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Whatever the result at Lords, Ireland have played fabulously well considering their recent full-member status.
And with England winning the ODI World Cup captained by Eoin Morgan, our local game has gotta magnificent shot in the arm, this will surely encourage the younger generation to get more involved, and want to emulate our guys on the international, world stage?
The Northern Cricket Union U14 (sponsored by PwC) got their festival off to a lively start with a narrow 2 wicket defeat to Northants at Wyvern. The U14 West Festival has grown to 12 teams this year across 2 groups and with Kings College 'only' having 5 cricket squares, Wyvern, home of St Andrews CC, plays host to the additional game each day. The NCU were greeted with a fresh wicket, prepared by Denis Breakwell, the former Somerset left arm spinner. There was great support for the NCU boys from the travelling parents and siblings.
Asked to bat first, the NCU got a few starts, Topping (16), Clark (29) and McCullough (34), but were teetering at 134 for 6 in the 32nd over. Then captain, Rory Ellerby (82) and Mohammed Aahil (38 not out) put on 109 for the 7th wicket and the NCU ended on a very respectable 254 for 8 from their allotted 50 overs. This is the highest score put together in four years at the festival. Ranganathan was the pick of the Northants bowlers with 3 for 27 off 7 overs.
Northants reply got off to a flying start with some early nerves from the NCU bowlers and were 81 for 2 in the 15th over. Harry Dyer (3 for 39 off 10 overs) and David Kane (1 for 35 off 8 overs) put the brakes on and Northants had slumped to 155/7 in 32nd over. However, Ford with 51 off 43 balls and Melley with 39 not out off 45 balls saw Northants home by 2 wickets, and with more than 3 overs to spare.
The NCU boys were disappointed that they lost such a close game but can take great heart from their batting recovery and running Northants so close on the day, as well as picking up 9 bonus points.
Tuesday 23rd July: NCU Under 14 v California
Wednesday 24th July: NCU Under 14 v Cornwall
Thursday 25th July: NCU Under 14 v Cheshire
Friday 26th July: NCU Under 14 v Barbados
Not harsh at all. The point about volunteers is taken as cricket wouldn’t survive without them - and I believe that one of the factors in the decline of the club game is the dearth of such people but are you telling me that there is no-one on the ‘paid’ entourage who couldn’t take this on for a week??
Andy, I'm not party to 'paid' info, but Wylie's role would never compensate him week in week out. I know there was great difficulty in getting social media after the sad passing of David Holmes so there isn't a list of volunteers re websites. I wouldn't take it for a pension. Come to think of it, the UC website has operated as a loss for years so I'm a volunteer too!
NCU website updates are done voluntarily (I believe). Everybody is entitled to take a well deserved break and we should all be very grateful for the fantastic job Wylie does (and has done over many years) keeping us all updated.
Thank you Wylie and anybody else who volunteers to promote our sport - keep up the great work.
Wylie does need a break as the season is long and tedious! Also, I like to hear where he's holidaying!
I assume the sub was while he was absent.
A bit harsh Andy?
Middle of the season and the NCU site ‘reduces’ its coverage for a week! Is this the best way to keep people informed?
Re Ken Nicholl.
Not the first time and i suspect not the last time that the behaviour of a certain individual brings a great club like Hollywood into question. And I can talk from personal experience.
Perhaps its time as a club they took this matter seriously instead of what now appears now to have been a meaningless response to previously reported circumstances.
NCU Girls Performance Squad Announced for Representative Games
After what has been a long, but worthwhile winter for the NCU girls programme, the performance squad (sponsered by PWC) will be kicking of their representative games this Sunday, 14th July at Bready. They will be playing their North West counterparts in two games. The squad boasts a wealth of talent which represents no less than 7 different clubs, this is an encouraging step forward for the domestic aspect of the ladies game within the NCU.
The girls have trained hard, which is already evident given some stand out performances within club cricket. The increased standard expected on Sunday should allow the players to test themselves both individually and also collectively. All support for the girls is welcomed from 10am at Bready.
Staci Maxwell, one of the Girl's coaches added "These games have been long coming for the girls. Winter training began in November and they will continue training the whole way through the summer. This added contact time has brought the squad closer together, which is apparent in the atmosphere in training. As a coaching team we hope this positive attitude and atmosphere sets the tone for all the upcoming matches."
NCU Girls Performance Squad
Lucy McMahon Beattie
Condolences to Waringstown & the Allen family on the passing of legend Paddy Allen who always made me laugh no matter what occasion was he will be sadly missed but i can imagine him and David Holmes betting who's next . May they both rest in peace. Gone but never forgotten
Jeffs cricket games retirement fund raiser Sunday 4th August Noon trying raise 1500£ towards new electric scoreboard their will be Barbeque refreshments two T20 games noon Dundrum v Jeffs golden oldies team , 245pm NCU Presidents select v Jeff 11 to include players that all played at Dundrum followed by raffle and music in Dundrum Inn 630pm The Just Giving page also means anyone who donates gets entered in the raffle for great prizes tickets cost 2£ ( 3 for 5£ or 7 for 10£ )
1st Slieve Donard resort & spa overnight stay two
2nd B3 Cricket bat
3rd Richard Croft painting
4th Two tickets to Man City Premiership home football match
5th Brunels meal for two
6th Anchor meal for two
7th Afternoon tea for two in Burrendale Hotel
8th Ardglass golf fourball
9th 40£ Voucher for Hair by Laura Salon Spa
10th Breakfast for two Blu Bay cafe
Superb prizes and will be running Just giving page anyone one that kindly donates will be entered into the raffle . please feel free to share this post as its my last ever fund raiser and want to give something to the sport of cricket and Dundrum cricket club that has gave me life long friends after 46 years playing cricket and no doubt my second love outside my family
for any details contactJeff 07730334479 or Facebook by PM . many thanks to all the sponsors and anyone who supports this challenge .
RE Holywood vs Woodvale:
Thanks for clearing that up Chris. It's always good to hear another perspective on what actually happened.
When i was umpiring i went on an exchange to Dublin and stood at a match at Malahide. I thought the way they handled a lost ball to be worth considering. They allowed no extra time as the fielding side had to supply spare balls to be used until the lost one was found. this saved any 'Frustration' being vented towards the officials.
In response to Ronnie I can give a perspective from a Holywood point of view in explaining the frustration from last Saturday. With the match being 40 overs the Woodvale innings started at around 3:20pm, therefore with no breaks the 40th over should have been ready to be bowled before 6:00pm.
At just before 6pm we were ready about to bowl the 39th over with Woodvale, chasing 233 to win, on 223-6. At this point it was deemed that we were two overs behind and therefore Woodvale were warded 12 penalties runs and winning the game at that point. There were a number of instances that we believed extra time should have been accounted for. Notably no consideration for a drinks break that took longer than 5 minutes, another instance was a batsman having to go off for a toilet break mid innings and a couple of times searching for the ball when it had been hit into the bushes near the train tracks.
At the point of the game Woodvale were still massive favourites to win the game as they’d batted extremely well in their chase. There was obvious frustration that a game was to finish in this way.
Anyway, credit is to go to Woodvale on the win and I hope that clears things up.
I would like to express my most sincere condolences to the Allen Family following the passing of Paddy who was a wonderful gentleman filled with humour and pride in Waringstown Cricket Club. I enjoyed his company and his presence will be sorely missed by all. The Lawn was blessed with his presence and may he be remembered in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.
hi guys. can anyone tell me what the story was at Holwood on Saturday vs Woodvale , i was away and missed it all. i believe the umpires where put under some pressure after applying the regulations over time to complete the overs by certain players and spectators
May I pass on my sincerest condolences to the Allen family circle and indeed Waringstown C.C. on the very sad news that Paddy has passed away.
Big Paddy was reared only half a mile down the road from my own original home place,a fine country man, rugby and cricket enthusiast, played with and against him many times and always enjoyed his craic!
I remember when I was with Waringstown during my two young son's short time with their juniors, and I played with Paddy on their 4th eleven, one evening before nets, Paddy showed me how he warmed up...
There was an absolutely massive tractor tyre on its flat down by the nets, those brave enough would try to turn it over, now I always considered my fairly tough but it was a real struggle to move it, next Paddys turn, he simply flipped it over like it was a small car tyre...
RIP Paddy, a giant of a man in every sense!
Very sad indeed. He was great company to be with us and a great character in every way. The Lawn will be sad with his passing.
Rest in Peace Paddy.
Leinster Pembroke Waringstown and Phoenix to win Senior Cup Quarters
Balbriggan Railway Union Terenure and Derriaghy to win National Cup Quarters
Posted at 1138 Sunday 14th July