DCC revitalised by the arrival of D. Costello, C. Rea, I. Brownlee,F. Clark,and return of P.C. Orr , T. Houston and B.T. McNamee.Roy Joseph and E. Hodgett work to improve finances.
CLUB PLAYED Waring , McGredy, Liddell and Creamline Cup Finals in MID ULSTER
1968 was a probably the worst year in the clubs history with the 1sts winnings one game on a 24 yard pitch which seemed to suit our bowlers. The bowling was reasonable with Kurian taking 26 wickets and Billy Adrain took 19 with his medium pace swing bowling . We nearly upset the league winners Lambeg in the PARK but the Lambeg umpire refused to give a blatent runout.
There were positives with the arrival of Danny Costello to strengthen both batting and bowling and Billy Adrain was starting to score runs.The arrival of Colin Rea ,Frank Clark,Ian Brownlee, Dennis Johnston and the return of Phil Orr in 1969 and Basil McNamee, ex. QUB and NICC senior league winning captain revived the fortunes of the club.
Roy Joseph was the prime mover in restoring the finances and encouraged 20/20 cricket in the Mid-Ulster and T. and F. leagues . The final of the T. and F. Cup was lost to a strong KESK XI and the Midweek Team played in a number of Waring , Liddell , Creamline and McGredy Cup Finals.
Phil Orr was outstanding in midweek and scored 50s against senior opposition and was the star turn in many matches.
The Waring Cup was won in 1970 with Billy Adrain, Des Burrowes and Phil Orr starring with the bat and Danny Costello with the ball.
in 1974 the McGredy Cup was won in an amazing series of matches.
First an 8 man XI defeated VICTORIA who loaned us Norman Baird who took 2 catches and ran out one batsman as they scored 112. After 10 overs we had scored 20 runs but Phil got the score moving with 7 fours in 8 balls in his 44 Billy Adrain and Roy Joseph played the innings of his career hitting 6,6,0,6 ,0,6 out oFf the last 8 balls to win .
Basil McNamee then bowled out Lambeg for 26 in the Park taking 8 wickets.
In the final at Limavady Terry Houston took 5 wickets backed up with great catching to bowl Nixons out for 76 . Dungannon reached this to win by 4 wickets with Billy Adrain scoring 34.
The 1stXI lost to Waringstown ,including 5 Harrisons and Michael Reith, in the Creamline Cup Final with Ian Brownlee and Alan Gallagher bowling them out for 99 unfortunately Dungannon only mustered 69 for 8.
In 1976 the 1stXI played Downpatrick in the Creamline Cup Final at Downpatrick. Downpatrick scored 154 for 6 in 25 overs with Terry Houston bowling very well. Dungannon replied with 89for 4 with Basil McNamee 38 not out.
This was the last match for Ian Brownlee who died a few days later from laeukemia. Ian was an outstanding bowler and an enthusiastic cricketer and it was a big blow to the club as well as his wife and family.
Basil was in fine form in league and cup with bat and ball and the 1stXI reached the Jn.Qu. CUP SF but only scored 110 with Billy Adrain scoring 66not out, probably his best innings for the club. Basil McNamee then took 8 wickets but Dungannon lost by 1 wicket as Ulster Schools Fullback dropped a simple catch at long off.
The table below shows the players' contributions over the period.
It can be seen how much the club depended on Basil McNamee,Phil Orr and Billy Adrain for runs ,and Basil McNamee, Alan Gallagher and Ian Brownleeforr wickets.Phil Orr and Billy Adrain also shared the wicket keeping duties playing 254 games in total as keeper as well as taking 35 and 28 wickets respectively.
The club lost a number of players in the late 70s such as A. Gallagher, Terry Houston,C. Rea D. Alexander.
In 1979 there were few adults left and the !stX1 had 7 schoolboys playing and only one win was recorded during the season and it was difficult to keepthe club going.
Tours took place to CORK in 1974 and 75 with F. Clark joining us from England . The 74 tour was a great success as the tourists had three wins and a draw. This did much to generate team spirit and agood time was had by all.
The second tour was awash out with one game being played in Mulingar and another win was recorded.
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