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NWCU News 2017
Time for reflection
It's the time of year for a bit of reflection and as 2018 looms quickly into view I hope you don't mind if I steal a minute of your time to look back on what, in cricket terms at least, was a more than acceptable 12 months.
Martin relishing U17 coaching roles
It's been an exciting week for Ardmore wicket-keeper batsman Kevin Martin who has been confirmed as the new Head Coach for the North West Under 17 side.
Internationals boost for NW coaching
No fewer than four internationals will be involved in the NW Future Warriors coaching programme in 2018 at Under 15 and 17 level.
Five NW players name in Ireland Academies
Ross Allen and Graham Kennedy make the senior academy, while Coleraine pair Marcus Poskitt and Varun Chopra make the Emerging squad along with Kyle Magee.
Derry Midweek donates to charities
The Derry Midweek League has once again donated thousands of pounds to various charities across the North-West.
NW sides looking to end cup hoodoo
NW sides have been ended a tough series of draws as they look to end their recent dismal run in Ireland's premier club cup competition.
Sam Jeffrey and Q Cup draws made
The 1st round draws have taken place for the remainder of the North West cup competitions following on from Friday's senior cup pairings.
NW trio named in U19 World Cup squad
Three North West players have been named in the Ireland squad which will play in the U19 World Cup in New Zealand next month.

NWCU to become Limited Company
The NWCU's Autumn General Meeting was held at Eglinton on Thursday night with events dominated by a proposal for the Union to become a Limited Company from 2018.
NW AGM to be held at Eglinton
The North West General Meeting will be held this coming Thursday night (30 November) at Eglinton CC starting at 7pm.
Marais sets world record
Former Fox Lodge professional Marco Marais has et the record for the fastest triple hundred in first-class cricket.
Bready seeking Head Groundsman
Cricket Ireland are looking for a full-time Head Groundsman to manage the facility in Bready Cricket Club.
NW confirm AGM and cup date
The North West Cricket Union has this morning confirmed details of a couple of key upcoming dates starting with their autumn General Meeting at the end of this month.
NW holding coach education session
The North-West are running a coaching education course aimed at helping coaches of children aged between 5 and 12 next month.
Rankin scoops top award at NW dinner
The main award of the evening, the Radio Foyle Player of the Year, was won by Breadyís David Rankin after the opening batsman scored over 800 runs and also claimed 19 wickets in an impressive season at Magheramason.
NWCU Dinner next week
Just a reminder to all that the NWCU dinner will be held on Friday week- 3 November- at the White Horse Hotel, Campsie. Guest speaker is Derry City FC manager, Kenny Shiels.
NW Umpires and Scorers AGM
The North West Umpires and Scorers Association will hold its AGM at Bready Cricket Club at 2pm on Saturday 7th October.
Macbeth heading Down Under
Brigade all-rounder Ryan Macbeth is spending the winter in Australia.
Riddles handed 6 match ban
Donemana's Andrew Riddles has been hit with a six game ban following a Disciplinary Committee hearing into the Holm side's league game with Brigade at the beginning of August.
Captains forum provides positive ideas
The North West met with its club captains at the White Horse Hotel on Wednesday evening in the first of several "forums" which the Union hopes will help it prepare over the winter for a busy 2018.
NW to hold captains meeting
First in a series of meetings with interested parties being held in White Horse Inn on Wednesday.
Saturday wash-out in the NW
It was to be another fairly gloomy picture on the final weekend of the domestic cricket season with neither of Saturday's two scheduled games managing even a start after more rain fell during the week.
Play-off weekend in NW
Itís play-off weekend in the North West with Beechgrove hosting the game which will decide if Fox Lodge or Ballyspallen will play in the Premiership next season.
Tyrone round-up
All the latest news from around the county with Strabane winning the championship and Donemana one win away from another title.
T20 not the flavour of the month for Northern clubs
Club T20 cricket seems to be being driven by Cricket Ireland at the minute and as a potentially marketable brand, that is understandable.
Junior Warriors spun to final day defeat
But such a glance masks what could have been a win had the NWW tourists seized their opportunities, and played their best cricket for a complete 40 overs.
Heavy defeat for Junior Warriors
North West Junior Warriors were given a lesson in ĎHiltonballí by the NUSC who secured the Hilton trophy with a 156 run victory on Tuesday on a record breaking day for two NUSC players.
Junior Warriors beaten in opening tour game
The North West Junior Warriors tour to the North East to participate in the Hilton Series started Monday with an opening defeat to the inform NUSC at Horden by 80 runs.
Sunday round-up
Bready's hopes of winning the inaugural All-Ireland T20 cup were ended by hosts Waringstown at the Lawn on Sunday after the NCU side posted an emphatic 67-run verdict at the tournament's semi-final stage.
NW to face Italian flavour in North East
The North West Junior Warriors will be faced with another unique proposition on the Hilton Tour with confirmation NUSCís Italian International Gian Meade is flying back to Newcastle to play in the series.
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 Sundayís Finals Day.
Jack Glenn Memorial Day
Sunday sees a very poignant day for cricket followers across the North West as the Rectory hosts the Jack Glenn Memorial T20 day in memory of the player who passed away in such tragic circumstances earlier this year.
Brigade reach Ulster Plate final
Brigade reached the final of the Ulster Plate for the 3rd successive season after they won a thrilling semi-final against CSNI by just 12 runs.
Opportunities for groundsmen in NW
The NWCU is pleased to announce a number of exciting opportunities for groundsmen and clubs across the Union.
Kennedy delight at ICC award
Irish left-armer Graham Kennedy was a deserved winner of the Player of the Tournament award at the Under 19 World Cup qualifying tournament in Jersey.
Winning ways continue for Ballyspallen and Strabane
Ballyspallen have taken over at the top of the table after Lee Ritchie's men posted a comprehensive 8 wicket win at home to St Johnston ahead of this weekend's huge senior cup final challenge.
NW name squad to play Ireland U15's
Peter Harrigan will captain a NW select that will face Ireland Under 15's at Ardmore.
Sunday round-up
There were a quartet of senior games played in excellent conditions on Sunday afternoon. Wins for Donemana, St Johnston, Strabane and Ballyspallen.
Barry backing Strabane to back the pace
Despite a first relegation in their long and illustrious history the Red Caps began life in the second tier of North West cricket with the same squad- indeed probably a stronger one- than the one that had just left the top flight.
Tyrone round-up
All the latest from around the county.
NW name U17 squad
The NW have named their squad for the Under 17 series in Carrickfergus.
Latest from Tyrone
All the latest happening from the region.
Fixture rearrangements
Details of games that have been rescheduled this week and next in the great NW.
Praise for Newbuildings
The sun shone on the wonderful facility, which is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the progressive club, and although they may have lost the match, the club won many plaudits for their efforts.
NW Under 13 squad
The NW have selected the following Under 13 match for a game against the U17 girls at Burndennett.
Under 15 squad named
The North West selectors have named their squad for next week's Under 15 interpro series which is being held in the region.
Under 13 trial match
There will be a NW Under 13 trial match at Ardmore this week.
Black Sunday for NW sides
The three remaining North West sides in the Irish Senior Cup took their leave of the competition on Sunday evening after comprehensive defeats for all of them.
Latest from Tyrone
Can Donemana make it six in a row? Firsts for both Reeve Kelly and Trevor Hamilton plus all the latest cup draws.
Succesful Primary School Blitz at Ardmore
Fun in the sun for local schools at the Bleachgreen.
Foyle beaten by Friends
Winning is a habit someone once said and for much of the season that was the mantra of the First XI and especially the Under 15s but twice now in three days that lovely habit has just disappeared.
Cork in the rain - it's just not proper cricket
Much debate on what constitutes proper cricket and scheduling issues arise with the NW trip to Cork.
Miserable week complete for Brigade
Following on from a disappointing weekend for Brigade last time, Andy Britton now has to pick his team up for the remainder of the season after another poor couple of days for the Limavady Road side this weekend.
Latest happenings in Tyrone
It was a debut to remember for Burndennett's new overseas player Ruqeno Weavers at the weekend as he took four wickets to put a dent in Strabane's promotion hopes.
Tyrone latest
All the latest happenings in Tyrone cricket rounded up by Barry Chambers.
Tyrone round-up
At the crease with Barry Chambers as he rounds up all the action from a busy week in Tyrone.
Date changes for Strabane and Ulster Plate
Strabane will now host Cregagh in the National Cup on June 4, while all the Ulster Plate matches have been switched to June 25.
Family affair for Killens
Father and daughter team Clarke and Melanie Killen officiated the Eric Cooke Cup match between St Johnston and Ballyspallen.
New kit for Bonds Glen
Bonds Glen unveiled their new coloured kit and training tops ahead of their opening group fixture at home to Killyclooney in this season's Eric Cooke Cup.
Tale of two centuries
It was a tale of two centurions at the weekend as Gary McClintock and Manu Sharma scored their maiden senior hundreds for Donemana and Strabane respectively.
New book on the history of Strabane Cricket Club.
North West of Ireland cricket historian Billy Platt is on course to publish a 700 page book on the history of Strabane Cricket Club during the 2018 cricket season.
Donemana down Clontarf as NW sides hold their own
Eight Premiership sides went into battle up and down the country with half of them surviving what has recently become a first round cull.
NW sides look to end barren spell in Irish Cup
North West clubs go into the first round of the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday trying to turn around a recent dreadful record in the competition - not having a winner since 2004, when Limavady beat Strabane.
Club Head Coach Development Programme
The programme will be a pilot scheme for the 2017 season, working with 5 local coaches with the aim of developing a structured pathway for aspiring Club Head Coaches.
Teams Administration Manager wanted
Cricket Ireland is seeking to recruit an International Teams Administration Manager, to ensure the efficient running of all Ireland International Teams.
Kennedy stars as Ballyspallen win Charity Cup
Ballyspallen won the Sam McConnell Charity Cup with a convincing 8-wicket win over Premiership side Fox Lodge.
Charity finals on Sunday
The Derry Midweek Charity finals Day will take place at Bready on Sunday starting at 1pm.
Great Scott
Strabane begin life in the Championship with a new captain at the helm. Barry Scott is the man charged with the responsibility of leading the Red Caps back into the top echelons of NW cricket, where a club of their pedigree and stature belong.
NW Preview 16: Bonds Glen
There are just a couple of changes up at the Glen but despite being sorry to lose Trevor Britton back to CIYMS the club will be more than happy with their winter's work.
NW Preview 15: Glendermott
It has been a difficult close season at the Rectory as the Waterside club struggled more than most with changes to UK Borders Agency regulations governing overseas players.
NW Preview 13: Strabane
It will be a first ever taste of 2nd tier cricket for the Red Caps this summer and in a very competitive league, new captain Barry Scott will find plenty of challengers looking to upset the promotion favourites.
NW Preview 14: Newbuildings
It was very much a waiting game over the past few weeks for Newbuildings after Peat Salmon was selected as part of the Jamaica squad for games against Barbados- the first of which saw Oraine Williams selected to play and ending any chance of him being able to return to the North West this season.
Umpiring opportunities in NE England
The North West Cricket Union (NWCU) has unveiled a great opportunity for the unionís umpires to visit the North East England and stand in a wide array of matches in conjunction with Northern Universities Sports Club (NUSC).
NW President relishing new season
It was no surprise that there were few changes in personnel at this year's North West General Meeting and definitely not a shock that Connie McAllister was elected unopposed for a second term as President.
NW Preview 12: Donemana
There are few changes to report at the Holm as the "double" champions set out to defend their league and cup trophies after a convincing 2016 campaign.
NW Preview 11: Brigade
Quite a few changes at Beechgrove over the close season but no doubt the club will feel that they have recruited well as they bid to wrestle the senior title away from holders Donemana.
Brigade sign Faisal Iqbal
Pakistan Test batsman Faisal Iqbal will be back in the North West this summer after Brigade announced at the weekend that they had signed the 35-year old as their overseas player for 2017.
North West joins forces with NUSC
The North West Cricket Union (NWCU) has confirmed it has joined forces with the NUSC based in North East England.
Ardmore sign Rameez Alam
Ardmore have signed Pakistan top order batsman Rameez Alam ahead of the season which gets under way next week.
NW Preview 10; Ardmore
Not too many changes to report over the winter at the Bleachgreen- Stevie Dunn heading back to Coleraine and Dean Curry expected to join up again with dad, Decker, and a change of professional, appears at this stage to be pretty much the height of it.
NW Preview 9: Killyclooney
It was a very decent season at 'Clooney last time and having struggled to make much impact on the Championship in previous years, the appointment of Darren Moan as skipper brought about huge improvement.
UKBA ruling on professional cricketers
Within the past two weeks, the Union has been made aware that the Home Office is interpreting 'professional cricketer' as including anyone who has ever played First-Class cricket, regardless of how long ago, or how many or few times.
NW Preview 8: St Johnston
Not for the first time the St Johnston preview is as handy as they come- the same skipper, no pro, no ins and no outs!
NW Preview 7: Eglinton
Things have certainly been looking up at the village club over the past couple of seasons, although what impact the loss of Oraine Williams might bring about this year remains to be seen.
NW Preview 6: Bready
It has been a few seasons now since Bready have been competitive in the senior title race although they did manage to negotiate a path away from the relegation battle in 2016 a little more comfortably than had been the case in the previous years.
NW Preview 5: Fox Lodge
The Foxies are back at the top table after an absence of two years and while skipper Brian Allen's main aim might be consolidation, the NW Development Officer will be keen to ensure that his team stays competitive rather than just try to survive.
NW Preview 4: Burndennett
It has been a fairly testing couple of seasons for the 'Dennett boys after the superb 2014 campaign when they only just lost out in the promotion race to St Johnston, however with the benefit of hindsight, that final day defeat at Drummond was possibly a blessing in disguise.
NW Preview 3: Coleraine
David Cooke takes over the reins at Coleraine this season and the new skipper looks to have a decent side around him to start the summer.
Historic indoor interpro blitz
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.
NW Preview 2: Ballyspallen
There are a few changes at Bridge Park ahead of the new campaign starting with Lee Ritchie taking over the captain's armband from Stephen Kennedy.
Charities benefit from Ardmore History book
Billy Platt, the Author of History of Ardmore Cricket Club 1860 - 2015 wishes to acknowledge the sincere support shown by Ardmore Cricket Club towards the publication, especially by Mr Dermot Ward and Mr George Chambers
NW Preview 1: Drummond
It's a case of "as you were" for Drummond in 2017 although there is currently some uncertainty over Adam McDaid who has been talking to Coleraine over the winter.
Williams debut for Jamaica gives Glendermott major headache
Oraine Willams' first-class debut for Jamaica has given Championship side Glendermott a major headache ahead of the 2017 campaign.
NW clubs success in grant applications
There was a positive start to the new season for a handful of North West clubs after they were successful in securing some grant funding from the Department of Social Development small grants scheme.
First-class players rule in NW
The NW have clarified the ruling on first-class players being allowed to play in NW cricket.
NW hold Spring AGM
The North West Cricket Union held it's Spring General Meeting at Eglinton on Tuesday night with returning Chairman Andrew Fleming assuring members that proposed new governance structures within the Union were now on track.
Jack Glenn Memorial game planned
The cricket community in the North West is considering a memorial event to mark the life of Jack Glenn, the young cricketer whose remains were found in the River Foyle last week.
Bready extend deadline for groundsman job
Bready CC have extended the deadline for applications for the position of Head Groundsman.
Bready in late professional switch
Injury forces Bready to change professional.
Death of Bobby Brolly
Everyone at the club is saddened to learn of the passing of club stalwart Bobby Brolly.
General Manager appointed
Peter McCartney has been unveiled as the North West Union's new General Manager.
New professional at Bready
Bready have signed exciting 21 year-old all-rounder Sibonelo Makhanya as their professional for the 2017 season.
Bready Seek Head Groundsman
Bready CC is one of those outstanding venues and now, along with the North West Cricket Union, wishes to build its expertise and resources to accommodate the increased opportunity of hosting high level international cricket.
9 coaches achieve Level 2
The NW have nine new Level Two coaches following their successful completion of the course last week.
Safeguarding Workshops being held in NW
The NW have organised a series of Safeguarding workshops over the coming months.
NW hosting fast-bowling workshop
Stuart Barnes holding fast bowling coaching workshop this weekend.
Glendermott confirm Williams to play for them
Glendermott will have Oraine Williams in their ranks for the 2017 season.
Umpiring boost for NW
Ten new umpires have qualified to officiate in the NWCU, including the first female official.
BOC statement on overseas players
The NWCU BOC met on Wednesday 8th February 2017 to discuss the changes to the Home Office immigration rules relating to overseas sports persons for the 2017 season which were received on Tuesday 7th February 2017
Major boost for NW
The NW will receive a major boost with the creation of two new roles within the Union ranks.
Professional switch on the card between Eglinton and Glendermott?
Glendermott and Eglinton are considering a switch of professionals following the news that the Home Office had requested Cricket Ireland enforce the regulations for overseas players.
Tributes paid to Jack Glenn
Irish and North West cricket followers were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Jack Glenn in Londonderry.
Brigade and Bready to host major NW finals
Local cricket and the NW have confirmed the venues for both the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup and T20 finals day for the forthcoming season.
Welcome To Coaching Course - NWCU
The North West got this years Club and Coach Education calendar underway with a Welcome to Coaching Course at the Vale Centre in Greysteel last Sunday.
Around the NW
Items of interest to NW clubs.
Hobson's choice for Ardmore
Ardmore have signed 22 year-old South African all-rounder Thomas Hobson for their 2017 campaign.
St Johnston seek CDO
St Johnston are seeking a CDO for the 2017 season.
NW working hard behind the scenes
Preparations for the new season may appear to have been low-key in the North West so far however Union officials released a statement this weekend which suggests that plenty of work has already been going on in anticipation of another busy 12 months across the region.
Death of Stevie Hargan
The North West cricket fraternity was today mourning the loss of former Union Umpire Stevie Hargan who passed away this morning (Thursday) after a long illness.