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NCU Cup Final Venues 2015
Challenge Cup
Junior Cup
Intermediate Cup
Minor (Lindsay) Cup
Minor Qualifying Cup
The Green, Comber
Moylena, Muckamore
Ballygomartin Road, Woodvale
Eaton Park, Ballymena
The Mall, Armagh
  Twenty20 Cup
Twenty20 Trophy
Twenty20 Shield
The Lawn, Waringstown
Middle Road, Carrickfergus
The Mall, Armagh

Irish Senior Cup 2015 - 1st Round Draw
Irish National Cup 2015 - 1st Round Draw

Level 1 Umpire Training Course
The Northern Ireland Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers (NIACUS) are organising a Level 1 Umpire Training Course which will be held over three days at the end of February

NCU Coaches Association 2015
After a very successful year in 2014, the NCU Coaches Association (NCUCA) will once again be working in conjunction with the Cricket Ireland Coaches Association (CICA) to meet the needs and increase the standard of coaches within the Union, by providing them with specific and relevant support. 

Cricket Ireland 'Welcome to Coaching' Course
Cricket Ireland are delighted to announce that due to the demand within the NCU, an extra Welcome to Coaching course will be delivered in the union.
This course is an individuals first step on the ‘coaching ladder’ and is targeted at parents, volunteers, teachers and other sports’ coaches who assist more qualified coaches at schools/clubs. The 6 hour course will cover basic techniques, safety, small sided games and basic coaching principles. 

NCU Coaching Survey
Cricket Ireland are intending to run a Certificate Coaching Course (equivalent to Level 2) in the NCU at the start of 2015. 
In order to for coaches to be able to attend the most appropriate course, we would ask that anyone interested complete the 'Cricket Ireland Certificate Course Questionnaire.'

Coach Education is moving from strength to strength within the NCU
Coach Education is moving from strength to strength within the NCU and last Sunday saw the impressive Bangor Aurora play host to the second Cricket Ireland 'Welcome to Coaching’ course of the winter.
21 coaches attended the 6 hour introductory course led by tutors Andy McCrea and Scott Irvine as an impressive 44 coaches from 20 different clubs have now completed the course at either UUJ or Bangor Aurora over the last few weeks. 

Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Trophy 2015 - 1st and 2nd Round Draws
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Shield 2015 - 1st and 2nd Round Draws

NCU Junior Cup 2015 (sponsored by Goldblatt McGuigan) - 1st and 2nd Round Draws
The First and Second Rounds of the NCU's Junior Cup 2015 (sponsored by Goldblatt McGuigan) were drawn at the recent Management Board meeting.
Goldblatt McGuigan have been sponsors of this competition for more than twenty years.

NCU Under 17 Regional Development Squad
The NCU Under 17 training sessions got under way on Sunday with coaches Eugene Moleon, Nigel Jones and James Shannon in charge. The squad has been split into two groups and the sessions will continue weekly until Christmas.

Cricket Ireland Awards Lunch 2014
Representatives from the Union’s Four Cricket Ireland Award winners were in Dublin last Friday to collect their trophies. Tildenet Club of the Year Winners Carrickfergus were well represented at the lunch where the award was received on their behalf by Ryan Eagleson.

Presentation to Andrew White by Instonians Cricket Club
At the recent Instonians Cricket Club AGM a presentation was made to Andrew White to recognise him reaching the Irish record for the number of international caps for Ireland.

Clubmark NI Information Session in Lisburn-Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
Sport NI are running a Clubmark NI Information Session in Lisburn-Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Thursday 13th November at 7.30 pm in the Lagan Room.
This is for any sports clubs in the Lisburn City Council and surrounding areas who may be interested in registering for Clubmark or even learning more about the scheme and about how it could help their local sports club.

‘Welcome to Coaching’ Level 1 course starts for NCU club members
It’s perhaps an indication of an increasing awareness of clubs of the need to invest in the coaching of their own young players that this course has attracted such a level of interest.
No fewer than 23 prospective coaches from 11 different clubs have signed up for the first NCU course of the winter.

NCU Under 15 Regional Development Squad
The third and final age-group of the Regional Development Squads got under way at UU Jordanstown on Sunday 2nd November.
As with the U11 and U13 the unprecedented number of nominations (56) from clubs meant that again 3 groups were timetabled.
Squad Photos...

NCU Under 13 Regional Development Squad
This is week 2 of the Regional Development Squad programme and the turn of the Under 13s to show their paces at UU Jordanstown campus.
Almost 50 nominations were received from clubs and these have been divided into 3 groups pictured here with their coaches at the sessions - Michael Hingston, Scott Irvine and Uel Graham.
Squad Photos...

Northern Cricket Union Development Tour to South Africa Announcement
The Northern Cricket Union has announced details of its planned Youth Development tour to South Africa. Thirty boys in two squads and ten support staff will make the trip to Cape Town. The squads depart from Dublin Airport on Wednesday 25th March 2015, returning on Monday 6th April 2015.

Training Courses in Belfast & Lisburn for Sports Club Coaches
Sports Club Coaches are asked to take a note of courses that may be of interest in both the Belfast and Lisburn areas. Courses being offered include First Aid, Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults (Belfast) and Safeguarding Children and Young People (Lisburn).

NCU Promo Video
Anyone who attended the recent NCU Annual Dinner will have seen the promotional video produced on behalf of the NCU by Harry Cook TV. It is now available to view below.

NCU Promo from imagemediafilms.

Northern Cricket Union Annual General Meeting
The 2014 Northern Cricket Union Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 13th October 2014 in the PSNI Clubhouse, Newforge Lane, Belfast. All the current Honorary Officers and Assistant Directors were re-elected.
The three club nominees elected to the NCU Management Board were Daniel McConkey (CIYMS), Wylie McKinty (Larne) and David Skelton (Derriaghy). All nominees to the various Directorates were elected.
The wiiner of the Jim McMorran Award for Voluntary Service to Cricket was Les Jones (Ards).
Click here for a list of the motions passed / defeated.

Cricket Ireland Toyota Coach of the Year
Cricket Ireland invite nominations for the Toyota Coach of the Year. Winners will be invited to attend the Cricket Ireland Awards Lunch in Fallon and Byrne, Dublin, on Friday 14th November.
Click the link below for details of how to vote.

NCU coaches database
The NCU are keen to establish a dedicated NCU coaches database with the aim of assisting both clubs and coaches within the union. The Union are aiming to gain a greater understanding of who are currently actively coaching within their club and also if there are members who have gained qualifications in the past but who aren’t currently coaching.

    Winners of Premier League 2014 - Instonians
Winners of Premier League 2014 - Instonians
   NCU Section 1 Winners 2014 - Carrickfergus (© Ian Johnston / CricketEurope)
     Winners of Section 1 2014 - Carrickfergus

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final 2014
Friday 1st August 2014 at The Green, Comber

Waringstown 156 (48.1 overs, S Khan 38, A Coulter 3-25, S Getkate 2-35)
Civil Service North 109-5 (36.5 overs, A Cowden 45, J van der Merwe 26)
Civil Service North beat Waringstown by 5 wickets
D/L par score was 108 in 37 overs

Man of the Match: Andrew Cowden

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup
   CSNI Challenge Cup Winners 2014 © Trevor Dalzell
NCU Junior Cup Final 2014 (sponsored by Goldblatt McGuigan)
Saturday 9th August at Moylena, Muckamore CC

Academy 244-9 (50 overs, A Halbert 99, M Atkins 50, S Fawcett 26no,
D Suffern 2-62)
Lisburn II 195 (48.3 overs, J Bell 100, G Brown 31, D Greenlees 3-27, M Atkins 3-46)

Academy beat Lisburn II by 49 runs

Man of the Match: Andre Halbert
Junior Cup Results - 2014
Junior cup winners 2014 - Academy
NCU Intermediate Cup Final 2014 (sponsored by Flannigan, Edmonds and Bannon)
Saturday 16th August at Pollock Park, Lurgan CC

Woodvale II 208-5 (D O'Neill 78, T Rutherford 62no, S Gilmore 2-41)
Derriaghy II 210-6 (D Ferris 42, R Cummins 37, S McAllister 31, J Bell 27no)
Derriaghy II beat Woodvale II by 4 wickets

Man of the Match: Stuart McAllister

Intermediate Cup Results - 2014
Intermediate Cup Winners 2014 - Derriaghy II
NCU Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final 2014 (sponsored by Cleaver Black)
23rd August at Eaton Park, Ballymena CC

Instonians III 151-8 (J Bell 65, T Adams 2-16)
CIYMS III 152-7 (T Adams 75)
CIYMS III beat Instonians III by 3 wickets

Man of the Match: Tony Adams

Minor (Lindsay) Cup Results - 2014
Minor (Lindsay) Cup Winners 2014 - CIYMS III
NCU Minor Qualifying Cup Final 2014
23rd August at The Cloughan, Templepatrick CC

Ballymena IV 209-4 (A Crease 57, J Glass 52, J Martin 34no, R Dobbs 3-39)
Armagh 118 (K Wilson 28no, S Glass 2-8, J Archer 2-23, J Glass 3-17)
Ballymena IV beat Armagh III by 91 runs

Man of the Match: J Glass

Minor Qualifying Cup Results - 2014
Minor Qualifying Cup Winners 2014 - Ballymena IV
Ulster Shield Final 2014
Sunday 31st August at Middle Road, Carrick CC

Downpatrick 153 (A Patil 50, G Ringland 30, A Martin 2-21, R Hood 1-25,
A Haggan 2-23, I Kamtekar 5-28)
Carrickfergus 155-2 (M Gilmour 48, J Holmes 53no, I Kamtekar 31no, A Patil 2-20) Carrick beat Downpatrick by 8 wickets

Ulster Shield Results - 2014
Ulster Shield Winners 2014 - Carrickfergus
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Preview

  Nigel Jones, Stephen Cruise and Lee Nelson
© CricketEurope

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

Midweek League Final
14th August at Muckamore
Muckamore A 91-9 (19 overs, D Irvine 39ret, C Henderson 14, G Jenkins 13, J McCabe 5-13)
Instonians 92-2 (14.3 overs, J McCabe 38, R. McKibbin 26no, A McCombe 2-14)
Instonians beat Muckamore A by 8 wickets
Midweek League 2014 results...

Colts Cup Final
29th August at at Belmont, CIYMS CC
Instonians 134-4 (M Lightbody 78no, L McNamara 36, D Robinson 3-18)
CIYMS 93-7 (J Beattie 34, M Mairs 3-19, L McNamara 2-19)
Instonians beat CIYMS by 41 runs
Colts Cup 2014 results...

Graham Cup Final
13th August at Seapark Oval, Holywood CC
CSNI 44 (Y Songra 16, S Nelson 2-4, J Hume 3-22, C Knell 3-15, M Tumilson 2-2)
Cregagh 45-3 (C Knell 15no, M Foster 3-13)
Cregagh beat CSNI by 7 wickets
Graham Cup 2014 results...

Banogue Cup Final
4th August at Wallace Park, Lisburn CC
Waringstown 101-0 (J Carson 48no, J Humphreys 37no)
Lisburn 84-6 (M Glass 24, N Doak 16, M Waite 4-15)
Waringstown beat Lisburn by 17 runs
Banogue Cup 2014 results...

Quoile Cup Final
30th July at Queensway, Derriaghy CC
Donaghcloney 64-5
Instonians 67-3
Instonians beat Donaghcloney by 7 wickets
Quoile Cup 2014 results...

News #2
Club Leaders seminars are coming to the Grove Wellbeing Centre, Belfast
Club Leaders NI provides free support to those involved in running clubs on the key business aspects of club management. It aims to create a robust, economically sustainable and enterprising sports club network across Northern Ireland. This support includes business and financial planning, marketing, governance, and facilities management.

Charity Commission information sessions
Recent changes to legislation around charitable registration which may be applicable to sports clubs.
It is compulsory for all charities operating in Northern Ireland to apply for charity registration and the Commission is urging all charities to prepare now.  There are 12 descriptions of charitable purpose, which include the advancement of amateur sport therefore sports clubs may fall under this category.

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 Report 2014
NCU Development Plan 2014-18
Nigel Jones
Cricket Ireland
Regional Development   Officer
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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
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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.
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Coach Education Officer
Cricket Ireland
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