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Robinson Services Premier League   #ncupl
17th August
Muckamore v North Down - OFF

18th August
CIYMS beat CSNI by 4 wickets
Instonians beat Carrickfergus by 91 runs
Armagh v North Down - OFF

19th August
Carrickfergus beat Armagh by 171 runs
CSNI v Waringstown - OFF

Robinson Services League Section 1   #ncus1
17th August
Cregagh beat Donacloney Mill by 8 wickets
Derriaghy v Bangor - OFF
Woodvale v Lurgan - OFF

18th August
Bangor beat Woodvale by 7 wickets
Donacloney Mill beat Laurelvale by 148 runs
Downpatrick beat Cregagh by 133 runs
Holywood beat Lisburn by 165 runs
Lurgan beat Derriaghy by 61 runs

19th August
Holywood beat Laurelvale by 58 runs

Robinson Services League Section 2   #ncus2
18th August
Ballymena beat Saintfield by 101 runs
Belfast SuperKings beat BISC by 2 wickets
Cliftonville Academy beat Monaghan by 186 runs
Cooke Collegians beat Donaghadee by 115 runs
Dundrum beat Drumaness by 2 runs
Templepatrick beat Victoria by 8 wickets
Ards v Larne - OFF

19th August
Saintfield beat Larne by 7 wickets
Templepatrick beat Cliftonville Academy by 4 wickets
Junior League 1  #ncuj1
18th August
CIYMS II beat CSNI II by 4 wickets
Muckamore II beat Waringstown II by 8 wickets
Waringstown III beat Lisburn II by 4 wickets
Carrickfergus II v Instonians II - OFF

19th August
Waringstown II beat CSNI II by 9 wickets
Instonians II v Lisburn II - OFF

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
18th August
Donacloney Mill II beat Cliftonville Academy II by 2 runs
North Down II walkover v Armagh II
Woodvale II beat Bangor II by 46 runs
CSNI III v Ballymena II

19th August
North Down II beat Cliftonville Academy II by 7 wickets

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
17th August
Holywood II beat Muckamore III by 69 runs

18th August
Downpatrick II beat Cregagh II by 9 wickets
Instonians III walkover v Saintfield II
Derriaghy II v Muckamore III - OFF

19th August
Downpatrick II walkover v Saintfield II

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
18th August
CIYMS III beat North Down III by 51 runs

19th August
Derriaghy III beat Cooke Collegians II by 35 runs
Templepatrick II beat North Down III by 9 wickets

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
18th August
Ballymena III walkover v Armagh III

19th August
CSNI IV beat Bangor III by 2 wickets
Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final  #ncumlc
18th August
CSNI IV beat Muckamore IV by 6 wickets

Minor Qualifying Cup Final  #ncumqc
18th August
Larne II beat Templepatrick III by 7 wickets

Ulster Plate Final  #ucoup
19th August
Donemana II v Muckamore II

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
17th August
Carrickfergus IV v Waringstown IV - OFF

18th August
CSNI V v Carrickfergus IV - OFF
Donacloney Mill III beat Dundrum II by 74 runs

19th August
Carrickfergus III beat BISC II by 2 wickets
Donaghadee II beat CSNI V by 88 runs

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
18th August
Laurelvale III beat Muckamore V by 7 wickets

19th August
Templepatrick III beat Larne II by 6 wickets

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
18th August
BISC III beat CIYMS V by 4 wickets
Instonians V v Donacloney Mill III - OFF

19th August
Ards II v Cliftonville Academy IV - OFF
North Down IV v Monaghan II

Womens Premier League  #ncuwpl
19th August
Waringstown v Muckamore (2pm)
Lurgan v CSNI (11am)
Reminders - Forthcoming Dates
21st August - Finance and Sponsorship Directorate

6th October - NCU Annual Dinner
9th October - NCU AGM

General Information
News #1
NCU Weekend League and Cup Round up (17th / 18th / 19th August)
Waringstown win the Irish Twenty 20 Finals, and CIYMS keep control of the Robinson Services Premier League.

Three Northern Knights players in Ireland T20I and ODI squads for Afghanistan series
Cricket Ireland has announced its squads for the back-to-back T20I series and ODI series against Afghanistan starting tomorrow, which include Northern Knights players.

NCU Girl's Under 17's to play North West Girl's Under 17's at Bready CC
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced a Girl's Under 17 squad to play their North West counterparts at Bready Cricket Club on Monday 20th August (start time is 11am).

Ulster Plate Final Preview
The final of the Ulster Plate will be contested by Muckamore II's (NCU) and Donemana II's (NWCU), at The Holm (Donemana CC), on Sunday 19th August (1pm start).

Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final, sponsored by Cleaver Black / Minor Qualifying Cup Final Previews
The finals of the Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final and Minor Qualifying Cup take place on Saturday at Laurelvale CC and Sandy Bay, Larne respectively.

NCU and Irish Domestic Weekend League Roundup (17th / 18th / 19th August)
There are games involving CIYMS and Waringstown in the Robinson Services Premier League run in, and Waringstown also play in the Irish Twenty 20 Finals.

Instonians Under 13's win the Banoge Cup
A very young Instonians side ensured that the Banoge Cup remained at Shaw's Bridge with a comfortable win against CIYMS at Belmont on Thursday 9th August.

NCU Disciplinary Cases 2018
Callum Grieve (Lurgan) and Paddy Park (Holywood) have both been suspended for two matches by a disciplinary panel. Both were reported by umpires for on-field offences which were regarded as Level 2.

NCU seeking to appoint three non-executive Independent Directors
The NCU is seeking to appoint three non-executive Independent Directors for an initial 3 year period.

Shannon in Ireland Wolves squad against Bangladesh A in T20 series
Cricket Ireland has announced a 13 man Ireland Wolves squad, which includes Northern Knights captain James Shannon, to play three T20 matches against Bangladesh A from 13th-17th August 2018.

Ticket ballot confirmed for Lord's Test in 2019 and Afghanistan Series Tickets on Sale Now
Cricket Ireland has today received confirmation that a ticket ballot will be held for tickets to the recently announced Lord's Test match between Ireland and England in 2019.

NCU Intermediate Cup Final 2018 Details
The final of the Intermediate Cup will be contested by Donacloney Mill Seconds and Cliftonville Academy Seconds, at Upritchard Park (Bangor CC), on Saturday 11th August (Noon Start).

Northern Knights Under 13's win Charlie Beverland Memorial Cup
Northern Knights Under 13's representing Belfast won this year's West of Scotland Triangular Tournament, with wins over Edinburgh and Glasgow at Prestwick CC seeing them bring home the Charlie Beverland Memorial Cup for the first time since 2013.

NCU and Irish Domestic Weekend League Fixtures (11th / 12th August)
CIYMS will look to maintain their position at the top of the Robinson Services Premier League and Strabane stand in the way of four Irish Senior Cup final appearances in a row, for Waringstown.

Under 16 Cricket Festival in Belfast - NCU squad announced
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced a squad to participate in the Under 16 Cricket Festival from August 13th-15th, in Belfast.

Robinson Services Senior League Awards - June/July 2018
The latest Robinson Services Awards for June and July took place recently. The Robinson Services awards go to players in the senior leagues who score a century, take at least six wickets or perform a hat trick.

Instonians Under 11's win Quoile Cup
Despite damp and gloomy overhead conditions at Queensway (Derriaghy CC), the Instonians team recorded a comprehensive 9-wicket victory over a battling Lisburn side on Thursday 2nd August.

NCU Gallagher Challenge Cup Final 2018 Video

NCU Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final 2018 Video

Thanks to Harry Cook for the video production.

Banoge Cup Final 2018 Details
Instonians CC and CIYMS CC will contest the rearranged Banoge Cup Final (Under 13), on Thursday 9th August (6pm), at Belmont (home of CIYMS CC).

Lurgan win Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final
Lurgan won the Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final in a thrilling encounter at Stormont this afternoon, by two wickets.

Dundrum CC Youth Team Undertakes a 3 day tour to Dumfries
Jeff Maguire reports on a very successful underage youth tour to Dumfries in Scotland for Dundrum CC.

Date set for NCU Annual Dinner
The date of the NCU's Annual Dinner has been set for Saturday 6th October. Guest Speaker will be Graham Gooch.

Sponsorship Announcement - Gardiner Brothers
Belfast jewellers, Gardiner Brothers, are continuing their association with the Northern Cricket Union as new sponsors of the NCU Women's senior leagues.

League and Cup Article Archive
News Archive
NCU Regulations for 2018
Playing regulations for all NCU, Ulster and Irish competitions can be found on this page: Regulations
NCU Challenge Cup Final Preview Video

Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final Preview Video

Thanks to Harry Cook for the video production and Johnny Morton for the interviews.

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

NCU Promo from imagemediafilms.

Miscellaneous #1
GDPR Guidance for Clubs
A change in government legislation regarding data protection called The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in place from 25th May 2018.

Young Cricketers Playing In Adult Cricket
The Domestic Cricket Directorate has reaffirmed the ruling on young cricketers playing in adult cricket.

NCU 2017 Grounds Report
The NCU Grounds Committee has compiled the club ground gradings in accordance with Competition Rule A35.

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

Miscellaneous #2
Player Clothing 2018
Coloured clothing will be used in the following competitions:
Challenge Cup, Irish Senior Cup, National Trophy, Ulster Cup, Ulster Shield, Twenty20 Cup, Twenty20 Trophy.

Predominantly white clothing will be used in the following competitions:
All League Competitions, Junior, Intermediate, Minor and Minor Qualifying Cups, Ulster Plate, Twenty20 Shield.
View Players Clothing Info 2017 (pdf)

Child Safeguarding Manual
Download a copy of the Child Safeguarding Manual for 2017
View Child Safeguarding Manual

NCU Bye-Laws 2018
The NCU Bye Laws for 2018
View NCU Bye-Laws 2018

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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Ireland v Afghanistan 2018
Ire v Afg 2018
NCU Transfers 2018
Download a copy of the Child Safeguarding Manual for 2017
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