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  Junior Leagues 5 – 9
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Shaw's Bridge
Reminders - Forthcoming Dates
Junior Leagues 1-4 fixtures meeting: Tuesday 15th January.
Junior Leagues 5-9 fixtures meeting: Tuesday 22nd January.

General Information
News #1
James Cameron-Dow in Five Wicket Haul for Ireland Wolves
Left-arm off-spinner James Cameron-Dow claimed his second five-wicket haul in successive matches on tour, as Ireland Wolves took 11 wickets and enforced the follow-on on Day Three of the Ireland Wolves v Sri Lanka four-day match at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka.

Ruthless batting display puts Ireland Wolves firmly in control of Sri Lanka A
A record-breaking total by Ireland Wolves have put the visiting side in firm control after Day Two of the Ireland Wolves v Sri Lanka four-day match at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka.

McCollum Half Century against Sri Lanka A
Ireland Wolves opener James McCollum led the way with his second half-century of the tour, while Lorcan Tucker and Neil Rock ensured the visitors finished in command after the first day of the Ireland Wolves v Sri Lanka four-day match at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka.

Two Job Opportunities Within The NCU Announced
The Northern Cricket Union announces two job opportunities:
   Club & Partnership Development Officer
   School & Club Engagement Officer
Click on the links above for more info.

NIACUS Training Courses
Stage one Saturday 26th January 2019.
Stage two Sunday 27th January 2019.
Please contact Alan Neill on 07745814032 or Phil Thompson on 07748354216 to register.

NCU Independent Director Appointments announced
The Northern Cricket Union announces the appointment of three Independent Directors to its Board, following a recent recruitment process.

Sri Lanka A complete win, but Tector looking to take the positives into next game
Sri Lanka A wrapped up a 10-wicket win over Ireland Wolves early this morning, however, Wolves captain Harry Tector believes that his side can take the learnings from this first match and look for an improved performance in the second game of the series starting on Sunday in Hambantota.

Career-best figures for Cameron-Dow, Sri Lanka A on cusp of victory
Left-arm spinners dominated proceedings today claiming 11 wickets between them on an eventful Day Two of the Ireland Wolves v Sri Lanka four-day match at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

McCollum leads the way with bat, Adair claims three wickets but Sri Lanka A take honours on Day One
Ireland Wolves opener James McCollum led the way with a battling 76, while Mark Adair claimed three quick top-order wickets on Day One of the Ireland Wolves v Sri Lanka four-day match at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

McCollum and Tector Impress as Ireland Wolves draw warm-up match
The Ireland Wolves have drawn a two-day warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI at the Katunayake Cricket Ground, with Head Coach Pete Johnston commending his squad during its first encounter with subcontinent conditions.

Northern Knights Tector Captains Ireland Wolves in Sri Lanka
Alongside captain Harry Tector there are six other Northern Knights players who will be involved with the Wolves in Sri Lanka: Mark Adair, James Cameron Dow, Shane Getkate, James McCollum, Neil Rock, and James Shannon.

Cricket Ireland Vacancy - Event Executive
Cricket Ireland is seeking an experienced Event Executive to provide support for the Event Manager and commercial team with all aspects of the delivery of Cricket Ireland's home international fixtures, National cup finals, Conferences and Awards events.

Stirling to play in Bangladesh Premier League
Ireland international Paul Stirling will play in the Bangladesh Premier League for franchise Khulna Titans, starting on 5th January 2019.

Northern Cricket Union Fundamental Movement Workshop
Whilst the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Junior Regional Development Programme is taking a well earned break for Christmas, regional and club coaches attended a three hour workshop on Fundamental Movement.

Wicket Keeping Masterclass from Gary Wilson
Ten aspiring wicketkeepers from the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) boys and girls regional programme (age 11 to 17) received an hour long workshop with Ireland International Gary Wilson.

Five Northern Knights players accept Cricket Ireland contracts
Cricket Ireland has confirmed the completion of 19 men's player contracts for the Ireland Men's senior international squad for 2019, including Northern Knights players: James McCollum, James Shannon, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector and Gary Wilson.

Cricket Ireland to offer professional contracts to women for the first time
The Board of Cricket Ireland has endorsed the provision of Irish cricket's first women's senior playing contracts, after a recommendation was accepted at its recent Board Meeting held at Ballymascanlon House Hotel on 12 December 2018.

NCU Gallagher Cup Draws for 2019
Holders Waringstown will be away to Holywood in the first round of next season's Northern Cricket Union's Gallagher Challenge Cup. The holders of the women's trophy Lurgan will also be on their travels against the winners of the preliminary round between Holywood and Laurelvale.

Further draws have taken place for the following 2019 NCU Cups. Click on the links for more information.
NCU Junior Cup Draw (sponsored by GMcG)
NCU Intermediate Cup Draw for 2019
NCU Minor (Lindsay) Cup Draw (sponsored by Cleaver Black)
NCU Minor Qualifying Cup Draw

Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and Clear Currency National Cup – First Round Draws
Cricket Ireland has today conducted the First Round draws for the 2019 Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup and 2019 Clear Currency National Cup.

Tim Simmonite agrees to act as Lead Coach for the NCU Women's Senior Squad
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Representative Directorate is delighted to announce that Tim Simmonite has agreed to act as lead coach for their Women's Senior Squad for 2019.

Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy 2018 - 2019
Following a recent review of the Academy, the NCU Representative Directorate has agreed that the 2018-19 Academy intake will focus on players within the 17-23 age group who have the potential to gain future Senior Interprovincial and/or Senior International representation, and who currently are not involved in any Cricket Ireland Pathway Programmes.

Afghanistan and Zimbabwe to play at Stormont
Cricket Ireland has announced that West Indies will take part in a one-day international tri-series with Ireland and Bangladesh, as part of a major international men's schedule that will see 16 international fixtures being played around Ireland in 2019.

Tickets now on sale for Ireland v England ODI in May 2019
Cricket Ireland has announced that tickets have gone on sale for the one-off one day international (ODI) between Ireland and England at Malahide on 3 May 2019.

Winners of the NCU's Robinson Services Leagues
Former England Test captain Graham Gooch takes centre stage with the winners of the NCU's Robinson Services Leagues.

Gardiner Brothers Women's League Awards 2018
Gardiner Brothers sponsored the Women's Leagues in 2018 and recently a player awards ceremony took place.

League and Cup Article Archive
News Archive
NCU Regulations for 2018
Playing regulations for all NCU, Ulster and Irish competitions can be found on this page: Regulations
NCU Gallagher Challenge Cup Final 2018 Video

NCU Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final 2018 Video

Thanks to Harry Cook for the video production.

NCU Challenge Cup Final Preview Video

Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final Preview Video

Thanks to Harry Cook for the video production and Johnny Morton for the interviews.

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

NCU Promo from imagemediafilms.

Miscellaneous #1
GDPR Guidance for Clubs
A change in government legislation regarding data protection called The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in place from 25th May 2018.

Young Cricketers Playing In Adult Cricket
The Domestic Cricket Directorate has reaffirmed the ruling on young cricketers playing in adult cricket.

NCU 2018 Grounds Report
The NCU Grounds Committee has compiled the club ground gradings in accordance with Competition Rule A35.

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 download a copy...

Miscellaneous #2
Player Clothing 2018
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 2017 (pdf)

Child Safeguarding Manual
Download a copy of the Child Safeguarding Manual for 2017
View Child Safeguarding Manual

NCU Bye-Laws 2018
The NCU Bye Laws for 2018
View NCU Bye-Laws 2018

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

The Northern Cricket Union of Ireland is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Northern Ireland (Company Number NI 649724) and a Charity registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (Charity Number NIC 106791) having its registered office at The Pavilion, Stormont Estate, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA.
NCU Grounds Report 2018
NCU Annual Report 2018
League and Cup Article Archive
NCU Transfers 2018
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View Child Safeguarding Manual
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