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Fixtures: 29th / 30th July NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Premier League  #ncupl
29th July
Carrickfergus v North Down
CSNI v Waringstown
Muckamore v Lisburn

30th July
Lisburn v Waringstown

League Section 1  #ncus1
29th July
Armagh v Cliftonville
Derriaghy v Bangor
Donaghcloney Mill v Lurgan
Downpatrick v Holywood
Woodvale v Academy

30th July
Armagh v Downpatrick (1pm)
Cliftonville v Woodvale

League Section 2  #ncus2
29th July
Cregagh v Dundrum
Donaghadee v Cooke Collegians
Larne v Laurelvale
Saintfield v Ballymena
Templepatrick v BISC

30th July
Cregagh v Saintfield
League Section 3  #ncus3
29th July
Monaghan v Drumaness
Newforge v Ards
Victoria v Dunmurry

Junior League 1  #ncuj1
29th July
Lisburn II v Muckamore II (11am)
Waringstown II v CSNI II (11am)

30th July
Muckamore II v Instonians II

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
29th July
Bangor II v Derriaghy II

30th July
Bangor II v CSNI III
Derriaghy II v Carrickfergus II

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
29th July
Holywood II v Muckamore III

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
29th July
Lurgan II v Lisburn III
Junior League 4  #ncuj4
30th July
Woodvale III v Lisburn III

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
29th July
Academy III v Armagh III
Ballymena III v Carrickfergus III

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
29th July
CSNI V v Waringstown IV

30th July
Carrickfergus IV v Dundrum II
Newforge II v Donaghadee II

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
29th July
Laurelvale III v Saintfield III
Templepatrick III v BISC II

30th July

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
29th July
Cliftonville III v Donaghcloney Mill IV
Challenge Cup Final  ##ajgcc
29th July
CIYMS v Instonians

Intermediate Cup  #ncuic
29th July
Academy II v Donaghcloney Mill II

Minor (Lindsay) Cup  #ncumlc
29th July
Cliftonville II v Laurelvale II

Minor Qualifying Cup  #ncumqc
29th July
Lisburn IV v Donaghcloney Mill III
(at Banford Green, Millpark)

30th July
CIYMS V v Laurelvale III

Ulster Plate  #ucoup
30th July
Brigade II v CSNI II
CIYMS II v Donemana II

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
30th July
Instonians V v Instonians VI
Muckamore VI v CSNI VI
Templepatrick IV v Cregagh III
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 23rd May 2017.
Management Board Report (23rd May 2017) (PDF)

The first list of the NCU registered club transfers for 2017
NCU Transfers 2017 (17.07.2017)

  • Road to the final
  • Instonians royalty – Dixon & Carson Rose who played in the Instonians cup winning team in 1964 Dixon was captain
  • Interview NCU President Peter McMorran
  • Clarence Hiles – History of North Down & Challenge Cup – President of North Down CC
  • Paul Reville - North Down CC groundsman, preparation of cup final wicket
  • Sponsors Arthur J Gallagher – Interview with Shane Matthews, Regional Managing Director & Gordon Markey, Broking Director
  • Interview Northern Knights Coach Simon Johnston
  • Cup Final captains – Nikolai Smith Instonians & Nigel Jones CIYMS
News #1
NCU Disciplinary Cases 2017
Alan Baker (Cregagh), Benji Cathcart (Ards) and Jonathan Baxter (Larne) have been reprimanded and warned as to their future conduct by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee. They were each reported by the umpires for Level 1 offences.
Stuart McClelland (Laurelvale) was suspended for one match by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee. He had a Level 1 offence proven after public criticism of an umpire on his Twitter account..

Presentation Photos Of The New Gardiner Brothers NCU Awards
Presentation photos of the new Gardiner Brothers NCU awards for Premier and Senior League players who score a century, take at least six wickets or perform a hat trick. The awards were presented by Michael Warke of Gardiner Brothers and Peter McMorran, president of the NCU.

Ireland Begin Search For Head Coach
Cricket Ireland have started their search for John Bracewell's successor as Head Coach..

Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Final 2017 Details
The NCU Under 11's had to show great determination to claim a superb win in Taunton on Monday, against Cambridgeshire U-11's.

NCU Under 11's in Second Taunton Victory
The NCU Under 11's had to show great determination to claim a superb win in Taunton on Monday, against Cambridgeshire U-11's.

NCU Gardiner Awards - Award For Record Breaker
It was the first game of the season and Downpatrick were in deep trouble when young Ryan Smyth came to the middle.

Ulster Schools' Tour to Glasgow - Match Results
Match results from the recent Ulster Schools' Tour to Glasgow.

NCU Under 11 Squad in Taunton Opening Game Thriller
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Under 11 squad (sponsored by PwC) are currently undertaking a tour to Taunton (King's College), England, to compete in the Under 11 Cricket Festival.

Review of NCU Girls Under 17's victory against North West Girl's Under 17's at Stormont, on July 5th
The NCU Under 17 Girls (sponsored by PWC) were asked to bat first by their North-West counterparts, in the Inter-Provincial challenge at Stormont.

NCU Girls Under 17's Squad announced to play North West Girl's Under 17's
The NCU has named a Girls Under 17 squad (sponsored by PwC) to play against North West Girls Under 17's at Burndennett Cricket Club, (Noon Start), in an Interprovincial fixture (30 Overs), on Wednesday July 26th.

Arthur J Gallagher Senior Cup Final – Change of Date
Due to players from both CIYMS and Instonians being involved with either Ireland Wolves or the under 19 World Cup Qualifying Tournament it has been agreed to move the Arthur J Gallagher Senior Cup Final at Comber to Saturday 29th July.

NCU Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Finals Day
The NCU Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Finals Day takes place at The Lawn, Waringstown Cricket Club, on Sunday 23rd July.

Northern Knights squad announced to play Munster Reds (Friday 21st July - IP20)
The Northern Cricket Union has announced the Northern Knights squad for the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial 20 Series (IP20) fixture against Munster Reds, at Middle Road, Carrickfergus (Carrickfergus CC), on Friday 21st July starting at 5pm.

Game On for Ireland and West Indies
The West Indies return to face Ireland on Irish soil in September for the first time since a washed-out match in Clontarf on July 14th 2007. The sides will meet at Stormont, scene of a remarkable victory in 2004.

Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup, Trophy and Shield Final Details
Both the Twenty20 Trophy and Cup Finals will take place this coming Sunday 23rd July at The Lawn, Waringstown CC with the Twenty20 Shield Final taking place the following Wednesday 26th July 2017 commencing at 6pm at Saintfield CC.

Ireland name Under 15 and 17 Girls Squads
Ireland have named both their Under 15 and 17 girls squads who will taking part in the Malvern Festival and Celtic Cup respectively. Cara Murray from Saintfield is in the under 17 squad, while Amy Hunter from Instonians makes the under 15 squad.

Ireland name Under 15 touring squad
Ireland have named their Under 15 squad which will play seven matches in ten days on a tour of Scotland and England next month. 6 players in the squad are from the NCU area.

Ulster Schools' Tour to Glasgow
The squad has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools in next week's tour to Glasgow.

Young Talent in the Northern Cricket Union - Amy Hunter
Never before has female sport at elite level had more exposure, and in so doing providing role models for young females to follow.

Holders Knocked Out of Irish Senior and National Cups
James McCollum's brilliant unbeaten century helped Waringstown knock out holders Merrion to reach the semi-finals of the Irish Senior Cup at The Lawn.

Northern Cricket Union Disciplinary Hearing
A Northern Cricket Union (NCU) disciplinary panel has suspended Ian Morrison until 15th June 2018 and Alan Harrison until 15th May 2018 from all cricket organised by the Northern Cricket Union.

NCU Women win in the North West
The Northern Cricket Union Women's team travelled to Fox Lodge Cricket Club, on Sunday July 1st, to play their North-West counterparts.

Letter from the NCU Management Board Regarding Standards of Behaviour
The NCU Management Board at a recent meeting was concerned to learn about what might be regarded as falling standards of behaviour both on and off the field this season.

Gardiner Brothers named as Senior League Award Sponsors for 2017
The prestigious Northern Cricket Union awards for outstanding individual performances are to continue thanks to a new sponsor, Gardiner Brothers the Belfast jewellers. The Premier and 3 Senior Leagues will also carry the company's name in recognition of the sponsorship.

NCU Under 15's and 17's to Tour South Africa in 2018
The Northern Cricket Union has confirmed that it will repeat its 2015 tour and take two teams (Under 15 and Under 17) to South Africa from Tuesday 21th March to Thursday 5th April, 2018.

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.

Northern Cricket Union 2017 - BBC Radio Ulster Interview
On Saturday May 28th Uel Graham and Stephen Bunting from the Northern Cricket Union featured on BBC Radio Ulster's Summer Club.

A Special Edition of the Slog Sweep - an NCU Special
A special edition of The Slog Sweep, focusing entirely on the NCU. Included:
   • CIYMS v YMCA – The Battle of Belmont
   • Preview of Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Quarter-final ties plus Waringstown v Coleraine in Irish Senior Cup
   • New sponsorship deal with Gardiner Brothers
   • Northern Knights
   • Ulster Bank Schools Cup Final - Wallace High School v RBAI
Miscellaneous #1
Young Cricketers Playing In Adult Cricket
The Domestic Cricket Directorate has reaffirmed the ruling on young cricketers playing in adult cricket.

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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