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CIYMS V beat Lisburn IV by 18 runs

Instonians V beat North Down IV by 83 runs
NCU Regulations for 2017
Due to the unforeseen delay of the NCU fixture book, playing regulations for all NCU, Ulster and Irish competitions can be found on this page:
Reminders - Forthcoming Dates
23rd April - Cricket Ireland AGM
25th April - NCU Board Meeting

7th October - Annual Dinner
9th October - Annual General Meeting

General Information
A Short report detailing some of the business discussed by the NCU Management Board on 6th March 2017.
Management Board Report (6th March 2017) (PDF)

News #1
NCU Statement on Home Office Visa Applications & Player Registration
Statement from Neil Matthews on behalf of the NCU Domestic Cricket Directorate

T20 Trophy Final 2016
The delayed Lagan Valley Steels T20 Trophy Final took place today (16th April) at The Meadow, Downpatrick CC. Despite wet conditions early on no overs were lost as Muckamore came out on top by 8 wickets in a high scoring game.
Match Details...

NCU Under 15 Squad Announced
NCU Announce Their Under 15 Squad For The Forthcoming 2017 Season.

NCU Under 13 Squad Announced
NCU Announce Their Under 13 Squad For The Forthcoming 2017 Season.

NCU Presidents Message Spring 2017
NCU President Peter McMorran with his Spring message to all players and clubs.

Northern Knights and Emerging Knights 2017 Fixture List
The inaugural First Class Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial (IP) Championship will present the Northern Knights with their busiest schedule to date. The competition has expanded this year with the entry of Munster Reds to the Irish Inter-Provincial Series.

NCU Area Welcome to Coaching Course
Details of a Welcome to Coaching Course coming up at the end of the month. Please note this is being run Free of charge as part of the Active Clubs project. Also this will be the last coaching course run until after the season. So if there is anyone at your club you feel would benefit from this please get them booked on asap as this will fill up very fast.

Charity to benefit from CSNI Cricket Club fundraiser
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) recently held their annual club fundraiser and charity event at Drumbo Park, Lisburn, with 'A Night at the Dogs'.

The Northern Cricket Union announce the Northern Knights Squads
The NCU Representative Directorate has announced the Knights Squads for 2017. This year there are two squads, one for the 3-day and 50 over matches and one for the T20 matches.

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 2017
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 2016 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 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 2017
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)

NCU Bye-Laws 2017
The revised NCU Bye Laws for 2017
View NCU Bye-Laws 2017

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 Cricket Office
Nigel Jones
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Simon Johnston
Active Clubs Co-ordinator

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Callum Atkinson
Cricket Development Officer

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Mob: 07568 181863
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