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News #1
NCU Cricket Show - Wrap-up Episode

The NCU Cricket Show rounds off the season with a look back at some high points low points and just a few differing viewpoint. With the departure of Neill Russell to Manchester the wrap up show is hosted by Alistair Bushe who is joined by David Holmes, Lee Nelson, Harry Doyle, Gareth McCarter, Michael Taylor and Michael Foster.

Agonising Defeat For NIACUS As White Stick Trophy Returns South
The NIACUS (Northern Ireland Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers) side which had reclaimed the White Stick trophy last season had to hand it straight back to their colleagues from Leinster after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in an exciting encounter at Comber on Saturday 26th September.

NCU Statement re Senior League Section 2 Net Run Rate
From NCU Chairman, Andy Clement: On behalf of the NCU, I would like to publicly acknowledge that a mistake was made in the calculation of Net Run Rate (NRR) in relation to the matches involving Laurelvale CC during the season just ended.

NCU Coach Survey
Cricket Ireland Coach Development team would ask if ALL CLUB COACHES could fill out the NCU Coach Survey.

'Active Clubs Programme' launch evenings
Cricket Ireland has recently appointed Simon Johnston to the role of Active Clubs Coordinator for the Northern Cricket Union. As a launch to this programme, two information evenings have been arranged that will provide more detail around the programme and it's activation.

NCU Annual Dinner - Booking Details
The Union's Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 10th October 2015 in the Clayton Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. The cost of the Dinner is £32 per place and places may be booked by forwarding the correct payment toNCU General Secretary Bryan Milford.

Waringstown Clinch Irish Senior Cup With 107 Run Win Over Merrion
Waringstown won the Irish Senior Cup for the fourth time in their history with a convincing 107 run win over Merrion at the Lawn. South African professional JP De Villiers proved the trump card for Lee Nelson's men - his new ball burst saw Merrion crumble to 35 for 5 as they chased Waringstown's imposing total of 276 for 7.

Access NI application process now online
The Access NI application process is now available online. Access NI is the criminal history disclosure service for Northern Ireland which provides different levels of information about individuals.

Bruce Topping Coaches Wicket-keeping at Laurelvale CC
Having identified a shortage of young wicket-keepers at Laurelvale Cricket Club, as well as a lack of in-house coaching expertise in this area, ex-player Bruce Topping was contacted and asked to help out.

Ulster Schools' Tour 2015 - Match Scores, Summaries and Tour Photo
Match scores and summaries from a very successful Ulster Schools' Tour.

Malan Inspires North Down To O'Neills Ulster Cup Triumph
Pieter Malan inspired North Down to their third O'Neills Ulster Cup triumph with a 10 runs (DLS) triumph over fellow NCU side Instonians at Comber.

Belfast Coaching Camp proves huge success for over 40 young cricketers
The Belfast Coaching Camp which was recently hosted by Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) proved a huge success with 39 boys and two girls aged 11-17 taking part. The camp was led by former High Performance Director of Cricket at Cricket Ireland, Mark Garaway, who was accompanied by an array of the finest coaches in the NCU.

Woodvale Win The O'Neill's 2015 Ulster Shield To Maintain The NCU's Winning Streak
Farhan Saeed smashed an unbeaten 48 from just 27 balls as Woodvale beat Fox Lodge by five wickets to claim the O'Neills Ulster Shield in a pulsating encounter at Carrickfergus and maintain the NCU's domination of this competition. Saaed clubbed five sixes - including three in an over from Gareth Heywood - as Woodvale won with six balls to spare.

NCU Annual Dinner - Guest Speaker Announced as Paul Nixon
The Union's Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 10th October 2015 in the Clayton Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Belfast.We are pleased to announce that out guest speaker will be Paul Nixon.

CIYMS 259-7 (R van der Dussen 117, J Matchett 46, J Thompson 68, Z Rushe 2-47,
E Moleon 3-80)

Instonians 195 (N Russell 49, J Shannon 61, N Jones 3-45, J Cameron-Dow 4-17,
T Britton 2-57)

CIYMS beat Instonians by 50 runs (DLS)
(DLS par score was 245 in 46 overs)
Man of the Match - Rassie van der Dussen
(photo right © Alistair Bushe)

CSNI II 197-9 (50 overs, A Hodgins 59, A McCulla 51, S Dyer 51no, S Lester 2-35)
Armagh 156-2 (34 overs, H Doyle 51, J Rodgers 43, M Steenson 29no)
Armagh beat CSNI II by 54 runs (DLS)

(DLS par score was 102 in 34 overs)
Man of the Match - Harry Doyle
(photo right © David Holmes)

CIYMS III 125 (M Lindsay 25, C Gilmore 3-27, P Lennon 2-11, A Graham 2-13)
Downpatrick II 126-4 (P Linehan 32, R Smyth 26, M Carson 24, R Heasley 2-9)
Downpatrick II beat CIYMS III by 6 wickets

Man of the Match - Chris Gilmore

Muckamore III 109 (P Bates 33, P Clement 30, J Morton 3-21, A Walbran 2-12,
J Wright 2-25,  S McCall 2-4)
Armagh II 56 (J Wright 19, P Tracey 4-21, A McCombe 3-13)
Muckamore III beat Armagh II by 53 runs

Man of the Match - Perri Tracey

Armagh III 86 (M Smyth 5-19 jnr, J Neill 2-6)
CSNI V 87-1 (J McMullan 31no)
CSNI V beat Armagh III by 9 wickets
Man of the Match - M Smyth jnr

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
Dates For The Diary
Upcoming NCU Committee Meetings
Finance & Policy - Tues 6th Oct
Management Board - Thur 8th Oct

Annual Dinner - Sat 10th Oct
AGM - Tue 13th October
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