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Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final 2015

CIYMS v Instonians on Friday 31st July 2015 at the Green, Comber.

Play gets underway at 11.00am and admission to the ground is £5 (adults) and £2 (school pupils).

Facilities for food will be available inside the ground.

In the event of the match not starting or finishing on the day no refunds will be given but spectators will be given a ticket for admission on the reserve date (Saturday 1st August).

News #1
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final - CIYMS v Instonians
The Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final will be contested by CIYMS and Instonians on Friday 31st July 2015 at the Green, Comber.

Northern Knights Squad to face Leinster Lightning in Hanley Energy IP50 announced
The squad has been selected to represent the Knights in the above fixture..

Banogue Cup Final 2015
The Banogue Cup Final (Under 13) will take place between Instonians and Lisburn on Wednesday 29th July at Shaw's Bridge. Start time is 6pm and all supporters are encouraged to come along to see and support the young players of the future.

Cricket Ireland Corporate Hospitality - Ireland v Australia at Stormont on Thursday 27th August 2015
Cricket Ireland is delighted to offer a premium corporate hospitality package as Ireland take on the World Cup Champions in a one day international in the beautiful surroundings of Stormont Estate on Thursday 27th August 2015.

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.

Notable Performances In The NCU During Saturday's League Programme
There were a couple of notable performances in the NCU during Saturday's league programme.
Neil Gelston took 7 wickets for 6 runs (including a hat trick) and Richard Keates smashes a half century off only 12 balls.

Belfast City Council - Sporty Summer Camp
Take up a new sport at one of Belfast City Council's exciting, free summer camps.

Garraway hits the 'Mark' for CSNI's Belfast Coaching Camp - Limited places available
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) will be hosting its annual Coaching Camp week from Monday 27th July with Mark Garraway as the guest Coach for this year.The popular coaching camp which is open to boys from other cricket clubs as well as CSNI will be led by Mark Garraway.

Regional Development Program 2015/2016 - Expression of Interest – Age Group Coaches
The Northern Cricket Union is currently planning its winter 2015 / 2016 regional development program.
There will be a requirement for coaches at the following age groups: U9 / U11 / U13 / U15 / U17 / U21 / Girls.

NCU Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final Preview Show

Joining host Alistair Bushe is Neil Russell, captain of Instonians, Stephen Hughes, representing CIYMS, and Robin Haire from the cup final hosts North Down.
The panel discuss the chances of both CIYMS and Instonians in this seasons Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final which takes place on Friday 31st July at Comber.

Exciting times for Armagh Cricket Club
It is exciting times for Armagh Cricket Club. Their First XI, under the leadership of Matthew Steenson, defeated Saintfield last week to put them into the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Shield Final and gives them home advantage.

Ireland U17 XI to play the Irish Schools
The following team has been announced to represent an Ireland U17 XI against the Irish Schools at The Castle Grounds in Belfast on Tuesday 14th July - 11 am start.

Irish Schools Team Selected To Play Against Ireland U17
The team has been selected to represent the Irish Schools against Ireland U17 at The Castle Grounds, Belfast on Tuesday 14th July, 11 am start.

NCU Under 13s beat Munster Under 13s on the Final Day of their Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 13s win over Munster under 13s on the final day of their Inter Provincial Series.

NCU Under 13s lose to Leinster Under 13s on Day Two of their Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 13s loss to Leinster under 13s on the second day of their Inter Provincial Series.

NCU Under 15s beat the Southern XI Under 15s on Day Three of the Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 15s win over the Southern XI under 15s on the final day of the Inter Provincial Series.

NCU Under 13s beat North West Under 13s on Day One of their Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 13s win over NWCU under 13s on the first day of their Inter Provincial Series.

Muckamore Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club - Free Coaching Clinics & Camps
Muckamore are pushing hard to get as many kids involved in both cricket and tennis as possible and as part of that initiative they are hosting FREE coaching clinics on a Friday evening at the club (6.30pm-8.30pm) for kids of all abilities and backgrounds.

Further Boost For Irish Cricket
The impressive growth of cricket in Ireland is to receive a further boost with the announcement of a link-up with Sport Northern Ireland's 'Active Clubs' initiative that will aim to get more players joining their local club teams in Northern Ireland. Two new full-time posts, supported by funding from the National Lottery, will see Simon Johnston and Colin Manson join the staff of Cricket Ireland on a mission to increase cricket club membership across the north.

NCU Under 15s lose to Leinster Under 15s on Day Two of the Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 15s loss to LCU under 15s on the second day of the Inter Provincial Series.

NCU Disciplinary Reprimands
List of players who have received reprimands and warned as to their future conduct.

NCU Under 15s beat North West Under 15s on Day One of the Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 15s win over NWCU under 15s on the first day of the Inter Provincial Series.

NCU Under 11s Win Their First Inter-Pro Match Of The Season
In the first official under 11 Inter Pro of the season,  the NCU travelled to Ardmore CC to play the NWCU under 11s.

No Shortage Of Drama In Irish Senior Cup Quarter Finals - Both NCU teams progess to Semi Finals
Ruhan Pretorius created Irish Senior Cup history by clubbing 6 sixes in an over as Waringstown beat 2013 winners Clontarf in a thrilling encounter at Castle Avenue. CSNI made it an NCU double with a four wicket win at Rathmines against Leinster. Derriaghy exit National Cup in a high scoring affair.

Top Coaches Launch Sport NI's Coaching Awards
Three of NI's top coaches have joined forces today to launch Sport Northern Ireland's prestigious 2015 Coaching Awards.

Graham Cup Final (Sponsored By Dale Farm)
CSNI under 15s beat Ballymena under 15s by 6 wickets.
Graham Cup...

Southern Schools' v Ulster Schools' - Schools' Interprovincial at Rathmines, Dublin
Day 1 and 2 scores from the Schools' Interprovincial at Rathmines, Dublin.
Southern Schools' beat Northern Schools' by 7 wickets.

Lurgan XI v NCU Presidents XI
Lurgan Cricket Club were delighted to welcome the NCU President's XI to Pollock Park on Friday night to play a Twenty20 game against a Lurgan XI.

Ulster Schools Team Selected For Match Against Southern Schools
The team has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools against the Southern Schools in the annual Schools' Interprovincial at Rathmines, Dublin on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June

BRA win Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Belfast Royal Academy have won the Ulster Bank Ulster Schools Cup for the first time in their history.
They beat Campbell College at Osborne Park by three wickets in a thrilling final this evening (Friday) thanks to a brilliant knock by opener Francis Collins who carried his bat to an unbeaten 73 in a total of 147 for 7.

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Semi-Final Draw - Schools Cup Final Venue Switch
The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the Ulster Bank NCU Senior Challenge Cup to be played on Saturday 27th June and the venue changed for the Schools Cup final.

Fixtures For Under 13 Inter Provincials
The fixtures and grounds to be used for the Under 13 Inter Provincial Tournament, which is taking place in the NCU area, have been announced.

Young Under 13 Instonians cricketer takes 9 wickets in a game
In a recent under 13 league game for Instonians Seahorses Adam Wylie took 9 wickets for 12 runs in 4 overs.

Warriors Edge Out Knights In T20 Thriller
The NW Warriors kept alive their hopes of retaining the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy with a thrilling 13 runs win over the Northern Knights in front of a large crowd at Belmont.

NCU's under age squads have been announced for the interpros
The NCU has announced their under 11, under 13 and under 15 squads for the upcoming inter regional series.
The under 11 squad
The under 13 squad
The under 15 squad

Revised Regulations for Irish Senior & National Cups and all the Ulster Competitions
The Regulations page has been updated to include the 2015 revised regulations for the Irish Senior and National Cups plus all of the Ulster Competitions.

NCU Show - First Episode

The @NCU_News Show is LIVE!
Joining host Neil Russell is co-host Alistair Bushe, Peter Shields, Robin Haire and NCU Chairman Andy Clement.
The panel discuss the season ahead, the NCU youth tour to SA and who's tipping who for trophies.

NCU Fantasy League 2015
After the very successful NCU Fantasy Cricket competition in 2014, it returns agains this year and now includes players from the North West Cricket Union's Premiership and some tweaks to the rules.
Competition Rules
Interactive Player Info/Ratings
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup - First & Second Round Man of the Match Winners
Avdhoot Dandekar (Muckamore) Peter Davison (North Down) James Hall (Waringstown)
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Alex Haggan (Carrick)
Ryan Nurse (Instonians) Michael Stewart (Templepatrick) Johnny Terrett (Cliftonville) Regan West (CSNI)
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Many thanks to all the clubs/players/CricketEurope who supplied the photos.
NCU Cup Final Venues 2015
Challenge Cup
Junior Cup
Intermediate Cup
Minor (Lindsay) Cup
Minor Qualifying Cup
The Green, Comber
Moylena, Muckamore
Ballygomartin Road, Woodvale
Eaton Park, Ballymena
The Mall, Armagh
  Twenty20 Cup
Twenty20 Trophy
Twenty20 Shield
The Lawn, Waringstown
Middle Road, Carrickfergus
The Mall, Armagh

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
Ireland v Australia 2015
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NCU Development Tour 2015
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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.
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