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Hear Andrew White talk about the interpros on Saturdays Sportsound
On this Saturdays Sportsound on Radio Ulster between 5.30 and 6pm listen to Northern Knights Captain, Andrew White, talk to Michael McNamee about the Northern Knights and the upcoming interprovincial cricket series.

Saturday Sportsound on Radio Ulster/BBC iPlayer Radio
  • Clubs should check the fixtures carefully and notify Bryan Milford of any omissions as soon as possible.
  • Clubs in the Senior Leagues will note that they do not have home and away fixtures on alternate weeks. This is caused by several clubs not having the availability of their ground for the entire season, clubs groundsharing and clubs hosting cup finals and other fixtures.
News #1
NCU's list of approved transfers between clubs (update 19th April 2014)
The latest published list of transfers approved to date by the Union for the upcoming 2014 season.
Full List...

NCU Fantasy League 2014
After the very successful Last Wicket Standing Competition that was organised last year the NCU will be launching the very first NCU Fantasy Cricket competition, in conjunction with PwC and the Sunday Life.
Points will be scored for all League games in the NCU Premier, Senior 1 and Senior 2 leagues and matches involving the NCU Northern Knights (IP50 & IP20 matches only). For more info follow the links below.
Competition Rules
Player Info/Ratings

May Day Under 15's Cricket - Ulster Country v Ulster Town
An under 15's 40 over match between Ulster Country v Ulster Town will be played at Waringstown CC on Monday 5th May. Play is due to start at 11am, with the match finishing between 5.30pm and 6pm. 
Full Squads and more info...

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.

Northern Knights bridging club to country gap in Inter-Pro series - BBC report
BBC Northern Ireland feature on the Northern Knights:
Andrew White says last year's inaugural Inter-Pro series unearthed talent for the Ireland squad and the Northern Knights captain believes the competition will continue to go from strength to strength.

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...

Richard Johnson recognised at the 51st Torch Trophy Trust Awards
NCU Assistant Director & Sponsorship Officer Richard Johnson was recognised at the 51st Torch Trophy Trust Awards for his outstanding dedication to sport. Richard’s lifelong volunteering in the sports of cricket and football were recognised as he received the award presented by HRH The Princess Royal.
The Torch Trophy Trust is a charity that recognises and supports volunteers in sport and recreation. Their annual awards are unique in celebrating the often thankless and unnoticed work of volunteers in sport at a very prestigious ceremony.
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 #2
New Cricket Ireland Events Manager visits the NCU
Cricket Ireland's recently appointed Events Manager, Claire Kennelly, made some familiarisation visits today to NCU grounds which will host Northern Knights matches in 2014.

(©Newtownabbey Times)Nigel Jones congratulates Templepatrick and Cliftonville on success of first Primary School indoor tournament
Cricket Ireland's Regional Development Officer in the NCU area, Nigel Jones, has congratulated Templepatrick Cricket Club and Cliftonville Cricket Club on the success of the first ever Newtownabbey Schools' Indoor Cricket Tournament.
The former Irish international all-rounder praised both clubs, and Newtownabbey Borough Council, for their efforts to get more children playing cricket.

Coaching Certificate in Young People and Adults
UPDATE 17th March 2014 (includes dates, venue and cost)
Cricket Ireland has agreed to deliver a Coaching Certificate in Young People and Adults course (superseded the former ECB Level Two) in April/May 2014. This has been predominantly arranged to assist clubs who are contracting overseas players for the 2014 season to successfully achieve their qualification in line with the existing Governing Body Endorsement criteria.

Your Union wants to hear from you!
The NCU would like to hear about and publish stories relating to all the good work going on in clubs so that we in turn can let others know about what is happening in the clubs. Whether it's a fundraising night or an important achievement by a member of a club, let us know and we will add it to the NCU website.

Cricket Coaching Qualification
For those of you who may be interested in getting involved with or cricket coaching, after 3 successful courses in the last 3 years, Templepatrick Cricket Club in conjunction with Cricket Ireland are running the following coaching course at their ground (The Cloughan, Doagh Road , Ballyclare).
Welcome to Cricket:
Tuesday 22nd April - 5.30pm till 9pm

Northern Cricket Union launch Junior Knights Academy
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) have announced the creation of the Junior Knights Academy and its first squad of players. Following the reintroduction of interprovincial cricket in 2013 and the creation of the Northern Knights (the NCU's inter provincial team) this season has seen the NCU's Representative Cricket Directorate looking to produce a continuous stream of quality players to represent the Northern Knights by firstly introducing the Emerging Players Squad and now a Junior Knights Academy.

NCU Coaches Association launch and workshop
On Tuesday the 25th of February, the NCU launched its newest programme, the NCU Coaches Association (NCUCA), with 35 coaches from 18 clubs in attendance. This programme has been set up in association with Cricket Ireland and is being run in conjunction with the Cricket Ireland Coaches Association (CICA), which means that you will receive dual membership between the NCUCA and the CICA.

Youth Competitions - Changes to Rules for 2014
The NCU Youth Competitions Committee has agreed a number of changes to the Youth Competitions Rules for 2014 including batsmen retiring, changes to boundary lengths and the Colts Cup being played under Twenty20 rules.

Sport NI Club Leaders Training Programme
Sport Northern Ireland has launched its ‘Club Leaders’ programme, designed to support the development of business skills in local sports clubs. Free training and support is available for those involved in the day to day running of clubs, covering business and financial planning, marketing, governance and facilities management.

Busy Close Season for Youth Cricket in the NCU
In September all clubs were written to asking for nominations for the youth winter program.  From the 18 clubs who responded, 134 children were nominated all of whom were invited to 6 sessions each.
Between mid October and Christmas a total of 33 x 2 hour sessions were held at the excellent facilities at the Ulster University Jordanstown. All sessions had either 3 or 4 coaches in attendance.

The Northern Cricket Union announce the Northern Knights Squads
The NCU Representative Directorate have announced the Senior Knights Squad and the Emerging Knights Squad for 2014. Following the selection of the High Performance and Emerging Knights Squad, the underage squad coaches have also selected a Junior Knights Academy (to be announced shortly).

NCU holds coaching sessions for 7, 8 and 9 year olds
In a new venture the NCU this winter have organised coaching for boys from P4 and P5 who have been nominated by their clubs.  The 20 boys who have been nominated are from 7 clubs and 12 different schools. Brian Walsh and Alan Waite from the NCU Representative Directorate have been delighted by the response and applaud the fact that so many clubs are already coaching boys from these age groups.

NIACUS - Meeting with Umpires
NIACUS have advised the Union that they are willing for umpires to attend club's pre-season nets or team meetings to answer any queries regarding the Laws of Cricket or the Union's bye-laws.
Clubs wishing to take-up the offer (and the Union encourages clubs to do so) should telephone
  • Howard Bingham on 07522 178941 or Kevin McConville on 07568 526950

NCU Regional Development Squads announced
The Northern Cricket Union's Representative Cricket Directorate have announced the Regional Development Squads for 2014. Following eleven weeks of extensive coaching and training sessions pre Christmas at the new cricket facilities at Jordanstown, the selectors have named the following squads to go forward over the next thirteen weeks. The coaches were highly impressed with the commitment demonstrated by all of the boys.

Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Limavady Grammar School will have a challenging opening defence of their Ulster Bank Schools Cup when they travel to Bangor Grammar School.
Last year’s runners-up Campbell College should have an easier task when they entertain RBAI’s second eleven. The first round is scheduled to be played by 30th April.
Read more and full draw...
Ulster Bank Schools Cup competition page...

Monaghan and University of Ulster aiming for degrees of success in NCU
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) recently announced that two new clubs, Monaghan Cricket Club and the University of Ulster Cricket Club (UUCC), will be taking part in NCU competitions in 2014.
The two new clubs are a welcome addition to the Union at a time when the more pessimistic cricket followers in the North believed that the sport is in decline.
The UUCC will be taking part in the mid week competition and timing couldn't be better for the University of Ulster who surely now have one of the best practice facilities in the Union.

New clubs, more teams – an exciting year ahead as the NCU expands!
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced that two new clubs have joined the Union plus five new teams will be participating in various competitions in the 2014 season.
The two new clubs, Monaghan Cricket Club and University of Ulster Cricket Club will join the Union for the first time with Monaghan joining Ulster Bank Senior League Section 3 and University of Ulster entering the Midweek League.

CIYMS CC and Waringstown CC achieve Club Accreditation Scheme Status
CIYMS CC and Waringstown CC have become the latest clubs in the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) to become accredited on the Cricket Ireland/Clubmark NI Club Accreditation Scheme.
Club accreditation status means the club have demonstrated the capacity to reach minimum operating standards in the areas of effective management, qualify coaching and competition and safety.

2013 – A great year for Girls’ and Women's Cricket in the NCU
2013 proved to be a very successful year for Girls’ and Women's Cricket here in the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) with a number of new and exciting initiatives and competitions throughout the year coming to life.
Nigel Jones, Cricket Ireland's Regional Development Officer in the NCU, was instrumental in driving forward the Girls’ and Women's game in 2013.  As a result, a number of key developments were made possible.


The draw for the first round of the NCU's Ulster Bank Challenge Cup 2014 took place at the Bank's headquarters in Donegall Place East on Friday 29th November 2013.

The draw for the First Round is:

  • Ballymena v Lurgan
  • Bangor/Dundrum v Muckamore
  • Cliftonville v Carrickfergus
  • CSNI v Lisburn
  • Derriaghy v Waringstown
  • Downpatrick v Woodvale
  • Holywood/Templepatrick v Instonians
  • North Down v CIYMS

First Round matches take place on Saturday 24th May 2014

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.

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

Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport and Leisure Conference
The NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit and SportNI are working in partnership with a number of sports governing bodies to plan an all Ireland Safeguarding in Sport and Leisure conference.
The conference is targeted at those in the role of child welfare officer/children's officer at club or community level and those with responsibility for the development and management of junior activities/clubs.
This will be a full day conference.
NCU Development Plan 2014-18
NCU Transfers 2014
Nigel Jones
Cricket Ireland
Regional Development   Officer
Northern Cricket Union

Cricket Ireland

The Pavilion
Stormont Estate
Upper Newtownards Road
Tel: 028 9076 5619
Mob: 07585 400121

Dates For The Diary
Upcoming NCU Committee Meetings
Finance & Policy - Tues 15th Apr
Competitions Committee - Wed 23rd Apr

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

Coach Education Programme
2013-14 Course Dates and Application Form