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Emerging Knights team to play Ireland Under 19's
The Northern Knights selectors have announced an Emerging Knights team to play against Ireland Under 19's at Wallace Park, Lisburn (11am Start) on Sunday 21st May.
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International Teams Administration Manager - Cricket Ireland
Cricket Ireland is seeking to recruit an experienced, high performing, self-motivated, well organised and highly efficient International Teams Administration Manager[Update: Applications now closed]
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Carrickfergus Cricket Club raises over 5k for Breast Cancer Charity
Carrickfergus Cricket Club is delighted to announce the final total raised for Breast Cancer Charity Pretty 'n' Pink is £5,836.48.
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The Northern Cricket Union announce the Northern Knights Squads
The NCU Representative Directorate has announced the Knights Squads for 2017. This year there are two squads, one for the 3-day and 50 over matches and one for the T20 matches.
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Emerging Knights v Leinster 'A' at Saintfield, Saturday 6th May
The Northern Knights have named a strong 'Emerging Knights' team to play against Leinster 'A' at Saintfield (11am Start) on Saturday 6th May.
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NCU Statement on Home Office Visa Applications & Player Registration
Statement from Neil Matthews on behalf of the NCU Domestic Cricket Directorate
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T20 Trophy Final 2016
The delayed Lagan Valley Steels T20 Trophy Final took place today (16th April) at The Meadow, Downpatrick CC. Despite wet conditions early on no overs were lost as Muckamore came out on top by 8 wickets in a high scoring game.
Match Details...

NCU Area Welcome to Coaching Course
Details of a Welcome to Coaching Course coming up at the end of the month. Please note this is being run Free of charge as part of the Active Clubs project. Also this will be the last coaching course run until after the season. So if there is anyone at your club you feel would benefit from this please get them booked on asap as this will fill up very fast.
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Charity to benefit from CSNI Cricket Club fundraiser
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) recently held their annual club fundraiser and charity event at Drumbo Park, Lisburn, with 'A Night at the Dogs'.
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Death of Lurgan Stalwart Alan Johnston
Former Irish international Alan Johnston has died at the age of 63. A formidable opening bowler, Johnston enjoyed great success with Lurgan and Ulster Country which saw him capped three times for Ireland in 1990.
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All-rounder day for Lord Mayor joining local schools to try out cricket
A series of 'Try Cricket' days for local schools are taking place in Belfast this week, organised by Belfast City Council, through the Every Body Active 2020 programme, in conjunction with the Northern Cricket Union.
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Northern Knights to Play Western Warriors of Scotland
Northern Knights will complete their preparations for the forthcoming 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series with challenge games against the Western Warriors from Scotland.
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NCU Easter Camp 2017
Details of an Easter Cricket Camp being organised by the NCU's Cricket Development Officer Callum Atkinson.
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Young Cricketers and Youth Competitions - Changes To Regulations
The NCU Management Board has agreed a number of changes to the regulations regarding young cricketers and youth competitions for 2017.
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NCU announce the appointment of Angela Platt to the newly created position of General Manager
The Northern Cricket Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Platt to the newly created position of General Manager.
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Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy - Class of 2016-2017 Batting Against Spin Bowling
The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy continues to meet and develop the skills and mindset of young talented cricketers. A recent session looked at batting against spin bowling, and the effectiveness of using footwork.
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Umpires Roadshows 2017
NIACUS has kindly agreed to put on a series of Umpiring Roadshows before the start of this coming season.
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NCU Bye Laws 2017
The NCU Management Board has approved the Bye-laws for the 2017 season.
While they will appear in the 2017 fixture book a copy can be found at the link below for your information.
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Change of email address
As of today (2nd March 2017) the General Secretary of the NCU, Bryan Milford has changed email address.
All email correspondence should now be addressed to bryan.milford@ncucricket.org.

NCU Statement On Revised Home Office Visa Arrangements
The NCU Directors met on Saturday 25th February to discuss the changes in the Home Office immigration rules and enforcement arrangements relating to overseas cricketers for the 2017 season.  These have recently been revised by the Home Office and apply to all clubs within Northern Ireland.
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Cooke Collegians to play at Fullerton Park in 2017
"Cooke Collegians are delighted to announce that all first and second eleven home fixtures in the 2017 season will be played at Fullerton Park."
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Guest Speaker Announced for 2017 NCU Annual Dinner
The guest speaker at this year's Annual Dinner will be Geoff Miller OBE.
Geoff played for Derbyshire and Essex and in 34 Tests for England.
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BRA Bid For Cricket Hat Trick
Belfast Royal Academy have received a tough draw in their bid for a hat trick of titles in the Ulster Bank Schools Cricket Cup.
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NCU Hopes To Build Partnerships
One of the longest partnerships between business and local sport is to wind down. The sponsorship is for the Northern Cricket Union's Premier and Senior leagues which has been supported by Ulster Bank for over twenty years.
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LVS Twenty20 Cup Fixtures Released
The fixtures for the LVS Twenty20 Cup 2017 have been finalised following a meeting with clubs on Tuesday evening.
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Northern Cricket Union (NCU) - Regional Development Squads Programme January 2017
With the advent of a new year the coming months are vital for representative cricketers within the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) as they enhance their skill sets for the forthcoming season.
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Interview with New Northern Knights Coach Simon Johnston
Summer 2017 is a new dawn for Irish cricket as the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series takes on First Class Status. Leading the Northern Knights into this new era is Simon Johnston, the 37-year-old, who was Cricket Ireland Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
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NCU Women's 2017 Senior Squad Announced
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) is excited to announce their Women's Squad leading into the forthcoming 2017 season.
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Northern Cricket Union (NCU) - Under 15 and Under 17 Girls Squads
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) are delighted with the continued progress that is being made by the Under 15 and Under 17 Girls Squads. A passionate coaching team is in place that ensures the female game continues to develop and improve.
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NCU Club Forum 2017
The Northern Cricket Union and its regional development staff wish to invite all clubs from across the union to join them on Tuesday 21st March at the Lagan Valley Island Civic Centre in Lisburn from 6:30-9pm to engage in a 'state of the nation' evening.
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First Aid, Safeguarding and Designated Officer Courses
It has come to the attention of NCU Development Staff after reviewing their records and through general conversations with clubs around the release of the new NCU Emerging Accreditation Scheme that there is a real and urgent need for a number of courses to be made available to our clubs.
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NIACUS Level 1 Umpire Courses
Repost: NIACUS have organised an Umpires Course for the weekend of 3rd / 4th / 5th March 2017.
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Provincial Union General Manager
The Northern Cricket Union in conjunction with Cricket Ireland is looking to employ a General Manager to lead the development of cricket in the region, whilst supporting the putting in place of governance structures.
[Update: Post now filled]
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Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Indoor Winter League - Christmas Update
After three weeks of the Indoor Winter League, The Ulster Elks are in pole position after wins against the Muckamore Mavericks, Dunmurry Dynamites and the Lisburn Lions.
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Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy Class of 2016-2017 Fitness Screening
The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy commenced their 2016-17 programme at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus, under the tutelage of Performance Services Co-ordinator William Moore. The players undertook a fitness screening session to provide base line data that will be used to assess physical improvement throughout the coming months.
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NCU Presidents Christmas 2016 Message
As another year draws to a close I wonder where the time has gone. Maybe it's a function of age or maybe I'm just enjoying my time as President. Time flies when you are enjoying yourself.
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Archie Johnston set for Kent County Cricket Club's U15 Winter Training Squad
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club would like to congratulate Archie Johnston on his selection for Kent County Cricket Club U15 Winter Training Squad.
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Instonians Cricket Club Gain Clubmark NI Accreditation
Instonians Cricket Club have gained Level 1 Clubmark NI Accreditation after their dedication and operating standards have been recognised.
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UKCC ECB Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Young People and Adults Course in January/February 2017
Cricket Ireland are running an ECB level 2 Certificate in Coaching Young people and adults course in January/Feb 2017.
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CIYMS 243-7 (N Jones 51, J Kemp 68, S Chambers 42, J Thompson 37, Z Rushe 22no, J Costain 2-27, A Blain 2-73)

CSNI 244-5 (A Cowden 22, S Getkate 64, J van der Merwe 98no, G McCarter 25no, J Kemp 2-39)

CSNI beat CIYMS by 5 wickets

Man of the Match: Jason van der Merwe (CSNI)
  CSNI - Challenge Cup Winners 2016

Cliftonville 120 (D Munn 53no, B Kelso 20, G Browne 3-15, N Doak 2-16)

Lisburn II 121-3 (M Turkington 40no, G Halliday 21, N Doak 20no)

Lisburn II beat Cliftonville by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Graeme Browne (Lisburn)

  Junior Cup Winners 2016 - Lisburn II

Derriaghy II 202 (M Ballantyne 83, T Moorhead 31, A Kinnin 21, P Stewart 3-34, J McComb 2-31)

Woodvale II 133 (S Donnelly 28, L Irwin 23, S Hughes 4-17, S Gilmore 2-28)

Derriaghy II beat Woodvale II by 69 runs

Man of the Match: Scott Hughes (Derriaghy)

  Intermediate Cup Winners 2016 - Derriaghy II

Woodvale III 125 (J Campbell 25, D Scott 42no, A Montgormery 5-23, M Bentley 2-18)

Academy III 130-3 (I Moffett 31, D Reid 36, M Bentley 47no, J McCombe 2-27)

Academy III beat Woodvale III by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Adam Montgomery (Academy)

  Minor (Lindsay) Cup Winners 2016 - Academy III

BISC II 155 (Rakesh 41, Partik 30, Manish 25, M Glass 3-26, A Glass 2-22)

Lisburn IV 156-9 (M Glass 35, A Glass 23, N Doak 22, E Kyle 19, Partik 3-18, Prashant 2-28)

Lisburn IV beat BISC II by 1 wicket

Man of the Match - Michael Glass (Lisburn)

  Minor Minor Qualifying Cup Winners 2016 - Lisburn IV
 
NCU Indoor Winter League Week 1
The inaugural Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Indoor Winter League commenced at Wallace High School in Lisburn.
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Carrickfergus Cricket Club Gain Clubmark NI Re-Accreditation
Carrickfergus Cricket Club have been working towards re-accreditation, and in September 2016 their dedication and operating standards were again recognised.
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NCU Junior Leagues Setup for 2017
The NCU Management Board has approved the following setup, as recommended by the Domestic Cricket Directorate, for the Junior Leagues in 2017.
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Cooke Collegians CC leaving Shaw's Bridge
Cooke Rugby and Sports Association have decided to no longer fund the playing of cricket at the Shaw's Bridge complex. This means Cooke Collegians CC at present have no home ground for the coming season.
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Double success for CSNI at NICSSA Awards
CSNICC had double success at the recent Northern Ireland Civil Service Sports Association (NICSSA) Awards.The 1st XI were awarded the NICSSA Club of the Year and Stephen Dyer won the Volunteer of the Year.
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Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy - Class of 2016-2017 Launch
The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy for the 2016-17 winter period has been launched with a parents and players meeting. The resounding success of the inaugural year has enabled Andrew to build a programme that will be equally challenging, innovative and educational as last year.
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Northern Cricket Union Under 15 and Under 17 Update
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) is delighted with the increasing participation in and improving standard of youth cricket. The importance of offering high quality coaching and opportunities for today's young cricketers is recognised so that children are inspired to play cricket.
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Ards CC Seeks Player/Coach For 2017
Ards Cricket Club is looking to recruit a locally-based cricketer for the 2017 season to fulfil both playing and coaching roles within the club.
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Appointment of Callum Atkinson as NCU Cricket Development Officer
The Northern Cricket Union, in partnership with Ulster University, has appointed Callum Atkinson in the role of Cricket Development Officer.
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Northern Cricket Union Under 11 and Under 13 Update
Increasing participation in and improving the standard of youth cricket is a continuous aim for the Northern Cricket Union (NCU).
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NCU AJG Challenge Cup Draw
The preliminary and first rounds of the NCU AJG Challenge Cup were drawn this evening (Tuesday 22nd November) at Malone Golf Club.
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NCU Indoor Winter League 2016-17
Due to a lack of numbers registering for the U25 Indoor Winter League, the NCU have decided to lift the age criteria on this competition – registration will now be open to all adult senior/junior league cricketers from within the NCU.
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Northern Knights announce their Winter Training Squad
The Northern Knights have announced their Winter Training Squad in preparation for the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship. The International Cricket Council has awarded first class status to domestic cricket in Ireland as the associate member moves closer to Test status.
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NCU Competition Secretaries Required For 2017
The NCU's competitions require people to run them or they cannot take place.
The Union needs a number of people to help with this vital role in both adult and youth cricket.
[Update: All posts filled for 2017]
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Templepatrick Cricket Club Gain Clubmark NI Re-Accreditation
Since 2011 Templepatrick Cricket Club has been working towards Clubmark NI re-accreditation, and in August 2016 their dedication and operating standards were again recognised.
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Winter 2016 RDS Programme
Further to this week's AGM, the Regional Development Sessions from Under 9 to Under 17, involving over 200 boys and girls, from 28 clubs and schools begin this Sunday 16th October at Ulster University, Jordanstown.
(Timetable Updated on 31st October)
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NCU Youth Directorate Report Summer 2016
NCU President, Peter McMorran, in his Autumn message referred to successes at youth Interprovincial level in the summer. As he begins his term as NCU Chairman, Alan Waite takes the opportunity to give a little more detail regarding the summer program that took place in 2016.
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CSNI celebrate at annual Awards Dinner
Simon Johnston will lead the Northern Knights into the new era of first-class cricket in Ireland next summer, following his appointment as head coach of the Belfast-based team.
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NCU Andrew White Cricket Academy - Beginnings
In the first of a series of articles the NCU Public Relations Team will detail why the Andrew White Cricket Academy has been initiated and what is does for the young cricketers.
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Cricket Ireland Job Offer - Participation Director Post
Following the recent departure of Cricket Ireland's National Development Manager and the launching of their new Strategic Plan ('Making Cricket Mainstream'), which firmly places the game's growth in Ireland as one of their four main pillars, Cricket Ireland is now seeking an ambitious and confident Participation Director.[NOTE: Closing data for applications has passed]
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2017 AJG Challenge Cup - Preliminary and First Round Draws
The draw for the preliminary and first rounds of the 2017 AJG Challenge Cup will be held on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 6.30pm in Malone Golf Club.
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North Down CC Seeking a 1st Team Coach
North Down Cricket Club invites applications from cricket coaches for the position of 1st Team Coach. The role could be filled by a player-coach.
[NOTE: Closing data for applications has passed]
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NCU U25 Indoor Winter League 2016-17
The NCU are looking at running an U25 Indoor Winter League from November 2016 to March 2017. This league will hopefully provide players under the age of 26 a further opportunity to develop and improve their skills throughout the winter months while keeping them active in the game. Indoor Cricket is a fast, fun and exciting format of the game with games lasting up to 60 minutes each.
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Derriaghy CC Groundsman Vacancy
Derriaghy CC are looking to appoint a part time groundsman for 2017.
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NCU Halloween Cricket Camp 2016
Details of the NCU Halloween Cricket Camp taking place on 1st and 4th November 2016
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Historic Tie In Soggy White Stick Trophy
Anyone venturing from the warmth of their sofa on one of the most miserable September Saturday afternoon's imaginable would probably have been absolutely dumbstruck to find that at a sports club in Ring Commons, close to Balbriggan, history was being made in a cricket match in which the participants could well be found to be certifiable!
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Northern Cricket Union Female Domestic Season Review
Over recent years a lot of hard work has taken place within The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) to develop ladies cricket. Season 2016 saw the inaugural Ladies Challenge Cup, a competitive Premier League and a Division One.
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NCU Presidents Message Autumn 2016 - AGM and Annual Dinner Season
"It is hard to believe that the 2016 season is drawing to a close with the outcome of most Leagues and Cups already decided." Read Peter McMorran's Autumn report.
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NCU Youth Winter Program - Coaches Expression of Interest
As we begin to plan for the 2016 / 2017 winter schedule, the NCU would like to gather expressions of interest from coaches who would like to be considered for involvement with the Union's youth development program. [NOTE: Closing data for applications has passed]
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NCU Seeking to Appoint a Full Time Cricket Development Officer
The Northern Cricket Union in partnership with the Ulster University is seeking to appoint a full-time Cricket Development Officer. Follow link for job specification and person specification. [NOTE: Closing data for applications has passed]
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NCU Annual General Meeting 2016
The NCU Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 10th October 2016 at 7.30pm in the Shaw's Bridge Sports Association Clubhouse.
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Muckamore Captain Neill Gill receives the Ulster Bank Section 1 trophy
Muckamore captain Neill Gill receives the trophy which books his side a place in the Ulster Bank NCU Premier League next season.
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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). [NOTE: Closing data for applications has passed]
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NCU Disciplinary Cases 2016
Disciplinary cases dealt with by the NCU's Disciplinary Committee in 2016.
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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.
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NCU Regional Development Squads 2016 / 2017
The Northern Cricket Union are now gathering nominations for this winter's regional development program.
REMINDER: The closing date for applications is Friday 16th September 2016
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Junior 2 Title Race Goes Down To The Wire
While the majority of the NCU's League title races were decided over the last couple of weekends one section's winners has still to be decided.
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NCUCA Coaches' Survey 2016
With the 2016 season coming to a close and in advance of the 2016/17 Coach Education and Development programme, the NCUCA in conjunction with the CICA wish to get the thoughts of their coaches in order to provide the best possible support to them over the winter period.
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Dundrum CC 3 Day Tour To Shropshire
Dundrum cricket club Under 18's travelled to Shropshire after visiting Ayr in the previous two years and played three games with another  rained off in a three day trip.
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Donaghadee CC and Belfast Telegraph hit £10K Charity Total
Donaghadee CC and The Belfast Telegraph recently passed a landmark figure from their annual charity cricket game.
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Edinburgh retain Charles Beverland Cup
Holders Edinburgh won the Triangular Tournament at Prestwick CC on Monday and Tuesday with comfortable wins over  both Belfast and Glasgow Under 14's.
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NCU President's Message - Summer 2016
"Despite the weather of the last few months a considerable amount of cricket has been played." NCU President, Peter McMorran, reports on his summer so far.
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Rain Ruins Final Day Of Championship Clash
Persistent drizzle at Comber meant no play was possible on the third and final day of the Hanley Energy InterProvincial Championship clash at Comber. Umpires Martin Block and David Bradley called off proceedings shortly before 4pm.
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Austin and McBrine lead Warriors fightback but Knights still in control
Andrew Austin and Andrew McBrine led a Warriors fightback but their wickets late in the day ensured the Northern Knights stayed on course for victory on the second day of their Hanley Energy InterProvincial Championship clash at Comber.
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Dennison Double Hundred Puts Knights In Control
Adam Dennison scored a record-breaking double hundred as the Northern Knights assumed total control on the first day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship clash with the NW Warriors at Comber.
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Dennison And Thompson Star As Knights Down Warriors
Adam Dennison produced an innings of real quality as the Northern Knights won the penultimate Hanley Energy Interprovincial Cup game of the season against the North West Warriors at Waringstown on Sunday.
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Net Run Rate and Forfeited Matches
The Management Board has noted that a number of Senior League matches have not taken place this season because clubs have been unable to fulfil the fixture.
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Designated Officer Workshop - Tuesday 30th August 2016 - House of Sport
SportNI have received a number of queries regarding Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer training and with no workshops in place over the next few months, Sport NI have organised a Designated Officer Workshop. 
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NCU XI v Munster Reds
As part of the Union's continuing development programme, an NCU XI will play two T20 games against Munster on Friday 19th August in Dublin.
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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.
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Northern Knights team for IP50 match on Sunday against the NW Warriors announced
The Northern Knights team for IP50 match on Sunday against the Warriors at Eglinton as been announced. It is the same team that won at Waringstown last Sunday with the addition of Jacob Mulder who was unavailable.
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Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup Final
The Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup Final will be contested by Lisburn and Waringstown at the Lawn on Friday 12th August 2016.
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Northern Knights 3 day team to play North West Warriors announced
The Northern Knights team to play the North West Warriors in the IPC 3 day match against the Warriors at Comber, Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th next week has been selected.
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Slog Sweep Special Edition
The 2016 Northern Cricket Union Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Final in Association with ClickEnergy


The final will take place on 29 July 2016 at The Green, Comber, home of North Down Cricket Club between CIYMS (Holders) and CSNI. David Holmes Presents a Video Preview of the NCU's Showpiece Day.

Running Order:
  • Introduction - North Down Cricket Club can trace their history back to 1857, with links to Thomas Andrews, designer of the ill-fated Titanic and the legendary Willie Andrews who captained the club for 39 years!
  • The Road to The Final – David recaps for us the route to the final for both sides.
  • An Introduction to Our Sponsors – Shane Matthews, Managing Director of Arthur J Gallagher in Northern Ireland tells us about the company and why they decided to sponsor the Challenge Cup.
  • Gordon Markey – Broking Director, tells us about the on the ground involvement with the NCU and the clubs.
  • Presidential Response – Peter McMorran, gives his thoughts on the day ahead and working with Arthur J Gallagher.
  • Richard Johnson – Cricket Ireland Vice-President and NCU Sponsorship Officer, gives us an overview of the magnificent Challenge Cup itself first contested in 1887 and describes how it quite literally rose from the ashes when destroyed by a fire at Downpatrick Cricket Club.
  • Andrew White – The former Irish international and current national selector shares his thoughts on playing in the Challenge Cup Final
  • The Captains – David Holmes talks with CIYMS skipper Nigel Jones and CSNI's Andrew Cowden ahead of the big day.
  • Gary Wilson – Current Irish international, Surrey County cricketer and CSNI stalwart, gives his experiences of playing in a Challenge Cup final for the club and what he will be doing on the day itself.
  • Wrap Up

Northern Knights IP50 and IP20 teams to play North West Warriors announced
The Northern Knights teams to play North West Warriors in the T20 match on Friday 5th August at Strabane and the IP50 over match on 7th August at Waringstown have been selected. 
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Northern Knights team to play Leinster Lighting on Sunday 31st July announced
The Northern Knights team to play Leinster Lighting in Dublin on Sunday 31st July in an IP50 match has been announced.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Northern Knights team to play Leinster Lighting
The Northern Knights team to play Leinster Lighting at Comber this Friday 22nd July (5.00pm).
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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.
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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.
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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)
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Arthur J. Gallagher Challenge Cup - Muckamore v Carrickfergus - Continuation Arrangements
The Union has given consideration to the continuation arrangements for the Arthur J. Gallagher Challenge Cup 2nd round match between Muckamore and Carrickfergus which was halted on Saturday following the sudden illness of Gordon Browne of Carrickfergus.
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Cregagh CC - 100th Anniversary Battle of the Somme
On Saturday past Cregagh CC marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme before their 2nd XI home game against Instonians 4ths.
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Irish Schools Team Announced
Update: With so many grounds currently unfit or unavailable after the recent rains it has regretfully been concluded that the representative match between the Irish Schools and Ireland U17, scheduled for Thursday 14 July, will have to be postponed.  We hope to be able to rearrange it for a date later in the season.
An Irish Schools team, containing 4 players from the NCU, has been selected to play against Ireland Under 17 on Thursday 14th July.
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Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup Finals Day Details
The semi-finals and final of the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup will be played on Saturday 9th July
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Battle of the Somme Act of Remembrance
On Saturday Cooke Collegians and Cregagh participated in an Act of Remembrance for sportsmen who lost their lives in World War I especially at the Battle of the Somme.
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NCU U17 Inter Pro's
The players have been selected for the NCU Under 17's to play in the inter provincials in Dublin on 11th and 12th July.
Read more and squad details...

NCU Under 15 Tour to Denmark
A NCU under 15 side will tour Denmark between the 4th and 8th July 2016.
Read more and squad details...

Ulster Schools' Tour Squad to Glasgow Area Announced
The squad has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools for the tour to the Glasgow area from Monday 18th to Thursday 21st July.
Read more and tour squad...

Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup Final Arrangements
The Competitions Committee has set the start times for the semi-finals and Final of the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup on 9th July.
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Northern Knights team to play Leinster Lighting on Friday 1st July announced
The Northern Knights return to T20 action this Friday, travelling to Merrion to face the Leinster Lightning. The Knights are playing just their second game in the T20 competition having suffered a loss to the North West Warriors at Comber.
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Progress At Dunmurry Cricket Club
In the aftermath of Ireland's historic World Cup campaign of 2007 in the Caribbean Dunmurry Cricket Club played in the second tier of the Northern Cricket Union (NCU).
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NCU XI v BPCC
UPDATE:This match has been postponed.
As part of the Union's continuing development programme, a 50 over game against the touring BPCC has been arranged.
Read more and players picked...

Ulster Bank Awards - April/May/June 2016
Chiraq Chaudhary from Monaghan Cricket Club and Niranjan Godbole from Lurgan Cricket Club among those who received Ulster Bank Awards today.
Read more and full list of winners...

NCU XI v Irish Under 17s
As part of the Union's continuing development programme, a 50 over game against the Irish Under 17 side has been arranged.
Read more and players picked...

Honours Even As Warriors And Knights Draw At Bready
As expected the Hanley Energy Interprovincial Championship game between the North West Warriors and the Northern Knights ended in a tame draw on Thursday afternoon as two very evenly matched teams cancelled each other out in a rain-affected contest.
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Allen and Mulder Star On Rain Hit Day
With more than a third of the scheduled overs lost to rain on Wednesday the Hanley Energy Interprovincial Championship contest between the North West Warriors and the Northern Knights remains well poised heading into the third and final day.
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NCU Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Semi Final Draw
Details of the NCU Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Semi Final Draw.
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Six star Scanlon gives Warriors solid start
Bready skipper David Scanlon chose his North West Warriors debut, and his home ground, to turn in a superb performance with the ball as Ian McGregor's charges held their own on Day 1 of the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial match with the Northern Knights.
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Ulster Schools Team To Play Southern Schools Selected
The team has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools in the annual interprovincial against the Southern Schools. John Matchett (Sullivan Upper School) has been selected as Captain.
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NCU U15 Inter Provincial Squad 2016
Following the most recent Regional Development Squad sessions, the NCU Youth Selection Committee have selected the thirteen players to represent the Union at the forthcoming U15 Inter Provincial Series.
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NCU U13 Inter Provincial Squad 2016
Following the most recent Regional Development Squad sessions, the NCU Youth Selection Committee have selected the thirteen players to represent the Union at the forthcoming U13 Inter Provincial Series.
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NCU U17 English Tour
Following the most recent Regional Development Squad sessions, the NCU Youth Selection Committee have selected fourteen players to represent the Union on the forthcoming tour to St Albans from 28th - 30th June 2016.
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NCU XI v MCC (22nd - 23rd June 2016)
As part of the Union's continuing development programme, a 2 day game against the touring MCC has been arranged for 22nd/23rd June 2016 at Carrickfergus Cricket Club.
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Northern Knights team to play North West Warriors from 21st to 23rd June announced
Update: Graeme McCarter has not been cleared to play in the Inter Pro this week by Cricket Ireland because of back injury. He is replaced by Allen Coulter of CIYMS.
The Northern Knights team to face the North West Warriors in the three day game at Bready on the 21st-23rd June has been named.  James Shannon will captain the team after sitting out of the T20 clash between the two teams at Comber due to injury.  The selectors also elected not to bring in any overseas players for this game.
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BRA win the Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Belfast Royal Academy have retained the Ulster Bank Schools Cup with a tense three wicket win over RBAI.
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Guest Lecture from Professor Boria Majumdar
Professor Boria Majumdar the renowned Indian cricket writer will deliver an engaging and enjoyable lecture on his experience of writing the official biography of Sachin Tendulkar.
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Dawson Moreland
Dawson Moreland, a former NCU Chairman and President of both the NCU and Cricket Ireland, has died.
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Osborne Park
Osborne Park has been uprated and has now been placed in Band 1 making it suitable for Premier League cricket.
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Ulster Schools v MCC - Tuesday 21st June
The Ulster Schools team has been selected to play against the MCC at Osborne Park, Belfast on Tuesday 21st June. Play will start at 11.30am.
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CSNICC presents £3,000 to local charities
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club has presented three local charities with a total of £3,000 following their recent fundraiser.
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Ulster Schools' 2016 Trial Teams
The 2016 Ulster Schools' Trial will be held at THE CASTLE GROUNDS (BRA), 690 Antrim Road, Belfast, on FRIDAY 10th JUNE. The two teams have been picked and will be captained by Andrew Austin and John Matchett.
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Quarter-Finalists Decided In Irish Senior And National Cups
Holders Waringstown are one of four NCU sides through the last 8 of the Irish Senior Cup after they trounced Eglinton by 10 wickets.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Twenty20 Shield - Omissions From Original Draw
Message from Bryan Milford, General Secretary Northern Cricket Union:
Apologies to all concerned but there were  a number of omissions from the draw for the Twenty20 Shield which has issued.
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Cregagh CC to host the East Belfast Primary Schools Kwik Cricket Finals
Cregagh Cricket Club will be hosting the 2016  East Belfast Primary Schools Kwik Cricket finals this Friday starting at 12.00 noon. The finals will involve two teams each from Orangefield, Harding Memorial, Cairnshill and Cregagh.
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Knights Selection v Leinster Lightning - Inter-Provincial Championship
The NCU have selected their squad for the 3 day match against Leinster on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (17th - 19th May) at Stormont.
UPDATE: Phil Eaglestone is unfit to play for the Northern Knights v Leinster Lightning and has been replaced by Nathan Smith of Instonians.
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Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Second Round Draw Date
The draw for the second round of the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup will be held on Tuesday 24 May 2016.
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Anderson And Singh Secure Draw For Lightning
Leinster Lightning maintained their unbeaten record in the Hanley Energy InterProvincial Championship as they comfortably batted out the final day of their clash with Northern Knights at Clontarf.
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Five Star McCarter Puts Knights In Total Control Against Lightning
Graeme McCarter's five wicket haul put the Northern Knights in a totally dominant position against Leinster Lightning on the second day of their Hanley Energy InterProvincial clash at Clontarf.
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Smith and Shannon put Knights in strong position
Half Centuries from Nikolai Smith and James Shannon put the Northern Knights in a strong position on a rain-affected first day's play of their Hanley Energy InterProvincial Championship clash at Clontarf.
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Holders Waringstown Safely Through In Irish Senior Cup
Holders Waringstown are safely through to the second round of the Irish Senior Cup after an emphatic eight wicket win against Bready in a rain-affected contest. Irish Senior Cup First Round Match round up.
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Knights Selection v Leinster Lightning - Inter-Provincial Championship
The NCU have selected their squad for the 3 day match against Leinster next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (10th - 12th May) at Clontarf. This match was brought forward from August by Leinster due to ground availability.
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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.
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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.
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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...."
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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.
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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.
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Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup - 2016 - First Round of Matches
13th May
Group A
Carrickfergus beat Derriaghy by 78 runs
13th May
Group A
Instonians beat Waringstown by 2 wickets
13th May
Group B
North Down beat CSNI by 7 wickets
13th May
Group B
Lisburn beat CIYMS by 9 wickets
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup
Premier League Pre Season Photo
Top players from the eight Ulster Bank NCU Premier League sides with the league trophy they hope to win.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Roy Harrison MBE
The Union has extended its warmest congratulations to its Past President Roy Harrison who was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List for voluntary service to cricket in Northern Ireland.
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Cricket Coaching Qualification - Welcome to Cricket
For those of you who may be interested in getting involved with cricket or cricket coaching, after 4 successful courses in the last 4 years, Templepatrick Cricket Club in conjunction with Cricket Ireland are running the following coaching course at their ground (The Cloughan, Doagh Road , Ballyclare)
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Cricket Ireland Confirm Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Head Coaches
Eugene Moleon, Ted Williamson and Ian McGregor have been confirmed by Cricket Ireland as the three head coaches in this year's Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series.
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NCU Welcome to Coaching Course
As previously mentioned, Cricket Ireland were planning to run an 'overflow' Welcome to Coaching course within the NCU region. We have been very lucky to gain funding from Simon Johnston through the Active Clubs Programme to run this additional course, but unfortunately the course is once again FULLY BOOKED at this stage.
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How well do you know "your" game?
Alan Neil has provided the answers to last weeks umpiring teasers.
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Northern Knights Statement
James Shannon to Captain the Northern Knights for the 2016 season.
A meeting of members of the NCU Representative Directorate and Knights Selectors was held on Wednesday 13th January at which it was agreed, following Andrew White's retirement from Interprovincial Cricket, that James Shannon be appointed as Captain of the team for the 2016 season. In addition, discussion also took place around an initial Knights Training Squad for the 2016 season.
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CIYMS 259-7 (R van der Dussen 117, J Matchett 46, J Thompson 68, Z Rushe 2-47, E Moleon 3-80)
Instonians 195 (N Russell 49, J Shannon 61, N Jones 3-45, J Cameron-Dow 4-17, T Britton 2-57)
CIYMS beat Instonians by 50 runs (DLS)
(DLS par score was 245 in 46 overs)
Man of the Match - Rassie van der Dussen
(photo right © Alistair Bushe)

CSNI II 197-9 (50 overs, A Hodgins 59, A McCulla 51, S Dyer 51no, S Lester 2-35)
Armagh 156-2 (34 overs, H Doyle 51, J Rodgers 43, M Steenson 29no)
Armagh beat CSNI II by 54 runs (DLS)
(DLS par score was 102 in 34 overs)
Man of the Match - Harry Doyle
(photo right © David Holmes)

CIYMS III 125 (M Lindsay 25, C Gilmore 3-27, P Lennon 2-11, A Graham 2-13)
Downpatrick II 126-4 (P Linehan 32, R Smyth 26, M Carson 24, R Heasley 2-9)
Downpatrick II beat CIYMS III by 6 wickets
Man of the Match - Chris Gilmore

Muckamore III 109 (P Bates 33, P Clement 30, J Morton 3-21, A Walbran 2-12, J Wright 2-25,  S McCall 2-4)
Armagh II 56 (J Wright 19, P Tracey 4-21, A McCombe 3-13)
Muckamore III beat Armagh II by 53 runs
Man of the Match - Perri Tracey


Armagh III 86 (M Smyth 5-19 jnr, J Neill 2-6)
CSNI V 87-1 (J McMullan 31no)
CSNI V beat Armagh III by 9 wickets
Man of the Match - M Smyth jnr

 
Ulster Bank Schools Cup Draws 2016
Seeding has been introduced in the Ulster Bank Schools Cricket Cup for the first time with six teams receiving automatic entry into the second round. Holders Belfast Royal Academy are one of the six and have been drawn away to the winners of the first round game between Wallace High School and Carrickfergus Grammar School.
Read more and Senior and Under 15 draws...


Andrew White Announces His Retirement From Representative Cricket
Andrew White has announced his retirement from representative cricket with immediate effect.
Andrew who has captained the Northern Knights in all three forms of the Interprovincial series did so in advance of the selectors naming a pre-season training squad.
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"Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer" Workshop
On request from a large number of clubs there will be a "Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer" workshop on Wednesday 27th January at the Playball Pavilion at Stormont 6.30-9.30pm.  Tea and Coffee available on arrival.
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Northern Cricket Union Regional Development Program Spring 2016
The NCU has finalised its spring 2016 coaching timetable.
Due to exams in the main hall at UU the sessions cannot begin until the last week in January.
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Further exciting developments in the Youth Programme for the 2016 season
As the new year begins the NCU are already finalising plans for their youth playing squads with trips outside the province at three different age-levels.
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NIACUS Level 1 and 1a Umpires Courses - February / March 2016
NIACUS have advised that they are organising Level 1 and Level 1a Umpires Courses.
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Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Final Venue
The NCU has announced that the 2016 Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Final will be played at The Green, Comber, home of North Down CC on Friday 29th July.
The 2016 competition is the first to be played with new sponsors in place - international insurance brokers Arthur J Gallagher.
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Ulster Competition Dates / NCU Twenty20 Finals Day
The NCU regrets that the draws for the various Ulster competitions will not have been made before the Junior Leagues fixture meetings next week. (The Union does not make these draws).
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Andrew White Cricket Academy - Visit of Gary Wilson
The first Masterclass under the auspices of the Andrew White Cricket Academy was held on Sunday 20th December in the Ulster University Sports Centre, Jordanstown.
Surrey and Ireland wicketkeeper Gary Wilson took two sessions for local keepers and coaches.
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NCU President's Christmas Message
Robin Walsh, during his year as Cricket Ireland President, regularly published a newsletter updating us all on his latest exploits. As NCU President I have decided to plagiarise the idea, albeit my seasonal reports may not be so frequent, eloquent, or as far travelled. Hopefully they will however provide a brief insight into my recent experiences as President.
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NCU Coach Education / Development Update
With many enjoying a well earned break from cricket over the winter months, plenty has been going on in the NCU with Coach Education / Development taking off since the end of the season.
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MG2 add their support to the Andrew White Cricket Academy
MG2 may be a New Zealand based company but the NCU's Cricket Academy is to benefit from the fact that their UK and Ireland presence is in the hands of Alastair Burton operating here in Newtownabbey.
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Junior League fixtures meetings
Meetings to organise Junior League fixtures have been arranged.
All meetings will be held in the Shaw's Bridge Clubhouse and commence at 7.00pm.
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NCU League Structures for 2016

NCU Ulster Bank Premier League Fixtures 2016
NCU Ulster Bank Section 1 League Fixtures 2016
NCU Ulster Bank Section 2 League Fixtures 2016
NCU Ulster Bank Section 3 League Fixtures 2016
NCU Midweek League Fixtures 2016

Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Preliminary and First Round Draw 2016
NCU Junior Cup Draw 2016
NCU Intermediate Cup Draw 2016
NCU Lindsay (Minor) Cup Draw 2016
NCU Minor Qualifying Cup Draw 2016

Irish Senior and National Cup draws made
The draws for both the Irish Senior and National Cup were made today.
Holders Waringstown have been handed a home tie against Bready in the first round.
Read more and draws for both Cups...

Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup 2016 Preliminary and First Round Draw
Arthur J Gallagher were announced as the NCU's new sponsor of the Challenge Cup at the Preliminary and First Round draw that took place in Malone Golf Club.
The full draw details can be found by clicking on the links
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Chris Dougherty, captain of holders CIYMS, at the draw for the first round of the Northern Cricket Union's Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup.  He is flanked by Gordon Markey (left) broking director of the new sponsors and Peter McMorran, President of the NCU.

The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy
Among a number of initiatives that The Northern Cricket Union have instituted is its first ever Cricket Academy. It is the 'Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy' and is being supported by its Official Partners, the Ulster University.
The Academy will also benefit from a kit sponsorship agreement with O'Neills.
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NCU Annual Dinner 2015  - Senior League winners
The Ulster Bank Senior League cup winners at last year's annual dinner of the Northern Cricket Union:
from left - Paul Thompson (Ulster Bank), Lee Nelson of Waringstown (Premier League), Craig Lewis of Derriaghy  (Section 1), Matthew Steenson of Armagh (Section 2), Paul McCart of Millpark (Section 3) and Billy Boyd, President of the NCU..

NCU Coach Education Calendar Announced
The Northern Cricket Union Coaches' Association (NCUCA) in conjunction with the Cricket Ireland Coaches' Association (CICA), are delighted to announce their Coach Education Workshop Calendar for 2015/16.
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NCU Cricket Show - Wrap-up Episode

The NCU Cricket Show rounds off the season with a look back at some high points low points and just a few differing viewpoint. With the departure of Neill Russell to Manchester the wrap up show is hosted by Alistair Bushe who is joined by David Holmes, Lee Nelson, Harry Doyle, Gareth McCarter, Michael Taylor and Michael Foster.

Access NI application process now online
The Access NI application process is now available online. Access NI is the criminal history disclosure service for Northern Ireland which provides different levels of information about individuals.
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Archived News/Articles from 2015
NCU Coach Education Courses
The Northern Cricket Union Coaches' Association (NCUCA) in conjunction with the Cricket Ireland Coaches' Association (CICA), are please to announce their initial winter Coach Education Courses for the remainder of 2015.
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NCU Under 17 Regional Development Squad
The NCU have selected the players to participate in the under 17 winter training program.
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IACUS Scorer Survey
In an effort to identify and gather information on Scorers in all regions IACUS has put together a questionnaire on matters related to cricket scoring.
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NCU Youth Timetable for Autumn 2015
Details of the NCU's Youth Timetable for Autumn 2015
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NCU - Annual General Meeting 2015 - Office Bearer / Directorate Nominations
The NCU's 2015 AGM will be held on Tuesday 13th October 2015 at 7.30pm in the PSNI Clubhouse, Newforge Lane, Belfast. Follow the links to see the Office Bearer / Directorate Nominations.
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NCU - Annual General Meeting 2015 - Notices Of Motion
The NCU's 2015 AGM will be held on Tuesday 13th October 2015 at 7.30pm in the PSNI Clubhouse, Newforge Lane, Belfast. Follow the links to see the Notices of Motion that will be dicsussed.
[UPDATE: Results of voting at the 2015 NCU AGM now reflected on this page]
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Agonising Defeat For NIACUS As White Stick Trophy Returns South
The NIACUS (Northern Ireland Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers) side which had reclaimed the White Stick trophy last season had to hand it straight back to their colleagues from Leinster after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in an exciting encounter at Comber on Saturday 26th September.
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Waringstown Clinch Irish Senior Cup With 107 Run Win Over Merrion
Waringstown won the Irish Senior Cup for the fourth time in their history with a convincing 107 run win over Merrion at the Lawn. South African professional JP De Villiers proved the trump card for Lee Nelson's men - his new ball burst saw Merrion crumble to 35 for 5 as they chased Waringstown's imposing total of 276 for 7.
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Sport NI "Growing Your Club" Workshop
Sport NI are running a "Growing Your Club" workshop on the 16th December from 6.30-9.30pm at Lurgan CC (clubhouse)
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Gary Wilson Masterclasses
An open invitation from the Union to all Wicket-keepers and Coaches.
As part of the Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy, Surrey and Ireland wicketkeeper/batsman Gary Wilson has agreed to take a session on wicket-keeping at Ulster University's Sports Centre Jordanstown
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Ulster Bank Senior League Captains receive their league trophies
Pictures of the Ulster Bank Senior League Captains receiving their league trophies from Paul Thompson of the Ulster Bank at the 2015 NCU Dinner held on Saturday 10th October at the Clayton Hotel, Belfast.
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NCU Regional Development Squads Announcement - Under 11/13/15
Following 4 weeks of initial assessments the Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 Regional Development Squads have been selected. A total of 21 clubs are represented which is by the far the most since the current structure was introduced.
Read more and the three squad details...

Young sports stars get a boost at City Hall
Young sports stars received a financial boost today as Belfast City Council shared £10,000 between eight separate Regional Development Squads.
The squads act as' hot houses' for young talent offering intensive coaching and providing increased competition experience for young contenders.
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NCU Coach Survey
Cricket Ireland Coach Development team would ask if ALL CLUB COACHES could fill out the NCU Coach Survey.
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'Active Clubs Programme' launch evenings
Cricket Ireland has recently appointed Simon Johnston to the role of Active Clubs Coordinator for the Northern Cricket Union. As a launch to this programme, two information evenings have been arranged that will provide more detail around the programme and it's activation.
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Bruce Topping Coaches Wicket-keeping at Laurelvale CC
Having identified a shortage of young wicket-keepers at Laurelvale Cricket Club, as well as a lack of in-house coaching expertise in this area, ex-player Bruce Topping was contacted and asked to help out.
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Ulster Schools' Tour 2015 - Match Scores, Summaries and Tour Photo
Match scores and summaries from a very successful Ulster Schools' Tour.
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Malan Inspires North Down To O'Neills Ulster Cup Triumph
Pieter Malan inspired North Down to their third O'Neills Ulster Cup triumph with a 10 runs (DLS) triumph over fellow NCU side Instonians at Comber.
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Belfast Coaching Camp proves huge success for over 40 young cricketers
The Belfast Coaching Camp which was recently hosted by Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) proved a huge success with 39 boys and two girls aged 11-17 taking part. The camp was led by former High Performance Director of Cricket at Cricket Ireland, Mark Garaway, who was accompanied by an array of the finest coaches in the NCU.
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Woodvale Win The O'Neill's 2015 Ulster Shield To Maintain The NCU's Winning Streak
Farhan Saeed smashed an unbeaten 48 from just 27 balls as Woodvale beat Fox Lodge by five wickets to claim the O'Neills Ulster Shield in a pulsating encounter at Carrickfergus and maintain the NCU's domination of this competition. Saaed clubbed five sixes - including three in an over from Gareth Heywood - as Woodvale won with six balls to spare.
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NCU Annual Dinner - Guest Speaker Announced as Paul Nixon
The Union's Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 10th October 2015 in the Clayton Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Belfast.We are pleased to announce that out guest speaker will be Paul Nixon.
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Nelson Leads Knights For Crucial Championship Decider With Leinster Lightning
Lee Nelson will skipper the Northern Knights in their crucial Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship decider with Leinster Lightning at Rathmines which starts on Tuesday (10:30am).
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Ulster Schools Tour Squad 2015
The squad has been selected to go on the Ulster Schools' Tour from 17th to 21st August 2015 to Dumfries and Durham. John Matchett will captain the team as they play four games.
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NCU Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final Preview Show

Joining host Alistair Bushe is Neil Russell, captain of Instonians, Stephen Hughes, representing CIYMS, and Robin Haire from the cup final hosts North Down.
The panel discuss the chances of both CIYMS and Instonians in this seasons Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final which takes place on Friday 31st July at Comber.

NCU Show - First Episode

The @NCU_News Show is LIVE!
Joining host Neil Russell is co-host Alistair Bushe, Peter Shields, Robin Haire and NCU Chairman Andy Clement.
The panel discuss the season ahead, the NCU youth tour to SA and who's tipping who for trophies.

NCU Fantasy League 2015
After the very successful NCU Fantasy Cricket competition in 2014, it returns agains this year and now includes players from the North West Cricket Union's Premiership and some tweaks to the rules.
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Competition Rules
Interactive Player Info/Ratings

Northern Knights lose to Leinster Lightning
Leinster Lightning regained the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Cup with a convincing 79 run win over challengers Northern Knights at Waringstown.
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Northern Knights Squads Selected for IP50 and 3-Day Championship
The Northern Knights selectors have kept faith with the squad which lost heavily to Leinster Lightning in Dublin at the weekend, naming an unchanged side for the return Hanley Energy IP50 fixture at Waringstown on Sunday (10:45am).
The Knights selectors remain confident that the players will respond appropriately and play to the level of which they are capable.
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Belfast Under 14 squad Named For This Year's Triangular Cricket Tournament
The Belfast Under 14 squad has been named for this year's Triangular Cricket Tournament between Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow, which will be held at Ayr CC on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th August.
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5th Annual Charity T20 Game
5th Annual Charity T20 Game - Donaghadee Cricket Club v The Belfast Telegraph - In aid of Autism NI. Winning the toss, Dee skipper Richard Carson had no hesitation in asking the Tele team to field. Carson had at his disposal at team that could bat right down to eleven so it was an easy choice.
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Jonty Rhodes Works With The Northern Knights At North Down Cricket Club
Jonty Rhodes is a close friend of Gavin Rogers, the North Down Coach and Northern Knights Assistant Coach.  Jonty was widely accepted as the world's best fielder and is the current fielding coach of the Mumbai Indians.  He is now acknowledged as one of the world's foremost fielding coaches.
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Ireland v Australia – Last Chace To Secure Club Rate Tickets!
The visit of World Champions Australia to Stormont is only just around the corner – make sure your club is there to see Ireland take on the best side in the world!
Cricket Ireland are once again offering fantastic value to cricket clubs when they place an order for ten or more tickets for this must see event.
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Cricket Ireland is seeking to employ an Active Communities Cricket Coach (NCU area)
Cricket Ireland is seeking a part-time (21 hours per week) Active Communities Cricket Coach whose delivery will be based in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Consortia area.
'Active Communities' is a Sport Northern Ireland National Lottery Funded initiative that aims to increase participation in sport and physical recreation in Northern Ireland, especially among underrepresented groups.
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Cricket "Play Smart" Summer Schemes (In conjunction with Belfast City Council)
In conjunction with Belfast City Council, the NCU will be running a number of Cricket "Play Smart" Summer Schemes during August.
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Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final - CIYMS v Instonians
The Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final will be contested by CIYMS and Instonians on Friday 31st July 2015 at the Green, Comber.
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Northern Knights Squad to face Leinster Lightning in Hanley Energy IP50 announced
IP 50 – SUNDAY 2nd AUGUST 2015 - KNIGHTS v LIGHTNING - MERRION CC, DUBLIN - 10.45 AM START
The squad has been selected to represent the Knights in the above fixture.
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Banoge Cup Final 2015
The Banoge Cup Final (Under 13) will take place between Instonians and Lisburn on Wednesday 29th July at Shaw's Bridge. Start time is 6pm and all supporters are encouraged to come along to see and support the young players of the future.

Notable Performances In The NCU During Saturday's League Programme
There were a couple of notable performances in the NCU during Saturday's league programme.
Neil Gelston took 7 wickets for 6 runs (including a hat trick) and Richard Keates smashes a half century off only 12 balls.
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Belfast City Council - Sporty Summer Camp
Take up a new sport at one of Belfast City Council's exciting, free summer camps.
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Garraway hits the 'Mark' for CSNI's Belfast Coaching Camp - Limited places available
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) will be hosting its annual Coaching Camp week from Monday 27th July with Mark Garraway as the guest Coach for this year.The popular coaching camp which is open to boys from other cricket clubs as well as CSNI will be led by Mark Garraway.
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Regional Development Program 2015/2016 - Expression of Interest – Age Group Coaches
The Northern Cricket Union is currently planning its winter 2015 / 2016 regional development program.
There will be a requirement for coaches at the following age groups: U9 / U11 / U13 / U15 / U17 / U21 / Girls.
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Exciting times for Armagh Cricket Club
It is exciting times for Armagh Cricket Club. Their First XI, under the leadership of Matthew Steenson, defeated Saintfield last week to put them into the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Shield Final and gives them home advantage.
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Ireland U17 XI to play the Irish Schools
The following team has been announced to represent an Ireland U17 XI against the Irish Schools at The Castle Grounds in Belfast on Tuesday 14th July - 11 am start.
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Irish Schools Team Selected To Play Against Ireland U17
The team has been selected to represent the Irish Schools against Ireland U17 at The Castle Grounds, Belfast on Tuesday 14th July, 11 am start.
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NCU Under 13s beat Munster Under 13s on the Final Day of their Inter Provincial Series
NCU Under 13s lose to Leinster Under 13s on Day Two of their Inter Provincial Series
NCU Under 15s beat the Southern XI Under 15s on Day Three of the Inter Provincial Series
NCU Under 13s beat North West Under 13s on Day One of their Inter Provincial Series
Muckamore Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club - Free Coaching Clinics & Camps
Further Boost For Irish Cricket
NCU Under 15s lose to Leinster Under 15s on Day Two of the Inter Provincial Series
NCU Disciplinary Reprimands
NCU Under 11s Win Their First Inter-Pro Match Of The Season
No Shortage Of Drama In Irish Senior Cup Quarter Finals - Both NCU teams progess to Semi Finals
Top Coaches Launch Sport NI's Coaching Awards
Graham Cup Final (Sponsored By Dale Farm)
Southern Schools' v Ulster Schools' - Schools' Interprovincial at Rathmines, Dublin
Lurgan XI v NCU Presidents XI
Ulster Schools Team Selected For Match Against Southern Schools
BRA win Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Semi-Final Draw - Schools Cup Final Venue Switch
Fixtures For Under 13 Inter Provincials
Young Under 13 Instonians cricketer takes 9 wickets in a game
Warriors Edge Out Knights In T20 Thriller
NCU's under age squads have been announced for the interpros
The under 11 squad
The under 13 squad
The under 15 squad
Revised Regulations for Irish Senior & National Cups and all the Ulster Competitions
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup - First & Second Round Man of the Match Winners
Avdhoot Dandekar (Muckamore) Peter Davison (North Down) James Hall (Waringstown)
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Alex Haggan (Carrick)
Ryan Nurse (Instonians) Michael Stewart (Templepatrick) Johnny Terrett (Cliftonville) Regan West (CSNI)
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Many thanks to all the clubs/players/CricketEurope who supplied the photos.
 
NCU Cup Final Venues 2015
Challenge Cup
Junior Cup
Intermediate Cup
Minor (Lindsay) Cup
Minor Qualifying Cup
The Green, Comber
Moylena, Muckamore
Ballygomartin Road, Woodvale
Eaton Park, Ballymena
The Mall, Armagh
  Twenty20 Cup
Twenty20 Trophy
Twenty20 Shield
The Lawn, Waringstown
Middle Road, Carrickfergus
The Mall, Armagh
Eric Twadell
NCU Development Program - Under 21 side
Coaching Our Player's to Play Smart…
All Belfast Schools Cup Final
Ulster Schools team announced
Belfast Schools Top Of The Form
Northern Knights Squad to face North West Warriors in the Hanley Energy T20 Trophy announced
Ulster Schools' Trial Teams Announced
Record partnership ensures Warriors secure draw with Knights
Cameron-Dow Puts Warriors In A Spin
NICSSA Sport & Leisure - Free Taster Session For Sports Coaches As Part Of The Findout Initiative
Northern Knights Squad to face North West Warriors in 3 day Hanley Energy IP Championship announced
Warriors Edge Out Knights In T20 Trophy Thriller
Nine Schools, three hundred schoolchildren and two tournaments
Northern Knights Squad to face North West Warriors in Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy announced
Performance Review Of NCU Development Plan 2014-2018
Knights Rearguard Denies Warriors
Vardhan Century Keeps Warriors In Total Control
Thompson century puts Warriors in the ascendancy
Holders RBAI are through to the last eight - Ulster Bank Schools Cup Update
Northern Knights Squad to face North West Warriors in 3 day Hanley Energy IP Championship announced
Warriors Get Tangled In Knights' Web Of Spin (Hanley Energy IP50 Cup)
Anderson stars as Lightning blitz Knights (Hanley Energy T20 Trophy)
Ulster Bank Schools First Round Update
First Steps on an Umpiring Career
Holders Through In Irish Senior Cup - Four NCU teams also progress (so far)
Northern Knights Squads Announced for upcoming IP50 and T20 Games
Graham Cup - Inclement Weather Problems
Knights Too Strong For Disappointing Warriors
Hanley Energy IP50 Cup - Northern Knights comfortable winners over North West Warriors
NCU Under 15s - Town v Country Practice Match
NCU South Africa Development Tour 2015 - Final Tour Report and Summary
Regionalisation Of NCU Junior Leagues - Club Responses
Clarification of NCU's 2015 Registration Guidance
Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup
Northern Knights T20 and 50 over Squads Announced
Northern Knights Pre Season Warm-Up Matches At North Down CC - Sunday 26th April 2015
Cricket Coaching Qualification - Course Coming Up
Final Day report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
Northern Knights Under 18s finish with a win under the lights at Durbanville
NCU Development tour to South Africa - Ground Photos
Day 10 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
Into the Karoo and to the Aquila Private Game Reserve - Day 9 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
Mixed fortunes for the NCU Northern Knights Youth sides - Day 8 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
NCU Management Board Statement On League Structures
NCU Northern Knights' Under 18s & Under 15s win against Western Province Cricket Academy/Spartans - Day 7 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
Muckamore CC host a 'Know the Laws of Cricket' event
NIACUS will deliver a one-evening course on the Laws of Cricket
Double delight as both NCU Knights Youth Teams record T20 victories against St. Augustine's CC - Day 6 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
Visits to Robben Island and the Amy Biehl Foundation - Day 5 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
Comfortable win for Under 15s - Day 4 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
Ring rusty NCU Youth sides well beaten - Day 3 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
Day 2 report from the NCU Development tour to South Africa
NCU Youth Development Tour is up and running
Cricket Open Day at Bangor Aurora Aquatics and Leisure Complex
Friday Night Youth Cricket is coming back to Donaghadee Cricket Club
Active Awards for Sport Programme is open for applications
Cricket Ireland Coaches Association Conference 2015
Neil Russell appointed NCU Public Relations Officer
Ulster Bank Schools Cup - First and Second Round Draws
Under 9s Coaching - A first for the Union
Regionalisation of NCU Junior Leagues
Irish Senior Cup 2015 - 1st Round Draw
Irish National Cup 2015 - 1st Round Draw
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Trophy 2015 - 1st and 2nd Round Draws
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Shield 2015 - 1st and 2nd Round Draws
NCU Junior Cup 2015 (sponsored by Goldblatt McGuigan) - 1st and 2nd Round Draws
Muckamore CC - Umpiring and Laws
Coach Education Courses (run by Belfast City Council)
Northern Knights Select Winter Training Squad And Begin Pre-Season Training
Templepatrick CC & Grange Women's Group - Table Cricket Initiative
NCU Coaches' Association Workshops
NCU Coaches Association Dropbox - NEW!
Cup Holders In All-Premiership Tie - Ulster Bank Challenge Cup 2015 First Round Draw
Shortage of Umpires in NCU Reaching Critical State
Old Familiar Faces For Jones
NCU Coaches Association 2015
Northern Cricket Union Annual General Meeting
NCU coaches database
Death of CSN Scorer Peter Russell
Level 1 Umpire Training Course
Certificate in Coaching Young People & Adults (NCU)
NCU Announce Its Underage Training Squads For 2015
Archived News/Articles from 2014
Cricket Ireland 'Welcome to Coaching' Course
Coach Education is moving from strength to strength within the NCU
NCU Under 17 Regional Development Squad
Cricket Ireland Awards Lunch 2014
Presentation to Andrew White by Instonians Cricket Club
Clubmark NI Information Session in Lisburn-Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
'Welcome to Coaching' Level 1 course starts for NCU club members
NCU Under 15 Regional Development Squad
NCU Under 13 Regional Development Squad
Sport Northern Ireland Club Leaders - Free support for your sports club
Charity Commission information sessions
Level 1 'Welcome to Coaching Courses'
Northern Cricket Union Indivdual Player Awards 2014
The path is clear as Women's Cricket continues to grow
NIACUS Reclaims White Stick Trophy
NCU Youth Regional Development Squads 2014 / 2015 - Update 20/09/14
Ulster Bank Awards for August & September
NCU and Cartwrights Sports look forward to Senior League and Women's League Awards
Northern Knights host lunch for sponsors at IP50 match against Leinster Lightning
NCU President presents cheque to Alzheimer's Society
What is your organisation doing to end bullying in sport?
NCU ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014 - NOTICES OF MOTION
Senior League player of the Year Awards sponsored by Cartwrights Sports - Senior League 1
Senior League player of the Year Awards sponsored by Cartwrights Sports - Senior League 2
Senior League player of the Year Awards sponsored by Cartwrights Sports - Senior League 3
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 16th September 2014
NCU Youth Regional Development Squads 2014 / 2015 - Update 10/09/14
Statement to clubs from the Union Chairman, Andy Clement
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 10th September 2014
Robert Croft announced as Guest Speaker for NCU Annual Dinner
Ulster Bank NCU Senior League Awards - July 2014

NCU Cup Final Umpires 2014
The following umpires have been appointed to officiate in this seasons NCU Cup Finals:
  • Senior Cup - Alan Neill and Jareth McCready.  Phil Thompson third Umpire.
  • Junior Cup - Wylie McKinty and Howard Bingham.
  • Intermediate Cup - Jonathan Kennedy and Jonny Kennedy.
  • Minor (Lindsay) Cup - Dessie Milne and James Ireland.
  • Minor Qualifying Cup - Adrian Bush and Tom McAuley.
NCU Senior League Player of the Year Awards (sponsored by Cartwrights Sports)
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 3rd September 2014
Instonians A beat CSNI A in NCU Under 11 Division 1 Final
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 28th August 2014
McBrine spins Warriors to narrow win against Northern Knights
Honours even after second day of Inter-Provincial clash at Eglinton
Northern Cricket Union Development Tour to South Africa
Wickets tumble on first day of Inter-Provincial clash at Eglinton
Knights announce changes to their squad for upcoming 3 day Newstalk IP Championship match
NCU Senior League Player of the Year Awards
Kamtekar spins Carrickfergus to National Cup glory
Monaghan CC Chairman gets on his bike to raise Club funds
Monaghan CC benefit from World Police & Fire Games Legacy
Northern Knights announce squad for 3 day Newstalk IP Championship match against North West Warriors
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Update - 18th August 2014
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Update - 9th August 2014
Dundrum CC Under 15s Undertake Their First Tour to Scotland
Donaghadee Cricket Club Hold Their Annual Charity Game
Ulster Bank Awards 2014 - Niranjan Godbole and Billy Dale
The Charlie Beverland Under 11 Leagues sponsored by Norman Shannon & Co Solicitors
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Cricket Ireland - NCU 'Play Smart' Workshops 2014
Banoge Cup Final
Quoile Cup Final
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Update - 28th July 2014
Northern Knights announce squad for Interprovincial Championship match against Leinster Lightning
North v South Youth Matches - Squads announced
Northern Knights receive new helmets from sponsors F.S.S. (NI)
Ulster Schools' Under 19s - Durham Tour Squad 2014
Northern Knights squad to face Leinster Lightning in Newstalk IPT20 Round 3 announced
NCU Coaches Association - Wicket Keeping Workshop on 30th July
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 8th July 2014
Dundrum Cricket Club Thriving At Junior Level
Carrick planning a special night for the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Trophy Final
Knights Rout Warriors In Rain-Ruined Contest
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 30th June 2014
NCU Under 11s to play North West announced
Twenty20 Cup Final 2014
Coleraine Inst Cricket - Summer 2014 Report & Photos
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 30th June 2014
Northern Ireland Kwik Cricket Finals Day sparkles in the sun
Under 13 Girls' Cricket proving to be a Super Hit!
Belfast 'INST' Take Schools Cricket Cup - Ulster Bank Schools Cup Final
Northern Knights squads for Newstalk IPT20 and IP50 matches at Comber announced
£10,000 competition the highlight of Northern Knights Newstalk IPT20 Family Fun Day
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Semi Final Draw
Irish Schools' Team To Play Ireland Under 19s On Monday 7th July
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 25th June 2014
Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship - Leinster Lightning v Northern Knights - Day 3 Report and Scorecard
Ulster Schools' Under 19s for the Inter Provincial match against Southern Schools' chosen
Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship - Leinster Lightning v Northern Knights - Day 2 Report and Scorecard
Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship - Leinster Lightning v Northern Knights - Day 1 Report and Scorecard
Foyle College will meet RBAI in Schools Cup Final
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 16th June 2014
Inst. in Schools Cup Final
NCU Schools' U13 Super 8's Competition - Friday 13th June
NI Kwik Cricket Finals Day, 18th June, Stormont
Northern Knights Squad to face Leinster Lightning in 3 day Newstalk IP Championship announced
Ulster Schools' Under 19 team announced for MCC match on 17th June
Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship - Northern Knights v NW Warriors - Day 3 Report and Scorecard
Ulster Bank Schools Cup Semi Final Draw
Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship - Northern Knights v NW Warriors - Day 2 Report and Scorecard
Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship - Northern Knights v NW Warriors - Day 1 Report and Scorecard
Holders Progress In Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Ulster Schools' Trial
Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 3rd June 2014
NCU Junior Knights Under 15 squad for Inter Provincial tournament announced
NCU Junior Knights Under 13 squad for Inter Provincial tournament announced
Northern Knights squad for Newstalk IP Championship announced
Rain To The Rescue As Warriors' Luck Holds
North West under 17s defeat their NCU counterparts by 70 runs
Down High First In Last Four - Ulster Bank Schools Cup Roundup
Northern Knights Squad to face North West Warriors announced
Foyle and Grosvenor Book Place In Last Eight Of Schools Cup
Woodvale Go Top of the Table - Ulster Bank League Section 1 Report
Ulster Country Under 15s v Ulster Town Under 15s
Ulster Bank Ulster Schools Cup Update: 12th May
Weather plays havoc with RSA Irish Senior and National Cups
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup - Man of the Match Awards 2014
Northern Knights squad to play Ireland Under 19's announced
Under 15's Cricket - Ulster Town v Ulster Country
NCU Under 17's slip to defeat against Leinster
Senior League players to be recognised as new NCU awards launched
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Nigel Jones congratulates Templepatrick and Cliftonville on success of first Primary School indoor tournament
Derriaghy Go Top - Senior League Section 1 report
Have you picked your Fantasy Cricket XI yet?
NCU Ulster Bank League Launch 2014
May Day Under 15's Cricket - Ulster Country v Ulster Town
Northern Knights bridging club to country gap in Inter-Pro series - BBC report
Richard Johnson recognised at the 51st Torch Trophy Trust Awards
New Cricket Ireland Events Manager visits the NCU
Coaching Certificate in Young People and Adults
Your Union wants to hear from you!
Cricket Coaching Qualification
Northern Cricket Union launch Junior Knights Academy
NCU Coaches Association launch and workshop
Youth Competitions - Changes to Rules for 2014
Sport NI Club Leaders Training Programme
Busy Close Season for Youth Cricket in the NCU
The Northern Cricket Union announce the Northern Knights Squads
NCU holds coaching sessions for 7, 8 and 9 year olds
NCU Regional Development Squads announced
Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Monaghan and University of Ulster aiming for degrees of success in NCU
New clubs, more teams - an exciting year ahead as the NCU expands!
CIYMS CC and Waringstown CC achieve Club Accreditation Scheme Status
2013 - A great year for Girls' and Women's Cricket in the NCU
NCU Coaches Association Launch
Opportunity for Club Coaches
Archived News/Articles from 2013
NCU Under 17s hold first pre-Christmas Practice
NCU Under 11s RDS final week
Northern Cricket Union present Macmillan with charity collection cheque
U11s & U13s have a visit from an 'Old Boy'
Northern Cricket Union recognised at World Police and Fire Games reception
Knights commence their Strength & Conditioning programme at University of Ulster, Jordanstown
NCU Under 15 Regional Development Squad get 'Fit To Play'
Cricket Ireland - Coach Education Courses 2013/14
Under 11 Regional Development Squad Sessions begin
Under 13 Practice Sessions commence at UU Jordanstown
NCU Annual General Meeting 2013
Newsletter NCU Team of the Year 2013
NCU Annual Dinner 2013
NCU Club Coaches' Workshop
Regional Development Coaches Workshop at UU Jordanstown
NCU Winter sessions start at University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Presentations to Andrew White and Paul Stirling
Historic day for local cricket as clubs field ladies' teams for first time
Students bowled over by Belfast Coaching Camp
Robin Walsh elected President of Cricket Ireland
Grounds course held at Stormont
Ulster Bank Schools Cup Final - Top Form Limavady Take Schools Cup
Belfast Under 14's retain Charlie Beverland Cup in Ayr
Ulster Bank Cricket Awards - Yogesh Takawale
Belfast Under 14 squad named
NCU name Under 11 boys side to face the NWCU
Dunmurry Cricket Club Square Vandalised
Northern Knights announce squad for the 3 day game against the North West Warriors
RSA Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy - Leinster Lightning claim T20 Crown
Ireland Under 13 Training Camp
RSA Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy - Double victory for Northern Knights at Comber
RSA Inter-Provincial Cup - White leads Northern Knights to narrow win against NW Warriors
First and Deputy First Minister meet the Northern Knights and North West Warriors
Northern Knights squad for RSA Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy announced
BBC Sportsound - Reporting from the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Semi Final live from Instonians CC on Saturday 13th July
Northern Knights squad to play the North West Warriors in RSA Inter-Provincial Cup announced
Runs Galore in Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Inaugural Women's League introduced
Entries double for 2013 Schools' Under 11 League
Girls set for Summer Super 8's Competition
Promising signs for U17's despite defeat
Brian Walsh interview - BBC Sportsound 27th April 2013 Transcript and audio file
Ulster Schools' Squad for Inter-Provincial Match v Leinster Schools' Announced
Northern Knights squad to play Leinster Lightning in RSA Inter-Provincial Championship announced
NCU U13 Interprovincial Squad for 2013...
NCU U15 Interprovincial Squad for 2013...
Northern Knights squad for RSA Inter-Provincial T20 Cup announced
RSA Inter-Provincial Championship - Shannon and Waller take Knights to victory
Day Three Report...
Day Two Report...
Day One Report... Northern Knights squad to take on North West Warriors announced
Ulster Bank Schools Cup - Holders Through to Semis
Ulster Schools' Team v The M.C.C.
NCU name Under 17 boys side to face the Southern XI
Northern Knights ready for their first battle
NCU name Under 17 boys side to face the NWCU
Cricket gets high profile at annual Newtownabbey Sports Awards
Inaugural Northern Knights squad announced
Northern Cricket Union Coaches Association Launch Evening Press Release
NCU Inter-provincial fixtures announced
From Mallusk to Mumbai - the progress of umpire Mark Hawthorne
Diary of a Part Time Umpire
NCU Board hold business planning seminar
NCU announce Under 17 'Girls' Regional Development Squad for 2013
NCU Inter-provincials - 'Knighted'
UMPIRE RECRUITMENT
NCU name U11 and U13 Regional Development Squads for 2013
NIGEL JONES - ONE YEAR ON
Coach Education Courses 2013
Postponement Of Matches Due To International And Interprovincial Matches
Lords Taverners Funding 2013
NCU name U15 and U17 Regional Development Squads for 2013
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NCU Regional Development Squads 2013
Northern Cricket Union launches Groundsman Association
Archived News/Articles from 2012
NCU Annual General Meeting 2012
Fermanagh and Tyrone Primary Schools enjoy Kwik Cricket Competition
Jack Carson - 600 not out!
Cricket Ireland Coach Education Calender for 2012-13
Under 15 interprovincial 2012 Round Up
Belfast win the inaugural Charlie Beverland Memorial Cup
NCU v North West U17 Girl's (Ulster Trials) match cancellation
Ulster Bank Schools Cricket Cup Final
RSA Kwik Cricket Challenge
Cregagh 2012 Tour
Northern Cricket Union appoint new Public Relations Officer
NCU name under 15 Interprovincial Squad for 2012
NCU name under 13 Interprovincial Squad for 2012
Cancellation of Northern Ireland Asda Kwik Cricket Finals Day 2012
All Girl Asda KWIK Cricket Final creates history at Stormont
Tommy Puts Steel into Twenty20
Northern Ireland - Asda Kwik Cricket Launch 2012
Ireland Under 17 squad announced
The Influence of New Media on Cricket
Sun & Fun at Templepatrick Cricket Club's Under 11 Blitz
Ulster Bank Schools Cup
NCU name Under 17 side to face Southern XI
‘Super 8s’ – a new concept for Girls and Women’s Cricket
Templepatrick Cricket Club and cricket winners at Newtownabbey Borough Council Sports Awards 2012
Templepatrick Cricket Club host Cricket Ireland Coach Education Course
Kind Draw for Ulster Bank Schools Cup Holders
Andy McCrea wins Outstanding Coach of the Year Award
Cricket Ireland announce appointment of Development Officers for NCU and NW regions
Jubilee Cup Preview 2012
Under 13 and Under 15 NCU Regional Development Squads 2011/12
Introduction to Cricket Coaching Course
Cricket Ireland - Coach Education Programme for 20
Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Cricket Foundation Part A Course
Ulster Hockey - First Aid Course at CIYMS CC on 6th and 7th March
Derriaghy CC Football Club create a piece of history by reaching the 6th round of the Irish Cup
Archived News/Articles from 2011
NCU Section 2 Averages 2011 (updated 15.11.2011 with Cooke Collegians averages)
Northern Cricket Union AGM 2011
Chris Harte (Bangor) was elected President with Billy Boyd (Lurgan) elected as Vice-President.
Brian Walsh (Instonians) is the new Chairman with Andy Clement (Muckamore) elected as Vice-Chairman.
The majority of the serials proposed were passed, some with amendments proposed from the floor.
The two to fail were Serials 12 (bringing forward the final date for matches in September) and Serial 16 (from Dundrum CC)
Read the full list of motions/amended motions passed/rejected
Updated 2011 Section 1 League Table
Updated 2011 Section 2 League Table Photos from the NCU 125th Anniversary Dinner (updated 18/10/2011)
Photos from the Lisburn 175th Anniversary Dinner
A HISTORY OF THE NCU CHALLENGE CUP 1887-2011?
Interesting developments in the pipeline for the NCU for the 2012 season and beyond
NCU Ulster Bank Premier League Section 1 - North Down with the trophy
NCU Ulster Bank League Section 1 - Lurgan with the trophy
NCU Ulster Bank League Section 2 - Captains of Academy, Laurelvale and Templepatrick with the trophy
NCU Ulster Bank League Section 3 - Donaghadee with the trophy
NCU Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final Photos #1
NCU Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final Photos #2
NCU Junior Cup Final Photos
NCU Intermediate Cup Final Photos
NCU Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final Photos
NCU Minor Qualifying Cup Final Photo
Waringstown take Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup
Andy McCrea / ECB Sky Sports Award 2011
Waringstown make club history in Midweek League Final
Saintfield Cricket Club receive Club Accreditation Scheme status
Instonians Cricket Blitz
Lurgan Ladies Cricket
Belfast Under 14's finish 3rd in Lord's Taverners' Inner Cities Tournament
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Man of the Match Awards - 2011
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final 2011
NCU 125th Anniversary
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final - Friday 29th July 2011

CSNI v Waringstown at Wallace Park, Lisburn

Waringstown 190-8 (50 overs, K McCallan 63, N Jones 3-30) CSNI 116 (34.2 overs, M Ellison 37, L Nelson 5-23) Waringstown beat CSNI by 74 runs


Ulster Bank Challenge Cup (#ncuscc)
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Lee Nelson receives his Ulster Bank Man of the
Match awards from Neil Cooke and NCU
President Dr Murray Power


The Victorious Waringstown team with the
Ulster Bank NCU Challenge Cup
Ulster Bank League Awards
Records tumble during school match
Mark Adair - click for large photoOn Saturday morning a schoolboy player from Sullivan Upper School scored 204 not out in an Under 15 cup match against Regent House.
The schoolboy in question is Mark Adair and his innings took place on the upper pitch at North Down Cricket Club in Comber. Once he had reached his double hundred he retired in the 19th over with one over to go in the innings.
To follow up his performance with the bat, in the afternoon he turned out for his club side Holywood and helped them to a 13 run victory over Woodvale by clean bowling the last 3 batsmen.
Mark's coach at Sullivan Upper, Paul Osborne, is wondering if this score is an Irish Schoolboy record or if it is a record for a 20 over a side match?
Mark represented the Belfast Inner Cities side last season and in 2011 is a member of the Northern Cricket Union's under 15 interprovincial team

Solmatix are new sponsors of Quoile Cup
Clogher Cricket Club vandalised for fifth time and on this occasion the damage is the most severe yet
ICC Europe Groundsman Association
Ian Kerr - 43 seasons and counting
Templepatrick CC and Coleraine CC join forces for girls cricket
Refurbishment of the cricket square at The Castle Grounds
NCU Senior Cricket Working Group
Ulster Schools' U19s Cricket team
Ulster Bank Schools Cup 2011 - Final Report and Scorecard
Lurgan Tigers Kwik Cricket Blitz
Ulster Schools' XI defeat MCC
Cregagh Cricket Club embarks upon its 4th European tour
Cregagh Cricket Club runs kwik cricket competition with Sport NI
Festival of cricket proves a big hit at Templepatrick Cricket Club
Sponsorship deal aims to make Templepatrick Cricket Club the Holm of youth cricket
Ulster Schools' U19 Cricket Trial at Ballyclare HS
Ulster Schools' XI team to play The MCC selected
NCU Under 13 and 15 squads selected for outdoor training
Tom Flintoft visits NCU grounds
Templepatrick and Carrickfergus Cricket Clubs receive Club Accreditation Scheme status
Ulster Bank Schools Cup 2011 - First Round Report
Templepatrick Cricket Club host Cricket Ireland Coach Education Course
Pitch opening planned for Templepatrick Cricket Club
Rotary Charity Cricket Match at Comber
Would we really expect to play senior cricket without Umpires?
Criminal Damage At Clogher Cricket Club Continues For The Fourth Year In Succession
FROM THE ASHES - a new documentary
Introduction to Cricket Coaching Courses
Andy McCrea wins ICC Europe Outstanding Coaching Award
NCU Courses 2011
Jake Torrans to run in London Marathon again
Another local cricketer raises money for charity by running in the London Marathon
NIACUS Announcements
ICC Europe Introductory Scorer Course
NCU Women's Cricket League
"Powerplays and Pushing Boundaries"
NIACUS / ECB ACO Level 1 umpire training course
NCU Under-Age Regional Development Squads Get Underway
2011 Coaching Courses
Derriaghy Cricket Club receive Club Accreditation Scheme status
Archived News/Articles from 2010