Northern News & Reports 2019
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.