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Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final 2015
CIYMS 259-7 (R van der Dussen 117, J Matchett 46, J Thompson 68, Z Rushe 2-47, E Moleon 3-80)
Instonians 195 (N Russell 49, J Shannon 61, N Jones 3-45, J Cameron-Dow 4-17, T Britton 2-57)
CIYMS beat Instonians by 50 runs (DLS)
(DLS par score was 245 in 46 overs)
(photo right © Alistair Bushe)

Fixtures: 31st July / 1st / 2nd August NIACUS Umpire Appointments
Challenge Cup  #ncucc
31st July at Comber
CIYMS v Instonians - abandoned

1st August at Comber
CIYMS beat Instonians by 50 runs (DLS)

Junior Cup  #ncujc
31st July
Waringstown II v CSNI II - abandoned

Premier League  #ncupl
1st August
Carrickfergus v CSNI - OFF
Lisburn beat Ballymena by 95 runs (DLS)

2nd August
North Down beat CSNI by 25 runs

League Section 1  #ncus1
1st August
Bangor beat Academy by 9 wickets (DLS)
Derriaghy beat Lurgan by 15 runs (DLS)
Muckamore v Downpatrick - OFF
Templepatrick beat Cliftonville by 8 wickets
Woodvale beat Donaghcloney by 46 runs

2nd August
Derriaghy v Muckamore - OFF
Templepatrick v Downpatrick - OFF

League Section 2  #ncus2
1st August
Armagh beat Laurelvale by 69 runs (DLS)
BISC beat Drumaness by 4 wickets
Cregagh beat Dundrum by 49 runs
Saintfield beat Holywood by 14 runs
Victoria beat Larne by 8 wickets

2nd August
BISC beat Armagh by 6 wickets
Cregagh beat Saintfield by 12 runs (DLS)
Holywood beat Larne by 10 wickets
League Section 3  #ncus3
1st August
Cooke Collegians beat Newforge (No DLS sheet provided)
Donaghadee beat Millpark by 1 wicket
Dunmurry beat Dungannon by 1 run
Monaghan v Ards - OFF

Junior League 1  #ncuj1
1st August
Bangor II v Lisburn II - OFF
CSNI II v Muckamore II - match abandoned
North Down II v CIYMS II - OFF
Waringstown II beat Instonians II by 9 wickets

2nd August
Muckamore II v Lisburn II - OFF

Junior League 2  #ncuj2
1st August
Ballymena II beat Academy II by 4 wickets
Derriaghy II beat Lurgan II by 10 wickets
Donaghcloney II beat Woodvale II by 7 wickets

2nd August
Academy II v Carrickfergus II - OFF

Junior League 3  #ncuj3
1st August
CIYMS III beat Laurelvale II by 120 runs
Cregagh II v Waringstown III - OFF
CSNI III v Instonians III - match abandoned

Junior League 4  #ncuj4
31st July
Ballymena III beat Woodvale III by 10 wickets

1st August
Muckamore III beat North Down III by 5 wickets
Woodvale III beat Cliftonville II by 1 run

2nd August
Cliftonville II beat Saintfield II by 7 wickets
North Down III beat Bangor III by 31 runs
Junior League 5  #ncuj5
1st August
Academy III beat Dundrum II by 27 runs
Armagh II beat Instonians IV by 4 wickets

2nd August
Donaghadee II v Waringstown IV - OFF
Lisburn III v Armagh II - OFF

Junior League 6  #ncuj6
1st August
Ballymena IV beat CSNI IV by 6 wickets

2nd August
Ards II v Cregagh III - OFF

Junior League 7  #ncuj7
1st August
Muckamore IV beat CSNI V by 8 wickets
Saintfield III beat North Down IV by 7 wickets

2nd August
CIYMS IV v CSNI V - OFF

Junior League 8  #ncuj8
1st August
Downpatrick III walkover v Larne II
Laurelvale III beat Bangor IV by 9 wickets
Templepatrick III beat Carrickfergus IV by 8 wickets

2nd August
CSNI VI beat Bangor IV by 8 runs

Junior League 9  #ncuj9
1st August
Victoria III beat Derriaghy IV by 4 wickets

2nd August
Monaghan II v CIYMS V - OFF
Cliftonville III beat Muckamore V by 7 wickets

Ulster Plate  #ucoup
5th July
Brigade II beat CSNI II by 7 wickets
Waringstown II beat Bready II by 215 runs
News #1
 
Belfast Under 14 squad Named For This Year's Triangular Cricket Tournament
The Belfast Under 14 squad has been named for this year's Triangular Cricket Tournament between Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow, which will be held at Ayr CC on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th August.
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5th Annual Charity T20 Game
5th Annual Charity T20 Game - Donaghadee Cricket Club v The Belfast Telegraph - In aid of Autism NI. Winning the toss, Dee skipper Richard Carson had no hesitation in asking the Tele team to field. Carson had at his disposal at team that could bat right down to eleven so it was an easy choice.
Read more...

Jonty Rhodes Works With The Northern Knights At North Down Cricket Club
Jonty Rhodes is a close friend of Gavin Rogers, the North Down Coach and Northern Knights Assistant Coach.  Jonty was widely accepted as the world's best fielder and is the current fielding coach of the Mumbai Indians.  He is now acknowledged as one of the world's foremost fielding coaches.
Read more...

Ireland v Australia – Last Chace To Secure Club Rate Tickets!
The visit of World Champions Australia to Stormont is only just around the corner – make sure your club is there to see Ireland take on the best side in the world!
Cricket Ireland are once again offering fantastic value to cricket clubs when they place an order for ten or more tickets for this must see event.
Read more...

Cricket Ireland is seeking to employ an Active Communities Cricket Coach (NCU area)
Cricket Ireland is seeking a part-time (21 hours per week) Active Communities Cricket Coach whose delivery will be based in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Consortia area.
'Active Communities' is a Sport Northern Ireland National Lottery Funded initiative that aims to increase participation in sport and physical recreation in Northern Ireland, especially among underrepresented groups.
Read more...

Cricket "Play Smart" Summer Schemes (In conjunction with Belfast City Council)
In conjunction with Belfast City Council, the NCU will be running a number of Cricket "Play Smart" Summer Schemes during August.
Read more...

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final - CIYMS v Instonians
The Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final will be contested by CIYMS and Instonians on Friday 31st July 2015 at the Green, Comber.
Read more...

Northern Knights Squad to face Leinster Lightning in Hanley Energy IP50 announced
IP 50 – SUNDAY 2nd AUGUST 2015 - KNIGHTS v LIGHTNING - MERRION CC, DUBLIN - 10.45 AM START
The squad has been selected to represent the Knights in the above fixture.
Read more...

Banogue Cup Final 2015
The Banogue Cup Final (Under 13) will take place between Instonians and Lisburn on Wednesday 29th July at Shaw's Bridge. Start time is 6pm and all supporters are encouraged to come along to see and support the young players of the future.

Cricket Ireland Corporate Hospitality - Ireland v Australia at Stormont on Thursday 27th August 2015
Cricket Ireland is delighted to offer a premium corporate hospitality package as Ireland take on the World Cup Champions in a one day international in the beautiful surroundings of Stormont Estate on Thursday 27th August 2015.
Read more...

NCU Annual Dinner - Guest Speaker Announced as Paul Nixon
The Union's Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 10th October 2015 in the Clayton Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Belfast.We are pleased to announce that out guest speaker will be Paul Nixon.
Read more...

Notable Performances In The NCU During Saturday's League Programme
There were a couple of notable performances in the NCU during Saturday's league programme.
Neil Gelston took 7 wickets for 6 runs (including a hat trick) and Richard Keates smashes a half century off only 12 balls.
Read more...

Belfast City Council - Sporty Summer Camp
Take up a new sport at one of Belfast City Council's exciting, free summer camps.
Read more...

Garraway hits the 'Mark' for CSNI's Belfast Coaching Camp - Limited places available
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI) will be hosting its annual Coaching Camp week from Monday 27th July with Mark Garraway as the guest Coach for this year.The popular coaching camp which is open to boys from other cricket clubs as well as CSNI will be led by Mark Garraway.
Read more...

Regional Development Program 2015/2016 - Expression of Interest – Age Group Coaches
The Northern Cricket Union is currently planning its winter 2015 / 2016 regional development program.
There will be a requirement for coaches at the following age groups: U9 / U11 / U13 / U15 / U17 / U21 / Girls.
Read more...

NCU Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final Preview Show

Joining host Alistair Bushe is Neil Russell, captain of Instonians, Stephen Hughes, representing CIYMS, and Robin Haire from the cup final hosts North Down.
The panel discuss the chances of both CIYMS and Instonians in this seasons Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Final which takes place on Friday 31st July at Comber.

Exciting times for Armagh Cricket Club
It is exciting times for Armagh Cricket Club. Their First XI, under the leadership of Matthew Steenson, defeated Saintfield last week to put them into the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Shield Final and gives them home advantage.
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Ireland U17 XI to play the Irish Schools
The following team has been announced to represent an Ireland U17 XI against the Irish Schools at The Castle Grounds in Belfast on Tuesday 14th July - 11 am start.
Read more...

Irish Schools Team Selected To Play Against Ireland U17
The team has been selected to represent the Irish Schools against Ireland U17 at The Castle Grounds, Belfast on Tuesday 14th July, 11 am start.
Read more...

NCU Under 13s beat Munster Under 13s on the Final Day of their Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 13s win over Munster under 13s on the final day of their Inter Provincial Series.
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NCU Under 13s lose to Leinster Under 13s on Day Two of their Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 13s loss to Leinster under 13s on the second day of their Inter Provincial Series.
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NCU Under 15s beat the Southern XI Under 15s on Day Three of the Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 15s win over the Southern XI under 15s on the final day of the Inter Provincial Series.
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NCU Under 13s beat North West Under 13s on Day One of their Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 13s win over NWCU under 13s on the first day of their Inter Provincial Series.
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Muckamore Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club - Free Coaching Clinics & Camps
Muckamore are pushing hard to get as many kids involved in both cricket and tennis as possible and as part of that initiative they are hosting FREE coaching clinics on a Friday evening at the club (6.30pm-8.30pm) for kids of all abilities and backgrounds.
Read more...

Further Boost For Irish Cricket
The impressive growth of cricket in Ireland is to receive a further boost with the announcement of a link-up with Sport Northern Ireland's 'Active Clubs' initiative that will aim to get more players joining their local club teams in Northern Ireland. Two new full-time posts, supported by funding from the National Lottery, will see Simon Johnston and Colin Manson join the staff of Cricket Ireland on a mission to increase cricket club membership across the north.
Read more...

NCU Under 15s lose to Leinster Under 15s on Day Two of the Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 15s loss to LCU under 15s on the second day of the Inter Provincial Series.
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NCU Disciplinary Reprimands
List of players who have received reprimands and warned as to their future conduct.
Read more...

NCU Under 15s beat North West Under 15s on Day One of the Inter Provincial Series
Summary scorecard of the NCU under 15s win over NWCU under 15s on the first day of the Inter Provincial Series.
Read more...

NCU Under 11s Win Their First Inter-Pro Match Of The Season
In the first official under 11 Inter Pro of the season,  the NCU travelled to Ardmore CC to play the NWCU under 11s.
Read more...

No Shortage Of Drama In Irish Senior Cup Quarter Finals - Both NCU teams progess to Semi Finals
Ruhan Pretorius created Irish Senior Cup history by clubbing 6 sixes in an over as Waringstown beat 2013 winners Clontarf in a thrilling encounter at Castle Avenue. CSNI made it an NCU double with a four wicket win at Rathmines against Leinster. Derriaghy exit National Cup in a high scoring affair.
Read more...

Top Coaches Launch Sport NI's Coaching Awards
Three of NI's top coaches have joined forces today to launch Sport Northern Ireland's prestigious 2015 Coaching Awards.
Read more...

Graham Cup Final (Sponsored By Dale Farm)
CSNI under 15s beat Ballymena under 15s by 6 wickets.
Graham Cup...

Southern Schools' v Ulster Schools' - Schools' Interprovincial at Rathmines, Dublin
Day 1 and 2 scores from the Schools' Interprovincial at Rathmines, Dublin.
Southern Schools' beat Northern Schools' by 7 wickets.
Read more...

Lurgan XI v NCU Presidents XI
Lurgan Cricket Club were delighted to welcome the NCU President's XI to Pollock Park on Friday night to play a Twenty20 game against a Lurgan XI.
Read more...

Ulster Schools Team Selected For Match Against Southern Schools
The team has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools against the Southern Schools in the annual Schools' Interprovincial at Rathmines, Dublin on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th June
Read more...

BRA win Ulster Bank Schools Cup
Belfast Royal Academy have won the Ulster Bank Ulster Schools Cup for the first time in their history.
They beat Campbell College at Osborne Park by three wickets in a thrilling final this evening (Friday) thanks to a brilliant knock by opener Francis Collins who carried his bat to an unbeaten 73 in a total of 147 for 7.
Read more...

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup Semi-Final Draw - Schools Cup Final Venue Switch
The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the Ulster Bank NCU Senior Challenge Cup to be played on Saturday 27th June and the venue changed for the Schools Cup final.
Read more...

Fixtures For Under 13 Inter Provincials
The fixtures and grounds to be used for the Under 13 Inter Provincial Tournament, which is taking place in the NCU area, have been announced.
Read more...

Young Under 13 Instonians cricketer takes 9 wickets in a game
In a recent under 13 league game for Instonians Seahorses Adam Wylie took 9 wickets for 12 runs in 4 overs.
Read more...

Warriors Edge Out Knights In T20 Thriller
The NW Warriors kept alive their hopes of retaining the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy with a thrilling 13 runs win over the Northern Knights in front of a large crowd at Belmont.
Read more...

NCU's under age squads have been announced for the interpros
The NCU has announced their under 11, under 13 and under 15 squads for the upcoming inter regional series.
The under 11 squad
The under 13 squad
The under 15 squad

Revised Regulations for Irish Senior & National Cups and all the Ulster Competitions
The Regulations page has been updated to include the 2015 revised regulations for the Irish Senior and National Cups plus all of the Ulster Competitions.
Read more...

NCU Show - First Episode

The @NCU_News Show is LIVE!
Joining host Neil Russell is co-host Alistair Bushe, Peter Shields, Robin Haire and NCU Chairman Andy Clement.
The panel discuss the season ahead, the NCU youth tour to SA and who's tipping who for trophies.

NCU Fantasy League 2015
After the very successful NCU Fantasy Cricket competition in 2014, it returns agains this year and now includes players from the North West Cricket Union's Premiership and some tweaks to the rules.
Read more...
Competition Rules
Interactive Player Info/Ratings
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup - First & Second Round Man of the Match Winners
Avdhoot Dandekar (Muckamore) Peter Davison (North Down) James Hall (Waringstown)
© CricketEurope
Alex Haggan (Carrick)
Ryan Nurse (Instonians) Michael Stewart (Templepatrick) Johnny Terrett (Cliftonville) Regan West (CSNI)
© CricketEurope
Many thanks to all the clubs/players/CricketEurope who supplied the photos.
 
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

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 ARCHIVE
News #2
NIACUS - Captain's Umpire Report 2015
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.
Read more...

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
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.
Read more...

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.
Read more...

Player Clothing 2015
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 2015 (pdf)

NCU Bye-Laws 2015
The revised NCU Bye Laws for 2015
View NCU Bye-Laws 2015

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 www.nidirect.gov.uk/sports-volunteering.
 
Ireland v Australia 2015
 
NCU Transfers 2015
 
NCU News / League Competitions
Cup Competitions
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Recommended list of hashtags to use for NCU Competitions
NCU Development Tour 2015
 
Club Files 2015
 
NCU Annual Report 2014
 
NCU Development Plan 2014-18
 
Nigel Jones
Cricket Ireland
Regional Development   Officer
Northern Cricket Union

Cricket Ireland

The Pavilion
Stormont Estate
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 3TA
Tel: 028 9076 5619
Mob: 07585 400121
Email: nigel.jones@cricketireland.ie
Scott Irvine
Regional Performance Analyst &
Coach Education Co-Ordinator (North)

Cricket Ireland

The Pavilion
Stormont Estate
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 3TA
Mob: 07704 641411
Email: Scott.Irvine@cricketireland.ie
Info
 
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
If clubs or individuals have any articles / results / scorecards they would like published on the NCU site then send them to Wylie McKinty
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 NCU.cricket@btinternet.com or alternatively contact any NCU Board Member.
Stephen Moreton
Coach Education Officer
Cricket Ireland
Unit 22 Grattan Business Park
Clonshaugh
Dublin 17
Ireland
Tel: +353 1 8947914
Mob: +353 833 779208
Fax: +353 1 8488035
Email: stephen.moreton@cricketireland.ie