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Richard White, NCU PRO

Stormont HQ

13th Nov 2019

Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy 2019 - 2020
The Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy is now an established part of the cricketing education of young players within the Northern Cricket Union (NCU), with sixteen cricketers making up the 2019-20 Academy. Selection was based on players who fall in the 12 to 15 age range, who have been identified as having the potential to play at national level and begin to challenge them in a more testing environment.
2019-2020 Andre White NCU Cricket Academy
• Mohammed Aahil (CSNI)
• Sam Allister (Waringstown)
• Ashton Clark (Carrickfergus)
• Tom Crothers (Instonians)
• Harry Dyer (CSNI)
• Rory Ellerby (Instonians)
• Ryan Hunter (CSNI)
• David Kane (Templepatrick)
• Adam Leckey (CSNI)
• Finn Lutton (Templepatrick)
• Ryan Matthews (Donacloney Mill)
• Ben McCausland (Instonians)
• Carson McCullough (CIYMS)
• Max Shannon (Cregagh)
• Sam Topping (Waringstown)
• James West (CSNI)
Aims of the Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy
• To select players in the 12 to 15 age range, who have been identified as having the potential to play at national level and begin to challenge them in a more intense and focused environment.
• To help prepare the selected players so that they have a greater chance of success at national level through innovative coaching strategies.
• To successfully develop an athlete centred programme that will lay the foundations to enable our cricketers:
- to develop the necessary core skills to be competitive;
- to create a culture of excellence and to excel in years to come at national level.
Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy Programme
The NCU has reviewed the past four years of the Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy Programme and have extended its duration, increased the amount of contact time with coaches, tutors and mentors, included transferable skill workshops and specialist skills workshops delivered by ECB Level 4 coaches.
These sessions will run primarily on Friday nights at the Ulster University, Jordanstown, in February and March 2020. In addition, the NCU has partnered with the Department for Communities who are supporting the delivery of Specialist Skills Workshop. As well as the support from the Department for Communities, the NCU is offering Transferable Skills Workshops, Academy Clothing, and cost free Winter RDS Programme.
The NCU is exploring the possibility of a training tour to La Manga during the February half term holidays for three days.
Confirmed Events
• Sunday 8th December 2019 @ Ulster University Sports Centre (1pm to 3pm) - Fielding Workshop facilitated by Steven Croft (Lancashire CCC)
• Sunday 15th December 2019@ Ulster University Sports Centre (1pm to 3pm) - Batting against Spin Workshop facilitated by Matt Spriegel (Surrey CCC)
Andrew White said, 'The Academy has developed over the last number of years into a really important part of the NCU youth development pathway. We continue to strive to deliver a high quality programme for our young players and having Simon Johnston as the Head Coach is a key aspect of this. I look forward to witnessing the players grow, not only as cricketers but also as individuals through the different challenges set.’

Ricky Finlay

Grasshoppers HQ

12th Nov 2019

The Annual Ulster Grasshoppers CC dinner is scheduled for:
29th February 2020 (it was originally January but the venue had double booked) at Crowne Plaza Shaws Bridge at 6-30pm.
Paul Stafford and Sam Beckett will be the Speakers.
If you could let me know if you are free to attend that would be great.
T: 02890 328076

John Kerstens


8th Nov 2019

Just a note to say that the Club Facilities Grant is now open for applications and Cartwrights Sports would be delighted to provide Clubs with competitive quotes if they are going to apply for this grant.

All Clubs who obtain a quote and finalise business with Cartwrights Sports will be entered into a draw and the winning Club will receive £100 worth of cricket balls for the 2020 season.

Full details can be found in the article in the Features section of the Ulster Cricketer website.

Richard White, NCU PRO


5th Nov 2019

Young Cricketers Preparation for 2020 Underway
As the 2019 cricket season becomes a memory, preparation for the 2020 season has now commenced, with the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) facilitating a number of different winter initiatives for boys and girls in their respective age categories.
Coaching Camps
The NCU received over 350 applications, from over twenty five cricket clubs, for boys and girls aged 8-17, to attend in excess of 70 coaching sessions at the University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus, Wallace High School, Lisburn and Campbell College, Belfast. With the help of over thirty coaches these sessions commenced on Sunday 13th October.
Performance Groups:
Initial training squads have been selected for Under 11, 13, 15, and 17's with each age group receiving four dedicated sessions between now and Christmas.
Specialist workshops:
In conjunction with Cricket Ireland, the NCU is running specialist workshops for pace bowling, spin bowling and wicketkeeping. Sixty-six boys and girls from the NCU Pathway Programme have been invited to over 24 hours of specialist coaching before Christmas.
The Northern Cricket Union is grateful for the use of the three facilities to provide the young cricketers with the opportunity to enhance their skills during the winter months, and to the dedication of the participants, their parents, and the coaches.

John Kerstens

Cartwrights Sports HQ

6th Oct 2019

Just a word of thanks to the NCU for the invite to last nights Annual Dinner & Awards. Much appreciated. A very enjoyable evening and good food. Guest speaker Angus Fraser, I thought, did very well.

Thanks again NCU.

David Skelton

Queensway, Derriaghy

2nd Oct 2019

Derriaghy Cricket Club are celebrating their centenary year in 2020 and recently we have teamed up with local mental health charity, Emerge Counselling Services, as our official centenary charity partner.

Throughout the next 8-10 months Derriaghy CC have various events planned and we will keep you informed here on the UC site


Ed - Congratulations to all at Derriaghy CC on reaching 100 not out next year. Look forward to hearing what you have planned

Peter Wood


20th Sep 2019

Thanks to all who supported the memorabilia sale for the Wooden Spoon Charity. Over £200 was raised. Still plenty of cricket items left if anybody wants to make contact me at 07799 711914. Again, all proceeds to the charity.

Peter Wood


16th Sep 2019

Just a reminder of the sale of signed and unsigned Sporting memorabilia items at Belfast Harlequins from 7 to 8 on this Thursday night, with donations for the Wooden Spoon Childrens Charity.
There will be over 150 items (mainly photos and prints) with cricket items in the majority. Most are Test Cricketers from over the last 40 years or so. But please do not expect any current players from the recent World Cup or Ashes series!
Any enquiries to 07799 711914.

George Gillespie

Woodvale CC

15th Sep 2019

Just for the record Woodvale pro Dario Boyce hit 36 off an over in final game of the season at Cregagh. 38 off the over with 2 no-balls!! Great season for the club and looking forward to going face to face with the big guns in the Premier League without the finances that most of them have!!


Wonderful season for Woodvale. Well done!


Chambers park

12th Sep 2019

Picked this up on a usenet feed. I'm no climate change warrior just passing on someone else's observations.
Considering the wet we have all had to deal with this past few seasons it's probably worth thinking about.
"All around the cricketing world the climate emergency has started to bite, affecting everyone from elite players in their air-conditioned hotels to the two billion fans who play and watch in some of the most climate-sensitive places on the planet.
"And yet – despite the cancellation of club and school cricket in South Africa in 2018 because of drought; the movement of IPL matches because of lack of water; extreme flooding in the UK; the suspension of play due to air pollution during a Test in Delhi, and hurricanes devastating the Caribbean – cricketers and cricket authorities have shown no great inclination to stand up and shout about this threat to the game.
"The gold medal Olympians Helen Glover and Etienne Stott, who was arrested in April at the Waterloo Bridge Extinction Rebellion protests, were among 19 sports stars who wrote a letter to the Guardian last month calling for sports to reduce their climate footprint and sportsmen and women to lead the fight. No cricketers signed the letter.
"Nor have the ICC or any member boards joined the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework – which has members as varied as the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and Bowls Australia."


Plenty of information on the Internet too. I'm not sure what will be achieved. There are a lot if issues.

Andy McCrea

Templepatrick Cricket Club

11th Sep 2019

Update on Templepatrick Cricket Club Auction
Bids have started coming in and we have also had an additional item donated.
Item 8 - Training boxing gloves signed by world champion Carl Frampton ( gloves are brand new )
Again please get in touch with Andy McCrea with any bids on any items - 07811737047

Andy McCrea

Templepatrick CC

11th Sep 2019

Templepatrick CC 50th Anniversary Auction - in conjunction with raising money for our Charity Partner - Sport Changes Life
Bids are now being taken.
We are delighted to announce that the following auction items are now available for bidding on. All money raised will be donations towards club funds and also our charity partner for the event - Sport Changes Life ( further information on SCL is below.)
Anyone wanting to make a bid for the items below should contact Andy McCrea on 07811737047 or
The auction will be finalised at our 50th Anniversary Dinner Celebrations on Saturday 14th September at the Hilton Hotel Templepatrick when all bidding will be closed.
Auction Items
Item 1 - Ireland team signed cricket shirt from Ireland's first ever test match.
Item 2 - Ireland team signed cricket bat from Ireland's first ever test match.
Item 3 - North Coast Golf package – fourballs at both the Portstewart ( Riverside) and Castlerock courses.
Item 4 - Grand Central Hotel package - overnight stay and afternoon tea.
Item 5 - County Antrim Golf package – fourballs at both the Galgorm and Templepatrick Hilton courses.
Item 6 – Templepatrick Hilton Hotel overnight stay.
Item 7 - Greater Belfast Golf package – fourballs at both the Clandeboye ( Ava or Dufferin ) and Dunmurry courses.
About Sport Changes Life
The primary goal of the Sport Changes Life foundation is to provide an opportunity for raising the aspirations of young people so that they can live out their dreams and guide them as sport changes their lives.
SCL work in local communities and help raise the aspirations of young people. Many of these young people know more about conflict than friendship and have few or no role models in their lives to help them find inspiration in their world. Through their EHOOPS program, SCL use a healthy mix of sport with alternative education, to give young people the opportunity of a brighter shared future.
Their professional team of sports mentors deliver one of the most empowering, innovative and inspirational youth engagement programmes that help motivate young people to a brighter future.
Templepatrick Cricket Club C have benefited from the EHOOPS program and in turn would like to give something back to Sport Changes Life.


Another good cause. Please support them.

Peter Wood


10th Sep 2019

Many local cricket people know me well for my signed sporting memorabilia collection.
At Belfast Harlequins Club, Deramore Park Belfast on 19 September I will be giving away a substantial amount of my collection in return for a for a small voluntary donation to the Wooden Spoon Charity.
This will include signed and unsigned cricket, rugby, golf and other sports items.
This will take place from 7 until 8pm.
Wooden Spoon has made contributions to many causes relating to sick children in NI over the last 25 years, including the Childrens Hospice, Mencap and the Cancer fund for Children.
Happy to take any enquiries at 07799 711914.


Lovely gesture Peter.

M McCkay


8th Sep 2019

I herad there is going to be 10 teams in ncu premier league next season. Can someone confirim is it true ! If it is true,2 teams from section 1 go up to premier league or muckamore stay up for an other season. Or this news is completly falls. !!!!


Heard nothing about it. Could be speculation or wishful thinking. After all, the AGM has the ultimate decision.

No body


4th Sep 2019

Games should go ahead regardless of knights. Maybe it would stop teams wasting money and play at the level their club players are comfortable playing.


Great idea. Put up this Proposal for the AGM.