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Richard White

NCU Headquarters

16th Aug 2017

Northern Cricket Union 2017 - Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final
The NCU Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final, sponsored by Cleaver Black, takes place between Muckamore Fourths and Laurelvale Seconds, at Ballygomartin Road, Belfast, Woodvale Cricket Club, on Saturday 19th August (12 noon start). This competition is open to teams playing in Junior Leagues 4, 5 and 6 of the Northern Cricket Union.
Philip Black of the cup sponsors said, ‘Cleaver Black are delighted to be involved with this cup, and wish both sides every success in the Final.’
The trophy and ‘Man of the Match’ award will be presented by a Northern Cricket Union official and the sponsor at the conclusion of the game.
The Road to the Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final
Muckamore Fourths, of Junior League 5, had comprehensive victories in the first two rounds of the competition, defeating Lurgan Seconds by 8 wickets and Ballymena Thirds by 9 wickets. In the Third Round Muckamore overcame Instonians Fourth's, before a tense three run victory against North Down Thirds in the semi-final.
After receiving a bye in the First Round Laurelvale Seconds, of Junior League 4, progressed to the final losing only four wickets. They defeated Derriaghy Thirds by 8 wickets in the Second Round, Newforge Seconds by 10 wickets in the Third Round, and Cliftonville Seconds by 8 wickets in the semi-final.
Supporters from the participating clubs, and all other cricket followers from across the Northern Cricket Union and beyond will be warmly welcomed to Woodvale Cricket Club.

Richard White

NCU Headquarters

16th Aug 2017

Northern Cricket Union 2017 - Minor Qualifying Cup Final
The NCU Minor Qualifying Cup Final takes place between Donaghcloney Mill Thirds and Laurelvale Thirds, at Laurelvale Cricket Club, on Saturday 19th August (12 noon start). This competition is open to teams playing in Junior Leagues 7 and 8 of the Northern Cricket Union.
The trophy and ‘Man of the Match’ award will be presented by a Northern Cricket Union official at the conclusion of the game.
The Road to the Minor Qualifying Cup Final
Both teams received byes in the first round of the competition.
Donaghcloney Mill, of Junior League 7, defeated Saintfield Thirds by 9 wickets in the Second Round, and received a walkover against Ards Seconds in the Third Round. A convincing 60 run win over Lisburn Fourths followed in the semi-final.
Laurelvale Thirds, of Junior League 7, defeated Instonians Fifth's by 15 runs in the Second Round, followed by comprehensive victories over North Down Fourths (by 10 wickets), and CIYMS Fifth's (by 9 wickets).
Supporters from the participating clubs, and all other cricket followers from across the Northern Cricket Union and beyond will be warmly welcomed to Laurelvale Cricket Club.

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

15th Aug 2017

So I got the North Down result wrong but knew that Waringstown would win the day. Looking at the 2 semi-finals this Sunday it looks like Waringstown and Clontarf will contest the Final as you just dont know what Bready will turn up and Cork County dominate Munster but a whole differant story outside of Munster.

PS thanks to Mr C Boomer on his comments, my mam read the comment and said not to give me a bigger head than it is. Will post my tips for Satuday soon

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

15th Aug 2017

I accept entirely that the rule was contravened. I also remember a similar situation at Derriaghy a few seasons ago that led to relegation.

Response

Ed...
There has to be a better system to avoid this.

Roger Bell

Home

15th Aug 2017

Andy, as NCU Cup Secretary I can confirm that the player in question had not appeared in any previous rounds of the competition.

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

14th Aug 2017

The recent social media snow storm over 'that' cup final raises one question in my mind. If this young player had played in any of the previous rounds of the competition why was the validity of his registration not pick up by those responsible for the checking of same?

Response

Ed...
Perhaps Andy, but the club has the ultimate responsibility to register as per the rules. Dare I recall the "Connellgate" incident in 2006 where the registration was 'uncovered' many months after the event and North Down were deprived of the Senior League championship. Like this incident it was a trivial ruling, but everyone was bound by the rules. Personally I feel the registration should be accpepted in 3 days with a formal acceptance from the League Secretary up until 1 July after which no clubs can be registered for that season. Everyone knows what is fair and not fair so both clubs have been the victims of rules. Some people feel the NCU rules are outdated and need to be re-written. Perhaps they are right!

Alan

Chambers park

13th Aug 2017

Taverners V Grasshoppers.
Grasshoppers win by some runs.
Another fantastic day of cricket at Chambers park.
Great game, played in the best spirit, and the famous Chef Karim curry was of course as usual - perfect.

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

12th Aug 2017

May I first wish Andrew White on a speedy recovery from a nasty injury in the match v The Hills at Milverton and well done to Waringstown on reaching the Final against The Hills coming up soon.

Also looking forward to the Womens Cup Final coming up soon between Lurgan and North Down at a venue and date to be conirmed.

Lurgan will be hot favs on Lge and Cup form with 7 wins from 7 whilst North Down 3 losses in the Lge and 3 wins in the Cup which side of Nth Down will we see.

Also in the T20 Ulster Cup Semis
North Down v Bready (at The Green, Comber starting at 11.30am) North Down Win, the tightest of the 2 matches but ND to come through
Waringstown v Coleraine (at The Demesne, Saintfield starting at 11.00am) Waringstown win with ease

Waringstown to win final v North Down even though North Down will have home advantage this time but another high scoring contest awaits us

Clarence Hiles

Headquarters

12th Aug 2017

Big weekend for some clubs.
Best wishes to Waringstown and Instonians in the Senior Cup Semi-Finals today and also for Donaghcloney and Carrick in the Intermediate Cup Final.
Also, North Down and Warinstown in the Ulster Cup.

Richard White

NCU Headquarters

11th Aug 2017

NCU Intermediate Cup Final
The NCU Intermediate Cup Final takes place between Donaghcloney Mill Seconds and Carrickfergus Seconds, at The Meadow, Downpatrick Cricket Club, on Saturday 12th August (Noon Start). This competition is between teams playing in Junior Leagues 2 and 3 of the Northern Cricket Union
The Road to the Intermediate Final
Junior League 3 side Donaghcloney Mill received a bye in the first round, and then beat CSNI Thirds by 69 runs in the Second Round helped by a massive 150 by Colin Hylands. In the semi-final they had a much narrower victory by seven runs against Academy Seconds.
Carrickfergus Seconds, of Junior League 2, had a narrow three wicket victory against Armagh Seconds in the first round, followed by a comprehensive 154 run defeat of North Down Seconds thanks to an undefeated century from Richard Hood. In the semi-final a thrilling contest ended in a one wicket win against Instonians Thirds.
Supporters from the participating clubs, and all other cricket followers from across the Northern Cricket Union and beyond will be warmly welcomed to Downpatrick Cricket Club.

Alan

Chambers Park

11th Aug 2017

Aug 13th @ 1pm
Chambers park
Taverners V Grasshoppers.
Don't miss it.

R Kennedy

Co Antrim

10th Aug 2017

T 20 Finals Day

What has happened with Armagh ? Has their bus broken down again ?

Speaks volumes of the commitment shown by most clubs beneath the Premier League ! Worrying signs .......

Ricky Finlay

Belfast

10th Aug 2017

Ulster Grasshoppers CC

Afternoon all, the Ulster Grasshoppers CC have a friendly fixture (30 overs) organised against the Portadown Taveners CC on Sunday 13th August at Chambers Park, Portadown.

The game is scheduled for a 1pm start and will include Grasshoppers legends including Michael Turkington & Paul Stafford plus new members from Lisburn CC, Ballymena CC, Cliftonville CC, Lurgan CC & Waringstown CC.

The Grasshoppers are also touring this Autumn to Malta for a long weekend with 2 games scheduled. Results and reports will follow in due course. The intention is that this will be the start of annual occurrence.

Should anyone be interested in becoming a member please feel free to contact me on richard@finlaygrahamproperty.com

Cheers
Ricky Finlay
Chairman Ulster Grasshoppers CC

Alan

Belfast

9th Aug 2017

President McMorran's words-
Among the details of his 'doings' and visits to date did anyone else get the impression that also in there he was passing on the CI message that we need to manage the expectations of Unions and Clubs regarding the ICC funding.
Clubs/grass roots last to get a mention in where the money goes.
Don't get your hopes up is what I read between the lines.

Andy Kennedy

Balmy Buckna

9th Aug 2017

I met an old rugby pal while at Ballyclare on Saturday and we were chatting about the state of rugby at junior club level. He mentioned that he had seen that Ireland had achieved Test status and he commented 'that's the club game gone then'. When rugby 'went professional' the top Irish players went to English clubs for crazy money - so crazy in fact that former leading English clubs found themselves in penury. The creation of the European Cup generated the finance that gave the IRFU the basis to offer meaningful financial packages to attract them back. The dearth in club rugby in Ireland is reflected in what's now happening in France with the national side being affected by the imported players playing for big money in the club game . I have posted in the past my concerns about the future of cricket in Ireland and unless the change is handled properly, the decline that has already happened will continue. I have read Peter's report carefully and note the implied warnings therein. The provision of proper facilities has already been highlighted by Eoin Morgan and I read that alongside the difficulty in recruiting a groundsman for Bready. On a local level, again we have clubs unable to turn out sides and there is a strong rumour coming out of North Belfast about a merger. I await the influx of 'foreigners' whose grannies were on bus trips to Bunratty Castle and qualifies them for Irish passports! In a conversation in the North West a couple of weeks ago I was asked 'where do you see Cricket Ireland in 5 years?' My answer 'exactly where it is now unless we have the ability to take on board the lessons of what has happened in other sports'. Rant over - and this is me on a good day!