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History makers!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

History makers! thumbnailThe newly promoted Armagh Cricket Club first team.

Armagh Cricket Club seals promotion to Premier League


ARMAGH secured their historic promotion to the NCU Gardiner Bros Premier league and won Section 1 for the first time with two games to spare with an emphatic victory against Downpatrick at the weekend.

Remarkably it's the first time in 60 years the club have been in the top league.

Back then the team boasted players such as Leslie Spearman who would go on to play for Ireland, George Elliott, Alec Edgar, Rev David McGaughey and Norman Graham. The men all still take a great interest in the club but none will have celebrated more than Norman Graham at the weekend as he is the current club President.

Armagh travelled to Downpatrick to seek the important four points to clinch the league and promotion.

Armagh lost the toss and were put in to bat on what looked like a difficult green wicket and a slow outfield.

It was a somewhat nervy performance from the locals, but with so much at stake it was perhaps understandable. However they managed to get the job done with Matthew Wright hitting a fantastic six off the last ball of the innings to move Armagh to within touching distance of promotion.

Armagh's target stood at a more than competitive 163-9 from their 50 allotted overs which meant if they bowled and fielded well they would win and take the title home.

Fittingly, Gelston picked up the final wicket of the day clean bowling veteran Magowan, meaning that Armagh won by the impressive margin of 83 runs.

As the Armagh team celebrated on the field, the home opposition sportingly gave over a bottle of champagne to mark Armagh's quite remarkable achievement.

Vice-captain Harry Doyle commented: "At the start of the season who would have thought this was possible but as it went on and we won some games we began to believe in ourselves. The coaching from Indrajeet Kamtekar and Jarred Barnes brought us on and to lift the title is incredible. It's always been my sporting dream to play Premier League cricket for Armagh."

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