Ladies 1st and 2nd team Coach opportunity 2016

The Hills Cricket Club Ladies  are seeking to fill the role of Coach and or Player for their Ist and 2nd teams for the coming season.

With a successful women’s section fielding two sides  in Div 1 and 2 with a large number of talented younger players and a well  established junior section, The Club has achieved a number of promotions over the last couple of years and is aiming to develop further.

The successful candidate will be able to plan and deliver enjoyable and effective coaching sessions for both adults and juniors.

Coaching times – Mondays 6.30 – 8.30pm with Thursday night games, home & away.

How to apply – Please contact Bobby Swarbrigg @ p: 087 2277563



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Hills get 8 on under 11 winter squad

The Hills have had 8 boys selected for the U11’s Leinster winter training squad.

The coaching sessions  are currently being held at North County Cricket Club, St Columba’s College and King’s Hospital School. Eight coaching sessions between October and Easter will give the boys an opportunity to further develop their skills and to continue to improve as cricketers.

Congratulations to:

  • Adam Clinton
  • Jacob Clinton
  • Johnny Dunne
  • Paddy Kelly
  • Ben Parker
  • Ivan Ryan
  • James Ryan
  • Sam Smyth

The sessions re-commence on Friday, January 29th and will last for three weeks.

As well as many outdoor training sessions planned for the summer the following fixtures have also been confirmed:

  • Thur, July 14th – North Leinster v South Leinster – Rush CC
  • Thur, July 28th – South Leinster v North Leinster – TBC
  • Monday – Wednesday, July 18th – 20th – Training camp – Phoenix CC
  • Monday, August 8th – Leinster v North East Wales at Pembroke CC
  • Tue/Wed, Aug 9th/10th – Leinster v NCU, North West v’s Leinster
  • Friday, August 12th – Leinster v North East Wales at Anglesey Aluminium CC, Holyhead

The Hills U11's

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All the best for 2016

The Hills Cricket Club management group would like to wish all our Committee’s,Members,Sponsors and Friends of The Hills Cricket Club all the best for 2016!
It will be a fantastic year for our club going forward and with the people within ,doing the amazing work they do……it will be an exciting time for all concerned!
To you and yours Happy New Year!

FYI: We are also pleased to announce today that Max Sorensen will be signing with The Hills Cricket Club again in 2016!
We would like to wish Max all the best on his International duties this season also!


Home is where the heart is

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Home is where the heart is.

Written by Ian Callender for Sunday Life.


CIYMS are on the look-out for another Irish-qualified player after Ireland international Max Sorensen told them “home is where the heart is”.

The 30-year-old South African-born all-rounder signed a three-year contract with the Belmont club in October but, four months before the start of the new season, he has changed his mind and decided to stay at The Hills, his only club since moving to Ireland in 2008.

“I can’t really commit to it,” Sorensen told me yesterday. “After thinking about it long and hard, it was going to be tough. The Hills is my club, I’m with my mates every week and playing for CIYMS just didn’t feel right.

Halfway through the season it could have become tough with all the travelling. The money was the only attraction when I signed, so I told CI my heart wouldn’t be totally in it.

“The Hills have done a lot for me over the last eight years, I have an extremely strong tie and loyalty to them. That’s the way I feel, I enjoy playing for them, they are a great club. It’s hard for me to leave, so don’t think I’ll be leaving now.

“Home is where the heart is and I’m happiest when I’m playing at The Hills

“CIYMS are obviously disappointed but I’m grateful that things have ended on a good note.”
Revealingly, Sorensen also said he was given no encouragement that he would be welcomed into the Northern Knights squad if he had moved.

“I spoke to Kyle McCallan (chairman of selectors) before I had confirmed the move telling him I would be keen to play for the Knights but he said he didn’t want ‘blow-ins’, staying for a year and then going, so that was another factor in my decision not to move.”

Sorensen’s first target is to get a regular place in the Ireland team – he played in only six of the 30 internationals last year – starting this month in Australia when Ireland resume their Intercontinental Cup campaign against Papua New Guinea and then make the World Twenty20 squad that plays in India in March.



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Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas from The Hills

Merry Christmas from The HillsTo All our members and friends of The Hills Cricket Club……..we on the Management Committee and all our other committee’s within…….
would like to wish each and everyone a Wonderful Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!
Come back refreshed for the new season ahead…a lot done more to do!
Many thanks for all the help and support throughout 2015……Let’s make 2016 even better!

Nollaig Shona!

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The Hills Win Division 2

The Hills 1– Champions – (Predicted 1st) – Batting Rating 138 – Bowling Rating 145 – Overall Rating 283 – All Ireland Ranking 10 (-3 on year) – Leinster ranking 6 (-2 on year)

Whilst it was not the biggest surprise of the 2015 cricketing season, The Hills won Division 2 by a convincing margin, lifting their 10th league title in total. It was the second time they have won the second tier division in Leinster cricket (2005 was the first time), all of which can be listed some way behind their three Division 1/Senior League titles. Whilst it was a title predicted by all, it still had to be achieved, and despite a couple of hiccoughs, the title was won with the minimum of fuss. Their bowling attack was rated a bit better than their bowling, but closer analysis reveals the bowling was simply awesome. Throughout our league reviews, any bowler who takes more than ten wickets at an average of under 16 can be seen as a decent bowler. If any team has more than one such bowler, they are likely wto win the league. The Hills had five such bowlers, plus two more who averaged a touch over 16. Without clogging up pages and pages of stats (the full details can be seen at the bottom of the page), the splendid septet were Deon Carolus, Max Sorensen, Manu Kumar, Naseer Shoukat, Tomas Rooney Murphy, Luke Clinton and Mark Dwyer. A set of seven bowlers that would rank up at the top of any list of the top attacks in Leinster cricket in the last 30 years. For the last couple of seasons, the team’s Achilles Heel has definitely been the batting, and the batting unit was probably lucky it had such a wonderful bowling attack to help. Only two players passed 200 runs, but that was all that was needed. Nicolaas Pretorious was back to his best, with 387 runs (at 48.38 and a strike rate of 123.64), whilst Mike Baumgart hit 260 (at 37.14, SR 74.07). Max Sorensen’s batting also deserves a mention. He was the only player to score his runs quicker than Pretorious, hitting 173 runs in the 99 balls he faced in league cricket all year. He will be hugely missed. The only two blemishes were the league losses against Balbriggan and Leinster, when the batting spluttered. Against Balbriggan, they slipped from 52-3 to 82 all out (although the bowling nearly saved the day as Balbriggan lost five wickets for seven runs before winning by 3 wickets), whereas against Leinster the batting troubles were higher up the order, as they collapsed to 23-7. But those were mere blips, and Leinster cricket is all the better for having The Hills back in Division 1 in 2016.

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Thanks Jim for your many years of service

The Hills Cricket Club were celebrating former President Jim Bennett in the clubhouse today as he stepped down after 15 years in office.
Thanks Jim for your many years of service to Ireland and Leinster cricket and of course the Hills cricket club.

Incoming President Seamus Clinton seen here with the outgoing President Jim Bennett.

Jim Bennett

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Annual Christmas Raffle 2015

The Hills RaffleThe tree sales continues each week morning from 10 to 12am and all day sat and Sunday from 10am Great value @ 45 euro a tree including delivery.
Sunday’s sees the club celebrate the Jim Bennetts amazing term as President of the club with a presentation at 445 pm and Milverton national school will sing Christmas carols @ 530 with live music to follow. Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for all. A great evening to be had.
Don’t forget the Christmas draw with will be drawn Sunday week in the clubhouse after Santa heads home.
Please support the club.

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New Official 2016 Club Merchandise

Are you struggling to think of a Christmas present for someone special………well why not buy an official Hills piece of club clothing? Polo tops, Rain jackets, Baseball caps or playing shirt. Or why not buy them their membership for season 2016? Another great gift idea.

Hurry now as last orders are this Friday! Contact Gillian Byrne on +353 (87) 373 5251 or leave a message here.

Order Form Clothing

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Santa Arrives at The Hills – Sunday 20th of December 2.30PM

Santa will make his annual visit to the Vineyard to meet all the children of the club and the locality. Santa has been making this stop on his travels for over 40 years now and he has never dissappointed. The club will also be holding their annual Christmas raffle on that day with great prizes in store for all



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