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News #1
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.

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.

NCU Seeking to Appoint a Full Time Cricket Development Officer
The Northern Cricket Union in partnership with the Ulster University is seeking to appoint a full-time Cricket Development Officer. Follow link for job specification and person specification.

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 Annual General Meeting 2016
The NCU Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 10th October 2016 at 7.30pm in the Shaw's Bridge Sports Association Clubhouse.

NCU Halloween Cricket Camp 2016
Details of the NCU Halloween Cricket Camp taking place on 1st and 4th November 2016

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

Historic Tie In Soggy White Stick Trophy
Anyone venturing from the warmth of their sofa on one of the most miserable September Saturday afternoon's imaginable would probably have been absolutely dumbstruck to find that at a sports club in Ring Commons, close to Balbriggan, history was being made in a cricket match in which the participants could well be found to be certifiable!

Head Coaches Required For Lightning And Knights
Cricket Ireland are seeking Head Coaches for both the Northern Knights and Leinster Lightning Provincial Union sides for the 2017 season.

Northern Cricket Union Female Domestic Season Review
Over recent years a lot of hard work has taken place within The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) to develop ladies cricket. Season 2016 saw the inaugural Ladies Challenge Cup, a competitive Premier League and a Division One.

Muckamore Captain Neill Gill receives the Ulster Bank Section 1 trophy
Muckamore captain Neill Gill receives the trophy which books his side a place in the Ulster Bank NCU Premier League next season.

NCU Presidents Message Autumn 2016 - AGM and Annual Dinner Season
"It is hard to believe that the 2016 season is drawing to a close with the outcome of most Leagues and Cups already decided." Read Peter McMorran's Autumn report.

NCU Youth Winter Program - Coaches Expression on Interest
As we begin to plan for the 2016 / 2017 winter schedule, the NCU would like to gather expressions of interest from coaches who would like to be considered for involvement with the Union's youth development program.

Cricket Ireland Club Facility Grant Fund
Cricket Ireland has announced a Club Facility Grant Fund.
Clubs that meet the eligibility criteria should apply in writing to Bryan Milford in the first instance (full details of the eligibility criteria will be made available on request).

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

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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
Callum Atkinson
Northern Cricket Union
Cricket Development Officer (temporary)
M: 07568181863

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