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Fixtures: 25th - 27th July
Premier League  #ncupl
25th July
Waringstown v Ballymena (M2)

26th July
CIYMS v Instonians (11.30am)
CSNI v Muckamore
Lisburn v Ballymena
North Down v Waringstown

League Section 1  #ncus1
26th July
Derriaghy v Carrickfergus
Downpatrick v Cliftonville
Holywood v Dundrum
Lurgan v Templepatrick
Woodvale v Bangor

27th July
Carrickfergus v Downpatrick
Holywood v Templepatrick

League Section 2  #ncus2
26th July
BISC v CookeCollegians
Drumaness v Academy
Laurelvale v Donaghcloney
Saintfield v Armagh
Victoria v Millpark

NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Junior Cup  #ncujc
27th July
Academy v North Down II
Saintfield v Lisburn II

League Section 3  #ncus3
26th July
Donaghadee v Ards
Larne v Cregagh
Monaghan v Dunmurry
PSNI v Dungannon

Junior League 1  #ncuj1
26th July
Bangor II v CSNI II
Instonians II v CIYMS II
Waringstown II v North Down II

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
26th July
Academy II v Lurgan II
Ballymena II v Derriaghy II
Muckamore II v CSNI III
Templepatrick II v Woodvale II

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
26th July
Carrickfergus II v Saintfield II
Donaghcloney II v Laurelvale II
North Down III v Waringstown III
Junior League 4  #ncuj4
26th July
Cooke Collegians II v Instonians III
Woodvale III v Ballymena III

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
26th July
Ards II v Millpark II
Dundrum II v Instonians IV
Waringstown IV beat Lisburn III

27th July
Ards II v Holywood III
Bangor III v Millpark II

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
26th July
CSNI IV v Victoria II
Derriaghy III v CIYMS IV

27th July
Academy III v North Down IV
Carrickfergus III v CSNI IV

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
26th July
Cregagh III v Laurelvale III
Lurgan III v Downpatrick III

27th July
Cregagh III v CSNI V
Junior League 8  #ncuj8
26th July
Bangor IV v Muckamore IV
Instonians V v Lisburn IV

27th July
Lisburn IV v Templepatrick III
Larne II v Muckamore IV

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
26th July
Cliftonville III v Carrickfergus IV

27th July
CSNI VI v Derriaghy IV

Minor (Lindsay) Cup  #ncumlc
26th July
Muckamore III v CIYMS III

27th July
Donaghadee II v Instonians III

Minor Qualifying Cup  #ncumqc
26th July
Ballymena IV v Larne II
Donaghcloney III v Armagh III

Ulster Cup  #ucouc
27th July
Bready v CIYMS
Waringstown v Donemana
News #1
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final 2014
Friday 1st August 2014  -  Civil Service North v Waringstown at The Green, Comber  -  Play commences at 11.00am
Admission:  Adults: £5  -  School Pupils: £2

Cricket Ireland Membership Cards are not valid for this match.
In the event of no result being obtained on the day no refunds will be made but a ticket for free admission to the replay on 8th August will be given.
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup

NCU Coaches Association – Wicket Keeping Workshop on 30th July
The NCU Coaches Association (NCUCA) is holding a wicket keeping workshop on Wednesday 30th July from 1.30pm-4pm at Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket club as part of the club’s Belfast Cricket Coaching Camp.

Under 11 Inter-pro - 22nd July - Templepatrick CC
NCU 94-6 (30 overs, A Wylie 30, S Topping 29)
North West 63 (20 overs, R Curry 20, K Bharsar 14, J Lambert 2-7, J Gibbons 4-19)
NCU beat North West by 31 runs

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

Northern Knights receive new helmets from sponsors F.S.S. (NI)
F.S.S. (NI) Ltd, who came on board as sponsors of the Northern Knights in the 2014 season, recently presented the squad with new helmets branded with the Northern Knights and F.S.S. (NI) Ltd logos.

Banogue (Under 13) Cup Final
The above Final between Lisburn and either Waringstown or Instonians will take place on Monday 4th August at Wallace Park, Lisburn with a start time of 5.45pm.
The reserve date is Wednesday 6th August.
Banogue Cup 2014 results...

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.

Dundrum Cricket Club Thriving At Junior Level
Dundrum Cricket Club is thriving at junior level after getting an overseas coach and in less than 5 years they now have under 11’s, 13’s, 15’s and Colt teams.
The Club is celebrating 50 years in NCU cricket and later in the month will be playing a game against an NCU President's (Billy Boyd) select team in The Meadow on Sunday 27th July. The side will be made up of players from mainly junior teams as many have been great supporters and friends of the village side over the years.

Ulster Bank Awards 2014 - Niranjan Godbole and Billy Dale
Lurgan’s Niranjan Godbole added to his tally of Ulster Bank awards and Cooke Collegian's Billy Dale became the oldest recipient of one at the recent awards ceremony.

Ulster Schools’ Under 19s – Durham Tour Squad 2014
The Ulster Schools' under 19 team for their tour of Durham along with the schedule of fixtures has been announced.
Read more and full squad...

Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 8th July 2014
A busy weekend with 9 matches completed (with a helping hand from D/L) and only two teams gaining full points.
Carrickfergus, Cliftonville, Lurgan, and Templepatrick share the lead in the table with 24 points apiece although only 8 points separate the top 8 teams, with Bangor in 9th still not out of it.

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!
Sammy Haire Club Trophy - Update
Belfast “INST” Take Schools Cricket Cup - Ulster Bank Schools Cup Final

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

This week on The Slog Sweep saw former West Indian all-rounder, and current Ireland national coach Phil Simmons join us in-studio for Andrew 'Lenny' Leonard's final feature interview. Phil's conversation included all things cricket, from his early memories in Ireland as a player, to his time now as national coach looking forward to the 2015 Cricket World Cup. We also welcome Mark 'Robbo' Robinson back into the hot seat, as he joins George for their co-hosting debut.
Our eleventh visit to 'Club Corner' is from Cork County Cricket Club, where Club Treasurer and MCU President David Griffin joined us on the phone discussing their high-flying season. We're also delighted to hear from Kevin O'Brien live from his hotel room in Trinidad, discussing his exploits in the Caribbean Premier League.
Leinster and Ireland's Laura Delany came into studio to review their fantastic weekend in Devon last weekend and looked forward to their T20s this week. Live from The Holm was Jordan McGonigle, looking back on yet another cup win for Donemana. Another cup winner, in Clontarf captain Eoghan Delany, talked to us about his side's victory in Milverton last weekend.
And as usual, we are 'Around the Grounds' with our three correspondents, Barry Chambers, David Holmes and Ger Siggins. There's plenty of Performances of the Week, an NCU-filled O'Neill's Team of the Week, an #AlmostCricketLegend tale, and all our regular reviews and previews of Irish cricket news.
Hosted by George Hook and Mark Robinson with thanks to Johnston, Mooney & O'Brien.

News #2
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 Transfers between clubs
(updated 17th July)
NCU Development Plan 2014-18
Nigel Jones
Cricket Ireland
Regional Development   Officer
Northern Cricket Union

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
NCU News / League Competitions
Cup Competitions
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Recommended list of hashtags to use for NCU Competitions
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