We go back to May 1933 and the NW threatened to withdraw from the Irish Cricket Union if a Leinster Cricket Union proposal was adopted by the governing body.
A report in the Derry Journal from 31st May 1933 from the time outlined what transpired at the NW Union's monthly senior committee meeting.
A meeting of the senior committee of the North W took place in Derry yesterday, Mr HC Cochrane (vice-president) presiding. Also present - Messrs WW Barnhill BL (Strabane), Mr Elioott (Sion Mills), WS Robinson (Brigade), James Thompson (City of Derry), and Lieutenant Anderson (2nd Leicestershires).
In connection with the Highmoor v Faughan Valley Junior League match, a replay was ordered.
Regarding the Senior League match, City of Derry v 2nd Leicestershires, a letter was received from Lieutenant Horsford stating that the match had not been played owing to rain. He suggested that City of Derry should be awarded the points for the match, as when the rain stopped about 4pm, the Leicesters had dispersed and he endeavoured to collect them in vain.
It was decided to awarded the points to City of Derry.
A letter was received from the Leinster Cricket Union stating they had resolved - "That the Leinster Cricket Union is of the opinion that no player from the NWCU should be selected on an Irish representative side unless and until such player shall have been tried within the then current season in a match between the sides representing the NWCU and the NCU, the LCU or the Cork County Cricket Club, or between the NCU, or the LCU or Cork County.
The meeting decided to instruct their representative on the Irish Cricket Union, (Mr RW Glass R.M) to oppose the adoption of the LCU resolution at the Irish Cricket Union meeting and to intimate that if they adopted this resolution for incorporation into the constitution of the ICU, the NWCU would forthwith withdraw from the Irish Cricket Union.
Thankfully peace in our times was the result of the ICU meeting, with no need for withdrawal.
However, players from the NW selected for Irish teams were few and far between in the pre-war years, with only a handful gaining that honour.