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Fixtures: 7th May / 8th May NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Irish Senior Cup  #isc
7th May
Brigade v CIYMS
Coleraine v Merrion
Cork County v Railway Union
Donemana v Derriaghy
Drummond v Carrickfergus
Instonians v Clontarf
Leinster v Fox Lodge
Muckamore v Eglinton
North County v Ardmore
North Down v YMCA
Pembroke v Lisburn
Phoenix v St Johnston
Strabane v Malahide
The Hills v CSNI
Waringstown v Bready

League Section 2  #ncus2
8th May
Millpark v Dundrum
Irish National Cup  #inc
7th May
Academy v Newbuildings
Armagh v Terenure
Balbriggan v Killyclooney
Ballyspallen v Greystones
Bangor v Dundrum (LCU)
Burndennett v Woodvale
Cliftonville v Sion Mills
Cork Harlequins v Ballaghaderreen
Co. Sligo v Limerick
Creevedonnell v Civil Service (LCU)
Glendermott v Lurgan
Laois v Saintfield
North Kildare v BondsGlen
Rush v Downpatrick

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
7th May
Carrickfergus II v Academy II
Downpatrick II v Woodvale II
Waringstown III v Donaghcloney II

8th May
CIYMS III v Downpatrick II
Junior Cup  #ncujc
7th May
Ards v North Down II
Ballymena II v Cooke Collegians
Cliftonville v CIYMS II
Dundrum v Muckamore II
Dungannon v Instonians II
Dunmurry v Cregagh
Holywood v Lisburn II
Larne v Newforge
Templepatrick v BISC

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
7th May
Derriaghy II v Holywood II
Templepatrick II v CSNI III

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
7th May
Ballymena III v Armagh II
Instonians IV v Cregagh II

Junior League 5  #ncuj5
7th May
Academy III v Derriaghy III
Cooke Collegians II v Waringstown IV
Junior League 5  #ncuj5
8th May
Carrickfergus III v Bangor III

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
7th May
Armagh III v Muckamore IV
Victoria II v Donaghadee II

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
7th May
Donaghcloney III v Carrickfergus IV
Laurelvale III v Templepatrick III

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
7th May

8th May
Bangor IV v Cregagh III

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
8th May
Lisburn IV v Muckamore V
Newforge II v Waringstown V
News #1
Knights Selection v Leinster Lightning - Inter-Provincial Championship
The NCU have selected their squad for the 3 day match against Leinster next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (10th - 12th May) at Clontarf. This match was brought forward from August by Leinster due to ground availability.

Man of the Match photos from the Preliminary Round of the Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup
Peter McMorran (NCU President) presenting Gareth Harrison with his Arthur J Gallagher Man of the Match Tankard after recording 6-14 to help Saintfield defeat Armagh
Gordon Markey, representing sponsors Arthur J Gallagher, presents the Man of the Match Tankard to Robert Lyttle after scoring 31no to help Donaghcloney defeat Academy

Cricket Ireland is seeking an Administration Assistant
Cricket Ireland is seeking an Administration Assistant to help ensure the smooth professional running of the cricket department administration supporting players and coaches, and supporting Cricket Ireland events and activities.

NCU XI v Ulster University
As part of the continuing Northern Cricket Union regional development programme, an NCU XI will play against an Ulster University XI.

NCU President's Message - Spring 2016
"A number of months have passed since my inaugural message as President of the NCU and since then I have had the pleasure of enjoying a number of cricketing experiences...."

NCU Under 9's Winter Coaching
This is the third year that the NCU Representative Directorate have provided coaching for boys and girls in years P4 and P5. This year 27 boys and girls from ten clubs have been nominated.

Junior Cricketers playing in Adult Matches
From time to time clubs approach the Union regarding the playing of Junior Cricketers in Adult Matches. It has been the Union practice to follow the ECB guidance on this matter which is set out in the Fixtures and Rules Book each year.

NCU's Pre-Season Circular And Forms To All Clubs
The NCU's General Secretary Bryan Milford details the steps that clubs need to take with regards to registrations, transfers, starrings, etc.

NCU Youth Cup Draws 2016
The draws have taken place for the 2016 NCU Youth Cup Competitions.
Colts Cup
Graham Cup
Banoge Cup
Quoile (U11) Cup

O'Neills Ulster Cup, Shield and Plate Draws 2016
The draws have taken place for the first round of the O'Neills Ulster Cup, Shield and Plate Competitions.
NCU Promo Video
NCU promotional video produced on behalf of the NCU by Harry Cook TV. Available to view below.

NCU Promo from imagemediafilms.

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 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 Transfers 2016
NCU Annual Report 2015
NCU 2015 Grounds Report
Dates For The Diary
NCU Annual Dinner - Sat 8th October
NCU AGM - Mon 10th October
NCU News / League Competitions
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NCU Development Plan 2014-18
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