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Reminders - Forthcoming Dates
5th December - NCU Board Meeting
7th December - Cricket Ireland Board Meeting

General Information
The following 2017 Cup draws have taken place:
AJG Challenge Cup
Intermediate Cup
Lindsay (Minor) Cup
Minor Qualifying Cup

The Management Board met for the first time since the recent Annual General Meeting on 27th October 2016.
This short report outlines some of the business discussed by the Board.
Management Board Report (27th October 2016) (PDF)

News #1
Double success for CSNI at NICSSA Awards
CSNICC had double success at the recent Northern Ireland Civil Service Sports Association (NICSSA) Awards.The 1st XI were awarded the NICSSA Club of the Year and Stephen Dyer won the Volunteer of the Year.

Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy - Class of 2016-2017 Launch
The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy for the 2016-17 winter period has been launched with a parents and players meeting. The resounding success of the inaugural year has enabled Andrew to build a programme that will be equally challenging, innovative and educational as last year.

Northern Cricket Union Under 15 and Under 17 Update
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) is delighted with the increasing participation in and improving standard of youth cricket. The importance of offering high quality coaching and opportunities for today's young cricketers is recognised so that children are inspired to play cricket.

Ards CC Seeks Player/Coach For 2017
Ards Cricket Club is looking to recruit a locally-based cricketer for the 2017 season to fulfil both playing and coaching roles within the club.

Appointment of Callum Atkinson as NCU Cricket Development Officer
The Northern Cricket Union, in partnership with Ulster University, has appointed Callum Atkinson in the role of Cricket Development Officer.

Northern Cricket Union Under 11 and Under 13 Update
Increasing participation in and improving the standard of youth cricket is a continuous aim for the Northern Cricket Union (NCU).

NCU AJG Challenge Cup Draw
The preliminary and first rounds of the NCU AJG Challenge Cup were drawn this evening (Tuesday 22nd November) at Malone Golf Club.

NCU Indoor Winter League 2016-17
Due to a lack of numbers registering for the U25 Indoor Winter League, the NCU have decided to lift the age criteria on this competition – registration will now be open to all adult senior/junior league cricketers from within the NCU.

Northern Knights announce their Winter Training Squad
The Northern Knights have announced their Winter Training Squad in preparation for the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship. The International Cricket Council has awarded first class status to domestic cricket in Ireland as the associate member moves closer to Test status.

NCU Competition Secretaries Required For 2017
The NCU's competitions require people to run them or they cannot take place.
The Union needs a number of people to help with this vital role in both adult and youth cricket.

Templepatrick Cricket Club Gain Clubmark NI Re-Accreditation
Since 2011 Templepatrick Cricket Club has been working towards Clubmark NI re-accreditation, and in August 2016 their dedication and operating standards were again recognised.

Winter 2016 RDS Programme
Further to this week's AGM, the Regional Development Sessions from Under 9 to Under 17, involving over 200 boys and girls, from 28 clubs and schools begin this Sunday 16th October at Ulster University, Jordanstown.
(Timetable Updated on 31st October)

NCU Youth Directorate Report Summer 2016
NCU President, Peter McMorran, in his Autumn message referred to successes at youth Interprovincial level in the summer. As he begins his term as NCU Chairman, Alan Waite takes the opportunity to give a little more detail regarding the summer program that took place in 2016.

CSNI celebrate at annual Awards Dinner
Simon Johnston will lead the Northern Knights into the new era of first-class cricket in Ireland next summer, following his appointment as head coach of the Belfast-based team.

NCU Andrew White Cricket Academy - Beginnings
In the first of a series of articles the NCU Public Relations Team will detail why the Andrew White Cricket Academy has been initiated and what is does for the young cricketers.

NIACUS Level 1 Umpire Courses
NIACUS have organised an Umpires Course for the weekend of 3rd / 4th / 5th March 2017.

PEye NCU Awards 2016
The Northern Cricket Union's four Ulster Bank Senior League winners line-up with former South Africa Test player Jonty Rhodes. Holding their trophies are (from left) Nikolai Smith of Premiership winners Instonians, Richard Keates of Muckamore (Section 1), Matty McCord of Cliftonville (Section 2) and Larne's Gareth Gaw (Section 3).  Also pictured is Chris Yeates of Ulster Bank. (photo courtesy Rowland White / PressEye)

NCU 2016 Grounds Report
The NCU Grounds Committee has compiled the club ground gradings in accordance with Competition Rule A35.

CIYMS 243-7 (N Jones 51, J Kemp 68, S Chambers 42, J Thompson 37,
Z Rushe 22no, J Costain 2-27, A Blain 2-73)

CSNI 244-5 (A Cowden 22, S Getkate 64, J van der Merwe 98no,
G McCarter 25no, J Kemp 2-39)

CSNI beat CIYMS by 5 wickets

Man of the Match: Jason van der Merwe (CSNI)
  CSNI - Challenge Cup Winners 2016

Cliftonville 120 (D Munn 53no, B Kelso 20, G Browne 3-15, N Doak 2-16)

Lisburn II 121-3 (M Turkington 40no, G Halliday 21, N Doak 20no)

Lisburn II beat Cliftonville by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Graeme Browne (Lisburn)

  Junior Cup Winners 2016 - Lisburn II

Derriaghy II 202 (M Ballantyne 83, T Moorhead 31, A Kinnin 21,
P Stewart 3-34, J McComb 2-31)

Woodvale II 133 (S Donnelly 28, L Irwin 23, S Hughes 4-17, S Gilmore 2-28)

Derriaghy II beat Woodvale II by 69 runs

Man of the Match: Scott Hughes (Derriaghy)

  Intermediate Cup Winners 2016 - Derriaghy II

Woodvale III 125 (J Campbell 25, D Scott 42no, A Montgormery 5-23,
M Bentley 2-18)

Academy III 130-3 (I Moffett 31, D Reid 36, M Bentley 47no, J McCombe 2-27)

Academy III beat Woodvale III by 7 wickets

Man of the Match: Adam Montgomery (Academy)

  Minor (Lindsay) Cup Winners 2016 - Academy III

BISC II 155 (Rakesh 41, Partik 30, Manish 25, M Glass 3-26, A Glass 2-22)

Lisburn IV 156-9 (M Glass 35, A Glass 23, N Doak 22, E Kyle 19, Partik 3-18,
Prashant 2-28)

Lisburn IV beat BISC II by 1 wicket

Man of the Match - Michael Glass (Lisburn)

  Minor Minor Qualifying Cup Winners 2016 - Lisburn IV
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News #3
NIACUS - Captain's Umpire Report 2016
The Irish Association of Cricket Umpires & Scorers (IACUS) in conjunction with Cricket Ireland introduced a new all Ireland Umpire Grading Structure in 2014 across the various Inter-provincial Unions. This ultimately ensures one accepted Grading system against which all umpires will be assessed.
NCU Club Captains can 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 2016
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 2016 (pdf)

NCU Bye-Laws 2016
The revised NCU Bye Laws for 2016
View NCU Bye-Laws 2016

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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