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Fixtures: 30th April / 1st May / 2nd May NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Challenge Cup  #ncucc
30th April
Donaghcloney beat Academy by 4 wickets
Saintfield beat Armagh by 1 wicket

Premier League  #ncupl
30th April
Carrickfergus beat North Down by 8 wickets
Derriaghy beat CIYMS by 23 runs
Instonians beat CSNI by 8 wickets
Waringstown beat Lisburn by 44 runs

League Section 1  #ncus1
30th April
Bangor beat Ballymena by 5 wickets
Downpatrick beat Lurgan by 8 wickets
Muckamore beat Woodvale by 8 wickets

2nd May
Academy beat Ballymena by 5 wickets
Downpatrick beat Muckamore by 6 wickets
Woodvale beat Donaghcloney by 5 wickets
Armagh v Bangor (OFF)
Lurgan v Saintfield (OFF)

League Section 2  #ncus2
30th April
BISC beat Holywood by 1 wicket
Cooke Collegians beat Dundrum by 52 runs
Laurelvale beat Templepatrick by 5 wickets
Millpark v Cregagh (OFF)

2nd May
Laurelvale beat Cooke Collegians by 6 wickets
Cliftonville v Templepatrick (OFF)
Holywood v Cregagh (OFF)
League Section 3  #ncus3
30th April
Donaghadee beat Newforge by 65 runs
Dungannon v Ards (OFF)
Larne beat Monaghan by 7 wickets
Victoria beat Dunmurry by 110 runs

Junior League 1  #ncuj1
30th April
Instonians II beat CSNI II by 5 wickets
Waringstown II beat Lisburn II by 8 wickets

2nd May
Ballymena II v Instonians II (OFF)

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
30th April
Academy II beat Waringstown III by 23 runs
CIYMS III beat Donaghcloney II by 6 wickets

2nd May
Woodvale II beat Donaghcloney II

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
30th April
Holywood II v North Down III (OFF)
Lurgan II v Muckamore III (OFF)

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
30th April
Woodvale III beat Saintfield II by 9 wickets

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
30th April
Bangor II v Cooke Collegians II (OFF)
Derriaghy III beat Lisburn III by 56 runs
Junior League 6  #ncuj6
30th April
Ballymena IV beat Ards II by 70 runs
Muckamore IV beat Victoria II by 8 wickets

2nd May
Academy IV beat Victoria II by 9 wickets

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
30th April
Carrickfergus IV beat Templepatrick III by 9 wickets
North Down IV v Laurelvale III (OFF)

1st May
CIYMS IV beat North Down IV by 16 runs

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
30th April
Bangor IV beat CSNI VI by 61 runs
Downpatrick III v CIYMS V (OFF)

1st May
Larne II v BISC II (OFF)

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
1st May
Newforge II beat Templepatrick IV by 32 runs

2nd May
Waringstown V v Derriaghy IV (OFF)

Womens Premier League  #ncuwpl
1st May
Waringstown beat CSNI by 40 runs
Waringstown v Armagh (OFF)
News #1
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

Cricket Ireland is seeking an Administration Assistant
Cricket Ireland is seeking an Administration Assistant to help ensure the smooth professional running of the cricket department administration supporting players and coaches, and supporting Cricket Ireland events and activities.

NCU XI v Ulster University
As part of the continuing Northern Cricket Union regional development programme, an NCU XI will play against an Ulster University XI.

NCU President's Message - Spring 2016
"A number of months have passed since my inaugural message as President of the NCU and since then I have had the pleasure of enjoying a number of cricketing experiences...."

Knights Selection v Leinster Lightning - IP50
The Northern Knights have announced their squad for their opening match of the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial 50 Over Cup against Leinster Lightning at Stormont on Bank Holiday Monday (2nd May). The match starts at 10:45am.

Premier League Pre Season Photo
Top players from the eight Ulster Bank NCU Premier League sides with the league trophy they hope to win.

Four NCU ladies make Toyota Super 3s squads
There are four NCU representatives in the Super 3s squads for the 2016 running of the competition.
The Super 3s is Ireland's flagship domestic competition for female cricketers and this year has signed a new sponsorship deal with Toyota Ireland.

NCU Under 9's Winter Coaching
This is the third year that the NCU Representative Directorate have provided coaching for boys and girls in years P4 and P5. This year 27 boys and girls from ten clubs have been nominated.

Cricket Ireland Seeking a National Women's Selector
Cricket Ireland is seeking two new National Women's Selectors to help ensure Ireland selects its best players ready to take to the world stage and to be as successful as they can be. The successful candidate will report into the Chair of the National Women's Selectors.

Charity the winner at CSNI fundraiser
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) recently held their annual fundraiser at Drumbo Park, Lisburn, where they held 'A night at the Dogs'. The event proved to be a huge success and provided guests with top quality entertainment, good food, great prizes to be won in the silent auction and raffle and a number race winners all around!

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.

Northern Knights Squad for the 2016 season announced
The NCU Representative Directorate have announced the Knights Squad for 2016.  The squad contains five Waringstown players, three each from CIYMS, CSNI and Instonians, two from North Down and one from Carrickfergus.

Cricket Ireland Seeking a Marketing Manager
Cricket Ireland is seeking an ambitious and confident marketing professional to market our activities and to help increase revenues, to manage our ever growing online presence and to help grow the game to become a mainstream sport in Ireland.

CSNICC announce two new signings for 2016
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) has announced the signings of Alan Blain and Dylan Agnew. In addition to these new signings, Jason Van Der Merwe has also committed his future to the club.

NCU Club Life Development Weekend
The Northern Cricket Union in conjunction with Cricket Ireland and through the support of Sport NI and Ulster University in Jordanstown are pleased to announce that they will be delivering a Club Development weekend on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of April with a series of club and coach development workshops on offer. 

Update: A timely "Lucky 7" 2016 pre-season test
A little test of knowledge for all umpires, captains and, hopefully, a lot of players too.
[There was an error in the timings for Question 7 - now corrected]

The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy
The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy continues to flourish with the 16 players being challenged across all aspects of their game and beyond.

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.

CSNICC collect a hat trick of trophies at Belfast City Council Sports Awards
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNICC) are celebrating after winning three awards at the recent Belfast City Council Sports Awards.

Robert McKinley joins Instonians
Instonians have announced that Robert McKinley has joined the club from Ballymena Cricket Club. Robert (22) as well as Ballymena has played for all the Ireland underage groups from U 13s up to U 19s and last year played for the Northern Knights.

Derriaghy awarded a Sports Bag worth £1,000 from SportNI
As a Clubmark accredited club Derriaghy were delighted recently when, following the completion of a Sport NI survey, they were awarded a Sports Bag worth £1,000.

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
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