Ards Cricket Club was formed in 1944/5 and now plays at Londonderry Park, Portaferry Road, Newtownards.
The book, More than Sixty Summers, by Ards Honorary Secretary Rab Dunn, was published in 2005 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Ards Club into the N.C.U. Leagues in 1946. Ards had previously played in the Belfast Cricket League in 1945.
The book contains nearly 200 scorecards and the N.C.U. tables of all leagues in which Ards' teams played. A chapter is devoted to the history of the Ardcuan Ladies C.C. of the 1940s and there is a comprehensive set of Appendices of Ards C.C. from 1945-2005. There are more than 50 photographs of Ards Lacrosse and Cricket Club, Ards C.C., Donaghadee C.C. and the Newspapermen. Regent House School 1st XI photographs from 1936-1967 demonstrate the longstanding link between Regent House and Ards.
The book may be obtained from Rab Dunn, 15 Whiteside, Newtownards BT234UP for the bargain price of £9.99 including postage (cheques made out to Ards Cricket Club please).
Further information concerning this book may be obtained by
Ards CC honours 4 long serving members
(see photo gallery)
At the 2006 club Annual Awards dinner, much to the surprise of the four recipients, longstanding player Billy Shaw announced that the Club had decided to honour four of its members who had given outstanding service down the years.
The first recipient was Les Jones who joined the Club in 1965 and has been a leading member ever since. As a player Les played mainly for the Seconds winning the batting Cup 9 times. He was elected Captain of the 2nd XI in 1967 and held the post for the next 5 years and later for another 4. Perhaps his greatest gift to Ards in the 80s and 90s was his ability to establish new teams further down the Club and then lead them. In 1984 he founded the 3rd XI, captaining it for 4 years and then, in 1987, the 4th XI which he led for 7 years. Off the field he has served the club as Chairman since 1975. His contribution to boys' cricket at Ards has been immense, looking after teams for over 20 years. The highlight came for him in 1994 when the Under 13 XI, under the captaincy of future Irish Internationalist Andrew White, won the Greenwood Cup. In the final, played at Ballymena, Andrew White scored 54 runs.
The second recipient was Rab Dunn who first played in boys' cricket for Ards in 1953 and went on tour with the senior teams in 1955. Now in his 54th season he still turns out for the Thirds. He holds all of the 1st XI bowling records with best figures of 9 wickets for 8 runs in 1963; he has taken 72 wickets in a season; he has won the 1st XI Bowling Cup in 26 seasons. He is the only player in the Club to have taken 9 wickets in an innings on more than one occasion. Rab has captained all of the teams in the Club - the 1st XI four times, 2nd XI twice and the 3rd XI five times. Rab has served as Chairman for 5 years and Honorary Secretary for 25 years. As part of Ards’ 60th Year Celebrations he published a book on the history of the first 25 years of the Club called More than Sixty Summers.
The third recipient was Archie Moore. Archie was elected captain of the 2nd XI in 1981, beginning one of the most successful eras of that side in the club’s history, and leading the team affectionately known as "Archies Army" for the next 12 years. During that time, the 2nds won their league twice, were runners up 4 times and were promoted 3 times. They also reached a cup semi-final. In more recent times Archie has become Grounds Convenor and has looked after the square at Londonderry Park. He has carried out this often thankless task with great dedication and some measure of success.
The fourth recipient was Ian McLean. A hard hitting batsman, and useful occasional slow bowler, Ian has played for the Club since 1967 showing right from the start that he was capable of making big scores. In only his first season for Ards’ 2nd XI he had an innings of 73 runs. Ian has won the 1st XI Batting Cup twice and the 2nd XI trophy on 2 occasions. He has the distinction of being one of only two Ards players who have scored 2 centuries for the Club (Norman Lilburn scored a century way back in 1948 and again in 1963). He has captained the 1st XI 10 times starting way back in 1979 and again in 1985 when Ards got to the final of the Junior Cup losing to Dunmurry in a match which stretched over a couple of weeks due to appalling weather. He then captained the 2nd XI from 1997 to 1999 before returning to the Firsts as captain from 2000 to 2004.
Richard White, the 2006 1st XI captain, presented an engraved Rose-Bowl to each of the club stalwarts.