Northern News & Reports 2019
Platt named in New Years Honours List Platt named in New Years Honours List ( ) ZZZZ7:50 amZZZZ
NCU General Manager Angela Platt has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours list.
Alfie Linehan included in BBC Sports Personality programme Alfie Linehan included in BBC Sports Personality programme ( ) ZZZZ5:44 amZZZZ
Downpatrick and Ireland cricket captain Alfie Linehan has been included in a prestigious roll of honour of international sports personalities who died during 2019.
Snyman scores 79 against England Snyman scores 79 against England ( ) ZZZZ7:01 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus batsman Jacques Snyman scored 79 for a South African Invitational XI against England in a two-day warm-up match.
CIYMS sign South African all-rounder CIYMS sign South African all-rounder ( ) ZZZZ7:13 amZZZZ
Champions CIYMS have recruited all-rounder Migael Pretorius as their overseas professional for the 2020 season.
Boyce blow for Woodvale Boyce blow for Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ4:06 amZZZZ
Woodvale's hopes of retaining Dario Boyce for the 2020 season have been dashed.
Fielding Masterclass by Lanc's Steven Croft Fielding Masterclass by Lanc's Steven Croft ( ) ZZZZ7:33 amZZZZ
Boys and Girls of the Andrew White Academy had their first session of the winter taken by Steven Croft of Lancashire who ran Fielding Masterclasses watched by local NCU coaches.
Ross Adair joins CSNI Ross Adair joins CSNI ( ) ZZZZ2:23 amZZZZ
Following on from the acquisition of Stuart Thompson, CSNI have signed batsman Ross Adair from Holywood ahead of the 2020 season.
Miller joins CIYMS Miller joins CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ2:10 amZZZZ
CIYMS have confirmed the signing of wicketkeeper-batsman David Miller from Muckamore.
CSNI sign Stuart Thompson CSNI sign Stuart Thompson ( ) ZZZZ12:58 amZZZZ
CSNI have signed Ireland all-rounder Stuart Thompson on a two-year deal from North West side Eglinton.
Smith relishing Italian opportunity Smith relishing Italian opportunity ( ) ZZZZ12:58 amZZZZ
Instonians all-rounder Nikolai Smith will depart Belfast later this month for Muscat in Oman as he prepares to meet up with the Italian national side for the first time.
CSNI Awards Night CSNI Awards Night ( ) ZZZZ6:35 amZZZZ
Civil Service North of Ireland Cricket Club recently held their Annual Awards Night at the Pavilion, Stormont giving Club members and supporters an opportunity to talk about the season just past and to celebrate success.
No CSNI return for Malan No CSNI return for Malan ( ) ZZZZ1:08 amZZZZ
In what is the biggest piece of news so far during this off-season, it has been confirmed that overseas professional Andre Malan won’t be returning to CSNI for a third campaign in 2020.
Nikolai Smith to play with Italy Nikolai Smith to play with Italy ( ) ZZZZ9:43 pmZZZZ
Instonians opening batsman Nikolai Smith has been called up to Italy’s national squad for their upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B fixtures in Oman.
Waringstown return for CSNI pair Waringstown return for CSNI pair ( ) ZZZZ8:11 pmZZZZ
Morgan Topping and Aaron Wright, who each spent two seasons at Stormont after leaving The Lawn in search of more first-team opportunities, will boost the villagers’ squad for the 2020 season.
Armagh sign South African Armagh sign South African ( ) ZZZZ8:42 pmZZZZ
Armagh will have a 21 year-old South African in their ranks for the 2020 season.
Crothers receives prestigious award Crothers receives prestigious award ( ) ZZZZ6:59 pmZZZZ
Instonians stalwart Steven Crothers’ excellent work for the Shaws Bridge club has been recognized by the Federation of Irish Sports.
Travel broadens the mind Travel broadens the mind ( ) ZZZZ11:18 pmZZZZ
With the 2019 season in the books, some young Irish players have made the trip overseas to continue their development and gather more experience.
Nelson delighted to be back at the helm Nelson delighted to be back at the helm ( ) ZZZZ7:08 pmZZZZ
Having enjoyed a successful three-season stint as captain between 2014-2016 in which the Villagers won Irish Senior Cup and Premier League titles, Nelson will return to the role after replacing Greg Thompson.
Blair excited about NIACUS project Blair excited about NIACUS project ( ) ZZZZ1:31 amZZZZ
Gary Blair was appointed as new chairman of NIACUS earlier this month and you can tell how excited he is about the role.
NCU Review (6) North Down NCU Review (6) North Down ( ) ZZZZ9:49 pmZZZZ
A brief look at the 2019 Robinson Services Premier League table will show you just how much North Down improved in the space of 12 months.
All change at Waringstown All change at Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ9:43 pmZZZZ
The villagers will have Lee Nelson back at the helm next season, with the former captain taking over the reins from Greg Thompson.
NCU AGM outcomes NCU AGM outcomes ( ) ZZZZ9:39 pmZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union held their AGM at Shaw’s Bridge on Wednesday night and a new chairman was elected with Sam Beckett taking over from Alan Waite.
NCU Review (5) Instonians NCU Review (5) Instonians ( ) ZZZZ11:01 pmZZZZ
It feels like the 2019 season is one that Instonians will be more than happy to see the back of.
Rajavelu back at CIYMS Rajavelu back at CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ9:14 pmZZZZ
Robinson Services Premier League champions CIYMS have confirmed the re-signing of Karthik Rajavelu from Muckamore alongside the news that at least seven of their star squad from last season will be back at Belmont in 2020.
Rogers returns to Armagh Rogers returns to Armagh ( ) ZZZZ11:14 pmZZZZ
Jamie Rogers will be back at Armagh for the 2020 season after re-joining from Muckamore.
Woodvale sign Pat Botha Woodvale sign Pat Botha ( ) ZZZZ11:00 pmZZZZ
Botha, who scored 1496 runs in three seasons at Carrick at an average of 41.56, will have a huge role to play as the Ballygomartin Road men step up to the Robinson Services Premier League for the first time since 2009.
Johnston looking for Knights to kick on Johnston looking for Knights to kick on ( ) ZZZZ12:22 amZZZZ
Eight. That’s the number of Northern Knights cricketers that have turned out for Ireland throughout 2019.
North Down sign Adey North Down sign Adey ( ) ZZZZ12:12 amZZZZ
North Down have strengthened their squad with the addition of Aditya Adey from Muckamore.
NCU Review (4) Carrickfergus NCU Review (4) Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ10:32 pmZZZZ
It was another year of progress for Carrickfergus as they reached their first ever Irish Senior Cup quarter-final and finished third in the Robinson Services Premier League.
How have the last five teams promoted to the Premier League fared? How have the last five teams promoted to the Premier League fared? ( ) ZZZZ6:19 amZZZZ
The task of staying in the top-flight has always been a difficult one, and with teams seemingly improving more and more as the years go by, that prospect of maintaining yourself as a Premier League club will become even harder.
NCU Review (3): CSNI NCU Review (3): CSNI ( ) ZZZZ12:11 amZZZZ
CSNI finished fourth in the Robinson Services Premier League in 2019, ending on 28 points after winning seven of their 14 league matches – four points and one league position better than 2018.
Allison joins Lisburn Allison joins Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ12:06 amZZZZ
Lisburn have moved to sign young bowler Luke Allison from Section One side Donacloney Mill.
Gill joins Carrickfergus Gill joins Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
In what is the first piece of major transfer news ahead of the 2020 season, Muckamore captain Neil Gill has departed the Moylena side to join Carrickfergus.
NCU Award winners NCU Award winners ( ) ZZZZ11:46 pmZZZZ
The annual NCU dinner took place at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast where everyone celebrated another successful local cricket season.
NCU Review (1); Waringstown NCU Review (1); Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ3:06 amZZZZ
It goes some way to explaining how good Waringstown have been over the past five years that you look back on their 2019 season and consider it a disappointment despite reaching two finals.
NCU Review (2): Muckamore NCU Review (2): Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ2:54 amZZZZ
After suffering relegation from the Robinson Services Premier League, it will be a case of going back to the drawing board for Muckamore as they look to bounce back at the first attempt.
The Mortons (12) The Mortons (12) ( ) ZZZZ2:51 amZZZZ
The awards conclude with Stephen Bunting pipping Wayne Horwood to the Section One Player of the Year accolade.
The Mortons (11) The Mortons (11) ( ) ZZZZ2:45 amZZZZ
The Coach of the Year award goes to Northern Knights supremo Simon Johnston.
The Mortons (10) The Mortons (10) ( ) ZZZZ2:20 amZZZZ
Alison Cowan of CSNI gets the Women's Player of the Year vote.
Narrow win for NIACUS secures the treble Narrow win for NIACUS secures the treble ( ) ZZZZ8:11 amZZZZ
In the Annual White Stick Trophy NIACUS beat LCUSA by just 2 runs at The Green, Comber
The Mortons (9) The Mortons (9) ( ) ZZZZ2:01 amZZZZ
The Umpire of the Year accolade goes to Alan Neill who pips Michael Foster.
The Mortons (8) The Mortons (8) ( ) ZZZZ3:03 amZZZZ
The best signing of the year goes to Carrickfergus all-rounder CJ van der Walt.
The Mortons (7) The Mortons (7) ( ) ZZZZ6:24 amZZZZ
Ryan Hunter of CIYMS gets the nod as the Unsung Hero of the Year.
The Mortons (6) The Mortons (6) ( ) ZZZZ1:25 amZZZZ
John Matchett pips Ollie Metcalfe to the Breakthrough Player of the Year accolade.
Faiz Fazal returns to Lisburn Faiz Fazal returns to Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ1:18 amZZZZ
One of the standout stars of the 2019 season will be back in the Northern Cricket Union next year after Lisburn announced the return of Faiz Fazal as their overseas professional.
The Mortons (5) The Mortons (5) ( ) ZZZZ1:07 amZZZZ
The captain of the year accolade goes to CIYMS skipper Nigel Jones after a trophy laden campaign.
The Mortons (4) The Mortons (4) ( ) ZZZZ11:56 amZZZZ
Andre Malan pips Jacques Snyman and Ruhan Pretorius to the Overseas Professional of the Year award.
Cricket Award for Soccer Winner Cricket Award for Soccer Winner ( ) ZZZZ11:46 amZZZZ
Former Irish Cup winning goalkeeper Chris Keenan has been picking up more awards - but in a very different sport.
The Mortons (3) The Mortons (3) ( ) ZZZZ10:54 amZZZZ
The awards continue as Josh Manley gets the nod for the bowling performance of the year.
The Harrison dynasty The Harrison dynasty ( ) ZZZZ1:37 amZZZZ
FORTY years ago, Waringstown played Woodvale in the NCU Challenge Cup final at Downpatrick. The team consisted of six brothers, a brother-in-law and a nephew. It was the Harrison dynasty at its height.
Qualifying NCU averages 2019 Qualifying NCU averages 2019 ( ) ZZZZ9:35 amZZZZ
Leading batting, bowling, wicket-keeping and all rounders averages in NCU Premier League and Challenge Cup
The Mortons (2) The Mortons (2) ( ) ZZZZ10:23 pmZZZZ
The NCU end of season awards continue with Greg Thompson picking up the Innings of the Year accolade.
The Mortons (1) The Mortons (1) ( ) ZZZZ9:17 pmZZZZ
News Letter cricket correspondent Johnny Morton gives his end of season awards starting with his Player of the Year.
Pienaar leaves CIYMS Pienaar leaves CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ1:19 amZZZZ
Obus Pienaar won't be back at CIYMS for the 2020 season after signing for Lancashire League side Lowerhouse CC.
Snyman to return to Carrickfergus Snyman to return to Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ1:08 amZZZZ
Jacques Snyman will be returning to play for Carrickfergus in 2020 after a successful campaign which saw the club finish third in the Robinson Services Premier League.
Something 'Special' for Jason Something 'Special' for Jason ( ) ZZZZ4:56 amZZZZ
NCU present 'Special Award' to Jason vd Merwe for his 'Final Fifties'
Pretorius to reside in Ireland Pretorius to reside in Ireland ( ) ZZZZ1:59 amZZZZ
The sight of Ruhan Pretorius producing match-winning performances in the Northern Cricket Union is one that local fans are set to enjoy for years to come with the South African due to stay in Northern Ireland on a full-time basis.
Cup wins for Woodvale and CIYMS Cup wins for Woodvale and CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ8:39 amZZZZ
In the NCU, Woodvale III won the Minor (Lindsay) Cup by 32 runs after bowling out Instonians III for 90 at Dundrum and CIYMS V beat BISC III to win the Minor Qualifying Cup final on the top pitch at The Green.
Instonians claim U11 league title Instonians claim U11 league title ( ) ZZZZ3:44 amZZZZ
On a wonderful sunny afternoon at Moylena in front of a big crowd, Instonians Under 11’s retained their Premier League title with a hard fought win against Muckamore Under 11’s.
A Lidl help for Templepatrick A Lidl help for Templepatrick ( ) ZZZZ5:22 amZZZZ
Templepatrick Cricket Club has cashed in with the award of £4000 of equipment from local supermarket Lidl.
Charity Match at North Down Charity Match at North Down ( ) ZZZZ7:53 amZZZZ
There is a special 10-over charity match in Comber tonight (6pm) hosted by Ryan Haire of North Down and Trevor Britton of CIYMS, in support of Macmillan Cancer and Marie Curie.
Leckey delivers for CSNI Leckey delivers for CSNI ( ) ZZZZ10:17 pmZZZZ
Civil Service North skipper Abbi Leckey lifted the Gallagher Women’s Challenge Cup yesterday with an exciting last-ball two-run victory over Muckamore at Stormont.
Thompson available for Waringstown final Thompson available for Waringstown final ( ) ZZZZ2:13 pmZZZZ
GREG Thompson is available to captain Waringstown in the Irish Senior Cup final against Pembroke after Cricket Ireland confirmed the game will be brought forward seven days.
Muckamore chance of double glory Muckamore chance of double glory ( ) ZZZZ6:18 amZZZZ
MUCKAMORE have the chance of a double trophy celebration this weekend because, the day after the 2nd XI play in the final of the Junior Cup, the Women’s side take on Civil Service North in their Challenge Cup decider at Stormont.
Junior Cup final preview Junior Cup final preview ( ) ZZZZ1:33 amZZZZ
Peter Shields made his 1st XI debut for North Down in a league game at Muckamore in 1996. In the opposition that day was Les Allen. This Saturday, they will be opposing captains in the GMcG Junior Cup final at Lisburn.
Ellerby stars as NCU outshine Barbados Ellerby stars as NCU outshine Barbados ( ) ZZZZ3:35 amZZZZ
The NCU u14 (sponsored by Pwc NI) produced a fine all round performance to finish off their tour to the West Cricket Festival at Kings College Taunton.
NCU U14 beaten by Cheshire NCU U14 beaten by Cheshire ( ) ZZZZ12:26 amZZZZ
Early wickets see NCU in trouble but Ashton Clark, Ryan Matthews and Adam Leckey mount rescue operation but ultimately in vain.
Ellerby ton in vain as NCU lose thriller Ellerby ton in vain as NCU lose thriller ( ) ZZZZ12:14 amZZZZ
It was almost deja-vu for the NCU U14s (sponsored by PWC NI) at Taunton as today’s match followed a very similar pattern to match one at Wyvern on Monday.
NCU California Dreaming after thrilling win NCU California Dreaming after thrilling win ( ) ZZZZ12:31 amZZZZ
The NCU gained a thrilling eight run win against California in the latest match of their U14 tournament at the prestigious Taunton Festival.
NCU pipped by Northants in U14 tour opener NCU pipped by Northants in U14 tour opener ( ) ZZZZ2:11 pmZZZZ
The NCU U14 (sponsored by Pwc NI) got their festival off to a lively start with a narrow 2 wicket defeat by Northants at Wyvern.
McCollum relishing Lord's Test McCollum relishing Lord's Test ( ) ZZZZ12:20 amZZZZ
JAMES McCollum has been to Lord’s as a spectator but this week he will play his first game at the Home of Cricket - in Ireland’s third Test match.
Weather wins the day in Cornwall Weather wins the day in Cornwall ( ) ZZZZ3:06 amZZZZ
Day 3 of the U11 NCU (sponsored by PWC) Cornwall tour brought deterioration in overhead conditions so our hosts had very kindly arranged an indoor session at Truro School as contingency.
Battling NCU beaten by Cornwall in U11 tour Battling NCU beaten by Cornwall in U11 tour ( ) ZZZZ2:50 amZZZZ
The weather forecast , looking extremely grim for the Friday fixture, prompted both coaching teams to agree to a 13 a side contest to ensure everyone got an ample opportunity to make a meaningful contribution.
NCU U11s lose to Cornwall in tour opener NCU U11s lose to Cornwall in tour opener ( ) ZZZZ2:02 amZZZZ
The NCU U11s started their tour to Cornwall with a 25 over game at St Erme cricket club against Cornwall U11s.
NCU name U13 squad NCU name U13 squad ( ) ZZZZ2:36 amZZZZ
The NCU have named their Under 13 squad ahead of a busy period for the talented youngsters.
All to play for in NCU All to play for in NCU ( ) ZZZZ8:09 amZZZZ
WHILE the remaining two games in the Twenty20 international series between Ireland and Zimbabwe take centre stage this weekend, there is a full programme of top-flight fixtures in both the North West and NCU tomorrow, and on Sunday the first three quarter-finals in the Irish Senior Cup are down for decision.
New fixtures for Emerging Knights announced New fixtures for Emerging Knights announced ( ) ZZZZ1:49 amZZZZ
Additional fixtures for both a Northern Knights Select XI and the Emerging Knights have been announced.
Muckamore fail with Mooney swoop Muckamore fail with Mooney swoop ( ) ZZZZ7:30 amZZZZ
MUCKAMORE have failed in an audacious bid to sign former Ireland international John Mooney for the second half of the NCU season.
Shannon returns to Instonians Shannon returns to Instonians ( ) ZZZZ4:42 pmZZZZ
JAMES Shannon will return to cricket tomorrow — playing for Instonians. In a dramatic move he has severed his links with Phoenix, whom he signed for during the winter, and returned to his boyhood club.
Waringstown and CIYMS reach T20 final Waringstown and CIYMS reach T20 final ( ) ZZZZ2:02 amZZZZ
CIYMS overpower Instonians, while Waringstown hold their nerve to edge out North Down.
Instonians retain Graham Cup Instonians retain Graham Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:19 amZZZZ
Instonians have retained the Graham Cup after an eight-wicket win over CSNI.
Busy weekend ahead in NCU Busy weekend ahead in NCU ( ) ZZZZ1:15 amZZZZ
It's the busiest weekend of the season so far with the Gallagher Challenge Cup quarter-finals taking centre stage in the NCU, followed by the huge Robinson Services Premier League clash on Sunday between last year’s top two, CIYMS and Waringstown.
Death of Alfie Linehan Death of Alfie Linehan ( ) ZZZZ7:11 amZZZZ
FORMER Ireland captain and Downpatrick legend Alfie Linehan died yesterday after a long illness. He was 79.
Although he played only 11 times for Ireland, he was captain in his last six appearances in 1974 and 1975.
Although he played only 11 times for Ireland, he was captain in his last six appearances in 1974 and 1975.
50 up for Arthur 50 up for Arthur ( ) ZZZZ9:22 amZZZZ
Templepatrick celebrate and recognise the 50 years of service given to the club by founder member Arthur Bowron BEM with a tea-time gathering of the 'old boys'.
Metcalfe hits unbeaten 99 as MCC beat Ulster Schools Metcalfe hits unbeaten 99 as MCC beat Ulster Schools ( ) ZZZZ7:37 amZZZZ
Ulster Schools lost their annual game against MCC at Osborne Park yesterday by 51 runs but it was two of last year’s Schools’ side who were the Club's stars.
NCU name Women's squad NCU name Women's squad ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
The NCU has selected their first Women's squad for the summer programme, which includes four matches against North West Women and a three match tour to Cornwall in August.
MCC to start NCU tour MCC to start NCU tour ( ) ZZZZ11:51 amZZZZ
THE annual MCC visit to the NCU takes place this week but there are only three games instead of the normal four.
NCU names U13 Regional Development Squad for games in July and August NCU names U13 Regional Development Squad for games in July and August ( ) ZZZZ1:28 pmZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union has named its Under 13 Regional Development Squad for eight fixtures throughout July and August against the North West and Leinster Cricket Unions, and a tour to Ayr, Scotland.
Jones to continue in CIYMS role Jones to continue in CIYMS role ( ) ZZZZ12:48 amZZZZ
NIGEL Jones will continue to play for and captain Robinson Service Premier League champions CIYMS after being appointed Head Coach of Leinster Lightning.
So near yet so far for Ross Adair So near yet so far for Ross Adair ( ) ZZZZ1:23 amZZZZ
IT was so near but so far for Ross Adair last week as the sportsman, better known for his rugby exploits, missed out on a return to representative cricket.
Top two look to keep 100% records Top two look to keep 100% records ( ) ZZZZ11:08 amZZZZ
In the NCU, Nigel Jones is due to take his leaders CIYMS to Shaw’s Bridge but the game is already in doubt because of this week’s rain, while Waringstown, also with a 100 per cent record, are away to Carrickfergus.
NCU names U11 Regional Development Squad for games in July and August NCU names U11 Regional Development Squad for games in July and August ( ) ZZZZ5:37 amZZZZ
The NCU has named their squad for fixtures versus the North West and Leinster and for a festival in Cornwall.
Five talking points from the NCU weekend Five talking points from the NCU weekend ( ) ZZZZ8:25 amZZZZ
The Gallagher Challenge Cup got underway over the weekend with five Premier League and two Section One teams securing their spot in the second round. Johnny Morton examines five of the main issues.
Moleon back in demand Moleon back in demand ( ) ZZZZ11:37 pmZZZZ
EUGENE Moleon admits he was disappointed to lose his coaching job with the Northern Knights but as one door closed, at least two more have opened.
Shields hopes for a return of the good times Shields hopes for a return of the good times ( ) ZZZZ10:45 pmZZZZ
It's all change at Comber this year with a new 50-over captain and no fewer than four signings, and North Down have hit the ground running as they target a return to the top half of the league table.
Templepatrick planning season of celebrations Templepatrick planning season of celebrations ( ) ZZZZ11:05 amZZZZ
Templepatrick Cricket Club will be hoping for a successful 2019 season as the club celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Lazars joins Muckamore Lazars joins Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ8:58 pmZZZZ
All-rounder Steve Lazars has joined Muckamore after spending the 2018 season at Ardmore.
NCU Preview 18: Armagh NCU Preview 18: Armagh ( ) ZZZZ12:18 amZZZZ
Our previews of the 18 Premier and Section One clubs end with a look at Armagh who after clinching Section One in 2017 were relegated from the Premier League in 2018.
NCU Preview 17: Woodvale NCU Preview 17: Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
2018 saw Woodvale achieve fourth slot in Section One winning 10 and losing eight matches of their 18.
NCU Preview 16: Derriaghy NCU Preview 16: Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ8:41 pmZZZZ
The 2018 season for Derriaghy was average at best having won 8 and lost 9 (1 NR). The team are looking to significantly improve these stats in 2019 with the core squad remaining much the same this season.
NCU Preview 15: Templepatrick NCU Preview 15: Templepatrick ( ) ZZZZ1:39 amZZZZ
It was a great 2018 for Templepatrick who won all 14 of their league matches to win Section Two and gain promotion.
NCU Preview 14: Donaghcloney Mill NCU Preview 14: Donaghcloney Mill ( ) ZZZZ10:25 pmZZZZ
It was a tough season in 2018 for Donaghcloney Mill who just managed to avoid relegation to Section Two thanks to their Nett Run Rate.
NCU Preview 13: Ballymena NCU Preview 13: Ballymena ( ) ZZZZ2:34 amZZZZ
It's a welcome return to Section One for Ballymena, and the Eaton Park club will be determined to acquit themselves well after gaining promotion last year.
NCU Preview 12: Holywood NCU Preview 12: Holywood ( ) ZZZZ3:32 amZZZZ
It hasn't been the best of close seasons for Holywood with the departure of five high profile players which greatly weakens the playing squad and their promotion hopes for 2019.
NCU Preview 11: Downpatrick NCU Preview 11: Downpatrick ( ) ZZZZ10:52 pmZZZZ
It was a mixed campaign for Downpatrick in 2018, winning 10 and losing 8 of their league programme. They have a new captain at the helm as well as a new overseas player.
NCU Preview 10: Bangor NCU Preview 10: Bangor ( ) ZZZZ11:54 pmZZZZ
Bangor showed signs of getting back to their true selves in 2018, and with a decent campaign under their belts could be one of the sides in the promotion frame in what is sure to be a highly competitive league.
NCU Preview 9: Cregagh NCU Preview 9: Cregagh ( ) ZZZZ12:26 amZZZZ
It was a journey into the unknown for Cregagh in 2018 as they participated in Senior One having gained promotion. They acquitted themselves well and will look to build on that in 2019.
NCU dominate Ireland umpiring panels NCU dominate Ireland umpiring panels ( ) ZZZZ11:55 pmZZZZ
The NCU region has led the way in the new Ireland umpiring panels, having no fewer than ten representatives.
NCU Preview 8: Lisburn NCU Preview 8: Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ10:47 pmZZZZ
It's a return to the top flight of NCU cricket for Lisburn after a very successful promotion campaign in 2018, and the Mid-Ulster club have strengthened with two quality additions.
NCU Preview 7: Instonians NCU Preview 7: Instonians ( ) ZZZZ12:43 amZZZZ
It's been a busy winter for the Shaw's Bridge club with the loss of high profile players Nathan Smith and James Shannon, as well as Stephen Bunting, but the arrival of Murray Commins helps balance the books somewhat.
NCU Preview 6: CIYMS NCU Preview 6: CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ2:38 amZZZZ
The defending champions have added genuine quality to an already strong squad with Obus Pienaar and Mark Adair coming to Belmont.
NCU Preview 5: Carrickfergus NCU Preview 5: Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ10:49 pmZZZZ
Carrickfergus have finished in the top half of the Premier League in each of the last 3 seasons and will be looking to emulate that performance in 2019.
NCU Preview 4: CSNI NCU Preview 4: CSNI ( ) ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
The Stormont side have been given a great boost by the return of Gary Wilson from county cricket.
NCU Preview 3: North Down NCU Preview 3: North Down ( ) ZZZZ11:56 pmZZZZ
It's been a busy close season for North Down and they have attracted some real quality to their ranks which augurs well for a season in which they will be looking to challenge on all fronts.
Marc Ellison: What I've been looking to improve this winter Marc Ellison: What I've been looking to improve this winter ( ) ZZZZ11:38 pmZZZZ
It feels as though it’s been a long and dark winter, but what it has done is given me an opportunity to improve my game.
Lisburn sign Reinhardt Strydom Lisburn sign Reinhardt Strydom ( ) ZZZZ11:16 pmZZZZ
Lisburn have bolstered their squad ahead of the new season with the signing of former Irish international Reinhardt Strydom.
North Down complete Moor signing North Down complete Moor signing ( ) ZZZZ1:05 amZZZZ
North Down have further boosted their squad for the upcoming season with the signing of AJ Moor from Balbriggan.
NCU Preview 2: Muckamore NCU Preview 2: Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ10:35 pmZZZZ
It's been a busy close season for Muckamore, and the young squad looks to have come out of the dealings pretty well in order for the challenges ahead.
NCU Preview 1: Waringstown NCU Preview 1: Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ12:24 amZZZZ
They have been Ireland's most successful club side over the past few years, and skipper Greg Thompson is hungry for more trophies in 2019.
Happy to Help Happy to Help ( ) ZZZZ4:47 amZZZZ
Northern Knights off for three days practice on grass at Merchant Taylors' School whose Director of Cricket is Saintfield CC man Ian Magowan.
Five NCU players named in Super 3 squads Five NCU players named in Super 3 squads ( ) ZZZZ7:43 amZZZZ
There was a major boost for the women's game in the NCU with the news that no fewer than five players from the region have been named in the Super 3 series squads.
North Down swoop for Craig Young North Down swoop for Craig Young ( ) ZZZZ7:24 pmZZZZ
North Down have pulled off a coup by swooping for Irish international Craig Young to spearhead their 2019 campaign.
Tributes paid to Billy Boyd Tributes paid to Billy Boyd ( ) ZZZZ9:17 pmZZZZ
Tributes have poured in from across the Irish cricketing spectrum following the death of former NCU President and Chairman Billy Boyd.
The passing of Billy Boyd The passing of Billy Boyd ( ) ZZZZ6:37 amZZZZ
The funeral arrangements of Lurgan and NCU stalwart Billy Boyd have been announced.
NCU appeal for more umpires NCU appeal for more umpires ( ) ZZZZ8:38 pmZZZZ
THE NCU are appealing for more umpires ahead of the new season which is now only less than two months away.
Waringstown forced into change of professional Waringstown forced into change of professional ( ) ZZZZ5:44 pmZZZZ
Seven weeks before the start of the season, Waringstown have changed their professional after availability concerns over first choice Corne Dry.
Smith blow for Instonians Smith blow for Instonians ( ) ZZZZ5:04 pmZZZZ
Instonians preparations for the forthcoming season have received a further set-back with the news that Nathan Smith has opted to remain in his native Australia rather than pursuing his international ambitions with Ireland.
Expanded role for Knights coach Simon Johnston Expanded role for Knights coach Simon Johnston ( ) ZZZZ10:29 amZZZZ
Northern Knights coach Simon Johnston's role has been expanded to include all areas of the NCU performance pathway.
NCU School and Club Engagement Officer appointed NCU School and Club Engagement Officer appointed ( ) ZZZZ10:20 amZZZZ
The NCU has appointed Wayne Hughes to the newly created role of School and Club Engagement Officer.
Y Viva Espana Y Viva Espana ( ) ZZZZ2:07 amZZZZ
Seven Young Knight hopefuls will be working on their games in Sunny Spain this weekend as the NCU Academy de-camps to La Manga.
T20 Trophy and Shield draws completed T20 Trophy and Shield draws completed ( ) ZZZZ7:55 pmZZZZ
T20 Trophy holders Downpatrick will start the defence of their cup with a home tie against Templepatrick, who won the T20 Shield in 2018.
Return to sender Return to sender ( ) ZZZZ7:36 pmZZZZ
The latest list of confirmed transfers published by the NCU feature a number of players returning to previous clubs after deciding that the grass isn't greener on the other side.
Bunting returns to Woodvale Bunting returns to Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ1:06 amZZZZ
Stephen Bunting is returning to his boyhood club Woodvale after five seasons with Instonians.
Treble boost for Instonians Treble boost for Instonians ( ) ZZZZ12:06 amZZZZ
After the blow suffered by the loss of James Shannon, Instonians have some good news to report with Shane Getkate electing to stay, the arrival of Matthew Tryell from England and the return of Aaron Kernohan.
Two NCU players included in Irish girls youth squads Two NCU players included in Irish girls youth squads ( ) ZZZZ11:08 pmZZZZ
Two players from the NCU region have been included in the Irish girls' squads announced this week.
Uncapped Knights quartet set for international stage Uncapped Knights quartet set for international stage ( ) ZZZZ11:35 pmZZZZ
James McCollum and James Cameron-Dow named in ODI and Test squads, while Harry Tector and Shane Getkate have made the T20 squads.
Lisburn seeking Cricket Development Officer Lisburn seeking Cricket Development Officer ( ) ZZZZ10:55 pmZZZZ
With a growing youth section Lisburn Cricket Club is seeking a Cricket Development Officer for the 2019 season.
Instonians resigned to losing Getkate? Instonians resigned to losing Getkate? ( ) ZZZZ9:45 pmZZZZ
Shane Getkate looks likely to be the next high profile departure from Shaw's Bridge during the close season, with the all-rounder contemplating a return to Leinster cricket.
Shannon to stay a Knight Shannon to stay a Knight ( ) ZZZZ9:42 amZZZZ
James Shannon on his move to Phoenix and a report on the second Wolves ODI versus Sri Lanka A
Shannon blow for Instonians Shannon blow for Instonians ( ) ZZZZ11:18 pmZZZZ
Instonians have been dealt a blow with the news that James Shannon has opted to move to Dublin to play for Phoenix.
Graham Cup Draw Graham Cup Draw ( ) ZZZZ11:07 pmZZZZ
Holders Instonians will face Lisburn in the 2019 Graham Cup.
Derriaghy sign Daniel Poulton Derriaghy sign Daniel Poulton ( ) ZZZZ1:38 amZZZZ
Daniel Poulton is moving to Derriaghy having spent two seasons at Carrickfergus.
Ballymena return for Aphale Ballymena return for Aphale ( ) ZZZZ2:25 amZZZZ
Ballymena have announced the return of all-rounder Kaushik Aphale for the 2019 season.
Thompson delight as Waringstown crowned Team of the Year Thompson delight as Waringstown crowned Team of the Year ( ) ZZZZ1:21 amZZZZ
Waringstown have beaten off stiff competition to collect the prestigious Belfast Telegraph Team of the Year accolade.
Shetty return boosts Carrick Shetty return boosts Carrick ( ) ZZZZ1:17 amZZZZ
Ashwin Shetty is returning to Carrickfergus after spending a season at Muckamore.
Muckamore appoint Rao as coach Muckamore appoint Rao as coach ( ) ZZZZ8:52 pmZZZZ
NCU Premier League club Muckamore have appointed former Ireland and North West Warriors coach Bobby Rao as first team coach for the 2019 season.
Downpatrick sign overseas player Downpatrick sign overseas player ( ) ZZZZ4:41 pmZZZZ
Downpatrick have become the latest club to unveil their overseas player plans for the forthcoming season.
NCU Independent Director Appointments announced NCU Independent Director Appointments announced ( ) ZZZZ1:55 amZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union has announced the appointment of three Independent Directors to its Board, following a recent recruitment process.