Northern News & Reports 2018
WW1 Centenary Woods planting event at Cregagh WW1 Centenary Woods planting event at Cregagh ( ) ZZZZ5:40 amZZZZ
On Friday 9th November 2018 between 1.30 – 2.00pm a tree planting event will take place at Cregagh Cricket Club, Gibson Park Avenue, Belfast BT6 9GL to mark the Centenary of the WW1 armistice.
Mulder planning NI return Mulder planning NI return ( ) ZZZZ9:32 pmZZZZ
Jacob Mulder has confirmed his intention to return to Northern Ireland next summer after being released early from his Cricket Ireland contract.
Carrick sign Jacques Snyman as overseas professional Carrick sign Jacques Snyman as overseas professional ( ) ZZZZ10:47 pmZZZZ
Carrickfergus Cricket Club have revealed the signing of South African all-rounder Jacques Snyman as their overseas professional/coach for the 2019 NCU Premier League season.
André Malan back at CSNI André Malan back at CSNI ( ) ZZZZ1:27 amZZZZ
CSNI have confirmed the re-signing of South African professional André Malan for the 2019 season.
Muckamore return for Fahad Iqbal Muckamore return for Fahad Iqbal ( ) ZZZZ3:24 amZZZZ
Iqbal (32) excelled as a late replacement professional for Muckamore last summer scoring 631 runs at 45.07 alongside 28 wickets at 21.25.
Opportunities for school leavers at Ulster University Opportunities for school leavers at Ulster University ( ) ZZZZ1:26 amZZZZ
Ulster University offers students and aspiring cricketers the opportunity to enhance their cricket while studying at Ulster University.
Lisburn unveil Faiz Fazal as their overseas professional Lisburn unveil Faiz Fazal as their overseas professional ( ) ZZZZ1:05 amZZZZ
Newly promoted Lisburn have moved quickly to secure the services of Indian international all-rounder Faiz Fazal for the 2019 campaign.
NCU Review 11; Lisburn NCU Review 11; Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ5:59 amZZZZ
It was very much a case of mission accomplished for Lisburn as they won Section One and ensured an immediate return to Premiership cricket for 2019.
Shannon on the move to Leinster? Shannon on the move to Leinster? ( ) ZZZZ3:17 pmZZZZ
James Shannon yesterday described any possible move as “just a lot of speculation at the moment”.
Shannon not joining Malahide Shannon not joining Malahide ( ) ZZZZ2:07 amZZZZ
James Shannon will not be leaving Instonians for Malahide.
NCU Review 10: Armagh NCU Review 10: Armagh ( ) ZZZZ7:46 amZZZZ
Armagh's return to Premier cricket was short lived as after winning the first game of the season, they failed to win another and were relegated by some considerable distance.
NCU Review 9: Waringstown NCU Review 9: Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ8:46 amZZZZ
They may not have captured the league title, but two All-Ireland titles, plus the Senior and T20 cups mean it was another incredible success story for Waringstown.
Section 1 stays at 10 teams - for the moment. Section 1 stays at 10 teams - for the moment. ( ) ZZZZ2:07 amZZZZ
The NCU’s annual general meeting saw several key proposals passed and rejected, and offered hints at where the Northern Cricket Union sees the future of the club game.
Great success for Instonians at youth level Great success for Instonians at youth level ( ) ZZZZ11:45 pmZZZZ
The club won each of the three Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Youth Cup competitions this summer, as well as the Division 1: Under 11 and Under 15 Leagues, and importantly both the All-Ireland Under 11 and 13 Cups.
NCU Review 8: CIYMS NCU Review 8: CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ5:10 amZZZZ
A triumphant league campaign for the Belmont side broke the trophy monopoly of Waringstown, as they were deservedly crowned Premier League champions.
Adair confirms Holywood departure Adair confirms Holywood departure ( ) ZZZZ6:19 amZZZZ
Mark Adair has confirmed he's leaving Holywood in search of Premiership cricket.
NCU Review 7: Laurelvale NCU Review 7: Laurelvale ( ) ZZZZ9:46 pmZZZZ
It was a disappointing season for Laurelvale as they finished bottom of Section One.
Double glory for Dennison at NCU awards Double glory for Dennison at NCU awards ( ) ZZZZ8:13 amZZZZ
Waringstown’s Adam Dennison is the Cartwright Sports Premier League Player of the Year.
Extensive Regional Development sessions planned Extensive Regional Development sessions planned ( ) ZZZZ8:35 pmZZZZ
This week 350 junior cricketers from more than 28 clubs and schools will receive invitations to attend regional coaching sessions, to be undertaken by over 20 Northern Cricket Union coaches.
Gary Wilson re-joins CSNICC Gary Wilson re-joins CSNICC ( ) ZZZZ10:07 amZZZZ
Gary Wilson has left Derbyshire CCC by mutual consent and will re-join Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club (CSNI).
NCU Review 6: Holywood NCU Review 6: Holywood ( ) ZZZZ2:12 amZZZZ
After a long season Holywood Cricket Club can reflect on what was an overwhelmingly positive period for the club.
Little to talk about at the AGM Little to talk about at the AGM ( ) ZZZZ10:01 amZZZZ
While the first Annual Meeting of the newly incorporated Union may be a momentous day in the history of the Union it will not it seems be one where momentous decisions are made.
NCU Review 5: North Down NCU Review 5: North Down ( ) ZZZZ11:35 pmZZZZ
The Comber-based club finished sixth after picking up 20 points from 14 games (5 wins, 6 losses, 3 no results), and reached the final of the Twenty20 Cup before a seven wicket loss to Waringstown.
NIACUS retain the White Stick NIACUS retain the White Stick ( ) ZZZZ6:04 amZZZZ
“Usor e de castigat, greu e de pastrat” is an old Romanian proverb which translated equates to “Keeping is harder than winning”. But NIACUS debunked that theory as, for the first time in 17 years, they retained the White Stick trophy.
Ervine open to NCU return Ervine open to NCU return ( ) ZZZZ5:21 amZZZZ
Having played in 15 Tests, 80 One Day Internationals and 16 Twenty20’s for Zimbabwe, Craig Ervine goes down as one of the most high profile players to have competed in the NCU in recent times.
NCU Review 4: Carrickfergus NCU Review 4: Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ4:51 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus again finished inside the top four in the Premier League in 2018, ending the season behind CIYMS and Waringstown in third.
NCU Team of the Year NCU Team of the Year ( ) ZZZZ11:48 amZZZZ
I ran a series of polls to determine a NCU Team of the Year, so I thought it was time I picked my own. Finding the right balance can be a tough task considering there are a lot of all-rounders towards the top of both the batting and bowling charts.
NCU Review 3: Instonians NCU Review 3: Instonians ( ) ZZZZ11:31 amZZZZ
Instonians suffered from a plethora of injuries during the 2018, with many key personnel missing at different points throughout the campaign, but they still finished fourth in the Premier League.
NCU Review 2: Muckamore NCU Review 2: Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ10:28 pmZZZZ
Muckamore secured their place in the Premier League for another season this year, finishing seventh having collected 20 points from 14 games (5 wins, 8 losses, 1 no result).
Up close with Adam Dennison Up close with Adam Dennison ( ) ZZZZ8:22 amZZZZ
Waringstown opening batsman Adam Dennison was the standout performer this year, hitting a NCU-high 1335 runs at an average of 51.35.
Up close with Kyle McCallan Up close with Kyle McCallan ( ) ZZZZ8:09 amZZZZ
Kyle McCallan is one of the best players Ireland has ever produced, and he again played a major role in helping Waringstown pick up four trophies in 2018.
NCU Review 1: CSNI NCU Review 1: CSNI ( ) ZZZZ7:15 amZZZZ
The Stormont-based side reached the Challenge Cup final and Twenty20 Cup semi-final, but lost out on both occasions to Waringstown and North Down respectively.
JM Sport end of season awards JM Sport end of season awards ( ) ZZZZ2:39 amZZZZ
2018 was another fantastic cricket season in the NCU, and it’s now time to hand out some awards.
Magowan set for North Down switch Magowan set for North Down switch ( ) ZZZZ2:33 amZZZZ
In one of the first transfers ahead of the 2019 season, wicketkeeper-batsman Jamie Magowan is on the verge of completing a move to North Down from Muckamore.
Up close with Jacob Mulder Up close with Jacob Mulder ( ) ZZZZ2:26 amZZZZ
Jacob Mulder played a big part in helping CIYMS win their first Premier League title since 2012 this season.
NCU top performers 2018 NCU top performers 2018 ( ) ZZZZ9:46 amZZZZ
Leading averages for batting , bowling, all rounders and wicket keepers in Premier League and the Challenge Cup.
Moreland stepping down from first team duty Moreland stepping down from first team duty ( ) ZZZZ9:28 pmZZZZ
After 23 seasons playing first XI cricket, North Down captain Marty Moreland has decided to step down from top flight action.
Wright off Down Under Wright off Down Under ( ) ZZZZ9:18 pmZZZZ
Even though the NCU season is done and dusted for 2018, CSNI batsman Aaron Wright won’t be getting much of a break as he is preparing to spend the winter with Merbein South Cricket Club in Australia.
Malan open to CSNI return Malan open to CSNI return ( ) ZZZZ9:09 pmZZZZ
South African professional Andre Malan was one of the standout performers in the NCU last season, scoring 940 runs (four centuries and four fifties) and taking 43 wickets.
McGillivray hard act to follow McGillivray hard act to follow ( ) ZZZZ8:58 amZZZZ
The all-rounder won’t be returning to the NCU in 2019, and signed off with 98* in his final game against Armagh.
Weekend roundup Weekend roundup ( ) ZZZZ11:55 pmZZZZ
Ian Callender's take on the results from a weekend that saw promotion and relegation issues decided.
'Prom in the Park' 'Prom in the Park' ( ) ZZZZ8:26 pmZZZZ
Lisburn claim the Section 1 title and with it promotion back to the Premiership at the first time of asking as a win for Bangor at Lurgan ensures Donacloney Mill retain their place in Section 1.
Promotion battle to be decided Promotion battle to be decided ( ) ZZZZ9:53 pmZZZZ
The eighth team in next year's Robinson Services Premier League will be decided, a straight fight between Lisburn and Holywood to replace relegated Armagh.
Lisburn on cusp of Premiership return Lisburn on cusp of Premiership return ( ) ZZZZ9:43 pmZZZZ
Lisburn are on the verge of bouncing right back into the Premier League after being relegated from the top flight in 2017, and know a win against Donacloney Mill will be enough to seal their return.
Khan says his goodbyes to Waringstown Khan says his goodbyes to Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ9:34 pmZZZZ
Back in 2014, Waringstown brought in overseas professional Shaheen Khan, and the South African got off to a flying start in the NCU, hitting 53 in his maiden game against Muckamore and took 2-42 from his 10 overs.
Bryans revels in dream season for Templepatrick Bryans revels in dream season for Templepatrick ( ) ZZZZ9:25 pmZZZZ
To say that the 2018 season has been a dream campaign for Templepatrick Cricket Club would probably be an understatement.
Bat continues to dominate ball in Dublin Bat continues to dominate ball in Dublin ( ) ZZZZ7:52 amZZZZ
THE batsmen continue to dominate the bowlers on a flat Sydney Parade pitch which seems set to host its second draw of the season.
Starring irregularities sees Instonians punished Starring irregularities sees Instonians punished ( ) ZZZZ5:48 pmZZZZ
THREE Instonians teams in the Junior League are set to be relegated following starring irregularities.
Holywood keep pressure on Lisburn Holywood keep pressure on Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ5:43 pmZZZZ
HOLYWOOD ensured the race for promotion to the Robinson Services Premier League goes to the final day of the season but Lisburn are still in pole position.
Two NCU players in MCC squad for Lord's Two NCU players in MCC squad for Lord's ( ) ZZZZ5:33 pmZZZZ
TWO NCU players have been named in the MCC Ireland side which will take part in the MCC T20 Finals day at Lord’s on Thursday and every member of the side will be playing their first game at Cricket’s HQ.
McCollum keen to impress Irish selectors McCollum keen to impress Irish selectors ( ) ZZZZ12:26 amZZZZ
McCollum would appear to be the next cab off the rank for promotion and having already scored two 80s in the first match between the teams at Comber he followed up with 116 against the Warriors and was top scorer in the second innings at Bready.
Premiership sorted as Section 1 comes to the boil. Premiership sorted as Section 1 comes to the boil. ( ) ZZZZ4:31 amZZZZ
As the 2018 season draws to a close a quick look back at the weekend and at what's been decided and what hasn't in Senior cricket.
Jones delight as CIYMS clinch title Jones delight as CIYMS clinch title ( ) ZZZZ9:13 amZZZZ
CIYMS were crowned Robinson Services Premier League champions last night, a 11th consecutive win completed in the same grand manner of the previous 10, a 42-runs success over Civil Service North at Belmont.
Jones ends title drought Jones ends title drought ( ) ZZZZ6:36 pmZZZZ
Nigel Jones has played in the NCU for over a decade without winning a League title - but that all changed when he led his side to a 42-run win over CSNI and with it the club’s first championship crown since 2012.
NCU Women to play tri-series NCU Women to play tri-series ( ) ZZZZ8:20 amZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union has announced a Women's Squad to participate in a Twenty 20 tri-series, involving the NCU, North West Cricket Union, and a Leinster XI, on Friday 31st August, at Leinster Cricket Club, Dublin.
CIYMS crowned champions CIYMS crowned champions ( ) ZZZZ6:52 pmZZZZ
Allen Coulter's four-wicket haul and a vital 45 from Jason van der Merwe ensured CIYMS clinched the Premier title with a 42-run win at home to CSNI.
Lisburn in pole position for promotion Lisburn in pole position for promotion ( ) ZZZZ6:47 pmZZZZ
LISBURN remain in pole position to regain their Robinson Services Premier League status at the first attempt with two Section One games remaining.
Celebrations on hold for CIYMS Celebrations on hold for CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ11:17 amZZZZ
CIYMS’ Premier League title celebrations were put on hold when their game against Civil Service was washed out, but they are just one match away from confirming only their second ever top flight success.
CIYMS on verge of title triumph CIYMS on verge of title triumph ( ) ZZZZ12:56 amZZZZ
CIYMS have eight fingers on the Robinson Services Premier League trophy after beating defending champions Waringstown by seven wickets.
Trophy and Title leaving The Lawn Trophy and Title leaving The Lawn ( ) ZZZZ2:33 amZZZZ
The Premier League trophy left The Lawn in two senses yesterday - before the game it departed in the boot of a car on its way back to the Union's keeping and by the end of the day the title of Champions had surely passed to visitors CIYMS.
Smith chomping at the bit for Inst return Smith chomping at the bit for Inst return ( ) ZZZZ10:36 pmZZZZ
After three months out with a side strain injury, Instonians and Ireland fast bowler Nathan Smith will make his long-awaited return to action against Armagh in the Premier League.
CIYMS hoping for no slip ups CIYMS hoping for no slip ups ( ) ZZZZ10:21 pmZZZZ
CIYMS know that two wins this weekend would seal their first Premier League title since 2012, and they are going to have to do it the hard way as they travel to Waringstown before hosting CSNI on Sunday.
Champagne on ice for CIYMS Champagne on ice for CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ7:00 amZZZZ
THE champagne could be cracked open at Belmont this weekend if CIYMS defeat defending Robinson Services Premier League champions Waringstown at The Lawn tomorrow.
Templepatrick on course for title Templepatrick on course for title ( ) ZZZZ5:44 amZZZZ
TEMPLEPATRICK are on course to win the NCU Section Two title after a four wickets victory over Academy in their top of the table clash on Sunday.
Gilmour and Burton put Armagh to the sword Gilmour and Burton put Armagh to the sword ( ) ZZZZ3:56 amZZZZ
Exceptional centuries from Michael Gilmour and Max Burton helped Carrickfergus to 276-2 from 20 overs and a 171 run win in a rearranged game on The Mall against Armagh.
CIYMS closing in on title CIYMS closing in on title ( ) ZZZZ12:54 amZZZZ
CIYMS did what they had to do against CSNI and opened up an eight point gap at the top of the table.
History makers Waringstown History makers Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ11:28 pmZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN can rightly call themselves history-makers after winning the All-Ireland Twenty20 Cup with a revenge win over Clontarf at a wet Bready.
Tough weekend ahead for CSNI Tough weekend ahead for CSNI ( ) ZZZZ11:03 pmZZZZ
Weekends don’t come much tougher than facing CIYMS and Waringstown in the space of two days - but CSNI captain James Kennedy is up for the challenge.
NCU Youth XI beat St Joseph's NCU Youth XI beat St Joseph's ( ) ZZZZ4:57 amZZZZ
Reece Malone's powerful half century propelled the NCU to a comfortable five-wicket win against St Joseph's at Woodvale.
Remaining NCU finals to be decided Remaining NCU finals to be decided ( ) ZZZZ3:03 amZZZZ
THE remaining two NCU cup finals take place with Civil Service North IV facing Muckamore IV in the Minor (Lindsay) Cup at Laurevale and Larne II meeting Templepatrick III in the Minor final at Sandy Bay.
Ellison leads CSNI to win over North Down Ellison leads CSNI to win over North Down ( ) ZZZZ1:22 pmZZZZ
Two weeks after his century in a losing cause in the Challenge Cup final, Marc Ellison hit another 130 to help Civil Service North to a thrilling six wickets victory in yesterday’s Robinson Services Premier League game against North Down
Premier round up as rain returns Premier round up as rain returns ( ) ZZZZ2:19 amZZZZ
Only the top two, CIYMS and Waringstown managed to complete their games on Saturday and with both recording wins the league table remains unchanged.
Gill looking for strong finish from Muckamore Gill looking for strong finish from Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ11:56 amZZZZ
The Moylena side won three games on the trot against CSNI, Carrickfergus and Armagh before last weekend’s three-wicket loss to Instonians - and with only four points separating third and seventh, Gill is looking to achieve something from which to build beyond the current campaign.
Dennison in form of his life Dennison in form of his life ( ) ZZZZ11:47 amZZZZ
The 21-year-old has scored three centuries in his last four 50-over innings to bring his tally for the season to 1,133 runs - and he is on track to amount more than any player in the NCU in over a decade.
CIYMS keen to close out title CIYMS keen to close out title ( ) ZZZZ11:39 amZZZZ
CIYMS will want to prove that the race for the Robinson Services Premier League title is all over bar the shouting tomorrow when they travel to Moylena to face Muckamore.
Instonians clinch Banogue Cup Instonians clinch Banogue Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:22 amZZZZ
Rory Ellerby hits 48 as Instonians beat CIYMS to lift the Banogue Cup at Belmont.
Moleon returns to South Africa Moleon returns to South Africa ( ) ZZZZ2:40 amZZZZ
Former Northern Knights coach Eugene Moleon has been appointed 1st Team Head Coach at the University of Cape Town for the upcoming season.
Lisburn in pole position for Premiership return Lisburn in pole position for Premiership return ( ) ZZZZ2:34 amZZZZ
LISBURN are in pole position for an immediate return to the Premier League. After losing two of their first three Robinson Services Section One games they have won 10 in a row to open up an eight points lead.
CIYMS one hand on title after beating Waringstown CIYMS one hand on title after beating Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ12:37 amZZZZ
THERE are still six games left in the Robinson Services Premier League but CIYMS already have one hand on the trophy after easing past nearest challengers Waringstown at Belmont.
Templepatrick clinch Junior Cup Templepatrick clinch Junior Cup ( ) ZZZZ12:24 amZZZZ
An unbeaten half-century from Michael Stewart helped Templepatrick beat Cliftonville Academy by 46 runs in the GMcG Junior Cup final at Muckamore.
Malan fires CSNI to win over Carrick Malan fires CSNI to win over Carrick ( ) ZZZZ12:17 amZZZZ
Andre Malan’s fourth century of the season helped CSNI bounce back from the disappointment of their Challenge Cup final loss with a four wicket Premier League win over Carrickfergus at Stormont.
Dennison continues Comber love affair Dennison continues Comber love affair ( ) ZZZZ9:47 pmZZZZ
Waringstown warmed up for their showdown against CIYMS with an 87-run victory over North Down as Adam Dennison continued his love affair with Comber.
Top two meet in crunch clash Top two meet in crunch clash ( ) ZZZZ12:35 amZZZZ
The highlight of the weekend’s action in the NCU is on Sunday when the top two, CIYMS and Waringstown, clash for the first time in the Robinson Services Premier League.
Instonians beat Lisburn to win Quoile Cup Instonians beat Lisburn to win Quoile Cup ( ) ZZZZ12:32 amZZZZ
Instonians clinched the Quoile Cup with a nine-wicket win against Lisburn at Derriaghy.
Leckey to skipper NCU U17 girls Leckey to skipper NCU U17 girls ( ) ZZZZ10:20 pmZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union has selected an Under 17's squad, captained by Abbi Leckey, to play the North West Under 17's, on Tuesday 7th August, at Coleraine.
Cliftonville Academy to face Templepatrick in Junior final Cliftonville Academy to face Templepatrick in Junior final ( ) ZZZZ1:46 amZZZZ
It’s been quite a first year for Cliftonville Academy who meet Templepatrick in the GMcG Junior Cup final at Moylena on Saturday.
Death of Jackie Gaw Death of Jackie Gaw ( ) ZZZZ1:36 amZZZZ
ON the day that an NCU Legends side played a touring equivalent from Australia, the Sydney Classics, at Ballygomartin Road, Jackie Gaw, a Woodvale legend, passed away after a long illness.
The Invincibles claim T20 hat-trick The Invincibles claim T20 hat-trick ( ) ZZZZ7:56 amZZZZ
Waringstown completed a hat-trick of Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup triumphs with a clinical seven wickets victory over North Down in yesterday's final at The Lawn.
Thompson hungry for more success Thompson hungry for more success ( ) ZZZZ7:29 amZZZZ
THE overnight rain persuaded Greg Thompson to bowl first in the Challenge Cup final and, by accident, went a long way to putting a fifth trophy in the Waringstown pavilion.
Downpatrick win T20 trophy for third time Downpatrick win T20 trophy for third time ( ) ZZZZ6:05 amZZZZ
T20 specialists Downpatrick claimed the LVS T20 trophy for the third time in seven years after a superb bowling display set up a five-wicket win over Holywood.
Trophies keep coming for Waringstown Trophies keep coming for Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ1:22 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN added a fifth trophy to last season’s impressive haul and captain Greg Thompson claims it was the momentum of 2017 that took his side to their record-breaking victory in the Gallagher Challenge Cup final
Records tumble as Waringstown claim Cup Records tumble as Waringstown claim Cup ( ) ZZZZ8:12 amZZZZ
On a record-breaking day in Comber, Waringstown won the Gallagher Challenge Cup for the 26th time, avenging their defeat by Civil Service North at the same venue four years ago.
Meet the teams Meet the teams ( ) ZZZZ11:30 pmZZZZ
A look at the players from CSNI and Waringstown who will take the field in the NCU cup final.
Blair feels hand of history on his shoulder Blair feels hand of history on his shoulder ( ) ZZZZ6:54 amZZZZ
Gary Blair expects to make history on Friday when he umpires the Gallagher Challenge Cup final between Waringstown and Civil Service North.
The Challenge Cup gospel according to Haire The Challenge Cup gospel according to Haire ( ) ZZZZ12:43 amZZZZ
There aren’t many people more qualified to speak about the Challenge Cup and the pressures a final brings than Robin Haire.
Revenge in the air for Waringstown against CSNI Revenge in the air for Waringstown against CSNI ( ) ZZZZ12:19 amZZZZ
WHEN Greg Thompson joined Waringstown in 2013 and won the Challenge Cup in his first season, the Ireland international probably thought it would be the first of many.
NCU running summer camps NCU running summer camps ( ) ZZZZ10:36 pmZZZZ
THE NCU are staging two summer camps next week for Under 11 and Under 15s at the Ulster University Sport Centre in Jordanstown and places are still available.
NCU Under 16 beat Jersey in tour opener NCU Under 16 beat Jersey in tour opener ( ) ZZZZ2:36 pmZZZZ
The NCU Under 16's beat the touring Jersey side by 17 runs in a tightly fought contest at Belmont.
NCU U11 well beaten by San Francisco team NCU U11 well beaten by San Francisco team ( ) ZZZZ1:46 pmZZZZ
In a repeat of last years scenario the final match proved a bridge too far for the NCU boys as Zeal Academy won the game comfortably by a 180 run margin.
NCU U11 beat Cambridge in thriller NCU U11 beat Cambridge in thriller ( ) ZZZZ11:34 amZZZZ
On a slightly cooler day the NCU u11s took on Cambridgeshire u11s in what proved to be not only a fantastic game but a tremendous exhibition of cricketing skills by both sides.
Armagh fate all but sealed Armagh fate all but sealed ( ) ZZZZ9:33 amZZZZ
Armagh’s fate in the Premier League is all but sealed after they lost their seventh match out of eight to leave them eight points adrift at the bottom of the table.
McClurkin hundred leads Instonians to win over Armagh McClurkin hundred leads Instonians to win over Armagh ( ) ZZZZ2:09 amZZZZ
Jordan McClurkin hit a blistering century to ease the pressure on injury ravaged Instonians and increase Armagh's isolation at the foot of the Premier table.
Muckamore avenge opening day loss Muckamore avenge opening day loss ( ) ZZZZ11:11 pmZZZZ
MUCKAMORE avenged their opening day defeat and could have condemned Armagh to an immediate return to Section One of the Robinson Services League.
Waringstown host legends evening at The Lawn Waringstown host legends evening at The Lawn ( ) ZZZZ10:52 pmZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN hosted a Legends night at The Lawn, a celebration of the club’s phenomenal success since the first of their 30 Challenge Cup victories since 1965.
CIYMS clear at the top CIYMS clear at the top ( ) ZZZZ6:27 amZZZZ
CIYMS are clear at the top of the Premier League after an emphatic 10-wicket win over North Down.
North Down on the up North Down on the up ( ) ZZZZ5:15 amZZZZ
North Down travel to Premier League leaders CIYMS on the back of hitting 352 against Instonians last weekend - the highest score involving an NCU team this season.
Armagh and Muckamore meet in crucial clash Armagh and Muckamore meet in crucial clash ( ) ZZZZ5:04 amZZZZ
The importance of the Premier League clash between Armagh and Muckamore on The Mall is recognised by both teams.
NCU T20 set to be rescheduled NCU T20 set to be rescheduled ( ) ZZZZ1:20 pmZZZZ
THE NCU’s Twenty20 finals day next Sunday is set to be put back a week after all of yesterday’s Irish Senior Cup quarter-fiinals were abandoned without a ball bowled.
Top two pull clear as Instonians lose Top two pull clear as Instonians lose ( ) ZZZZ1:15 pmZZZZ
DEFENDING champions CIYMS and Waringstown extended their lead in the Robinson Services Premier League as nearest challengers Instonians lost.
Waringstown and CIYMS stay top Waringstown and CIYMS stay top ( ) ZZZZ9:50 pmZZZZ
Wins on Saturday for North Down, CIYMS, Muckamore and Waringstown.
Waringstown and North Down to meet in T20 final Waringstown and North Down to meet in T20 final ( ) ZZZZ10:50 pmZZZZ
The final of the 2018 Lagan Valley Steels competition will be a repeat of the 2017 decider after defending champions Waringstown and North Down recorded comfortable wins over CIYMS and CSNI.
Busy weekend ahead for CSNI Busy weekend ahead for CSNI ( ) ZZZZ10:43 pmZZZZ
CSNI are preparing for a packed weekend of cricket with three matches in as many days.
Carrick out to topple CIYMS Carrick out to topple CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ10:33 pmZZZZ
The standout match in the Premier League this weekend sees third-placed Carrickfergus travel to league leaders CIYMS.
NCU Women's squad to play NW NCU Women's squad to play NW ( ) ZZZZ3:49 amZZZZ
The NCU has named their squad for Sunday's interpro match against the NW.
Holywood beat Cregagh to close gap at top Holywood beat Cregagh to close gap at top ( ) ZZZZ12:47 amZZZZ
Holywood moved within four points of title rivals Lisburn as they secured a comprehensive 114-run victory over Cregagh.
Downpatrick defeat Laurelvale Downpatrick defeat Laurelvale ( ) ZZZZ12:39 amZZZZ
Downpatrick kept the pressure on Lisburn at the top of the Section One table with a convincing seven wicket win at Laurelvale.
Lisburn hoping for swift return to top flight Lisburn hoping for swift return to top flight ( ) ZZZZ10:35 pmZZZZ
Lisburn were an ever-present in the Premier League, but were relegated last season having won only two of their 14 fixtures.
Dundrum invest in youth Dundrum invest in youth ( ) ZZZZ10:25 pmZZZZ
Dundrum Cricket Club will again run a youth tour this month when a group of 13 under-16 players enjoy a two-night trip to Dumfries.
Khan do attitude sends Waringstown through Khan do attitude sends Waringstown through ( ) ZZZZ12:23 amZZZZ
As he played one of the great cup semi-final innings on Saturday against the same opposition at the same venue, Khan righted the wrongs of 2014 and inspired a thrilling semi-final triumph.
Commanding CSNI see off Instonians Commanding CSNI see off Instonians ( ) ZZZZ12:12 amZZZZ
CSNI set up a thrilling Challenge Cup final with Waringstown after a dominant 72-run win over last year’s runners-up, Instonians, at Shaw’s Bridge.
Tough tests ahead for CSNI Tough tests ahead for CSNI ( ) ZZZZ3:14 pmZZZZ
CIVIL Service North remain unbeaten in 50 overs cup cricket this season but this month they will face their two biggest tests.
Waringstown and CSNI reach final Waringstown and CSNI reach final ( ) ZZZZ4:17 pmZZZZ
Waringstown will meet Civil Service North in the Gallagher Challenge Cup Final at the end of the month after two superb Semi-Finals.
Roundup of Saturday's NCU Cup and League action Roundup of Saturday's NCU Cup and League action ( ) ZZZZ10:50 pmZZZZ
It was a busy day in the NCU as CSNI defeated Instonians and Waringstown won a thriller at Belmont to claim the two Challenge Cup Final spots plus league action in the Premier and Section One.
Clash of the titans Clash of the titans ( ) ZZZZ11:57 pmZZZZ
It's the clash that everyone in the NCU has been waiting for all season as CIYMS and Waringstown will square up in the semi-final of the Gallagher Challenge Cup.
Giants clash in cup semi final Giants clash in cup semi final ( ) ZZZZ11:40 pmZZZZ
When defending Challenge Cup champions CIYMS were drawn at home in the semi-final to reigning Premier League winners Waringstown, it was immediately the most anticipated match of the season to date.
More injury woes for Instonians More injury woes for Instonians ( ) ZZZZ11:32 pmZZZZ
Instonians have been dealt another injury blow ahead of the Challenge Cup semi-final at Shaw’s Bridge against CSNI - with Nikolai Smith ruled out for at least eight weeks with a knee injury.
Junior Cup reaches semi-final stage Junior Cup reaches semi-final stage ( ) ZZZZ9:18 amZZZZ
John Busby of Templepatrick has returned the best bowling figures of the season so far, 6-11 and along with team-mate Phil Kernaghan, who took one of the two hat-tricks, they will be hoping to take the Ballyclare-based club to the final of the GMcC Junior Cup this weekend.
Matchett ton secures CIYMS semi-final berth Matchett ton secures CIYMS semi-final berth ( ) ZZZZ9:43 pmZZZZ
John Matchett's brilliant 118 secured a Lagan Valley Steels semi-final berth for CIYMS with a 57-run win against Muckamore at Belmont.
NCU Under 14 squad revealed NCU Under 14 squad revealed ( ) ZZZZ9:27 pmZZZZ
The NCU has announced their Under 14 squad to take part in the prestigious West Cricket Festival, at Kings College Taunton, England, from Sunday 22nd July to Friday 27th July.
NCU awards distributed NCU awards distributed ( ) ZZZZ3:50 pmZZZZ
It was fitting that Clarence Hiles helped preside over the 25th anniversary of the Northern Cricket Union’s prestigious league awards.
Holders through in T20 cup Holders through in T20 cup ( ) ZZZZ12:54 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN, the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup holders, confirmed their place in this year’s semi-finals with a crushing 82 runs victory over Civil Service North at Stormont.
CIYMS go joint top CIYMS go joint top ( ) ZZZZ3:31 pmZZZZ
A week before the teams meet in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup, CIYMS have joined Waringstown at the top of the Robinson Services Premier League.
Carrick on the rise but North Down in freefall Carrick on the rise but North Down in freefall ( ) ZZZZ1:05 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus maintained their Premier League title challenge with a third win from five games but North Down’s season is in freefall.
Saturday's NCU roundup Saturday's NCU roundup ( ) ZZZZ12:55 amZZZZ
A look back over Saturday's Premier and Section One matches where Neil Hornbuckle scored 99 in Carrick's win over North Down and CIYMS join Waringstown at the top of the table.
T20 Cup line-up almost complete T20 Cup line-up almost complete ( ) ZZZZ4:34 amZZZZ
Waringstown defeat CSNI, but both claim semi-final spots, North Down win at Carrick as van Shalkwyk almost sees Armagh home at Instonians.
CSNI face Armagh in important battle CSNI face Armagh in important battle ( ) ZZZZ1:11 amZZZZ
Fresh from winning their first Premier League game against Carrickfergus last weekend, CSNI will travel to The Mall to take on Armagh in an important league clash.
Holywood face Bangor in derby joust Holywood face Bangor in derby joust ( ) ZZZZ1:04 amZZZZ
A top of the table clash usually means that the game is important enough, but when it is a local derby, it adds that bit more to it.
Instonians still hampered by injuries as T20 action becomes decisive. Instonians still hampered by injuries as T20 action becomes decisive. ( ) ZZZZ10:17 amZZZZ
Murray Commins was the surprise name on the Instonians team-sheet in last Sunday’s Irish Cup tie but he is not expected to return any time soon.
Emerging Knights draw with MCC Emerging Knights draw with MCC ( ) ZZZZ10:59 amZZZZ
The Emerging Knights came within 6 runs of a win against MCC in the 2-day fixture at Carrickfergus.
MCC week has a damp start. MCC week has a damp start. ( ) ZZZZ8:04 amZZZZ
Ulster Schools' fixture versus MCC was washed out early in the second innings.
Junior Cup ties held up by rain Junior Cup ties held up by rain ( ) ZZZZ7:59 amZZZZ
Rain washed out two of the quarter-final ties last Saturday while in the others Templepatrick and Cliftonville Academy booked their places in emphatic style
Group gains the motivation for Jones Group gains the motivation for Jones ( ) ZZZZ8:21 pmZZZZ
Nigel Jones has just taken four wickets, two catches and smashed 38 from 27 balls for good measure in a win over Armagh, yet again proving that he remains one of the very best players in the Premier League, even at 36.
NCU Cup semi-final draw NCU Cup semi-final draw ( ) ZZZZ11:18 amZZZZ
If holders CIYMS are to reach their fourth successive final then they will have to do it the hard way as they have been drawn at home to Waringstown in Monday night's semi-final draw.
CIYMS defeat Armagh CIYMS defeat Armagh ( ) ZZZZ10:59 amZZZZ
CIYMS stayed within touching distance of Premier League leaders Waringstown with a dominant seven-wicket win over Armagh at The Mall.
Only two NCU sides survive in Irish Cup Only two NCU sides survive in Irish Cup ( ) ZZZZ9:52 amZZZZ
IRISH Senior Cup holders Waringstown and Civil Service North will be the only two NCU teams in the quarter-finals after the union saw five teams bite the dust in the second round.
Tribute to Gordon Browne Tribute to Gordon Browne ( ) ZZZZ9:24 pmZZZZ
Carrickfergus pay tribute to their President and former player Gordon Browne who has died at the age of 42.
Premier round up Premier round up ( ) ZZZZ12:42 amZZZZ
Roundup of Saturday's fixtures which saw the top 3 in successful run chases and winless CSNI record a victory away to Carrickfergus thanks to a Malan century.
Waringstown show title credentials Waringstown show title credentials ( ) ZZZZ9:37 amZZZZ
WARINGSTOWN showed off their champions’ credentials with an impressive victory over North Down in a game which was reduced to half distance by the morning rain.
Methodist College stun RBAI Methodist College stun RBAI ( ) ZZZZ5:02 amZZZZ
METHODIST College caused one of the biggest shocks in a Schools Cup final when, with a little help from the rain, they defeated holders RBAI at Moylena.
Methody triumph in Schools' Cup final Methody triumph in Schools' Cup final ( ) ZZZZ10:02 pmZZZZ
Methodist College secured their first Ulster Bank Schools Cup with a nine-run victory against holders RBAI in a rain-affected contest at Moylena.
Future bright at Carrick Future bright at Carrick ( ) ZZZZ9:24 pmZZZZ
As Carrickfergus approach an important double header this weekend, it is clear that their future is very bright.
No pressure on Waringstown ahead of crucial weekend No pressure on Waringstown ahead of crucial weekend ( ) ZZZZ9:19 pmZZZZ
Waringstown captain Greg Thompson says his side feel no pressure as they prepare for Sunday’s Irish Senior Cup clash at The Lawn against YMCA.
RBAI meet MCB in Schools' Cup Final RBAI meet MCB in Schools' Cup Final ( ) ZZZZ3:15 pmZZZZ
RBAI and Methodist College are familiar adversaries in Schools Cup rugby but rarely in Schools Cup cricket.
Hall stars as Waringstown beat Armagh Hall stars as Waringstown beat Armagh ( ) ZZZZ8:28 pmZZZZ
James Hall takes five wickets and scores unbeaten 62 as Waringstown romp past Armagh.
NCU Challenge Cup roundup NCU Challenge Cup roundup ( ) ZZZZ12:55 amZZZZ
Ian Callender looks back at Saturday's Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Ben Rose to captain Ulster Schools' against the MCC Ben Rose to captain Ulster Schools' against the MCC ( ) ZZZZ1:39 pmZZZZ
The Ulster Schools' squad to face the MCC at Campbell College on Tuesday 19th June has been named.
Emerging Knights to face MCC named Emerging Knights to face MCC named ( ) ZZZZ1:23 pmZZZZ
Matthew McCord named as captain of the Emerging Knights squad to face the MCC in a 2-day match.
Goliaths 3, Davids 0 in Challenge Cup Goliaths 3, Davids 0 in Challenge Cup ( ) ZZZZ11:52 amZZZZ
There were to be no fairy tale endings in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup as Premier side sides dominated their Section 1 opposition while a Malan inspired CSN triumphed over North Down.
Home comforts for Moreland Home comforts for Moreland ( ) ZZZZ8:42 pmZZZZ
North Down captain Marty Moreland says the Challenge Cup has an added aspect of importance with the final being played at their home ground.
Templepatrick president to receive Royal honour for services to cricket Templepatrick president to receive Royal honour for services to cricket ( ) ZZZZ8:37 pmZZZZ
Mallusk man Arthur Bowron is to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to cricket in Co Antrim.
Holywood have grounds for concern Holywood have grounds for concern ( ) ZZZZ8:25 pmZZZZ
Holywood are preparing for a big Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Instonians - along with facing some off-field issues regarding the maintenance of their Seapark ground.
Instonians impress in Junior Cup defence Instonians impress in Junior Cup defence ( ) ZZZZ1:25 amZZZZ
INSTONIANS II have begun their defence of the Junior Cup with an impressive batting performance to ease into this year’s quarter-finals.
Metcalfe and Waite lead RBAI to Schools Cup final Metcalfe and Waite lead RBAI to Schools Cup final ( ) ZZZZ10:22 pmZZZZ
Half centuries from James Metcalfe and Johnny Waite led holders RBAI to a comprehensive 138-run win over Limavady to reach the Schools’ Cup final.
Smith keen to get back on track Smith keen to get back on track ( ) ZZZZ9:27 pmZZZZ
The pain shot through his body and he knew that his childhood dream of playing Test cricket would have to be put on hold.
CIYMS lay down title marker CIYMS lay down title marker ( ) ZZZZ9:13 pmZZZZ
CIYMS laid down their title-challenging credentials with a dominant eight wicket win over Instonians at Belmont.
Waringstown stay clear at top Waringstown stay clear at top ( ) ZZZZ7:32 amZZZZ
Waringstown, the Premier League champions, are out on their own at the top of the table after four games.
Methody beat BRA to reach Schools Cup final Methody beat BRA to reach Schools Cup final ( ) ZZZZ5:38 amZZZZ
Methodist College Belfast (MCB) will play in their first Schools' Cup Final after defeating Belfast Royal Academy (BRA) by 17 runs.
Section One roundup Section One roundup ( ) ZZZZ1:02 amZZZZ
A look back at Saturday's games in Section 1 where there were wins for Holywood, Donaghacloney Mill, Lisburn and Bangor.
Waringstown, North Down, Carrick and CIYMS win Waringstown, North Down, Carrick and CIYMS win ( ) ZZZZ11:27 pmZZZZ
Champions Waringstown stay top of the table after a relatively straightforward six-wicket win at home to CSNI, who are still seeking their first league win of the season.
Thompson keeps Waringstown defence alive Thompson keeps Waringstown defence alive ( ) ZZZZ8:02 pmZZZZ
Waringstown captain Greg Thompson kept his side's T20 defence alive with a stunning unbeaten 80 to beat Instonians.
Kennedy expecting tough test at Waringstown Kennedy expecting tough test at Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ7:12 pmZZZZ
CSNI will be looking to register their first win of the Premier League season when they travel to Waringstown.
CIYMS and Instonians clash at Belmont CIYMS and Instonians clash at Belmont ( ) ZZZZ6:56 pmZZZZ
CIYMS and Instonians will square off for the first time since last season’s Challenge Cup final in a Premier League fixture at Belmont.
NCU Saturday preview. NCU Saturday preview. ( ) ZZZZ5:34 amZZZZ
Ian Callender looks ahead to Saturday's NCU league action.
CIYMS chucked out of Junior Cup CIYMS chucked out of Junior Cup ( ) ZZZZ9:02 amZZZZ
CIYMS II completed the first round of action in this year’s Junior Cup with victory over Monaghan on Sunday but they have been kicked out of the competition.
Quarter final draw in the Challenge Cup Quarter final draw in the Challenge Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:16 pmZZZZ
CSNI will host North Down at Stormont.
Cup weekend round up Cup weekend round up ( ) ZZZZ1:33 pmZZZZ
Ian Callender looks back at the weekend action in the Challenge Cup.
T20 Cup reaches half-way stage T20 Cup reaches half-way stage ( ) ZZZZ2:16 pmZZZZ
Wins for CSNI at The Lawn and for Instonians at The Mall while North Down register a home win over Carrick. CSNI out front in Group A with North Down topping Group B.
Sunday's T20 Cup review Sunday's T20 Cup review ( ) ZZZZ1:43 pmZZZZ
Ian Callender with news of Sunday's T20 games.
Big guns all through in Challenge Cup Big guns all through in Challenge Cup ( ) ZZZZ9:26 pmZZZZ
Holywood surprise Muckamore but other ties go to form as the sun shines on Cup Saturday.
Gibson and Kerr star in Junior Cup Gibson and Kerr star in Junior Cup ( ) ZZZZ1:14 amZZZZ
THE second round line-up for the Junior Cup will be completed on Sunday when CIYMS II host Monaghan, with the winners at home to Ballymena on Saturday week.
Schools Cup reaches quarter-finals stage Schools Cup reaches quarter-finals stage ( ) ZZZZ1:00 amZZZZ
THE first two quarter-finals in the Schools Cup will be played on Friday with holders RBAI hosting Coleraine Grammar and last year’s beaten finalists Wallace High at home to Belfast Royal Academy.
Dennison dilemma for Knights Dennison dilemma for Knights ( ) ZZZZ7:17 amZZZZ
There was plenty of food for thought for the Northern Knights selectors at the weekend, not least at Shaw’s Bridge where Adam Dennison played one of the innings of the season so far.
Tough school for Armagh Tough school for Armagh ( ) ZZZZ2:14 pmZZZZ
Less than 24 hours after being knocked out of the Irish Senior Cup, they were reduced to 0-2 and 3-5 by defending champions Waringstown in their first Premier League game at The Mall for 61 years.
Sunday's Premier League Round up. Sunday's Premier League Round up. ( ) ZZZZ2:16 pmZZZZ
Muckamore and CIYMS get off the mark while Waringstown demolish newcomers Armagh to join Instonians in top spot.
Pretorius pulverises CIYMS Pretorius pulverises CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ6:37 amZZZZ
Ruhan Pretorius launched a savage assault on the CIYMS attack to lead North Down to a 40-run win at Belmont. Carrickfergus edge thriller against Muckamore by two runs.
Instonians take on Waringstown in league clash Instonians take on Waringstown in league clash ( ) ZZZZ5:49 amZZZZ
WHILE the Irish Cup takes centre stage on Saturday, there is a huge match in the Premier League as defending champions Waringstown visit league leaders Instonians.
Wins for CSNI and Waringstown in T20 competitions Wins for CSNI and Waringstown in T20 competitions ( ) ZZZZ12:43 amZZZZ
CSNI ran out comfortable winners against Instonians while defending champions Waringstown got their competition back on track with a 43-run win against Armagh.
Tector and Rock debut for Knights in T20 Tector and Rock debut for Knights in T20 ( ) ZZZZ12:47 amZZZZ
The Northern Knights will open their T20 campaign against the North West Warriors, at Stormont on Friday.
Big wins in T20 cup for Instonians and CSNI Big wins in T20 cup for Instonians and CSNI ( ) ZZZZ2:49 pmZZZZ
The T20 competition got under way on Monday with two unexpectedly one-sided contests, as Instonians and CSNI ran out comfortable winners.
Cregagh and Bangor win in Senior Cup Cregagh and Bangor win in Senior Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:10 pmZZZZ
Cregagh blew away Lurgan in their preliminary round clash of the Senior Challenge Cup with a thoroughly emphatic 8-wicket at Pollock Park.
NCU T20 gets under way NCU T20 gets under way ( ) ZZZZ2:43 amZZZZ
THE club Twenty20 action continues when, after a weekend of games in the North West, the NCU’s T20 Cup gets under way.
Instonians go top with 2 out of 2 Instonians go top with 2 out of 2 ( ) ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
Instonians cruised to a five wicket victory over hosts North Down in the only Premier League game played on Saturday.
Armagh living the dream Armagh living the dream ( ) ZZZZ10:00 amZZZZ
Armagh’s cricketers have long been regular spectators at the The Lawn. Captain Matthew Steenson reminisces how on vacant days, his players enjoyed afternoons watching last year’s Premier League champions in action.
Armagh relishing being back in the big time Armagh relishing being back in the big time ( ) ZZZZ8:44 amZZZZ
THEY may be top of the table only on alphabetical order but Armagh after one match on their return to the big time can look down on the rest of the teams in the Premier League.
CIYMS blow it CIYMS blow it ( ) ZZZZ9:43 amZZZZ
It was at The Green in Comber last August that CIYMS’ NCU Premier League title hopes ultimately floundered on the back of a batting collapse during which they snatched defeat from the very jaws of victory.
Armagh grab the headlines Armagh grab the headlines ( ) ZZZZ8:33 amZZZZ
Armagh deserved all the headlines on the opening day of the Premier League season with victory in their first top flight match for 60 years but they had to share them with the shock defeats of Waringstown and CIYMS.
Thrills and Spills in Premier League Thrills and Spills in Premier League ( ) ZZZZ2:10 amZZZZ
Close finishes and and surprises were the order of the day on the opening Saturday of the Premier League.
Dramatic day in Premier League Dramatic day in Premier League ( ) ZZZZ1:47 pmZZZZ
On a stunning day of upsets in the first round of games in the Premier League, last year’s champions and runners-up both lost and Armagh won their first game on their return to the top flight after 60 years.
Three-horse race for Premier title Three-horse race for Premier title ( ) ZZZZ2:47 amZZZZ
The 2018 NCU Premier League season gets under way and you can make a sustained case for three teams to get their hands on the trophy come September.
McKinley injury blow McKinley injury blow ( ) ZZZZ11:54 amZZZZ
Instonians and Northern Knights paceman Robert McKinley is set to miss a sizeable portion of the cricket season because of a knee injury.
Thompson hungry for more success Thompson hungry for more success ( ) ZZZZ11:47 amZZZZ
Waringstown captain Greg Thompson insists his players will be hungry for silverware again this summer, despite last season’s recording-breaking exploits.
Waringstown keen to raise bar Waringstown keen to raise bar ( ) ZZZZ11:38 amZZZZ
They say the only thing harder than winning a league title is retaining it, but Greg Thompson is determined to disprove that theory and believes he has a squad capable of keeping the Premier League trophy at The Lawn.
Section 1 starts the season Section 1 starts the season ( ) ZZZZ12:48 amZZZZ
Only two games were played in Section 1 with Donaghcloney Mill losing at home to Bangor and newly promoted Cregagh coming unstuck at relegated Lisburn.
NCU Preview 18: Woodvale NCU Preview 18: Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ8:36 amZZZZ
There has been a lot of work going on at Ballygomartin Road and this could well be the year they gain promotion back to the Premier League.
NCU Preview 17: Donaghcloney Mill NCU Preview 17: Donaghcloney Mill ( ) ZZZZ12:38 amZZZZ
It couldn't have gone much better for the merged Donaghcloney Mill squad in 2017 and it promises to be yet another exciting season for them.
Change of professional for Muckamore Change of professional for Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ2:23 amZZZZ
A cruciate ligament injury for original choice Shoaib Khan has meant the club has opted for all-rounder Fahad Iqbal.
NCU Preview 16: Derriaghy NCU Preview 16: Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ11:07 pmZZZZ
Derriaghy are expected to be among the favourites for promotion from Section One when the season gets under way at the weekend.
NCU Preview 15: Armagh NCU Preview 15: Armagh ( ) ZZZZ8:45 pmZZZZ
Newly promoted Armagh are back in the top flight of NCU cricket after a superb promotion campaign in 2017.
Van Schalkwyk signs for Armagh Van Schalkwyk signs for Armagh ( ) ZZZZ9:27 pmZZZZ
Armagh have unveiled Shadley van Schalkwyk as their overseas professional for their return to the top flight of NCU cricket.
NCU Preview 14: Lurgan NCU Preview 14: Lurgan ( ) ZZZZ9:47 pmZZZZ
Stability the word for Lurgan as they embark on another season in Section One.
NCU Preview 13: Laurelvale NCU Preview 13: Laurelvale ( ) ZZZZ7:57 pmZZZZ
Laurelvale gained promotion to Section One last season and their prime objective is to avoid making an instant return.
NCU Preview 12: Lisburn NCU Preview 12: Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ7:47 pmZZZZ
After a disappointing 2017 campaign Lisburn are looking forward to 2018 and the challenges of Section One.
NCU Preview 11: Bangor NCU Preview 11: Bangor ( ) ZZZZ8:48 pmZZZZ
It's very much a case of as you were for Bangor in Section One for their forthcoming campaign.
McCarter moves to Scotland McCarter moves to Scotland ( ) ZZZZ5:34 amZZZZ
Civil Service North are hoping that Graeme McCarter will still be available for much of the new cricket season, despite the Ireland international’s move to Scotland to start a new job.
NCU Preview 10: Cregagh NCU Preview 10: Cregagh ( ) ZZZZ10:23 pmZZZZ
The Belfast club enjoyed a tremendous season last year gaining deserved promotion from Section Two.
NCU Preview 9: Holywood NCU Preview 9: Holywood ( ) ZZZZ10:58 pmZZZZ
Holywood approach the 2018 Season with renewed optimism about the playing strength of the Club and about the foundations that are being laid with Schools and the Community for many years to come.
NCU Preview 8: North Down NCU Preview 8: North Down ( ) ZZZZ9:19 pmZZZZ
North Down will ultimately look back at the 2017 season with mixed emotions. It was certainly a much improved effort from the disappointments of the year before but the players and coaches will be looking to push on and claim some silverware in 2018.
NCU Preview 7: Downpatrick NCU Preview 7: Downpatrick ( ) ZZZZ10:01 pmZZZZ
Last year Downpatrick had a strong start to the season but yet again their performances dipped to the latter stages of the campaign.
NCU Preview 6: Instonians NCU Preview 6: Instonians ( ) ZZZZ11:00 pmZZZZ
It's very much a case of as you were at Shaws Bridge as Instonians keep the faith with a settled squad which will see the familiar faces augmented by their impressive youngsters who are now one year older and wiser.
NCU Preview 5: CSNI NCU Preview 5: CSNI ( ) ZZZZ9:28 pmZZZZ
The Stormont club didn't have the greatest of seasons last time out but have high hopes for the season ahead.
NCU Preview 4: Carrickfergus NCU Preview 4: Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ11:06 pmZZZZ
After a mid-table finish last year, Carrickfergus will be looking to add more consistency to their performances this season.
NCU Preview 3: Muckamore NCU Preview 3: Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ1:06 amZZZZ
It's not been a great close season for Muckamore who have been hit with two high profile departures in Ryan Haire and Ifty Hussain.
Coaching day in Khayelitsha for NCU boys Coaching day in Khayelitsha for NCU boys ( ) ZZZZ11:50 pmZZZZ
Andy McCrea reports on a day helping the Gary Kirsten Foundation provide opportunities for kids in the townships.
NCU Sides feel the heat in South Africa NCU Sides feel the heat in South Africa ( ) ZZZZ11:31 amZZZZ
A chastening day in Stellenbosch for the NCU Youth sides as both go down to strong Boland opposition.
NCU Preview 2: CIYMS NCU Preview 2: CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ11:04 pmZZZZ
CIYMS captured the senior cup last year and narrowly missed out on the league title as well. They have a relatively settled squad and the return of James Cameron-Dow will be a huge boost.
NCU Preview 1 Waringstown NCU Preview 1 Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ8:59 pmZZZZ
2017 was a superb season for Waringstown. Can they emulate it in the forthcoming campaign?
Seniors continue their winning ways Seniors continue their winning ways ( ) ZZZZ11:21 pmZZZZ
The hottest day of the tour so far saw a comprehensive win for the Seniors and a second defeat for the Juniors in matches versus District North at Durbanville.
Mixed fortunes for NCU youngsters in Cape Town Mixed fortunes for NCU youngsters in Cape Town ( ) ZZZZ9:08 amZZZZ
It was two wins for the Seniors today with an extra T20 fixture added to the programme while the Juniors fell to their first defeat of the trip.
Three out of three for the Junior Squad in Cape Town Three out of three for the Junior Squad in Cape Town ( ) ZZZZ11:16 amZZZZ
A 184 run victory over Basil D'Olivera's old club St. Augustine's means that the Junior squad retain their unbeaten record going into the second week of the tour.
Senior Academy makes it a double success day Senior Academy makes it a double success day ( ) ZZZZ11:34 amZZZZ
The first match in the Senior Academy programme ended in victory as they piled on the runs in Cape Town.
Juniors make it two out of two. Juniors make it two out of two. ( ) ZZZZ10:17 amZZZZ
The NCU Junior Development Squad followed up yesterday's success with a 86 run victory over Wynberg Boys High School at Cape Town CC.
NCU Juniors start tour with a win in Cape Town NCU Juniors start tour with a win in Cape Town ( ) ZZZZ1:09 pmZZZZ
The NCU U15 Squad started with a win against Newlands Boys High School at West Province Cricket Club.
NCU youth tour South Africa NCU youth tour South Africa ( ) ZZZZ9:13 amZZZZ
Two NCU Youth Squads have departed on a two week tour to the South African City of Cape Town, to combine competitive fixtures and a high performance camp, that will draw on local expertise, notably from the Gary Kirsten Academy.
For One Year Only For One Year Only ( ) ZZZZ12:18 amZZZZ
Clubs express desire to return to a four league structure for Senior cricket for the 2019 season.
Dawson confirms Donaghcloney Mill switch Dawson confirms Donaghcloney Mill switch ( ) ZZZZ12:53 amZZZZ
Waringstown batsman David Dawson says he has made an “emotional “decision” to leave his boyhood club.
Muckamore sign Shoaib Khan Muckamore sign Shoaib Khan ( ) ZZZZ6:50 amZZZZ
Muckamore have signed experienced Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Khan for the forthcoming season.
CSNI confirm Topping switch CSNI confirm Topping switch ( ) ZZZZ12:40 amZZZZ
Civil Service North of Ireland (CSNI) have signed Morgan Topping from Waringstown.
Cameron-Dow returning to CIYMS Cameron-Dow returning to CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ2:50 amZZZZ
James Cameron-Dow is returning to Belmont for the 2018 season after two years back in his native South Africa.
Courses available for clubs Courses available for clubs ( ) ZZZZ11:07 pmZZZZ
Ahead of the start of the NCU campaign, there are three courses available to all clubs.
Ellison keen to make strong impression with Knights Ellison keen to make strong impression with Knights ( ) ZZZZ4:59 amZZZZ
A former New Zealand Under 19 World Cup captain is back on these shores and hoping to play a pivotal role as the Northern Knights aim for interprovincial silverware.
Knights out to end Lightning domination Knights out to end Lightning domination ( ) ZZZZ5:07 amZZZZ
The 2018 interpro schedule for the Northern Knights has finally been released, with the NCU looking to end Lightning's hold on the competition.
Time to be more Open? Time to be more Open? ( ) ZZZZ1:46 amZZZZ
The NCU decision to collapse the Senior League into only 3 sections, will by its own admission necessitate discussion as to future league structures. Has the time come for a more radical change and a move to a completely Open League structure.
Malan joins CSNI Malan joins CSNI ( ) ZZZZ3:55 amZZZZ
South African Andre Malan has signed for CSNI as their overseas professional for the 2018 season replacing Mansoor Amjad.
Murray makes Ireland debut Murray makes Ireland debut ( ) ZZZZ9:25 amZZZZ
Waringstown teenager Cara Murray’s senior international debut ended on a losing note as Ireland Women lost their tour opener to Zimbabwe in a rain affected contest in Harare.
Schools Cup draw Schools Cup draw ( ) ZZZZ2:26 amZZZZ
Eight schools have receive a bye into the second round with holders Royal Belfast Academical Institution enjoying a home tie against either Bangor Grammar School or Lurgan College.
Mulder misses out but Shannon in Mulder misses out but Shannon in ( ) ZZZZ5:39 amZZZZ
James Shannon is the surprise name in Ireland’s squad of 15 for the World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe, named yesterday on the day that the new Test match shirt was unveiled.
Burns joins Holywood Burns joins Holywood ( ) ZZZZ6:34 amZZZZ
Batsman Nathan Burns firmly believes his new club Holywood will be pushing for promotion to the NCU Premier League this summer.
And then there were three And then there were three ( ) ZZZZ1:52 amZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union’s (NCU) management board has voted to cut the number of its senior leagues from four to three.
NCU prunes the Senior Leagues NCU prunes the Senior Leagues ( ) ZZZZ8:01 amZZZZ
Union acts as merger and drop outs cut club numbers.
White suffers double fracture of cheekbone White suffers double fracture of cheekbone ( ) ZZZZ9:19 amZZZZ
Cricket Ireland’s national chairman of selectors Andrew White has suffered a double fracture of his cheekbone after a freak accident at indoor nets on Sunday.
Whither Waringstown - Stick or Twist? Whither Waringstown - Stick or Twist? ( ) ZZZZ3:16 amZZZZ
Waringstown's biggest challenge in 2018 may be an internal one.
David Holmes tribute David Holmes tribute ( ) ZZZZ5:06 amZZZZ
Ian Callender pays tribute to Davy Holmes following his sudden death at the weekend.
Haire confirms Muckamore departure Haire confirms Muckamore departure ( ) ZZZZ8:30 amZZZZ
Former Irish international Ryan Haire has confirmed his departure from Muckamore.
NCU Youth Tour party complete with naming of Academy Squad NCU Youth Tour party complete with naming of Academy Squad ( ) ZZZZ6:55 amZZZZ
13 players have been named by the NCU in their squad to tour South Africa from 21st March until 5th April this year.