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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.
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.
Carrick confirm Van Der Walt signing Carrick confirm Van Der Walt signing ZZZZ6:03 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus have strengthened their squad with the signing of 21 year-old South African all-rounder CJ van der Walt.