Mixed Fortunes

Appraoching the halfway stage of the season, AC Guitars Kingholm are starting to hit the right notes, but RWS Forestry St Michael’s continue to struggle…

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Sposorship Continues

St Michael’s Cricket Club is extremely pleased to announce that they have secured continued sponsorship for their junior section with local financial adviser Iain Dalling.

Saints will use Iain’s support to continue to build and develop the youth section of the club, which currently has nine Under 17s and 14 U13s taking part in training every week, and representing the club in various sides throughout the cricket season.

Iain said “It’s a pleasure to continue to support St. Michael’s. The youngsters who attend all have a great time; get excellent coaching and are always on the lookout for new members. I hope my sponsorship continues to help the youngsters and the club develop.”

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Iain Dalling with some of the junior players

Saints junior head coach Davey Fallas added “On behalf of the club and especially the many juniors we have here at Saints, I’d like to thank Iain for this valued support. Without sponsorship like this from Iain Dalling – True Potential Wealth Partner, many local sports clubs would struggle to make ends meet.

“This sponsorship will be used to continue to develop our successful youth programme, which we estimate will see five home grown players in the 1st X1 and six home grown players in the 2nd X1 side this season.”

Saints Launch Junior Academy

As a proactive and progressive club, St Michael’s Cricket Club is renowned for promoting youth cricket in Dumfries and Galloway as can be seen by two thirds of the players representing both senior sides last weekend, having come through the club’s own junior programme.

And, following the success of RWS Forestry Xl junior side in the 2016 campaign, the club were delighted to introduce a second junior team into the local T20 league for the 2017 season, playing under the name St. Michael’s Junior Academy.

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St Michael’s Junior Academy

Captained by another player to come through the ranks, Kieran Moore, it is the ambition of the club to play a minimum of six Under 13 aged youngsters in the Junior Academy side every week in this hard ball T20 format.

Unsure of how results would go for this very young side against predominantly adult sides, everyone connected with Saints was over the moon when the side won their second ever game, beating Shipwrecks by three wickets last Thursday in week 2 of the season.

Notable performances so far have been the batting of Fergus Bainbridge, Callum Begg and Ronan Wilson, the bowling of Rory McLeod, Joel Hall and Mikey Turner – and for sheer enthusiasm of the game Keyran McNinch has excelled.

St. Michael’s Cricket Club would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the Postcode Community Trust and their Community Sports Programme for supporting this new side. The Postcode Community Trust awarded our St Michael’s Junior Academy side a vast array of equipment and clothing to support them during their fledgling season. Everyone at the club; and especially these youngsters are extremely grateful.

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Juan Henri

To further support the development of the youngsters at the club, Saints are delighted to announce the recent arrival of Juan Henri from Durban, South Africa who will be our overseas amateur for the 2017 season.

Juan will not only play for the club during the season, but will also fulfil an active coaching role in several local schools and at weekly club sessions utilising both his experience and credentials (CSA Level 1 coaching certificate) to give the youngsters this year, the best guidance and enjoyment possible.

A right handed opening seam bowler and middle order bat, Juan has played club cricket in Durban since the age of seven.

Juan represented Durban High School 1st XI since Grade 11, amassing 45 Caps. The school holds the record for the most number of South African international players coming through the ranks of the school by any high school in South Africa, such as current ICC number eight ranked batsman Hashim Amla and former luminaries Barry Richards and Lance Klusenar.

Juan made his mark when breaking into the DHS first XI with back to back fifties in his first ywo games against Maritzburg College and St David’s making 52 and 67 respectively. He was the second leading run scorer with 368 runs behind current provincial and ex-South African U19 captain Sibonelo Makhanya.

Just before arriving in Scotland, Juan helped his winter league Scorchers side to a Semi Final with valuable contributions with both with bat and ball. He scored 55 not out and took 3-21 against Capital Air Warriors as well as scoring 42 off 21 against Haspak Bandits. Juan also took his first ever hat trick against Malls Tiles where he bowled his side to victory with figures of 3-12.

Everyone at Saints is delighted to welcome Juan to the club, and is sure that he will have a positive impact both on and off the park, and hope that he enjoys his time in Dumfries.

Saints Welcome Overseas Player/Coach

St Michael’s Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of their first overseas player / coach for the 2017 season.

Tom and Katie
Tom and Katie

Tom Jackson (Australia) has already arrived in Dumfries ahead of the cricket season and will play for the club during the 2017 season and fulfil a proactive coaching role in several local schools and at weekly club sessions. The club will not only benefit from Tom’s vast experience of playing but also his abaility to coach youngsters to a high level. Having secured the required level of coaching certificates (ACB Level 1 and Bakers Level 1 respectively) he is ideally placed to give the youngsters in the schools we visit and at club junior sessions this year, the best guidance and enjoyment possible.

Tom was introduced to the club through contacts of Nathan McCracken who played for Saints back in the 1990’s. A right handed opening batsman and keeper, Tom has played club cricket in Sydney, Australia since the age of seven.

He progressed through the junior ranks and played district representative cricket from age 10 through to 17 for St George CC and was involved in the emerging New South Wales development squad for under 13-14s.

Playing for Burwood Briars Cricket Club for the last 3 seasons, he won the best new player in his first season (2014/15) and then made his First Grade debut the following season (2015/16).

Tom has scored multiple centuries in his time at Burwood with the most recent coming earlier this Australian season. Despite not having played as much cricket as he would have liked this past season – due to finishing his Master’s Degrees in Exercise Physiology and Exercise and Sports’ Science at the University of Sydney – he is looking forward to playing a full season with Saints and experiencing life in bonny Scotland together with his partner Katie.

Everyone at Saints is delighted to welcome both Tom and Katie to the club and hope that they enjoy their time in Dumfries.

Friendly Action Starts

Both our 1st X1 and 2nd X1 sides are in action this weekend, playing final pre-season games in preparation of the new season proper which kicks off on Saturday 29th April.

This Saturday, our 2nd X1 welcome Galloway to Kingholm Park, whilst on Sunday both sides are on their travels with the 1st X1 away to Carlisle CC and the 2nds away to Langholm CC.

Race Night

Our annual Race Night takes place this year on Saturday 15th April at the McLeod Pavilion.

The first race will commence at 8.00 p.m.

All are welcome including juniors and parents.  Please come along and support our first fundraising event of the season.