sides went into the tie undefeated so far in the League with Greystones lying second and The Hills in third place.

The Hills won the toss and decided to test the Greystones batsmen by putting them in to bat. 40 overs later and with 242 for 5 on the board one would have been forgiven for questioning that decision. Top score for Greystones was E. Lenehan on and undefeated 100 and G.Evans on 90. The pick of The Hills bowling was Ultan Doherty with 2 for 46, Eoin Carolan with 1 for 34 and Sean Hickson with 1 for 43. Neil Ferreira took three behind the stumps.

In reply The Hills got off to a shaky start with Ferreira not troubling the scorers but what followed was nothing short of brilliant batting by Jason Magee(93)* and young Ultan Doherty(114) who patiently built a 200 run partnership against a fine bowling attack to keep The Hills in the running all the way until the last ball of the innings, we needed a leg bye to seal victory on the last ball of the final over. The Hills finished on 243 for 3 in the 40 overs and 24 points to add to their league standings.

Could it get any better than that, well the Third X1 faced Merrion in the first round of the Middle Cup, Merrion play a League Division above our Third X1 so would have come to the Vineyard as favourites. The Hills won the toss and again decided to test the opposition by putting them in to bat. We looked in trouble as the openers for Merrion brought the score to 103 before J.Outram(43) was caught by Clifford Costelloe off tthe bowling of Mahboob. The turning point in the innings came a few overs later with the introduction of Thomas Arnold into the attack and a brilliant catch at short mid-on by Jason Magee to dismiss Patel with the score on 133 for 2.

What followed was just extraordinary as young Arnold took appart the Merrion batsmen with his left arm seam taking no less than six wickets for just 24 runs off his 6 overs. Wille Dwyer helped with a brilliant catch at long-on and Neil Ferreira with 2 catches and a stumping to end the Merrion innings on 194 with one ball left of their 40 overs.

Less than 5 an over then was the target but could The Hills batsmen overcome what looked like a very impressive Merrion bowling line-up. Enter the indomitable Ajaz Farooqui with a terrific 100 to set the stage for a fantastic victory with contributions from Shafiq Khan(30), Thomas Arnold(26) and The Hills progress to the next round reaching 198 with 2.3 overs to spare. The Hills will now face Dundrum on Sunday the 30th of June.

Bank holiday Monday and off to Rathmines for the Division one clash for our First X1 against Leinster who were holding bottom of the table position with no wins under their belt in the league so far. Arriving late I was surprised to see three of our top order enjoying the sunshine at one end, 3 for 37 was not the start we wanted as The Hills won the toss and decided to bat first. Max Sorensen(44) and Cormac McLoughlin steadied the ship and put on a 104 run partnership before Max was cruelly run out after a mix-up with the calls. Daryl and Nazeer went very cheaply off the bowling of Hugh Mc Donnell, both caught in slips by Mark Jones. It was now down to Mark Dwyer(31) and Luke Clinton(9)* to stick with McLoughlin to see out the innings and put a reasonable target on the board. Both did a terrific job, rotating the strike while not missing an opportunity to score runs. Mc Loughlin finished undefeated with 111 off 145 balls including 17 fours and the total for The Hills at a respectable 237.

The Hills bowling attack got off to a good start with the dismissal of Mark Jones(5) with the scoreboard on just 11 and wickets continued to fall until JP ODwyer(38) and Pete Johnston(43) got together and proceeded to put together a terrific 88 run partnership to bring Leinster to 144 and within shouting distance of their target with 18 overs left. Alas for Leinster the remaining batsmen could only muster another 45 runs between them when their innings finished on 189 in the 46th over. Osama Khan was the top wicket taker with 3 followed by Jonno Andrews, Mark Dwyer and Nazeer with a brace each while Max contributed 1 off his 10 overs. 22 Points to the men from Milverton to put them still top of the table for Division 1.

Meanwhile on Monday the Fourth X1 faced their local rivals North County at the Vineyard. The Hills won the toss and decided to bat first and put on a very impressive 254 for 6 in the 40 overs. Top scoreres for The Hills were Thomas Arnold(54), Ian Byrne(30), Jason Magee(69)* and Neil Ferreira(50). Eoin Carolan and Ultan Doherty got the bowling underway dismissing the first three wickets cheaply but it was the introduction of Keiron Phillips that saw North County collapse to 47 all out after just 23 overs. Phillips had amazing figures of 5 for 7 off 5 overs, Ian Byrne and Heinrich Walser contributed with a wicket each.

  31.05.13 Team Selections for weekend starting June 1st 2013


1st June 2013 2nd June 2013 3rd June 2013 3rd June 2013
Saturday Sunday Monday Monday
4th XI 3rd XI 4th XI 1st XI
Greystones 2nds Merrion 5ths North County 5ths Leinster 1sts
Division 11 Middle 2 Cup Division 11 Division 1
Milverton Milverton Milverton Observatory Lane
13.30 13.00 13.30 13.00
1 D. Robinson M. Mahboob D. Robinson N. Shaukat
2 J. Magee J. Magee J. Magee L. Clinton
3 I. Byrne A. Farooqui I. Byrne M. Baumgart
4 E. Carolin C. Costello E. Carolin M. Sorensen
5 P. McGrane W. Archer S. Denny N. Pretorius
6 K. Phillips W. Dwyer K. Phillips J. Andrews
7 M. Moore Sajid A. McMahon C. McLoughlin
8 T. Arnold A. Evans T. Arnold D. Calder
9 S. Hickson N. Fererra H. Walser M. Dwyer
10 U. Doherty S. Khan U. Doherty O. Khan
11 N. Ferrera T. Arnold N. Ferrera W. Archer



  29.05.13 Two Hills men named in Leinster Development X1

Jonno Andrews and Cormac McLoughlin have been called into the Leinster Development X1 that will face the MCC at Railway Union on Thursday the 30th of May. The gamne starts at 11 am and the full squad is as follows:

1. Robert Forrest (Clontarf) (Captain)

2. Josh Uddin (Railway Union)

3. Cormac McLoughlin (The Hills)

4. Nathan Rooney (Balbriggan)

5. Jono Andrews (The Hills)

6. Richard Forrest (Dublin University) (WK)

7. Ronan McDonald (Merrion)

8. Clint Auret (Laois)

9.Paul Lawson (Pembroke)

10. Alex O'Brien (Merrion)

11. Chaiyo Burke (Rush)

12. Kashif Ali (North County)

Manager Kenny Carroll

  28.05.13 First and Second X1 progress in Leinster Cup competitions

Our First X1 saw off Balbriggan in the first round of the Leinster Senior Cup on Saturday at the Vineyard. The Hills batted first and put on 299 thanks to some fine batting from Nazeer Shoukat(113) and Daryl Calder(85)*. In reply Balbriggan reached 206 with fine innings from Rodger Kear (48) and Barry Archer(51). Mark Dwyer took 4 for 42 off his 11 overs, Jonno Andrews and Osama Khan took two wickets each while Matt Dwyer supported with a wicket. The First X1 will now face either Clontarf or Phoenix(game being played this Saturday in Clontarf) away in the second round on Saturday the 15th of June.

The Second X1 hosted Leinster at the Vineyard in the Senior 2 Cup. Leinster batted first and got off to a great start with Joe Byrne(54) off 55 balls and Richard Forrest(47) off 49 balls. Other contributors for Leinster were Nagle(46) Kerrison(33) and Mc Donnell(26) bringing their innings to an end on 245 off the allotted 40 overs. Michael Lynch and Will Archer were most effective in taking three wickets apiece, Nadeen and Wassim Akhtar contributed with a wicket each, What was remarkable about The Hills attack was that unlike in recent games we managed to take our catches 7 in all. Our reply got off to a shaky start with our two openers going cheaply but that brought Cormac McLoughlin(64) and Joseph Clinton(65) to the centre and they brought proceedings back on track with a fine display of batting. Garry Hynes(18), Clifford Costelloe(10)* and Nadeen Akhtar(16)* brought proceedings to an end with a little help from Extras(44) in the 35th over. The Second X1 will now face Railway Union away on Sunday 16th of June.


  24.05.13 Traffic restrictions around Skerries on Sunday the 26th May

The An Post Rás finishes in Skerries this Sunday and traffic restrictions will be in place. Anyone visiting the Vineyard on Sunday shoule be aware that they may be delayed getting to the ground.

Road closures will take effect as the peloton travels around the course. All roads into Skerries will be affected for the duration of the race. This will be from around 2pm until 4:30pm.

A section of Strand Street from Gerry's Supermarket to Dowling's Corner will be closed to traffic from 12:45pm to 4:30pm for the Street Party.

The Skerries Mills car park will be used for the riders and their support vehicles after the race.

Dublin Bus No. 33 will also not operate through Skerries between 2pm and 4:30pm.


  22.05.13 Team Selections for weekend starting Saturday 25th of May


25th May 2013 26th May 2013 27th May 2013
Saturday Sunday Monday
1st X1 2nd X1 4th X1
Balbriggan Leinster 2nds Swords
Senior Cup Senior 2 Cup Whelan Cup
Milverton Milverton Newbridge House
N. Shaukat J. Clinton D. Robinson
L. Clinton G. Hynes P. McGrane
N. Pretorius C. Costello I. Byrne
M. Baumgart A. Raza E. Carolin
O. Khan W. Archer D. Coleman
D. Calder N. Akhtar K. Phillips
Mark Dwyer W. Akhtar S. Denny
J. Clinton A. Moore T. Arnold
Matt Dwyer Matt Dwyer S. Hickson
J. Andrews C. McLoughlin C. Cuneen
C. McLoughlin M. Lynch N. Ferrera


  15.05.13 Team Selections for weekend starting Saturday 18th of May
18th May 2013 18th May 2013 19th May 2013 19th May 2013 20th May 2013
Saturday Saturday Sunday Sunday Monday
1st X1 3rd X1  2nd X1 4th X1 2nd X1
Pembroke Dundrum 2nd Cork County Cabinteely North County
D1 D8 D3 D11 Tillain Cup
Sydney Parade Milverton Milverton Kilbogget Park The Inch
12.30 13.30 12.30 13.30 18.00
N. Shaukat M. Mahaboob J. Clinton J. Magee J.Clinton
L. Clinton G. Hynes G. Hynes U. Doherty G. Hynes
N. Pretorius M. Sajid C. Costello D. Robinson C. Costello
M. Baumgart M. Donegan A. Raza E. Carolin A. Raza
O. Khan A. Evans Mk Dwyer D. Coleman Mk Dwyer
D. Calder J. Magee N. Akhtar M. Donegan N. Akhtar
M. Sorensen S. Khan W. Akhtar N. Ferrera W. Akhtar
J. Clinton A. Farooqui A. Moore T. Arnold A. Moore
TBC K. Butt C. McLoughlin S. Hickson A. Farooqui
J. Andrews T. Arnold M. Mahaboob C. Cuneen M. Lynch
C. McLoughlin N. Ferrera M. Lynch TBC TBC



  15.05.13 ED Sports arrives at The Hills

ED Sports will arrive at the Vineyard tomorrow evening with a complete range of the latest cricket equipment and clothing for all age groups. Products will be on display from about 8 pm and Eddie Dwyer promises that he will have very special deals on all gear for his friends at The Hills.


  14.05.13 Max Sorensen named in Irish team to face Pakistan

Phil Simmons and his fellow Ireland selectors have named an unchanged squad for next week's RSA Insurance ODI series against a star-studded Pakistan side in Dublin.

The Ireland coach has kept faith with the players who won both their World Cup qualifying games against the United Arab Emirates in March to stay in pole position to reach the 2015 finals.

Simmons, who has been in charge of Ireland for just over six years and 177 games, is hoping for another major scalp in the two matches against Pakistan at Clontarf.

"We've always got a chance in our conditions," Simmons said. "We've turned in some strong performances in recent years especially against England and Australia and lost matches we should have won.

"We're getting stronger all the time and we'll be well prepared and try to put them under pressure from the start.

"There's a great atmosphere at Clontarf with the Irish fans behind us, and with a full house expected for both games, I'm hoping they can get us over the line against Pakistan. It's certain to be a great carnival of cricket over the two days.

"We know how important it is to keep the momentum going with Irish cricket and we'll be looking for headline victories in our marquee games this year."

On the question of the squad selection, Simmons has gone for the tried and trusted but insists the door is not closed to young players coming along Cricket Ireland's pathways towards the national team. He said: "I like having experienced players with a sprinkling of youth to keep things fresh and that's what we have now.

"This is more or less a settled squad and it's up to those on the outside to force their way into the reckoning. There's plenty of chances available for them to do just that with Ireland A fixtures and of course the RSA Inter-Provincial Series."

Simmons knows Pakistan will be formidable opponents as they acclimatise to European conditions ahead of next month's Champions Trophy in England.

"There's no doubt Pakistan are a very strong team who play their cricket in an exciting way," Simmons said. "They have quick scoring batsman who like to play their shots, a very strong pace battery and a world-class mystery spinner, so they tick all the boxes.

"There's no doubt we're going to be up against it in both games, but that's what we want. We're crying out for this type of challenge and it's fantastic that we've got these two ODI's against one of the games superpowers."

Both matches are heading towards sell-outs and Cricket Ireland are encouraging all fans to purchase their tickets in advance to guarantee their paces at two great days out. Tickets for the matches at Clontarf on Thursday May 23 and Sunday May 26 can be purchased at www.cricketireland.ie

The Ireland squad for the RSA Insurance ODI Series is: William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Ed Joyce (Sussex), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Niall O'Brien (Leicestershire), James Shannon (Instonians), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).

  14.05.13 Weekend Round-Up

The First X1 faced the very fancied Instonians on Saturday in the RSA Irish Senior Cup at the Vineyard. Instonians won the toss and decided to put The Hills batsmen to the test and with the early loss of Jonno Andrews it looked like their strategy would pay off. Nicolaas Pretoriou(55) and Mike Baumgart(42) had other ideas and their third wicket stand of 67 reset the innings in The Hills favour. Ben Wylie and Zach Rushe put the lid on runs for a spell but with 4 catches spilled in the field and a bevy of wides to keep the scoreboard ticking over The Hills started to take control of the innings. Max Sorensen(66*) and Tomás Murphy(15*) came together at the centre to produce a fine stand of 63 which brought The Hills home with a total of 214 for 5 off 39 overs (reduced due to rain).

With further rain interuptions Instonians were set a revised target of 198 in 31 overs. John Stevenson(4) departed early but Neil Russel(40) proceeded to put on a fine display despatching seven 4's and one 6 in 33 balls before being trapped lbw by Nazeer Shoukat. Andy White(50) and Eugene Moleon(24*) brought Instonians back into contention with a 60 run partnership before White was caught on the boundary by Sorensen off the bowling of Murphy, leaving them 54 runs short of the target. In the end a focussed Hills bowling attack dismissed Instonians 27 runs short of the target. Bowling for The Hills saw Max Sorensen with 2 for 20, Nazeer Shoukat with 3 for 36, Tomás Murphy 2 for 37, Luke Clinton 1 for 39 and Osama Khan with 2 for 31.

The next round of the RSA Irish Senior cup will be held at the Vineyard on the 8th of June against CIYMS.

Elsewhere rain played havoc with all cricket but our Fourth X1 managed to get their game in against newcomers Slieve Bloom on Sunday at the Vineyard. Slieve Bloom batted first and were dismissed for 61, The Hills chased the small target and at times looked likely to founder but in the end got there in 15 overs with 4 wickets in hand, Dean Robinson contributing 21 undefeated. Two good wins in a row for the Fourth X1 is a great start to the season.


  09.05.13 Teams for upcoming Ladies games

The team for the Pro 40 on Sunday away to Merrion is as follows :

1. Lauren Hoey
2. Rihannon Pope
3. Veronica Fay Watt
4. Tracy Clinton
5. Sam Keegan
6. Katie Boylan
7. Rebecca Brannigan
8. Emma Flanagan
9. Jenny Grey
10. Robyn Lewis
11. Lucy O'Reilly
12. Sophie Sheehan

The team for Div 2, again away to Merrion, on Tuesday evening is :

Tracy Clinton
Lauren Hoey
Anna Mooney
Rihannon Pope
Hannah Corcoran
Laura Boylan
Miranda Andrews
Sophie Clinton
Nicola Flemming
Caroline Clinton

  07.05.13 Eric Kitteringham RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the demise of Eric Kitteringham, brother of George and brother-in-law of Eimer.

Our condolences and sympathies go out to all his family and friends.

Service at 12 noon at The Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy, Cork on Thursday the 9th of May. Reposing at O'Connell Brothers Funeral Home, North Gate Bridge tomorrow from 3 pm. No flowers but donations in lieu to Marymount Hospice, Curraheen, Cork.

May he rest in peace.

  30.04.13 Leinster name team for opening Interprovincial at The Hills

A strong twelve has been named by the Leinster Lightning management, ahead of the historic, and much anticipated start of the RSA Inter-Provincial Series this weekend, against the Northern Knights in The Hills Cricket Club on Monday 6th May.

The twelve announced contain many players who have had impressive starts to the 2013 season. John Anderson and Tyrone Kane both scored heavily for Merrion in their defeat of Leinster, whilst Max Sorensen, Andrew Poynter, Andrew Balbirnie, Alec Cusack and Eddie Richardson have all started the season with 50s.

The twelve in full is:

Kevin O'Brien (Captain)(Railway Union)

Ben Ackland (Merrion)

John Anderson (Merrion)

Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke)

Alex Cusack (Clontarf)

Trent Johnston (YMCA)

Tyrone Kane (Merrion)

Fintan McAllister (Malahide)

Andrew Poynter (Clontarf)

Eddie Richardson (North County)

Max Sorensen (The Hills)

Albert van der Merwe

Coach: Trent Johnston

Manager: Mark Jones

  24.04.13 Team Selections for weekend starting 27th April 2013

1st team to play Railway Union on Saturday 27th April
In The Hills
12.30 start
League Division 1

1. Nazeer Shaukat
2. Luke Clinton
3. Mike Baumgart
4. Jonno Andrews
5. Mark Dwyer
6. Daryl Calder
7. Klaas Pretorius
8. Max Sorensen
9. Osama Khan
10. Joseph Clinton
11. Cormac McLoughlin

3rd Team to play Adamstown on Sunday 28th April
In Adamstown (Corkagh Park)
1.30 start
League Division 8

1. M. Mahboob
2. A. Farooqui
3. G. Hynes
4. W. Dwyer
5. M. Donegan
6. K. Butt
7. S. Khan
8. W. Akhtar
9. A. Evans
10. J. Magee
11. F. Choudhrey

  23.04.13 AXA Insurance Ireland team up with The Hills for a second year

Luke Clinton and his employers AXA have put in place a great scheme where members, supporters and their families can help raise funds for the club in 2013. All that needs to happen is for 50 people to take out a new Home or Motor Isurance policy with AXA, mention that you are associated with The Hills Cricket Club, and they will donate €1,000.00 to the club. It's that simple! The policies must be purchased before the end of 2013.

All you need to do is drop into your local AXA branch and mention Teamwork, tell them which club you are supporting or alternatively you can call their number on 1890 247 365. Any questions you can call Luke on 086 806 9187.

  17.04.13 Busy opening weekend as the 2013 season gets underway

Saturday sees our First X1 get their season started with a friendly against the Comber based North Down. North Down were third in the NCU Premier league in 2012 and were runners-up in the Challenge Cup. The game gets underway at 12 o'clock 13.30. After the game I believe the BBQ will be dusted down and be in action for the first time in 2013.

On Sunday our Second X1 will host Malahide in the Vineyard with a 12.30 start.

Monday is Youths Registration evening which will also see the presentation of the 2012 Youths Awards. The evening gets underway at 7 pm.

The forecast is not too bad for the weekend so here is your chance to get rid of those winter blues.


  11.04.13 2013 Milestones beckon for Hills Players

Several of our players are on the cusp of breaking career milestones in Leinster Senior cricket in the coming season. Among them are:

Naseer Shoukat 9,000 runs - Needs just 297 runs
Mike Baumart 3,000 runs - Needs just 122 runs
Max Sorensen 2,500 runs - Needs just 428 runs
Daryl Calder 3,500 runs- Needs just 326 runs
Joseph Clinton 300 Wickets - Needs just 1 wicket
Nazeer Shoukat 600 Wickets - Needs just 46 wickets
Luke Clinton 350 Wickets - Needs just 34 wickets
Matt Dwyer 800 wickets - Needs just 36 wickets
Mick Dwyer 400 dismissals - Needs just 7 more victims

Joseph Clinton looks to have the easiest task of all, just needing one wicket to reach his milestone but I am sure he would like to close the gap on younger brother Luke who is 16 wickets ahead at the start of the season. Mike Baumgart needing just 122 runs also looks certain to pass his target.

For those interested in Leinster Career Averages you can view the complete listing by clicking on the following link:

docs/Leinster Career Figures 2012.pdf

  11.04.13 Max Sorensen selected for "Leinster Lightning"

Max has been selected in the 22 man squad, "Leinster Lightning", that will compete in the new Inter-Provincial series which will take place at various dates in the coming months. The squad in full is:

Kevin O'Brien, Captain (Railway Union)

John Mooney (North County)

Alex Cuasack (Clontarf)

Max Sorensen (The Hills)

Trent Johnston (YMCA)

Tyrone Kane (Merrion)

Peter Chase (Malahide)

Andrew Poynter (Clontarf)

Stuart Poynter (Clontarf)

Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke)

John Anderson (Merrion)

Albert Van Der Merwe (YMCA)

Eddie Richardson (North County)

Ben Ackland (Merrion)

Reinhardt Strydom (YMCA)

Patrick Collins (Railway Union)

Stephen Moreton (Leinster)

Bill Coghlan (Clontarf)

Fintan McAllister (Malahide)

Barry McCarthy (Pembroke)

Alex O'Brien (Merrion)

Paul Lawson (Pembroke)

The coach of the squad for the series will be Trent Johnston. The Hills will be hosting a 50 over game in the series when Leinster will take on the Northern Cricket Union in a 50 over game on May the 6th. Congratulations Max on your selection and the best of luck in the series.

  03.04.13 Outdoor Nets start next week

The following are the new times for outdoor nets which start on Monday next the 8th of April:

Mondays Girls Under 11's and Under 13's, 17.30 to 19.00

Mondays Girls Under 15's, Ladies First and Second X1 from18.30

Tuesdays Boys Under 11's, 17.30 to 19.00

Tuesdays Adult Mens First and Second X1, 18.30 to 21.30

Wednesdays Boys and Girls Under 9's and Under 11C's, 18.00 to 19.00

Wednesdays Boys Under 15's/17, Adult Mens Third and Fourth X1, 19.00 to 21.30

Thursdays Boys Under 13's , 17.30 to 19.00

Thursdays Adult Mens First and Second X1, 18.30 to 21.30

Fridays new Colts section to be announced

*** Youths Registration evening will take place on Monday April 22nd at 7PM***


  30.03.13 Work Party Needed on Easter Monday

Fancy loosing a few of the calories taken on over the Easter festivities? Now you can do just that on Monday morning up at the club where we need your help in putting down the new surface of the nets. All the heavy lifting has been completed we just need some extra hands to help finish the job. We will be meeting up at around 11 on Easter Monday morning at the club house.


  21.03.13 Two Hills Girls make Ireland Under 20's Training Squad

Lauren Hoey and Rhiannon Pope have been selected to take part in pre-season training with the Ireland Under 20's at the famous La Manga facilities in Spain from March 31st to April 4th. Congratulations to both girls on their selection, a great achievement for both of them, and the best of luck during the event.


  06.03.13 Max takes lead role in Ireland warm up

Max Sorensen is the leading wicket taker in warm up game against Kenya. Well done Max.

More details:



  05.03.13 Full International and InterPro fixtures released

The Hills will be hosting the 50 over game between Leinster and the Northern Cricket Union on May 6th.

The full Ireland and InterPro series are listed below:

Ireland Senior Men
•March 8-9 Ireland v Canada (2 day warm-up) GCA, Dubai
•March 12-15 Ireland v UAE, InterContinental Cup, Sharjah
•March 18 Ireland v UAE, WCL, Sharjah
•March 20 Ireland v UAE, WCL, Sharjah
•March 21 Ireland v UAE, T20, Sharjah
•May 23 Ireland v Pakistan, Clontarf
•May 26 Ireland v Pakistan, Clontarf
•June 14-17, Ireland v Australia A, 4 day, Stormont
•July 1-4 Ireland v Netherlands, Intercontinental Cup, Netherlands
•July 7 Ireland v Netherlands, WCL, Netherlands
•July 9 Ireland v Netherlands, WCL, Netherlands
•September 3 Ireland v England, RSA Challenge ODI, Malahide
•September 6 Ireland v Scotland, WCL, Stormont
•September 8 Ireland v Scotland, WCL, Stormont
•September 11-14 Ireland v Scotland, InterContinental Cup, LCU
•November tbc ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, UAE
•December tbc ICC InterContinental Cup final, UAE

Inter-Provincial Series
•April 28 LCU, NCU, NW, Twenty20, LCU
•May 6 LCU v NCU, 50 over, The Hills
•May 14-16 LCU v NW, 3 day, College Park
•May 19 NW v NCU, 50 over, Coleraine
•June 1 LCU v NW, Malahide
•June 4-6 NW v NCU, 3 day, Eglinton
•June 25-27 LCU v NCU, College Park
•July 15 NCU v NW, 50 over, North Down
•July 21 NW, NCU, LCU, Twenty20, Bready
•July 30-August 1 NCU v NW, 50 over, NCU
•August 10, NCU v LCU, 50 over, NCU
•August 13-15 NW v LCU, Bready
•August 27-29 NCU v LCU, NCU
•September 21 NW v LCU, 50 over, Strabane
•September 22, NCU, NW, LCU, Twenty20, North Down

Ireland Under 19
•April 21 Ireland U19 v Ireland A, venue tbc
•August 2-8 ICC European U19 World Cup Qualifiers, Netherlands

Ireland Under 17
•July 16-18 Ireland U17 v Netherlands U17, Challenge Series, Mardyke
•July 23-25 Ireland U17 v Scotland U17, Challenge Series, Ayr

Ireland Under 15
•May 19 Inter-squad friendly, Muckamore
•August 13-18 ICC European U15 Division 1, Rugby, England.

Ireland Under 13
•July 21-23 Camp in Bready

RSA Irish Senior Cup and RSA National Cup
•May 11 1st round
•June 8 2nd round
•July 7 3rd round
•August 3 Semi-finals
•August 24 Irish Senior Cup final, Malahide
•August 25 National Cup final, Bready

Ireland Senior Women
•May 5 Ireland v Devon, ECB County Championships, Torquay CC
•May 6 Ireland v Wales, ECB County Championships, Ynystawe CC
•May 19 Ireland v Somerset, ECB County Championships, Brislington CC
•May 26 Ireland v Cheshire, ECB County Championships, Hawk Green CC
•May 27 Ireland v Durham, ECB County Championships, Brandon CC
•June 23 Ireland v Worcestershire, ECB County Championships, UK
•July 8 Ireland v Pakistan 2 T20I's, UK
•July 10 Ireland v Pakistan, ODI, UK
•July 14 Ireland v Stafforshire, ECB County Championships, Stone CC
•July 15 Ireland v Lancashire, ECB County Championships, Urmston CC
•July 23-August 1 ICC WorldTwenty20 Qualifiers, Dublin
•September 1 Top 2 play-off, ECB County Championships, UK
•September 15 Winner play-off v bottom Div 1, ECB County Championships, UK

Ireland Under 17 girls
•August 12 Ireland U17 v Scotland U17, 40 overs, Dublin
•August 13 Ireland U17 v Scotland U17, 2 T20's, Dublin
•August 14 Ireland U17 v Scotland, T20, Dublin

  24.02.13 Ireland to host Pakistan in Clontarf

Clontarf has been confirmed as the host venue for the 2 day ODI series against Pakistan on May 23rd and 26th.

Full details on the Cricket Ireland site by clicking the link below:



  19.02.13 Max Sorensen interview on Cricket Ireland

The following link will take you to an interview Max did recently for Cricket Ireland which is published on their web site.



  14.02.13 Max Sorensen rewarded with "A" contract with Cricket Ireland

Max Sorensen 27, has been rewarded with an 'A' contract after impressing with his consistency, speed and accuracy during an outstanding 2012 season. The Hills opening bowler joins established stars Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Alex Cusack and Kevin O'Brien in the top bracket of deals.

There are now four categories of contracts, with the 'C' band dedicated to players who are in full-time education, headed by Stuart Thompson, who is already a full international.

Promising pace bowler Peter Chase and the Cricket Ireland Young Player of the Year Tyrone Kane both earn contracts for the first time as Ireland look to the future following the recent retirements of Boyd Rankin, Nigel Jones and Albert van der Merwe.

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said: "We are pleased to retain players on 'A' and 'B' category contracts from last year, and all of them still have a great deal to achieve on the international stage.

"It is important Cricket Ireland has plans for the future, and whilst 2013 will be a huge year for the team, we must also look ahead to major ICC events – the World Twenty20 in 2014 and the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand the following year.

"We have therefore awarded a full 'A' contract to Max Sorensen who impressed everyone in 2012, taking 31 wickets at just 17 runs each in the 21 games he played.

"We have also awarded 'C' category contracts to four younger players who we see as a key part of our future. Nine of the 17 contracted players are also contracted to English counties, and our close relationships with those counties will hopefully allow them to play for Ireland as much as possible in addition to the ICC mandatory matches in season. In due course we shall be offering an additional five 'D' contracts to players who we feel have long-term potential, and these will be announced in time.

"The new Inter-Provincial series of 3-day, one-day and Twenty20 formats to commence in late April, will give players not contracted to English counties a much higher standard of cricket and the opportunity to impress the national selectors, national coach and support staff."

Commenting on the contracts, Phil Simmons National Coach said: "There's no doubt that a key part of our success to date has been the move to professionalism. We will now have 22 players on full or part-time contracts and a structure supporting the senior squad.

"It makes such a difference as a coach to be able to work with players on a regular basis and this has been reflected in our dominance at Associate level over the past five of six years.

"The composition of the contracted players is an indication of what I strive for in my teams. There is the spine of experience as well as a number of very talented youngsters. While immediate results are paramount, it's always good to be thinking ahead and these contracts offer the younger guys some security as they look to build their careers.

"As with any squad, there are bound to be a few players who are disappointed to miss out on a contract offer. With the new Inter-Provincial Series coming on track, they will all have the chance to prove me wrong, and the door remains open for additional contracts."

For Thompson, a 21-year-old second-year Geography student at Northumbria University in Newcastle, the awarding of a contract is an important stepping stone as he looks to build a career with the international side.

He said: "I'm obviously delighted to get a contract - it's another step in the right direction for me personally. It's fantastic to have added responsibility, and I hope it opens up more opportunities to play for the national side.

"Cricket Ireland have a number of exciting and quality fixtures this year, including the inter-provincials throughout the summer, so I'm hoping to play - and more importantly perform - in as many of those fixtures as I can."

Cricket Ireland Contracted Players for 2013

A category (5):
Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Max Sorensen.

B category (8)
George Dockrell*, Ed Joyce*, Tim Murtagh*, Niall O'Brien*, William Porterfield*, Paul Stirling*, Andrew White, Gary Wilson*.

C category (4):
Peter Chase, Tyrone Kane, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson.

*County contracted players

  05.02.13 Thomas Arnold named in Under 17's Leinster Training Squad

Congratulations to Thomas on his inclusion in the squad and we wish him well during the Winter training sessions.

As well as playing in this year's interprovincial series (May 19th v's NW & May 26th v's NCU), the Under 17's have also arranged games against Australian schools (June 24th v's St Patrick's, Sydney & July 5th v's St Peter's College, Adelaide).

Added to the programme this year will be two South Leinster v's North Leinster fixtures due to take place on July 24th & 26th at Kilgobbet Park in Cabinteely.


  05.02.13 Planning Meeting

The Club is holding a planning meeting on Friday next the 8th of February in the clubhouse at 7.15pm. The meeting is being called to elicit ideas and proposals from members, players, supporters on what should be the future direction of the club over the next few years. This is an open forum and everybody is encouraged and welcome to attend.


  31.01.13 Fourth X1 draw Swords or Rush in Whelan Cup

Our Fourth X1 will face the winners of Swords Vs Rush, away, in the first round of the Whelan Cup on Monday May 27th. The Hills have won this trophy on five different occasions, most recently in 1990 when our Third X1 took victory over North Kildare to lift the trophy.

The Hills won this trophy when it was first introduced in 1972 with its unusual 15 by 8 ball over format. Interestingly Railway Union Cricket Club who presented the trophy in memory of the late Billy Whelan have only won the trophy once in 1985.

Malahide Fourth X1 won the trophy in 2012 with 7 wickets to spare over Leinster and I am sure their Fifth X1 will be endeavouring to hold on to the trophy this year.

Previous winners of the Cup include:

1972 Whelan 20/20 Cup The Hills
1973 Whelan 20/20 Cup The Hills

1974 Whelan 20/20 Cup YMCA 3rd XI
1975 Whelan 20/20 Cup YMCA 3rd XI
1976 Whelan 20/20 Cup Leinster 4th XI
1977 Whelan 20/20 Cup The Hills
1978 Whelan 20/20 Cup Man-O-War 2nd XI
1979 Whelan 20/20 Cup Old Belvedere 4th XI
1980 Whelan 20/20 Cup Leinster 4th XI
1981 Whelan 20/20 Cup Rush/Dublin University 2nd XI
1982 Whelan 20/20 Cup Carlisle 3rd XI
1983 Whelan 20/20 Cup Pembroke 3rd XI
1984 Whelan 20/20 Cup Clontarf 4th XI
1985 Whelan 20/20 Cup Railway Union 4
1986 Whelan 20/20 Cup Merrion 4th XI
1987 Whelan 20/20 Cup Pembroke 4th XI
1988 Whelan 20/20 Cup YMCA 4th XI
1989 Whelan 20/20 Cup The Hills 3rd XI
1990 Whelan 20/20 Cup The Hills 3rd XI

1991 Whelan 20/20 Cup Rush 3rd XI
1992 Whelan 20/20 Cup Balbriggan 2nd XI
1993 Whelan 20/20 Cup Merrion 4th XI
1994 Whelan 20/20 Cup Laois
1995 Whelan 20/20 Cup Malahide 4th XI
1996 Whelan 20/20 Cup Knockbrack
1997 Whelan 20/20 Cup Leinster 5th XI
1998 Whelan 20/20 Cup Clontarf 4th XI
1999 Whelan 20/20 Cup North Wicklow
2000 Whelan 20/20 Cup Rush 3rd XI
2001 Whelan 20/20 Cup YMCA 4th XI
2002 Whelan 20/20 Cup YMCA 4th XI
2003 Whelan 20/20 Cup Civil Service 2nd XI
2004 Whelan 20/20 Cup Merrion 5th XI
2005 Whelan 20/20 Cup Civil Service 2nd XI
2006 Whelan 20/20 Cup Rush 3rd XI
2007 Whelan 20/20 Cup Phoenix 4th XI
2008 Whelan 20/20 Cup Sandyford 2nd XI
2009 Whelan 20/20 Cup Merrion 5th XI


  30.01.13 Third X1 to face local rivals in YMCA Salver

Our Third X1 will face either Rush 2 or North County 3 away in the first round of the YMCA Salver on Tuesday the 28th of May. Since its introduction in 1990 we have won the trophy on three occasions most recently in 2008 and if we can progress through the first round we will be facing Malahide 3, Balbriggan 2 or Clontarf 3 in the next round.

Dundrum First X1, who are not in this years competition, are the current holders having beaten Clontarf Third X1 by one run in the final in 2012!

Previous winners of the trophy include:

1990 YMCA 20/20 Salver Pembroke 3rd XI
1991 YMCA 20/20 Salver Old Belvedere 3rd XI
1992 YMCA 20/20 Salver Merrion 3rd XI
1993 YMCA 20/20 Salver The Hills 3rd XI
1994 YMCA 20/20 Salver Rush 2nd XI
1995 YMCA 20/20 Salver Pembroke 3rd XI
1996 YMCA 20/20 Salver Old Belvedere 3rd XI
1997 YMCA 20/20 Salver Clontarf 3rd XI
1998 YMCA 20/20 Salver Railway Union 3rd XI
1999 YMCA 20/20 Salver The Hills 3rd XI
2000 YMCA 20/20 Salver Pembroke 3rd XI
2001 YMCA 20/20 Salver Pembroke 3rd XI
2002 YMCA 20/20 Salver Phoenix 3rd XI
2003 YMCA 20/20 Salver North Kildare 1st XI
2004 YMCA 20/20 Salver Leinster 3rd XI
2005 YMCA 20/20 Salver Clontarf 3rd XI
2006 YMCA 20/20 Salver Wicklow 1st XI
2007 YMCA 20/20 Salver Railway Union 3rd XI
2008 YMCA 20/20 Salver The Hills 3rd XI
2009 YMCA 20/20 Salver Leinster 3rd XI


  29.01.13 Two Hills Boys named in Leinster Under 15's squad

Ultan Doherty and Mark Donegan have been named in the Leinster squad which will be starting winter coaching sessions between now and Easter.

Good luck to them and with luck they will be heading to Wolverhampton in August.


  26.01.13 Second X1 to face North County in Tillain Cup

Our Second X1 travel to Balrothery to take on our neighbours in the first round of the Tillain Cup on Monday the 20th of May.

Pink balls will be used for the first time in the mens game for all matches in this competition.


  20.01.13 The Hills Fourth X1 Host Cabinteely in Junior Cup

Our Fourth X1 will host Cabinteely in the first round of the Junior Cup which will be held on Sunday the 9th of June at the Vineyard.


  20.01.13 Line Dancing Lessons Start at The Hills

Ann Byrne is starting Line Dancing classes on Monday next the 21st of January. See below for details:


  18.01.13 Finalised Leinster League Structures for 2013 Announced

Division 1. Leinster 1, YMCA 1, Merrion 1, Railway Union 1, The Hills 1, North County 1, Pembroke 1, Phoenix 1

Changes made from provisional structure - None

Division 2. Clontarf 1, Terenure 1, Dublin University 1, Rush 1, Leinster 2, Malahide 1, Merrion 2, Balbriggan 1

Changes made from provisional structure - None

Division 3. Cork County 1, North County 2, Pembroke 2, The Hills 2, YMCA 2, Laois 1, Malahide 2, Clontarf 2

Changes made from provisional structure - Old Belvedere 1 withdrawn. Clontarf 2 not relegated to Division 4

Division 4. Civil Service 1, Railway Union 2, North Kildare 1, Pembroke 3, Phoenix 2, Mullingar 1, Dundrum 1, Clontarf 3

Changes made from provisional structure - Clontarf 3 not relegated to Division 5

Division 5. Merrion 3, Laois 2, North County 3, Malahide 3, YMCA 3, Sandyford 1

Changes made from provisional structure - Oakhill 1 withdrawn, Leinster 3 and Railway Union 3 not relegated to Division 6

Division 6. Merrion 4, Terenure 2, Phoenix 3, Rush 2, Castleknock 1, North Kildare 2, Longford 1, Leinster 4

Changes made from provisional structure - Reduced from nine to eight teams. Leinster 4 promoted from Division 7

Division 7. Merrion 5, Knockharley 1, Pembroke 4, Bagenalstown 1, Clontarf 4, Balbriggan 2, Greystones Cricket 1, Wexford Wanderers 1

Changes made from provisional structure - Old Belvedere 2 withdrawn. Wexford Wanderers 1 not relegated to Division 8

Division 8. The Hills 3, Dundrum 2, Leinster 5, Halverstown 1, Malahide 4, Adamstown 1, Dundalk 1, Civil Service 2, Wicklow County 1

Changes made from provisional structure - Re-alignment of teams in Wicklow County means that the next Wicklow County team moves from Division 9 to Division 8

Division 9. Swords 1, North County 4, Mullingar 2, Dublin University 2, Leinster 6, Sandyford 2, Terenure 3, YMCA 4, Knockharley 2

Changes made from provisional structure - Wicklow County 2 renamed as Wicklow County 1 and moved to Division 8. Knockharley 2 promoted from Division 10

Division 10. Merrion 6, Laois 3, Ring Commons 1, Malahide 5, Phoenix 4, Pembroke 5, Rush 3, Railway Union 4, Civil Service 3

Changes made from provisional structure - Civil Service 3 promoted from Division 11

Division 11. Cabinteely 1, Clontarf 5, The Hills 4, North County 5, Bagenalstown 2, Castleknock 2, Wexford Wanderers 2, Slieve Bloom 1, Greystones Cricket 2

Changes made from provisional structure - Greystones Cricket 2 entered into Division 11 instead of Division 12

Division 12. Phoenix 5, Clontarf 6, Halverstown 2, Leinster 7, Dundalk 2, Pembroke 6, Greystones Cricket 2, Adamstown 2

Changes made from provisional structure - Old Belvedere 3 withdrawn. Swords 2 and Lucan 1 entered into Division 12 instead of Division 13

Division 13. North Kildare 3, Sandyford 3, Dublin University 3, Rush 4, Dundrum 3, Railway Union 5, Knockharley 3, Laois 4, Civil Service 4

Changes made from provisional structure - Civil Service 4 promoted from Division 14. Laois 4 newly entered into league

Division 14. Mullingar 3, Leinster 8, Merrion 7, Clontarf 7, Balbriggan 3, Wicklow County 2, Greystones Cricket 3, Castleknock 3, Adamstown 3

Changes made from provisional structure - Reduced from a 10 team to a 9 team division.

  17.01.13 The Hills host Merrion in Middle 2 Cup

Our Third X1 will be at home to Merrion 5th X1 in the Middle 2 Cup which will be played on Sunday June 2nd.


  16.01.13 Indoor Training Starts on Saturday 9th February

The 2013 season is fast approaching and indoor training will start at North County on Saturday February 9th next from 10.00 am to 12 noon. The training will continue at the same time weekly until the start of the season.

All welcome.

  17.12.12 Winners of the Christmas Draw

The following were the lucky winners in our Christmas Draw which was held last evening in the club house. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to everyone who contributed by buying cards and lines.

1 Aisling Byrne
2 Chloe Crowe
3 Mary O'Leary Roy
4 Ryan Clinton
5 Kathleen McGrane
6 Emma Dwyer
7 Nicky Derham
8 Judy & Lorcan O'Toole
9 Martin Russell
10 Joe & Mary Clinton
11 Libby Byrne
12 Marie Pender


  15.12.12 Leinster Senior Cup Draws 2013

The draws for the Leinster Senior 1 and Senior 2 Cup draws are as follows:

RSA Senior Cup First Round Sat 25th May

Clontarf v Phoenix
Leinster v North County
Pembroke v Terenure
Rush v Railway Union
The Hills v Balbriggan

Byes: Malahide, Merrion, YMCA

RSA Senior 2 Cup First Round Sunday 26th May

Clontarf 2 v Mullingar
Cork County v YMCA 2
Merrion 2 v Dundrum
North County 2 v Phoenix 2
North Kildare v Malahide 2
Pembroke 2 v Civil Service
Railway Union 2 v Laois
The Hills 2 v Leinster 2


  14.12.12 Draw for the RSA Irish Senior Cup

The Hills have drawn Instonians in the first round of the RSA Irish Senior Cup, the game will be played on Saturday the 11th of May at The Vineyard.

The full draw is as follows:

Cork Harlequins v Fox Lodge
Carrickfergus v Cork County
Malahide or Clontarf v Ballymena
Leinster v North Down
The Hills v Instonians
Pembroke v Limavady
North County v Brigade
Lisburn v YMCA
Downpatrick v Railway Union
CIYMS v Glendermott
CSNI v Strabane
Donemana v Rush or Terenure
Coleraine v Merrion
Eglinton v Phoenix
Bready v Lurgan
Bonds Glen v Waringstown

In memory of the late Bob Kerr the winners will be presented with the Bob Kerr Trophy.


  12.12.12 Cricket Europe Profile - Matt Dwyer

Cricket Europe publish feature on our own Matt Dwyer. Click on the link below to see more about what Matt achieved in his International and interprovincial career:



  09.12.12 Christmas Draw Reminder

Only a week before the big man with the white beard and red suit arrives at The Hills. This also means that you have less than a week to sell those tickets for our annual Christmas Raffle. This is a major fund raiser for the Club at a quiet time of the year for cricket, so can you all make a special effort, and sell as many lines as you can and return the cards to George Kitteringham or Martin Russell, or any other member of the Committee before next weekend. Also, if any of you would like to contribute towards the prizes for the Raffle please feel free to contact us.


  17.11.12 John Wills receives Coach of The Year Award

At the inaugural RSA Cricket Ireland awards ceremony held at The Mansion House last evening John Wills was named Coach of The Year.

Congratulations to John on this very deserving award. Well done also to our other nominees Nazeer Shoukat and Max Sorensen. The Hills were nominated for club of the year but this award went to North West side Donemana.

The full awards list was as follows:

Junior Player of the Year - Tyrone Kane - Sponsored by The Croke Park Hotel

Coach of the Year - John Wills - Sponsored by Eventcentre

Volunteer of the Year - Aideen Rice- Sponsored by Johnston Mooney & O'Brien

Club of the Year - Donemana CC - Sponsored by Tildenet

Club Player of the Year - Johnny Thompson - Sponsored by O'Neills

Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year - Stuart Thompson - Sponsored by The Sunday Independent

International Women's Player of the Year - Clare Shillington - Sponsored by RSA International

Men's Player of the Year - Paul Stirling - Sponsored by RSA

  12.11.12 Details on upcoming Christmas Raffle

Lines/Cards are now available for our Christmas Raffle, which will take place in the Clubhouse on Sunday, 16th December, at the Santa Party. Please contact George Kitteringham – (087) 2742 057 email: gkitteringham@iol.ie or Martin Russell – (086) 1992 369 email: martinrussell111@gmail. or any member of the executive to get you hands on your tickets. Lines are €2.00 each or a card of 12 for €20.00.

Prizes Include:

1st. Monster Hamper

2nd. Mini Hamper

3rd. Christmas Cake & Pudding

4th. Christmas Cake

5th. Cuddly Toy

6th. Turkey & Ham

7th. Christmas Pudding & Bottle of Brandy

8th. Bottle of Vodka & Bottle of Whiskey

9th. Bottle of Baileys & Bottle of Gin

10th. Bottle of Brandy

  07.11.12 Winter Umpiring Course

Over the winter the LCUSA will organise another Level 1 Umpires Course as well as a Level 1 Scorer Course.

Is retirement as a player getting closer, feeling the ol' bones & muscles more than you used to, or would you like to get involved but not necessarily as a player, why not take up umpiring - you'll be in the best spot to watch all the action. If you have some experience umpiring and would like to be the next Aleem Dar, or if you want to help your club by umpiring youth/adult matches, this is the perfect start. Whichever path you want to go, the Level 1 course is an intensive few days and will give you a better foundation on the Laws of Cricket and the basics of umpiring.

The Umpires course will be held on the weekend starting Friday 18th January at 7 pm. The course will be hosted at Terenure CC.

If you want to participate in the above course or the planned scorers course (March/April),please send an email to the LCUSA training officer, Inge Bevers at: lcusaeducation@yahoo.ie.


  02.11.12 The Hills short-listed for Tildenet Club of The Year Award

Cricket Ireland have announced that The Hills are among 4 clubs short-listed for the Club of The Year Award. The other nominations are Muckamore, Donemana and CIYMS.

The winners will be announced at the Cricket Ireland Awards Dinner on November 16th in the Mansion House.

Joe Doherty, Chair of the Cricket Ireland Cricket Committee said: "The Club of the Year award is a first in Irish cricket and has rightly created a lot of interest already. This award will be celebrated by more people than any of the other awards, simply because of the fact that it is a recognition of the strength of a group of people committed to a common cause and the satisfaction of winnng the award will live long in the history of the winning club and forever in the minds of all those involved. It is fitting that there is robust competition in this inaugural year and a big night is assured on the 16th."


  29.10.12 David Murtagh RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the demise of our former Chairman and player David Murtagh. David passed away on Saturday at Beaumont Hospital after a short illness.

Our condolences and sympathies go out to his family and friends most especially to his wife and best friend, Olive, children, David, Allison and Jason, brother, sisters at this sad time.

Reposing at his residence Wednesday 31st October from 2pm. Removal on Thursday to St. Patrick's Church, Skerries, arriving at 11.20am for 11.30am funeral mass. Burial afterwards in Ardla Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to Irish Cancer Society. Donation box at church.

May he rest in peace.


  26.10.12 Coach and two players on shortlist for Irish Awards

Max Sorensen has been nominated to the shortlist for the 'Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year Award". The other nominees are James Shannon (Instonians) and Stuart Thompson (Limavady). Ireland coach Phil Simmons commented "Max Sorensen has a magnificent attitude and that work ethic coupled with ability is a potent combination. I expect him to be a regular fixture in the senior ranks for many years to come".

Nazeer Shoukat has been shortlisted for Club Player of the year by Cricket Ireland. The other nominees are John Anderson (Merrion), Johnny Thompson (Brigade) and Nigel Jones (Civil Service North).

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said of the nominees: "This was perhaps the most keenly contested of all the categories showing the strength and depth of club cricket in Ireland. There were a number of very strong candidates and the four chosen have all enjoyed outstanding seasons for their clubs. The winner will be chosen by the National selectors and they have an unenviable task."

John Wills is one of three candidates for the Coach Of The Year Award, the other nominees are Ted Williamson (Cork Harlequins) and Kamal Merchant (YMCA).

Richard Holdsworth said of the nominees; "Yet again there has been an incredible response to this category, showing just how fortunate we are in Ireland to have such a high number of quality coaches. We all know just how important coaches are to the improvement and development of the game, and the nominees show that our future generation of aspiring stars are in excellent hands."

  25.10.12 Four Hills players feature in Leinster Awards for 2012

Max Sorensen and Mike Baumgart have been nominated in the RSA Leinster team of the year for 2012 on the basis of their performance thoughout the 2012 season. The team in full is as follows:

Bill Coughlan [Clontarf]

Reinhart Strydom [YMCA]

John Anderson [Merrion]

Mike Baumgart [The Hills]

Max Sorenson [The Hills]

Pat Collins [Railway Union]

Anton Scholtz [Leinster]

Robert Forrest [Clontarf]

Mohammed Tariq [Railway Union]

Eddie Richardson [North County]

Tim Law [Leinster]

Congratulations to Max and Mike.

Our First X1 Captain Nazeer Shoukat has been awarded the John Dawson Fair Play Award for 2012 in recognition of his consistency in playing cricket in a true sporting manner. Nazeer was nominated by several clubs during the season.

Our evergreen Chairman shared the award for the Division 3 Wicket Keeping with Ross Watkins from Merrion.

The full list of individual awards is as follows:

D1 Batting Bill Coughlan [Clontarf]

D1 Bowling Mohammed Tariq [Railway]

D1 All Rounder John Anderson [Merrion]

D1 Keeping Lee Cole [YMCA]

D1 Fielding Kenny Carroll & Pat Collins [Railway]

D2 Batting Theo Lawson [Pembroke]

D2 Bowling Paul Lawson [Pembroke]

D2 All Rounder Andy Balbiernie [Pembroke]

D2 Keeping James King [Rush]

D2 Fielding Bill Whaley [Pembroke]

D3 Batting Vijay Gopal [Clontarf]

D3 Bowling Thushara Wijesundra [Merrion]

D3 All Rounder Barry Archer [Balbriggan]

D3 Keeping Mick Dwyer [The Hills] & Ross Watkins [Merrion]

D3 Fielding Paul Ryan [Clontarf]

  21.10.12 Katherine Ryan RIP

The death has occurred of Katherine (Kitty) RYAN of Donabate, Dublin. RYAN (nee Halpin) (Donabate) … Oct. 19, 2012, (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital, Katherine (Kitty) beloved wife of the late Martin; deeply regretted by her loving sons Sean, Francis and Brendan, daughters Patricia and Edel, brother Eddie, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Reposing at her home from 2 o'c. on (Sunday). Removal on Sunday evening to St. Patrick's Church, Donabate arriving 6 o'c. Funeral after 11 o'c. Mass on Monday to St. Catherine's Cemetery, Portrane.

  09.10.12 2012 Adult Cricket Awards

At our recent Awards Dinner the following were announced as our winners for 2012:

Mike Baumgart - 1st Team player of the year

Joseph Clinton - 2nd Team player of the year

Gary Hynes - 3rd Team. player of the year

Ultan Doherty - 4th Team player of the year

Rebecca Branigan - Ladies 1st Team player of the year

Caroline Clinton - Ladies 2nd Team.player of the year

In addition, in recognition of there contribution to the devlopment and ongoing success of The Hills, Life Time Achievement /Life Time Memberships were awarded to Joe Clinton, Seamus Clinton and Kay Rogan.

Max Sorensen, recently returned from Irish duty in Sri Lanka, presented the club with a signed Irish team shirt for display in the clubhouse.


  09.10.12 AGM to take place on Monday 22nd October

The Annual General Meeting of the Hills Cricket Club is scheduled to take place in the Clubhouse on Monday 22 October 2012 at 20h00. Election of the following positions will take place on the night:
Honorary Officers: President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Ass Secretary and Team Secretary.

Committee: Eight ordinary members

Please inform Eksteen Maritz or any other member of the Executive Committee of your intention to make yourself available for election or if you want to nominate another member for election onto the Executive Committee.

The First Team Captain for next season will be selected during a meeting of First Team players and will be announced on the night of the AGM.

We have thankfully seen increased numbers of our members becoming more actively involved throughout the season which is very necessary for the proper functioning of The Hills Cricket Club.

Please do attend the AGM in order for us to properly close the business formalities of this season and be able to start strongly in anticipation for the 2013 cricket season.

  01.10.12 Jennifer Sheahan RIP

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our club member and mother of two of our rising stars Sophie and Daniel. Our condolences go out to Don and all of her family and friends.

Removal on Monday evening, from The Kirwan Funeral Home, Fairview Strand, to St. Patrick's Church, Skerries, to arrive at 6.15pm. Funeral on Tuesday after 10.00am Mass to Ardla Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to The Oncology Unit at The Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin.

May she rest in peace.

  17.09.12 Clubhouse open for T20 Australian game

Ireland face Australia on Wednesday the19th in their opening round of the ICC World Twenty 20 competition in Sri Lanka, The clubhouse will be open for the game which starts at 11 am. After our excellent performances against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the warm up games we have to have a real chance of causing another upset.


  17.09.12 Second X1 take two consecutive wins against Merrion in final round-up of Division 3

Our Second X1 faced a tough challenge at the weekend with the stark reality of needing to win both games against Merrion or face relegation to Division 4 for 2013.

On Saturday in the Vineyard The Hills won the toss and decided to bat. Amir Raza and Malcolm Byrne got The Hills off to a good start bringing the score to 62 before the first wicket fell, Raza(34),off the bowling of Blakeney. Cormac McLoughlin(5) joined Byrne at the wicket but was run out before he could get into his stride. Cousins Malcolm and Patrick Byrne continued to build the innings brining the score to 143 before Malcom(28) was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Rex Walsh. With 20 overs to go and 7 wickets in hand the stage was set for a good total especially if Patrick Byrne could stay put. He duly obliged the fans by clocking up a fine innings of 91 off 114 balls before being run out with the score on 238. Garry Hynes contributed a quick fire 15 off 16 balls and Kamron Butt weighed in with 17. The final tally was set at 247 in the 50 overs. Our batsmens efforts complimented by a total of 54 extras courtesy of the Merrion attack!

In reply the Merrion opening order stuttered and failed to make a dent in the chase getting only 33 runs for the first 4 batsmen but this brought the experienced and dangerous middle order of Blakeneny and Allwright together. True to form these two brought the score to 149 before Blakeney(66) was dismissed LBW off the bowling of Wasim Akhtar. Allwright(65) followed shortly afterwards when run out by Malcolm Byrne. With the exception of O'Driscoll(14) and Stanton(20) the remainder of the Merrion batsmen offered little resistance finishing on 219 all out in the 47th over. For The Hills Wasin Akhtar was pick of the bowlers with 4 for 33 off 10 and Malcolm Byrne 3 for 56 off 7, Matt Dwyer, Shaffi Khan and Nadeen Akhter all contributed with tight bowling spells to keep the pressure on Merrion. First leg to The Hills then by 28 runs.

Off to Anglesea Road on Sunday for the return leg with The Hills still needing to win to avoid the drop. The Hills won the toss and decided to put runs on the board and with fine performances by Amir Raza(76), Yogesh(26) Garry Hynes(30) and Matt Dwyer(28*) the team put on a very defendable total of 229 for 9 off the 50 overs. In reply Merrion could only muster 87 in their innings with C O'Donoghue(34) the only Merrion batsman to offer real resistance. The Hills win by 142 runs and remain in Division 3 for 2013.



  05.09.12 Bobby Swarbrigg on the Bob Kerr ISC Final

The Cup That Cheers, Really Cheers!

Now that the adrenalin, and other less naturally occurring stimulants, has left the bloodstream it's time to reflect on Saturday's momentous events. Others, Stu and Gavin among them, have written glowingly about the match and provided a much better account of the occasion, the statistics and the details of the derring-do of The Hills players, the economy of the bowling, the cleverness of the captain's rotation of his attackers and the concentration and stickability of the batsmen against the opening pace of Merrion's defence of their score than I can ever hope to match so I'm not going to even try to compete.

At the end of the match there were tears in the eyes of many, both women and men, such was the joy and gratitude felt by the hordes of navy and red supporters who populated the north-west corner of the Clontarf ground. Personally speaking the rush I felt as the ball struck the rope for the winning runs matched and even exceeded the emotion I experienced on St. Patrick's Day 2007 in Sabina Park. On writing before the semi-final against Waringstown I expressed a wish that The Hills team would give The Rope a birthday present, that match being played on my **th birthday, they delivered that day and against Merrion they doubled the value of the gift, thanks lads from myself, Flash, Wild Bill, Hobbs and all the other regulars who haunt the rope on match days and who bemoan your occasional lapses and who celebrate you successes as if they were our own.

I was privileged to enjoy the game, and a glass or two of fine Sardinian wine, in the company of The Master of Woodview and though the great man is not given demonstrations of emotion it was evident that even he was moved by the day's events and the achievement of his successors behind the proud crest of his club. My thoughts turned to Margaret, Joe, John and the others called back to the pavilion by the Great Umpire and how proud and pleased they would be to witness their boys ascend to the peak and the way in which their skills and sportsmanship shone through.

I thought also of "the legends of '89" and how they could now rest assured that the ploughman would remain at the summit of Irish cricket, indeed some of them made a point of saying that their own ambitions had been fulfilled by this group of players. Now it's about keeping up the standards set by players at all grades, coach, ground staff, ladies' committee, development officers, juvenile mentors and all the volunteers who are there to pull the covers on and off, to brush the wicket, pull the roller, in fact just about everyone in our club, because it's all of you who have made The Vineyard and The Hills Cricket Club a place envied by most of Irish cricket.

Naseer, Luke, Jonno, Daryl, Mike, Cormac, Max, Mark, Tomas, Klaas, Howard, Mal, John, George, and all who played their part in making this victory possible, thank you every one.

Don't Forget Who You Are
C'mon The Hills
Na Cnoic Abu
Komaan Die Koppies

  05.09.12 Fingal County Council to honour Bob Kerr ISC winners

Fingal County Council will host a Civic Reception to honour our Bob Kerr ISC winning team on Monday next the 10th of September at County Hall in Swords at 7 pm.

This is a great honour for our club and all members and friends of the club are welcome to attend. Formalities will be followed by light refreshments and lots of opportunities for photos of the occasion. If you intend on being there please text Michael Gavin with your name and attendee numbers on 086 257 8012 and plan on arriving at 6.45 pm.

"Be part of another first"


  02.09.12 The Hills win Bob Kerr ISC title for the first time

On a sun-baked September afternoon in a manicured Castle Avenue grounds in Clontarf, The Hills Cricket Club won the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup for the first time in its history. The Milverton men were comprehensive 8-wicket victors after a thoroughly clinical display saw Merrion outclassed.

Having won the toss, Merrion captain John Anderson elected to send his troops in to bat, but a lively start from The Hills posed his openers no end of difficulties. When Anderson's deputy Dom Joyce closes his eyes tonight, the spectre of Nazeer Shoukat peppering his off stump will haunt his dreams. Shoukat dovetailed nicely with the powerful Max Sorensen to limit Merrion to the most meagre of progress through the first ten overs, though Joyce and partner Ben Ackland somehow managed to emerge with their wickets intact.

A fired-up Tomás Murphy was the next to pose problems, with the umpire taking his time to turn down a big appeal to have Joyce caught behind. With ball in hand, the pugnacious Murphy is quite a sight, half-shuffling into the crease in a deceptively gentle fashion before hurling the ball down the pitch at frightening speed. The breakthrough, however, was to come from the spin of Mark Dwyer at the other end. Ackland charged down the wicket and swung his bat with sickening violence, but was able only to edge the ball into the grateful paws of Nicolaas Pretorius.

Dom Joyce continued to ride his luck. First, he spooned a lukewarm effort up into the air off Luke Clinton's stylish medium-pace, with the ball landing inches beyond the despairing grasp of Cormac McLoughlin. Max Sorensen then came close to pulling off a difficult catch, but Joyce survived once more as the runs began to flow a little more freely.

Shortly after reaching 50, Joyce was left decidedly less than gruntled after being dismissed in a bizarre, controversial fashion. To those of us operating without the benefit of television replay, it appeared that the ball looped off his foot before he was promptly stumped by Pretorius. An argument with the square leg umpire ensued, with the Merrion man claiming that Pretorius had hit the stumps with his hand rather than the ball, but he was left with no choice but to return to the pavilion to be replaced by Tim Lang.

A needle would soon emerge between new man Lang and Hills bowler Max Sorensen, and the clash would do no favours for Lang's batting, summarily dismissed as he was by a venomous delivery from Murphy that clipped the bales off the stumps. Only the most flimsy resistance came from the remainder of the order, as all The Hills' bowlers got in on the wickets with Merrion limping their way to an eminently reachable total of 153.
Hills openers Jonathan Andrews and Darryl Calder struggled to find their rhythm early, but nerves were settled when Andrews clipped away a pretty boundary off his toes, before bludgeoning a full toss from Alex Chetkovich away to square leg. Despite a creditable start, the failure to dent the partnership seemed to suck the life out of Merrion, illustrated by the noticeable dearth of chirping from their fielders. Those that tried to disturb the batsmen's confidence were drowned out by the sounds of a rambunctious pick-up game contested by the kids in the corner of the ground.

Their misery was compounded by another sweet blow from Andrews, on this occasion a crisp drive that just outpaced the chasing fielder to the boundary. But just when it seemed like this might be a procession, Andrews was dismissed by Damian Poder, with the task of chasing victory now falling to Calder and Mike Baumgart.

The transition was seamless as this canny partnership pushed The Hills steadily toward the required total. Darryl Calder imposed his will with a series of boundaries, a particular highlight coming as he sized up an Anderson delivery before swatting the Merrion captain through mid-wicket with disdain. Baumgart's innings was a virtuoso combination of touch and power, the batsman crushing the spirit of Alex Chetokovich with 2 consecutive textbook cover drives reaching the boundary. However, just one delivery after clipping a sweet boundary through mid-wicket, Baumgart was bowled by Neil Brown for 36, bringing Cormac McLoughlin to the middle.

The wicket re-kindled Merrion's optimism, but their hope would be short-lived as Calder quickly re-established The Hills' supremacy with a picture-perfect drive bringing up a well-deserved half century. The tension deepened as he and McLoughlin patiently continued to chip into Merrion's total, with the latter eventually creaming Brown through cover for a cathartic boundary.

By now, victory was inevitable, and how appropriate it was that it fell to Calder to smash the winning runs to the boundary and send The Hills' partisans into raptures. A historic victory, then, and one of which all concerned with this club should be proud. Congratulations to Nazeer Shoukat and the boys.

Gavin McLoughlin 01/09/2012


Bob Kerr ISC Previews

Cricket Europe have two interesting previews of the game on Saturday, you can see them by clicking on the links below:





  24.08.12 Bob Kerr ISC Final Supporters T-Shirts

Show your support for the team with these specially commissioned supporters T-Shirts which are available in various sizes and with a choice of slogan. Shirts cost €10.00.

Contact Carrie Archer to order on 085-1006789 before 9 pm on Sunday the 26th to make sure you have your shirt before final day.


  24.08.12 Transport to Bob Kerr ISC Final

For only the second time in it's history The Hills will play in the final of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup in Clontarf on Saturday the 1st of September. Merrion are the opposition and the game starts at 11.00. Wille Dwyer is organising a coach to take supporters to and from the game at a cost of circa €6.00 return. Should you wish to avail of this facility please contact Willie on 086 056 1721 or via email at: willdwyer10@yahoo.ie


  21.08.12 Under 11 Girls reach Cup Final

Having already secured the Under 11 Leinster league title our Under 11 girls now compete in the Leinster Cup Final which will take place in Rush on Thursday 23rd of August at 5 pm. This has been a great season for our youngest girls team who have come out of their league campaign undefeated so far. Good luck to the girls on Thursday in the Cup Final and on Wednesday when they take on Pembroke at the Vineyard at 2.30 pm.


  21.08.12 Two Hills girls feature for Leinster Under 19's

Rhiannan Pope and Rebecca Branagan featured in an impressive win for the Leinster Under 19 Girls against Dorset in Malvern. Impressive bowling by Pope 0 for 8 off 10 overs and Branagan 3 for 22 off 9 helped keep Dorset to a score of 101 off 48 overs. Rush girl and captain Clodagh Conway contributed with 2 for 10 off 14.

Leinster reached the target with 6 wickets to spare in the 36th over. Alison Smith(25*) was awarded MOM.


  19.08.12 The Hills Ladies take Cup Title

The Hills Ladies Second X1 won the Leinster Minor Cup recenty in a game against Pembroke. Pembroke batted first and were held to a low tally of just 49 thanks to some fine bowling displays by The Hills ladies. Samantha Keegan, Sophie Clinton and Vivienne Byrne taking two wickets each, Rhiannan Pope, Lauren Hoey and Katie Boylan contributing a wicket apiece.

Caroline Clinton(21) and Katie Boylan(11) provided the backbone of The Hills response which ended with Katie hitting the winning runs in the 19th over. Well done to the Ladies on their cup winning victory.


  18.08.12 The Hills defeat Merrion in thriller at The Vineyard

Merrion came to The Vineyard intent on not only gaining the points for a league win but also to show The Hills that the Bob Kerr Cup Final would be a true test of both teams, each having proven the pundits wrong in their respective semi-final matches.

The Vineyard was sparkling in the sunshine when the home side took to the field, their bowlers intent on restricting their guests to as little a score possible. The wicket was hard, the outfield fast so it might prove a difficult task given the ability of this Merrion XI, even stripped as it was of some of its finest warriors, away on national service. Dominic Joyce (29) and Rory Allwright (2) opened the innings but disaster as to strike early for the Bothar Mon team as Cormac Mc Loughlin took a fine catch off the bowling of Naseer Shoukat to send Allwright back to the pavilion with the score on 3. Things didn't get a whole lot better for Merrion when Mal Byrne forced a run-out with a superb return to the bowler to see off Ben Ackland (12), 2 for 31. Only six runs had been added when Nas took his second wicket, Mal Byrne with a quite brilliant running catch to dismiss Lang, who hadn't bothered the book-keepers. Only Kade Beasley (31) caused any great difficulty for The Hills after Luke Clinton had breached the fortress of the dangerous Joyce, leaving his wicket in disarray. Tomás Murphy had another fourfer (when will he ever learn that what the faithful expect is a Michelle?) to destroy any lingering hope in the hearts of the visitors. Merrion all out for 105, 13 of which were extras.

In the absence of Daryl Calder The Hills opened with Naseer joining Jon Andrews, how the Milvertonians held their collective breath, having so often witnessed the destruction wrought on their team as it started to chase low scores, surely this time they would let their followers have an afternoon with having, in the words of Derek trotter, a mild connery. No that would not happen, first Jonno, rapidly followed by Nas and Mike Baumgart, edged to the grateful hand of the slip cordon. Mark Dwyer was stumped, Tomás bowled, 5 for21! Cormac was joined by Klaas Pretorius (41) however he wasn't to stick around for long and when Mal was bowled havind faced only 2 deliveries it looked as if the game was up. Emmet Branagan also was treated to an egg and Howard McDonnell was called upon to oversee the last rights with Klaas who was showing true grit in the face some aggressive bowling and fielding from the Merrion boys who could taste the sweet flavour of victory against the odds. Maybe it was just that he didn't strike it the way he wanted to, maybe he was over-ambitious but Klaas eventually put one up to Brown off the bowling of Walkins and with triumph in sight he left the lists. Luke joined Howard now and he did all that was asked of him as his partner quietly brought his team to the brink. The air was thick, the tension could be felt at Skerries harbour, 2 runs for victory, patience needed, don't do anything silly Howie, hang in there, wait for the bad ball. The bad ball arrived four overs later, Howard McDonnell , 21 not out, along with Klaas had stood up and been counted, and shown he could be counted on.

The Irish Cup final on September 1st at Castle Avenue should be worth the trip!

Bobby Swarbrigg

  17.08.12 Max Sorensen named in Ireland Squad for World Cup

Congratulations to Max on being named for the upcoming World Twenty20 Cup being staged in Sri Lanka in September. Unfortunately for the team they will be without the services of our neighbouring hero John Mooney who misses out due to injury.

The squad in full is: William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Nigel Jones (CSN), Ed Joyce (Sussex), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Niall O'Brien (Northants), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Stuart Thompson (Limavady), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).

The opening fixtures are Vs Australia on September 19th and Vs West Indies on September 24th, both being played in Colombo. Good luck to Max and the rest of the Irish team in the tournament


  13.08.10 Venues confirmed for Cup Finals

Clontarf has been confirmed as the venue for the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup final when The Hills will face Merrion on Saturday the 1st of September. Meanwhile The Hills has been selected as the host ground for the first ever staging of the final of the RSA National Cup which will be contested by Balbriggan and NCU based Muckamore on September 2nd.



Under 9's Tournament for The Hills - Friday 10th August

There is an Under 9 Tournament on Fri Aug 10th 9:45 - 13:00 at The Hills. It is free of charge and open to both boys and girls. Children wishing to play can register with Mark Maguire 087-2251602


  04.08.12 The Hills progress to Final of Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup

Today The Hills took on Waringstown, the current holders of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup, at "the lawn" in the Semi-Final clash to decide one of the finalists for 2012. County Down based Waringstown won the toss and decided to bat and with stars like Kyle McCallan, Josh Hall, Lee Nelson, Simon Harrison and professional Glen Addicot in their line-up it showed a level of confidence in their ability to put runs on the board.

With the exception of Harrison (33*), The Hills Nazeer Shoukat and some exceptional fielding proceeded to demolish the Waringstown top order reducing them to 5 for 37 with the help of two exceptional catches at first slip by Daryl Calder. Three ducks in the top order, Hall, Nelson and McCallan and with brief resistance from Addicot (12) the stage was set for a potential upset for the home side. Tomás Murphy, Max Sorensen and Luke Clinton continued the pressure on the remaining Waringstown batsmen but with the exception of Bushe(10) and Lyness(15) the mission was futile as the Cup holders were reduced to 84 for 10 off 29 overs. Shoukat ended with an amazing six wicket haul for 22 runs off 9 overs, Luke Clinton took 2 wickets for 19 off 5 overs and Max Sorensen and Tomás Murphy contributed a wicket apiece. Mark Dwyer took two catches in the field, Nicolaas Pretorius took two behind the stumps, Daryl Calder took two catches in the field while young Cormac McLoughlin took a great catch to take the wicket of Gary Kidd off the bowling of Luke Clinton.

The large band of travelling supporters gathered in groups around the ground to engage in a communal feast from cool boxes and satchels amid unuttered thoughts of getting to their first final since 2007. They knew however that the job was only half complete and a clear and focussed effort would be needed if The Hills batsmen were to overcome the legendary Waringstown bowling attack.

Jonno Andrews and Daryl Calder opened proceedings for The Hills and brought the score to 14 before Andrews(9) was bowled by Kyle McCallan. This brought, the inform, Mike Baumgart to the crease and with Calder proceeded to put a 46 run partnership together which would be the backbone of The Hills victory. Baumgart (25) was bowled with the score on 60 off the bowling of Lyness which brought skipper Shoukat(8*) to the centre. The next wicket didn't fall until the scores were tied at 84, when Calder(23) caught behind off the bowling of Harrison, was replaced at the centre by Max Sorensen who only needed to score a single to bring home the victory, which he duly did off his second ball. Pick of the Waringstown bowlers were Gary Kidd with 10 overs for 8 runs with 5 maidens and Kyle McCallan with 8 overs 3 maidens 1 wicket for 18.

The Hills win by 7 wickets and secure their second ever appearance in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Final, they will face Dublin club Merrion, the 2010 winners, on Saturday September 1st at a venue yet to be announced..



  02.08.12 Veronica Fay-Watt selected for Leinster Under 15's

More representative honours for The Hills with the news that Veronica Fay-Watt has been selected for the Leinster U'15's girls squad for the Malvern cricket festival, being held at Malvern College, Worcestershire from August 7th - 10th. The full squad is as follows:

Lucy O'Reilly (YMCA) Capt.
Ruby Neville (Merrion) Vice Capt.
Sorcha Breslin (Merrion)
Eimear Conway (Rush)
Veronica Fay-Watt (The Hills)
Fiona Gill (Malahide)
Anna Kerrison (Leinster)
Gaby Lewis (YMCA)
Robyn Lewis (YMCA)
Aoife Livingston (Leinster)
Sorcha O'Carolan Murphy (Malahide)
Leah Paul (Merrion)
Aisling Stokes (Railway Union)

Management - Barbara McDonald & Sean McCann.

Aug 8th v's Wales (11am)
Aug 9th v's Kent (11am)
Aug 10th v's tbc (11am)

Congratulations Veronica and the best of luck in the tournament.

  02.08.12 Max Sorensen named in Ireland squad to face South Africa A

The full squad which is captained by Kevin O'Brien is as follows:

Kevin O'Brien (capt) (Railway Union), John Anderson (Merrion), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), Andy Britton (Limavady), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), Trent Johnston (YMCA), John Mooney (North County), James Shannon (Instonians), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Stuart Thompson (Limavady), Albert van de Merwe (YMCA), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).

The full tour itinerary is as follows:
Ireland v South Africa A - 6-9 August, Oak Hill (11am)
Ireland v South Africa A - 13-16 August, Coleraine (11am)
Ireland v South Africa A (50 overs) 19 August, Strabane (10:45am)
Ireland v South Africa A (50 overs) 21 August, Stormont (10:45am)
Ireland v South Africa A (50 overs) 23 August, Stormont (10:45am)
Ireland v South Africa A (20 overs) 27 August, Oak Hill (4pm)
Ireland v South Africa A (20 overs) 29 August, Oak Hill (4pm)
Ireland v South Africa A (20 overs) 31 August, Malahide (4pm)
Ireland v South Africa A (20 overs), 2 September, Malahide (2pm)

  01.08.12 Mark Donegan selected to represent Leinster Under 13's in Somerset

Our own Mark Donegan and the following boys have been selected for the Leinster U'13 squad for the Taunton cricket festival, being held at King's College, Taunton, Somerset from August 13th-17th.

Conor O'Gorman (Leinster CC) Capt.
Ian Anders (Phoenix)
Dean Brogan (Rush)
Mark Donegan (The Hills)
JJ Garth (Pembroke)
Jamie Grassi (North County)
Stephen Gray (North Kildare)
Craig Kennedy (Terenure)
Josh Murphy (Rush)
Sam Murphy (Pembroke)
Tom Murray (Leinster)
David O'Connor (Terenure)
Harry Oppermann (Clontarf)
Harry Tector (YMCA)

Management team - Michael O'Gorman, Sean MacAuley & Tim Ackland.

Aug 13th - Cornwall v's Leinster

Aug 14th - Gloucestershire v's Leinster

Aug 15th - Yorkshire v's Leinster

Aug 16th - Cheshire v's Leinster

Aug 17th - Kent v's Leinster

Good luck to Mark and the rest of the squad in their endeavours.


  31.07.12 Three Hills Girls named in Ireland Under 17's

Rebecca Branagan, Lauren Hoey and Rhiannon Pope have been selected to play for Ireland in their upcoming Under 17's clashes against Scotland.

The full squad is as follows:

Clodagh Conway (capt), Rush CC
Rebecca Branagan, The Hills CC
Blathnaid Breslin, Merrion CC
Pia Diepman, Leinster CC
Hannah Grieve , Lurgan CC
Lauren Hoey, The Hills CC
Aoife MacDonnell, Leinster CC
Sophie MacMahon, Leinster CC
Hannah McKay, Merrion CC
Mhairi Nicoll, Railway Union CC
Rhiannon Pope, The Hills CC
Una Raymond Hoey, Clontarf CC
Hannah Ridgeway, Leinster CC

The fixtures are as follows:
T20 on 7th August
2 x T20's on 8th August
35 over game on the 9th August.

Good luck to The Hills girls and the rest of the squad in their endeavours.


  31.07.12 Changes to specialist workshops

The Batting Workshop for over 13's scheduled for tomorrow the 1st of August has been postponed due to pressure on the use of the grounds. The remaining workshops, August 8th through August 22nd, are subject to changes in date and time. Please check back on this site for updates or contact:

Martin Russell 086 1992369
Max Sorsensen 085 7296551


  28.07.12 Reminder Senior 2 Cup Final Vs Balbriggan in Malahide Sunday 29th July

Our Second X1 face Balbriggan tomorrow in the Leinster Senior 2 Cup Final, play starts at 1 pm. Please note that there will be no parking available at the ground other than for players and officials but there is a public "pay and display" car park just past the ground on the right hand side before you reach the railway bridge.

Be sure to make it to Malahide tomorrow and show your support for the team.

  24.07.12 Max Sorensen takes 5 wicket haul for Southern X1

Max took 5 wickets for 25 including a hat-trick in the recent Southern X1 Vs a Northern X1 in a game played at Waringstown. Earlier the Southern X1 set a target of 224 including 12 undefeated for Max. The Northern X1 collapsed to 125 all out having been 105 for 4. Max was awarded the Man Of The Match. These sides will meet again on August the 12th in Bready. Congratulatiuons Max on a terrific performance.

  24.07.12 Second X1 through to Senior 2 Cup Final

Saturday saw ouer Second X1 travel to Sandymount to take on YMCA in the Semi-Final of the Leinster Senior 2 Cup. YMCA won the toss and elected to bat. YMCA put on a total of 149 for 9 in their 50 overs with Kamal Merchant top scoring with 52 with support from Aaron Bailey 26, Carl Hosford 17 and Travis Partridge 18. Pick of the bowling for The Hills was Matt Dwyer with 4 wickets for 20, Joe Clinton with 2 for 20 and a wicket each for Emmett Branagan and Nadeen Akhter.

In their reply Joseph Clinton top scored with an undefeated 54 off 95 balls including 8 fours and one six with Patrick Byrne in support with 40 off 30 balls and Amir Razza with 21 off 30. The Hills reached their target in the 44th over to put them into the Senior 2 Cup Final this coming Sunday the 29th in Malahide against the winners of Pembroke Vs Balbriggan.


  24.07.12 First X1 enjoy emphatic 9 wicket victory over Clontarf

The First X1 jumped right up the Division 1 League Table with a comprehensive 9 wicket victory over Clontarf on Saturday.

The Hills won the toss and elected to ask Clontarf to put runs on the board. Clontarf made 208 for 9 in their 50 overs. Bill Coughlin top scored for Clontarf with 61 with support from Eoin Delany 35 and Richard Forest 22. Tomás Murphy took 4 wickets in his 10 overs with support coming from Jonno Andrews with 2 for 30, Mark Dwyer 1 for 31 and a wicket each for Howard McDonnell and Luke Clinton.

In reply we lost Nicolaas Pretorius early but that brought Jonno Andrews and Mike Baumgart together who put on a compelling and entertaining run chase in an undefeated 210 run partnership to give The Hills a comprehensive 9 wicket victory. Mike scored freely all around the ground to end on 139* off 132 balls including 24 fours, Jonno completed his 50* off 121 balls including 2 fours and one six. The Hills even had 7 overs to spare in the run chase and gain maximum points to help League standings.


  23.07.12 Seven Hills Girls feature in North Leinster Under 15 selection

No fewer than seven Hills girls have been selected to represent North Leinster in the forthcoming interprovincial fixtures. Congratulations to the girsls and the best of luck in the games. The full squad is as follows:

•Una Raymond-Hoey (Clontarf CC) Capt.
•Rhiannon Pope (The Hills CC)
•Vivienne Byrne (The Hills CC)
•Hannah Corcoran (The Hills CC)
•Veronica Fay-Watt (The Hills CC)
•Fiona Gill (Malahide CC)
•Samantha Keegan (The Hills CC)
•Anna Mooney (The Hills CC)
•Sinead Moran (Rush CC)
•Sorcha O'Carolan Murphy (Malahide CC)
•Margaret Richardson (Malahide CC)
•Sophie Sheahan (The Hills CC)

  13.07.12 Upcoming Cricket Clinics

Work Shops: Over 13's only
Duration ½ day

Batting Aug 1st 9am to 12:30pm
Bowling Aug 8th 9am to 12:30pm
Fielding & Wicket keeping Aug 15th 9am to 12:30pm
Scoring Aug 22nd 9am to 12:30pm

Cost € 10 per work shop

To Book email: martinrussell111@gmail.com


  13.07.12 Summer Camp planned for 16th July merged into camp of July 23rd

Summer camp planned for next week has been merged into camp starting Monday the 23rd of July. The camp will run from Monday the 23rd to Friday July 27th from 09.30 to 12.30 each day. Contact, Nicolaas Pretorius(086 876 2749) or Max Sorensen (085 729 6551) to pre-register for the camp.


  13.07.12 Second X1 through to Semi-Final of Leinster Senior 2 Cup

After considerable angst and tribulation over regulations and compliance our Senior 2 Cup win against Merrion has been ratified by the Leinster Branch and our team will now face YMCA in the semi-final on Saturday the 21st in Sandymount at 1pm.


  11.07.12 Max takes four wickets against Afghanistan in Intercontinental Cup

In a heavily rain affected game in Rathmines proceedings finally got underway today (Day 3) in the Intercontinental Cup four day game between Ireland and Afghanistan. Both teams were surely frustrated by the weather conditions which consigned the teams to the tennis courts or the bowling greens (for amusement) for the first two days of the fixture.

Finally today saw Afghanistan take to the centre and Ireland produced a bowling performance that sees them in with a chance of winning the fixture on Day 4. Our own Max Sorensen leading the bowling attack with four wickets for 39 off 10, Alex Cusack with 4 for 31 off 10 and support from Trent Johnston with 2 for 7 off 8. This saw the Afghanistan first innings reduced to 84 all out in 29.1 overs.

In reply Ireland reached 126 for 2 by close of play this evening. Andrew Balbirne (21), Paul Stirling (42) got the reply off to a good start and with Alex Cusack and Gary Wilson on 34 and 21 not out respectively Ireland have to fancy their chances of pulling off a victory.


  09.07.12 Pauline Kavanagh RIP

After a long battle with cancer, Pauline Kavanagh (Nee Macken of Skerries) passed away this morning the 9th of July at her home in Loughshinny. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to her family and friends and especially Andrew who plays with our Under 13 team. As a mark of our respect the U13 cup semi-final against Leinster scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday the 10th of July has been postponed. May she rest in peace.


  04.07.12 First X1 bow out of Leinster Senior Cup Trophy

In a weather affected weekend our First X1 bowed out of their Leinster Senior Cup campaign.

The First X1 did well to overcome a star studded YMCA line up on Wednesday to get to the semi-final stage of the RSA sponsored Leinster Senior Cup. Last Saturday,despite the best efforts of Matt Dwyer and his support team the rain was going to be a factor in deciding the outcome of the game. Pembroke batted first and under DL rules posted a target of 198 off 37 overs. More rain and the target was further changed to 174 off 27 overs but with several of The Hills forwards in the (indoor) showers it was a tough ask. Mike Baumgart (61*) and Mark Dwyer (39) fought a great battle to keep the supporters hopes alive but it ended with the home team coming up short by 18 runs in the precarious world of Duckworth and Lewis!

Despite the disappointment of last weekend there are lots of opportunities coming up for The Hills to get cup silverware for the season with the First X1 taking on YMCA again this week when they face them away in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Quarter Final on Saturday in Sandymount and on Sunday they will face North County and Terenure in the 20/20 Cup at The Vineyard.

On Sunday the Second X1 faced a similar environment when they took on Pembroke in their League clash against Pembroke 2's. Pembroke batted first and posted 209 for 7 off their 50 overs, Jack Balbirne(61), being the chief runmaker for the opposition. Joseph Clinton, Wasim Akhtar and Howard Mc Donell took two wickets each with Malcolm Byrne taking one wicket in a pressurised 5 over spell at the end of the innings. Malcolm Byrne(31) opened with newcomer Cormac Mc Loughlin and got the reply off to a steady start but with the loss of 2 quick wickets Patrick Byrne(32) and cousin Malcolm had to dig in to try and get the innings back on track with DL targets changing by the over. Howard Mc Donell(22) joined the frey after Patrick Byrne was caught off Emit Whaley but the target kept getting bigger and in the end it was a bridge too far with Pembroke coming out victors by 54 runs again under the auspices of DL. The Second X1 meet YMCA next Sunday away in the Senior 2 Cup.

On a brighter note our Fourth X1 had a comprehensive 9 wicket victory over North County at the Inch. North County batted first but strong bowling by Thomas Arnold 3 for 16 off 5, Ultan Doherty 2 for 19 off 5 and Christivan Maritz 2 for 28 off 8 reduced North County to a total of 113 all out. Ultan Doherty (59*) and Thomas Arnold(19) brought the opening partnership to 62 before Jason Magee (30*) and Doherty brought proceedings to a positive close off 28 overs.



  28.06.12 First and Second X1 progess in Leinster Cup campaigns

Yesterday in Claremont Road our First X1 faced YMCA in the reduced overs (40) quarter final of the RSA Leinster Senior Cup. YMCA won the toss and decided to bat. Reynard Strydom(9) went early LBW off Naseer Shoukat with the score on just 10 and this set the tone for the YMCA innings which stuttered in the face of a very strong Hills bowling and fielding attack. Alan Lewis(41*), S.Dutt(28) and C Hosford(18) were the bright spots in the YMCA innings which finished on 143 for 7 off the 40 overs. For The Hills Luke Clinton took 2 for 34 off 8, amazingly Joseph Clinton had exactly the same figures as younger brother 2 for 34 off 8, Jonno Andrews took 2 for 10 off 2 with Naseer Shoukat taking 1 for 11 off 6. Max Sorensen and Mark Dwyer contributed with tidy spells of 8 overs each. Nicolaas Pretorius took 2 behind the stumps while Will Archer, Max Sorensen and Malcolm Byrne took a catch each in the field.

The Hills reply got off to a poor start when Nicolaas Pretorius(8) was trapped LBW in the first over by Reynard Strydom. That brought Mike Baumgart(25) and Jonno Andrews(46) together who went on to establish a platform with 69 on the board before Baumgart was dismissed caught behind off the bowling of Albert van Der Merwe. Naseer Shoukat(32*) came to the crease and played a very mature innings keeping control of proceedings until Jonno was dismissed with the score on 99. Max Sorensen(13*) and Naseer went on to finish the job in hand without the loss of another wicket with The Hills victors by 7 wickets in 33.5 overs. The First X1 now meet Pembroke this Saturday 30th of June in the Vineyard, play starts at 11am.

Earlier in the week the Second X1 had a 21 run victory over Merrion in the Senior 2 Cup and now go on to meet YMCA on Sunday July 8th in the semi-final.

  26.06.12 Thomás Murphy named in Ireland Development X1

Thomás will make his senior Ireland debut in the warm up two day game against Afghanistan on June 28th and 29th in Oakhill. Thomás has also been named in the provisional squad for the Ireland Under 19's for the World Cup which takes place in Australia in August. The final 15 man squad will be announced early in July..

The full Ireland Development X1 is as follows:

Chris Dougherty (capt) (CIYMS)
Scott Campbell (Coleraine)
Peter Connell (CIYMS)
Phil Eaglestone (Strabane)
Tom Fisher (Railway Union)
Robin Kelly (Pembroke)
Andrew McBrine (Donemana)
Stephen Moreton (Leinster)
Stuart Poynter (Clontarf)
Tomas Murphy (The Hills)
David Rankin (Bready)
Eddie Richardson (North County)

Congratulations Thomás on your selection and the best of luck in the game at Oakhill which starts each day at 11am.


  26.06.12 RSA Leinster Senior Cup Refixture

The Leinster Senior Cup game for our First X1 against YMCA has been refixed for tomorrow Wednesday the 27th of June at Claremont Road. The game is due to start at 2pm and is shortened to 40 overs.


  26.06.12 Division 2 Leinster Cup Continuation

Due to the rain affected nature of the game on Sunday against Merrion the Second X1 will complete the fixture this evening at The Vineyard at 7 pm. Merrion need to score 70 runs in 10 overs to gain victory with 8 wickets in hand.


  26.06.12 First X1 Progress in Bob Kerr ISC

Due to monsoon style weather in Belfast on Saturday the grounds at CIYMS were deemd unplayable and the fixture was decided by way of a bowl out. Five players from each side were selected at each home ground with umpires in contact with each other via mobile phones. Naseer Shoukat got The Hills off to a great start with a direct hit followed by Joseph Clinton with a further direct hit. That was enough to secure a 2 to 1 victory for The Hills who now progress to meet YMCA away on Saturday the 7th of July.


  16.06.12 Mark Donegan named in Leinster Under 13 squad

Hills boy Mark Donegan has been named in the Leinster Under 13 squad that will compete in the Interprovincial series that will be held in Cork from July 2nd to July 4th. Well done to Mark and the best of luck in the games themselves.

The full squad is as follows:

Conor O'Gorman (Leinster CC) Capt.
Dean Brogan (Rush)
Mark Donegan (The Hills)
JJ Garth (Pembroke)
Jamie Grassi (North County)
Stephen Gray (North Kildare)
Craig Kennedy (Terenure)
Josh Murphy (Rush)
Sam Murphy (Pembroke)
Tom Murray (Leinster)
David O'Connor (Terenure)
Harry Opperman (Clontarf)
Harry Tector (YMCA)

Coach: Brad Allam
Manager: Michael O'Gorman

  14.06.12 Max Sorensen takes 6 wickets for Ireland

Max had a great day yesterday with the ball when he took 5 wickets in the 3 day game against Scotland A. He took his 5 wickets for 73 off 22 overs and recording 5 maidens in the process. Earlier today Max added another wicket in the Scotish second innings off 11 overs for 46 runs with 2 maidens. Ireland went on to record a 77 run victory over their hosts.

The full scorecard can be viewed by clicking the link below:



  11.06.12 Max Sorensen named in squad to face Australia

Max is named in the 13 man squad to face Australia in the ODI to be played at Stormont on June 23rd.

The full squad is:

William Porterfield (captain, Warwickshire)
Alex Cusack (Clontarf)
George Dockrell (Somerset)
Trent Johnston (YMCA)
Ed Joyce (Sussex)
John Mooney (North County)
Tim Murtagh (Middlesex)
Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union/Somerset)
Niall O'Brien (Northants)
Max Sorensen (The Hills)
Paul Stirling (Middlesex)
Andrew White (Instonians)
Gary Wilson (Surrey)

Good luck Max, we will have a good contingent from The Hills there that day to cheer you on and the rest of the squad.

  11.06.12 Draw for the 3rd round of the Bob Kerr ISC

The following are the fixtures in the next round of the Bob Kerr ISC. If The Hills progress beyond CIYMS on the 24th we will be away to YMCA on the 7th of July. The full draw is as follows:

YMCA v The Hills or CIYMS
Waringstown v North County
Leinster or Railway Union v Donemana
Merrion or Clontarf v CSN

  08.06.12 Bob Kerr ISC game postponed due to weather

Tomorrow's Bob Kerr ISC tie against CIYMS has been postponed due to the weather conditions. The fixture will now take place in Belfast on Sunday the 24th June in Belfast.

  08.06.12 Max Sorensen named in Ireland A squad to face Scotland

Max is named in the Ireland A squad that will play Scotland in a three day game which will be played in Uddingston from June 12th to June 14th. The side will be captained by James Shannon (Instonians), the full squad is as follows:

James Shannon (capt)(Instonians)
John Anderson (Merrion)
Andrew Britton (Limavady)
Chris Dougherty (CIYMS)
Phil Eaglestone (Strabane)
Tom Fisher (Railway Union)
Trent Johnston (YMCA)
Rory McCann (Instonians)
Lee Nelson (Waringstown)
Andrew Poynter (Clontarf)
Max Sorensen (The Hills)
Stuart Thompson (Limavady)
Coach: Phil Simmons
Manager: Gavin Craig
Physio: Kieran O'Reilly

  31.05.12 Fourth X1 defeat North Kildare

On Sunday last the 27th our Fourth X1 achieved an important victory over North Kildare in Division 11.

The Hills won the toss and decided to bat first. Captain Martin Moore departed early but that brought Jason Magee to the crease to partner with the other opener Dara Coleman. Magee added 33 before being bowled by S. Sutton but Coleman was to go on and end his innings with 88, recording his first 50 with an adult team. Other contributors for The Hills included: Brian McMahon 35, Dean Robinson 50 and David Byrne 16. The Hills finished on 250 for 6 off their 40 overs. North Kildare helped our cause by contributing 31 in extras!

The North Kildare reply started well with R. Cruise (26) and S .Sutton (62). P.Greevey (15) and A.Kelly (13) were the other main contributors in a final tally of 143 all out off 30 overs. Ian Byrne and debutante Sean Hickson opened the bowling for The Hills and while they did't take wickets they both bowled a tight opening spell. Dara Coleman and Dean Robinson joined the attack and ended with 2 for 36 and 1 for 36 respectively. Jason Magee with 5 for 23 and Brian McMahon 2 for 17 finished off the North Kildare innings.

  30.05.12 Third X1 progress in YMCA Salver

Last night at the Vineyard our Third X1 faced Malahide in the first round of the 20 over YMCA Salver competition. Malahide won the toss and decided to bat. Malahide progressed to124 off their 20 overs with their best batting coming from Santosh 26, Richardson 34, Singh 19 and Manks 15. Bowling highlights from The Hills: Shahab 2 for 17 off 5, Will Archer 1 for 32 off 5, Michael Lynch 2 for 29 off 5 and R Evans 1 for 26 off 2. Interestingly not a single wide from The Hills bowlers!

In reply The Hills reachd 129 in the 19th over for the loss of 6 wickets. Batting highlights: Jason Magee 34 not out, John Derham 12, Mohammad Mahboob 10, William Archer 12, Garry Hynes 19, Michael Lynch 8, Shahab 14 and Ian Tolan 10 not out. They will now go on to face North County at The Inch on Tuesday the 19th of June.


  30.05.12 Second round draw for th RSA Leinster Senior Cup

The Hills have been drawn away to YMCA, game scheduled to take place on Saturday 16th of June starting at 11 am.

The other games in the second round are:

Malahide v Railway Union
Old Belvedere v Clontarf
Phoenix v Pembroke

  29.05.12 Ed Sports cricket showcase at The Hills

Ed Sports will be showcasing their vast variety of cricket gear at The Hills on Thursday next the 31st of May from 8 pm. Ed promises many great deals on all clothing and equipment. Thinking of getting that new bat or replacing those cricket boots then The Hills is the place to be on Thursday! If you would like a preview of what will be on offer log onto their web site, link provided below:



  28.05.12 First and Second X1 make progress in Leinster Cup competitions

On Saturday the First X1 faced Terenure in the LHW Leinster Senior Cup at the Vineyard. Terenure won the toss and decided to bat which, based on the conditions and the 60 over format of the game, looked like a prudent decision. What followed was an immense performance by The Hills bowling attack, dismissing Terenure for just 67 runs in 36.4 overs. Max Sorensen taking 3 wickets and Mark Dwyer, Jonno Andrews and Thomás Murphy taking 2 each.

Daryl Calder (33) and Nicolaas Pretorius(10) didn't waste any time chasing the runs but it was left to Mike Baumgart (17) and Naseer Shoukat (2) to wrap up proceedings in the 10th over. The draw for the second round will take place on Wednesday the 30th.

Sunday saw the Second X1 again face their local rivals North County for honours in the first round of the Leinster Division 2 Cup. Hills captain Nadeen Akhter won the toss and decided to bat and with the loss of two early wickets supporters nerves began to twitch. These nerves were soon relaxed as Patrick Byrne and Joseph Clinton settled in to not only recover the innings but put it on a very positive footing before Clinton(29) was dismissed with the score on 95. Amir Raza (34) joined Partick Byrne at the wicket and continued the good progress. Captain Nadeen Akhter was next up for The Hills and runs continued to flow until Byrne (83) was stumped by David Casey with the score on 220. Akhter (50) pushed on with the remaining batsmen to bring the score to 247 off 49.4 overs.

Sean O'Connor and John Andrews got the North County reply off to a solid start until O'Connor (20) was bowled by Andrew Moore with the score on 56. Andrews was joined at the wicket by David Casey and went on to bring the score to 157 before Andrews (60) was caught by Patrick Byrne on the car park boundary off the bowling of Emmett Branagan. The score only progressed by 2 when Mick Dwyer dismissed Casey (47) off the bowling of Branagan. With the exception of Andrew Sheridan undefeated with 17 and Stephen Mooney (20) the remainder of the North County innings petered out finishing on 214 all out in the 46th over. Emmett Branagan had an exceptional bowling spell taking 6 for 41 off 8.5 overs with support from Joseph Clinton taking 2 for 38 off 10 and a wicket each coming from Nadeen Akhter and Andrew Moore. Aside from the excellent performance of the bowlers the wicket keeping of Mick Dwyer was crucial to the win for The Hills accounting for 3 catches and 1 stumping. The Hills won by 33 runs.

  24.05.12 Traffic restrictions around The Vineyard Sunday 27th May

The An Post Rás International cycle race once again finishes in Skerries this Sunday the 27th of May. As the Vineyard is on the route you can expect traffic disruption during the race itself. The race is expected to arrive in Skerries around 2 pm and will do two circuits around Skerries and the Blackhills which will last for approximately 1 hour.

Bear this in mind if you are visiting the club on Sunday next.


Five Hills girls named in Leinster Under 15 Squad

Following a series of training sessions held over the winter together with the running of a trial match last week at Merrion CC, the Leinster U'15 girls squad has now been reduced in numbers. The girls will be involved in the North Leinster/South Leinster interprovincial games along with several outdoor sessions being planned for the coming months.

Fri, June 29th North Leinster v's South Leinster - Malahide CC (11am)

Fri, July 20th South Leinster v's North Leinster - Leinster CC (11am)

August 7th-10th - Malvern College cricket festival

The Hills Girls involved are:

Rhiannon Pope

Veronica Fay Watt

Sophie Sheahan

Anna Mooney

Samantha Keegan

Good luck to the girls in their interprovincial endeavours.

  21.05.12 Great win for First X1 against Merrion but mixed results elsewhere

The Hills Ladies Second X1 won away against North Kildare by 1 wicket on Wednesday evening. North Kildare 2 batted first and posted a score of 81 for the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs. With a quick turnaround between innings to avoid playing in the dark, the Hills went into bat. The match was finely balanced with The Hills 9 wickets down and requiring 2 runs from the final two balls. This was achieved from the second last ball, the Hills scoring 82 to secure the win.

On Saturday the Men's First X1 travelled to Merrion in their Leinster League Division 1 encounter. Merrion, the current holders of the Leinster Senior Cup, would have fancied their chances with home advantage at Anglesea Road and having won the toss decided to ask The Hills to bat first. The Hills batsmen made steady if not spectacular progress with most batsmen getting into double figures but highest score for the innings being extras with 30 including 22 wides. Top scorer with the bat was Max Sorensen with 24, Jonno Andrews with 22, Manu Kumar with 21 with support coming from Thomas Murphy and Nicolass Pretorius with 14 and 17 respectively. Best bowling figures for Merrion were J Blakeney with 4 for 39 off 8.5 overs with support coming from Dom Joyce with 2 for 41 and , skipper, John Anderson 2 for 19. The Hills were all out in the 48th over with 165 on the board. Not a big total but then The Hills bowling attack has been in good form in the early season and the wicket didn't look like it was made for making big scores!

With the exception of Dom Joyce (38) Damien Poder (10) and J Blakeney (13) none of the Merrion batsmen got into double figures and with The Hills attack only conceding 13 extras in the 40 overs, Merrion were all out on 97, 68 runs short of the target. Best bowling for The Hills was Max Sorensen with 3 wickets for 15, Thomas Murphy with 3 for 8, Luke Clinton with 2 for 14 and Nazeer Shoukat and Mark Dwyer taking a wicket each.

Elsewhere The Hills Second X1 faced Civil Service at home in their Division 3 League encounter. Civil Service set a demanding target of 260 from their 50 overs. Seghal (67), Joshia (77) and Siddique (55) were the main contributors for Civil Service. Five runs an over didn't look too formidable and The Hills got off to a great start despite some tight bowling by the opposition. The first wicket (Matt Dwyer with 27) didn't fall until there was 70 on the board. Malcolm Byrne, his opening partner went on to score a very entertaining and solid 58. Patrick Byrne (27), Joseph Clinton (20), Nadeem Akhtar 13 and Amir Raza (25) kept the home supporters hopes of a victory strong but as the run rate target crept towards 9 an over with a diminishing number of overs remaining the climb started to get too steep and The Hills eventually came up short by 31 runs in the 47th over.

The Fourth X1 were in action on Saturday against Laois at home in their Junior Cup encounter. The Hills won the toss and decided to bat. With the home team on 29 for 6 it looked very ominous but then a father and son partnership of Ian and David Byrne took control to put some respectability on the scorebaoard scoring 69 between them and ultimately helping The Hills to a total of 105. Despite the best efforts of The Hills bowling attack Laois passed the target in the 26th over with the loss of only 3 wickets.

Also on Saturday the Third X1 were competing in the Middle 2 Cup away against Clontarf. Again The Hills won the toss and decided to get Clontarf to bat. Clontarf proceeded to put on a very respectable total of 174 for 6 off their 40 overs, A.Butler with 52. Will Dwyer was the pick of TheHills bowling with 3 for 24 off 8. In reply The Hills got off to a good start with John Derham and Mamood scoring 20 and 19 respectively the 5 runs an over looked too much for the visitors. Despite an excellent innings of 34 by Michael Lynch The Hills ended up 50 runs short in the 49th over.

  14.05.12 Max Sorensen named in the Ireland A squad

Irish coach Phil Simmons has announced his squad for the upcoming game against Kent at Maidstone on Tuesday next the 22nd May. Congratulations to Max on his inclusion in the squad which will be capained by James Shannon who recently appeared in the Vineyard in our pre-season friendly against Instonians.

The squad in full is: J Shannon (capt), J Anderson, S Campbell, C Dougherty, A Eastwood, T Fisher, R McCann, G McCarter, L Nelson, A Poynter, M Sorensen, S Thompson

  10.05.12 National Famine Commemoration Day - Sunday May 13th

As part of the National Famine Commemoration events organised thoughout the country on Sunday next, all sports clubs are being encouraged to observe a minutes silence before the start of their games to reflect on the great national tragedy that was the Great Famine.


  29.04.12 First X1 get League ambitions off to flying start

In a cold, windswept Vineyard yesterday our First X1 faced the Division 2 winners of the 2011 League, Terenure. Nazeer Shoukat took on the Captaincy for the first time for The Hills in this opening encounter and it also represented debuts for both Jonno Andrews and Nicolaas Pretorius, recent arrivals from Balrothery and South Africa respectively.

Nazeer won the toss and decided to have a bowl at the opposition and with Terenure on 1 run after 3 overs and 2 wickets down, decision vindicated. Nazeer went on to trap danger man Andre Botha (LBW) on zero but Captain, Kenny Mc Donald proved a sterner opponent going on to make a swashbuckling 49 before being ousted by Max Sorensen, caught behind by Pretorius on 49!

With the exception of Dan Van Zwyl (16) the rest of the Terenure side offered little in the way of resistance to a very positive Hills bowling attack and were ultimately dismissed for 91 all out. Bowling for The Hills highlights included: Luke Clinton 3 wickets for 16 off 9 overs, Max Sorensen 4 wickets for 12 off 9.5 overs and Nazeer Shoukat taking 2 wickets for 22 off 8 overs. Thomas Murphy supported with a very tidy 1 for 25 off 7 overs.

While 91 in 50 overs wouldn't normally seem a big target, weather and pitch conditions couldn't rule out all sorts of possibilities and conundrums! With The Hills two openers Mark Dwyer and Daryl Calder both gone with only 15 on the board the temperature dropped by a further 10 degrees! Last years skipper, Mike Baumgart and this years skipper, Nazeer Shoukat, took to the task of bringing this game home and without further loss of wickets. Shoukat was in great form, hitting freely around and out of the ground ending with an unbeaten 59 off 61 deliveries and Mike Baumgart with a more modest, but equally important, unbeaten 17 in support.

The Hills won by 8 wickets and get the 2012 League campaign off to a great start.

  25.04.12 First and Second X1 start Leinster League campaigns

The First X1 start their Division 1 campaign at home on Saturday against Terenure and with Max Sorensen named in the starting line-up Nazeer Shoukat and the rest of the squad will be confident that they can get their campaign off to a good start.

Terenure, Division 2 winners in 2011, will be bolstered by the arrival of Dan Van Zyl from Rush as well as the continuing evergreen performances with bat and ball of Andre Botha.

The Hills team includes two debutantes, Jonathan Andrews and Nicolaas Pretorius. The full team for the game is:

Nazeer Shoukat
Luke Clinton
Nicolaas Pretorius
Mike Baumgart
Max Sorensen
Mark Dwyer
Darryl Calder
Mamou Kumar
Thomas Murphy
Howard McDonnell
Johnathan Andrews

The Second X1 start their campaign in Division 3 against Clontarf on Sunday at home. Nadeem Akhter will be delighted with the availability of Mark Clinton and the return of Patrick Byrne and Matt Dwyer to the squad for the coming season. The full team for the game on Sunday is:

N Akhtar
Mal Byrne
M Clinton
P Byrne
H McDonnell
A Moore
Matt Dwyer
Mick Dwyer
W Aktar
W Archer
S Shahab

Both games start in the Vineyard at 12.30.

Elsewhere this weekend the Fourth X1 travel to Laois under the captaincy of David Byrne. The full squad for that game is:

David Byrne
Ultan Doherty
Gareth Costello
Nick Farrell
Daragh Coleman
Juvan Maritz
Christivan Maritz
Martin Duggan
Fionn O'Brien
Ian Byrne
Mark Donegan
Daniel Sheanan

  25.04.12 Ladies First X1 get 2012 season underway

The 2012 season for our Ladies First X1 is scheduled to start tomorrow evening at Castle Avenue against Clontarf. Game begins at 6 o'clock with Laura Boylan taking on the Captains responsibilities for the first time.

The full squad for the game is:

Laura Boylan*
Barbara Clinton
Caroline Clinton
Gillian Hoare
Nicky Fleming
Amanda Byrne
Rebecca Branagan
Rihannan Pope
Lisa Maguire
Lauren Hoey
A N Other

The best of luck to Laura and the rest of the squad for the coming season.

  18.04.12 2012 Season begins in earnest

This coming Saturday the 21st sees our First X1 take on Instonians, at home, in their pre-season friendly., Belfast based Instonians boast many fine cricketers including Irish players Andy White, Rory McCann and Ireland A Captain James Shannon. Instonians were narrowly defeated in the final of the 2011 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup under Duckwoth Lewis rules and will be fitting opponents to get our season off to a competitive start.

The Hills Squad for the game on Saturday is: Nazeer Shoukat (Captain), Luke Clinton, N. Pretorius, M. Baumgart, T. Murphy, Mark Dwyer, M. Kumar, J. Andrews, D. Calder, H. McDonnell, A. Moore, Max Sorensen

This game is a first for Nazeer as our First X1 Captain and represents First X1 debuts for both Jonathan Andrews and Nicklas Pretorius.

Elsewhere this weekend our 3rd X1 take on North Kildare at home on Sunday in their first League encounter for 2012. Garry Hynes takes charge as Captain for the season and it is great to see the return of Michael Lynch and Willie Dwyer as well as the inclusion of Laura Boylan in the squad. The full squad is: Gary Hynes(Captain), William Archer, Iarlath Doherty, Jason Magee, Anthony Evans, Ian Tolan, Michael Lynch, Kamran Butt, Willie Dwyer, Shafiq Khan, Laura Boylan

Both games at the weekend start at 1 pm and don't forget that we have the presentation of the sponsors shirts after the First X1 game on Saturday. Good luck to captains and players on their opening games and for the rest of the season.

  12.04.12 Playing Shirt Sponsors for 2012 Announced

Following a very successful campaign to gather sponsorship support for the 2012 season the following sponsors have been drawn to have their company branding displayed on our team playing shirts for the coming season:

1st X1: Larry Kiernan Plant Hire & Civil Engineering
1st X1 Ladies: First Class Letting
2nd X1: Colm Quinn Cars
2nd X1 Ladies: WHD Insurance Brokers
3rd X1: Red Island Wine
4th X1: Alliance Insurance Brokers

Congratulations to these specific sponsors but please remember them and the many other sponsors that we have who, through their support, enable us to continue to develop our club, so please support them throughout the year with your custom.

  12.04.12 Outdoor Training Schedule 2012

The following chart shows the planned shedule for all outdoor training for the coming season:


  11.04.12 New Club Gear goes on sale

A full range of new club gear forr bothy adults and youths goes on sale immediately. To see the new clothing you can visit a full gallery by clicking here

You can download an order form/price list by clicking here.

Any questions to Joseph Clinton on 086 600 6149 or email joe@clintonassociates.ie


  12.03.12 Club Sponsorship Program 2012 Underway

Once again the Club is launching it's sponsor program for 2012, the scheme was very successfull in 2011 in raising funds for the club and also providing a great platform for any business to promote it's products and services.

The essence of the program is that for a single flat fee of €100.00 a business/individual will receive the following benefits:

  • Entry into the limited draw to become the named sponsor for one of our 6 adult teams with their logo/name prominently displayed on the front of the shirt
  • Banner advertising on our web site for 12 months
  • Inclusion in our fixtures booklet for the 2012 season
  • Banner advert in our 2013 Calendar

Want to take this great opportunity of promotoing your business or service or know of someone who would benefit then contact any member of the committee or call Matt Dwyer on 086 856 9658

  08.03.12 The Hills set the standard in Child Protection

Following the recent running of the "Basic Awareness in the Code of Ethics in Children's Sport' at The Hills, Stephen Moreton, Coach Education Officer with Cricket Ireland has praised the club by stating that "The Hills set the standard in Child Protection".

18 Members of the club recently completed the course which was facilitated by club president Jim Bennett. Moreton further commented "The Hills are to be congratulated in leading the way in awareness of the importance of this course for all their Sports Leaders".

  01.03.12 RSA Challenge Ireland Vs Australia June 23rd in Belfast

It's not often that we get to play the worlds leading cricket nations but this year we have a great opportunity to see Ireland take on the mighty Australia in Stormont on Saturday June 23rd. The club is organising a group booking with Cricket Ireland with tickets ranging in price from £16.00 to £40.00, play starts at 10.45.

If you have an interest in going to this historic game please let Martin Russell know by text or phone to 086 199 2369.

Perhaps we can go one better than our last encounter with them when we were narrowly beaten in Clontarf by just 39 runs having put 9 of Australia out for 231 in their 50 overs in 2010!

  29.02.12 Skerries Rugby Club Celebrate Leinster League Title

Our friends at Skerries Rugby Club have won the Leinster League for the first time in many years having confirmed their league title in a compelling encounter against Coolmine RFC last weekend. They still have to play Garda RFC this coming Saturday, in their final league fixture, despite the league title having already been decided the squad will undoubtedly want to finish on a winning note as they head into the qualifying rounds for promotion to AIL status.

The Rugby Club would like to invite everyone from The Hills and the wider community to join them on Saturday when they will celebrate the heroics of their squad over the past year. The Second XV will be kicking off at 1.30 followed by the First XV at 3.00. Afterwards there will be a BBQ, presentations music and plenty of "craic" in the club.

Come along and share the moment!

  17.02.12 Two Hills boys selected for Leinster Training Squad

Thomas Arnold and Ultan Doherty have been named in the Leinster U'15's winter training squad that are taking part in 8 preseason sessions at the North County indoor facilities. The coaching sessions will give the boys an opportunity to further develop their skills and to try to gain selection onto the reduced Leinster U'15's squad who will train together at Easter.

As well as playing in this year's interprovincial series, the squad will also take part in a tour to the UK next August. The now annual festival will take place at Wolverhampton Cricket Club and will involve games against Cheshire, Norfolk, Staffordshire, Cumbria and Lincolnshire.

The best of luck to the two boys in their efforts.

  15.02.12 Max confirmed in final squad for World T20 Qualifiers in UAE

Cricket Ireland today announced the 14 man squad that will contest the qualifying round of the World T20 competition in the UAE next month. Max is named in the final squad alongside fellow Fingallian John Mooney.

Despite his heroic efforts in helping to defeat Kenya in the four (2) day ICC Intercontinental Cup and a Man of The Match award, our ex Club Devlopment Officer, Albert van der Merwe looses out on selection.

The full squad for the tournament is:

William Porterfield (Warwickshire) (captain), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (Railway Union), Nigel Jones (CSN), Ed Joyce (Sussex), John Mooney (North County), Rory McCann (Instonians), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey)

Good luck to Max and the rest of the squad on the rest of their tour.

  14.02.12 2012 Calendar Goes On Sale

A very high quality and colourful calendar for 2012 is now for sale in the bar or from any member of the executive. The Calendar costs just €10.00 and includes photo's from the 2011 season, quantities are limited so get your order in early.

  12/02/12 Max Sorensen Profile

As our Club Development Officer makes his full International debut for Ireland against Kenya today we provide below an insight into his playing history:

Max Christian Sorensen was born on 18 November 1985 in Johannesburg, South Africa. His first recollection of cricket is as a five year old, when he played in the back garden with the bat which his grandfather had bought for him. He represented his primary school at cricket, and then progressed through the ranks at Gauteng Province where he played at U13, U14 and U15 levels. He made his senior debut for his club, CBC Old Boys Memorial Club at the age of 16, and he also played at U19 level for Gauteng.

His cricketing travels commenced when he played for South Devon in England, and then he was professional cricketer at Holmesdale in the Kent and District League for 2 seasons. His sojourn at Holmesdale was extremely productive at a personal level because he ended the first season as leading wicket taker in the league and the top run scorer in the club. He was equally successful during the second season but unfortunately, Holmesdale suffered the ignominy of two successive relegations.

In 2007, Max signed with the Hills CC, and he very quickly established a reputation as an opening bowler and swashbuckling batsman. His personal highlights of that season were scoring a century against Malahide, having arrived at the crease when the Hills were 16 for 3, and he took 6 for 17 against Merrion in the same season. The following season was one of the most successful in the club's history when the League and 20/20 cups were won. Max's contribution to the defeat of Clontarf in the 20/20 Final will long be remembered by those who were lucky enough to witness some of the quickest, most hostile bowling ever seen at the Vineyard. Max's score of 123 not out in a 20/20 game against North County is still talked about in awed tones when sterling cricketing deeds are being recounted. He came in to bat when 3.5 overs had been bowled and the Hills were on 27 runs chasing a score of 228. He faced 44 balls and hit 4 fours and 15 sixes.

The contribution which Max has made to the Hills CC during the period 2007 to 2011 can be gleaned from this summary of his playing statistics. He has played in 73 games, scored 1,926 runs at an average of 33.78, taken 130 wickets at an average of 17.8 and taken 37 catches.*

In 2011, Max was appointed to the role of Development Officer at the Hills CC, and to this position, he has brought his great energy, commitment, good humour and courtesy. In this year also, his achievements were recognised by the Irish selectors when he was selected for Ireland A and then the Hong Kong Sevens. In the words of the Irish Coach, Phil Simmons, "Max is exactly the type of cricketer I'm looking for. He can bowl quick, hits the ball far and is an exceptional fielder who is extremely fit".

In 2012, Max has been selected for the Irish squad which will be playing against Kenya in the ICC Cup, 3 ODIs and 2 T20s. All at the Hills CC and in the wider Irish cricket community hope that this tour will be very successful at an individual level for the adopted Fingallian, Max Sorensen, and collectively for the Ireland cricket team.

* This set of statistics was produced by Gerry Byrne

  09.02.12 Four Hills Boys named in Leinster U'13 training squad

A training squad has been selected for winter coaching sessions currently being held at North County Cricket Club. Eight coaching sessions between now and Easter will give the boys an opportunity to further develop their skills and to try to gain selection onto the reduced Leinster U'13's squad.

As well as playing in this year's interprovincial series, the squad will also take part in a tour to the UK next August (13th-17th). The ECB festival will take place at Kings College, Taunton, Somerset with Leinster having been drawn in the same group as Cheshire, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Kent and Yorkshire.

The Hills boys on the squad are: Mark Donegan, Eoghan O'Hanlon, Jack Pender, Heinrich Walser

The best of luck to them during the pre-season training.

  06.02.12 Mrs Bridget Harford RIP

Sadly we have to inform you of the death of Mrs Bridget Harford, mother of our own Patricia Byrne. We wish the Harford and Byrne families our deepest sympathies at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements are as follows, removal to St McCullins Church, Lusk tomorrow evening Tuesday the 7th arriving at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday the 8th at 11 o'clock followed by internment in Hollywood cemetery

May she rest in peace.

  06.02.12 Max Sorensen embarks on travels with the Irish squad.

Max is soon to depart with the touring Irish squad where they start their cricket against Kenya, then off to South Aftrica for training camp then back to the UAE for the T20 World Cup Qualifiers..

Here is the full fixture list and dates:

Kenya (Intercontinental Cup) Feb 12-15
Kenya (ODI's) Feb 18 and 20
Kenya (T20's) Feb 22, 23 and 24.

South Africa training camp (Feb 25 – March 10)

UAE (ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers) (March 11-24)

Good luck Max and come back in good shape for the start of the season.

  06.02.12 Leinster Cricket Grounds Association (LCGA) are looking to run a Level 1 Spring Summer Ground Course.

For this course to run successfully we will need about 10 to 12 people. We are looking for anyone with an interest in this to get in contact ASAP.

There will be a cost associated with this Course

For more information please contact robkenealy@gmail.com with the below information


  26.01.12 Child Protection-Code of Ethics Course at The Hills

The LCU are running their next Child Protection-Code of Ethics course at The Hills on February 15th. The course will run from 6.30 to 9.30 pm and the cost of attending will be €10.00. This is an essential course for all coaches and mentors involved in youths cricket

If you are planning on attending please email, stephen.moreton@irishcricket.org or tweet @cricketcoached to register your interest.

  24.01.12 Max Sorensen Named in Irish Squad

Cricket Ireland today named Max Sorensen in a new 23 man squad. In addition Max will be offered a Category C contract with Cricket Ireland.

The full list of contract offers were:

Category A: Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien.

Category B: William Porterfield, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

Category C:
Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Connell, Tom Fisher, Shane Getkate, Nigel Jones, Rory McCann, Andrew Poynter, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Albert van der Merwe.

This announcement was just part of a broader announcement from Cricket Ireland which you can see on the following link. Cricket Ireland Press Release

  23.01.12 Player/Coach required for 2012 season

• To play for the Hills First X1
• To work closely with the Development Officer
• To participate in the coaching of our youth and adult junior teams
• To assist with cricket camps during Easter and Summer vacations
• To assist with cricket coaching at local schools

• Valid Work permit (if applicable)
• Have played cricket at senior level
• ECB Level 2 or higher coaching certificate;
• Formal Child Protection training (either as part of a coaching course or separately).
• First Aid Certificate
• Garda Vetting
• Ability to work on own initiative

Two years' involvement in coaching or managing youth teams at club
Been involved in the organisation of cricket camps and academies
Interest in further development as a coach

Email CVs to Hon Secretary, Eksteen Maritz, maritzeksteen@gmail.com on or before Tuesday, 31st January 2012.

  16.01.12 AXA team up with The Hills

Luke Clinton and his employers AXA have put in place a great scheme where members, supporters and their families can help raise funds for the club in 2012. All that needs to happen is for 50 people to take out a new Home or Motor Isurance policy with AXA and they will donate €1,000.00 to the club. It's that simple! The policies must be purchased before the end of 2012.

All you need to do is drop into your local AXA branch and mention Teamwork, tell them which club you are supporting or alternatively you can call their number on 1890 247 365. Any questions you can call Luke on 086 806 9187.

  11.01.12 Indoor Pre-Season Training for Adults

Pre-season training for the adult teams is booked to start on Wednesday February 29th from 9 pm to 10 pm at North County. Sessions will run weekly at the same time and venue until the start of the season. All adult playing members are welcome to participate.

Any questions or comments, phone/text Luke Clinton on 086 806 9187

  11.01.12 Save a Life in 2012!

The Club recently acquired a defibrillator which is a small device used to deliver CPR to anyone suffering from cardiac arrest, restoring normal heart function and thereby increasing their chances of survival greatly. The device itself is easy to use and requires no prior medical knowledge, it even has software that prevents the device being used on a healthy heart.

We are now looking for volunteers to be trained on the use of the device and we will be running a brief training session in February. Please let Michael Dwyer know on 086 101 6737 if you are willing to participate.

You could be a life saver in 2012!

  11.01.12 Winter Training and Coaching for Youths

New for the 2012 season the club will be running training and coaching sessions each Saturday at the Community Centre starting on Saturday January 21st from 5 pm to 6 pm. These session are open to all U11, U13 and U15 players. The sessions will cover bowling, fielding, wicket keeping, batting and the laws of cricket.

In advance of the sessions starting at the Community Centre the coaches will be having and information sharing session in the clubhouse this coming Saturday January the 14th at 5 pm to introduce the coaching team and share their plans for the new winter program. All youths and their parents are welcome.

Please phone or text Martin Russell on 086 199 2369 expressing your interest.

  10.01.12 Leinster Cup Draws announced

The First X1 will face Terenure at home in the first round of the LHW Senior Cup on 26th of May

The Second X1 will face North County 2 at home in the Senior 2 Cup on 27th of May. The Second X1 have also drawn North County 2 in the Tillain Cup at home on Monday the 21st of May.

In the Alan Murray Cup we have been drawn in a group of three with North County and Terenure. Games will be played on June 24th and the venue is yet to be agreed.

The Third X1 will take on Malahide at home in the YMCA Salver Cup on May 29th.

The Third X1 are away to Clontarf in the Middle 2 Cup on 4th of June.

In the Junior Cup our Fourth X1 will play Laois at home on the 19th of May.

The LCU have also announced a new 20/20 competition, The Russell Court Hotel Cup, and our Fourth X1 have been drawn in a three team group with North Kildare and Clonee. Teams can make their own arrangements about organising first round games but the quarter finals will be held on June 12th.

  06.01.12 Leinster Leagues finalised for 2012

The LCU have finalised the structure and teams for the coming year. The big change for The Hills is that our Second X1 have been forced to drop to Division 3 due to a change in the rules this year that requires that all Diivision 1 and Division 2 games are played on Saturdays!

Division 1. Railway Union 1, North County 1, Merrion 1, The Hills 1, YMCA 1, Clontarf 1, Terenure 1, Leinster 1

Division 2. Phoenix 1, Pembroke 1, Malahide 1, Rush 1, Cork County 1, Leinster 2, Dublin University 1, Old Belvedere 1

Division 3. North County 2, The Hills 2, Balbriggan 1, Pembroke 2, Clontarf 2, Civil Service 1, Merrion 2, YMCA 2

Division 4. Malahide 2, Oakhill, Railway Union 2, Phoenix 2, North Kildare 1, Mullingar 1, Laois 1, Pembroke 3

Division 5. Railway Union 3, Malahide 3, Merrion 3, Leinster 3, North County 3, Clontarf 3, Laois 2, Dundrum 1

Division 6. Phoenix 3, Terenure 2, Clonee 1, Rush 2, Old Belvedere 2, Sandyford 1, Merrion 4, YMCA 3

Division 7. Merrion 5, The Hills 3, North Kildare 2, Bagenalstown 1, Knockharley 1, Wexford Wanderers 1, Leinster 4, Pembroke 4

Division 8. Malahide 4, Leinster 5, Merrion 6, Wicklow County 2, Balbriggan 2, Clontarf 4, Ireland Women 1, Halverstown 1, Dundrum 2

Division 9. Dublin University 2, Adamstown 1, North County 4, Mullingar 2, Terenure 3, YMCA 4, Dundalk 1, Civil Service 2

Division 10. Phoenix 4, Sandyford 2, Pembroke 5, Leinster 6, Wickow County 3, Malahide 5, Cabinteely 1, Rush 3, Swords 1

Division 11. North Kildare 3, The Hills 4, Knockharley 2, Railway Union 4, Bagenalstown 2, Laois 3, Clontarf 5, North County 5, Civil Service 3

Division 12. Old Belvedere 3, Greystones 1, Merrion 7, Phoenix 5, Wexford Wanderers 2, Ballyeighan 1, Pembroke 6, Dundalk 2, Clontarf 6

Division 13. Sandyford 3, Adamstown 2, Rush 4, Leinster 7, Dublin University 3, Railway Union 5, Halverstown 2, Knockharley 3, Ring Commons 1

Division 14. Wicklow County 4, Clonee 2, Merrion 8, Leinster 8, Dundrum 3, Clontarf 7, Mullingar 3, Civil Service 4

  12.12.11 Results of Christmas Draw

1 Hamper - Sean Hoare
2 Turkey & Ham - Karen & Brian
3 Cuddly Toy - Leslie Hoare
4 Christmas Cake & Pudding - Liz Swan
5 Mini Hamper - Neil Boyd
6 Brandy & Whiskey - Graham Moore
7 Box of Chocolates - Amy Mooney
8 Baileys & Gin - Leonard Cooper
9 4 X bottles of Wine - Brendan Ryan
10 Brandy - George Kitteringham

Many thanks to everyone for their support and generosity.

  08.12.11 Christmas Gathering at The Hills, Sunday 11th Dec

Not alone is Santa arriving at the Vineyard on Sunday we also have the presentations of the Milverton School Art Competition awards, Christmas Carols with the Skerries Community Choir and the Draw for our annual Christmas raffle.

Santa arrives at 2.30 and he will be in his grotto from around 3.00. Childrens Disco will follow with Carols, mulled wine and mince pies from about 7 pm.

Great day and night in prospect spread the word and bring a € as we will also be collecting voluntary donations for the SVDP on the night.

  06.12.11 David Harper RIP

Sadly we have to let you know of the untimely death of former Hills player David Harper. David played cricket for several seasons with the club and while in recent years he played his cricket with his native Balbriggan his family have been deeply involved in the development of our club both on and off the field.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this sad time and we will keep them in our prayers. Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing at his residence on Tueday 6th December from 7pm. Removal Wednesday evening to S.S. Peter and Paul's Church Balbriggan arriving for 6.15 pm. Funeral Mass Thursday at 9.30am followed by burial in S.S. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. Family flowers only.

  29.11.11 Christmas Draw coming up on Dec 11th

Our annual Christmas draw will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday the 11th of December. As usual there are some great prizes in the draw. Cards should be returned to:

Martin Russell
086 199 2369
By Friday 9th December

To get your card please follow the link here Christmas Draw or call any member of the committee.


  26.11.11 Irish Ladies defeated by Bangladesh

Earlier today Ireland were defeated by 82 runs in their play off to decide 5th/6th place in the Womens World Cup Qualifiers. Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat and their opening partnership provided the backbone of their innings by putting on 105 between them. Bangladesh ended their innings with 210 for 7 off their 50 overs. Pick of the Irish bowlers was Jill Whelan with 3 for 31 off 8 and Laura Cullen with 2 for 34 off 9, Whelan also accounted for 2 run outs. In reply Ireland made 128 off 45.4 overs with Cecelia Joyce top scoring with 42 and getting support from Mary Waldron 25. Ireland didn't help their own cause by having 4 run outs in their innings!

Elsewhere in the tournament the West Indies defeated Pakistan in the final by 130 runs.


  24.11.11 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Draw 2012

The Hills have home advantage in the first round of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup next season when they will take on Bready on the 12th of May at The Vineyard.

The other fixtures in the first round are:
Cork County v Derriaghy
Clontarf v Cork Harlequins
Terenure v Limavady
*Leinster Qualifier 2 v CSN
*Leinster Qualifier 1 v Donemana
The Hills v Bready
Ballymena v Merrion
Instonians v YMCA
Lisburn v Leinster
North Down v Fox Lodge
Waringstown v Strabane
Coleraine v Lurgan
Creevedonnell v North County
Glendermott v Railway Union
Bonds Glen v CIYMS
Brigade v Carrickfergus

*There will be play offs between the four LCU Division 2 sides who are eligible for the Bob Kerr, namely Phoenix, Pembroke, Rush and Malahide.

  24.11.11 Irish Ladies defeat The Netherlands

The Irish Ladies claimed an important victory today against The Netherlands and in so doing maintained their status as an ODI country. They next take on the hosts Bangladesh on Saturday to decide the 5th/6th place at the tournament.

The Netherland batted first and put on 139 for 9 in their 50 overs. KA Tomlinson top scoring with 34. Elena Tice with 1 for 22 off 10, Eimear Richardson with 2 for 34 off 10, Jill Whelan with 1 for 12 off 7, Isobel Joyce 1 for 29 off 10 and Kim Garth 1 for 22 off 5 were the highlights of the Irish bowling. Isobel Joyce also chipped in with 2 run outs.

In reply Ireland made 140 in 32.3 overs with Jill Whelan top scoring with 27 with supporting scores from Cecelia Joyce (20), Isobel Joyce (18) and Eimear Richardson (22). Richardson took her second Player of The Match Award.

With their ODI status secure Ireland can now look forward to competing against top flight competition over the coming years.


  23.11.11 Joe Wade RIP

Sadly we have to announce the recent demise of one of our great supporters, Joe Wade. Joe has been a great supporter of The Hills Cricket Club since it's inception and has been a "shy" backroom stalwarth of everything the club has wanted to achieve over the years. Without his help the club would undoubtedly be a lesser club than it is today. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.


Reposing at his home from 5pm tomorrow, Thursday evening. Removal on Friday to S.S. Peter and Paul's Church, Balbriggan, arriving for 10am Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in Balrothery Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu to Cancer Research c/o the Mater Hospital.

  22.11.11 Veronica Fay-Watt receives LCU Award

Up and coming star of the Ladies Second X1 has captured the Wicket Keeping Award for the 2011 season in Leinster Division 3. Well done Veronica, other awards which were presented at the recent Awards Dinner were:

Mens' Individual Awards
Marchant Cup Batting D1/2 Andre Botha (Terenure)
O'Grady Cup Bowling D1/2 Dave Langford-Smith (Phoenix)
Samuels Cup All Rounder D1/2 Dominick Joyce (Merrion)
Hopkins Cup W Keeper D1/2 Paul Tweddle (Malahide)
Solomons Cup Catches Dave Langford-Smith (Phoenix)
Bookman Cup Batting D3/4 Neil Brown (Merrion)
Oulton Cup Bowling D3/4 Yaqoob Ali (YMCA)
Webster Trophy All rounder D3/4 Masood Ahmed (Phoenix)

Womens' Individual Awards
Womens D1 Batting Kim Garth (Pembroke)
Womens D2 Batting Fiona Manning (Clontarf)
Womens D3 Batting Carol Mackenzie (RU)
Womens D1 Bowling Laura Delany (Leinster)
Womens D2 Bowling Sharon Corbett (Pembroke)
Womens D3 Bowling Vanessa Johnston (RU)
Womens D1 Wicket Keeping Valmai Gee (Leinster)
Womens D2 Wicket Keeping No Award given
Womens D3 Wicket Keeping Veronica Fay-Watt (The Hills)
Howard Cup D1 All Rounder Isobel Joyce (Merrion)

Special Awards

Most Improved Player (Women) Elena Tice (Merrion)
Young Player of the Year Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
John Dawson Fair Play Award (M) Barry McCarthy (Pembroke)
Clarissa Pilkington Fair Play Award (W) Carol Cromer (Pembroke)
Players Player Award Dave Langford-Smith (Phoenix)

.Michael Sharp was inducted into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his services to Leinster Cricket over the past 30 years.

  20.11.11 Hills Cricket Club Merchandise for Christmas

Wondering what to buy your loved one or your children for Christmas! We may have the answer, we have a limited quantity of club merchandise for sale which would make ideal gifts for Christmas. Check in with Matt on (086)856 9658 for availability, prices and sizes.



  14.11.11 Ireland Ladies have bad opening day against the West Indies

Ireland Ladies started there World Cup Qualifying campaign with a 213 run defeat. The West Indies batted first and the score went to 204 before the fall of the first wicket with centuries for Nero and Taylor. The West indies went on to make a total of 276 for 4 in their 50 overs.

Ireland lost two quick wickets and with only Cecelia Joyce and Kim Garth getting into double figures and four ducks Ireland struggled to reach their final tally of 63 off 30 overs.

Pakistan, who defeated Bangladesh earlier today by 73 runs, are next up for the Ireland team tomorrow.

You can get full coverage of the tournament by clicking Here


  11.11.11 Intern Opportunity with Cricket Ireland

Cricket Ireland is offering an intern opportunity for the 2011-12 season in the area of performance analysis. The principal focus of the internship is to undertake live coding of Training sessions with the Academy and Under 19 squad. Closing Date: 22 November 2011.

You can download more details by clicking Here


  02.11.11 Tomás Murphy selected for Ireland U19 Winter Training Squad

In preparation for the 2012 Under 19 World Cup, to be held in Australia next year, the Cricket Ireland youth selectors have named an initial squad of 25, which will be reduced following the conclusion of the first training phase around Christmas. The training sessions will be held at both Bready and North County

The winter training squad in full is as follows: George Dockrell (Somerset), Ross Adair (Holywood), David Barr (Brigade), Adam Berry (Lisburn), Scott Campbell (Coleraine), Patrick Chase (Malahide), Adam Coughlan (North County), Shane Getkate (North County), R Forrest (Clontarf), Josh Hall (Waringstown), Niall Hodgins (CSNI), Ross Hunter (Donemana), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Andy McBrine (Donemana), Graeme McCarter (Fox Lodge), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), Jordan McClurkin (Carrickfergus), Hugh MacDonnell (Leinster), Robert mcKinley (Ballymena), Tomás Murphy (The Hills), Sam Shannon (Instonians), Alistair Shields (North Down), Patrick Tice (Merrion), Jason van der Merwe (Muckamore), Ben Wylie (Instonians).

  30.10.11 Pakistan shatters Irish dream at the Hong Kong Sixes

Ireland exited the Hong Kong Sixes today with a defeat by Pakistan who only had two balls to spare in the Quarter Finals played earlier today.

Pakistan went on the beat Hong Kong in the Semi-Final and England in the Final.

Full scorecard of the Ireland game on the link below:

docs/Hong Kong Cricket-Ireland Vs Pakistan.pdf

  29.10.11 Ireland rattle England in Hong Kong Sixes

While Max didn't feature in todays game, Ireland secured their place in the play-off stages of the tournament with a six run victory (ironic or what) over England.

Full scorecard at the link below:

docs/Hong Kong Cricket-Ireland Vs England.pdf

  28.10.11 Max Sorensen in action at Hong Kong Sixes

Max has made the long journey to Hong Kong and has seen action against Bangladesh and Australia. Max has not featured with the bat as yet but he has bowled 1 over in each game which comprise just 5 overs a side. Ireland won their first game against Bangladesh by 5 wickets but went down to Australia by 27 runs in their second game. You can see the full scorecards at the following links:

docs/Hong Kong Cricket-Ireland Vs Bangladesh.pdf

docs/Hong Kong Cricket-Ireland Vs Australia.pdf


  26.10.11 Leinster League Structures for 2012 Season Announced

Division 1. Railway Union 1, North County 1, Merrion 1, The Hills 1, YMCA 1, Clontarf 1, Terenure 1, Leinster 1
Division 2. Phoenix 1, Pembroke 1, Malahide 1, Rush 1, Cork County 1, The Hills 2, Leinster 2, Dublin University 1
Division 3. North County 2, Old Belvedere 1, Balbriggan 1, Pembroke 2, Clontarf 2, Civil Service 1, Merrion 2, YMCA 2
Division 4. Malahide 2, Oakhill, Railway Union 2, Phoenix 2, North Kildare 1, Mullingar 1, Laois 1, Pembroke 3
Division 5. Railway Union 3, Malahide 3, Merrion 3, Leinster 3, North County 3, Clontarf 3, Laois 2, Dundrum 1
Division 6. Phoenix 3, Terenure 2, Clonee 1, Rush 2, Old Belvedere 2, Sandyford 1, Merrion 4, YMCA 3
Division 7. Merrion 5, The Hills 3, North Kildare 2, Bagenalstown 1, Knockharley 1, Wexford Wanderers 1, Leinster 4, Pembroke 4, Civil Service 2
Division 8. Malahide 4, Leinster 5, Merrion 6, Wicklow County 2, Balbriggan 2, Clontarf 4, Ireland Women 1, Halverstown 1, Dundrum 2
Division 9. Dublin University 2, Adamstown 1, North County 4, Mullingar 2, Terenure 3, Civil Service 3, YMCA 4, Greystones 1, Dundalk 1
Division 10. Phoenix 4, Sandyford 2, Pembroke 5, Leinster 6, Wicklow County 3, Malahide 5, Cabinteely 1, Rush 3, Ring Commons 1
Division 11. North Kildare 3, The Hills 4, Knockharley 2, Railway Union 4, Bagenalstown 2, Laois 3, Clontarf 5, North County 5, Swords 1
Division 12. Old Belvedere 3, Civil Service 4, Merrion 7, Phoenix 5, Wexford Wanderers 2, Ballyeighan 1, Pembroke 6, Dundalk 2, Clontarf 6
Division 13. Sandyford 3, Balbriggan 3, Rush 4, Leinster 7, Dublin University 3, Railway Union 5, Halverstown 2, Knockharley 3
Division 14. Wicklow County 4, Clonee 2, Merrion 8, Leinster 8, Dundrum 3, Adamstown 2, Clontarf 7, Mullingar 3


  25.10.11 AGM Elects New Executive

At a very well attended AGM last evening, considering the weather conditions, the following have been elected to the Executive of the cricket club for the coming year:

President: Jim Bennett

Chairperson: Michael Dwyer

Vice Chairperson: Martin Russell

Hon Secretary: Eksteen Maritz

PRO: Chantelle Maritz

Treasurer: TBC

Team Secretary:Martin Russell TBC

First X1 Captain: Nazeer Shoukat

Ladies First Team Captain: TBC

Chair of Social Committee: Tracey Clinton TBC

John Pope

Martin Everard

She Clinton

George Kitteringham

Jim Doherty

Chair of Bar Committee: TBC

Charlie Branagan

As you will see there are several TBC (to be confirmed) positions on the executive, some will be filled in due course such as the Ladies First X1 Captain but others will be filled following further consultation and review of the actual working of the function such as Treasurer and Chair of the bar committee. With that in mind the committee would like to engage with anyone who would like to contribute in any capacity in key areas of running the club such as Finance, Bar, Grounds, Youths cricket and the social aspects of the club.

  18.10.11 Child Protection - Code of Ethics Course

When: Saturday 22nd October

Where: North County Cricket Club

Time: 09.30am to 12.30pm

Safeguarding and Child Protection - Code of Ethics

A number of spaces has opened up on the above course this Saturday. Please contact stephen.moreton@irishcricket.org Coach Education Officer, Cricket Ireland to book a place on the course.

NB: It is essential to have attended this course within thepast three years if you are involved in working with children in Cricket inIreland.

  04.10.11 AGM set for October 24th

Monday October 24th is set for our AGM which will be held in the club house from 8pm.

Don't forget to put this date in your diary and come along and have your say about how the club will be run for the coming season or to comment on the season just gone.

Please let our Hon Secretary, Michael Gavin have any suggestions for agenda items for the meeting: michaeljgavin@gmail.com


  29.09.11 Laura Boylan to abseil the Aviva Stadium for Chernobyl Charity

Laura will be hanging about this weekend, literally from a rope as she endeavours to raise funds for the The Chernobyl Children International charity by abseiling the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Laura needs all the support she can garner and you can contribute online via her fund raising web site on the following link :http://www.mycharity.ie/event/laura_boylans_event/ This is a secure site that allows you donate to the fund raising efforts via credit cards and via laser.

Your support for Laura would be greatly appreciated for this very worthy cause.


  22.09.11 Max Sorensen selected for Hong Kong Sixes

Cricket Ireland have announced the squad for the upcoming Hong Kong Cricket Sixes which will be staged in Hong Kong on the weekend of 28th to 30th of October. Our own Max Sorensen is included in the squad which features Kevin O'Brien (Gloucestershire, capt), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), John Mooney (North County), Niall OBrien (Northants, wkts), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex).

Commenting on the selection of Max in the squad Irish Coach Phil Simmons said "It's a perfect platform for us to get a look at Max, and see how he makes the step up," said Simmons. "From what I've seen, he's exactly the type of cricketer I'm looking for. He can bowl quick, hits the ball far, and is an exceptional fielder, who is supremely fit,".

Congratulations to Max on his selection and the best of luck in the competition Click on the following link to learn more about the event.


  16.09.11 Follow the Dubs at The Hills

Can't get a ticket for the big game on Sunday at Croke Park!

Don't worry you will now be able to watch the game on the big screen at The Hills on Sunday where the bar and clubhouse will be open from 2.30pm. Whether you'r a Kerry or Dublin supporter why not join us in the clubhouse and help create a special atmosphere for the big game.

Good luck to Bryan, our own local hero, and the rest of the team.

  12.09.11 Kevin O'Herlihy RIP

Sadly we learned earlier today of the passing of Kevin O'Herlihy yesterday in Thailand. The Hills CC wishes to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Kevin. Two of his sons, Ian and Michael, represented our club with great distinction, and Kevin was always keenly interested in the playing performances of the teams of the Hills CC.  His strong commitment to cricket in Fingal was shown by the fact that he coached at Balbriggan CC, one of his sons, Kevin Jnr played for Balbriggan and for many years Kevin Snr served as Balbriggan CC’s representative on the LCU Youth Committee.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

  30.08.11 Under 13 Boys finish in style

Our Under 13 Boys decided to end their season in style with two exciting wins in their league campaign. They beat North County in a thrilling game last week in North County that saw North County bat first and make 96 runs in their innings. In reply The Hills boys left it late and required 7 runs off the last over. Killian Everard and Niall Daly scored the winning runs with a boundary each leaving just 2 balls to spare. Jack Pender & Mark Donegan were the top scorers with 20 & 14 runs respectively.

The Under 13 boys also beat Malahide recently in another thriller. Malahide batted first and made 99 runs. Robbie Clinton took 2 wickets for 20 runs and Ultan Doherty took 2 wickets for 15 runs. In reply The Hills reached 99 runs in 19 overs requiring just one run off the last over for victory. Niall Daly again scored the winning run on the last ball of the 20th over. Ultan Doherty retired with 37 runs and Arran Roy scored a quick fire 21 runs that included 2 fours and 2 sixes.

Well done to the Under 13's for a great season and looking at some of the skills coming through we will have lots of cricket talent to call upon in the years ahead.

  21.08.11 First X1 win local Derby Vs North County

Yesterday at the Vineyard the First X1 were up against league leaders North County in an important match that could impact league standings for both sides at the end of the season.

Despite missing the services of Irish International John Mooney, North County fielded a strong side with names such as Shane Getkate, Adam Coughlan and Josh Reeves. Despite the forecast weather conditions were good for the game with only a 10 minute stoppage for a brief rain spell.

The Hills won the toss and decided to bat first. Manu Kumar went early with the score on 29 but Daryl Calder(42) and Mike Baumgart(75) brought the score to a very decent 139 before the fall of the next wicket. Max Sorensen joined Mike at the crease and pushed the score to 191 before Max was caught off the bowling of Terry Richardson. With only about 8 overs to go it was time to get the hitting bats out and with lots of wickets to spare caution was thrown to the easterly winds but not before Tomas Murphy(25), Yogisk Kashyap(13) and Howard Mc Donnell(7) brought the score to 249 for 9 off the 50 overs. Extras helped our cause greatly accounting for 42 in total (27 wides)! Terry Richardson with 3 for 41 off 10 and Josh Reeves with 3 for 52 off 10 were the pick of the North County bowlers but a tidy 10 overs for just 31 from Ritchie Lawrence helped curtail The Hills total.

In reply North County started well with the score on 49 before the loss of the first wicket Lawrence, run out Tomas Murphy. This seemed to spur on The Hills attack and had four of the North County batsmen gone with just 78 on the board. But North County bounced back with two fine innings from Reeves and Hay with 47 and 71 respectively bringing the total to 161 before the fall of the next wicket, Reeves. Plenty of good batsmen to come but The Hills kept the pressure on the run rate for North County and despite the best efforts of Richardson(16), Nolan(13) and Mc Loughlin(10) they came 23 runs shy of the target in the 50th over. Best bowling for The Hills were Mark Dwyer with 2 for 27 off 10, Max Sorensen with 2 for 47 off 10 and tight spells from Yogish, Luke and Naseer all contributing to a great team performance. Turning point in the innings was probably a well taken catch on the boundary by Howard Mc Donnell to dismiss Reeves off the bowling of Kumar when he and Hay looked particularly comfortable.


  20.08.11 More Representative Honours for Hills Players

Cricket Ireland announced yesterday that our Club Development Officer Max Sorensen has been selected in the Irish Development squad. The Development side takes on Sussex II at Horsham from August 22-24, with Clontarf all-rounder Andrew Poynter captaining the side. Max and Ben Wylie are included in the ranks for the first time, while Peter Connell returns to the international fold.

The Development squad in full is as follows:

Andrew Poynter (captain) (Clontarf)
Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke)
Peter Connell (CIYMS)
Chris Dougherty (Brigade)
Phil Eaglestone (Strabane)
Tom Fisher (Railway Union)
Rory McCann (Instonians)
Ben McCord (CIYMS)
James Shannon (Instonians)
Max Sorenson (The Hills)
Stuart Thompson (Limavady)
Ben Wylie (Instonians)
Gavin Craig (Manager)
Mark Garaway (Coach)

Laura Boylan is on duty with the Irish Ladies Senior Squad in the European Championships in the Netherlands.

Elsewhere Rebecca Branagan continues to represent us with the Ireland Under 17's and will represent Leinster Under 19's in a forthcoming tour in the UK.

Continued good luck to Max, Laura and Rebecca.

  09.08.11 Under 13 Boys in Plate Final

Our Under 13 Boys have reached the Final of their Plate competition. The game is against Malahide and will be played at The Vineyard on Thursday the 11th of August at 2 pm. Good luck to the boys and all support welcome.


  31.07.11 First X1 overcome Clontarf to keep League title hopes alive

The First X1 did well away to Clontarf yesterday and as a result can continue to look positively at achieving League honors now that they are sitting second in the table.

The Hills batted first and got off to a solid start with Malcolm Byrne (28) and Daryl Calder (36) with the first wicket falling at 62. Naseer Shoukat put on an undefeated 58 off 50 balls supported by Mark Dwyer(27) and Manu Kumar(21). We were helped along the way with some very wayward bowling accounting for 40 wides in our innings! Our innings ended in the 50th over with our tally standing at 238 for 9.

Clontarf got off to a solid start with Coughlan(51) Morrissey(19) and Hokin(43). It was the introduction of Mark Dwyer to the attack that changed the game completely in the direction of The Hills. Mark claimed an amazing 8 Clontarf wickets for 49 off 9 overs including well seasoned performers such as Hokin, Poynter, D'Arcy, Delaney and Forrest.

Clontarf ended their innings 21 runs short in the 48th over.


  29.7.11 Under 13 Girls Claim Historic Victory

The Hills won the toss and elected to put YMCA in to bat.

YMCA 74 for 7 (20 overs)
Robyn Lewis 13, Lucy O'Reilly 9
Rhiannon Pope 0 for 6 off 4 overs
Katie Boylan 2 for 19 off 4 overs
Hannah Corcoran 2 for 25 off 4 overs
Vivienne Byrne 1 for 16 off 4 overs
Lara Maritz 2 for 8 off 4 overs

The Hills 75 for 1 (19.4 overs)
Rhiannon Pope 26 not out (retired)
Hannah Corcoran 3
Veronica Fay Watt 11 not out
Katie Boylan 6 not out
Vivienne Byrne dnb
Sophie Sheahan dnb
Lara Maritz dnb
Aoife Bowers dnb
Danielle Tolan dnb
Claire Branagan dnb
Aisling Byrne dnb
Tess Maritz 12th

Set a total of 75 to win. The youngest player on the pitch 10 year old Lara Maritz in as a replacement for Anna Mooney, who is away in Spain, played brilliantly taking a wicket with her very first delivery clean bowling Ellen Ridgway. Lara eventually ended up with a very tidy 2 for 8 off 4 overs.

The Hills set off well ahead of the required rate with a solid opening partnership between Rhiannon Pope and Hannah Corcoran with the first wicket falling after 42 runs. Rhiannon was retired on 26 after exceeding the retirement score of 24 runs. Excellent accurate bowling by The YMCA girls pegged back the Hills Girls and eventually it came down to Veronica Fay-Watt and Katie Boylan having to score 6 runs between them off the last two overs. The final winning single was scored with only 2 balls remaining in the match.

Rhiannon Pope was awarded the player of the match award and was presented with The Clarissa Pilkington Cup by Donal O'Sullivan to become the first Hills Captain to lift a Leinster Youths Cup since Malcolm Byrne did so for The Hills under 15 boys back in 1997

  25.07.11 Under 13 Girls reach Leinster Cup Final

Our youths girls teams continue to go from strenght to strenght and the Under 13's have been rewarded with a place in the final of the Leinster Cup. They will take on the girls of YMCA at Claremont Road in a 20 over game on Thursday 28th at 5 pm.

  20.07.11 Rebecca Branagan helps Leinster overcome Ulster in Stormont

Rebecca had a five wicket haul in Stormont yesterday and with LCC's Pia Diepman taking a further 5 wickets the Ulster team were dismissed for 50 off 25 overs. The Leinster run chase only took 16 overs with Merrion's Blainath Breslin being the biggest contributor with 25 not out.


  19.07.11 Hills Girls in Action for Leinster Under 17's

Three Hills girls are in action today for Leinster in the Under 17 interpovincial against Ulster at Stormont. Lauren Hoey, Rebecca Branagan and Rhiannon Pope have all been selected to represent their province, well done to these girls on their selection and good luck in the game.

Earlier this week Leona Harford also featured in the North Leinster selection which played South Leinster at YMCA.

  18.07.11 Laura Boylan Selected for Ireland in European Championships

The Ireland senior women travel to The Netherlands on 14-19th August to compete in the European Championships, taking on the hosts and Scotland in a series of ODI's and T20 matches.

This tournament represents an opportunity for those players selected to showcase their talent and quality in advance of the World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh later this year.

The Irish Senior squad in full is as follows:
•Isobel Joyce (Capt) (Merrion)
Laura Boylan (The Hills)
•Laura Cullen (Clontarf)
•Laura Delany (Leinster)
•Emma Flanagan (Pembroke)
•Kim Garth (Pembroke)
•Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke)
•Amy Kenealy (Leinster)
•Louise McCarthy (Pembroke)
•Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster)
•Elena Tice (Merrion)
•Julie van der Flier (Merrion)
•Mary Waldron (wk) (Pembroke)

They will be assisted by the following support staff:
•Jeremy Bray (Head Coach)
•Becca Gallagher (Manager)
•Judy Cohen (Scorer)

  06.07.11 ICC Under 19's World Cup Qualifiers for The Hills

The Vineyard has beeen confirmed for four of the games for the qualifying stages of the ICC Under 19 World Cup.

The fixtures at The Hills are;

Thursday July 28th Namibia Vs Papua New Guinea

Friday July 29th Canada Vs Kenya

Sunday July 31st Ireland Vs Scotland

Monday August 1st Afghanistan Vs USA

All games start at 10.45

The Irish Squad for the tournament has also been named as follows;

George Dockrell (captain) (Somerset), Ross Adair (Holywood), Adam Berry (Lisburn), Scott Campbell (Coleraine), Adam Coughlan (North County), Shane Getake (North County), Niall Hodgins (Civil Service North), Ryan Hunter (Donemana), Hugh MacDonnell (Leinster), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Graeme McCarter (Fox Lodge), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), Sam Shannon (Instonians), Jason van der Merwe (Muckamore).

The top six sides of the tournament, which will be played from 28 July to 9 August, will qualify for a place at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia next year. The 10 ICC Full Members automatically qualify.

  05.07.11 Five Hills girls selected for North Leinster Under 13's

North Leinster take on South Leinster tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Vineyard at 1 pm and The Hills are well represented with 5 girls in the team.

The full team is as follows:
Eimear Conway(capt.)Rush, Rhiannon Pope(v-capt),The Hills, Katie Boylan, The Hills, Niamh Carthy, Rush, Hannah Corcoran, The Hills, Veronica Fay-Watt, The Hills, Fiona Gill, Malahide, Orla Martin, Phoenix, Caoimhe McCann, Malahide, Anna Mooney, The Hills, Sinead Moran, Rush

  02.07.11 North Leinster Girls defeat South Leinster Girls by 3 wickets

Five of The Hills Under 15 girls featured in the North Leinster Vs South Leinster clash yesterday. Our own Lauren Hoey, with figures of 3 wickets for 13 runs off 6 overs, was the pick of the North Leinster attack which limited South Leinster to a total of 102 off 28 overs. Lauren featured again with the bat scoring an unbeaten 18 and along with Eimer Conway (22) from Rush, helped North Leinster to a 2 wicket victory. Our other Under 15 Girls that featured in the victorious North Leinster team were Rhiannon Pope, Katie Boylan, Sophie Clinton and Anna Mooney.


  27.06.11 Two Hills legends pass record milestones

Mick Dwyer passed the 400 senior dismissals mark during the game against North County at the weekend. Not bad at all for a fella that played a lot of his early cricket before The Hills were elevated to the Senior ranks. Earlier Luke Clinton eased past the 300 wicket mark in Leinster Senior cricket. Well done to them both and long may it continue.

  17.06.11 Cricket Ireland announce details of Intercontinental Cup Vs Namibia

Ireland take on Nambia in their first Intercontinental Cup match of the season from June 28th to July 1st. The games are being played in Stormont and admission each day is free. Play starts at 11 each day.

This game is followed by two 50 over games, again at Stormont, on July 4th and 5th.Tickets for these games are available through Ticketmaster or at the gate on match day. Play starts each day at 10.45.


  13.06.11 Middle Cup game against Terenure refixed for Tuesday 14th June at The Vineyard

Our rain affected Third X1 fixture from yesterday in the Middle Cup has been refixed for tomorrow evening at 6.30.


  13.06.11 Fourth X1 Progress in Intermediate Cup

A very steady 97 not out from Jason Magee set up our Fourth X1 for a good win in glorious sunshine on Saturday in their Intermediate Cup First Round game against Sandyford. The Hills set a target of 179 for 6 off their 40 overs. Johnny Archer was the best of the supporting batsmen with 21, retired injured.

After the interval The Hills attack got into full swing and wickets began to fall freely after initial resistance from the openers Langton and O'Brien. The game was still in the balance with a fine stand (31) by their number 10 batsman J. Loftus who resisted the temptations to go the way of his colleagues before being bowled by D'Arcy in the 35th over with the Sandyford score on 117.

There was some fine bowling performances for The Hills including: Jim Briscoe with 3 for 26 off 8, Dean Robinson 3 for 26 off 8, Martin Byrne 2 for 6 off 3, Pierce D'arcy with 1 for 5 off 2 and Ultan Doherty with 1 for 6 off 4. The Hills win by 58 runs and proceed to the 2nd round against Wicklow County on Sunday June 26th away in Rathdrum.


  08.06.11 Laura Boylan Selected for Ireland

Congratulations to Laura as she continues the development of her International career. The best of luck Laura in the two matches.

Cricket Ireland have named a squad of 13 for this weekend's double header in the ECB County Championship against Worcestershire and Shropshire.

The team go into the game in good form having recorded wins last month against Cumbria and Northumberland. The squad in full is as follows:

•Laura Boylan (The Hills)
•Laura Cullen (Clontarf)
•Laura Delany (Leinster)
•Emma Flanagan (Pembroke)
•Cecelia Joyce (Merrion)
•Isobel Joyce (Merrion)
•Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke)
•Amy Kenealy (Leinster)
•Louise McCarthy (Pembroke)
•Ciara Metcalfe (Pembroke)
•Eimear Richardson (Leinster)
•Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster)
•Julie Van der Flier (Merrion)

•Coach - Stephen Moreton
•Manager - Suzanne Kenealey

Hills players feature in early season stat's

Despite the windy and unpredictable conditions of May 2011 there have been some very notewothy personal performances that should give us all cheer and encourage us to fight on for the rest of the season.

On the bowling front Malcolm Byrne has the most wickets in Leinster with a total of 12 wickets from 4 matches including the best individual match stat's of 7 for 16.

On the fielding front Howard Mc Donnell leads the charge with 4 catches in the field from four matches followed closely by Max Sorensen with 4 from 3 and Malcolm Byrne again featuring with 3 from 4 games.

Daryl Calder is featuring prominently with the Wicket Keeping Gloves taking a total of 6 scalps in just 3 outings behind the stumps. (4 catches and 2 stumpings).

On a seperate note we would like to congratulate Dara Armstrong (North County) for his record breaking run of 509 dismissals behind the stumps surpassing the previously held Leinster record of 508 held by Charlie Kavanagh.

Based on the above it sounds like all we need to do is get the willow working a little better and we can look forward to a great season.

  31.05.11 Youths teams off to a cracking start to the season

The youths section is showing the way in terms of early season results. Some of the recent results are as follows:

Girls U13 The Hills (Youth) v Malahide (Youth): The Hills win by 72 runs
Boys U13A Balbriggan v The Hills: The Hills win by 40 runs
LC Rush NS v Milverton:` Milverton won by 19 runs
Girls U11 Railway Union v The Hills: The Hills won by 15 runs
Boys U11A The Hills v Pembroke: Pembroke win by 115 runs
LC Milverton v Realt na Mara, Skerries: Milverton won by 27 runs
Boys U11A The Hills v Balbriggan: Balbriggan win by 2 runs
Girls U13 The Hills v Clontarf: The Hills win by 28 runs
GirlsU13 The Hills v Merrion: The Hills win by 68 runs
BoysU11C Malahide v The Hills: The Hills win by 6 runs

  24.05.11 Leinster and Irish Cup Games at the Vineyard this coming weekend

This coming Saturday (28th) and Sunday (29th) sees a big weekend for our First X1. On Saturday we host Rush in the LHW Leinster Senior Cup and on Sunday we face Limavady in the refix of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. The game on Saturday is an 11.00 start time while the game on Sunday starts at 12.30.

Good luck to Mike and the team for both games.


  13.05.11 Update on fixtures this weekend

The Fifth X1 game scheduled to be played at The Vineyard tomorrow has been postponed as well as the U11A's Boys vs Phoenix. All other games proceed as scheduled.


  11.05.11 Funeral Arrangements Joe Keogh

A Guard of Honour will assemble at Skerries RFC at 4.45pm on Thursday evening 12th May.

Thursday 12th May - Arriving at Skerries RFC, Holmpatrick at 5pm from Lannon's Funeral Home, Strand Street, Skerries.

Reposing at Skerries RFC between 5pm and 8pm.

Removal from Lannon's Funeral Home at 1pm on Saturday 14th May 2011 to Glasnevin Crematorium - Service at 2pm. Funeral Home will be open on Saturday morning from 10am.

Family flowers only. Donations, in lieu, to St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

  10.5.11 Joe Keogh RIP

Sadly one of our great friends and club men Joe Keogh passed away earlier this evening at St Francis Hospice, Raheny.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Moira, his family and friends for their loss.

We will all miss him terribly. May he Rest In Peace.

  8.5.11 Max Sorensen picked for Southern Selection

Cricket Ireland announced the squads for next Sunday's Inter Regional game, which will be played at Bready in the NW starting at 11am.

The North squad includes six full internationals, and five players with Ireland A experience. The only newcomer to the representative set-up is the New Zealand born all-rounder Ben McCord, who plays for CIYMS in the NCU.

The side is captained by the experienced Andrew White, who has no fewer than 189 caps to his name.

Trent Johnston leads the Southern squad, which like the Northern squad also contains six full internationals. Former Ireland Under 19 international Ben Ackland is rewarded for his prolific early season form with Cambridge University, while Ireland A internationals Conor Mullen and Eddie Richardson are also included.

There are three new faces in their 12, with Merrion's Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup winning captain John Anderson being included, along with Tom Fisher of Railway Union and The Hills opening bowler Max Sorensen.

Players who weren't available included Kevin O'Brien, as he is about to sign a deal with an English county, while both Andrew Balbirnie and Graeme McCarter have exam commitments. George Dockrell also wasn't considered, although he is close to full fitness following his dislocated shoulder sustained during the World Cup.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said: "This is a great opportunity for players to stake their claim in the international squad. There are two ODI's coming up against Pakistan at the end of the month and there are places up for grabs. I'm pleased with the composition of both squads and it shows that we are now starting to get a bit of depth in Irish cricket."

The North squad is as follows:

Andrew White (Capt) (Instonians), Peter Connell (CIYMS) Chris Dougherty (Brigade), Phil Eaglestone (Strabane), Nigel Jones (CSN), Rory McCann (Instonians), Ben McCord (CIYMS), Niall McDonnell (Strabane) James Shannon (Instonians), Paul Stirling (Carrickfergus/Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (Limavady) Craig Young (Bready/Sussex).

The Southern squad is:

Trent Johnston (Capt) (Railway Union), Ben Ackland (Merrion), John Anderson (Merrion), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), Allan Eastwood (Pembroke), Tom Fisher (Railway Union), John Mooney (North County), Conor Mullen (Railway Union), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Eddie Richardson (North County), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Albert van der Merwe (YMCA).

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  05.05.11 Botham and Willis coming to Swords!

Coming up next week in Swords is an interesting event which is being run by one of our newest sponsors;

Tuesday May 10th for ONE NIGHT ONLY "From The Ashes" with a live satellite-linked Q&A to follow the film with Sir Ian Botham and Bob Willis.

The film, called FROM THE ASHES, celebrates the 30th anniversary of Botham's Ashes - and the incredible events of that summer that saw the greatest turnaround in sporting history as England overcame odds of 500-1, Botham's career was resurrected and the country united around cricket. Featuring in-depth interviews with Botham, Willis, Mike Brearley, Kim Hughes, Rod Marsh and comment from Gideon Haigh and Vic Marks the film attempts to recreate that wonderful summer and also look at the role of captaincy in cricket.

Tickets for this unique film and Live Q&A event can be purchased via the cinema website http://swords.movies-at.ie/swords/ or box office - but it's only on for one night -- TUESDAY 10th MAY. See preview video on: http://www.fromtheashesthefilm.com/


  27.04.11 Max Sorensen appointed Club Development Officer at The Hills

The Hills CC is very pleased to announce the appointment of Max Sorensen as Development Officer with immediate effect. Max, who has played for the Hills CC for the past 3 seasons, will be involved in visiting local schools, providing individual coaching and working as part of the new Cricket Academy which the Hills CC has put in place for the new season.

The President of the Hills CC, Jim Bennett, expressed his delight at this appointment and stated that Max's expertise and enthusiasm would be invaluable as the Hills CC seeks to build on the developments which have occurred during the past few years. He wished Max well on his appointment, and said that he had no doubt that Max would be successful in his new role.

For Max, it is an exciting career opportunity as he combines playing cricket with coaching and development work. His first official engagement as Hills CC's Development Officer will be at this evening's Registration event where he will be joined by John Mooney, the hero of Ireland's great win over England during the recent World Cup.

  25.04.11 Irish Cricketer of The Year John Mooney Visits The Hills

John Mooney, recently the recipient of The Cricketer of The Year Award, will be our special guest on Wednesday evening to coincide with the Youths Registration event. Mooney, from Balrothery, was one of the Irish heroes during the recent ICC World Cup when we famously defeated our nearest neighbours England in Bangalore. John scored the winning runs in that game and together with his team mates put on the highest ever successful run chase in World Cup history. John will share with us some of what it must have been like to be part of cricketing history. The evening begins at 7 pm and includes a Youths Exhibition game and proceedings will conclude at 9 pm. All welcome

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  17.04.11 First X1 ease their way into the new season

Carrickfergus 200/6 (40 overs; Mikey Taiaroa 73*, Ryan Eagleson 39*, Chris Campbell 31, Ross Gelderbloem 28, M Sorensen 2-54, T Murphy, 2-27)

The Hills 201/5 (36.4 overs; M Sorensen 65*, N Shoukat 44, M Baumgart 38)

The Hills won by 5 wkts

  05.04.11 Coffee Morning to help raise funds for sea search

You can help raise funds to support the voluntary searchers working off the Skerries coast trying to find the two missing fishermen. One of the challenges they face is funding their fuel costs. Why not come along and enjoy a coffee and add a little to what we can do here at the club for these marvelous volunteers. Coffee brewing from 10.30 to 12,30

Can't make it on Sunday morning, then you can contribute directly to the fund through a special bank account. The account is at Bank of Ireland in Skerries, the account name is Lady Linda, the sort code is 90 08 93, the account number is 818 38 744.

  05.04.11 1911 Commemorative Cricket Match Cancelled

The organising committee of the 1911 Centenary celebrations scheduled for the coming weekend have decided to postpone the celebrations in light of the unfolding tragedy in the town. The event and the planned cricket game will be rescheduled at an appropriate time.

  01.04.11 Club Development Officer Required

We are recruiting a Club Development Officer for the coming season and would encourge all interested parties to forward their details to our Club Secretary, Michael Gavin by email at: michaeljgavin@eircom.net or by post to Michael Gavin, 12 Hacketstown Park, Rush Road, Skerries, Co. Dublin. Applications should be received no later than Friday April 15th.

  31.03.11 Skerries Celebrates Census 1911

As part of the celebration and commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Census we are putting on a commemorative cricket game in Skerries at 3 pm on Saturday the 9th of April. The game will be in costume of the period and will be played on a new wicket being prepared in the town park between The Mills and the Community Centre. In keeping with the tradition of the era the game will be played as the Gentlemen Vs The Farmers.

Why not join in with the celebrations and relive a bygone age. We are looking for all manner of support especially those of you willing to dress appropriately. Contact Michael Gavin at info@thehillscricketclub.com for more information and team selection criteria!

The cricket game is just part of a much wider community event being run by the Historical Society over the weekend which will include historical walks, photographic exhibitions, dramatised reenactments and music performances. RTE 1 Television will be previewing the event on Friday April 8th on Nationwide at 7 pm.


  31.03.11 Basic Child Protection Course at The Hills

Wednesday 13th April 19.00 to 22.00

The Leinster Cricket Union is organising two child protection courses in the coming weeks and the first one is happening here at The Hills next week. We would encourage all mentors, skippers and coaches who have not already been through this program to attend.

The fee for the course is €10.00 per attendee. Applications to stephen.moreton@irishcricket.org or telephone him on (01)8947914.

If for some reason you cannot attend the course in The Hills it will be repeated in Merrion Cricket Club on Wednesday the 27th of April.

  31.03.11 ICC Europe Introductory Scorer Course

The Hills CC on Saturday 16th April 2011

What's in it for the scorer?

The opportunity to update your scoring technique and gain an internationally recognised qualification.

A practical one-day course, based on normal club scoring situations, and incorporating a practical, scoring-based test

Successful candidates who have been scoring regularly are eligible to apply for membership of the ICC Europe Scorer Panel.

What's in it for the club?

The satisfaction of knowing that your scorer has been trained and gained a relevant, recognised and up-to-date qualification. The ability to comply with LCU Playing Regulations for League Divisions 1 to 4.

Applications by email only with title Scorer Course to Siobhan McBennett smcbnntt@tcd.ie by the closing date of Friday 8th April 2011, quoting your name and club. The course will run from 0900-1800. There is a course fee of €30. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided. The fee will be collected at the course

  25.03.11 Irish Cricket Heroes to appear on The Late Late Show tonight

Trent Johnston, Niall and Kevin O'Brien as well as John Mooney will all be joining Ryan Tubridy tonight on the show. They are the first guests on the program so probably about 9.30. Enjoy

  06.03.11 Innovative new sponsorship campaign launched

Malcolm Byrne, Club Treasurer, recently launched a new and innovative initiative to attract sponsorship for the club. The initiative involves individuals and business's investing in a €100 ticket which will be part of a 200 member draw to take place just before the season starts. The seven winners will each receive exclusive rights to having their company name/logo displayed on the white playing shirts of one of our 7 adult teams for the coming season.

In addition, everyone that invests in a ticket for the draw will receive;

Free banner advertising on our web site for 12 months (Normal value €150)

Advert in our forthcoming fixtures booklet (Normal value €100)

Advert in our 2012 Calendar (Normal value €150)

With our men's and ladies teams playing cricket in the premier leagues and cups at both Leinster and All Ireland level this is a great opportunity for you to promote your business both locally and nationally. Please contact Malcolm Byrne on 087 9669174 or any member of the committee for further details.

With the Irish team performing so well against the "big boys of cricket" on a world stage why not show your support by making a small investment in the continued development of the game locally and benefiting from a great deal in promoting our own business..

  02.03.11 Cristina (Dolly) Moore RIP

Sadly we have to let you know of the demise of Cristina Moore of Baldara, Naul and the mother of our players Martin and grandmother of Brendan, Andrew and Declan Moore as well as Sandra, Nicola and Tracey Fleming.

Reposing at the residence of her son Kevin (Baldara) from 5pm this Wednesday evening. Removal tomorrow, Thursday, to Damastown Church, arriving at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Friday morning at 11am, followed by burial in Hollywood Cemetery.

Our condolences and sympathies go out to her family and friends at this time.

  13.02.11 Cricket Academy Evening

John Wills and John Pope are putting together an information evening on Wednesday next the 16th at 8 pm to launch the new coaching structure for the club. For those that are not already aware of the developments, John Wills is putting in place a completely new coaching structure for the club which will cater for all teams including adults and youths. This new structriure will enable us to ensure that all players will be given the most appropriate coaching assistance for their abilities and talents as distint from the needs of their team.

We are now recruiting volunteers who have an interest in helping with the continued development of cricket in the club and in particular having parents of our youths section supporting this initiative.

You do not need any previous coaching knowledge or even cricket experience to participate in this development. Why not come along on Wednesday and see what is planned.

  01.02.11 A short poem to remind us of Sean Gilbride

Joe clinton composed this brief note to commerorate our departed friend and stalwart of the club:


We planted him Tues 4 January, 2011,
Not near Ben Bulben but at Ardla,
The winds were harsh, countless huddled.

Well I knew the teacher
I asked the questions
He answered ten thousand times.

We watched him fade away.
He's in a flower-clad grave now, our hero
And we'll miss him.

  19.01.11 Albert van der Merwe named in final World Cup Squad

Cricket Ireland today announced the final squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup and Albert is in the final 15. Congratulations to Albert and the best of luck at the event itself.

The full squad is as follows:

• William Porterfield (Warwickshire) (Captain)
• Andre Botha (North County)
• Alex Cusack (Clontarf)
• George Dockrell (Somerset)
• Trent Johnston (Railway Union)
• Nigel Jones (Civil Service North)
• Ed Joyce (Sussex)
• John Mooney (North County)
• Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union)
• Niall O'Brien (Northants)
• Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire)
• Paul Stirling (Middlesex)
• Albert van der Merwe (The Hills)
• Gary Wilson (Surrey)
• Andrew White (Instonians)

The four non-travelling reserves are
• Allan Eastwood (Pembroke)
• Andrew Poynter (Clontarf)
• Regan West (Civil Service North)
• Craig Young (Bready/Sussex)

The full announcement can be seen on the Cricket Ireland web site by clicking here

  17.01.11 Travel package to the ICC Cricket Workd Cup

Martin Russell has managed to get his hands on a very good travel package to the upcoming event, details below:

STAY 6 NIGHTS AT THE PRIDE HOTEL BANGALORE ****ON BED & BREAKFAST BASIS (details below) (Hotel is only 3.1kms from stadium)

This includes all flights/taxes/airport return transfers/hotel accommodation/two match tickets
Extras would be Visa for entry to India Approx Euro60.00 ( I can arrange this for you)

If there were two or more travelling the price based on two sharing twin rooms with same itinerary as above would be Euro 1245.00 per person.
Again their Visa's would be extra.

If you have any queries on the above please do not hesitate to contact me, the above is available however we do recommend to book early as airfares can increase on a daily basis.

Martin Russell 086 199 2369

  16.01.11 Ireland Vs England August 25th in Clontarf

Ireland will take on England in a One Day International on August the 25th in Clontarf. We are endeavouring to make a block booking for the game so that we can enjoy the spectacle together. If you are interested in being part of this mission please let us know soon as we believe tickets are selling very well for the event. Contact any member of the executive or email: info@thehillscricketclub.com

  01.03.11 Indoor Nets

Indoor nets will start on March 1st in North County from 9 to 10 pm each week, all welcome

  07.01.11 Details of Coaching Courses Released

Cricket Ireland have released the following schedule of coaching courses:

UKCC Level One (NCU) 15th/22nd/23rd January, Shankill Leisure Centre.
(No spaces available on course.)
UKCC Level One (LCU) 22nd/29th January and 5th February, North County Cricket Club.
UKCC Level One (NWCU) 26th/27th February and 5th March, Bready Centre of Excellence.
UKCC Level Two Conversion Course (LCU) 12th/19th March, North County Cricket Club.
UKCC Level One (NCU) 13th/20th/27th March, Shankill Leisure Centre.
UKCC Level Two (NCU) 2nd/3rd and 9th/10th April, Campbell College.
Two other courses TBC:
UKCC Level One (MCU) – Previously Cancelled due to bad weather pre-Christmas.
UKCC Level One (Connaught Cricket Union)
Please complete the application form Here and return by email or post to Stephen Moreton. (stephen.moreton@irishcricket.org) If you have any queries regarding coaching courses, please contact Stephen Moreton by email or phone – 00353833779208.


Sean Gilbride RIP

The death of Sean Gilbride on January 1st 2011 has deprived the Fingal area of a very loyal advocate and in particular the Hills Cricket Club of one of its most devoted and committed members. Sean, a son of Eugene Gilbride TD, was a native of Grange in Co. Sligo, but lived in Skerries from 1972. A teacher by profession, he taught in Balbriggan Community College and became Principal in 1999 when he succeeded Pat Casey.
Sean’s initial involvement in cricket was of an indirect nature through his professional role at Balbriggan Community College where he had taught many distinguished cricketers from the greater Fingal area. In 1991 however he was invited by the Hills CC to provide advice on their plans for their new clubhouse and from that time onwards, Sean involved himself enthusiastically in every facet of the cricket club. He officiated at the opening of the new Clubhouse at the Hills CC in 1995, and he served with great distinction as President of the club from 1996 to 2000.

Whether it was in assisting with work on the ground or the clubhouse, supporting fund-raising events, providing transport for youth teams or attending games, he was a person on whom you could rely with absolute certainty. He was always available to provide support or encouragement when required, and he was particularly generous in word and deed when acknowledging meritorious individual and collective achievements at the club.

Sean was an absolute gentleman who loved the Hills CC and was loved by all at the Hills. He enjoyed the camaraderie, the banter, the story-telling, song-singing, and all the other activities which make up the rich social tapestry of the Hills. After he retired as Principal of Balbriggan Community College in 2003, amongst many other tasks, he was placed in charge of the heavy roller at the Vineyard and he fulfilled all of the duties attached to this onerous position with dedication and good humour.

He faced his final illness with the courage and dignity which were characteristic of the manner in which he had faced challenges throughout his life. He retained his cheerful disposition, and was more concerned for those around him than he was for himself.

Sean's remains will be removed from his home to St Patrick's Church in Skerries on Tuesday 4th of January for a funeral mass at 12 noon and afterwards for burial at Ardla cemetary.

To his wife, Mary, his sons, his extended family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences. Ní bheidh a leithéid aris ann. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

  20.12.10 Albert van der Merwe named in preliminary side for World Cup 2011

Congratulations to Albert, our Club Development Officer, on his selection in the preliminary 22 man Irish squad for the upcoming 2011 World Cup.

The full squad selection is:

William Porterfield (Warwickshire) (Captain)
Andre Botha (North County)
Alex Cusack (Clontarf)
George Dockrell (Leinster/Somerset)
Phil Eaglestone (Strabane)
Allan Eastwood (Pembroke)
James Hall (Waringstown)
Trent Johnston (Railway Union)
Nigel Jones (Civil Service North)
Ed Joyce (Sussex)
Rory McCann (Instonians)
John Mooney (North County)
Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union)
Niall O'Brien (Northants)
Andrew Poynter (Clontarf)
Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire)
Paul Stirling (Middlesex)
Albert van der Merwe (The Hills)
Regan West (Civil Service North)
Gary Wilson (Surrey)
Andrew White (Instonians)
Craig Young (Bready/Sussex)

Full details on the announcement from Cricket Ireland can be found by clicking here

  12.12.10 Here are the results of the 2010 Christmas Draw:


Prize            Card          Line          Name

1                   152             12              Dentmagic

2                   27               9                Sarah Everard

3                   53               7                Galway Renault

4                   195             7                Noel Thompson

5                   6                10              Joey Archer

6                   154             10              Mari-Anne Byrne

7                   65               11              Matt Dwyer

8                   127             11              Laura Maritz

9                   157             2                Dentmagic

10                 167             6                Samantha Keegan

Congratulations to all the winners and our sincerest thanks to all the members, friends and supporters who showed their generosity again. Also a big thank you from the Executive to all those people that helped organise and run this very successful event.

  26.11.10 Leinster Cricket Union Elects New Officers and Committees

At the AGM of the Leinster Cricket Union held in Clontarf Cricket Club last evening the following were elected for the coming season:

President of the Union – Eddie Lewis
Honorary Secretary – Mary Sharp
Honorary Treasurer – Gerry Fennell
Executive Committee – Louis Hogan (Clontarf), David Cooke (YMCA), Jim Bennett (The Hills), John Andrews (North County)
Executive Committee Chairperson – Paul Reynolds (Leinster)
Development Committee – Graham Pasley (Phoenix), plus one to be elected by the Executive Committee.
Finance Committee – Noel Gough (Pembroke), Pat Banahan (Leinster) Jimmy Joyce (Merrion), one to be elected by the Executive Committee
Auditors of the Union - Alan Brophy
Open Competitions Committee – Michael Sharp (Pembroke), Paul O'Neill (Sandyford), Robbie Stanton (Merrion), Greg Molins (Clontarf), David Streek (YMCA), Martin Russell (The Hills)
Secretary of the Open Competitions Committee – Kevin Gallagher (Phoenix)
Disciplinary Committee – Philip Byrne (Pembroke), John Buckley (Leinster), Peter Geoffroy (Merrion), Barry Collins (Old Belvedere), plus three to be elected by the Executive Committee

Congratulations to Jim Bennett and Martin Russell on their election and the best of luck in the coming term of the Union.

  25.11.10 Captain John Wentges RIP

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing away of one of our founder members and our first President, Captain John Wentges. John died peacefully at his home in Killucan, Co. Westmeath on Monday of this week. There will be a memorial service this Saturday the 27th of November at St Etchen's Church in Killucan at 3 pm. Family flowers only and donations to Ward Union Hunt Kennels.

Our condolences to his family and friends and may he rest in peace.

  24.11.10 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Draw 2011

The Hills will be away to Limavady Cricket Club in the first round of the 2011 competition.

The dates for the games will be released later.

The complete draw details below:

Limerick Raiders v Phoenix
Eglinton v Cork County
Limavady v The Hills
Brigade v North Down
Bonds Glen v Civil Service North
Strabane v Railway Union
North County v Ballymena
YMCA v Waringstown
Clontarf v Coleraine
Malahide or Rush v Donemana
Leinster or Terenure v Muckamore
Instonians v Fox Lodge
CIYMS v Bready
Bangor v Glendermott
Carrickfergus v Merrion (holders)
Lisburn v Pembroke or Old Belvedere

You can connect with the Limavady web site by clicking here

  20.11.10 Cup Draws for 2011 Announced

The following are the Cup Draws for the coming season

Leinster Cups

1st X1 Vs Rush (H)

2nd X1 Vs Old Belvedere(H)

3rd X1 Vs Terenure(H)

4th X1 Vs Sandyford(H)

5th X1 Vs Merrion(H)

(H) Home draw


1st X1 Vs Old Belvedere, Merrion, Clontarf

2nd X1 Vs North County 2, North County 1, Pembroke

  12.11.10 Leinster Cricket Union Individual Awards 2010

At a special awards dinner held in Old Belvedere Rugby Club the LCU presented the individual and special awards for the 2010 season. The following were the recipients:

Mens Individual Awards:

Marchant Cup (Batting Div 1&2): Sadat Gull (Rush)

O'Grady Cup (Bowling Div 1&2): Eddie Richardson (North County)

Samuels Cup (All Rounder Div 1&2): Kenny Carroll (Railway Union)

Hopkins Cup (Wicket Keeper Div 1&2): Dara Armstrong (North County)

Solomans Cup (Fielding Div 1&2): Dave Langford-Smith (Phoenix)

Bookman Cup (Batting Div 3&4): Danny Barclay (Pembroke)

Oulton Cup (Bowling Div 3&4): Dwayne Harper (Balbriggan)

Webster Trophy (All Rounder Div 3&4): Danny Barclay (Pembroke)

Special Awards

Young Player of the Year: Eddie Richardson (North County)

Players Player Award: Kenny Carroll (Railway Union)

John Dawson Fair Play Award: Tom Fisher (Railway Union)

Hall of Fame: Robin Waters (Old Belvedere)

Ladies Individual Awards

Division 1 Batting: Isobel Joyce (Merrion)

Division 1 Bowling: Heather Whelan (Merrion)

Division 1 Wicket Keeping: Mary Waldron (Pembroke)

Howard Cup All Rounder: Nikki Symmons (Pembroke)

Division 2 Batting: Nikki Symmons (Pembroke)

Division 2 Bowling: Keara Pyne (North Kildare)

Division 3 Batting: Vivienne Shaw (Clontarf)

Division 3 Bowling: Aisling Stokes (Railway Union)

Most Improved Player: Mary Waldron (Pembroke)

Clarissa Pilkington Cup "Fair Play Award Women": Phoenix Ladies

  24.10.10 2010 Juvenile Awards

At a special reception in the clubhouse on Friday evening Albert van der Merwe presented the awards for our outstanding juvenile players for 2010. Award recepients included:

Under 9's - Boys, Killian Mc Grane
Under 11's - Girls, Katie Boylan
Under 11's - Boys, Mark Donegan
Under 13's - Girls, Rhiannon Pope
Under 13's - Boys, Thomas Arnold
Under 15's - Boys, Juvan Maritz
Under 17's - Boy's, Iarlath Doherty

A very special award went to Daragh Coleman for his hat-trick against Clontarf with the Under 13's.

Well done to all the award winners and to the rest of the juvenile players who represented The Hills so well during the 2010 season.

  20.10.10 Albert van der Merwe named in Ireland squad for tour of India

Cricket Ireland has announced a 17 man squad for their tour of India next month.

The squad will be based at the Pune Sports Club from November 1 to 22, and will play four matches against invitational sides made up entirely of first class cricketers.

The Ireland squad in full is as follows: William Porterfield (Captain) (Warwickshire), Andre Botha (North County), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Leinster), Allan Eastwood (Pembroke), Trent Johnston (Railway Union), Nigel Jones (CSN), Ed Joyce (Sussex), Hamish Marshall (Gloucestershire), John Mooney (North County), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Niall O'Brien (Northants), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Albert van der Merwe (The Hills), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).

Phil Simmons (Coach), Pete Johnston (Asst coach/video analyst), Kieran O'Reilly (Physio), Brendan Connor (Strength and conditioning coach), Mark Garaway (Cricket Operations Director)

See the full announcement at :http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES3/articles/000050/005034.shtml

  18.10.10 AGM elects new executive committee for 2011 season

At the recent AGM the following members were elected to serve on the executive committee for the forthcoming season:

President Jim Bennett

Chairperson: Martin Byrne

Honorary Secretary/Pro: Michael Gavin

Treasurer: Malcolm Byrne

First Team Captain: Mike Baumgart

Other executive members elected were:

Sean Hoare, Shea Clinton, John Pope, Niamh Archer, Luke Clinton, Tracey Fleming, Miranda Andrews, Michael Dwyer, Martin Russell, John Wills and Chantelle Maritz

  13.09.10 Albert van der Merwe named in squad for Zimbabwe tour

Cricket Ireland named a 14 man squad for their forthcoming tour to Zimbabwe and Albert's inclusion should not come as any great surprise given his terrific performances in Canada recently. The full squad is:

William Porterfield (captain) (Gloucestershire)
Andre Botha (North County)
George Dockrell (Leinster)
Allan Eastwood (Pembroke)
Trent Johnston (Railway Union)
Nigel Jones (CSN)
John Mooney (North County)
Kevin O`Brien (Railway Union)
Niall O`Brien (Northants)
Andrew Poynter (Clontarf)
Paul Stirling (Middlesex)
Albert Van De Merwe (The Hills)
Andrew White (Instonians)
Gary Wilson (Surrey)

Ireland will play an Intercontinental Cup fixture followed by three ODI fixtures. The tour starts on September 20th and ends on September 30th.

  08.09.10 5 Wicket Haul for Albert van der Merwe

Playing in the second ODI of their series against Canada in Toronto Alberts 5 wicket haul was somewhat overshadowed by a brilliant innings of 177 by Paul Sterling which set Ireland up for victory to even the ODI series one all. Support with the bat for Sterling provided by Andrew Poynter (30), Andre Botha (28), Nigel Jones (25), and John Mooney (25). Irelands final tally of 325 was the highest score for Ireland in an ODI game.

Alberts final figures were 5 wickets for 49 off 10 and he is only the third Irish bowler to take 5 wickets in an ODI game. Trent Johnston and Alex Cusack being the others who have passed that milestoone. Canada reached 233 all out leaving them 92 runs short of the target.

  07.09.10 Weekly Round Up September 7th

The weather took its toll on the fixtures at the weekend with the Third X1 and the Fifth X1 games being washed out due to poor conditions.

On a more cheery note the Ladies First X1 were confirmed as winners of the Leinster League and in the process gaining promotion to Division 1 for the 2011 season. Having previously won the Leinster Junior Cup the Ladies First X1 have finished off a terrific season in 2010. Well done and congratulations.

Coming up this weekend the Third X1 take on Bagenalstown on Saturday at home while on Sunday the First X1 travel to Railway Union and the Second X1 take on Cork County at home. At time of writing, it is still unclear what will happen to the previously fixed Fifth X1 game against Merrion, more details when available.

On the social side of things we have a great night in store on Saturday with Martin Byrne and Morning Dew teaming up to entertain us in the club house. This event coincides with the Killalane Road Races. With our Road Racing friends in tow it should be a great night of Craic agus Ceol. No cover charge! NB Roads close 1pm - 7pm Saturday 11th and 10am - 6:30pm on Sunday 12th

Finally two key dates for your diary: Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 19th October and our Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Friday October 29th.

  06.09.10 St Francis Hospice Coffee Morning

Thanks to the efforts of the organisers and supporters the recent St Francis Hospice Coffee morning raised over €1,400 for this great cause. Many thanks to all supporters and well done to the organisers.

  30.8.10 Weekly Round Up August 30th

Not a great Saturday in terms of victories on the cricket front from last weekend. The First X1 were on the wrong side of a nail biter against YMCA on Saturday, an under strength Ladies First X1 were defeated in North Kildare and the Third X1 were defeated at home by Civil Service. Sunday saw the Third X1 save the weekend for us when they were in action away against Merrion and put on 156 for 7 and put Merrion out for 148.

On Saturday against YMCA The Hills were asked to bat first and despite loosing Mark Dwyer early Mike Baumgart (38) and Daryl Calder (30) saw off the opening bowling attack and on 94 for three we looked in reasonably good shape to put on a decent score. Jeremy (22) and Max (14) at the crease looked comfortable but then Jeremy was run out on a quick single, on the very next ball Max skied one off Parkinson to square leg. 130 for 5 and that big score looked decidedly less likely. Joseph Clinton put on a dogged 17 but with the exception of Malcolm Byrne (10) the remaining batsmen didn't challenge the scorers too much. We finished on 176 all out off 47.1 overs with extras contributing a fine 33 in our total. James Parkinson for YM finished with 4 for 29 off his 10 overs.

YMCA started well and their opener James Shortt (60) gave them a very solid platform. In fairness to the men from The Hills they never gave up on the attack and with 6 of YM gone for 145 there was still a glimmer of hope. In the end it went down to YM only needing a single off the last over which they got off the second ball. YM finished on 177 for 8 off 49.2 overs. Mark Dwyer took 4 for 28 off his 10 overs but much credit must also go to some fine bowling by Max, Jeremy and Joseph Clinton. In the end had we batted the extra 2.5 overs we may have had enough on the scoreboard!

Despite their loss to North Kildare at the weekend the Ladies First X1 can still secure the Leinster League title if they see off Malahide tomorrow evening at the Vineyard. Game starts at 5:30.

  23.8.10 Weekly Round Up August 23 rd

It was a mixed weekend for the players and teams here at The Hills over the weekend. The Fifth's were playing in the Minor Cup Final in Rush against Rush on Saturday and the First X1 had two important games against Merrion on Saturday and against our old foe Clontarf on Sunday. To keep League title hopes alive we probably needed a good result from both these games.

On Saturday Merrion batted first and things went The Hills way in the early stages when it looked like Merrion wouldn't make the century mark when we had 7 of their batsmen out for 94 runs. But with Kade Beasley (50) still at the crease the Merrion tail enders brought the total to a very respectable 162 before closing their innings with wides (22) being the second top scorer! Luke Clinton ended with 3 for 33, Max Sorensen 2 for 30 and Malcolm Byrne 2 for 23, Daryl Calder took 3 wickets behind the stumps and 6 other catches were taken in the field 2 for Max and one apiece for Tomás Murphy, Malcolm Byrne, Mark Dwyer and Albert van der Merwe. Despite missing Jeremy Bray and Naseer Shoukat, both in sick bay, it still felt like an achievable challenge even though we were up against the Irish Senior Cup contenders. The Hills innings started well with Albert and Daryl opening the reply, Daryl fell with the score on 59 but we lost 4 more wickets before reaching 102 so it was still all to play for as we chased the remaining 60 required. Joseph Clinton and Max Sorensen* with 26 and 34 respectively brought the score within reach and we eventually ended the chase with 168 for 6 wickets in the 47 th over. Albert van der Merwe ended with a 54 to add to his tally for the season. John Anderson was the pick of the Merrion attack taking 4 for 21 off his 10 overs.

The smoke signals coming from the coast at Rush were looking very ominous as we read of a very strong and youthful opposition performing feats of athleticism not seen and certainly not performed by many of our Fifth X1 for many years. Some Russians were heard to express concern that The Hills had packed their team with legends for the Cup Final and who would blame them with names like Paddy Byrne, Martin Byrne, Malachy Gavin, Martin Moore, Nick Farrell, Joe Archer all on the team sheet. Experience was also augmented by Alister Mc Mahon, Ian Tolan, Christivan and Juvan Maritz adding the youthful ingredients to the squad. Reverting to more modern communications we learned that The Hills were at the crease first and were struggling to put on runs and were loosing wickets but Nick Farrell, known to be a dangerous man when he" gets the eye in", was leading the fight. Despite his best efforts though The Hills were dismissed for a total of 137 of which Nick made 42, pick of the Rush bowling was B McAllister with 3 for 30. The game was very much in favour of Rush at the break but when Rush man M Byrne 83* took to the task the game was doomed from a Hills perspective. Rush made the target in just 23.3 overs only loosing 3 wickets on the way. Not a great outing then on the day but well done to all the team for getting to the final in the first place, you would have gotten long odds on them being in the final at the outset of the competition.

And so to Sunday at the Vineyard against Clontarf who had only won 3 of their 9 league outings in Leinster this season. Could they make it 4 wins by overturning The Hills chase of League honours? Despite a vast array of talent the Clontarf team came to Milverton today hovering just above the relegation battles at the bottom half of the league table but could the men from The Hills overcome the hex the men from Castle Avenue seem to have on them over the past several encounters? Batting first it looked like an uphill task as the Clontarf openers progressed to 70 without loss in 15 overs. Luke Clinton 2-41 came into the attack and together with Max Sorensen 3-34 they pinned Clontarf back to 90 for 4. Mark Dwyer 2-45 and Albert van der Merwe 1- 24 joined in the attack and kept the pressure on the Clontarf batsmen who eventually concluded their innings on 201 in the 48th over. Stuart Poynter 51 and Adrian D'Arcy 49 not out were the pick of the Clontarf batsmen.

The Hills reply didn't start well standing at 35 for 3 after 9 overs but Mike Baumgart (26) and Max Sorensen (20) steadied proceedings somewhat. Mark Dwyer (31) came into the battle to join Mike but The Hills continued to spill wickets reaching only 127 for 7 in the 31st over. The two Clinton brothers Luke (22) and Joseph (13) kept up the fight but we were running out of wickets and overs. With 5 overs remaining we needed 16 runs with Emmet Branagan and Manu Kumar (23), the last paining, at the crease and incredibly we got to within 3 runs when Manu top edged to the wicketkeeper to close off the chase. Maybe we need that defibrillator after all! Jordan Coughlan finished with figures of 5-36 off 9.1.

  22.8.10 Winners of 300 Member Club Draw

The draw for the annual 300 member draw took place last evening in the club house and the winners were:

First prize: €2,000: Ticket number 154: Thomas Mc Grane

Second Prize: €1,000: Ticket Number 275: Sean Tyrell

Third Prize: €500 Ticket Number 271: Philippa Hoare

Fourth Prize €250: Ticket Number 13: Re-Think Graphics

  21.8.10 Albert van der Merwe named in Ireland squad to play Canada

Cricket Ireland today announced the squad to take on Canada in their Intercontenental Cup game in Toronto on the 31st of August and two ODI's scheduled for the 7th and 8th of September. Albert joins other locals John Mooney and Andre Botha for the tournament.

The full squad is:

•Trent Johnston (captain) (Railway Union)
•Andre Botha (North County)
•George Dockrell (Leinster)
•Phil Eaglestone (Strabane)
•Allan Eastwood (Pembroke)
•Nigel Jones (Civil Service North)
•Rory McCann (Instonians)
•John Mooney (North County)
•Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union)
•Andrew Poynter (Clontarf)
•Paul Stirling (Middlesex)
•Albert van der Merwe (The Hills)
•Andrew White (Instonians)
•Gary Wilson (Surrey) - ODI's only
•Phil Simmons (Coach)
•Peter Johnston (Assistant Coach/video analyst)
•Roy Torrens (Manager)
•Kieran O'Reilly (Physio)

  16.8.10 Weekly Round-Up

A Lost Weekend. By Bobby Swarbrigg, AKA The Rope

Despite the presence of the Azores High in the North Atlantic a deep depression had descended on the Milverton area by 18.00 hours on Sunday. Strong men were on the verge of tears at the prospect of facing into seasons end on the tail of two losses, one each for First and Second XI's. To tell the truth tears might be a bit of an exaggeration but at the very least the amber and black beverages were just a little less sweet to the palates of The Hills Tribes. It all started to go awry on Saturday with visit to The Vineyard of Terenure for their Division II fixture against The Hills twos. The home side batted first but failed totally to come to terms with the visitors attack and at 77 for 7 things looked bleak for The Hills, it was left, once again, to Joseph Clinton (58*) and Stephen Archer (35) to apply a veneer of respectability to the score as their side stumbled to a total of 211 for 9 in 50 overs. The contribution of this pair of stalwarts to The Hills II this season has been immense and their spirit should be an inspiration to all. Launders, with numbers of 3 for 44 was the pick of the Terenure bowlers.

Terenures new crest depicts a Grecian helmet and while their batsmen stepped into the gap like the Spartans at Thermopylae, they could not be blamed for the absence a Persian horde to trouble them. It seemed that The Hills were suffering from a surfeit of bowlers, 8 were called upon but no matter how they threw themselves against the defenses they were cast back with ease. Mal Byrne with 2 for 26 was the only bowler to achieve figures of note as Terenure reached their target with 3 wickets to spare in the 43rd over. One can't help but feel, with due respect to Terenure, that The Hills weren't actually defeated in this match so much as they lost it.

Anyway, putting that behind us we set out to enjoy the Division I match against Leinster on Sunday knowing that a good result would catapult The Hills to the top of the league, leapfrogging our friends and neighbors in North County. Even without Albert Van der Merwe, away with Ireland, The Hills looked to have the personnel to do the job against a Leinster team which hasn't exactly lit any big fires this season.

Just as in the previous days encounter the home side found themselves batting first and also in the same way only 2 batsmen, Mike Baumgart (71) and Daryl Calder (41), imposed themselves on the opposition bowlers as the Milverton men pushed painfully on to a total of 222 for 9 in 50.

Things started brightly for The Hills as Luke Clinton struck early to send the Leinster openers back whence they came, 22 for 2, however while Anton Scholz remained no one of a Fingalian persuasion was going to relax. The sense of relief was palpable when Max Sorensen had Scholz caught behind by Calder, and it was as good a piece of wicket-keeping as you'd like to see, 33 for 3, now we could begin to enjoy the afternoons entertainment! An afternoon's entertainment was exactly what we witnessed if not the one desired by the majority of the large congregation. JP O'Dwyer (73*) and Carlos Brathwaite (109*) proceeded to treat The Hills bowling with a contempt rarely seen in The Vineyard. As we watched we couldn't help but feel that the manner in which they were taking the aerial route with every second shot that it wouldn't be long before a couple would come to hand but it seemed that all the lucky stars viewed down the years at Observatory Lane were shining down on the Rathmines raiders. As bowler after bowler was repulsed it became clear that what was needed was someone who could take the pace off the ball and when Mark Dwyer was called up that theory was proven correct but the big two were only slowed down by his intrusion and we were now realising that a team with sufficient spinners is, to quote the Master of Woodview, it's like an electrician without a screwdriver. It was further suggested that it's more like an electrician with a faulty phase tester, downright reckless! With 17 overs to spare the Leinster duo had reached the required total and The Hills could only accept a trouncing with good grace and the visiting spectators from Balrothery went home smiling.

The Rope sometimes wonders at the narrowness of the margins in Division I, how easily Leinster might have been looking down from the heights rather than struggling for survival. It speaks volumes for Irish cricket that we can produce quality matches week after week and that our clubs can nurture players to a level where they can present themselves at First Class level and bring our national side to unprecedented heights.

I love this game!


The Ladies Second X1 were narrowly defeated by Clontarf's 2nd's on Monday night. Clontarf made 86. Pick of the bowlers were Nicola Flemming 3 for 30, Rhiannon Pope 1 for 15, Lauran Hoey 1 for 11, Emma Dwyer 1 for 3. The Clontarf bowling was extremely tidy with The Hills managing to make 80 in the 20 overs. Run makers for The Hills included: Caroline Clinton 37, Barbara Clinton 10 & Lisa Maguire 14.

The Ladies Second X1 were also in action on Wednesday night where they beat Phoenix. Phoenix batted first making 67. A wicket a piece for Stephanie Woods & Lauran Hoey. The ladies reached the score in just 11 overs for the lost of 2 wickets. Ricka Walser 23 no, Veronica Fay Watson 8 no, Lisa Maguire 10 & Rhiannon Pope 8.

Our Under 13's reached the final of the Gerry Byrne Cup on Friday but came up against a very strong North County side who took the trophy with relative ease having set a massive target of 162 in their 20 overs. Well done to our side in getting to the final and for their spirit and efforts on the night.

On Saturday the Fifth X1 suffered a narrow 5 run defeat to North County but went on to win by 14 runs against Leinster on Sunday

  9.8.10 Weekly Round-Up August 9th

Saturday was a busy day at the club with two teams in cup competitions and lots of league action.

Our Ladies First X1 travelled to Rathmines to take on Pembroke in the Leinster Junior Cup Final. Given the closeness of the previous encounter between the two sides it promised to be a tough challenge. The last time our Ladies captured cup silverware was in 2007 in the Minor Cup but this occasion was another step up for the team to capture the Junior title. Pembroke batted first and The Hills bowling and fielding kept the challengers to a relatively small total of just 69 for 8 from their 20 overs. This was not enough for Pembroke and The Hills ladies ran up the total for the loss of just one wicket in just over 10 overs. Miranda Andrews was named player of the match.

The Second X1 travelled to Rush in the Division 2 league clash. Batting first The Hills put on a reasonably good total of 243 for 8 off the 50 overs with Tomás Murphy (53) and Malcolm Byrne (50) being the pick of The Hills batting efforts. Rush reached the total but not until there was just 13 balls left in their innings and the dismissal of six of their batsmen. Chief contributors for Rush were A. Butterly (80) and S Gull ending with a fine innings of 75 not out.

The Fifth X1 travelled to the lush pastureland of Halverstown in County Kildare to stake their claim for a place in the final of the Minor Cup. Batting first on a damp artificial wicket and very slow outfield conditions The Hills stuttered through the early overs loosing early wickets and with the exception of Nick Farrell(24) making little progress towards a total. It all changed when Ian Tolan and Ali Mc Mahon came to the crease, between them they took the innings by the scruff of the neck and settled into a great partnership of 120. Ian Tolan finished on 54 and Ali Mc Mahon finished on 68. The Hills finished with a total of 178 for 6 off the 40 overs and it looked like a reasonably defendable tally. With improving weather and ground conditions though The Hills still needed a good bowling and fielding performance if they were to prevail. Ian Tolan led the attack taking 3 wickets for 17 runs in an excellent spell. B Mullen 3 for 33 and Martin Byrne 2 for 18 kept the pressure on Halverstown who eventually were all out for 153, 25 short of the mark. The final will be played in Rush on Saturday week the 21st of August. Congratulations to Ian Tolan in breaking the 50 runs marker for the first time.

Also on Saturday the Fourth X1 hosted local rivals Rush at the Vineyard. Batting first The Hills started their innings by loosing two early wickets. Jason Magee and Ian Doherty steadied the ship with two fine innings of 53 and 40 respectively but it came down to Jim Briscoe with an undefeated 39 to bring up a defendable total of 174 with extras contributing an important 25. Rush never really got into the game with some fine bowling by Paul Butler taking 4 wickets for 8 runs allowing The Hills the luxury of using 10 bowlers in total. Other wicket takers were John Derham, Dean Robinson, Jason Magee and Paul Smith. Rush were eventually all out for 109 off 27 overs.

The fourths again took to the field on Sunday to face league contenders Mullingar. The Hills batted first but were dismissed for a modest 73 which Mullingar answered for the loss of just 3 wickets.

  9.8.10 Tomás Murphy Selected for Ireland U 17's

Cricket Ireland today announced a 13 man squad for their three games against Scotland in the European Series Challenge this week. Congratulations to Tomás Murphy who has been called into the squad for the series which will be played at Glendermot and Eglington over the coming three days.

  6.8.10 Change of Timing for Ladies Cup Final

The Cup Final for our Ladies First X1 has been changed to a 3.30 start at Leinster Cricket Club in Rathmines tomorrow.

Also tomorrow don't forget that the Fifth X1 are in the Semi Final of their Cup competition in Halverstown. Game starts at 1 o'clock.

All support for both games greatly appreciated.

  3.8.10 Weekly Round-Up August 3rd

Bobby Swarbrigg penned this account of the Second X1 game against Old Belvedere on Saturday.

We took ourselves to the Cabra Oval on Saturday to see if The Hills 2nd XI could do the double over Old Belvedere, and an eventful day it proved to be.

The Hills batted first and with just three overs completed, during which there were in the region of 15 appeals for LBW, umpire McGeehan became concerned about the length, or lack of it, of the wicket, then it rained. By the time the rain stopped a tape measure had been acquired and after due ceremony, measurements were taken, it appeared that the good umpire had been misled by the shadow left on the grass by last week's long wicket. Apologies were issued to the groundsman in his absence and play resumed with The Hills innings reduced to 44 overs.

The Hills batters were kept in check by the Belvo bowlers and, in no small measure, by a tacky sort of wicket which often slowed the arrival of the ball enough to bamboozle even the best, and together with a holding outfield this made it difficult to score freely along the ground. Four wickets had fallen for fewer than 90 runs when Joe Clinton was joined by Steven Archer and these two were to put on forty some runs before departing in quick succession, replaced for the final couple of overs by William Archer and Nadeem Akhtar. The Hills made 146 for 6.

The Old Boys innings wasn't very old when their opener shouldered arms to Joe Clinton and lost his bails, when asked why he replied that he was leaving it for the bounce, "in Cabra?" was the incredulous retort. Further interruptions for rain broke the rhythm of The Hills attack and the momentum which had built up to dismiss 5 of the hosts was in danger of being lost. With 18 overs of the reply completed the rain came again and with 20 overs needed to make a match and with The Hills well ahead by Duckworth Lewis calculations it became imperative that a couple more overs be squeezed in to take the points back to Milverton. The required balls were bowled and with, by now, 7 Belvedere wickets down the overs available to the Cabra side had been further reduced to 34, now they needed 4 an over. This was not an impossible task but if the home side thought they might just squeak a victory they had reckoned without Steven Archer who had been waiting in the long grass to ambush the tail enders and he finished with figures of 5 for 26. Earlier wickets had fallen to Joe Clinton , Mal Byrne, Will Archer (2) and Nadeem, as The Hills 2s won by 43 runs to take their fourth victory of the campaign.

On Sunday the Second X1 took on Pembroke at the Vineyard in overcast conditions with rain eventually reducing the overs and the infamous Duckworth Lewis being called upon to help decide the outcome. The Hills batted first and it was great to see Patrick Byrne make his return to the crease after a prolonged absence due to injury. The pick of The Hills batting was Kumar(49), Patrick Byrne(34), Nadeem Akhtar(17),Mark Dwyer(15) and Tomás Murphy(14). The Hills finished on a total of 187 for 9 off the 50 overs. With the start of the Pembroke innings delayed by rain the revised target was set at 162 to win off 36 overs. With the Pembroke score on 9 Joseph Clinton captured Mc Carthy LBW to take the first scalp. This brought together a fine partnership by Lawson and Moreton with 46 and 63 respectively. Despite these two fine innings Pembroke came up 4 runs short in the end, amazingly with 7 wickets still watching from the clubhouse! Whoever said it was easy on the heart being a Hills supporter, well done to all the lads on the Second X1 for their efforts over the double weekend.

The Bank Holiday Monday saw The Hills host the Middle Cup final with the home Third X1 facing Merrion. Given that Merrion play a league division above our thirds it was going to be a tough call from the outset. Merrion batted first and despite a very early wicket from a superb catch by Jason Magee off the bowling of Darren Byrne they made steady progress through to 79 before the next wicket fell. Watkins and O Tuama with a fine 31 and 40 respectively. But then came the innings that set Merrion on track for a good total with Mc Grath who despite getting injured and needing a runner went on to make 68 before being dismissed by Garry Hynes with the total on 193. Mc Grath was accompanied at the crease by O Keefe who made a fine supporting 50 before being bowled by Clifford Costello but with the total now on 234. The final tally was 238 with the pick of The Hills bowling being Will Archer who took 3 wickets for 37 off 8 overs. To chase that total we needed players to hit some real form and we thought we had when Brendan Moore hit a swashbuckling 63, smashing shots to all parts of the ground. Garry Hynes played a captains innings getting 36 with support from Clifford Costello(19), Jason Magee(17) but it wasn't enough in the end with The Hills coming up 56 runs short of the target. Matt Sheridan, President of The Leinster Cricket Union presented the trophies to the winning Merrion side and in his address he praised the great organisation that The Hills had put into the event from the grounds through to the hospitality and the catering for the day.

Earlier last week the Ladies Second X1 had a good win against Pembroke. Pembroke were all out for 69 runs. 3 wickets a piece for Nicola Flemming & Rebecca Brannigan and a wicket each for Sophie Clinton & Emma Dwyer. The Hills Ladies reached the runs in the 13th over. Nicola Flemming top scored with 26 not out followed by Caroline Clinton with 21.

  30.7.10 Taverners Match Scheduled for this evening cancelled

The match due to take place on the ground this evening has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

  29.7.10 The Hills Third X1 reach Middle Cup Final

The Third X1 have reached the Final of the Middle Cup which will be played at the Vineyard on Monday August 2nd. The opposition on Monday will be Merrion and hopefully we will have big local support to cheer on our lads in our first final of the Leinster season so far.

  28.7.10 Albert van der Merwe to captain Ireland A's

Cricket Ireland announced this morning a squad of 12 for their forthcoming clash with MCC next week. The fixture takes place at Trinity College Dublin between Tuesday August 3 and Thursday August 5.

There is just the one new face in the ranks, with Pembroke fast bowler Allan Eastwood gaining recognition after impressing former Ireland senior coach Adi Birrell in recent times.

Five of the side have played for the senior international side, with Albert van der Merwe from The Hills being given the captaincy role once again. Another Hills man Jeremy Bray continues in his coaching role with the A squad.

Play on all three days starts at 11am, and entry to the game is free.

Ireland v MCC at Trinity College - Tuesday August 3- Thursday August 5 - Games start at 11 am

  5.8.10 Annual Golf Classic Thursday 5th August 2010.

The Hills Annual Golf Classic will be held on Thursday the 5th of August in Skerries Golf Club. There are still some tee times available, 4 balls cost €240 per team which includes a meal afterwards in the golf club. Contact Joseph Clinton (086) 600 6149 or Martin Everard (086) 256 3023 for tee times. There are also some open opportunities for sponsorship, why not sponsor a hole it only costs €100 and your company name and logo will be prominently displayed on the course.

Rebecca Branagan Selected for Leinstare U15 Girls

Great news that Rebecca Branagan has been selected to represent Leinster U15 girls in an upcoming tournament in Malvern, in the UK from 10th to 13th of August 2010. Other participating teams include Buckinghamshire, Devon, Dorset, Shropshire, Surrey and Wales.

  19.7.10 Weekly Round-Up

Saturday was a great start to the weekend with the First X1 beating Malahide by 7 wickets. Max scored 60 no and Mike 38 no in the chase for the Malahide total of 153.

The Third X1 saw off Malahide in the Middle Cup semi final to ensure a home team participating in the final in The Hills. Andrew Moore with 3 for 26 kept the Malahide total to a reachable 182. It was a closer affair than the First X1 but in the end we had 2 wickets in hand. Jason Magee 69 no and Garry Hynes 63 no saw the side home safely. Out Fifth X1 saw off Pembroke by six wickets with Nick Farrell 86 no and Christivan Maritz 56 no doing most of the damage for The Hills. Also on Saturday the U11's beat Clontarf and the U13B's saw off the Merrion Challenge.

This week sees two major visit to the Vineyard, on Tuesday we play host to Primrose Hill CC from London at U13's. The following will be representing The Hills for this game which starts at 10:30: Darragh Coleman, Darragh Martin, Ian Byrne, Ultan Doherty and Rhiannan Pope. Good luck to them all as I hear the boys from Primrose are pretty good.

On Wednesday we host a large party of children from Guichen in France which is twinned with Skerries. This will be the first time that they will have been introduced to cricket and it is a great chance for our own children to meet new friends.

On the more normal cricket from this week we have:

Mon 19th July Ladies 1st Rush Home
19th July 17 North Rush/Hills Team 1pm Malahide Home
Tues 20th July 1st 20/20 The Hills 2 Home
20th July 2nd 20/20 The Hills 1 Home
20th July U13 Selection Touring side Primrose Hill CC Home
Wed 21st July 15B 1 pm start Knockharley/Mullingar Home
21st July U13's Plus Cricket Event Guichen (France) Home
Thurs 22nd July 1st Christie Russell Cup Final Away
22nd July 11 Girls 2 pm start Railway Union Home
Fri 23rd July 1st X1 ISC Waringstown Home

Interesting week with the big highlight being the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup match against Waringstown on Friday.

  13.7.10 Heinrick Walser selected for North Leinster U 11's

Under 11 he may be but he is already making a name for himself. Heinrick Walser has been picked for the North Leinster U11 team to take on South Leinster tomorrow in Pembroke.The game starts at 11 am. Good luck Heinrick in the game and congratulations on your selection, well deserved.

  12.7.10 Nets reopened for practice

The remedial work on the playing surface of the nets has been completed and they are now reopened for all practice sessions.

  09.07.10 Two Hills Players selected for Ireland A

Jeremy Bray and Albert van der Merwe have been selected for the Ireland A team that take part in the European Championships in Jersey.on July 13th-July 19th. Jeremy is given the task of Player/Coach while Albert will captain the side until Andrew Poynter arrives after his efforts with the senior squad at Stormont against Bangladesh. Congratulations to both on their selection.

Phil Simmons said of the squad: “It’s an important competition as it gives the players a chance to claim a spot in the squad for the World Cup next year. There are places on the plane to be had, and it’s up to the guys to show me what they can do. They know what a great opportunity this tournament offers them".

  06.07.10 North Leinster Vs South Leinster U13 Girls

The Under 13 girls dished up a nail biting game at The Vineyard yesterday with North Leinster coming up just 3 runs short of the target.

The Hills U 13's were well represented with four girls getting called into the side. South Leinster batted first and were held to a lowish score of 72 all out in 16 overs. A Mc Donnell top scored with 11.

Rhiannon Pope and Katie Boylan took two wickets each for 20 and 15 respectively. F Gill from Malahide took three wickets for just 12 runs.

In reply Samanta Keegan top scored with 13 supported by Rhiannon Pope(7), F Gill(8) and U Hoey(12) but it was the bowling of A Stokes,5 for 11, for South Leinster that shaped the result.

North Leinster reached 69 all out in 17.3 overs just 3 runs short of the target.

  05.07.10 Nets Temporarily Closed

As we have a need to carry out repair work on the playing surface in the nets, they will be closed for all practice from today. We hope to have them reopened in the near future and we will notify all captains and mentors when the work has been completed. Apologies for any inconvenience.

  29.06.10 The Hills to Host U13 Girls Interprovincial

Monday the 5th of July sees The Hills host the North Leinster Vs South Leinster Interprovincial for Under 13 Girls. The game starts at 1 pm and with several of our own U13's listed earlier in the squad we would all be hoping that they will be in the team on the day.

  24.06.10 Tomás Murphy in Ireland U17 Squad

Tomás Murphy has been picked for the Ireland U17 panel that will play a nine match series in August in the revamped U17 European Championships. Ireland who are the defending champions will play their first game against Jersey in The Hills on August the 4th.

Congratulations Tomás on your inclusion in the panel and I am sure after the exertions of a Leaving Cert you will be glad of the chance to get fully back into your game.

More details on: http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES3/articles/000037/003799.shtm

  15.06.10 Albert van der Merwe selected for Ireland

Club Development Officer Albert van der Merwe has been included by Cricket Ireland in the Ireland Senior Squad for the upcoming RSA Series Vs West Indies A being played in Belfast on June 23rd and 25th as well as for the upcoming World Cricket League being played in The Netherlands from July 1st to July 10th. Congratulations Albert and the best of luck in the games. Full details on the cricket Ireland web site; http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES3/articles/000036/003636.shtml


  12.06.10 Draw for the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Quarter Finals

Mrs Hope Kerr, wife of the late Bob Kerr, together with Matt Sheridan officiated at the Vineyard for the drawing of the next round of the All Ireland Cup.

The Draw for the next round is as follows:

The Hills v Waringstown

Glendermott v Fox Lodge

Coleraine v Railway Union

North County v Merrion

Matches will be played on July 3rd

Death of Mrs Bridget Grimes

Many of you are probably already aware of the sad passing away of Mrs Grimes mother of our well known club member Pat. Our condolences go out to Pat and his extended family and friends.

Mrs Grimes was brought to St Patricks Church in Skerries Monday evening, April 19th, and burial took place on Tuesday, April 20th.

May she rest on peace.

Jeremy Bray to Captain Ireland A Team

Cricket Ireland this morning announced details of the Ireland A training squad, and their confirmed fixtures for 2010 to date. Recently retired senior international batsman Jeremy Bray has been chosen as captain for the squad, with Senior international coach Phil Simmons keen to utilise his considerable experience with what is primarily a very youthful squad.

Simmons outlined his thoughts on the composition of his squad saying, "I want to keep Jeremy involved even though he's hung up his boots in terms of the senior squad, and he's keen to get involved on the coaching side of things. Adi Birrell will be in charge of the squad for most but not all of the games and he'll be helped out by Mark Garaway, who is our cricket Operations Director. We will use other coaches as and when we identify a need for them."

Our own Club Development Officer Albert van der Merwe has also been named in the squad. Good luck to them both.

The squad in full is as follows: Jeremy Bray (Captain) (The Hills), Andy Balbirnie (Pembroke), Andy Britton (Fox Lodge), Jordan Coghlan (Clontarf) George Dockrell (Leinster), Chris Dougherty (Bready), Phil Eaglestone (Strabane), Shane Getkate (Malahide), James Hall (Waringstown), Nigel Jones (Civil Service North), Gary Kidd (Waringstown), Fintan McAllister (Malahide), Rory McCann (Instonians), Graham McDonnell (Pembroke), Niall Mc Donnell (Strabane), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Eddie Richardson (North County), James Shannon (Instonians), Reinhardt Strydom (YMCA), Albert van der Merwe (The Hills), Craig Young (Bready).

Jim Bennett Receives ICC Global Award

Cricket Ireland has two reasons to celebrate following the announcement today of the global winners of the Pepsi ICC Development Programme annual awards.

Jim Bennett and Rob O’Connor are the two worthy recipients, winning their accolades for the Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Photo of the Year respectively.

Jim has been a tireless worker for Irish cricket at youth level, and has been a pivotal figure as Ireland’s under-age teams have dominated European cricket over the past decade. Players who have come through the much vaunted Irish youth system include Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan, the O’Brien brothers, Boyd Rankin, Gary Wilson and current captain William Porterfield.

Cricket Ireland President Arthur Vincent paid tribute to both saying: “This is great news for Irish cricket and I’m delighted for both winners. Jim Bennett is a dedicated and tireless volunteer for Irish youth cricket, and it’s thanks to the likes of stalwarts like Jim why our youth system is the envy of many countries. He is quite simply a fantastic servant to the cause of cricket in the country and the award is richly deserved. Jim is a gentleman and a great ambassador for Irish cricket.”

Well done Jim having already received the European Award to be recognised on this way is a great honour both for yourself and for our club.

Thomas Murphy Named on the Leinster U17’s Training Squad

Up and coming all rounder Thomas Murphy has been named in the Leinster U17’s training squad. As well as playing both NCU and North West in May, the squad will also take part in a tour to the UK (Swalwell CC, Newcastle) in June (21st-25th).

The squad will partake in the ‘Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Triangular Series’ that will involve a series of games against NUSC-CC and Scotland U’19’s.

The best of luck to Thomas.

Cristivan Maritz Named in Leinster U15’s & Heinrick Walser picked for Leinster U11’s Training Squad

Cristivan Maritz has been selected to take part in the U15’s coaching squad in advance of the summer schedule. This schedule will include: Ten coaching sessions between now and Easter will give the boys an opportunity to further develop their playing skills and to try to gain selection onto the Leinster U’15’s squad for this summers playing programme. As well as playing in the interprovincial series next July, the squad will also take part in a tour to the UK next August (2nd- 6th). The squad will partake in the Staffordshire Youth Cricket festival that will involve games against Staffordshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Lincolnshire.

Heinrick Walser has been selected for the training squad at U11’s. In addition to training and coaching sessions and domestic interprovincial matches the team have a planned tour to Wales later in the summer.

Good luck Cristivan and Heinrik and we wish you well for selection in the summer squads.

Banner Advertising

As we have now successfully launched the new website we are now ready to accept advertisers on the site. The advertisers will receive a full year’s advert on the rotating banner at the top of the web site for a special introductory price of €150.00. This is incredible value considering the exposure the club has, not just within its own membership but across Fingal, Leinster and Ireland North and South. If you know someone that might be interested in exploring this opportunity please contact by email: info@thehillscricketclub.com or any of the committee.

Thomas Mc Grane Tribute Night

The Hills hosted a special tribute to one of the great men of Leinster and Fingal cricket recently. They gathered in their droves from all across Leinster and Fingal in the clubhouse of The Hills Cricket Club in Skerries to pay tribute to Thomas Mc Grane for his incredible lifetime contribution to the game of cricket. The tributes were led on the night by Arthur Vincent, President of Cricket Ireland, who thanked Tom for his work not just in Fingal but also in Leinster. Arthur praised all the Fingal Clubs for their continued contribution to cricket in Ireland as well as the warmth of the welcome he had always received when visiting clubs in the area both as an official and a player. Matt Sheridan, President of The Leinster Cricket Union reminded the assembled audience that Tom was an honorary life member of the LCU in recognition of his contribution to that organisation. Siobhan McBennett representing the Leinster Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association thanked Tom for his great contribution to umpiring in Leinster.

Seamus Clinton, President of The Fingal Cricket League, cited Tom’s work as one of the key reasons that cricket continues to flourish in Fingal today. The Presidents of the four clubs in Fingal namely; David O’Connor; North County, Ivan Harper; Balbriggan, Jim Bennett; The Hills and the incoming President from Rush Ann Harford presented Tom with a water colour of local interest specially commissioned for the occasion. Formalities concluded and it was down to tales of previous matches, personalities, runs hit, catches held and dropped, wickets taken and the odd questionable umpiring decision. Whatever the competitive banter amongst the four clubs present, they were all united on Friday night in paying tribute to one of the great men of cricket, Thomas Mc Grane.

Haiti Appeal Update

Generosity from supporters and club members and friends continues to amaze with a further €700.00 lodged to the Concern Worldwide Haiti appeal. This brings the total funds raised to nearly €12,000.00. Many thanks and congratulations on stepping up to the challenge to help this more than worthy cause.

Naseer Shoukat joins The Hills Cricket Club for 2010 Season

Capped 11 times for Ireland in 2004 and 2005 Naseer Shoukat will be playing his cricket with The Hills Cricket Club for the 2010 season. Naseer has had a distinguished career with both Ireland and with Rush Cricket Club for the past 15 years. Commenting on the development Jim Bennett, President of The Hills said “with the new structure in place for the coming season we are delighted that a man with such a pedigree would be with The Hills for the challenging season ahead”. Naseer won the O’Grady Cup in Leinster for the 2009 season for his bowling taking 28 wickets and making just short of 500 runs with the bat.

The Leinster League is undergoing considerable structural change for 2010 with the old Senior 1, Section A-B, Senior 2, Senior 3 etc being replaced with Leagues Divisions numbered 1-13 with each league made up of 8 teams. The Hills have a team in both Division 1 and Division 2. “With 2 teams competing at this level, 2010 will represent a considerable step-up for many of our players and having Naseer on our team is a big bonus for us” commented Bennett.

Naseer is originally from Pakistan but has been resident in Fingal for more than 15 years.

Concern Haiti Appeal

Our fund raiser held in the clubhouse last Friday produced a wonderful result with the club depositing over €11,000 to date to the Concern Haiti appeal fund. The generous response from the members, supporters, parents and the business community enabled us to run the very successful auction and raffle. Everything from aromatherapy products to cricket bats, paintings, skips, fruit hampers, signed jerseys and special discount vouchers made sure that there was something for everyone. Jim Bennett did a great job as auctioneer, ably assisted by Sean Hoare and Malcolm Byrne. Local Concern man Donal Darcy gave us an insight into what it’s like on the ground in Haiti and what efforts are being put in place by the Concern team to alleviate the tragic circumstances of the people of Haiti. Martin Byrne entertained us during the auctioneering intervals. Well done to the organisers and a big thank you to all who contributed in so many ways. Your generosity continues in abundance.

European Cricket Award for Jim Bennett

Our President has just been awarded a prestigious European Award, ICC Europe announced the European regional winners of the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for 2009. Jim Bennett, our President, was awarded Volunteer of the Year for his tireless services to the development of youth cricket and cricket coach education over the last decade. Well done Jim very well deserved and a great honour for The Hills to have you on our team.

Jeremy Bray Retires from International Duties

Jeremy Bray has announced that he will retire from international cricket after playing 83 times for Ireland. Jeremy scored over 2,800 runs in his Irish career scoring seven centuries en route.

Explaining his decision, 36-year-old Bray said, “I’m not getting any younger, and it’s hard to get up to the levels of fitness now required for international cricket.
“The team has an incredibly demanding schedule over the next few years, and I couldn’t commit myself fully to that programme.” “I have had some wonderful memories and will always be grateful to Ireland for giving me the opportunity. I’d like to thank Adi Birrell for the faith he showed in me, and Phil Simmons for giving me the chance to make a comeback after being out of the side for two years. “The Irish fans are superb, and I’ll never forget the atmosphere of the World Cup in the West Indies.”

Jeremy made his Irish debut in 2002 and is in 9th position both in overall total runs and on averages.

Commenting in the development Martin Byrne, Chairman noted; “Jeremy has been a great contributor to the Irish cricket team since he made his debut in 2002, he has also been a great boost to The Hills. We wish Jeremy all our best wishes and thanks for his efforts and the great enjoyment he has provided us in the Irish shirt but we are also delighted that Jeremy will continue his playing career with The Hills for the 2010 season and hopefully many more to come”.

Matt Dwyer Talks to Cover Point about the Ireland U19’s chances at the U19 ICC World Cup

CP: Hi Matt, pleased with the way the preparations have gone?

MD: The preparations have gone fairly well, though we are restricted to the weekends. We’ve had Trent, Alex Cusack, Whitey and Kyle involved so that’s been good. We have laid down fitness regimes and its gone well. To be honest though it is a disadvantage playing the tournament out of season. We’ve been restricted to indoor nets. It’s not ideal.


CP: What is the news about Graham McDonnell – already down in Sydney?

MD: Well he was carrying an injury when he went there but I believe he it is ok. The reports coming through from his coach down there at Mosman have been good.


CP: Have you a clear idea of what your starting XI is going to be for the World Cup opener against South Africa on Jan 15th?

MD: It would be wrong to say that I have pre-conceived ideas about the starting XI.

I guess as with most teams you have a core of about 8 players who could be fairly confident about their place. But because it’s being played out of season a lot will depend on how the guys are shaping up in training and in the warm-up games. There are plenty of places up for grabs.

By the time we are back, I think all the lads will have had a good opportunity to contribute.#


CP: How much will the conditions be a factor?

MD: Well there is a perception about New Zealand that it’s similar to Ireland but the more you look into it it’s not the case. For instance, the temperatures in Christchurch and Queenstown at the moment are between 25 and 30 degrees. I’d like someone to tell me in which corner of Ireland we get those temperatures! The heat will be a factor but we have a week in Sydney to get the body clocks right and to acclimatise so it shouldn’t be too bad. However, I don’t think we’ll be playing on green seaming wickets – I think it’ll be decent first-class pitches.


CP: What is your target for the tournament – to reach the Super 8s or to beat the USA and be competitive in the other matches?

MD: Listen, we’re not going there to be competitive. That’s a given. We qualified for it and when we pull on the green shirt we’re already competing. We’re going there to win. You can lose a match by 200 runs and turn around and win the next match. It’s not about being competitive. There’s no point in going unless we go there to win.

Our aim will be to topple one of the big guys in our first two matches (South Africa and Australia) and then beat the USA. The USA were the only side to beat us in Canada so we’ll be out to win that one. The tournament has three phases. The first is the warm-up, then the first three World Cup matches and then either the Super 8 or the Plate. Our immediate aim is to get as much as we can out of the four warm-up matches. Then our overall goal is to make the Super 8 stage. If we don’t make it then we’ll regroup and aim to win the Plate competition – that’s the second goal.

Matt Dwyer in conversation with Liam Rooney, Cover Point. http://www.cover-point.com

December 20th saw the Christmas Carols event at The Hills raise much needed funds for the local branch of The Society of St Vincent de Paul. Local soprano Noreen Molloy was joined my many local choristers and the boys and girls from Seaview Montessori to entertain the audience with seasonal music and song. Noreen Gavin provided all with accompaniment and she was joined by Martin Byrne and Michael Gavin adding some solo performances to compliment the evening. Entertainment was finished in time for the mulled wine and mince pies. The event raised over €700.00 for the local charity and a cheque was presented on the evening to members of the local chapter who were present. Thanks to everyone who attended and help raise the funds.
December 19th saw the running of the produce and cake sale. The clubhouse was transformed into a mini market for the day with all classes of produce and confectionary for sale. Everything from locally produced cauliflower, potatoes, eggs, cabbage, carrots, herbs, and fruit of all varieties were complemented by cakes and confectionary of excellent home baked delicacies. A large crowd attended and made sure the event was a success raising substantial funds for the club. Many thanks to all the local producers for their incredible support and to those home bakers that toiled in their home kitchens.
Results of the Christmas Raffle
Prize Card Line Name
1 9 6 Ciaran Nugent
2 136 12 James Rogan
3 138 10 Seamus Hanratty ℅ Johnny Archer
4 195 2 Alistair McMahon
5 24 12 Jessica Butler
6 112 2 Michael Gavin
7 80 4 Mrs Devane
8 79 6 Mairead Devane
9 13 5 Marian Gavin
10 165 8 Anna Lynch ℅ Nick Farrell
11 99 11 Justin Kavavagh
12 21 3 Dent Magic
13 51 10 Mary Gilbride
The Leinster Leagues for 2010 are as follows:
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4
North Co 2
Merrion 2
Railway Union
Pembroke 2
Malahide 2
Wicklow County
The Hills
Old Belvedere
Clontarf 2
Old Belvedere 2
North County
Civil Service
North Kildare
Railway Union 2
Phoenix 2
Cork Co.
Leinster 2
North County 3
The Hills 2
Division 5
Division 6
Division 7
Division 8
Malahide 3
The Hills 3
Wicklow County 2
Merrion 3
Sandyford 2
Clontarf 3
Merrion 4
Leinster 4
Wexford Wdrs
Rush 2
Old Belvedere 3
Railway Union 3
Pembroke 3
Malahide 4
Clontarf 4
Phoenix 3
Laois 2
Trinity 2
Leinster 5
Leinster 3
Civil Service 2
Ireland Women
North Kildare 2
Merrion 5
Balbriggan 2
Division 9
Division 10
Division 11
Division 12
Rush 3
Sandyford 3
Leinster 7
Phoenix 4
Malahide 5
Civil Service 3
Trinity 3
Merrion 6
Bagenalstown 2
Knockharley 2
Clontarf 5
North County 4
Mullingar 2
Railway Union 4
The Hills 5
Wicklow County 3
The Hills 4
Wicklow County 4
Merrion 7
Pembroke 4
North Kildare 3
Laois 3
Pembroke 6
Leinster 6
Pembroke 5
Old Belvedere 4
North County 5
Dundrum 2
Civil Service 4
Division 13
Railway Union 5
Wexford Wdrs 2
Merrion 8
Rush 4
Clontarf 6
Wicklow County 5
Knockharley 3
Civil Service 5
Irish Senior Cup Draw

The draw for the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup has taken place and The Hills have been drawn away to Carrickfergus.  The match will be played on May the 8th, North County are at home to Eglinton on the same date.  Rush take part in the previous round at home to Lurgan on April 24th.

The full draw is as follows:

Round One - Saturday April 24th
A. Old Belvedere v Downpatrick
B. Rush v Lurgan
C. CYM v Cork Harlequins

Round Two - Saturday May 8
Phoenix v Glendermott
Railway Union v Winner of B
Leinster v Winner of C
Pembroke v North Down
North County v Eglinton
Brigade v Instonians
Bready v YMCA
Strabane v Merrion
Killymallaght v Clontarf
St Johnston v Malahide
Lisburn v Limavady
Civil Service North v Cork County
Carrickfergus v The Hills
CIYMS v Donemana
Ballymena v Fox Lodge
Winner of A v Waringstown

Presentation of Prizes

- Player of the Year – Paul Butler
- Centurions – Paul Butler, Paddy Byrne

- Player of the Year – Jason Magee

- Player of the Year – Kamran Butt;
- Centurion: Kamran Butt

- Player of the Year – Tracy Clinton;
- Centurion: Tracy Clinton
- Representative Honours – Laura Boylan, Ireland U17 and Gillian Hoare, Leinster U15 ; Winners of Leinster U15 Girls Championship with Malahide
- Individual honours at Leinster Level – Tracy Clinton (Batting) and Miranda Andrews (Bowling)

Youth Cricket
- Most Improved Player (Wentges Cup) Tomas Murphy
- Representative Honours- Tomas Murphy, Southern Schools

- Representative Honours – Jeremy Bray played for Ireland in T20 World Cup and in ICC Trophy
- Luke Clinton won Fair Play Award
- Albert Van Der Merwe won All –Rounder of the Year in Leinster

- Max Sorensen
- Jeremy Bray x 2
- Patrick Byrne
- Albert Van Der Merwe
- Mike Baumgart

Player of the Year
- Albert Van Der Merwe

- Winners of Senior 2 League and will be playing Senior cricket next year
- Winners of Fingal Championship Cup

Player of the Year
- Malcolm Byrne

Event Alert-Poker Classic

Friday night next the 3rd of April we launch the first Poker Classic in the Club House at 8:30 pm. We are hoping that this will be the first of many such events which will help us raise much needed funds. 

We need your help in several ways: 

•         Players who enjoy a good game of cards with great cash prizes. Player fee for the classic costs €25. 

•         Volunteers to help out with the running of the night and manning the bar 

•         People prepared to make some sandwiches for the night. 

This is a very important fund raising event for the Club and I would ask you all to help out in any way that you can. Pass along this information to your friends and let Johnny Archer know of your availability and willingness to help out on the night. Johnny can be contacted on 086 1661262. Even if you don’t play poker it promises to be a great night.

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