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NCU Annual Dinner 2016
Clubs are reminded that this year's NCU Annual Dinner will be held on 8th October in the Clayton Hotel, Belfast.
The Union is delighted that the guest speaker this year will be former South African Test and ODI player Jonty Rhodes.

The cost of the Annual Dinner is £32 per place (£20 for U21s) and early booking is considered essential as places are limited. Places can be reserved by forwarding payment in full to Bryan Milford at 181 Belvoir Drive, Belfast BT8 7DS with cheques made out to 'Northern Cricket Union'.
Fixtures: 24th / 25th September
League Section 1  #ncus1
25th September
Armagh v Downpatrick - Postponed
Junior League 4  #ncuj4
24th September
Woodvale III v Laurelvale II - Postponed
News #1
Minor (Lindsay) Cup Winners 2016 - Academy III
Head Coaches Required For Lightning And Knights
Cricket Ireland are seeking Head Coaches for both the Northern Knights and Leinster Lightning Provincial Union sides for the 2017 season.

Northern Cricket Union Female Domestic Season Review
Over recent years a lot of hard work has taken place within The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) to develop ladies cricket. Season 2016 saw the inaugural Ladies Challenge Cup, a competitive Premier League and a Division One.

Muckamore Captain Neill Gill receives the Ulster Bank Section 1 trophy
Muckamore captain Neill Gill receives the trophy which books his side a place in the Ulster Bank NCU Premier League next season.

NCU Disciplinary Cases 2016
Disciplinary cases dealt with by the NCU's Disciplinary Committee in 2016.

NCU Presidents Message Autumn 2016 - AGM and Annual Dinner Season
"It is hard to believe that the 2016 season is drawing to a close with the outcome of most Leagues and Cups already decided." Read Peter McMorran's Autumn report.

NCU Regional Development Squads 2016 / 2017
The Northern Cricket Union are now gathering nominations for this winter's regional development program.
REMINDER: The closing date for applications is Friday 16th September 2016

Junior 2 Title Race Goes Down To The Wire
While the majority of the NCU's League title races were decided over the last couple of weekends one section's winners has still to be decided.

NCUCA Coaches' Survey 2016
With the 2016 season coming to a close and in advance of the 2016/17 Coach Education and Development programme, the NCUCA in conjunction with the CICA wish to get the thoughts of their coaches in order to provide the best possible support to them over the winter period.

Dundrum CC 3 Day Tour To Shropshire
Dundrum cricket club Under 18's travelled to Shropshire after visiting Ayr in the previous two years and played three games with another  rained off in a three day trip.

NCU Youth Winter Program - Coaches Expression on Interest
As we begin to plan for the 2016 / 2017 winter schedule, the NCU would like to gather expressions of interest from coaches who would like to be considered for involvement with the Union's youth development program.

Donaghadee CC and Belfast Telegraph hit £10K Charity Total
Donaghadee CC and The Belfast Telegraph recently passed a landmark figure from their annual charity cricket game.

Edinburgh retain Charles Beverland Cup
Holders Edinburgh won the Triangular Tournament at Prestwick CC on Monday and Tuesday with comfortable wins over  both Belfast and Glasgow Under 14's.

NCU President's Message - Summer 2016
"Despite the weather of the last few months a considerable amount of cricket has been played." NCU President, Peter McMorran, reports on his summer so far.

Cricket Ireland Club Facility Grant Fund
Cricket Ireland has announced a Club Facility Grant Fund.
Clubs that meet the eligibility criteria should apply in writing to Bryan Milford in the first instance (full details of the eligibility criteria will be made available on request).

NCU Annual Dinner 2016 - Guest Speaker Announced
Former South African Test and ODI player Jonty Rhodes to be guest speaker at this year's NCU Annual Dinner.

CIYMS 243-7 (N Jones 51, J Kemp 68, S Chambers 42, J Thompson 37,
Z Rushe 22no, J Costain 2-27, A Blain 2-73)

CSNI 244-5 (A Cowden 22, S Getkate 64, J van der Merwe 98no,
G McCarter 25no, J Kemp 2-39)

CSNI beat CIYMS by 5 wickets

Man of the Match: Jason van der Merwe (CSNI)
  CSNI - Challenge Cup Winners 2016

Cliftonville 120 (D Munn 53no, B Kelso 20, G Browne 3-15, N Doak 2-16)

Lisburn II 121-3 (M Turkington 40no, G Halliday 21, N Doak 20no)

Lisburn II beat Cliftonville by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Graeme Browne (Lisburn)

  Junior Cup Winners 2016 - Lisburn II

Derriaghy II 202 (M Ballantyne 83, T Moorhead 31, A Kinnin 21,
P Stewart 3-34, J McComb 2-31)

Woodvale II 133 (S Donnelly 28, L Irwin 23, S Hughes 4-17, S Gilmore 2-28)

Derriaghy II beat Woodvale II by 69 runs

Man of the Match: Scott Hughes (Derriaghy)

  Intermediate Cup Winners 2016 - Derriaghy II

Woodvale III 125 (J Campbell 25, D Scott 42no, A Montgormery 5-23,
M Bentley 2-18)

Academy III 130-3 (I Moffett 31, D Reid 36, M Bentley 47no, J McCombe 2-27)

Academy III beat Woodvale III by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Adam Montgomery (Academy)

  Minor (Lindsay) Cup Winners 2016 - Academy III

BISC II 155 (Rakesh 41, Partik 30, Manish 25, M Glass 3-26, A Glass 2-22)

Lisburn IV 156-9 (M Glass 35, A Glass 23, N Doak 22, E Kyle 19, Partik 3-18,
Prashant 2-28)

Lisburn IV beat BISC II by 1 wicket

Man of the Match - Michael Glass (Lisburn)

  Minor Minor Qualifying Cup Winners 2016 - Lisburn IV
News #2
Andrew White Appointed National Selector - NCU
Cricket Ireland have appointed former Ireland international and one time record cap holder Andrew White as a National Selector with a focus on the NCU region.

Junior Cricketers playing in Adult Matches
From time to time clubs approach the Union regarding the playing of Junior Cricketers in Adult Matches. It has been the Union practice to follow the ECB guidance on this matter which is set out in the Fixtures and Rules Book each year.

NCU's Pre-Season Circular And Forms To All Clubs
The NCU's General Secretary Bryan Milford details the steps that clubs need to take with regards to registrations, transfers, starrings, etc.

NCU Promo Video
NCU promotional video produced on behalf of the NCU by Harry Cook TV. Available to view below.

NCU Promo from imagemediafilms.

News #3
NIACUS - Captain's Umpire Report 2016
The Irish Association of Cricket Umpires & Scorers (IACUS) in conjunction with Cricket Ireland introduced a new all Ireland Umpire Grading Structure in 2014 across the various Inter-provincial Unions. This ultimately ensures one accepted Grading system against which all umpires will be assessed.
NCU Club Captains can electronically access the new umpire assessment form, which will be received automatically by the NIACUS Grading contact.

NCU Publish new Development Plan for 2014-18
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has published its new Development plan covering the years 2014-2018. In announcing its publication President Billy Boyd and Chairman Andy Clement commented that they hoped that, post publication, the new Development Plan will  provide fresh impetus for all those involved in NCU cricket.
Read more and to do download a copy...

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) launches positive parental behaviour in sport toolkit
Parents often play a vital part in supporting their children to take part in sport.
They play many positive roles and are often the backbone of sports activities at a local level.
However many sports organisations and clubs have struggled to address the problem of poor parental/spectator behaviour in junior sport.

Junior Cricketers playing in Adult Matches
The NCU Development Directorate wish to remind clubs of the ECB guidance covering the participation of young cricketers in adult matches.
This guidance has been adopted by the Union.
Under 13 cricketers - Explicit written consent from a parent or guardian is required before participating in an adult match.
Under 11 cricketers - Explicit prior approval must be sought through me before the player can play.

Player Clothing 2016
Coloured clothing will be used in the following competitions:
Challenge Cup, Irish Senior Cup, National Trophy, Ulster Cup, Ulster Shield, Twenty20 Cup, Twenty20 Trophy.

Predominantly white clothing will be used in the following competitions:
All League Competitions, Junior, Intermediate, Minor and Minor Qualifying Cups, Ulster Plate, Twenty20 Shield.
View Players Clothing Info 2016 (pdf)

NCU Bye-Laws 2016
The revised NCU Bye Laws for 2016
View NCU Bye-Laws 2016

Volunteering in Sport
Volunteering is an ideal way to get involved in sport, develop new skills and stay engaged in a sport. It can be a rewarding activity which helps you to meet new people and take on new challenges through roles such as coaching or administration.
Sports volunteering activities
The wide range of opportunities to get involved in sports volunteering includes:
  • coaching
  • administration
  • officiating
  • committee work
  • organising events and competitions
Depending on your individual skills or interests, you can offer to volunteer in any of the above areas. Some of the most important attributes include enthusiasm and interest.
For more information on volunteering in sport visit
Callum Atkinson
Northern Cricket Union
Cricket Development Officer (temporary)
M: 07568181863

NCU Transfers 2016
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NCU AGM - Mon 10th October
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