The Dungannon was reasonably strong in the early 90s with Chris Adrain Basil McNamee, Alistair Smyth,Phil Orr,Peter McNamee,Steve Forsythe ,Michael McNamee,Gordon Black and Billy Adrain all able to score runs . The main weakness was the lack of a strike bowler .Never the less anumber of good victories were recorded on the back of the batting and there were young players coming through.
Bangor II ,who scored 259 were defeated by 5 wickets with veterans ,Phil Orr and Billy Adrain putting on 112 for the first whicket and Chris Adrain was 57no.
Unfortunately Basil, Phil,Gordon and Alistair all retired and this left a void for a few years as the young players matured. They wre also missing part of the season because of their studies. This placed a lot of responsability on Chris and Billy Adrain along with Aaron Hall and Peter McNamee. Chris , Billy and Aaron had to bowl 15 overs a match and Chris did a lot of batting scoring 5137 runs in 10 years to add to 270 wickets.
Chris Adrain was outstanding in this period on and off the field. He introduded and funded man of the match awards and organised single wicket competetions to generate enthusiasm in the club. Billy Adrain ran an u15 side from 91 to 97 and this brought young players through to feed the first and second XIs.This ended due to a lack of enthusiasm in RSD and teams could no longer be fielded after 97.
From 1996 to 2000 the young players S. Forsythe , R. Forsythe , Jeff Meeke, R. Sands, N. Kerr, A. Dickson , B. Reid and G. Lucas all made their presence felt but availability was a problem as always and weak teams were fielded especially on Sundays to make it impossible to win Sec 4.
Div. Sec4 was finally won in 1999 as Jamie Farquhar, An NZer, boasted the batting in 8 matches and the league was won on the last Sunday in September on Blue Circle's ground. This match was only possible due to the efforts of Billy and Chris Adrain along with those of Bill Dickson as they transferred the gangers to Cookstown and Billy's Capri used them to cut the grass to an acceptable level.
The 2000 season was a failure with player availability being a problem and Billy Adrain had to bowl his 10 overs a game becoming leading wicket taker for the season. In the previous few years Billy was a reserve coming into the side at the last minute to replace unavailable players and he still played 65 matches compared to Chris Adrain's 84 and the next best of 53. Chris was badly injured having 16 stitches in an eye wound and this did not help his batting. Peter McNamee was injured in the early season and virtually retired and Michael McNamee missed most of the season due to his BBC work on a Saturday. Stephen Forsythe was unavailable from July due to rugby and this efectively ended survival in Sec. 3
The 1stXI were relegated winning only 3 matches.
Worse was to follow as Brian Reid who was showing promise as a batsman was killed by an opponent when playing football.This was a cruel blow to his fiance,parents and the club. Brian was a product of Blue Circle and encouraged by Ron Charles to try the longer 50 game and he was improving year on year. He was a big loss to Dungannon cricket.
Tours took place to Lechlade in 1992,94 and 96 and to Carlow in 1997. The tours to Lechlade were ended as a number of players had retired and the club were struggling to field teams in the domestic leagues. The tour to Carlow was to encourage the younger members to take part and was very successful. The tourists had a round of golf at Borris which proved to be a challenging nine hole course.
Chris Adrain Chris Adrain
R KERR,B. STEENSON, C. ADRAIN, A. BUCHANAN,A. GILLESPIE, P. McNAMEE
W. ADRAIN, A. SMYTH, M. McNAMEE, P. ORR, B. McNAMEE
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D. FAULKNER , A. McNAMEE, B. NOBLE, R. WARD, A. HALL, C. ADRAIN, A. BUCHANAN, G. PITT,
? ,P. McNAMEE, P. ORR,M. McNAMEE, W. ADRAIN, B. McNAMEE, M. CROOKS
P. ORR(KEEPING), A. BUCHANAN (UMPIRE)
D. COSTELLO (BATTING)
NEW GROUND 1986 TO 1999 AT SHIELLS FIELD GRADED SECTION 2.
PHIL ORR PLAYING HIS CHECK DRIVE