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Fixtures: 27th / 28th / 29th May NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Premier League  #ncupl
27th May
CIYMS v Waringstown
Instonians v CSNI
Lisburn v Muckamore
North Down v Carrickfergus (12noon)

League Section 1  #ncus1
27th May
Academy v Woodvale
Bangor v Derriaghy
Cliftonville v Armagh
Holywood v Downpatrick
Lurgan v Donaghcloney Mill

League Section 2  #ncus2
27th May
Ballymena v Laurelvale
Donaghadee v Templepatrick
Dundrum v BISC
Larne v Cregagh
Saintfield v Cooke Collegians

29th May
Ballymena v Templepatrick
League Section 3  #ncus3
27th May
Ards v Newforge
Dunmurry v Victoria
Monaghan v Drumaness

Junior League 1  #ncuj1
27th May
CSNI II v Instonians II
Muckamore II v Lisburn II
Waringstown II v CIYMS II
Waringstown III v Ballymena II

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
28th May

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
27th May
Cliftonville II v Lurgan II
Cregagh II v Instonians IV
Laurelvale II v Derriaghy III
Junior League 5  #ncuj5
27th May
Armagh III v Muckamore IV
Ballymena III v Academy III
Carrickfergus III v Cooke Collegians II

28th May
Carrickfergus III v North Down III
Cooke Collegians II v Bangor II

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
27th May
CSNI V v Victoria II

28th May
CSNI IV v Donaghadee II
Dundrum II v Waringstown IV

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
27th May
Donaghcloney Mill III v Laurelvale III
Saintfield III v Larne II

28th May
Intermediate Cup  #ncuic
27th May
Armagh II v Carrickfergus II
Bangor II v Instonians III
Derriaghy II v Saintfield II
Downpatrick II v Woodvale II
Muckamore III v Academy II
North Down II v Templepatrick II

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
27th May
Donaghcloney Mill IV v Lisburn IV
Instonians VI v North Down IV

28th May
CIYMS V v Templepatrick IV
Muckamore V v Cregagh III
Muckamore VI v Lisburn IV

Womens Premier League  #ncuwpl
27th May
CSNI v Waringstown (2pm)
North Down v Lurgan (10am)
Reminders - Forthcoming Dates
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
Emerging Knights to play Leinster Lightning Bolts at Oakhill, County Wicklow
The Northern Knights selectors have announced an Emerging Knights squad to play against Leinster Lightning Bolts at Oakhill, County Wicklow, (11am Start) on Sunday 28th May.

Ulster Plate - Change of date for First Round
Due to a clash with fixtures drawn for the Irish Cup the date of the first round of the Ulster Plate has had to be moved.

Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup - Second Round Draw Details
The draw for the second round of the Challenge Cup will be held on Tuesday 30th May at 6.30pm in Malone Golf Club.

Northern Knights squads announced for matches against Munster Reds & North West Warriors
In many organisations there are people behind the scenes who are vital to the public performance. Within Cricket Ireland one such person is Scott Irvine from North Down Cricket Club in the Northern Cricket Union.

Ireland's Analyst - Scott Irvine from the Northern Cricket Union
The Northern Cricket Union has announced the Northern Knights squads for their first three fixtures in the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series.

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

CSNICC Press Release: Cowden steps down with heavy heart
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club has issued the two statements regarding the resignation of First XI Captain Andrew Cowden.

Northern Cricket Union Under 11 Squad
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced their Under 11 squad for the forthcoming 2017 season. A tour to Taunton (King's College), England, to compete in the Under 11 Cricket Festival, will take place from Saturday 22nd to Tuesday 25th of July.

Irish Senior and National Cup Draws Made
Holders Merrion will face NCU side Muckamore in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup, in the draw made at Clontarf today (WED) ahead of the Walton tri-nations ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand.

Holders Exit Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Belfast Royal Academy's cricketers have failed in their bid for a hat trick of Ulster Bank Schools Cup triumphs.  The winners of the past two years came a cropper in the second round by five wickets  against Foyle College who will now play another Belfast school, Campbell College, in the last eight.

Third Round of the Ulster Bank Schools Cup Drawn
The draw for the 3rd Round of the Ulster Bank Schools Cup was made by the Principal of Lurgan College, Mr T.D. Robinson today (11th May).

Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy- Beyond the Boundaries of Cricket
The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy has sought to utilise the skills and attributes of other sports to give the young cricketers tips that will enhance their game. Two sessions have been organised by Ciaran Chambers at the National Badminton Centre in Lisburn.

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 Regulations for 2017
Playing regulations for all NCU, Ulster and Irish competitions can be found on this page: Regulations
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
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...

Miscellaneous #2
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
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