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Fixtures: 28th May / 29th May NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Premier League  #ncupl
28th May
Carrickfergus v CIYMS
Lisburn v CSNI (12 noon)
North Down v Instonians
Waringstown v Derriaghy

League Section 1  #ncus1
28th May
Donaghcloney v Saintfield
Downpatrick v Ballymena
Lurgan v Bangor
Muckamore v Armagh
Woodvale v Academy (12.30pm)

29th May
Armagh v Bangor
Woodvale v Downpatrick

League Section 2  #ncus2
29th May
Holywood v Cregagh

League Section 3  #ncus3
28th May
Dunmurry v Ards

29th May
Dungannon v Ards
Junior Cup  #ncujc
28th May
BISC v Cregagh (Gibson Park)
Cliftonville v Victoria
CSNI II v Laurelvale
Donaghadee v Waringstown II
Larne v Muckamore II
Lisburn II v Instonians II (Shaw's Bridge)
Monaghan v Millpark (Banford Green)
North Down II v Ballymena II

Intermediate Cup  #ncuic
28th May
Carrickfergus II v Academy II (Castle Grounds)
CSNI III v Woodvale II
Instonians III v Donaghcloney II
Lurgan II v Waringstown III
Muckamore III v CIYMS III
North Down III v Derriaghy II - Postponed
Templepatrick II v Bangor II

Minor (Lindsay) Cup  #ncumlc
28th May
Saintfield II walkover v Ballymena IV

29th May
Donaghadee II v Waringstown IV
Minor Qualifying Cup  #ncumqc
28th May
Victoria III v Downpatrick III

29th May
Saintfield III v Carrickfergus IV

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
28th May
Armagh II v Ballymena II
Laurelvale II v Instonians IV

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
28th May
Cooke Collegians II v Carrickfergus III
Derriaghy III v Dundrum II
Lisburn III v Waringstown IV

29th May
Academy III v Dundrum II

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
28th May
Armagh III v Victoria II

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
28th May
Saintfield III v CSNI V

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
28th May
Cliftonville III v CIYMS V

29th May
Bangor IV v BISC II
Downpatrick III v Larne II
Irish Senior Cup  #bkisc
29th May
Cork County v Phoenix
Derriaghy v Co. Galway
Eglinton v Waringstown
Fox Lodge v YMCA
Instonians v Pembroke
Merrion v Carrickfergus
North County v Malahide
The Hills v CIYMS

Irish National Cup  #NationalCup
29th May
Ballaghaderreen v Balbriggan
Ballyspallen v Civil Service (LCU)
Dundrum (LCU) v Rush
Lurgan v Limerick
Newbuildings v Terenure
North Kildare v Co. Kerry
Sion Mills v Laois
Woodvale v Midleton

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
28th May
Instonians V v Templepatrick IV

29th May
Lisburn IV v Newforge II

Womens Premier League  #ncuwpl
29th May
Lurgan v Muckamore (10am)
Armagh v CSNI (2pm)
News #1
Ulster Bank Schools Cup semi final results
Holders Belfast Royal Academy will meet city rivals Royal Belfast Academical Institution in the final of the Ulster Bank Schools Cup.

Northern Knights team to play North West Warriors announced
The Northern Knights team to play North West Warriors in the T20 match on Friday 27th at Comber shows a number of changes from the teams who performed so well in both 3 day matches against Leinster Lighting in Dublin and Belfast.

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.

Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup Second Round Draw
Holders CIYMS will be at home to Downpatrick in the quarter finals of the NCU's Arthur J Gallagher Senior  Challenge Cup

Cregagh Host 3rd Annual Primary School Kwik Cricket Tournament
This year Cregagh embarked upon an ambitious plan of sending their coaches out to 6 local Primary Schools along with the support of Simon Johnston from Cricket Ireland.

Girls join the fun at Laurelvale
In line with the club's aim of increasing the participation of girls in cricket, Laurelvale added a 'Girls Only' tournament to their Kwik Cricket coaching and competition schedule in 2016.

Knights Denied By Determined Poynter And Dockrell
A determined rearguard partnership between Andrew Poynter and George Dockrell preserved Leinster Lightning's unbeaten record on a dramatic final day of the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship at Stormont.

CSNI's Rahul takes 8 wickets for 0 runs in school match
CSNI's Rahul Gondhia recently took an amazing eight wickets for no runs for Campbell College U14's.

Knights' Fight back Gets A Little 'Extra' Help
Two declarations and a staggering 68 'extras' in an innings told the story of the second day of The Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship action between the Northern Knights and Leinster Lightning at Stormont.

Anderson Century Puts Lightning In Control Against Knights
John Anderson led from the front as Leinster Lightning totally dominated Day 1 of their Inter-provincial Championship clash with the Northern Knights at Stormont.

Dundrum Cricket Club Start Coaching in Schools Programme
Dundrum Cricket Club started a very ambitious coaching in schools programme a few weeks ago with six primary schools involved.

NCU Cricket Development Officer (CDO) Post
Following recent interviews for a Temporary Cricket Development Officer (CDO), Callum Atkinson of Lisburn CC has been offered and has agreed to take up the post.

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 Youth Cup Draws 2016
The draws have taken place for the 2016 NCU Youth Cup Competitions.
Colts Cup
Graham Cup
Banoge Cup
Quoile (U11) Cup

O'Neills Ulster Cup, Shield and Plate Draws 2016
The draws have taken place for the first round of the O'Neills Ulster Cup, Shield and Plate Competitions.
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 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
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
NCU News / League Competitions
Cup Competitions
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