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NCU News 2017
Comber to host NCU Senior Cup final
Comber will once again host the NCU Senior Challenge Cup final.
Instonians start Under 11 Academy
Instonians have underlined their commitment to the growth of youth cricket with the establishment of an Under 11 Academy.
Belfast blaster in line for IPL contract
Forget T20 cricket, T10 has been the new big-hitting craze for the last few days and Ireland international Paul Stirling has been one of the stars of the inaugural tournament in Sharjah.
Eight NCU players named in Academy squads
Five NCU make the Senior selection while three are named in the Emerging squad ranks.
Stormont and Bready waiting on first Test
Tickets go on sale today for Ireland’s first Test match against Pakistan and, as expected, Northern Ireland residents will have to head south for the historic match.
CSNICC celebrate at Annual Awards Dinner
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club recently held their annual Awards Dinner at the Pavilion, Stormont.
Magnificent seven for Ulster
There were six other Ulster winners with Northern Knights captain James Shannon named inter-pro Player of the Year and Ryan Eagleson Coach of the Year after guiding Ireland to the Under-19 World Cup finals.
NCU to run 'Club Life & Captains Forum'
The NCU is hosting a Club Life and Captains forum on Tuesday 14th November at the Lagan Valley Civic Centre, Lisburn.
Rolling with the punches
The Andrew White Academy continues to utilise the knowledge and skill sets of other sports with a recent session at the Ulster University taken by the well renowned boxing coach John Conlon.
Andrew White Academy
The successful Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy now moves into its third year of operation.
Jones scoops Player of the Year award
NIGEL Jones may have just missed out on leading CIYMS to Gardiner Bros Premier League glory this season but he has been named player of the season.
Double success for CSNICC at NICSSA Awards
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNICC) were double winners at the recent Northern Ireland Civil Service Sports Association (NICSSSA) Awards.
Ulster Grasshoppers complete their Malta tour with second victory
Comfortable 40 runs win for Grasshoppers over Marsa.
Crushing victory for Ulster Grasshoppers in their opening tour match
Lisburn's Glenn Halliday top scores with 75 in 194 winning margin over Wales Seniors.
Rule changes proposed for NCU AGM
Ground being prepared for NCU to become a charitable limited company. Details of several changes to current competition rules proposed.
Grasshoppers Malta bound
THE Ulster Grasshoppers leave on Thursday for Malta where they will play two matches over a long, hopefully hot, weekend in Sliema.
NIACUS secure the White Stick Trophy with record-breaking triumph
159 runs victory for NIACUS as Michael Foster top scored with 72.
Wilson no stranger to Windies
As the West Indies head back to England after their brief stay in Belfast, for one cricketer from the Northern Cricket Union there is a career long association with the men from the Caribbean.
Nothing beats experience
Kyle McCallan proved that nothing beats experience as he produced a man of the match performance to bring the Irish Senior Cup back to The Lawn for the second time in three years.
Khan wins fitness race
WARINGSTOWN professional Shaheen Khan is expected to play a full part in today’s Irish Senior Cup final against The Hills in Bready (11.30am) after sitting out the Villagers’ last three games.
Metcalfe the man
Oliver Metcalfe returned to school yesterday with an All-Ireland Under-15 winners’ medal his new favourite possession.
Cooke Collegians and Dundrum enter Emerging Accreditation Scheme
Dundrum and Cooke Collegians are inspiring examples of clubs in the NCU who have attained the Emerging Accreditation Scheme and are now aspiring to achieve the CI Clubmark Accreditation Scheme.
Star man McCormick wins award
David McCormick has won the Cricket World Performance of the Week after taking eight wickets for seven runs in Cregagh’s Gardiner Bros Section Two game against Ballymena.
Trophies up for grabs as season builds to a climax
The Women's Cup final plus the various leagues will be decided over the coming weeks.
Waringstown fall short in T20 hat-trick bid
Waringstown's bid to complete a hat-trick of Twenty20 final successes ended in failure as Clontarf won the first All-Ireland final at The Lawn by 10 runs.
Future of Ulster Shield in doubt
THE future of the Ulster Shield is in doubt following the apathy of clubs last week to take part in last Sunday’s Finals Day.
Ulster Cup & Premier League Review
Greg Thompson picked up Waringstown’s second trophy as the NCU Lagan Valley Steels champions became inaugural winners of the T20 Ulster Cup.
White hopes for speedy recovery
Andrew White hopes to be playing for Instonians in their last three matches of the season after the finger that he feared was broken, x-rays revealed was only dislocated.
Carlsberg weekend for Waringstown
For the second time in two days, Waringstown celebrated a cup victory and yesterday they had a trophy to show for their efforts.
First ladies of the scorebox on top of their numbers game
It is still far from a common occurrence but both scorers and even the scoreboard operator on duty in the scorebox were females.
Instonians II win Junior Cup 2017
53-run win for Instonians II over CSNI II at Moylena.
NCU Premier League round up
Wins for Waringstown, North Down and CIYMS but Instonians v Carrick called off with ground unplayable.
PwC will sponsor NCU boys’ and girls’ youth squads
NCU General Manager Angela Platt welcomed the partnership with PwC.
Hannah Grieve will captain the NCU Women against the North West Women
40-over interprovincial scheduled for Stormont - noon start on Sunday 30 July
Minor (Lindsay) Cup semi-final postponed
THE switch of the AJG Challenge Cup final at Comber on Saturday has forced the postponement of the Minor (Lindsay) Cup semi-final between North Down III and Muckamore IV.
Challenge Cup Final - Andrew White looks forward and remembers
Andrew White pleased that in the Final both clubs will be at full strength.
Award for record breaker
It was the first game of the season and Downpatrick were in deep trouble when young Ryan Smyth came to the middle. His side were three wickets down for just 10 runs and soon half the side were gone for 61.
View From The Boundary - 6.
This week's match - at Seapark after my first three choices called off.
Sunday's action in the NCU
It was a Tale of Two Centuries as James Hall ensured a Waringstown triumph in the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup while Iftikhar Hussain drove a final nail into Instonians faint hope of back to back Premier League titles.
Getkate major doubt for cup final
Shane Getkate rates his chances of playing in next week's NCU Cup final as "highly unlikely".
Young talent in the NCU
Although still very young Amy Hunter is determined that her cricketing journey will take her to International honours.
Instonians and Waringstown make semi-finals
There’s a certain symmetry about the semi-finalists in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup, two from the NCU and two from Leinster.
Old Kidd on the block
The Waringstown slow left armer has not appeared in Ireland colours since 2010 but he is bowling better than ever and against North Down in the NCU Premier League finished with the best figures of the season.
Under 17 interpro squad named
The NCU will play two fixtures against Leinster Under 17’s and the North-West Under 17’s.
Browne winning cancer battle
Last Saturday Gordon Browne walked onto a cricket field for the first time as a player since the Carrickfergus wicketkeeper’s life was turned upside down just over a year ago.
NCU U17 Girls squad announced
Cara Murray captains the NCU side in their first Inter-Provincial fixture of the season at home to the North West Girls.
Kidd and Doak steal the headlines
Gary Kidd and Neil Doak stole the headlines on a sensational day of cricket in the Premier League.
Bat returns home to Carrickfergus
130 year old bat belonging to a former member presented to the club by his granddaughter.
Eagle has landed on another landmark
ONE statistic that sneaked under the radar last weekend was Ryan Eagleson becoming the first Carrickfergus player to score 10,000 runs for his club.
Tough times for Downpatrick
So what does it feel like to captain a team which conceded 484 for three? – in 40 overs!
A view from the boundary - 5.
New ground for me today, and what a surprise !
Veteran Coetzee returns for one last hurrah with CSNI
They say you should never come back – or it was much better in our days – but a quartet of former Ireland internationals proved otherwise last weekend.
Cup semi-finalists decided
Quarter-final matches reviewed and draw for the semi-finals made as the sun shines at last.
Dougherty denied but CIYMS through
Chris Dougherty was denied a deserved century by the rain in the Irish Cup tie at Belmont but he was still able to celebrate as CIYMS reached the quarter-finals.
A view from the boundary - 4.
Umpiring in a Junior 7 league at the leafy surroundings of Campbell College.
Youth Tour to South Africa in 2018 confirmed
The Northern Cricket Union are planning a tour for Under 15 and Under 17 teams to South Africa in late March 2018.
NCU announces U14 squad for the West Cricket Festival in Taunton
The squad return to Taunton for the second year to play in the popular U14 festival.
Platt provides perfect combination for NCU
Angela Platt’s arrival as the first General Manager of the NCU could hardly have been better timed for her. Two weeks into the job she had the chance to go to Lord’s to watch Ireland play England.
A view from the boundary - 3.
A look at umpiring in a Junior 8 match.
A View From The Boundary - 2.
Observations on players umpiring in the lower leagues.
Lots to see in the coming week
A look ahead to what's on offer locally in the coming week which includes the visit of Bangladesh to Stormont.
A view from the boundary
Player umpires in the lower leagues are brought under scrutiny.
Carrickfergus Cricket Club raises over 5k for Breast Cancer Charity
Carrickfergus Cricket Club is delighted to announce the final total raised for Pretty ‘n’ Pink is £5,836.48. Before the start of the 2016 Season the Club announced that it would link up with Pretty ‘n’ Pink, Northern Ireland’s only registered Breast Cancer Charity, to help raise funds.
Andrew White Cricket Academy embraces badminton skills
The Academy has sought to utilise the skills and attributes of other sports to give the young cricketers tips that will enhance their game.
Getkate and Barnes facing club uncertainty
Shane Getkate looks set to be stuck in limbo at the start of the Ulster Bank NCU Premier League season after the NCU decided it cannot currently approve his move from CSNI to Instonians.
Getkate involved in tug of war between CSNI and Instonians
He played for Instonians 10 days ago in a friendly and scored a century, and hit a superb 120 for the Wolves against Gloucestershire II last Friday.
Umpire Jim Wiseman has died
Jim Wiseman was an International Umpire from 1998 until 2004.
Historic Indoor interpro blitz takes place
44 players and 10 coaches descended onto the Meadowbank Indoor Arena in Magherafelt on Sunday as in a first of its kind, a youth interpro blitz was held.
NCU Area Welcome to Coaching Course
Ideal course for Primary/Secondary School Teachers, volunteers, assistant coaches within junior club teams.
Charities benefit from CSNI fundraiser
Successful night at "A night at the Dogs" raises £4000 for charities.
McCollum stars on first-class debut
Waringstown and Northern Knights star James McCollum has enjoyed a sparkling first-class debut.
Double boost for North Down
North Down have confirmed the appointment of 28 year-old South African Craig Yelverton as head coach for the 2017 season, and the signing of wicket-keeper batsman Jay Hunter from Templepatrick.
Death of Alan Johnston
A formidable opening bowler, Johnston enjoyed great success with Lurgan and Ulster Country which saw him capped three times for Ireland in 1990.
CSNI determined to keep Getkate
Civil Service North say they expect Shane Getkate to honour his three-year contract despite an approach from NCU Premier League rivals Instonians.
NCU General Manager announced
The NCU has appointed Angela Platt as their new General Manager, a role seen as vital in the future development of the local game.
Andrew White Cricket Academy
The NCU has given details of one of the recent Academy sessions on 'batting against spin'.
NCU Chairman Alan Waite on the 'State of the Union'
Alan considers how the game has changed and how the Union will move forward in the coming years.
Section One clubs to hold crisis talks
NCU Section One clubs are to hold a summit on Wednesday night to discuss whether it is feasible for them to employ overseas professionals this summer.
NCU statement on Visa changes
In a statement the NCU reminds clubs that responsibility for adherence to the regulations lies with the clubs themselves.
Cooke Collegians find a home
First and Second Elevens will play home games at Fullerton Park, Dunmurry.
Botha back on board at Carrick
Carrickfergus have re-signed South African Pat Botha for the coming season.
Muckamore switch to South African professional
New regulations on overseas professionals have forced NCU Premier League side Muckamore to switch their choice of pro for the 2017 season.
CIYMS change professional
The Belmont club have confirmed that Matt McGillivray, a 26-year-old fast-bowling all-rounder, will be coming to Northern Ireland this summer instead of batsman Aiden Markram.
Free courses for clubs on offer
The NCU Development staff have organised courses in First Aid, Safeguarding and for 'Designated Officers' that will cost clubs nothing.
NCU hopes to build partnerships
The Northern Cricket Union is offering a major sponsorship as one of the longest partnerships between business and local sport winds down.
Grasshoppers Malta bound
The Ulster Grasshoppers are on their travels again in 2017 with a short post-season tour to Malta planned.
Youth groups train on indoor 3G pitch
Artificial pitches have advanced from the 80s plastic to high tech 3G.
Ulster Elks leading winter league
The Ulster Elks are in pole position after wins against the Muckamore Mavericks, Dunmurry Dynamites and the Lisburn Lions.