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Fixtures: 22nd / 23rd / 24th July NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Premier League  #ncupl
23rd July
Carrickfergus beat CSNI by 3 runs (DLS)
Instonians beat Derriaghy by 6 wickets (DLS)
Lisburn beat North Down by 2 runs (DLS)
Waringstown beat CIYMS by 4 runs (DLS)

24th July
Derriaghy beat Carrickfergus by 2 runs (DLS)
Instonians beat Waringstown by 3 runs (DLS)

League Section 1  #ncus1
23rd July
Bangor beat Academy by 9 wickets
Armagh beat Lurgan by 90 runs
Donaghcloney beat Downpatrick by 8 wickets
Muckamore beat Saintfield by 99 runs
Woodvale beat Ballymena by 9 wickets

24th July
Muckamore walkover v Lurgan

League Section 2  #ncus2
23rd July
Cliftonville beat BISC by 65 runs
Holywood beat Dundrum by 7 wickets
Laurelvale beat Millpark by 1 wicket (DLS)
Templepatrick beat Cooke Collegians by 152 runs (DLS)

24th July
BISC v Millpark OFF
Cooke Collegians v Cregagh OFF
Templepatrick v Cliftonville OFF

League Section 3  #ncus3
23rd July
Ards beat Dunmurry by 9 wickets
Donaghadee beat Dungannon by 10 wickets
Larne beat Victoria by 76 runs
Newforge v Monaghan Abandoned
Junior League 1  #ncuj1
22nd July
Ballymena II beat CSNI II by 4 wickets

23rd July
CSNI II beat Ballymena II by 6 wickets
Lisburn II beat North Down II by 8 wickets
Muckamore II beat Instonians II by 10 wickets
Waringstown II beat CIYMS II by 9 wickets

24th July
CIYMS II v Muckamore II OFF
Instonians II v Waringstown II OFF

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
23rd July
Bangor II beat Academy II by 32 runs
Waringstown III beat CIYMS III by 8 wickets
Downpatrick II beat Donaghcloney II by 4 wickets

24th July
Downpatrick II beat Carrickfergus II by 8 wickets

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
23rd July
CSNI III beat Instonians III by 9 wickets
Derriaghy II beat Templepatrick II by 13 runs
North Down III v Holywood II OFF

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
23rd July
Saintfield II beat Cliftonville II by 30 runs
Laurelvale II beat Ballymena III by 7 wickets

24th July
Woodvale III beat Cregagh II by 8 wickets

Womens Premier League  #ncuwpl
23rd July
North Down beat Armagh by 35 runs
Minor (Lindsay) Cup  #ncumlc
23rd July
Academy III beat Armagh II by 7 wickets
Woodvale III beat Instonians IV by 78 runs

Minor Qualifying Cup  #ncumqc
23rd July
Lisburn IV beat Carrickfergus IV by 22 runs
BISC II beat CSNI V by 5 wickets

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
23rd July
Carrickfergus III beat Cooke Collegians II by 164 runs
Derriaghy III beat Waringstown IV by 7 wickets

24th July
Dundrum II beat Bangor III by 54 runs
Waringstown IV v Lisburn III OFF

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
23rd July
Armagh III walkover v Ballymena IV
Muckamore IV walkover v Ards II

24th July
CSNI IV beat Donaghadee II by 6 wickets

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
23rd July
Laurelvale III beat Saintfield III by 71 runs

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
24th July
Bangor IV beat CSNI VI by 7 wickets

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
23rd July
Instonians V v Victoria III OFF

24th July
Templepatrick IV v Instonians VI OFF
News #1
Cricket Ireland Club Facility Grant Fund
Cricket Ireland has announced a Club Facility Grant Fund.
Clubs that meet the eligibility criteria should apply in writing to Bryan Milford in the first instance (full details of the eligibility criteria will be made available on request).

NCU U13 Select – Glasgow Inner Cities Festival
An NCU Under13 Select squad will again travel to Scotland this year to play against Glasgow and Edinburgh in the Inner Cities Festival which will be held in Prestwick, Scotland.
Read more and squad details...

NCU U13 Select versus NCU U11 Interprovincial Squad
In support of the NCU Under 11 preparation for their forthcoming Interprovincial games with North West Cricket Union and Leinster Cricket Union, the following have been selected as part of an NCU U13 Select XI.
Read more and team details...

Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Final 2016
The Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Final will be contested by CIYMS and CSNI on Friday 29 July 2016 at the Green, Comber.

NCU Clubs Meetings 2016
The Union's Management Board wishes to discuss with clubs a number of possible options for the arrangement of Senior and Junior Leagues as well as other playing conditions in the future.

NCU Annual Dinner 2016 - Guest Speaker Announced
Former South African Test and ODI player Jonty Rhodes to be guest speaker at this year's NCU Annual Dinner.

NCU Under 14s to Tour Taunton
In an action packed summer for the NCU youth sides, the next trip on the agenda is the Under 14 tour to Kings College, Taunton from Sunday 31st July to Friday 5th August.

Ulster Schools Scottish Tour 2016 Report
An outstanding unbeaten fifty by Paddy Beverland saw the Ulster Schools record a dramatic final-over victory over the Western Union Centurions in their first tour match.

Northern Knights team to play Leinster Lighting
The Northern Knights team to play Leinster Lighting at Comber this Friday 22nd July (5.00pm).
Read more and squad details...

NCU Under 15 Select v Jersey Under 15's
An NCU under 15 select side play two matches against the touring Jersey under 15's.
Both games will be played at Woodvale Cricket Club starting at 11.00am
Read more and squad details...

NCU XI v Irish Under 17's
As part of the Union's continuing development programme, an NCU XI will play two T20 games against the Irish Under 17 side on Wed 20th July at Laurelvale Cricket Club.
Read more and squad details...

NCU Emergency Committee Statement on Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup
Regrettably rain prevented any play in the semi-finals and final of the LVS Twenty20 Cup on Saturday.
The Union's Emergency Committee met and has the arrangements for the semi-finals and final.

NCU Under 15 Tour to Denmark
The NCU U15s have just returned from their week long trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. A squad of 13 players along with coaches Scott Irvine and Wayne Hughes were away representing the union in matches against the Danish U17 side.

NCU U11 Inter Pro's
The players have been selected for the NCU Under 11's to play in the inter provincials on 8th and 10th August.
Read more and squad details...

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 Nine
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


NCU Transfers 2016
NCU Annual Report 2015
NCU 2015 Grounds Report
Dates For The Diary
NCU Annual Dinner - Sat 8th October
NCU AGM - Mon 10th October
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