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Billy

On the square

27th Oct 2017

Recognition at last from Cricket Ireland that the arrangements for the West Indies weren’t good enough. I suppose that “On reflection” is as close to an apology that the fans will get.

Clarence Hiles

UC Headquarters

26th Oct 2017

Porterfield leaves Warwickshire
Ireland captain William Porterfield has joined Liverpool Premier League side Formby CC as player/coach for the 2018 season.
The 33 year-old was released earlier this year, raising speculation that he might return to play in Ireland as several clubs were keen to get his signature.
However, he has now moved close to Liverpool at Formby CC to play in England as the financial package was more attractive.
The move may limit his ability to play in the 2018 inter-pro series for the NW Warriors, although Porterfield is keen to play in the Irish first-class championship format.

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Ed...
Good luck William.

Ryan Haire

Bt1

25th Oct 2017

Belfast funding.......
Clubs are invited to apply to BCC for Support for Sport large £5k and small £1k grants alongside EBA £2.5k grants plus other funds www.belfastcity.gov.uk

Andy Kennedy

breezy Buckna

17th Oct 2017

any word of a report on the AGM on the NCU website?

bumperdale

Belfast

9th Oct 2017

Ian
I hope you are not suggesting that the game took place in 1947!!!

Ian Johnston

Belfast

9th Oct 2017

Surely there was a 12 month warranty on those stumps Bumper?

Billy Dale

Belfast

8th Oct 2017

YMCA ground was mentioned in an earlier post.
Great memory.
A young Billy Dale yes I was young a long time ago was selected for his debut game for North Down firsts.
At this stage of my career I thought there was only one way to take wickets and that was to bowl fast.
I raced in and delivered and fourth ball beat the opening bat, clean bowled but with such pace that the batsman left with bat and broken stump under his arm.
The team gathered around clearly impressed with the new opening bowler.
Perhaps the beginning of my legendary status was then.
I should finish the story there but on closer examination the set of stumps dated back to 1946 and some dry rot had weakened them.
Anyway good story and a true one.

Clarence Hiles

UC Headquarters

8th Oct 2017

NCU Dinner
To Bryan Milford and his team, well done at the NCU Annual Dinner. It was excellent and especially Geoff Miller the Guest Speaker. What a performance. It will be a tough act to follow!
Over 200 people shared the experience.
Well done the NCU.

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

6th Oct 2017

Interesting to see the Grounds Committee report and I note that Roughfort doesn't appear anywhere in it!

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

4th Oct 2017

Definitely one for us country people Caleb! the townies wouldn't have a clue!! An interesting one from rugby that a referee had the authority to order a disruptive spectator away from the side of the pitch - and its the home club's responsibility to ensure that they leave.l

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PS...
Any, what about the roadside?

C Boomer

Just closed the flock up for tonight..

3rd Oct 2017

Editor, I think you need to get out more, a Wyandotte is a breed of chicken, I thought everyone knew that??

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyandotte_chicken

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Ed...
News to me Caleb!

C Boomer

are folk losing the plot?

3rd Oct 2017

Andy,

Not something neither the umpires nor the union can control, the onus is on the clubs to keep a lid on this sort of nonsense, themselves alone, must get to grips and nullify the threat of any likely, unruly behaviour, irrespective of cup final, lower league or whatever level, and certainly not something anyone wants to see at a cricket match!

Like you say, there's passion and then there's ' Passion' just like sanity/insanity, a very thin line, me thinks?

Perhaps those so inclined need to get themselves a calming hobby during the off season, to help curb their boisterous behaviour and remain rational?

May I recommend one?

I talk to Chickens..

Don't think me bananas, cause I talk to Brahmas
Sussex, Leghorns and Rhode Island Red,
all breeds of chicken, scratching and picking
from early morn, till they go to bed.
Each bird has a name, no two the same,
Pinky and Perky, each as big as a turkey,
Jenny, Henny-penny, just a few of many,
hilarious, gregarious and quintessentially quirky.
I have no human friends, just a large flock of hens
and my wife ran away some years ago,
once cheek by jowl, she threw in the towel
when my Rhode Island rooster began to crow,
with stern scowl, she said, ' me or the fowl?
So alas, I had to let her to go!
No, I'll not renege on a hen or fresh egg
and if one should talk back, I'll know I'm 'crackerjack'
for though chickens are clever, they cannot whatsoever
converse in two way conversation,
except for Winifred my Wyandotte, who tells me,
" it's people who have lost the plot"
and I totally agree with her astute observation!

Response

Ed...
Caleb, you have got me with this one!

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

3rd Oct 2017

Donemana fined £125 for failing to 'control' their spectators. A bit of 'previous' in the All-Ireland Cup as well! I suppose there's passion and then there's passion! Could be some crack when the red cards come in!!

MCC

Lord's

30th Sep 2017

New changes to MCC’s Laws of Cricket come into effect for first time
• Two Test Matches being played under the majority of the new Code of Laws, with the changes covering all matches globally from 1st October
• A number of significant changes made to the Laws, including limits being placed on the thickness of the bat, Handled the ball Law removed, and in-game consequences for poor on-field behaviour
• New Laws e-learning platform to be launched and available online
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The new changes to the Laws of Cricket, issued by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will come into full effect around the world this coming Sunday 1st October 2017, with the changes covering all levels of the game.
The new Code of Laws is being introduced into the game for the first time since 2000, making it the biggest change for almost two decades. The 2017 Code is the sixth of its kind written by MCC since 1788, when it first drew up the MCC Code of Laws, with the others being published in 1835, 1947, 1980 and 2000.
There are also two Test matches taking place from Thursday this week in which the majority of the new Laws will be adhered to, with Pakistan taking on Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, and South Africa hosting Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.
The new Code of Laws follows a three-year project overseen by the Club’s Laws sub-committee, which involved numerous trials and widespread global consultation throughout the professional and amateur game.
The significant changes to the 42 Laws are as follows:
- Now written in language applying to all persons, regardless of gender.
- The Handled the ball Law has been removed, with its contents merged into Obstructing the field.
- The Lost ball Law has been removed and is now covered under Dead ball.
- Limits placed on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat.
- Injuries hoped to be prevented in a new Law which allows mechanisms tethering the bails to the stumps.
- Bowling of deliberate front foot No balls to be treated in same way as deliberate full-tosses.
- A new Law of the game, Players’ conduct, is introduced, giving an in-match consequence for poor on-field behaviour, including temporary and permanent removal from the field.
- The Law regarding running out the non-striker has been altered.
- 'Bouncing bat’ Law changed, substitutes now allowed to keep wicket and concept of penalty time amended.
The changes are being supported by a new state-of-the-art eLearning programme, which MCC has produced. The Laws eLearning programme will guide everyone from the cricketing newcomer to the experienced umpire through all 42 Laws, with tips from the ICC’s Elite Umpires and footage from club, first-class and international cricket to illustrate the more complex points.
Users can test their knowledge with a Basic and Intermediate exam – the first step on the way to becoming an umpire. There are 68 game-footage clips included, with a number of updated animations narrated by actor, writer, and cricket lover Stephen Fry.
A smartphone app will also be updated from 1st October, which includes an interactive quiz in which users can test their knowledge of the changes in the Laws.
A theme throughout the new Code of Laws is MCC’s long-running promotion of the Spirit of Cricket, setting out what is expected in terms of behaviour, such as congratulating and thanking opponents, thanking officials and respecting all those involved in the game.
President of MCC Matthew Fleming said, “Promoting the Spirit of Cricket and conveying the ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’ message at all levels of the game is a global focus for MCC and has been for many years.
“The new Code of Laws officially recognises what is expected from players, right through from the park to the Test Match arena. It is a big step in MCC’s quest and a landmark for the game.”
MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson said, “This week marks the culmination of a global consultation with many different stakeholders throughout the whole spectrum of the amateur and professional game.
“MCC has left no stone unturned in researching and redrafting the Laws in order to not only make them applicable to players, umpires and spectators, but to also encourage interest in the game across the world.”

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

28th Sep 2017

Thanks Ally for the confirmation that the Windies 'engaged' at all levels at Stormont 'on the day' recently. My mole indicated differently in the 'whole match' event. Perhaps the 'folks on the Hill' should have taken a leaf out of their book!