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Fixtures: 30th June / 1st & 2nd July NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Challenge Cup  ##ajgcc
1st July
Instonians v Lisburn
Muckamore v CIYMS

Premier League  #ncupl
1st July
Carrickfergus v CSNI

League Section 1  #ncus1
1st July
Academy v Donaghcloney Mill
Armagh v Downpatrick
Cliftonville v Derriaghy (11.30am)
Holywood v Woodvale
Lurgan v Bangor

2nd July
Derriaghy v Downpatrick

League Section 2  #ncus2
1st July
Ballymena v BISC
Cooke Collegians v Larne
Cregagh v Donaghadee

2nd July
Dundrum v Larne
Laurelvale v Templepatrick
Junior Cup  #ncujc
1st July
CSNI II v Saintfield
Templepatrick v Instonians II

League Section 3  #ncus3
1st July
Drumaness v Dungannon
Monaghan v Ards
Newforge v Victoria

Junior League 1  #ncuj1
1st July
Waringstown II v Lisburn II

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
1st July
Bangor II v North Down II
Derriaghy II v Carrickfergus II
Downpatrick II v CSNI III
Woodvale II v Academy II

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
1st July
Donaghcloney Mill II v Muckamore III
Saintfield II v Instonians III
Templepatrick II v Holywood II
LVS T20 Cup  #ncut20c
Friday 30th June
CIYMS v Carrickfergus

Saturday 1st July
North Down v Waringstown (12.30pm)

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
1st July
Derriaghy III v Cliftonville II
Instonians IV v Laurelvale II
Lisburn III v Lurgan II

2nd July
Cregagh II v Woodvale III

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
1st July
Armagh III v Carrickfergus III
Muckamore IV v Cooke Collegians II
North Down III v Ballymena III

2nd July
Academy III v Bangor III

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
1st July
Dundrum II v Victoria II

2nd July
Donaghadee II v Carrickfergus IV
Newforge II v CSNI V
Waringstown IV v Dundrum II
Ulster Plate  #ucoup
2nd July
Brigade II v Waringstown II
Bready II v CIYMS II
Lisburn II v Donemana II
Muckamore II v CSNI II

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
1st July
Ards II v Donaghcloney Mill III
Larne II v Laurelvale III
Saintfield III v CIYMS IV

2nd July
BISC II v Saintfield III

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
1st July
Donaghcloney Mill IV v Templepatrick IV

2nd July
Derriaghy IV v Cliftonville III
Muckamore VI v Instonians VI

Womens Premier League  #ncuwpl
1st July
CSNI v Lurgan (12pm)
Reminders - Forthcoming Dates
29th June - NCU Competitions Committee

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

General Information
A Short report detailing some of the business discussed by the NCU Management Board on 23rd May 2017.
Management Board Report (23rd May 2017) (PDF)

The first list of the NCU registered club transfers for 2017
NCU Transfers 2017 (16.06.017)

News #1
NCU Women's teams selected to play North West Women at Fox Lodge, on Sunday 1st July
The NCU has named a strong Women's team to play against North West Women at Fox Lodge (12:30pm Start), in an Interprovincial fixture (40 Overs), on Sunday 1st July.

NCU Disciplinary Cases 2017
John Costain (CSNI), Graeme McCarter (CSNI), Pat Botha (Carrickfergus), Ian Hill (Larne) and Gareth McCarter (Armagh) have all been reprimanded and warned as to their future conduct by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee.
All were reported by umpires for Level 1 offences.

NCU Women to Play Carrickfergus Select XI, at Middle Road, Carrickfergus, on Tuesday 27th June
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has named a Women's team, captained by Hannah Grieve, to play against a Carrickfergus Select XI, at Middle Road, Carrickfergus (6pm), in a friendly fixture (Twenty20), on Tuesday 27th June.

NCU Under 17 Squad announced for a Tour to England: Ipswich and St. Albans
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced their Under 17 squad for a tour to Ipswich and St. Albans, England, from Monday 26th to Thursday 29th of June 2017.

Ulster Schools' Team for Interprovincial Announced
The team has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools in the annual Interprovincial against the Southern Schools at Rathmines, Dublin on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June.

Northern Knights announce team to play Leinster Lightning (Friday 23rd June) IP20
The Northern Cricket Union has announced the Northern Knights squad for the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial 20 Series (IP20) fixture against Leinster Lightning, at Shaws Bridge (Instonians CC), Belfast, on Friday June 23rd.

Ulster Schools' XI v MCC
Ulster Schools' XI v MCC played at Campbell College

Emerging Knights v MCC at Middle Road, Carrickfergus, on 21st and 22nd June
The Northern Cricket Union has announced the Emerging Knights squad to play the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), at Middle Road Carrickfergus, on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June (two day fixture) starting at 11am on both days.

Friday 16th June at Moylena, Muckamore CC
Wallace HS 43 (23 overs, J Hunter 20, D Robinson 4-9, M Fleetham 2-17, B McNamarra 1-9,
C Robinson 3-4)
RBAI 45-1 (8.2 overs, J Waite 22, B Rose 19no, S Cardosi 1-5)
RBAI beat Wallace HS by 9 wickets
Schools Cup Final Photos

Dundrum Cricket Club Schools Finals Day
The Finals day for the Dundrum Cricket Club schools coaching programme took place at the Meadow in Dundrum on the morning of Tuesday 13th June.

Gardiner Brothers named as Senior League Award Sponsors for 2017
The prestigious Northern Cricket Union awards for outstanding individual performances are to continue thanks to a new sponsor, Gardiner Brothers the Belfast jewellers. The Premier and 3 Senior Leagues will also carry the company's name in recognition of the sponsorship.

NCU Under 15's and 17's to Tour South Africa in 2018
The Northern Cricket Union has confirmed that it will repeat its 2015 tour and take two teams (Under 15 and Under 17) to South Africa from Tuesday 21th March to Thursday 5th April, 2018.

NCU Under 14 Squad for The West Cricket Festival
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced their Under 14 squad for The West Cricket Festival at King's College, Taunton from Sunday 23rd to Friday 28th of July 2017, where the squad will initially compete against Cornwall, Cheshire and Northamptonshire.

Belfast 'Try Cricket Days'
A series of 'Try Cricket' days for local schools took place in Belfast, organised by the Northern Cricket Union Development Team in partnership with Belfast City Council, through the Every Body Active 2020 programme.

Cup Final Replay
There will be an early replay of last year's final of the Arthur J Gallagher NCU Senior Challenge Cup. Holders Civil Service North and CIYMS have been drawn against each other in the second round on June 17 with the runners-up having home advantage.
Photos from todays AJG Challenge Cup Draw (All Photos ©Roland White/PressEye)

Northern Knights and Emerging Knights 2017 Fixture List
The inaugural First Class Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial (IP) Championship will present the Northern Knights with their busiest schedule to date. The competition has expanded this year with the entry of Munster Reds to the Irish Inter-Provincial Series.

NCU Regulations for 2017
Playing regulations for all NCU, Ulster and Irish competitions can be found on this page: Regulations
NCU Promo Video
NCU promotional video produced on behalf of the NCU by Harry Cook TV. Available to view below.

NCU Promo from imagemediafilms.

Northern Cricket Union 2017 - BBC Radio Ulster Interview
On Saturday May 28th Uel Graham and Stephen Bunting from the Northern Cricket Union featured on BBC Radio Ulster's Summer Club.

A Special Edition of the Slog Sweep - an NCU Special
A special edition of The Slog Sweep, focusing entirely on the NCU. Included:
   • CIYMS v YMCA – The Battle of Belmont
   • Preview of Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Quarter-final ties plus Waringstown v Coleraine in Irish Senior Cup
   • New sponsorship deal with Gardiner Brothers
   • Northern Knights
   • Ulster Bank Schools Cup Final - Wallace High School v RBAI
Miscellaneous #1
Young Cricketers Playing In Adult Cricket
The Domestic Cricket Directorate has reaffirmed the ruling on young cricketers playing in adult cricket.

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...

Miscellaneous #2
Player Clothing 2017
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 2017 (pdf)

NCU Bye-Laws 2017
The revised NCU Bye Laws for 2017
View NCU Bye-Laws 2017

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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