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Fixtures: 28th / 29th / 30th / 31st August NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Premier League  #ncupl
29th August
Carrickfergus beat Ballymena by 27 runs (DLS)
Instonians v CSNI - OFF
North Down beat Lisburn by 7 wickets
Waringstown beat CIYMS by 2 wickets

30th August
Instonians beat CIYMS by 50 runs

League Section 1  #ncus1
29th August
Academy beat Downpatrick by 49 runs (DLS)
Cliftonville beat Lurgan by 6 wickets
Donaghcloney beat Bangor by 129 runs
Templepatrick v Muckamore - OFF
Woodvale v Derriaghy - OFF

31st August
Donaghcloney v Cliftonville - OFF

League Section 2  #ncus2
29th August
Armagh v Drumaness - OFF
Cregagh walkover v Larne
Dundrum v Holywood - OFF
Saintfield v BISC - OFF
Victoria v Laurelvale - OFF

30th August
Armagh beat Cregagh by 89 runs

League Section 3  #ncus3
30th August
Newforge walkover v Dunmurry
Junior League 1  #ncuj1
29th August
CSNI II beat Instonians II by 8 wickets
Muckamore II walkover v Bangor II
Waringstown II beat CIYMS II by 8 wickets

30th August
CSNI II beat Muckamore II by 2 runs
Lisburn II beat Bangor II by 5 wickets
North Down II beat CIYMS II by 13 runs

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
29th August
Carrickfergus II v Ballymena II - OFF
Derriaghy II v Woodvale II - OFF

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
29th August
CIYMS III beat Laurelvale II by 8 wickets
CSNI III beat Holywood II by 1 run
Waringstown III beat Templepatrick II

30th August
Instonians III beat Cregagh II by 9 wickets

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
30th August
Woodvale III beat Muckamore III by 9 wickets

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
28th August
Lisburn III v Waringstown IV - OFF

29th August
Armagh II beat Cooke Collegians II 68 runs
Instonians IV beat Donaghadee II by 29 runs

30th August
Donaghadee II v Waringstown IV - OFF

31st August
Instonians IV beat Waringstown IV by 41 runs
Junior League 6  #ncuj6
29th August
Ballymena IV beat Cregagh III by 4 runs
CSNI IV beat Ards II by 7 wickets

30th August
Carrickfergus III v Ards II - OFF

31st August
Victoria II v Ballymena IV

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
29th August
Academy IV walkover v CSNI V
Muckamore IV beat Saintfield III by 4 wickets

31st August

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
29th August
Donaghcloney III beat Carrickfergus IV by 3 wickets

30th August
Downpatrick III beat Templepatrick III by 13 runs

31st August
Carrickfergus IV beat Downpatrick III by 6 wickets

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
29th August
No games

Ulster Plate Final  #ucoup
30th August at Bready CC
Brigade II beat Waringstown II by 5 wickets
CIYMS 259-7 (R van der Dussen 117, J Matchett 46, J Thompson 68, Z Rushe 2-47, E Moleon 3-80)
Instonians 195 (N Russell 49, J Shannon 61, N Jones 3-45, J Cameron-Dow 4-17, T Britton 2-57)
CIYMS beat Instonians by 50 runs (DLS)
(DLS par score was 245 in 46 overs)
Man of the Match - Rassie van der Dussen
(photo right © Alistair Bushe)

CSNI II 197-9 (50 overs, A Hodgins 59, A McCulla 51, S Dyer 51no, S Lester 2-35)
Armagh 156-2 (34 overs, H Doyle 51, J Rodgers 43, M Steenson 29no)
Armagh beat CSNI II by 54 runs (DLS)

(DLS par score was 102 in 34 overs)
Man of the Match - Harry Doyle
(photo right © David Holmes)

CIYMS III 125 (M Lindsay 25, C Gilmore 3-27, P Lennon 2-11, A Graham 2-13)
Downpatrick II 126-4 (P Linehan 32, R Smyth 26, M Carson 24, R Heasley 2-9)
Downpatrick II beat CIYMS III by 6 wickets

Man of the Match - Chris Gilmore

Muckamore III 109 (P Bates 33, P Clement 30, J Morton 3-21, A Walbran 2-12, J Wright 2-25,
S McCall 2-4)
Armagh II 56 (J Wright 19, P Tracey 4-21, A McCombe 3-13)
Muckamore III beat Armagh II by 53 runs

Man of the Match - Perri Tracey

Armagh III 86 (M Smyth 5-19 jnr, J Neill 2-6)
CSNI V 87-1 (J McMullan 31no)
CSNI V beat Armagh III by 9 wickets
Man of the Match - M Smyth jnr

News #1
Bruce Topping Coaches Wicket-keeping at Laurelvale CC
Having identified a shortage of young wicket-keepers at Laurelvale Cricket Club, as well as a lack of in-house coaching expertise in this area, ex-player Bruce Topping was contacted and asked to help out.

Ulster Schools' Tour 2015 - Match Scores, Summaries and Tour Photo
Match scores and summaries from a very successful Ulster Schools' Tour.

Malan Inspires North Down To O'Neills Ulster Cup Triumph
Pieter Malan inspired North Down to their third O'Neills Ulster Cup triumph with a 10 runs (DLS) triumph over fellow NCU side Instonians at Comber.

Belfast Coaching Camp proves huge success for over 40 young cricketers
The Belfast Coaching Camp which was recently hosted by Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) proved a huge success with 39 boys and two girls aged 11-17 taking part. The camp was led by former High Performance Director of Cricket at Cricket Ireland, Mark Garaway, who was accompanied by an array of the finest coaches in the NCU.

Woodvale Win The O'Neill's 2015 Ulster Shield To Maintain The NCU's Winning Streak
Farhan Saeed smashed an unbeaten 48 from just 27 balls as Woodvale beat Fox Lodge by five wickets to claim the O'Neills Ulster Shield in a pulsating encounter at Carrickfergus and maintain the NCU's domination of this competition. Saaed clubbed five sixes - including three in an over from Gareth Heywood - as Woodvale won with six balls to spare.

NCU Annual Dinner - Guest Speaker Announced as Paul Nixon
The Union's Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 10th October 2015 in the Clayton Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Belfast.We are pleased to announce that out guest speaker will be Paul Nixon.

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 #2
NIACUS - Captain's Umpire Report 2015
The Irish Association of Cricket Umpires & Scorers (IACUS) in conjunction with Cricket Ireland are introducing a new all Ireland Umpire Grading Structure across the various Inter-provincial Unions. This will ultimately ensure one accepted Grading system against which all umpires will be assessed.
From the start of this season, NCU Club Captains will be able to 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 2015
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 2015 (pdf)

NCU Bye-Laws 2015
The revised NCU Bye Laws for 2015
View NCU Bye-Laws 2015

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
NCU Transfers 2015
NCU News / League Competitions
Cup Competitions
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NCU Development Tour 2015
Club Files 2015
NCU Annual Report 2014
NCU Development Plan 2014-18
Nigel Jones
Cricket Ireland
Regional Development   Officer
Northern Cricket Union

Cricket Ireland

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Scott Irvine
Regional Performance Analyst &
Coach Education Co-Ordinator (North)

Cricket Ireland

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Dates For The Diary
Upcoming NCU Committee Meetings

Forms sent to all NCU Clubs
Copies of the various Word and Excel files that have already been sent to club secretaries and which the clubs/teams will use during the season can be found here:
Club Files 2014
If clubs or individuals have any articles / results / scorecards they would like published on the NCU site then send them to Wylie McKinty
If you would like to become involved with the NCU, in any capacity, then get in contact with the Union's General Secretary, Bryan Milford on or alternatively contact any NCU Board Member.
Stephen Moreton
Coach Education Officer
Cricket Ireland
Unit 22 Grattan Business Park
Dublin 17
Tel: +353 1 8947914
Mob: +353 833 779208
Fax: +353 1 8488035