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Reminders - Forthcoming Dates
20th February - Finance and Sponsorship Directorate
6th March - Management Board

7th October 2017 - Annual Dinner
9th October 2017 - Annual General Meeting

Provincial Union General Manager
General Information
A Short report detailing some of the business discussed by the NCU Management Board on 16th January 2016.
Management Board Report (16th January 2016) (PDF)

News #1
Guest Speaker Announced for 2017 NCU Annual Dinner
The guest speaker at this year's Annual Dinner will be Geoff Miller OBE.
Geoff played for Derbyshire and Essex and in 34 Tests for England.

First Aid, Safeguarding and Designated Officer Courses
It has come to the attention of NCU Development Staff after reviewing their records and through general conversations with clubs around the release of the new NCU Emerging Accreditation Scheme that there is a real and urgent need for a number of courses to be made available to our clubs.

Provincial Union General Manager
The Northern Cricket Union in conjunction with Cricket Ireland is looking to employ a General Manager to lead the development of cricket in the region, whilst supporting the putting in place of governance structures.

BRA Bid For Cricket Hat Trick
Belfast Royal Academy have received a tough draw in their bid for a hat trick of titles in the Ulster Bank Schools Cricket Cup.

NCU Hopes To Build Partnerships
One of the longest partnerships between business and local sport is to wind down. The sponsorship is for the Northern Cricket Union's Premier and Senior leagues which has been supported by Ulster Bank for over twenty years.

LVS Twenty20 Cup Fixtures Released
The fixtures for the LVS Twenty20 Cup 2017 have been finalised following a meeting with clubs on Tuesday evening.

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

Northern Cricket Union (NCU) - Regional Development Squads Programme January 2017
With the advent of a new year the coming months are vital for representative cricketers within the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) as they enhance their skill sets for the forthcoming season.

Interview with New Northern Knights Coach Simon Johnston
Summer 2017 is a new dawn for Irish cricket as the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series takes on First Class Status. Leading the Northern Knights into this new era is Simon Johnston, the 37-year-old, who was Cricket Ireland Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

NCU Women's 2017 Senior Squad Announced
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) is excited to announce their Women's Squad leading into the forthcoming 2017 season.

Northern Cricket Union (NCU) - Under 15 and Under 17 Girls Squads
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) are delighted with the continued progress that is being made by the Under 15 and Under 17 Girls Squads. A passionate coaching team is in place that ensures the female game continues to develop and improve.

Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Indoor Winter League - Christmas Update
After three weeks of the Indoor Winter League, The Ulster Elks are in pole position after wins against the Muckamore Mavericks, Dunmurry Dynamites and the Lisburn Lions.

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 #2
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 2016 Grounds Report
The NCU Grounds Committee has compiled the club ground gradings in accordance with Competition Rule A35.

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
NCU Cricket Office
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Simon Johnston
Active Clubs Co-ordinator

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Callum Atkinson
Cricket Development Officer

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