Cricket Annual Report 2017-18
Ballymena Academy fielded five teams every week, competing in the McCullough Cup (Saturday League Division 1).
The 1st XI team was coached by Matthew Dick (past pupil) and Clive Jackson (former Staff member).
Despite high expectations the boys crashed out of the 2nd round of the School’s Cup, losing to Limavady Grammar School by 22 runs. There was further disappointment in the Plate Competition when they lost to RBAI 2nds. They fared better in the League Competition, winning both games against Coleraine Grammar School and Limavady Grammar School in the inaugural North West Tri Series event.
The Under 15 team was coached by Johnny Kennedy (past pupil). They lost their 1st round Cup match to Campbell College and went out of the Plate Competition in a closely fought game, losing by 15 runs to Down High School. They won their League game against Coleraine Grammar School and also won against Ballyclare High School in a ‘friendly’.
The Under 14 team was coached by Stewart Watt (past pupil/parent) and George Glass. They lost in the 2nd round of their Cup Competition to Campbell College.
The Under 13 team was coached by Antony Frazer (past pupil). They reached the Final of the Slemish Plate Competition, beating Lisneal College in the Semi-Final. Unfortunately, they lost by 37 runs to Coleraine Grammar School in the Final.
The Under 12 team was coached by Danny Ross (past pupil). They reached the Semi-Final of the Plate Competition, having beaten Limavady Grammar School in the 2nd round. Unfortunately, they lost to RBAI ‘B’ team by 52 runs in the Semi-Final. They competed in the NEBSSA Year 8 Tournament at Coleraine Grammar School, finishing 2nd in their Section.
John Glass (Year 14) was selected for the Ulster Schools’ team that toured Glasgow in June. He played -v- Leinster Schools at Campbell College and from that game was selected to play for Irish Schools’ -v Ireland U19.