Northern Cricket Union 2021
Robinson set for Woodvale switch? ( ) ZZZZ2:05 amZZZZ
Carl Robinson is set for pastures new after confirmation that he is leaving North Down.
New Brand for North Down ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
North Down have signed South African all-rounder Neil Brand for the 2022 season.
Lisburn confirm Neil Whitworth joining ( ) ZZZZ12:35 amZZZZ
English all-rounder Neil Whitworth will be playing for Lisburn during the 2022 season.
Seth Rance set for CIYMS stint ( ) ZZZZ6:34 amZZZZ
New Zealand international Seth Rance is set to join CIYMS for the 2022 season.
NCU Review 5: Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ9:32 pmZZZZ
It wasn't the best of seasons for Lisburn who finished bottom of the Premier League, winning 3 of their 14 matches, while they exited the senior cup at the second round stage.
NCU Review 4: Instonians ( ) ZZZZ9:11 pmZZZZ
It was another season of rebuilding for the Shaw's Bridge side who won five of their fourteen league games to finish sixth in the league, while they reached the semi-final of the senior cup.
NCU Review 3: CSNI ( ) ZZZZ1:54 amZZZZ
There were a few new faces for CSNI, who came close to silverware in the T20 competition, but didn't enjoy the best of league campaigns, where they won six of their fourteen matches.
NCU Review 2: CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ8:23 pmZZZZ
For CIYMS it was a mixed campaign by their high standards, losing six times in the league, but there was more silverware as they were victorious yet again in the Challenge Cup final.
Hat trick of awards for Pretorius ( ) ZZZZ10:44 amZZZZ
Woodvale professional Ruhan Pretorius has picked up three top awards for a blistering end of the season batting performance.
NCU Review 1: Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
It was a season that started strongly with the T20 Cup won in convincing fashion, but thereafter things went on a increasingly downward spiral as they finished second from bottom of the Premier League.
NCU Top 20 averages ( ) ZZZZ1:42 amZZZZ
A look at who were the top 20 performers in the batting and bowling averages for the NCU Premier League during the 2021 season.
Gill making Muckamore return ( ) ZZZZ11:21 amZZZZ
Muckamore have been given a real end of season boost with the news that Neil Gill will be playing for them next season.
Angela Platt leaving NCU role ( ) ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
Angela Platt is to leave her role as General Manager of the NCU after more than four years at the helm.
End of Term feel to Premier League finale ( ) ZZZZ11:03 amZZZZ
The final weekend of NCU Premier matches had that ‘lets just get it over with’ feel about it and that was certainly reflected in some of the performances on display.
Cregagh secure promotion but just miss out on Title ( ) ZZZZ8:46 amZZZZ
Cregagh secure their place in next season's Premier League but the Title goes to Cliftonville Academy on Nett Run Rate.
Cregagh to play in top flight ( ) ZZZZ1:16 amZZZZ
CREGAGH will play in the top division of the NCU next season for the first time in 46 years.
Nelson sails Waringstown to another win ( ) ZZZZ12:59 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN were presented with the Premier League trophy before their penultimate game against Carrickfergus yesterday and they celebrated by winning their 12th match out of 13 this season.
Boultwood takes Cregagh to brink of title ( ) ZZZZ8:22 pmZZZZ
Cregagh have the chance to gain promotion and the title going into their final match of the season today at home to Saintfield in their rearranged T20 fixture.
Runs galore in NCU Premiership ( ) ZZZZ7:27 pmZZZZ
The bat dominated the ball in the penultimate round of NCU Premier matches with wins for Waringstown, North Down, Lisburn and Woodvale.
NCU Section One going down to the wire ( ) ZZZZ12:11 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN are due to receive the Premier trophy ahead of their penultimate game against Carrickfergus and with no relegation, all eyes will be on Section One where the final promotion place will be decided.
Day 2 spoils shared but NCU claim series win ( ) ZZZZ12:50 pmZZZZ
The NCU and Jersey women's sides shared the spoils on Day 2 at Stormont with a Jersey win in the morning and an NCU win in the afternoon series decider.
Narrow win for NCU Women in T20 opener ( ) ZZZZ12:07 pmZZZZ
The NCU Women's side held off a spirited chase by Jersey to claim victory by the smallest margin in the first match of their 3-match T20 series with Jersey Women.
Junior Cup on its way to Laurelvale ( ) ZZZZ11:13 amZZZZ
Laurelvale claimed the Junior Cup defeating hosts Lisburn II by 7 wickets.
Waringstown Premiership champs ( ) ZZZZ10:53 amZZZZ
They won the title when only remaining challengers North Down lost their rearranged 20-over game to Woodvale at Ballygomartin Road.
Woodvale beat North Down to confirm Waringstown champions ( ) ZZZZ8:58 pmZZZZ
Woodvale's 15-run win against North Down confirmed the NCU Premier title would be Waringstown's.
Section One goes down to the wire. ( ) ZZZZ3:40 amZZZZ
The result of next weekend's clash between Section One table toppers Cliftonville Academy and long time leaders Derriaghy won't be the end of the matter as Cregagh can keep the pressure on by winning at Muckamore.
Nelson and Hume take Waringstown one step closer to title ( ) ZZZZ9:39 pmZZZZ
A century from captain Lee Nelson and a hat-trick for Graham Hume were the highlights of Waringstown's dramatic 12-run win against rivals CIYMS.
Cameron Doak of Lisburn takes nine wickets ( ) ZZZZ9:15 pmZZZZ
Cameron Doak had a remarkable bowling feat for Lisburn Seconds in their game at Middle Road against their Carrickfergus counterparts.
All over bar the shouting for Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ3:50 pmZZZZ
IT looks like the race for the Premier League title is all over bar the shouting after Waringstown came through their toughest remaining challenge with a 12 runs victory over outgoing champions CIYMS.
Derriaghy keep promotion dream alive ( ) ZZZZ5:01 amZZZZ
Derriaghy ended a run of three consecutive defeats last night to keep alive their hopes of promotion to the Premier league.
Gone for a Burton ( ) ZZZZ12:17 amZZZZ
Cliftonville Academy extended their lead at the top of the Section One table after a five wicket win over Armagh.
One small step for Malan, one giant leap for Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ11:24 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN took another giant leap towards the Premier League title last night with a 82 runs victory over basement side Lisburn in their rearranged game at The Lawn.
Waringstown edge closer to title ( ) ZZZZ2:47 pmZZZZ
Waringstown moved a step closer to the Premier title after an emphatic 82-run win against Lisburn in their T20 refix at The Lawn.
CIYMS keep pressure on ( ) ZZZZ10:11 amZZZZ
CIYMS kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Waringstown with a 70 runs (DLS) victory over Carrickfergus yesterday, after Saturday’s four Premier League games were washed out.
CSNI Women on course for double ( ) ZZZZ10:04 amZZZZ
CIVIL Service North remain on course for the Women’s Premier League and Challenge Cup double after completing the knock-out half of it yesterday in convincing fashion.
Waringstown and Lisburn to meet on Monday ( ) ZZZZ11:40 pmZZZZ
Waringstown will play their rearranged Premier League game against Lisburn On Monday night after The Lawn joined the long list of weather casualties on Saturday.
Waringstown in pole position for title ( ) ZZZZ12:48 amZZZZ
In the NCU, Waringstown are in pole position to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2017 after their win over second-place North Down last Sunday.
CSNI lift U13 league title ( ) ZZZZ9:36 amZZZZ
CSNI gained revenge for their Banoge Cup loss by beating close rivals Instonians by 30 runs to lift the Under 13 League crown.
Lucky 13 for Lisburn in Junior Cup final? ( ) ZZZZ10:45 amZZZZ
LISBURN II will look to make it lucky 13 (wins) on Saturday when they host Laurelvale in the final of the Junior Cup.
Youth cup wins for Muckamore, Holywood and Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ9:05 pmZZZZ
A busy week of youth finals in the NCU continued with wins for Lisburn, Holywood and Muckamore in the U11, 13 and 15 League One finals.
Inst win Banoge Cup in thriller against CSNI ( ) ZZZZ10:53 pmZZZZ
Another day, another thriller, as Instonians once again got the better of fierce rivals CSNI in the final of the Banoge Cup at Queensway.
Inst beat CSNI in U15 League decider ( ) ZZZZ9:45 pmZZZZ
Instonians are the NCU Under 15 league champions after winning a thrilling decider against rivals CSNI at Stormont.
North Down beat Lurgan by 1 run to reach women's final ( ) ZZZZ12:32 amZZZZ
North Down held their nerve to beat Lurgan by one run in the semi-final of the NCU Women's Challenge Cup at Lurgan.
Waringstown two wins from NCU title ( ) ZZZZ10:49 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN could be just two wins away from lifting the Premier League title for the first time since 2017 after completing back to back wins at the weekend.
Waringstown move step closer to title ( ) ZZZZ4:03 amZZZZ
Waringstown opened up a 12-point lead in the Premiership title race after beating nearest rivals North Down by 25 runs at The Lawn in their rearranged T20 match.
Cregagh beat Derriaghy to open up title race ( ) ZZZZ12:09 amZZZZ
The NCU Section One title race was blown wide open after Cregagh beat Derriaghy by six wickets to move just four points behind both the Queensway side and Cliftonville, who edged out Ballymena in a thriller.
Waringstown stay top after win at Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ11:05 pmZZZZ
Waringstown remain top of the Premiership after a 16-run (DLS) win against Woodvale, despite the best efforts of Ruhan Pretorius. CSNI too strong for Lisburn with runs for Stuart Thompson and Gary Wilson.
Waringstown beat spirited Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ4:32 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN can take a huge stride to the Premier League title with victory over second place North Down, after seeing off the spirited challenge of Woodvale.
Tried and trusted formula as CIYMS capture another cup ( ) ZZZZ12:05 amZZZZ
CIYMS secured a fourth NCU Challenge Cup in six years after a relatively comfortable 127-run win against North Down at The Green.
Nigel Jones praise for ‘outstanding’ CIYMS as holders retain cup over North Down ( ) ZZZZ11:54 pmZZZZ
A superb all-round display from captain Nigel Jones helped CIYMS successfully defend their Gallagher Challenge Cup crown with a dominant 127-run win over North Down at The Green.
CIYMS remain cup kings ( ) ZZZZ3:46 amZZZZ
CIYMS remain the cup kings in the NCU as they won the Gallagher Challenge Cup for the fourth time in six years with an emphatic 127 runs victory over North Down.
Carrickfergus outgunned ( ) ZZZZ12:15 amZZZZ
A Ruhan Pretorius spectacular ensured a comprehensive victory for Woodvale in the rearranged Premier League fixture at Ballygomartin Road
Can Chore deny CIYMS? ( ) ZZZZ2:07 pmZZZZ
RARELY Is the build-up to a cup final about one player but the Gallagher Challenge Cup showdown between CIYMS and North Down at The Green could be decided by how long Aniruddha Chore bats.
Experienced Haire relishing Cup final showdown ( ) ZZZZ1:14 amZZZZ
NOTHING beats experience in a cup final and when North Down meet CIYMS in the Challenge Cup showdown on Friday, no-one will boast more final appearances than Ryan Haire.
Getkate haunts former club ( ) ZZZZ5:25 amZZZZ
SHANE Getkate returned to haunt his former club at Stormont as Instonians’ charge up the Premier League table continued.
CSNI Women beat Muckamore to reach final ( ) ZZZZ12:44 amZZZZ
CSNI have reached the NCU Women's Cup final after beating Muckamore by 11 runs in a tense semi-final at Stormont.
Waringstown meet North Down in top of the table clash ( ) ZZZZ8:37 pmZZZZ
Ireland players selected for the Zimbabwe series will miss the last three weekends of the club season, which continues with a clash of the top two in the Premier League — Waringstown and North Down — at The Lawn.
Instonians and Woodvale IIs beat the rain ( ) ZZZZ3:33 pmZZZZ
Only one Premier League game beat the weather, Instonians claiming the points with a close four wicket DLS win over CSNI at Stormont while Woodvale Seconds lifted the Intermediate Cup beating CIYMS Thirds by six wickets.
Cregagh beat Donacloney Mill to win U11 Development Cup ( ) ZZZZ3:17 amZZZZ
Cregagh Under 11s won the NCU Development Cup by beating Donacloney Mill in the decider earlier this week.
NCU Women's Cup semi-final draw ( ) ZZZZ12:32 amZZZZ
The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the NCU Women's Cup.
No Chore for North Down as they beat Instonians to reach final ( ) ZZZZ11:36 amZZZZ
Anniruddah Chore continued on his run scoring spree as his unbeaten 85 eased North Down into a Challenge Cup final showdown with CIYMS, after they beat Instonians by seven wickets.
Revenge sweet for North Down and CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ11:28 amZZZZ
IT has taken nine years but North Down finally gained revenge for their NCU Challenge Cup final defeat by Instonians, beating the Shaw’s Bridge side to reach this year’s showpiece on Friday week.
CIYMS outgun CSNI to reach Cup final ( ) ZZZZ10:34 amZZZZ
There are few sides better than CIYMS in Ireland when at full strength and that was the case at Stormont as the Belmont side overpowered CSNI in the Challenge Cup semi-final at Stormont.
Waringstown lead the way from North Down ( ) ZZZZ12:34 amZZZZ
Andre Malan scores another ton as Waringstown win again, North Down brush aside Carrickfergus, Woodvale beat Lisburn, while brilliant hundred from Ross Adair sees CSNI beat CIYMS.
‘Trouble at T’Mill’ for leaders Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ12:03 amZZZZ
There was ‘Trouble at T’Mill’ for leaders Derriaghy, slumping to a 52 run defeat as chasers Cliftonville Academy and Cregagh both win convincingly.
Bragging rights for CSNI ( ) ZZZZ11:25 amZZZZ
CIVIL Service North take the bragging rights into today’s Challenge Cup semi-final against CIYMS after winning the league game between the teams at Belmont.
Instonians win Quoile Cup ( ) ZZZZ9:46 pmZZZZ
Instonians won the Quoile Cup on Friday night beating Holywood by 38 runs at Derriaghy.
Mayes hoping to fire North Down into final ( ) ZZZZ4:04 amZZZZ
Tom Mayes has hit the ground running since signing for North Down ahead of the 2021 season and he’s hoping to carry that form into tomorrow’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Instonians and beyond.
Young gun Robertson firing for Instonians ( ) ZZZZ3:54 amZZZZ
Cian Robertson may still only be 18 but he has been putting in performances beyond his years throughout this season.
Derby rivals up for the battle ( ) ZZZZ3:38 amZZZZ
BY Sunday night, CIYMS and Civil Service North will know each other very well but only one of them will be in the Challenge Cup final.
CSNI win Graham Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:21 pmZZZZ
CSNI are the 2021 Graham Cup winners after an emphatic ten-wicket win against CIYMS in the decider at Stormont.
Chore proving signing of the season ( ) ZZZZ1:30 pmZZZZ
ANI Chore is proving to be the signing of the season, after he brought his runs tally in the last three innings to a remarkable 341 for once out and propelling North Down into second place in the Premier League.
Waringstown and North Down break clear of the pack ( ) ZZZZ2:00 pmZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN and North Down have stolen a march on the chasing pack in the League as it reached the halfway stage.
Waringstown, Instonians, North Down and CIYMS win ( ) ZZZZ1:38 pmZZZZ
Another hundred for Chore as North Down win, while there are also victories for leaders Waringstown, Instonians and CIYMS.
CSN Women going for the double ( ) ZZZZ11:03 amZZZZ
CIVIL SERVICE North begin their pursuit of the Women’s Challenge Cup on Sunday and they are just four games away from a league and cup double.
CIYMS and Instonians hopeful of 2019 repeat ( ) ZZZZ11:00 amZZZZ
HOLDERS CIYMS and Instonians were kept apart in yesterday’s semi-final draw for the Challenge Cup but both will have to win away to set up a repeat of the 2019 final.
NCU Challenge Cup draw made ( ) ZZZZ11:34 amZZZZ
The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the NCU Challenge Senior Cup and has thrown up two exciting contests.
No Surprises in Challenge Cup ( ) ZZZZ1:03 amZZZZ
There were no surprise winners in the Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals as both Section One sides fell by the wayside - emphatic wins in all four fixtures.
Hot, hot, hot in the NCU ( ) ZZZZ12:15 amZZZZ
THE hottest day in Northern Ireland wasn’t the only record broken yesterday - Waringstown became the first team to post 400 in the NCU Premier League.
Waringstown put Carrick to the sword ( ) ZZZZ2:54 pmZZZZ
Waringstown score 420 to thump Carrick, while there are wins too for North Down, Instonians and CSNI.
Section One Roundup ( ) ZZZZ2:42 pmZZZZ
Derriaghy come within eight runs of losing their unbeaten record at Armagh, as Ballymena move off the bottom.
Glass hits six sixes in final over to win T20 Trophy for Ballymena ( ) ZZZZ2:28 pmZZZZ
John Glass channeled his inner Garfield Sobers to hit six sixes off the last over to win the NCU T20 Trophy for Ballymena against a shell-shocked Cregagh.
Ton up Greer a tonic for Templepatrick ( ) ZZZZ12:50 pmZZZZ
A century from Ricky Greer secured victory for Templepatrick at Armagh in Sunday's Section One fixture.
Snyman puts CSNI to the sword ( ) ZZZZ8:52 amZZZZ
As South Africa face Ireland, there was a tasty sample of what the international players can expect on show at Stormont.
Section One Roundup ( ) ZZZZ1:28 amZZZZ
It’s as you were at the top of Section One, with Saintfield the only losers in the top six, Derriaghy, Cliftonville Academy and Cregagh hold station clear of the pack.
Carrick and Waringstown top the table ( ) ZZZZ3:22 pmZZZZ
Three sides shared top spot in the table this morning, but tonight that’s down to two as North Down fell to a shock defeat at the hands of Woodvale while Carrick and Waringstown both won away to CSNI and Lisburn respectively.
Cregagh dreaming of cup glory ( ) ZZZZ11:56 amZZZZ
CREGAGH have been given the best chance of preventing a clean sweep of Premier League sides reaching the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup with a home draw in the last eight.
NCU Challenge Cup draw ( ) ZZZZ3:12 amZZZZ
The draw has been made for the quarter-finals of the NCU Challenge Cup with the ties set for the 18th of July.
Waringstown kicked out of Cup ( ) ZZZZ11:51 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN have been kicked out of the NCU Challenge Cup for playing an ineligible player in their victory against Derriaghy on Saturday.
Waringstown dumped out of Challenge Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:59 pmZZZZ
Waringstown have been thrown out of the NCU Challenge Cup after the governing body ruled that Jonathan Bushe was ineligible, having not been registered by the correct date.
Lewis pips Hume for MOM Award ( ) ZZZZ2:37 pmZZZZ
IT’S not often that a player scores 66 not out and takes six wickets and doesn’t receive man of the match but in a ‘home town/underdog’ decision, Craig Lewis received the award in their Cup defeat by Waringstown.
Sunday's Premier League roundup ( ) ZZZZ12:07 amZZZZ
Instonians record their first win, Carrick bounce back after their Cup defeat, André Malan goes big against CIYMS and a wicketkeeping record for Chore?
Wilson century sets up Muckamore win ( ) ZZZZ8:07 pmZZZZ
A century by Ewan Wilson was the highlight of Muckamore's home win over fellow strugglers Bangor.
No shocks in NCU Senior Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:39 pmZZZZ
In the NCU Challenge Cup, the Premier League sides made short work of their Section One opponents.
Kerr leads Cooke Collegians to T20 Shield success ( ) ZZZZ1:10 amZZZZ
A fine all-round performance from Man of the Match Paul Kerr saw Cooke Collegians claim the NCU T20 Shield after they beat Lurgan by 15 runs in the decider at Pirrie Park.
McCallan still top dog ( ) ZZZZ11:47 pmZZZZ
KYLE McCallan may be approaching his 46th birthday but the former Ireland captain is still one of the first names on the Waringstown team-sheet.
RBAI make it a clean sweep ( ) ZZZZ9:46 amZZZZ
RBAI made it a clean sweep of the Schools Competitions with victory for the U15 XI in the Intermediate Cup
CIYMS remain the side to beat ( ) ZZZZ7:09 amZZZZ
AN undefeated century by Chris Dougherty ensured CIYMS remain very much in the mix to defend their Premier League title when their inter-provincial stars return next month.
NCU Premier League round-up ( ) ZZZZ12:55 amZZZZ
Wins for Waringstown, CIYMS, North Down and CSNI as Carrickfergus lose their unbeaten record at Belmont.
A tale of two Insts ( ) ZZZZ9:41 amZZZZ
This was a Schools Cup Final like no other – and with no losers. RBAI’s name was on the cup as soon as the semi-finals had been decided.
Section One round-up ( ) ZZZZ9:00 pmZZZZ
Derriaghy are still the side to beat as they make it 9/9 with a win over Cliftonville Academy while Cregagh kept up the chase with a big win over Muckamore.
No surprises as Inst. wins the Cup ( ) ZZZZ10:45 amZZZZ
There was to be no giant killing act today at Osborne Park as the Inst. First XI dominated the Final to claim the Ulster Senior Schools' Cup by 211 runs.
Peak performance by RBAI ( ) ZZZZ11:58 amZZZZ
AN historic Schools Cup final will take place at Osborne Park on Friday when RBAI meet RBAI 2nd XI after the senior side defeated Wallace High by 120 runs in yesterday’s second semi-final.
Inst. the Masters ( ) ZZZZ9:24 amZZZZ
Friday's Schools' Cup Final will be an all Inst. affair as the First XI brushed aside the challenge of Wallace High School in the second semi-final.
Carrick top NCU Premier League ( ) ZZZZ1:06 amZZZZ
CARRICKFERGUS are out on their own at the top of the Premier League, the only team to have won their first two games – and already they have shown their strength in depth.
It's as you were in NCU Section One ( ) ZZZZ9:30 pmZZZZ
No change at the top of the Section One table as the top four all win, Derriaghy extending their unbeaten run to eight with victory over Templepatrick.
Wins for North Down, Carrick, Lisburn and CSNI ( ) ZZZZ1:35 pmZZZZ
Round-up of the Premier League where there were victories for Carrick, North Down, Lisburn and CSNI.
Second Team but not Second Best ( ) ZZZZ11:59 pmZZZZ
RBAI 2ndXI shocked Campbell College recording a 21 run win in today's Schools' Cup semi-final.
Ballymena reach T20 Trophy final ( ) ZZZZ11:20 pmZZZZ
Ballymena will face Cregagh in the NCU T20 Trophy final after a thrilling four-run win against Muckamore at Moylena.
Campbell College reach Schools Cup semi-final ( ) ZZZZ9:49 amZZZZ
Half centuries from Oliver Topping and Zac Solomon propelled Campbell College into the semi-finals of the Schools Cup after a convincing 118-run win over Methodist College Belfast.
Cregagh first to claim T20 Trophy Final place ( ) ZZZZ11:44 pmZZZZ
Cregagh defeated Saintfield for the second time in four days as they followed up their league success on Saturday with a 40 run victory in the first of the T20 Trophy semi-finals.
Waite takes Wallace into semi-finals ( ) ZZZZ9:55 pmZZZZ
Michael Waite's superb 169 ensured Wallace High School reached the semi-finals of this year's Schools Cup as they ran out 244 run winners against Friends' School.
Magnificent Seven for Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ12:26 amZZZZ
Jordan Wade's hard hitting 77 ensured another 250+ total for Derriaghy as they continued their unbeaten start to the Section One League campaign.
CIYMS start title defence with win ( ) ZZZZ10:52 amZZZZ
CIYMS may have been forced to start the season without two of their Ireland squad members but they still made a winning opening defence to the Premier League.
Bangor gone for a Burton ( ) ZZZZ9:10 pmZZZZ
Max Burton's brilliant century ensured Cliftonville Academy progressed in the NCU Senior Challenge Cup, while Jamie Rogers starred as Armagh edged out Saintfield in the other preliminary round game.
Lee Nelson hails impact of Andre Malan ( ) ZZZZ3:42 pmZZZZ
The NCU Premier League returned with a bang on Saturday as over 2,000 runs were scored across four matches and three players registered centuries.
Carrick fire warning shot in Premier League opener ( ) ZZZZ10:08 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus have the first trophy of the season in their clubhouse and on the basis of yesterday’s opening game in the Premier League, they seem certain to be in contention over the longer format.
Derriaghy make it 6 out of 6 in Section One ( ) ZZZZ11:05 pmZZZZ
Derriaghy won the top of the table clash with Cregagh and move 8 points clear of their nearest rivals.
Runs galore in NCU Premier League ( ) ZZZZ1:25 pmZZZZ
Carrickfergus continued the form which saw the win the T20 Cup last week with a convincing eight-wicket win against North Down in the Premier League.
Premiership cricket returns in Northern Ireland ( ) ZZZZ12:21 amZZZZ
The local season takes a huge step forward tomorrow with the return of the NCU Premier League and the North West Premiership.
MCC Northern Ireland week cancelled ( ) ZZZZ6:41 amZZZZ
The annual MCC week in Northern Ireland due to start next Tuesday has been cancelled.
Derriaghy stay top of Section One ( ) ZZZZ12:09 amZZZZ
Derriaghy continue to be the early pace setters in Section One as they beat the weather and challengers Saintfield by four runs.
Classy Carrick shine on big stage ( ) ZZZZ10:58 amZZZZ
THE big players enjoy the big stage and one of the players of the season, Jacques Snyman ensured that Carrickfergus won the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup.
Carrick beat CSNI in T20 final ( ) ZZZZ2:01 pmZZZZ
Like two heavyweight boxers, Carrick and CSNI fought it out for the right to be crowned Lagan Valley Steels T20 champions.
Wonderful Wilson ( ) ZZZZ2:40 pmZZZZ
A MEMORABLE innings by Civil Service North captain Gary Wilson maintained his side’s unbeaten start to the season and sends them into the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup final at the Lawn as favourites.
CSNI and Carrick to meet in T20 final ( ) ZZZZ2:15 amZZZZ
Civil Service North and Carrick will meet in the final of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup after two pulsating semi-finals.
NCU T20 cup finals ( ) ZZZZ11:06 pmZZZZ
The first two trophies of the season will be handed out this weekend in the NCU with the big one on Sunday after the final of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup at The Lawn.
T20 Trophy semi-finals taking shape ( ) ZZZZ1:59 amZZZZ
Three of the semi-finalists in the T20 Trophy have been decided as Cregagh, Saintfield and Muckamore record victories.
Berry praises Lisburn progress ( ) ZZZZ12:57 amZZZZ
After they followed their opening day victory against Waringstown by losing three consecutive matches, not many would have expected Lisburn to be finishing in the Twenty20 Cup top-four.
North Down and Waringstown miss out ( ) ZZZZ12:49 amZZZZ
FOR the first time since 2010, neither North Down nor Waringstown will be in the NCU T20 Cup final.
NCU T20 Cup semi finalists confirmed ( ) ZZZZ11:23 amZZZZ
Lisburn made the semi-finals as they edged out North Down in a low-scoring winner takes all match against North Down at Wallace Park.
Lisburn confirm T20 semi-final berth ( ) ZZZZ2:09 pmZZZZ
LIisburn completed the semi-final line-up for the T20 Cup with a three wickets victory over North Down which was more comfortable than the margin would suggest.
Derriaghy move clear in Section One ( ) ZZZZ1:16 amZZZZ
Derriaghy win the battle of the table-toppers leaving Donacloney Mill, Cregagh, Saintfield and Cliftonville Academy all sharing second spot.
Muckamore into T20 Trophy semi-final ( ) ZZZZ11:29 pmZZZZ
Muckamore are the first side into the semi-finals of the NCU T20 Trophy after a five wickets win against Cliftonville Academy at Moylena.
Carrick, Inst, Lisburn and CSNI win ( ) ZZZZ11:17 pmZZZZ
Jacques Snyman’s second century of the season ensures a T20 Cup semi-final berth for Carrickfergus after a five-run win over holders CIYMS at Belmont on Friday night.
Mulder back at CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ10:57 amZZZZ
Jacob Mulder is back at CIYMS having reversed his decision to go back permanently to his native Australia.
Busy weekend ahead in NCU ( ) ZZZZ9:00 amZZZZ
Ruhan Pretorius will be back in action in the first of all eight teams’ double-headers, tonight and tomorrow, to complete the group stages of the NCU T20 Cup.
Ian Callender on Saturday's NCU results ( ) ZZZZ6:11 amZZZZ
Civil Service North remain the team to beat as they added the scalp of previously unbeaten Carrickfergus in the top of the table clash at Middle Road.
NCU Section One Roundup ( ) ZZZZ1:42 amZZZZ
It’s a three-way tie at the top of the NCU Section One table after Derriaghy, Saintfeld, and Donacloney Mill all made it three wins from three.
Thrillers galore in NCU T20 Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:24 pmZZZZ
Civil Service North top the table after their fourth win of the season. Wins too for CIYMS, Lisburn and Waringstown.
Matchett stars as CIYMS beat Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ10:54 pmZZZZ
John Matchett took three wickets and scored an unbeaten half century as CIYMS thumped Lisburn by eight wickets in their T20 Cup clash at Wallace Park on Friday night.
Adam McDaid re-joins Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ2:45 amZZZZ
Muckamore have re-signed batsman Adam McDaid from Ballyspallen.
Instonians come up smelling of Roses ( ) ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
Ben and James Rose helped Instonians to their first win of the season as they chased 127 to beat Woodvale by five wickets with nine balls to spare.
Rain affects T20 Cup in NCU ( ) ZZZZ1:14 amZZZZ
CIVIL Service North and Carrickfergus missed the chance to extend their advantage at the top of the T20 Cup last night when both matches were called off after yesterday’s rain.
Saintfield go marching on ( ) ZZZZ1:09 amZZZZ
Gareth Harrison slammed an unbeaten 72 to help Saintfield beat Cliftonville Academy by six wickets as they chased 134 to win with eight balls to spare.
Civil Service lead the way ( ) ZZZZ9:27 pmZZZZ
CIVIL SERVICE NORTH lead the way in the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup, the only team to win their first three matches.
Saturday's NCU Section 1 Roundup ( ) ZZZZ7:50 pmZZZZ
Donacloney Mill and Derriaghy both make it two out of two share top spot in Section One.
CSNI, Carrick, North Down and CIYMS win ( ) ZZZZ11:58 amZZZZ
There were wins on Saturday in the LVS T20 Cup for CSNI who top the table, North Down, Carrickfergus and CIYMS.
Carrick and North Down crush Lisburn and Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ1:28 pmZZZZ
Jacques Snyman’s brilliant 121 was the catalyst for a resounding 116-run win for Carrickfergus against Lisburn, while North Down trounced Woodvale by ten wickets.
Pretorius and Adey face old club ( ) ZZZZ6:49 amZZZZ
THERE is more than a hint of irony that Woodvale’s first match of the season is at The Green in Comber tonight because lining up against North Down will be Ruhan Pretorius and Aditya Adey.
Cool Hand Luke fires CSNI to victory ( ) ZZZZ1:43 pmZZZZ
Luke Georgeson's unbeaten 75 propelled CSNI to victory over CIYMS in their LVS T20 clash at Stormont.
Five star Magee's efforts in vain ( ) ZZZZ11:41 pmZZZZ
Instonians seamer James Magee's five wicket haul was in vain after torrential rain washed out their T20 clash with Waringstown between innings at The Lawn.
Mr Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ3:21 amZZZZ
Muckamore have rewarded the outstanding service and contribution of John McCormick by naming one end of their ground in his honour.
Commins blow for CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ2:37 pmZZZZ
Murray Commins cannot play for CIYMS after the Home Office confirmed what the NCU suspected; the South African has arrived in Northern Ireland, as a professional cricketer, with the wrong visa to play sport.
Gallagher boost for Women's game ( ) ZZZZ5:18 amZZZZ
Men's and Women's Cup sponsor Gallagher have added their support to a new Women's Challenge Plate competition.
Visa troubles for Murray Commins ( ) ZZZZ7:09 pmZZZZ
THERE are fears that CIYMS could be without their Irish-qualifying South African Murray Commins for the foreseeable future.
Tommo tanks Inst ( ) ZZZZ11:33 pmZZZZ
WHAT a start to the 2021 NCU season. Only two games in the Lagan Valley Steels Cup beat the weather but one produced a last ball finish and the other an outstanding innings.
Wins for Lisburn and CSNI ( ) ZZZZ5:19 pmZZZZ
Two matches managed to survive the weather in the NCU and it was Uptown Top Rankin for Lisburn who edged out Waringstown in a last ball thriller in the game of the day at The Lawn.
Muckamore and North Down win in Women's Premiership ( ) ZZZZ2:44 pmZZZZ
There was action in the NCU Women’s Premier League with two games getting played.
CIYMS waiting on green light for Commins ( ) ZZZZ9:27 pmZZZZ
MURRAY Commins was still waiting last night to be given the go-ahead to play for CIYMS, after arriving in the country with the wrong visa.
Commins in limbo ( ) ZZZZ5:17 pmZZZZ
It was late last night before CIYMS found out if Murray Commins, their Irish qualifying South African could not play in today’s Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup match against Woodvale.
Rankin looking to fire on Warriors debut ( ) ZZZZ10:06 pmZZZZ
IT has been a strange winter for most people, sports people in particular, and for Boyd Rankin, the strangest ever.
NCU Preview 12: Bangor ( ) ZZZZ9:43 amZZZZ
2020 was a successful season for Bangor who collected the Robinson Services Bowl, and skipper Adam McCusker is confident after being given a second chance in Section One.
NCU Preview 10: Ballymena ( ) ZZZZ10:39 pmZZZZ
Ballymena have been boosted by the return of the experienced James Kennedy, while having Michael Glass join from Lisburn will further boost their batting.
NCU Preview 11: Cliftonville Academy ( ) ZZZZ10:34 pmZZZZ
After a strong end to the season in 2020, Cliftonville Academy go into the new campaign with genuine hopes of a promotion challenge.
Steenson steps down from Armagh captaincy ( ) ZZZZ12:36 amZZZZ
After leading Armagh’s first team for six seasons and guiding them to two promotions, Matthew Steenson has announced he will step down as captain ahead of the 2021 campaign.
NCU Preview 9: Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ9:01 pmZZZZ
Derriaghy are expected to be among the major contenders for the Section One title and have added to their squad this season with Jordan Wade coming from Downpatrick.
NCU Preview 8: Instonians ( ) ZZZZ11:19 pmZZZZ
Instonians have a settled look about them, and the club will use the 2021 season to bring more of their much vaunted young players into the senior set-up.
NCU Preview 7: CSNI ( ) ZZZZ3:47 amZZZZ
Four new faces arrive at Stormont, but that is offset by the loss of the experienced duo of James Kennedy and Graeme McCarter.
CIYMS again the team to beat ( ) ZZZZ2:48 pmZZZZ
NCU Challenge Cup holders CIYMS will host Carrickfergus in the first round of the Gallagher Challenge Cup, which is due to return after a break of 22 months.
NCU Preview 6: Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ10:03 pmZZZZ
Adam Berry will once again be at the helm for the Wallace Park side, and he will be hoping that Boyd Rankin will finally get the opportunity to make his debut.
CIYMS to begin Challenge Cup defence against Carrick ( ) ZZZZ4:13 amZZZZ
The draw for the NCU Challenge Cup, which will again be sponsored by Gallagher, has been released.
NCU Preview 5: Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ12:46 amZZZZ
After a disappointing 2020, Carrickfergus have strengthened considerably with four quality additions to their squad for the current season.
NCU Preview 4: CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ11:08 pmZZZZ
The Belmont side have been the dominant force in NCU cricket in recent years and there's no doubt they will once again be the side to beat in 2021.
Pedal for Patto - 20 years ago ( ) ZZZZ8:45 amZZZZ
On the day that the Pedal4Patto cyclists are making their way around the cricket clubs of the NCU, it's a remarkable coincidence that almost 20 years ago to the day Andy Patterson and Kyle McCallan were doing battle on the cricket field.
Sponsorship boost for NCU ( ) ZZZZ8:32 amZZZZ
On the day that the NCU confirmed they hope to start the 50-over season on June 12, Robinson Services have extended their sponsorship of the Premier League for another three years.
Rock boost for Carrick? ( ) ZZZZ2:13 amZZZZ
Neil Rock is believed to be considering a loan move to NCU side Carrickfergus ahead of the new season.
Tector to start season in NCU? ( ) ZZZZ1:23 amZZZZ
Northern Knights captain Harry Tector is believed to be considering starting the domestic season in the NCU.
NCU Preview 3: North Down ( ) ZZZZ11:32 pmZZZZ
It's been a busy close season at Comber, with major signings and also high profile departures.
T20 to get NCU up and running ( ) ZZZZ5:44 pmZZZZ
The NCU season will get under way on May 8th with Lagan Valley Steels T20 action across the board.
NCU plans falling into place ( ) ZZZZ3:12 amZZZZ
NCU Premier League fixtures have been revealed as Robinson Services renew their sponsorship.
NCU Preview 2: Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ11:52 pmZZZZ
Waringstown will have to cope without the services of their all-time leading run scorer James Hall for the 2021 season, but they have two top quality signings that will be boost their all-round strength and depth.
NCU Preview 1: Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ11:31 pmZZZZ
We start our preview of the NCU clubs with a look at Woodvale, who have been busy as the new season approaches.
No spectators allowed for cricket restart ( ) ZZZZ3:47 amZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union and North West have both confirmed their seasons will start two weeks today, on Saturday May 8, with their Twenty20 competitions.
Season to start on May 8th ( ) ZZZZ12:12 amZZZZ
The local season is expected to get under way in both the NCU and NW on Saturday May 8th.
Foster impresses against Derbyshire ( ) ZZZZ8:47 pmZZZZ
CSNI seamer Matthew Foster turned in an impressive display for Cardiff UCCE against Derbyshire in their drawn three-day match.
Bob Matier remembered ( ) ZZZZ10:38 amZZZZ
Following the death of former Woodvale and Irish international Bob Matier earlier this week, we publish an interview he did with David Scott.
Jeff's Ashes: 50 not out ( ) ZZZZ11:28 pmZZZZ
50 years' service to his beloved Dundrum in the NCU. Jeff Maguire is bowing out with the club never in a better position.
Cameron-Dow takes coaching role at Instonians ( ) ZZZZ6:46 amZZZZ
James Cameron-Dow has been appointed Director of Youth cricket at Instonians.
No Más Para CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ8:26 amZZZZ
Lo siento mucho, no cricket trip to Spain for CIYMS this June.
Surrey Loam situation resolved ( ) ZZZZ12:26 amZZZZ
A potential problem for Northern Ireland clubs regarding the importation of Surrey Loam from GB has been resolved.
Houston named Official of the Year ( ) ZZZZ9:19 amZZZZ
The ever popular Ian Houston's contribution to cricket was recognised as he picked up the Official of the Year Award.
North Down and Newbuildings up for team award ( ) ZZZZ7:59 amZZZZ
NORTH Down and Newbuildings have been nominated by their provincial unions for the Cricket Ireland Club of the Year, which will be announced on Friday night at the annual awards ceremony.
Donating blood for the cause ( ) ZZZZ6:38 amZZZZ
Back in 20008, the NCU Senior Challenge Cup final was a tough battle, with CSNI wicket-keeper Rob Arthur giving his all in a tense, low scoring affair.
Death of Andrew Steven ( ) ZZZZ8:00 amZZZZ
One of the most recognizable faces of NCU cricket, Andrew Steven died recently.
Johnston gets ECB Level Four Coaching Award ( ) ZZZZ1:50 amZZZZ
Northern Knights Head Coach Simon Johnston has been awarded his Level Four Coaching Certificate by the ECB.
NCU plans await Executive roadmap ( ) ZZZZ2:37 pmZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union are planning for a full season this summer but are waiting for a roadmap out of the lockdown before confirming the schedule.
Saintfield at the double ( ) ZZZZ6:40 amZZZZ
Saintfield have announced the return of Ryan Smyth and Mark Yeates to the club for the 2021 season.
North Down unveil trio of signings ( ) ZZZZ6:30 amZZZZ
North Down have signed three players for the 2021 season, with Sri Lankan Gayan Maneeshan getting the overseas player slot.