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Fixtures: 10th / 11th / 12th June NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Challenge Cup  #ncucc
2nd July
CIYMS v Carrickfergus
Waringstown v CSNI

League Section 1  #ncus1
2nd July
Academy v Muckamore
Bangor v Saintfield
Donaghcloney v Ballymena
Downpatrick v Armagh
Woodvale v Lurgan

3rd July
Academy v Saintfield

League Section 2  #ncus2
2nd July
BISC v Millpark
Cooke Collegians v Cregagh
Dundrum v Laurelvale
Holywood v Cliftonville

3rd July
Laurelvale v Cregagh

League Section 3  #ncus3
2nd July
Donaghadee v Monaghan
Larne v Dunmurry
Newforge v Ards
Victoria v Dungannon

3rd July
Donaghadee v Dungannon
Junior League 1  #ncuj1
2nd July
Instonians II v Waringstown II
North Down II v CSNI II

3rd July
Instonians II v North Down II
Lisburn II v CIYMS II
Muckamore II v CSNI II

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
2nd July
Academy II v Donaghcloney II
Waringstown III v Bangor II

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
2nd July
CSNI III v North Down III
Derriaghy II v Templepatrick II
Lurgan II v Holywood II
Muckamore III v Instonians III

3rd July
CSNI III v Muckamore III

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
2nd July
Armagh II v Cliftonville II
Ballymena III v Laurelvale II
Cregagh II v Instonians IV
Saintfield II v Woodvale III
Junior League 5  #ncuj5
2nd July
Derriaghy III v Carrickfergus III
Lisburn III v Academy III

3rd July
Cooke Collegians II v Lisburn III

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
2nd July
Armagh III v Academy IV
Ballymena IV v CSNI IV

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
2nd July
Laurelvale III v Saintfield III
Templepatrick III v Donaghcloney III

3rd July
Carrickfergus IV v CIYMS IV

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
2nd July
CIYMS V v Downpatrick III
Cliftonville III v Bangor IV

3rd July
Downpatrick III v Cregagh III

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
2nd July
Muckamore V v Waringstown V

3rd July
Instonians VI v Derriaghy IV
Ulster Cup  #ucouc
3rd July
Ardmore v Waringstown
North Down v Brigade

Ulster Shield  #ucous
3rd July
Armagh v Templepatrick
Downpatrick v Woodvale
Fox Lodge v Bangor
Glendermott v Muckamore

Junior Cup  #ncujc
3rd July
Waringstown II v Monaghan

Minor (Lindsay) Cup  #ncumlc
3rd July
Armagh III v Instonians IV
Dundrum II v Academy III
Saintfield II v Woodvale III

Minor Qualifying Cup  #ncumqc
3rd July
North Down IV v BISC II

Womens Premier League  #ncuwpl
3rd July
Muckamore v Lurgan (10am)
News #1
Progress At Dunmurry Cricket Club
In the aftermath of Ireland's historic World Cup campaign of 2007 in the Caribbean Dunmurry Cricket Club played in the second tier of the Northern Cricket Union (NCU).

As part of the Union's continuing development programme, a 50 over game against the touring BPCC has been arranged.
Read more and players picked...

Ulster Bank Awards - April/May/June 2016
Chiraq Chaudhary from Monaghan Cricket Club and Niranjan Godbole from Lurgan Cricket Club among those who received Ulster Bank Awards today.
Read more and full list of winners...

NCU XI v Irish Under 17s
As part of the Union's continuing development programme, a 50 over game against the Irish Under 17 side has been arranged.
Read more and players picked...

Honours Even As Warriors And Knights Draw At Bready
As expected the Hanley Energy Interprovincial Championship game between the North West Warriors and the Northern Knights ended in a tame draw on Thursday afternoon as two very evenly matched teams cancelled each other out in a rain-affected contest.

Allen and Mulder Star On Rain Hit Day
With more than a third of the scheduled overs lost to rain on Wednesday the Hanley Energy Interprovincial Championship contest between the North West Warriors and the Northern Knights remains well poised heading into the third and final day.

NCU Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Semi Final Draw
Details of the NCU Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Semi Final Draw.

Six star Scanlon gives Warriors solid start
Bready skipper David Scanlon chose his North West Warriors debut, and his home ground, to turn in a superb performance with the ball as Ian McGregor's charges held their own on Day 1 of the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial match with the Northern Knights.

Ulster Schools Team To Play Southern Schools Selected
The team has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools in the annual interprovincial against the Southern Schools. John Matchett (Sullivan Upper School) has been selected as Captain.

NCU U15 Inter Provincial Squad 2016
Following the most recent Regional Development Squad sessions, the NCU Youth Selection Committee have selected the thirteen players to represent the Union at the forthcoming U15 Inter Provincial Series.

NCU U13 Inter Provincial Squad 2016
Following the most recent Regional Development Squad sessions, the NCU Youth Selection Committee have selected the thirteen players to represent the Union at the forthcoming U13 Inter Provincial Series.

NCU U17 English Tour
Following the most recent Regional Development Squad sessions, the NCU Youth Selection Committee have selected fourteen players to represent the Union on the forthcoming tour to St Albans from 28th - 30th June 2016.

Eligibility for Cup Competitions
Clubs are reminded of the provision of Competition Rule A22. (Eligibility for Cup Competitions)

The Slog Sweep, Ireland's Weekly Cricket Show - Episode Fifty Five

On this week's The Slog Sweep:
We bring you the big names both locally and internationally. Following on from our three captains last week, in our feature interview Robbo and John Boy talk with Warren  Deutrom, CEO of Cricket Ireland in an open and frank discussion on all things pertinent to the Irish game.

Around the Grounds - with Barry Chambers taking a week out, this week's guest reviewer on North West cricket is Lawrence Moore.  Mr. Mooney gets it easy in his Leinster round up with rain the main feature.  David Holmes gives his round up of the quarterfinal clashes in the A J Gallagher NCU Challenge Cup.

On Club Corner we stay in the NCU as Norman Shannon (Club Chairman) gives us an overview on Instonians. In light of the weekend on field collapse of Carrickfergus wicketkeeper Gordon Browne, John Mooney looks at this and similar incidents and reminds us all that at the end of the day it is ultimately only a game.

Plus much more...

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.

Man of the Match photos from the Preliminary Round of the Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup
Peter McMorran (NCU President) presenting Gareth Harrison with his Arthur J Gallagher Man of the Match Tankard after recording 6-14 to help Saintfield defeat Armagh
Gordon Markey, representing sponsors Arthur J Gallagher, presents the Man of the Match Tankard to Robert Lyttle after scoring 31no to help Donaghcloney defeat Academy
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


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