Video: Club legends deliver the inside track on North Down’s golden era

In the first episode of our new local cricket talk show In The Middle, Alistair Bushe talks to three members of the North Down team that dominated the NCU for more than a decade.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 4:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th June 2020, 5:30 pm

Peter Shields, who captained the club to a host of league titles and Challenge Cup successes, reflected on a golden era between 1999 and 2011 along with former opening batsman Neil Russell and David Kennedy, who spent five years operating at the peak of his game at The Green.

There were numerous discussion points, including the rivalry with Waringstown, and the infamous wide bowled to Taimur Khan at The Lawn during a hot-contested game between the clubs in 2000.

All three players identify the high points of those glory years and discuss the contribution of key players including Ryan Haire, veteran Robin Haire and Marty Moreland.

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Clockwise, from top left, Peter Shields, host Alistair Bushe, Neil Russell and David Kennedy

Shields gives the inside track on the signing of Taimur Khan, the departure of Andrew White to Instonians in 2003/04, and the ‘Connell-gate’ registration controversy that cost North Down the league title in 2006. All three talk frankly about the trophy that got away, the Irish Cup.

Kennedy also gives a fascinating insight into him winning just a solitary Irish international cap.

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