Such has been the reversal in fortunes for both this year, it is the current league champions struggling at the bottom with North Down completely revitalised under coach Craig Yelverton and professional Ruhan Pretorius.
NCU Senior League 2017
North Down can lay down marker North Down can lay down marker ( ) ZZZZ12:30 amZZZZ
North Down can lay down the marker for those who want to win the Gardiner Bros Premier League this weekend with back to back victories – but it could also go pear-shape if they lose their final two away games.
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Former Club professional Marc Ellison has rejoined CSNI following his return to Northern Ireland.
Relief for Instonians as Lisburn and CSN lose Relief for Instonians as Lisburn and CSN lose ( ) ZZZZ10:50 amZZZZ
INSTONIANS were the most relieved team in the Gardiner Bros Premier League at the weekend as both Lisburn and Civil Service North failed to take advantage of their idleness.
NCU Premier League round-up NCU Premier League round-up ( ) ZZZZ9:25 pmZZZZ
Wins for Waringstown, North Down and CIYMS mean it as you were both at the top and bottom of the table.
Section one review Section one review ( ) ZZZZ7:34 pmZZZZ
Armagh widen the gap to 8 points with a 3 run win over rivals Woodvale.
Title in Waringstown grasp Title in Waringstown grasp ( ) ZZZZ11:51 pmZZZZ
Whilst it may be a little premature to be calling the Premier League title as good as over, now it’s very much in Waringstown hands as we enter the final month.
Instonians look to pick up the pieces Instonians look to pick up the pieces ( ) ZZZZ10:03 amZZZZ
INSTONIANS hope to pick up the pieces and get their season back on track when the defending champions host Carrickfergus in the pick of the Gardiner Bros Premier League action.
Waringstown in pole position Waringstown in pole position ( ) ZZZZ3:05 amZZZZ
Waringstown’s hopes of opening an eight-point lead at the head of the Gardiner Brothers Premier League, ultimately ended in frustration at a soggy Wallace Park.
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Wins for Waringstown, Muckamore and Carrickfergus in a rain-affected Premier League programme.
Premier League Weekend Preview Premier League Weekend Preview ( ) ZZZZ2:16 amZZZZ
A look at Saturday and Sunday's Premier League programme.
Instonians in a tailspin Instonians in a tailspin ( ) ZZZZ1:36 amZZZZ
Time for a reality check – since winning the semi-final of the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup Instonians have gone into a tailspin losing four Premier League games on the bounce.
Justice for Waringstown Justice for Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ4:00 pmZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN claimed justice was done when James Mitchell hit the final ball of the match for four to give them victory over Instonians and a huge four points in their pursuit of the Premier League title.
Premier League round-up Premier League round-up ( ) ZZZZ12:26 amZZZZ
Waringstown and North Down top the table while Lisburn find themselves alone at the bottom.
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Stand out fixture is Instonians v Waringstown at Shaw’s Bridge, but any of the other four games this weekend has equal merit.
Injury blow for Instonians Injury blow for Instonians ( ) ZZZZ7:49 amZZZZ
Shane Getkate is almost certainly out of next weekend’s AJG Challenge Cup final after confirmation that he has broken the little finger on his left hand.
Jeff has it all covered Jeff has it all covered ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
AS 60th birthday parties go, Jeff Maguire’s will take some beating. The Dundrum chairman decided to have a cricket match between club members to raise money to buy new covers for the scenic ground in Co Down.
Woodvale favourites to claim Section One title Woodvale favourites to claim Section One title ( ) ZZZZ3:27 amZZZZ
With the Premier League taking a weekend off it was time to look at what’s going on in Gardiner Brothers Section One.
Lisburn throw lifejackets overboard Lisburn throw lifejackets overboard ( ) ZZZZ12:58 amZZZZ
Lisburn having done so much last weekend to give themselves the chance of survival in the premier league appeared to throw the life jackets overboard in this performance against CSNI.
Instonians fail to complete run chase at Belmont Instonians fail to complete run chase at Belmont ( ) ZZZZ7:58 amZZZZ
Instonians lost at CIYMS who moved eight points clear of their opponents in a three-way tie at the top.
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Lisburn take on CSNI, while Muckamore host Carrickfergus.
Doak and Kidd blow title race wide open Doak and Kidd blow title race wide open ( ) ZZZZ12:47 amZZZZ
Gary Kidd must have thought he had the stage to himself as the left-arm spinner basked in the glory of his best-ever figures in club cricket.
Carrick ease relegation fears Carrick ease relegation fears ( ) ZZZZ12:55 amZZZZ
Easy win takes the pressure off Carrickfergus after they beat CSNI.
Clash of the Titans Clash of the Titans ( ) ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
It’s “Clash of the Titans” at The Lawn in the Premier League. Games between Waringstown and North Down are always eagerly anticipated, but it’s been some time since one as significant as this.
Instonians bounce back Instonians bounce back ( ) ZZZZ1:21 pmZZZZ
Instonians bounced back from their defeat to Gardiner Bros Premier League leaders North Down on Saturday to beat Carrickfergus by three wickets in yesterday’s only game.
North Down top of the pile North Down top of the pile ( ) ZZZZ12:46 amZZZZ
What a difference a year makes; North Down firmly laid down their title credentials at Comber with a convincing 6 wicket victory over Instonians.
Double woe for Carrickfergus Double woe for Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ12:41 amZZZZ
In theory, they are too good to be there but the facts are that after a promising start to the campaign they have now lost 8 games in a row.
Hundred for Hall as Waringstown win Hundred for Hall as Waringstown win ( ) ZZZZ1:07 pmZZZZ
As far as weekend batting exploits go, James Hall of Waringstown might have thought he had stolen the headlines with his exquisite century at Carrickfergus.
Instonians climb above Carrickfergus Instonians climb above Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ12:06 amZZZZ
A three wicket win away to Carrickfergus moved Instonians four points clear of today's opponents and into fourth place in the league table.
Premier League round-up Premier League round-up ( ) ZZZZ2:41 pmZZZZ
Top three all win as bottom of the table Lisburn are blown away by CIYMS for only 64.
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Two teams face massive weekends as the Gardiner Brothers Premier League takes centre stage. For Carrickfergus and Instonians who meet on Sunday it is almost polar opposites.
Gill looking for Muckamore to consolidate Gill looking for Muckamore to consolidate ( ) ZZZZ12:03 amZZZZ
Perhaps the surprise package in local cricket this season is Muckamore.
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Only five League games played due to Challenge and Junior Cup commitments.
North Down still top the table North Down still top the table ( ) ZZZZ12:07 amZZZZ
North Down will go into their game against defending champions Instonians in two weeks’ time still top of the Premier League after maintaining their four points lead.
Pretorius brilliance seals North Down win Pretorius brilliance seals North Down win ( ) ZZZZ9:30 amZZZZ
It’s often said that catches win matches, but occasionally so do moments of individual brilliance which you can only admire and applaud.
Dennison scores maiden ton for Waringstown Dennison scores maiden ton for Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ7:39 pmZZZZ
Adam Dennison scored his first century for Waringstown as the Villagers crushed Civil Service North by 115 runs for their first home Premier League win of the season.
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Rain cuts the programme but the top two win again.
Woodvale keep winning Woodvale keep winning ( ) ZZZZ4:52 amZZZZ
First stop on Saturday was Ballygomartin Road where in Section One Woodvale made it four out of four with a 5 wicket win against Armagh.
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Important win for Waringstown as they get their title bid back on track.
Deja vu at Moylena Deja vu at Moylena ( ) ZZZZ8:23 pmZZZZ
History repeated itself at Moylena when, for the second time in two weeks, a game against Waringstown was won and lost by a run out off the fourth ball of the last over.
Academy win despite English century Academy win despite English century ( ) ZZZZ4:53 amZZZZ
In Section One Mark English's 102 wasn't enough to prevent Bangor from slipping to a 63 run loss against Academy, for whom Sam Beard followed up his 79 with 4 for 26.
Gill heroics in vain as Muckamore slip proves costly Gill heroics in vain as Muckamore slip proves costly ( ) ZZZZ4:48 amZZZZ
Neil Gill's heroics weren't enough to pull off a dramatic win for Muckamore as Waringstown prevailed by just two runs in another pulsating epic contest which are becoming a regular feature of the Premier League in 2017.
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Carrickfergus will be desperate to prove that last week's defeat by North Down was only a blip when last year's top two meet in the Premier League.
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Ahead of the clash with his former side CSNI, CIYMS captain Nigel Jones is reasonably happy with his lot right now.
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This weekend is the first weekend we have been at full strength, Neil Russell is available and it is great to have Carl Robinson bowling. So, yes perhaps we have managed to keep the critics quiet so far.
CIYMS win battle of Belmont CIYMS win battle of Belmont ( ) ZZZZ4:43 pmZZZZ
CIYMS crawled across the line winning by one wicket with two balls to spare; it was almost like two heavyweights hanging on in the 12th round of a championship decider.
Premier League weekend round up Premier League weekend round up ( ) ZZZZ5:38 amZZZZ
It was a good weekend for several NCU Knights cricketers.
Five-way tie at top of Premier League Five-way tie at top of Premier League ( ) ZZZZ10:51 amZZZZ
IT is a five-way tie at the top of the NCU Premier League after three rounds of matches as Carrickfergus surrendered the last unbeaten record in tame fashion.
Saturday's action in brief Saturday's action in brief ( ) ZZZZ12:04 amZZZZ
A Look back at the weekend action in the Premier and Section 1 Leagues
No walkovers in NCU league No walkovers in NCU league ( ) ZZZZ2:08 amZZZZ
Greg Thompson believes the only thing Waringstown's defeat by Muckamore last Saturday in the AJG Challenge Cup proves is that every team in the Premier League can beat anyone else on the day.
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It is a crucial weekend for both Instonians and Waringstown and given they form the backbone of the NCU Knights team playing in Cork.
Berry looking for full performance from Lisburn Berry looking for full performance from Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ7:10 pmZZZZ
Some cracking ties down for decision in the Premier League.
Cowden relinquishes CSNI captaincy Cowden relinquishes CSNI captaincy ( ) ZZZZ12:25 amZZZZ
Civil Service North captain Andrew Cowden has stepped down from the role, being replaced by Graeme McCarter at the helm.
Inst show title winning class Inst show title winning class ( ) ZZZZ8:20 pmZZZZ
It’s stretching things to declare that the outcome of a match on the third weekend of the season could ultimately decide a league title, but Instonians’ victory over Waringstown on Saturday may yet be hugely significant in the final analysis.
Instonians victorious at The Lawn Instonians victorious at The Lawn ( ) ZZZZ12:49 amZZZZ
Champions Instonians emerged as 20 run winners in the clash of Premier League 'favourites'.
Muckamore stun CIYMS Muckamore stun CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ5:15 amZZZZ
Last weekend Muckamore seemed on the brink of marking their return to the premier league with victory against Carrickfergus, only to see it snatched away by Daniel Poulton’s savagery in hitting 80 not out.
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North Down delivered a performance of much promise scoring 307 and once again professional Ruhan Pretorius lead the way. Having passed 50 in both his previous knocks this time he went on to nail his first century of the season.
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Ian Callender reviews the local action over the weekend.
Section One round up Section One round up ( ) ZZZZ6:34 amZZZZ
Tight at the top and tight at the bottom after two rounds of matches.
Premier League round up Premier League round up ( ) ZZZZ9:40 pmZZZZ
Carrickfergus top the pile after runfest versus Lisburn while Muckamore claim win against CIYMS and North Down overcome CSNI.
Gill targets CIYMS win Gill targets CIYMS win ( ) ZZZZ2:59 amZZZZ
The challenge now is to establish ourselves in the top section and we know CI have a lot of quality in their line-up. I thought we acquitted ourselves well last weekend.
Reduced programme in the NCU Reduced programme in the NCU ( ) ZZZZ3:38 pmZZZZ
THERE are only three games in the NCU Premier League because of this weekend’s one-day internationals in England.
Double hundreds in the NCU Double hundreds in the NCU ( ) ZZZZ4:23 amZZZZ
Ryan Smyth's 249 not out is the highest innings ever in the NCU region - beating Nick Larkin's 247* for the Knights and Obus Pienaar's 244 for Waringstown.
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Ryan Smyth, the young Downpatrick batsman, was a comparitive unknown before Saturday. But the former Saintfield player should be on the radar of most cricket observers now after breaking the record for the highest individual score made by a batsman in NCU senior cricket.
Go Slow North Down lose to Waringstown Go Slow North Down lose to Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ10:55 amZZZZ
NORTH Down’s hopes of a surprise victory over NCU Premier League favourites Waringstown were dashed by the umpires on Saturday as they intervened to halt the match and hand the visitors 24 penalty runs.
Premiership round-up Premiership round-up ( ) ZZZZ5:37 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus the only Home winners on the opening day of the Premier season.
Carrickfergus sneak home Carrickfergus sneak home ( ) ZZZZ3:44 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus 'Get out of Jail' as Eagleson and Poulton see them home against Muckamore.
Matt finish from new CIYMS star McGillivray Matt finish from new CIYMS star McGillivray ( ) ZZZZ1:38 pmZZZZ
CIYMS thought they were getting a fast bowler from South Africa as their new professional, but he won his side their first match yesterday with the bat.
NCU ins and outs NCU ins and outs ( ) ZZZZ12:56 amZZZZ
Here is the full rundown of all you need to know about the 2017 NCU Premier League, including who has moved where, the new professionals and the men to watch out for.
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Instonians captain Nikolai Smith expects his side to be challenging for Premier League honours again this year, although he admits he will be relying on the younger players at Shaw's Bridge.
Derriaghy favourites to bounce back Derriaghy favourites to bounce back ( ) ZZZZ1:02 pmZZZZ
Derriaghy start the NCU Section One season as strong favourites to bounce straight back to the top flight.
Who will win the NCU title? Who will win the NCU title? ( ) ZZZZ9:40 pmZZZZ
INSTONIANS, the runaway winners of last season’s NCU Premier League, will defend their title this season without an overseas professional.
NCU Preview 12: Derriaghy NCU Preview 12: Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ3:11 amZZZZ
Following the disappointment of relegation from the Premier league after just 1 season Derriaghy are determined to bounce straight back again.
NCU Preview 11: Muckamore NCU Preview 11: Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ12:23 amZZZZ
Neil Gill is back at the helm for the progressive Moylena side as they embark again on a journey in the top echelons of NCU cricket.
NCU Preview 10: Instonians NCU Preview 10: Instonians ( ) ZZZZ9:40 pmZZZZ
It's as you were for the defending champions albeit without an overseas player at this stage.
NCU Preview 9: Bangor NCU Preview 9: Bangor ( ) ZZZZ1:56 amZZZZ
Bangor enjoyed mid-table safety in 2016 but the jury's out on how 2017 will develop.
NCU Preview 8: Waringstown NCU Preview 8: Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ1:09 amZZZZ
Waringstown will have been disappointed by 2016 when they looked like winning everything but suffered injuries, lost momentum and faltered in the final stages.
NCU Preview 7: Donaghcloney Mill NCU Preview 7: Donaghcloney Mill ( ) ZZZZ12:47 amZZZZ
A new season, a new venture, as the merger of Donaghcloney and Millpark sees Donaghcloney Mill take the field.
NCU Preview 6: Cliftonville NCU Preview 6: Cliftonville ( ) ZZZZ9:05 amZZZZ
Cliftonville will once again have a good blend of youth and experience, and look forward to the challenges ahead this season.
NCU Preview 5: Holywood NCU Preview 5: Holywood ( ) ZZZZ2:56 amZZZZ
It promises to be an exciting campaign at SeaPark with the club's promising youth structures continuing to bear fruit.
NCU Preview 4: Lisburn NCU Preview 4: Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ2:47 amZZZZ
It could be a year of struggle for Lisburn but they've proved their resilience in the past and will be tough to beat especially at home in 2017.
NCU Preview 3: North Down NCU Preview 3: North Down ( ) ZZZZ9:37 pmZZZZ
After a hugely disappointing campaign last time around some significant changes both on and off the field have brought renewed optimism at The Green.
NCU Preview 2: Carrickfergus NCU Preview 2: Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ2:03 pmZZZZ
The 2016 season was an excellent one for Carrickfergus as the club achieved their highest placed finish in the top flight of NCU cricket.
NCU Preview 1: CIYMS NCU Preview 1: CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ1:15 amZZZZ
The Belmont club look to have a very strong squad at their disposal and will be expected to challenge for major honours.
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South African all-rounder Shaheen Khan says he has unfinished business in the NCU after signing to rejoin Waringstown for the 2017 season.