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Fixtures: 29th/30th/31st May
Challenge Cup  #ncucc
31st May
Cliftonville v CIYMS

Junior Cup  #ncujc
30th May
Drumaness v Dunmurry
Bangor II v CSNI II
Saintfield v Holywood
Armagh v Dundrum
Cooke Collegians v Instonians II
Millpark v Larne
Ards v Laurelvale

31st May
Waringstown II v Lisburn II

Intermediate Cup  #ncuic
30th May
CSNI III v Woodvale II
Donaghcloney II v CIYMS III
Downpatrick II v Holywood II
Instonians III v Carrickfergus II
Laurelvale II v Academy II
Templepatrick II v Cregagh II
Waringstown III v Ballymena II

Minor (Lindsay) Cup  #ncumlc
31st May
Dundrum II v North Down III (1st Rd)
Academy III v Cregagh III (2nd Rd)

NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Premier League  #ncupl
30th May
Carrickfergus v North Down
Instonians v Ballymena
Lisburn v CIYMS
Waringstown v CSNI

31st May
CSNI v Carrickfergus (12noon)
Instonians v Waringstown (11am)

League Section 1  #ncus1
30th May
Bangor v Lurgan
Cliftonville v Muckamore
Derriaghy v Downpatrick
Donaghcloney v Templepatrick
Woodvale v Academy

31st May
Bangor v Muckamore
Templepatrick v Lurgan

League Section 2  #ncus2
31st May
Saintfield v Armagh

League Section 3  #ncus3
31st May
Dungannon v Donaghadee (M2)
Junior League 1  #ncuj1
30th May
North Down II v Muckamore II

31st May
CIYMS II v North Down II

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
31st May
Downpatrick II v Woodvale II

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
30th May
No games

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
29th May
North Down III v Saintfield II

30th May
Saintfield II v Bangor III
Muckamore III v Cliftonville II

31st May
Holywood III v Woodvale III

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
30th May
Donaghadee II v Armagh II
Lisburn III v Instonians IV
Junior League 6  #ncuj6
30th May
Ballymena IV v Victoria II
Derriaghy III v Ards II

31st May
Carrickfergus III v Millpark II

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
30th May
Academy IV v Muckamore IV
Armagh III v North Down IV

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
30th May
Bangor IV v CSNI VI
Downpatrick III v Laurelvale III
Larne II v Carrickfergus IV

31st May
Templepatrick III v CSNI VI

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
30th May
CIYMS V v Muckamore V
Instonians V v Derriaghy IV
Victoria III v BISC II

31st May
Lisburn IV v Muckamore V
News #1
Cricket Ireland Coach Development Manager
Cricket Ireland is seeking a Coach Development Manager to ensure Ireland keeps producing and developing coaches at all levels to realise this ambition.
This position will deliver on key objectives contained within the Cricket Ireland Strategic Plan, High Performance Plan, Coach Development Strategy and Pathway.

Nine Schools, three hundred schoolchildren and two tournaments
Edenderry Primary School was the inaugural winner of Laurelvale's Kwik Cricket tournament which took place at the club on Friday 8th May. A second tournament on the 22nd May was won by Orchard County Primary School.

Northern Knights Squad to face North West Warriors in Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy announced
The Northern Knights Squad to face the North West Warriors in the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy on Friday 29th May at Eglinton CC has been announced. Andrew White is among five players rested or unavailable due to injury so Lee Nelson will skipper the team.

Performance Review Of NCU Development Plan 2014-2018
Last year the Union's Management Board issued its Development Plan for the period 2014-18.
A review of the Plan has now been completed and a copy can be downloaded by clicking the links for your information.
Performance Review Of NCU Development Plan 2014-2018

Knights Rearguard Denies Warriors
The second of this season's Hanley Energy IP Championship matches ended in another draw on Tuesday as the Northern Knights dug deep to keep out the North West Warriors after three days of quality cricket at Downpatrick. And just as in their first game in Dublin earlier this month Andy McBrine's side had to be content with a share of the spoils despite a sizeable first innings lead.

Vardhan Century Keeps Warriors In Total Control
Kyllin Vardhan's unbeaten 113 ensured the NW Warriors remained in total control of their Hanley Energy Championship contest against the Northern Knights at Downpatrick.

Thompson century puts Warriors in the ascendancy
Stuart Thompson's brilliant century has put the NW Warriors in the ascendancy despite a late collapse against the Northern Knights on the first day of their Inter-Provincial Championship clash at Downpatrick. The Eglinton all-rounder top scored with 113 as the Warriors made 272 all out, sharing a crucial fourth wicket stand of 148 with Scott Campbell.

Cricket Ireland is seeking to employ two Active Clubs Coordinators
Cricket Ireland is seeking two full-time Active Clubs Coordinators, one each for the Northern Cricket Union area and North West Cricket Union area.

Holders RBAI are through to the last eight - Ulster Bank Schools Cup Update
Holders RBAI are through to the last eight of the Ulster Bank Ulster Schools cup with a run-affected four wicket win over Regent House and will now host Belfast High School for a place in the semi-finals.

Revised Regulations for Irish Senior & National Cups and all the Ulster Competitions
The Regulations page has been updated to include the 2015 revised regulations for the Irish Senior and National Cups plus all of the Ulster Competitions.

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.
Competition Rules
Interactive Player Info/Ratings
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup - First & Second Round Man of the Match Winners
Avdhoot Dandekar (Muckamore) Peter Davison (North Down) James Hall (Waringstown)
© CricketEurope
Alex Haggan (Carrick)
Ryan Nurse (Instonians) Michael Stewart (Templepatrick) Johnny Terrett (Cliftonville) Regan West (CSNI)
© CricketEurope
Many thanks to all the clubs/players/CricketEurope who supplied the photos.
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup - Second Round Draw
Second Round - 13th June
Carrick v Waringstown
CSNI v Muckamore
Instonians v Templepatrick
North Down v Cliftonville/CIYMS
Pictured at the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Second Round Draw, from left Sean Murphy of Ulster Bank, Billy Boyd, President of the NCU, and John Bracewell, Head Coach of Cricket Ireland
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup - Week 2
Group A - 22nd May
Carrickfergus 112-8 (20 overs, M Gilmour 50, Z Rushe 3-11, T Luke 2-16)
Instonians 72 (17.1 overs, J Shannon 28, S Bunting 25, S Grant 4-17,
I Kamtekar 3.1-3-0-2)
Carrickfergus beat Instonians by 40 runs

Lisburn 87
Instonians 88-5
North Down beat Lisburn by 5 wickets
  Group B - 22nd May
CSNI 137-7 (20 overs, W Horwood 70)
CIYMS 138-7 (J Thompson 48, A Johnston 33no)
CIYMS beat CSNI by 3 wickets

Waringstown beat Ballymena v - match forfeited by Ballymena
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup - Week 1
Group A - 12th May
Carrickfergus 95 (19.5 overs, R Eagleson 46, I Kamtekar 26, P Eakin 3-14, P Davison 3-26,
P Malan 2-28)
North Down 96-2 (15.4 overs, P Malan 50, D Graham 29)
North Down beat Carrickfergus by 8 wickets

Lisburn 87 (19.4 overs, D Simpson 34, Z Rushe 4-5, A White 3-14)
Instonians 89-1 (9.2 overs, N Smith 36no, R Nurse 29no)
Instonians beat Lisburn by 9 wickets
  Group B - 12th May
Ballymena 29 (J Thompson 6-13, J Matchett 2-13, J Cameron-Dow 2-3)
CIYMS 30-1 (4.3 overs)
CIYMS beat Ballymena by 9 wickets

14th May
Waringstown 157-8
Waringstown beat CSNI by 81 runs
Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial IP50 Cup - 2015
Sunday 17th May (Coleraine)
Northern Knights 182-5 (39 overs, R van der Dussen 93, J Shannon 31, S Thompson 2-49)
North-West Warriors 164-8 (35 overs, C Averill 36, D Rankin 27, A McBrine 27no, G Kidd 2-24, A White 2-22)
Northern Knights beat North-West Warriors by 3 runs (D/L)
DLS Par Score was 167 in 35 overs
Match Report
Interpro IP50 Results
The Slog Sweep, Ireland's Weekly Cricket Show - Episode Twenty Nine

In an exclusive interview with the Irish Women's new head coach, Ryan Bailey and Mark Robinson sit down with Aaron Hamilton to discuss his aims for the next two years and where he thinks the women's game is heading.
Ireland and Leinster Lightning star, John Anderson is in the studio to chat about being named in Ireland's 14 man squad for the ICC InterContinental Cup clash against the UAE at Malahide next month.
Northern Knights star player, Rassi van der Dussen is also on the show, to discuss his recent form and what his hopes for the season are.
All the usuals are back as well as we check in with David Holmes and Barry Chambers on 'Around The Grounds' plus Robbo returns with another Cricket Mythbuster.
The Slog Sweep, with thanks to Currency Fair, is back for the new season and you can be part of it too. We want to hear from you - the listener - and you can get in touch on Twitter, Facebook or via our website -

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

NCU Promo Video
NCU promotional video produced on behalf of the NCU by Harry Cook TV. Available to view below.

NCU Promo from imagemediafilms.

News #2
NIACUS - Captain's Umpire Report 2015
The Irish Association of Cricket Umpires & Scorers (IACUS) in conjunction with Cricket Ireland are introducing a new all Ireland Umpire Grading Structure across the various Inter-provincial Unions. This will ultimately ensure one accepted Grading system against which all umpires will be assessed.
From the start of this season, NCU Club Captains will be able to electronically access the new umpire assessment form, which will be received automatically by the NIACUS Grading contact.

NCU Publish new Development Plan for 2014-18
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has published its new Development plan covering the years 2014-2018. In announcing its publication President Billy Boyd and Chairman Andy Clement commented that they hoped that, post publication, the new Development Plan will  provide fresh impetus for all those involved in NCU cricket.
Read more and to do download a copy...

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) launches positive parental behaviour in sport toolkit
Parents often play a vital part in supporting their children to take part in sport.
They play many positive roles and are often the backbone of sports activities at a local level.
However many sports organisations and clubs have struggled to address the problem of poor parental/spectator behaviour in junior sport.

Junior Cricketers playing in Adult Matches
The NCU Development Directorate wish to remind clubs of the ECB guidance covering the participation of young cricketers in adult matches.
This guidance has been adopted by the Union.
Under 13 cricketers - Explicit written consent from a parent or guardian is required before participating in an adult match.
Under 11 cricketers - Explicit prior approval must be sought through me before the player can play.

Player Clothing 2015
Coloured clothing will be used in the following competitions:
Challenge Cup, Irish Senior Cup, National Trophy, Ulster Cup, Ulster Shield, Twenty20 Cup, Twenty20 Trophy.

Predominantly white clothing will be used in the following competitions:
All League Competitions, Junior, Intermediate, Minor and Minor Qualifying Cups, Ulster Plate, Twenty20 Shield.
View Players Clothing Info 2015 (pdf)

NCU Bye-Laws 2015
The revised NCU Bye Laws for 2015
View NCU Bye-Laws 2015

Volunteering in Sport
Volunteering is an ideal way to get involved in sport, develop new skills and stay engaged in a sport. It can be a rewarding activity which helps you to meet new people and take on new challenges through roles such as coaching or administration.
Sports volunteering activities
The wide range of opportunities to get involved in sports volunteering includes:
  • coaching
  • administration
  • officiating
  • committee work
  • organising events and competitions
Depending on your individual skills or interests, you can offer to volunteer in any of the above areas. Some of the most important attributes include enthusiasm and interest.
For more information on volunteering in sport visit
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Recommended list of hashtags to use for NCU Competitions
NCU Transfers 2015
NCU Development Tour 2015
Club Files 2015
NCU Annual Report 2014
NCU Development Plan 2014-18
Ireland v Australia 2015
Ireland v England 2015
Nigel Jones
Cricket Ireland
Regional Development   Officer
Northern Cricket Union

Cricket Ireland

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Scott Irvine
Regional Performance Analyst &
Coach Education Co-Ordinator (North)

Cricket Ireland

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Dates For The Diary
Upcoming NCU Committee Meetings

Forms sent to all NCU Clubs
Copies of the various Word and Excel files that have already been sent to club secretaries and which the clubs/teams will use during the season can be found here:
Club Files 2014
If clubs or individuals have any articles / results / scorecards they would like published on the NCU site then send them to Wylie McKinty
If you would like to become involved with the NCU, in any capacity, then get in contact with the Union's General Secretary, Bryan Milford on or alternatively contact any NCU Board Member.
Stephen Moreton
Coach Education Officer
Cricket Ireland
Unit 22 Grattan Business Park
Dublin 17
Tel: +353 1 8947914
Mob: +353 833 779208
Fax: +353 1 8488035