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NCU Preview (5) Waringstown NCU Preview (5) Waringstown ZZZZ1:45 amZZZZ
Waringstown have Lee Nelson at the helm as the Lawn side look to get back in the hunt for silverware.
NCU Preview (4) Lisburn NCU Preview (4) Lisburn ZZZZ1:57 amZZZZ
It's been a busy close season for the Lisburn side who are looking to build on their survival in the Premiership last time out.
Shields keen on silverware Shields keen on silverware ZZZZ7:53 amZZZZ
North Down captain Alistair Shields believes their motivation for silverware will be as high as ever when the 2020 season gets underway on July 18th.
CIYMS start T20 defence away at Woodvale CIYMS start T20 defence away at Woodvale ZZZZ3:41 amZZZZ
CIYMS, who won a clean sweep of trophies in the NCU last season, will open their defence of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup with an away game against newly promoted Woodvale.
NCU Preview (3): North Down NCU Preview (3): North Down ZZZZ6:50 amZZZZ
The Comber side revealed the biggest signing of the summer last week with Irish international Paul Stirling, and he will be joined at The Green by Aditya Adey and Andrew Haire.
NCU Preview (2): Woodvale NCU Preview (2): Woodvale ZZZZ11:46 amZZZZ
After a ten year absence Woodvale moved back into the top flight in style topping Section One by a three match margin and winning skipper Jamie Gibson will again lead the side in 2020.
NCU Previews (1): Carrickfergus NCU Previews (1): Carrickfergus ZZZZ12:36 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus who finished third in last yearís Premiership behind CIYMS and North Down will surely find it challenging to repeat that placing in this shortened season.
NCU announce restart Plan NCU announce restart Plan ZZZZ10:56 amZZZZ
The NCU has joined the North West in announcing that 18th July will mark the start of the season.
The Black Caped Crusader The Black Caped Crusader ZZZZ12:28 amZZZZ
Looking back on the Overseas players at Carrickfergus Cricket club since 1987 to date. The first goes back to the period between 2002 and 2006, when Shane Singe arrived.
Death of Jonathan Walsh Death of Jonathan Walsh ZZZZ4:12 amZZZZ
Jonathan Walsh has sadly died following a five year battle with a severe neurological condition.
Cliftonville Academy sign Carrickfergus duo Cliftonville Academy sign Carrickfergus duo ZZZZ4:39 amZZZZ
Matthew McCord and Max Burton have left Premier League side Carrickfergus to join Cliftonville Academy.
North Down swoop for Stirling North Down swoop for Stirling ZZZZ9:40 amZZZZ
NORTH Down have swooped to snap up Paul Stirling in one of the NCUís biggest ever signings.
Stirling excited by North Down challenge Stirling excited by North Down challenge ZZZZ9:29 pmZZZZ
Irish international Paul Stirling is relishing the prospect of playing the 2020 season at Comber.
North Down pull off stunning coup North Down pull off stunning coup ZZZZ9:48 pmZZZZ
Ahead of the possible return of local cricket next month, North Down have pulled off the massive signing of Irish international Paul Stirling.
NCU to release draft match schedule NCU to release draft match schedule ZZZZ5:34 amZZZZ
The NCUís Domestic Directorate are expected to come up with a provisional match schedule for the season after the latest Zoom meeting with clubs this week.
Senior Cup still on the agenda for NCU Senior Cup still on the agenda for NCU ZZZZ1:28 pmZZZZ
Despite opposition from some clubs, the NCU are still hopeful of running their blue riband competition, the Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup.
Andy McCrea interview Andy McCrea interview ZZZZ2:45 amZZZZ
Andy McCrea was appointed as NCU Coaches Mentor earlier this year but his first summer in the role where he should be meeting up with coaches and observing sessions has been heavily impacted.
NCU planning seven match league programme NCU planning seven match league programme ZZZZ1:09 pmZZZZ
The NCU hope to play a seven-game league season starting on Saturday, July 25, but it will almost certainly be a T20 competition.
Callum Atkinson Q and A Callum Atkinson Q and A ZZZZ4:05 amZZZZ
Today we talk to the NCU's Club and Workforce officer and Lisburn cricketer Callum Atkinson
North Down Golden era North Down Golden era ZZZZ7:22 amZZZZ
In the first episode of our new local cricket talk show In The Middle, Alistair Bushe talks to three members of the North Down team that dominated the NCU for more than a decade.
Getkate carrying the positives Getkate carrying the positives ZZZZ2:44 amZZZZ
In recent times, there would rarely have been a summerís day that went by where Shane Getkate didnít partake in some form of cricket activity.
Callum Atkinson Callum Atkinson ZZZZ12:51 amZZZZ
Callum Atkinson has been at the forefront of development coaching in the NCU for the past few years, working with a variety of age groups and in the community.
Coaching in lockdown: James Cameron-Dow Coaching in lockdown: James Cameron-Dow ZZZZ3:53 amZZZZ
After being announced as new head coach of the NCU Womenís side earlier this year, this should have been James Cameron-Dowís busiest summer to date.
Gill excited by Carrickfergus challenge Gill excited by Carrickfergus challenge ZZZZ1:18 pmZZZZ
It would be fair to say that Neil Gill hadnít been this excited for a new cricket season to roll around in quite some time.
"Twelve team Premiership a mistake," says Jones. "Twelve team Premiership a mistake," says Jones. ZZZZ5:32 amZZZZ
A 12-team Premier League appears to be a non-starter if the top clubs in the NCU have their way.
League restructuring hits the buffers League restructuring hits the buffers ZZZZ7:31 amZZZZ
The NCU has put its plan for a restructuring of the Senior Leagues on hold as clubs ask for a delay.
Suspension of all cricket activity extended Suspension of all cricket activity extended ZZZZ8:03 amZZZZ
The NCU Board has announced the continued suspension of 'all cricket activity' beyond the previously announced date of 28 May.
Pretorius keen on international honours Pretorius keen on international honours ZZZZ3:09 amZZZZ
Soon, Pretorius will shed the overseas tag and will qualify as a local player after making the decision to relocate to Northern Ireland on a full-time basis from South Africa.
Patience is a virtue for Van Der Walt Patience is a virtue for Van Der Walt ZZZZ1:33 amZZZZ
It is often said that patience is a virtue and it was certainly something that CJ van der Walt had to have a lot of upon his arrival in Northern Ireland.
Dougherty integral to CIYMS success Dougherty integral to CIYMS success ZZZZ2:38 amZZZZ
At the core of everything that CIYMS have achieved over the past few years has been wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Dougherty.
Eakin thriving on added responsibility Eakin thriving on added responsibility ZZZZ4:46 amZZZZ
North Down all-rounder Peter Eakin believes a new role helped him to produce the best season of his career in 2019.
Benton NCU move on hold Benton NCU move on hold ZZZZ3:16 amZZZZ
Jeremy Benton was due to join Derriaghy and eventually CSNI, but that switch has been put on hold due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Ambitious Adey having to be patient Ambitious Adey having to be patient ZZZZ7:44 amZZZZ
GROWING up, playing cricket with a tennis ball in the streets of central India, it was almost inevitable that Aditya Adey would want to reach the top in the sport which is a religion in his home country.
NCU set competitive deadline NCU set competitive deadline ZZZZ7:13 amZZZZ
On the day that the Northern Cricket Union proposed a 12-team Premier League from next season, they have indicated that they consider July 18 to be the latest that a full programme of competitive cricket could commence this season.
NCU Domestic Options for 2020 NCU Domestic Options for 2020 ZZZZ12:10 amZZZZ
Although there is as yet no sign of the Lockdown ending the NCU has been considering what sort of season 2020 could look like given a commencement of cricket in late June or early July.
NCU move to freshen up competition in the Senior Leagues NCU move to freshen up competition in the Senior Leagues ZZZZ10:39 amZZZZ
The NCU has asked clubs for their comments on proposals for the structure of the 2021 season by 8th May.
Basil McNamee Basil McNamee ZZZZ1:34 pmZZZZ
Ian Callender pays tribute to former Cricket Ireland president Basil McNamee who has died. He was 81.
Basil McNamee remembered Basil McNamee remembered ZZZZ3:42 amZZZZ
Robin Walsh pays tribute to Dr Basil McNamee who died at the weekend.
NCU Professional XI NCU Professional XI ZZZZ5:16 amZZZZ
During this 40-year period the NCU been blessed with some excellent overseas cricketers, many who represented their country at Test or ODI level. So apologies in advance if I have forgotten or not selected your favourite professional.
Rewind to 1991: When North Down broke Woodvale hearts Rewind to 1991: When North Down broke Woodvale hearts ZZZZ4:47 amZZZZ
After a dramatic final which drained the supporters of both teams, North Down deservedly won the Touche Ross Cup with barely one hit separating the two sides after two days of glorious entertainment.
Patil emulates Sobers Patil emulates Sobers ZZZZ5:45 amZZZZ
It's back to June 2012 and an Ulster Shield match at Sion Mills when Dundrum's overseas player/coach Raviraj Patil hit 6 sixes in an over in a competitive fixture.
Rankin excited by Lisburn challenge Rankin excited by Lisburn challenge ZZZZ11:50 amZZZZ
Boyd Rankin has joined Lisburn for the 2020 season.
The death of Iain Warke The death of Iain Warke ZZZZ5:50 amZZZZ
The death of former Woodvale captain Iain Warke has been announced.
Half a loaf better than none Half a loaf better than none ZZZZ12:15 amZZZZ
The season is due to start on Saturday, April 25 but, as the country goes into lockdown, the Domestic Cricket Directorate have drawn up a schedule with a July 4 start date, giving them a 13-week season to conclude on the last weekend in September.
NCU looks at contingency options as coronavirus threatens cricket season NCU looks at contingency options as coronavirus threatens cricket season ZZZZ1:56 amZZZZ
The Northern Cricket Union says it is exploring contingency options that would involve starting the club season late because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Call me Isma-eel Call me Isma-eel ZZZZ5:45 pmZZZZ
Instonians have signed South African Isma-eel Gafieldien as their overseas professional for the 2020 season.
Cameron-Dow to coach NCU Women's Team Cameron-Dow to coach NCU Women's Team ZZZZ10:53 pmZZZZ
Irish international James Cameron-Dow has been appointed as the Head Coach of the NCU Women's XI.
NCU winners at Ireland Awards NCU winners at Ireland Awards ZZZZ11:01 pmZZZZ
There was a quartet of success for the NCU at the annual Cricket Ireland Awards in Dublin.
Nigel Jones joins Dublin University Nigel Jones joins Dublin University ZZZZ8:46 pmZZZZ
CIYMS skipper Nigel Jones has signed a three year deal with Dublin University as their Director of Cricket.
Instonians switch on the cards for Poskitt? Instonians switch on the cards for Poskitt? ZZZZ11:13 pmZZZZ
Marcus Poskitt could be on his way to the NCU to pay for Premiership side Instonians.
Waringstown swoop for Malan Waringstown swoop for Malan ZZZZ9:05 pmZZZZ
Waringstown have moved quickly to sign Andre Malan as their overseas professional for the 2020 season after it emerged last week that their original selection Shadley von Shalkwyk wouldn't be coming.
Snyman makes his mark Snyman makes his mark ZZZZ8:00 pmZZZZ
Carrickfergus professional Jacques Snyman has caught the eye as he scored runs on each occasion he was asked to against the England tourists.
North Down complete Daniel Rose signing North Down complete Daniel Rose signing ZZZZ11:51 pmZZZZ
North Down have completed the signing of New Zealander Daniel Rose for the forthcoming campaign.
Warke signs for Woodvale Warke signs for Woodvale ZZZZ10:32 pmZZZZ
Promising teenager Harry Warke is following in the family tradition by moving to Woodvale, leaving Carrickfergus.
Snyman gets a second bite at England Snyman gets a second bite at England ZZZZ7:27 amZZZZ
Carrick's Jacques Snyman has been named in the SA Invitation XI to face England in two warm-up matches prior to the ODI series.
Pienaar delight at Irish return Pienaar delight at Irish return ZZZZ1:38 amZZZZ
Muckamore confirm signing of South African wicket-keeper batsman Peet Pienaar for the 2020 season.
Rose Northern bound? Rose Northern bound? ZZZZ12:18 amZZZZ
There could be a new face on the NCU cricketing front with New Zealander Daniel Rose set to appear in the forthcoming campaign.
Ulster Plate draw completed Ulster Plate draw completed ZZZZ11:54 pmZZZZ
The draw has been made for the 2020 Ulster Plate competition, which has been dominated in recent years by NW sides.
Excellent NCU representation in youth squads Excellent NCU representation in youth squads ZZZZ8:03 pmZZZZ
29 players from the NCU region have been named in the various Irish youth squads.
Double boost for Lisburn Double boost for Lisburn ZZZZ6:37 amZZZZ
The Wallace Park club have signed Josh Manley from Instonians and Chris Burns from Bangor.
Woodvale make two signings Woodvale make two signings ZZZZ7:54 amZZZZ
Woodvale have confirmed the signings of Jack Burton from Carrickfergus and Kyle Walsh from Holywood.
Drumaness to merge with Belfast Superkings Drumaness to merge with Belfast Superkings ZZZZ7:39 amZZZZ
Drumaness have announced that they are merging with Belfast Superkings for the 2020 season.