Two new cricket cups presented at Summer Honours Assembly

By Ballyclare High School on 23 June, 2017

Two new cricket cups were presented by the School in memory of Trevor Martin ( teacher and ex-1stXI Captain) and John Thompson (ex-1stXI Captain) who both passed away in the current school year. The Trevor Martin cup for the best 1st XI bowler, was presented due to Trevor’s long and distinguished association with school cricket as 1stXI Captain and teacher coach. Trevor’s slow left arm spin was exceptional and up until recently he would still continue to baffle the school boys in the nets or during the annual 1stXI v OBA/Staff match.

The John Thompson cup for the best 1stXI batsman was presented due to the length of time John held the highest 1stXI score for. It was in 1980 that John opened the batting with Stephen Watt in the Ulster Schools’ Belfast Telegraph cup against RS Armagh. He batted right through the innings to score 93no to win the match by 10wks. This score held the 1stXI highest runs record for 29 years, until Irish Schools cricketer Robert Smith scored 95 in 2009.

The Trevor Martin bowling cup was presented to Rory Dorman (Head Boy) for his consistent wicket taking swing bowling for the 1stXI. The John Thompson batsman cup was presented to Ben Lowry (1stXI captain) for his mature batting and highest seasonal average.