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Junior League 4  #ncuj4
21st September
Woodvale III beat Instonians III by 25 runs
Junior League 6  #ncuj6
20th September
Donaghadee II beat Victoria II by 8 wickets
News #1
NCU Youth Regional Development Squads 2014 / 2015 - Update 20/09/14
The NCU's Representative Cricket Directorate has confirmed the lead coaches for the Autumn Regional Development sessions.

Ulster Bank Awards for August & September
Rules relaxed to allow a County Down schoolboy to win a prestigious cricket award

Taj Kwelu put in the remarkable performance of taking five wickets in seven overs without conceding a run when he opened the bowling for Bangor in Section 1 of the NCU Senior League last month against Templepatrick.
But it fell just short of clinching an Ulster Bank NCU League award which goes to bowlers who take six wickets - and all because of his age.
Read more plus photos of some of the other award winners...

    Winners of Premier League 2014 - Instonians
Winners of Premier League 2014 - Instonians
   NCU Section 1 Winners 2014 - Carrickfergus (© Ian Johnston / CricketEurope)
     Winners of Section 1 2014 - Carrickfergus

NCU and Cartwrights Sports look forward to Senior League and Women's League Awards
NCU Chairman Andy Clement today met with Keith Cartwright, owner of Cartwrights Sports, who are kindly sponsoring the inaugural Men’s Senior League and Women's Player of the Year Awards. The Awards will be presented at the NCU’s Annual Dinner on the 11th October in the Holiday Inn.

Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 16th September 2014
In the final weekend of the season there was high drama at either end of the League table with Carrickfergus being confirmed as Champions and Cliftonville surviving narrowly in a close finish.
Gordon Scott with his final round up of Section 1 for this season.

Northern Knights host lunch for sponsors at IP50 match against Leinster Lightning
Northern Knights hosted a lunch for their sponsors at the IP50 match against Leinster Lightning on Sunday 14th September at the Lawn, Waringstown CC.

Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 10th September 2014
Another good weekend for Carrickfergus as they closed in on the title with two comfortable wins at Middle Road - the Co. Antrim side have all but ensured their return to Premier League cricket in 2015.
They are guaranteed at least a share of the Section 1 trophy but victory in their final match this Saturday at home over relegation threatened Cliftonville will clinch their fourth trophy of the season outright; a loss gives Woodvale a chance to share it with a win over Downpatrick.

NCU Youth Regional Development Squads 2014 / 2015 - Update 10/09/14
At the beginning of August all clubs were written to and asked for nominations to the winter youth regional development program. By running 3 x two hour sessions per day for 9 weeks beginning on Sunday 19th October all 186 children will receive 3 weeks of coaching and assessment.

NCU President presents cheque to Alzheimer's Society
NCU President Billy Boyd recently presented a cheque for £600.67 to the Alzheimer's Society.
This followed a charity collection at this years Lagan Valley Steels T20 Final between Civil Service North and North Down.

Statement to clubs from the Union Chairman, Andy Clement
At the recent club meetings with Premier and Senior League 1 clubs I undertook to revert back to clubs with an update on the discussions that took place.
Following a number of internal meetings the following is a synopsis as to notices of motion that will be proposed by the Management Board to the 2014 AGM and additional information as to progress made in other areas.
It should be noted that the meeting with current Senior League 2 and 3 clubs does not take place until next week and there may be additional or amendments to proposals following that meeting.

Robert Croft announced as Guest Speaker for NCU Annual Dinner
The NCU's Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 11th October 2014 at 7.00pm in the Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. Guest Speaker will be former Glamorgan and England player Robert Croft.

Ulster Bank NCU Senior League Awards - July 2014
The second of the season's Ulster Bank NCU Senior League awards will be held as detailed above and will cover the entire month of JULY, 2014.
As usual, they will be made to players in the four sections of the Senior League who have scored centuries, taken at least six wickets or performed a hat trick in a completed league match.
Read more and full list of winners...

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final 2014
Friday 1st August 2014 at The Green, Comber

Waringstown 156 (48.1 overs, S Khan 38, A Coulter 3-25, S Getkate 2-35)
Civil Service North 109-5 (36.5 overs, A Cowden 45, J van der Merwe 26)
Civil Service North beat Waringstown by 5 wickets
D/L par score was 108 in 37 overs

Man of the Match: Andrew Cowden

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup
   CSNI Challenge Cup Winners 2014 © Trevor Dalzell
NCU Junior Cup Final 2014 (sponsored by Goldblatt McGuigan)
Saturday 9th August at Moylena, Muckamore CC

Academy 244-9 (50 overs, A Halbert 99, M Atkins 50, S Fawcett 26no,
D Suffern 2-62)
Lisburn II 195 (48.3 overs, J Bell 100, G Brown 31, D Greenlees 3-27, M Atkins 3-46)

Academy beat Lisburn II by 49 runs

Man of the Match: Andre Halbert
Junior Cup Results - 2014
Junior cup winners 2014 - Academy
NCU Intermediate Cup Final 2014 (sponsored by Flannigan, Edmonds and Bannon)
Saturday 16th August at Pollock Park, Lurgan CC

Woodvale II 208-5 (D O'Neill 78, T Rutherford 62no, S Gilmore 2-41)
Derriaghy II 210-6 (D Ferris 42, R Cummins 37, S McAllister 31, J Bell 27no)
Derriaghy II beat Woodvale II by 4 wickets

Man of the Match: Stuart McAllister

Intermediate Cup Results - 2014
Intermediate Cup Winners 2014 - Derriaghy II
NCU Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final 2014 (sponsored by Cleaver Black)
23rd August at Eaton Park, Ballymena CC

Instonians III 151-8 (J Bell 65, T Adams 2-16)
CIYMS III 152-7 (T Adams 75)
CIYMS III beat Instonians III by 3 wickets

Man of the Match: Tony Adams

Minor (Lindsay) Cup Results - 2014
Minor (Lindsay) Cup Winners 2014 - CIYMS III
NCU Minor Qualifying Cup Final 2014
23rd August at The Cloughan, Templepatrick CC

Ballymena IV 209-4 (A Crease 57, J Glass 52, J Martin 34no, R Dobbs 3-39)
Armagh 118 (K Wilson 28no, S Glass 2-8, J Archer 2-23, J Glass 3-17)
Ballymena IV beat Armagh III by 91 runs

Man of the Match: J Glass

Minor Qualifying Cup Results - 2014
Minor Qualifying Cup Winners 2014 - Ballymena IV
Ulster Shield Final 2014
Sunday 31st August at Middle Road, Carrick CC

Downpatrick 153 (A Patil 50, G Ringland 30, A Martin 2-21, R Hood 1-25,
A Haggan 2-23, I Kamtekar 5-28)
Carrickfergus 155-2 (M Gilmour 48, J Holmes 53no, I Kamtekar 31no, A Patil 2-20) Carrick beat Downpatrick by 8 wickets

Ulster Shield Results - 2014
Ulster Shield Winners 2014 - Carrickfergus
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Preview

  Nigel Jones, Stephen Cruise and Lee Nelson
© CricketEurope

Twenty20 Cup Final - 18th July - The Lawn, Waringstown CC
CSNI 162-6 (J v d Merwe 48, G Nieuwoudt 82no, J Cameron-Dow 3-23, T Khan 2-29)
North Down 150 (J Terrett 35, R Haire 31, A Coulter 2-23, B Adair 3-24, W Horwood 3-35)
CSNI beat North Down by 12 runs
Twenty20 Cup

Twenty20 Trophy Final - 17th July - Middle Road, Carrickfergus CC
Carrickfergus 138-6 (M Gilmour 45, I Kamtekar 33, R Eagleson 26, K Gilliland 3-27)
Derriaghy 127-5 (C Lewis 33, K Aphale 27, I Kamtekar 2-23)
Carrick beat Derriaghy by 11 runs
Twenty20 Trophy

Twenty20 Shield Final - 16th July - Shaw's Bridge
Laurelvale 131-4 (G Murphy 88no, D Sinton 30, W Mohammed 3-22)
Academy 110 (M Palmer 31no, D Sinton 2-26, D Henry 2-26, R Wilson 2-11)
Laurelvale beat Academy by 21 runs
Twenty20 Shield

Midweek League Final
14th August at Muckamore
Muckamore A 91-9 (19 overs, D Irvine 39ret, C Henderson 14, G Jenkins 13, J McCabe 5-13)
Instonians 92-2 (14.3 overs, J McCabe 38, R. McKibbin 26no, A McCombe 2-14)
Instonians beat Muckamore A by 8 wickets
Midweek League 2014 results...

Colts Cup Final
29th August at at Belmont, CIYMS CC
Instonians 134-4 (M Lightbody 78no, L McNamara 36, D Robinson 3-18)
CIYMS 93-7 (J Beattie 34, M Mairs 3-19, L McNamara 2-19)
Instonians beat CIYMS by 41 runs
Colts Cup 2014 results...

Graham Cup Final
13th August at Seapark Oval, Holywood CC
CSNI 44 (Y Songra 16, S Nelson 2-4, J Hume 3-22, C Knell 3-15, M Tumilson 2-2)
Cregagh 45-3 (C Knell 15no, M Foster 3-13)
Cregagh beat CSNI by 7 wickets
Graham Cup 2014 results...

Banogue Cup Final
4th August at Wallace Park, Lisburn CC
Waringstown 101-0 (J Carson 48no, J Humphreys 37no)
Lisburn 84-6 (M Glass 24, N Doak 16, M Waite 4-15)
Waringstown beat Lisburn by 17 runs
Banogue Cup 2014 results...

Quoile Cup Final
30th July at Queensway, Derriaghy CC
Donaghcloney 64-5
Instonians 67-3
Instonians beat Donaghcloney by 7 wickets
Quoile Cup 2014 results...

The Slog Sweep, Ireland's Weekly Cricket Show - Episode Eighteen

This week on The Slog Sweep, Robbo returns to action, and it's his turn to host the show solo. He's joined in-studio by our feature guest, Cricket Ireland President Joe Doherty, where he discusses everything from his presidential duties, to Test cricket ambitions.
We are also joined by Rush Cricket Club's Neil Rock and Matt Sheridan to chat about what was a hugely successful under-age season for the club. Leinster Lightning Manager Mark Jones was in-studio as well chatting about all things Interpros. As usual, we go 'Around the Grounds' with our three correspondents, Barry Chambers, David Holmes and Ger Siggins. We have plenty of Performances of the Week, our O'Neill's Team of the Week, and all our regular reviews and previews of Irish cricket news.
Hosted by Mark Robinson with thanks to Johnston, Mooney & O'Brien.

News #2
Club Leaders seminars are coming to the Grove Wellbeing Centre, Belfast
Club Leaders NI provides free support to those involved in running clubs on the key business aspects of club management. It aims to create a robust, economically sustainable and enterprising sports club network across Northern Ireland. This support includes business and financial planning, marketing, governance, and facilities management.

Charity Commission information sessions
Recent changes to legislation around charitable registration which may be applicable to sports clubs.
It is compulsory for all charities operating in Northern Ireland to apply for charity registration and the Commission is urging all charities to prepare now.  There are 12 descriptions of charitable purpose, which include the advancement of amateur sport therefore sports clubs may fall under this category.

Major sponsorship deal boosts Northern Cricket Union hopes for inter-pro success
The Northern Knights, the Northern Cricket Union's (NCU) interprovincial team, has landed a major three-year sponsorship deal it was revealed today (Wednesday 2nd April).
The deal sees professional advisory firm PwC, sign up as the three-season gold sponsor, with additional sponsorship by Sunday Life, Connect Telecom and FSS (N.I.) Ltd.
The NCU is launching a new Northern Knights website (, backed by a social media campaign to support the interprovincial series and there’ll be a new fantasy cricket league competition in association with the Sunday Life.
News #3
NIACUS - Captain's Umpire Report 2014
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 which can be found on page 112 of the 2013 Fixtures and Rule Book.
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 2014
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 2014 (pdf)

NCU Bye-Laws 2014
The revised NCU Bye Laws for 2014
View NCU Bye-Laws 2014

Volunteering in Sport
Volunteering is an ideal way to get involved in sport, develop new skills and stay engaged in a sport. It can be a rewarding activity which helps you to meet new people and take on new challenges through roles such as coaching or administration.
Sports volunteering activities
The wide range of opportunities to get involved in sports volunteering includes:
  • coaching
  • administration
  • officiating
  • committee work
  • organising events and competitions
Depending on your individual skills or interests, you can offer to volunteer in any of the above areas. Some of the most important attributes include enthusiasm and interest.
For more information on volunteering in sport visit
NCU Annual Dinner 2014
Venue: Holiday Inn, Belfast
Date: 11th October 2014
NCU Transfers 2014
NCU Development Plan 2014-18
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Forms sent to all NCU Clubs
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Club Files 2014
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