Cricket - Schools' Cup Winners!

Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School’s 1st XI Cricket team which secured victory over Coleraine Academical Institution in the final of the Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup on Tuesday 26th June.

Having secured their place in the final with an impressive 48 run home win over Limavady Grammar School the previous day, Grosvenor produced a confident and mature performance at Muckamore Cricket Club to achieve a comfortable eight wicket victory in the final.

Having lost the toss and been placed in the field Grosvenor’s bowlers set about their task with vigour, with notable performances coming from captain Alistair Shields (2 for 18) and Carl Rae (3 for 16) as well as Matthew Lindsay, Patrick Carser and Scott Irvine, each of whom contributed one wicket.  Such was the disciplined nature of Grosvenor’s bowling and fielding that C.A.I. soon capitulated, falling from a promising 58-2 after 17 overs to a final total of 103, with the team all out a full nine overs short of their allotted 36. 

Following an extended lunch break due to rain Grosvenor were set a revised total of 93 runs from 25 overs to secure the cup.  Despite losing opener Aaron Johnston in the third over the Grosvenor ship was soon steadied by Irish Under 19 international Shields and fellow Upper 6th pupil Stuart Smyth before the latter fell, run out for 22.  Despite this setback Grosvenor’s victory never looked in doubt, with Shields eventually hitting the winning runs to leave him unbeaten on 43 as Grosvenor knocked off their target with eight wickets and 9.2 overs to spare.

Grosvenor’s victory in the competition comes after a series of convincing wins over Belfast High School, B.R.A., and Foyle and Londonderry College in the earlier rounds, as well as Limavady Grammar School and C.A.I. in the aforementioned semi final and final.  What is more, its success is made all the more remarkable given that cricket was only re-introduced within the School in 2000, following the arrival onto its staff of Irish international Mr Kyle McCallan. 

Particular praise is reserved for Mr McCallan as well as his colleagues Mr Johnny Young and Mr Andrew White, the latter also a current Irish international.  Over the last number of years this triumvirate have succeeded is steadily raising the level of interest in cricket within Grosvenor, as well as the standard of performances from players and teams within it.

Grosvenor’s victory in the 2012 Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup serves as perfect recognition of the progress made within the School over the past dozen years: with continued application and effort it will hopefully be celebrating further cricketing achievements in the years to come.