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Neil Gill on his way to five wickets (CricketEurope)
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Day of thrills and spills in NCU Challenge Cup ZZZZ1:01 amZZZZ
There was a first with a Super Over required to separate CSNI and Woodvale, while Derriaghy caused the shock of the day beating North Down. There were also five wicket hauls for Ben Kane, Shane Dadswell, Pat Botha and Neil Gill.
Can Armagh topple NCU cricketing royalty? ZZZZ8:35 amZZZZ
THE King was in Armagh yesterday and although he didn’t make it to The Mall, cricket royalty will be playing at the picturesque venue tomorrow when the Section One club host Waringstown in the second round of the  Challenge Cup.
Waringstown depth to be tested in Irish Cup clash ZZZZ1:15 pmZZZZ
Injuries to James McCollum and Lee Nelson plus Cricket Ireland's instruction for Graham Hume to sit out the game will make it a test of Waringstown's depth.
Waringstown join CIYMS at top of the table ZZZZ11:12 amZZZZ
Waringstown joined CIYMS at the top of the Premier League table after a 34 runs victory at The Lawn over previously unbeaten North Down.
Two out of two for North Down ZZZZ8:44 amZZZZ
North Down made it two wins out of two in the Premier League with a 29 runs victory over Cliftonville Academy yesterday.
CIYMS look the team to beat ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
CIYMS look to be the team to beat in this year’s Premier League after easing past defending champions Lisburn in Saturday’s early season showdown at Wallace Park.
Lisburn and CIYMS up and running ZZZZ9:30 amZZZZ
Lisburn and CIYMS will head into the first big clash of the NCU season tomorrow with a victory under their belts after getting off the mark last night in emphatic style.
Thompson leads CSNI to victory over Derriaghy ZZZZ3:12 amZZZZ
CIVIL Service North joined CIYMS at the top of the Premier League table when they won the second completed match of the season last night, beating Derriaghy by six wickets.
Third time lucky for Lisburn? ZZZZ9:07 amZZZZ
Lisburn will make a third attempt to begin their defence of the Premier League on Thursday against Instonians at Shaw’s Bridge after Saturday’s latest postponement at Cliftonville Academy.
CIYMS flex muscles ZZZZ9:03 amZZZZ
CIYMS flexed their muscles on the Northern Cricket Union’s second attempt to get the season under way as Jason van Merwe failed by one run to score the first century.
NCU Saturday roundup ZZZZ10:57 pmZZZZ
The NCU season got off with a wimper rather than a bang as two of the five Premier League games, at Cliftonville Academy and Carrickfergus, fell before the starting line, and two more, at Stormont and Shaw’s Bridge, didn’t last even one innings.
Van Der Walt excited by Carrick challenge ZZZZ2:09 amZZZZ
It’s been quite a journey both on and off the cricket field for Cornelius Johannes van der Walt, but it reaches the finishing line this year after being appointed captain of Carrickfergus — and getting a UK passport.
NCU season starts without Irish stars ZZZZ2:35 amZZZZ
It is a sign of the times that when the NCU Premier League season gets under way, five of the best players will be in Sri Lanka preparing for Ireland’s third Test match this month.
NCU Previews 11: Muckamore ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
It was a busy close season on and off the field at Muckamore who have strengthened their squad considerably for the forthcoming campaign.
NCU Previews 17: Laurelvale ZZZZ4:30 amZZZZ
It's a step up to Section One for Laurelvale, but a challenge the club is relishing as the campaign starts.
NCU Previews 16: Cregagh ZZZZ4:17 amZZZZ
It was a disappointing 2022 for Cregagh who were relegated from the top flight but are quietly confident of an immediate return to the top echelons of NCU cricket.
NCU Previews 15: Saintfield ZZZZ2:04 amZZZZ
The new season brings fresh hopes for Saintfield who will be hoping for a successful campaign.
NCU Previews 14: Ballymena ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
It promises to be an exciting season for Ballymena, who will be hoping to add some silverware to the Eaton Park cabinet as the season begins.
NCU Previews 13: Donacloney Mill ZZZZ1:44 amZZZZ
There is great optimism around Donacloney Mill as the new season dawns.
NCU Previews 12: Armagh ZZZZ1:01 amZZZZ
It promises to be an exciting season at The Mall with Armagh keen to get back into the Premier League.
NCU Previews 10: North Down ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
It wasn't the best of seasons for North Down in 2022, but they have a new captain and overseas professional as they look to recapture past glories.
NCU Previews 9: Cliftonville Academy ZZZZ1:32 amZZZZ
It was a tough baptism for Cliftonville Academy in the top flight in 2022, but they will be hopeful of better fortunes this campaign.
NCU Previews 8: Woodvale ZZZZ2:03 amZZZZ
It wasn't a great 2022 season for Woodvale but the Ballygomartin side are more optimistic that the current campaign will be much brighter.
NCU Previews 7: Derriaghy ZZZZ2:09 amZZZZ
Derriaghy are back in the big time in 2023, and they are determined to stay there this time.
NCU Previews 6: Waringstown ZZZZ3:34 amZZZZ
Greg Thompson is back as captain for 2023, hoping to bring more silverware to the Lawn.
NCU Previews 5: Instonians ZZZZ5:15 amZZZZ
There is a new captain at the helm for Instonians with Nikolai Smith taking over the reins from Andrew White.
NCU Previews 4: CIYMS ZZZZ2:54 amZZZZ
It's all change at CIYMS with plenty of transfer activity over the close season, with John Matchett taking over the captaincy reins from Nigel Jones.
NCU Previews 3: Carrickfergus ZZZZ7:33 amZZZZ
There's no Jacques Snyman for Carrickfergus in 2023 but they have signed a quality replacement in Michael Rippon and also have Jack Egan in their ranks for the campaign.
NCU Previews 2: CSNI ZZZZ3:35 amZZZZ
Stuart Thompson is at the helm once again for CSNI, who have lost a few key players but have a talented crop of youngsters coming through the ranks.
NCU previews 1: Lisburn ZZZZ8:06 pmZZZZ
The champions Lisburn haven't rested on their laurels over the close season, strengthening their squad with a number of quality additions, no more so than with the acquisition of Nigel Jones.
Pienaar signs with Donacloney Mill ZZZZ8:47 pmZZZZ
NCU Section One side Donacloney Mill have signed South African wicketkeeper/batsman Peet Pienaar for the upcoming season.
Metcalfe impresses against Durham ZZZZ12:34 amZZZZ
It may be March, but Instonians wicket-keeper batsman Ollie Metcalfe has been in action this week as Durham UCCE took on Durham at the Riverside Stadium.
CIYMS finish third in European Cup ZZZZ7:14 amZZZZ
It all went wrong for CIYMS on Finals day at the European T10 Championships in La Manga yesterday as they lost both games to crash out before the climax.
End of the road for CIYMS as Dreux crowned Champions ZZZZ6:11 amZZZZ
CIYMS had two chances to claim a place in the Final but lost, first to Dreux and then to Hornchurch, having beaten both earlier in the week.
CI will get two bites of the cherry ZZZZ6:21 amZZZZ
CIYMS will get two bites of the cherry to win a place in the Euro T10 Final, as they emerge unbeaten at the end of the Round-Robin matches.
CIYMS keep to their winning ways ZZZZ3:26 amZZZZ
With two wins today CIYMS maintained their 100% record and their position at the top of the Championship Week table.
Unbeaten CIYMS top the Table ZZZZ9:37 amZZZZ
Unbeaten CIYMS top the Table at the end of Day 2 of the European Cricket League T10 in Malaga.
CIYMS off to a winning start in T10 Championship Week ZZZZ11:40 amZZZZ
It was a case of just what the Doc ordered as CIYMS won their opening game of the ECL T10 Champions Week against French champions Dreux.
CIYMS begin Champions League quest ZZZZ2:36 amZZZZ
CIYMS have made it to Finals week at the European T10 Championships.
CIYMS demolish Ariana to win group ZZZZ1:05 pmZZZZ
CIYMS clinched a place in the Championship next week after their super Saturday continued with the demolition of Swedish side Ariana KIF in the group final.
CIYMS power into T10 Final ZZZZ6:41 amZZZZ
Jason van Der Merwe hit form on Finals Day powering CIYMS to wins over Oerias and Istanbul to carry his side to the Group Final.
Another topsy turvy day for CIYMS ZZZZ4:15 pmZZZZ
Yet again CIYMS had fluctuating fortunes on the second day of the European Cricket League group stages in Spain.
Mixed fortunes for CIYMS on opening day ZZZZ9:24 amZZZZ
There were mixed fortunes for CIYMS on the opening day of the European Cricket League in Spain.
Carrick sign Michael Rippon as replacement pro ZZZZ11:28 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus has announced the signing of Otago, New Zealand, and former Netherlands all-rounder Michael Rippon, as their overseas professional player/coach for the 2023 season.
CIYMS set for Spanish adventure ZZZZ3:51 amZZZZ
CIYMS are Spanish bound this week as they play in the group stages of the European Cricket League.
Campbell face tricky start to cup defence ZZZZ8:02 amZZZZ
Campbell College will begin their defence of the Schools Cup against either Royal School Armagh or Belfast High in the second round of this year’s competition.
Schools' Cup holders Campbell College given a bye. ZZZZ9:28 amZZZZ
Schools' Cup holders Campbell College are among the big names receiving a bye to the second round of this year's competition.
Three awards for NCU ZZZZ3:00 amZZZZ
Gareth Thompson, Cade Carmichael and Amy Caufield were the winners from the NCU at the Cricket Ireland awards.
James Hunter joins Lisburn ZZZZ2:21 amZZZZ
Instonians all-rounder James Hunter is leaving Shaws Bridge,switching to Premier League Champions Lisburn for the new campaign.
Varun Chopra joins Cliftonville Academy ZZZZ8:33 pmZZZZ
Coleraine all-rounder Varun Chopra has left Coleraine to join Cliftonville Academy.
Cliftonville Academy sign South African ZZZZ5:50 amZZZZ
Ciiftonville Academy have signed experienced South African all-rounder Aubrey Swanepoel for the upcoming campaign.
Trevor Britton joins Muckamore ZZZZ5:10 amZZZZ
Trevor Britton is leaving CIYMS to join Muckamore. The 40 year-old enjoyed a very successful spell at CIYMS, where he enjoyed a trophy laden eight seasons.
Death of Abi Satham ZZZZ1:47 amZZZZ
There was sad news over the weekend with the death reported of former Indian cricketer Abi Satham.
Waringstown will start Plate defence at home ZZZZ8:16 amZZZZ
Ulster Plate holders Waringstown II will start their defence of the title with a home fixture against Donemana II.
NCU off to Spain ZZZZ8:00 amZZZZ
Thanks to Erasmus funding, the NCU Under 14 boys side as well as a Dragons Under 18 girls side is off to Spain this weekend for a ten-day pre-season training camp.
NCU Challenge Cup draw ZZZZ2:35 amZZZZ
Holders CIYMS will begin their defence of the Challenge Cup with an away day trip to either Dundrum or Saintfield.
Eight NCU players named in U18 Dragons squad ZZZZ2:06 amZZZZ
There are eight NCU players included in the Dragons Under 18 squad that is heading to Spain for a week's training camp.
Nut job for CIYMS ZZZZ11:24 amZZZZ
CIYMS have signed New Zealander Edward Nuttall after original choice Keith Dudgeon was ruled out of a return to Belmont.
Lisburn start title defence against Instonians ZZZZ11:20 amZZZZ
Lisburn will open their defence of the Premier League title at Shaw’s Bridge with a game against Instonians on April 22.
CSNI sign New Zealander ZZZZ8:09 amZZZZ
CSNI have signed Irish passport holding New Zealander Ryan Harrison for the 2023 season.
Muckamore recruit experienced coach ZZZZ7:25 amZZZZ
Muckamore are another club who have been busy strengthening over the close season and have announced that experienced coach Paddy Steytler and South Africa teenager Ciaran Roundtree will be heading to Moylena this summer.
CIYMS add New Zealander to ranks ZZZZ7:07 amZZZZ
It's been a busy close season at Belmont with plenty of ins and outs. The latest addition is Theo van Woerkom.
North Down sign South African all-rounder ZZZZ1:58 amZZZZ
North Down have signed Andile Mokgakane for the 2023 season.
Srinivasan joins Muckamore ZZZZ3:09 amZZZZ
Muckamore have signed Vinoth Srinivasan from BISC.
Thompson excited by Waringstown captaincy ZZZZ10:33 amZZZZ
Greg Thompson has once again taken the captaincy at Waringstown, having previously captained the Lawn side to great success previously.
Waringstown strengthen ahead of new season ZZZZ1:56 amZZZZ
Waringstown have signed former Carrickfergus professional Pat Botha as their overseas player for next season.
Botha joins Waringstown ZZZZ7:38 amZZZZ
Waringstown have signed South African Pat Botha for the 2023 campaign.
Death of Dawn Johnston ZZZZ10:48 pmZZZZ
There was sad news on Tuesday when former NCU Treasurer Dawn Johnston died after a lengthy illness.
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