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Clarence Hiles

Headquarters

13th Sep 2017

I hope the pundits aren't correct. Quote from Ian Callender...
"...certainly in the media tent, is that the umpires are just waiting for the rain to arrive so that they can call it off!"
Huge disappointment so far, but you have no control of weather. After all, it has been raining in Barbados! Ugh!

C Boomer

even the ducks are fed up with this weather..

12th Sep 2017

Fortescue's dilemma?

Lord Fortescue could not sit alone
and bide away precious time,
always by the book, no babbling brook
straight talking his regime

A retired colonel, a decorated career
served King and country well,
though civvy street, gave him itchy feet
so he began to rebel

After dinner parties at his grand home
guests, ceremoniously drilled,
and any gentleman, whose boots were bland
made aware of his déshabillé

And when the vicar called for weekly visit
he too, subject of short shrift,
shown the front door, for nothing more
than asking for philanthropic gift

Though once a colonel, his wife, the general
finally had enough,
the good Fortescue name, must not be shamed
so took him by the scruff

"Horace, my fine fellow, now listen here
relinquish your dominion,
accept your station or take permanent vacation
none regard, inflated opinion!"

But Smithers the family butler, long standing
listening with keen antenna,
knew the master's malcontent, not his natural bent
sought cure for this dilemma

He organised a local cricket match
the venue, Fortescue's estate,
his Lordship chipper, appointed himself skipper
of that, there was no debate

A fine, competitive game ensued
Fortescue led by example,
his innings prolific, his leadership terrific
courageously, he bore the mantle

Out LBW on ninety-nine, adjudged by umpire Smithers
but acceptingly, he departed,
as applause pulsated, reputation reinstated
ne'er again, stand-offish nor cold hearted

The old military officer, now back to former self
willow replaced, the swagger-stick,
aided by stellar gent, Smithers, his manservant
knew what made the master tick

And as for Lady Fortescue, a woman of substance
content she turned the worm,
no more in dread, her husband brings his bat to bed
between them, things now feel firm!

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

12th Sep 2017

Can Wylie McKinty please tell me if the Womens Leagues has finished as League 1 has no fixtures at the side and no sign of updates in the Prem League. Be nice to see if Lurgan could get a 100 % season v North Down

Well done to Armagh on being promoted to the Prem and Laurelvale and Creagh to Lge 1 and and Monaghan and Dumaness to Lge 2. Sad to see Lisburn getting relegated as I thought they would have had a good season.

Just wondering also who from The NCU qualifies now for The Irish Senior Cup and National Cup next year thanks

Response

Ed...
How did your season go for predictions? If Lisburn weren't expected to the drop then which team?

ICC

Dubai

11th Sep 2017

CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019
· The 1975 and 1979 champion side has to beat Ireland in a one-off ODI and then defeat England 5-0 or 4-1 with wins in the last four matches to qualify ahead of Sri Lanka
· India and Australia have a chance to reach number-one position in upcoming five-match series
The Windies side has an arduous task of trying to qualify direct for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as it braces for an upcoming one-off ODI against Ireland in Belfast on 13 September and a five-match ODI series against England from 19 to 29 September.
The Windies side is currently on 78 points in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, eight points behind eighth-placed Sri Lanka, whom it will need to overtake in order to qualify. The top seven ODI sides apart from host England as on 30 September qualify direct for ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event, which will take place from 30 May to 15 July 2019 in the United Kingdom.
The 1975 and 1979 champion side will have to beat Ireland and then also defeat England either 5-0 or by a 4-1 margin in which it wins the last four matches. In other words, losing any match other than the opening match against England at Old Trafford on 19 September will allow Sri Lanka a direct passage.
Teams not getting direct places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will get another shot through a Qualifying tournament.

C Boomer

wondering what happened to our Indian summer?

9th Sep 2017

Welcome aboard Mr Ford and thanks you for the pleasant compliments.

Yes indeed, by and large we're a decent breed of folk here and doubtless you'll be made very welcome wherever you go.

Just one thing though, if your tenure at the very pinnacle of our national sport is to be a successful one, and I've no reason to think not, please bear in mind the grassroots end of our game! Don't be a stranger to our lower leagues, as it's here that the majority of our younger players 'fledge their wings and cut their teeth.'

You certainly won't be disappointed or feel it's a waste of your valuable time, quite the contrary, you'll be highly impressed by the standards, the skill and competitive play on view, which should encourage and reinforce your ambitions, long term plans and overall, bode well for the future of the game here on the Emerald Isle.

Good luck!

Ps. You'll also get a decent cuppa, to be sure, to be sure.

Cricket Ireland

Dublin Headquarters

8th Sep 2017

GRAHAM FORD has been named as the new National Head Coach of Cricket Ireland. The 56 year-old South African has signed a three-year deal and will take over the reins from John Bracewell when his current contract ends in December.
A former first-class player with Natal, Ford has 25 years coaching experience including roles as Test coach with South Africa and Sri Lanka (twice). He also enjoyed successful spells with Natal/Dolphins, Surrey and Kent.
"I am really excited to be a part of this new era in Irish cricket. I have always enjoyed working with decent people and, in their attitude, character and camaraderie, the Irish cricketers have always come across as such," said Ford.
"With my knowledge and experience I believe I can genuinely make a difference. All my efforts will be dedicated to assisting the players to improve and achieve their full potential while playing an enjoyable brand of cricket."
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom welcomed the appointment of Ford, who comes with an impressive reputation and track record at international level.
"We are delighted to have a person of Graham's calibre as Ireland's next Head Coach and we are all looking forward to working with him," said Deutrom. "Graham has a strong reputation for man-management, of improving individual and team performances at all levels, and has shown how to build winning teams in all three formats
"He is well respected throughout the cricketing world, and we believe his coaching CV sends out a strong signal of our intention to try and hit the ground running as quickly as possible as a competitive force among the Full Member nations.”
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth outlined why Ford had been chosen from a strong field of candidates.
“Graham’s reputation for improving young players, his work ethic and huge knowledge were among the key factors for his appointment," said Holdsworth. "The panel was strongly persuaded by Graham’s clear understanding of what the Ireland team and Irish cricket in general needs right now, while he is already familiar with some of our players through his coaching spells at Kent and Surrey.
"In the short term, his expertise in the shorter forms of the game will also be vital as we build towards two major ICC events over the next three years – including the ICC World Cup Qualifier in the first half of 2018 – while longer term he is aiming to strengthen the national team in its rebuilding process from a core of long-established players to a younger less experienced team
"John Bracewell and his support staff continue to plan the next few months, while a hand-over with Graham during the tour to UAE in late November and early December has been mutually agreed, after which Graham will take charge."

Richard White

NCU Headquarters

5th Sep 2017

Cricket Press Release

Northern Knights to play Leinster Lightning (September 10th) in the Inter-Provincial 50 Over Championship
The Northern Cricket Union has announced the Northern Knights squad, captained by James Shannon, for the final 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial 50 Over Championship fixture against Leinster Lightning, at Rathmines, Leinster Cricket Club (Dublin), on Sunday September 10th.
Gary Kidd, Lee Nelson and Greg Thompson return to the squad after missing the Inter-Provincial Championship fixture at Castle Avenue.
Leinster Lightning secured their fourth successive 50 Over Championship title with a fixture to spare.
Sunday September 10th: IP 50 Over Championship - v Leinster Lightning, at Rathmines, Leinster Cricket Club, Dublin - 10:15am Start
• James Shannon (Captain)
• Chris Dougherty (Wicket Keeper)
• Shane Getkate
• Gary Kidd
• Graeme McCarter
• James McCollum
• Robert McKinley
• James Magee
• Jacob Mulder
• Lee Nelson
• Nathan Smith
• Nikolai Smith
• Greg Thompson
All requests for interviews should be made through Angela Platt, NCU General Manager (028 90 522664 / 07713512315) or Northern Knights Manager Andrew Rose (07967580122).

Michael Shannon

Holywood

2nd Sep 2017

Massive congratulations to all involved at Cregagh gaining promotion to Section One - a great club full of fantastic players and also volunteers working behind the scenes !

From what I have seen there are numerous players capable of playing at the very highest level ! Onwards and upwards ! To name a few players that NCU should be watching - Aaron Johnston,Adam Skelton and Adam McCormick !

Also on behalf of Max a massive thanks to the fantastic youth coaches who have helped the young players develop throughout the season - credit to yourselves and the fantastic youth structure in place !Ian Kerr,Davy Harris,Jonny Simpson,BobMoore,Adam McCormick,John Kelly and most importantly David McCormick you are a credit to your club !

C Boomer

Forecast set fair for weekend...

1st Sep 2017

If our local weather could be likened to the proverbial motorcar, I'd do a Basil Faulty, break a branch of a nearby tree and give the thing a dam good flogging?

August must have been one of the wettest on record, but of course now that the schools are back and the cricket season is almost complete, we get fine, sunny weather, typical?

Ah well, still, it was enjoyable and great fun, good stuff N.C.U. and lets hope Waringstown can put the icing on the cake by bringing the cup home, 'come on the lads ' !!

The Twelfth Man (by Aussie poet Max Fatchen)

I'm ALWAYS twelfth man

though I do what I can
But somehow they never can see
That my spinners have turn
And I'm willing to learn.
It's strange that they never choose me.

I've taken a catch
In a very hard match.
I'm loudest when making appeals.
I think it a shame
As the hope of the game
I'm simply left kicking my heels.

You can always rely
That I'll save the leg bye.
I'm a player as cool as a cat.
Do you know what they DID,
Picked another daft kid,
Because of his quality bat?

So when I'm a star
Where the Test matches are,
The bowlers will tremble and pray,
WHAT, someone has mumps?
Oh bring out the stumps.
Hurray, I'll be playing today!

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

30th Aug 2017

Well done to Lurgan Ladies on their win v North Down Ladies on Sunday at Pollock Park in Lurgan, a great advert for the Ladies game seeing a Final as tight as it was. Lurgan are now 1 match away from the clean sweep in 2017 and irony of ironys it is v North Down again.

I followed the match online via tweets from David Holmes and some good pictures to of the match on twitter and the Cricket Europe Northern Section

Thanks to the Northern Cricket Union in particular to Wylie McKinty on the updates on the Womens Div 1 matches, it is a shame to see Armagh being removed from the table and fixtures and amount of walkovers is probably down to rain refixes rather than unavailabilty of players on this date.

Richard White

NCU Headquarters

25th Aug 2017

IMPORTANT MESSAGE-

Please be advised that the date for he Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final is now Sunday 27th August and not Saturday 26th August as stated on the earlier Press Release.

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

25th Aug 2017

Premier League
CSNI v Carrickfergus AWAY WIN
Muckamore v Instonians AWAY WIN
North Down v CIYMS AWAY WIN
Waringstown v Lisburn HOME WIN

League Section 1
Academy v Downpatrick AWAY WIN
Bangor v Cliftonville HOME WIN
Derriaghy v Donacloney AWAY WIN
Holywood v Armagh AWAY WIN
Lurgan v Woodvale AWAY WIN

Thanks to Wylie McKinty for the info re Womens Cup Final and news about 1st Division will be looking forward to it. Lurgan will be favs but North Down will be cock a hoop after 2 league wins. To all involved on Sunday have a good match and safe travels to all.

Editior I'm not a bookie but like to tip up matches to have a bit of interest

Richard White

NCU Headquarters

25th Aug 2017

The NCU Minor (Lindsay) Cup Final, sponsored by Cleaver Black, postponed last Saturday takes place between Muckamore Fourths and Laurelvale Seconds, at Ballygomartin Road, Belfast, Woodvale Cricket Club, on Saturday 26th 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

25th Aug 2017

Dundrum and Cooke Collegians attain The Northern Cricket Union Emerging Accreditation Scheme

On the back of the Cricket Ireland (CI) Clubmark Accrediation Scheme that all sporting clubs seek to achieve around Northern Ireland, the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) have designed an Emerging Accreditation Scheme which enables cricket clubs within the NCU to have a clear plan in achieving the CI Clubmark Accreditation Scheme. The Emerging Accreditation Scheme ensures that cricket clubs create and live by the appropriate documents (such as Club Constitution, Safeguarding, Risk Assessment etc) necessary to function as a progressive cricket club.

Dundrum Cricket Club and Cooke Collegians Cricket Club are inspiring examples of clubs in the NCU who have attained the Emerging Accreditation Scheme and are now aspiring to achieve the Cricket Ireland Clubmark Accrediation Scheme.

Dundrum Cricket Club is doing great work around the South Down area promoting the game in primary schools and working alongside the NCU staff in making their club safer and more attractive to new junior and senior members. Stephen Calvert and his committee have worked hard during the spring months to complete the Emerging Accreditation Scheme. Stephen said,’The biggest challenge in completing the Emerging Accreditation was taking the first step. We formed a small sub group of three from our committee with each person taking responsibility for a number of the set criteria. We had two preparation meetings at which we reviewed our progress and then met with one of the NCU Development Staff, our very helpful nominated NCU contact, to get feedback on our application. This proved to be very useful along with the templates available from the NCU website. We kept our main committee informed throughout the process and now look forward to embarking on the Cricket Ireland Clubmark Accreditation Scheme. The plan is to work on this during the long winter months’.

Another club that have faced challenges during the past winter is Cooke Collegians, however they have reacted in a positive fashion and harbour greater ambitions to continue to improve their club. Cooke Collegians have recently moved from Shaw’s Bridge to Fullerton Park in Dunmurry. Cooke Collegians Chairman, Trevor Lennon said, ‘Having found ourselves without a 'home base' last winter the opportunity to undertake the 'Emerging' Accreditation Scheme came at a perfect time for us. It has helped us to re-evaluate and refocus who we are as a club and where we want to go and, at the same time, put correct structures, policies and systems in place. In doing so, it has re-energised our committee and demonstrated to us the importance of collective responsibly. We are extremely proud to have achieved this.’

Any cricket clubs interested in Emerging Accreditation Scheme, are invited to contact:
Nigel Jones, Cricket Ireland’s Regional Development Officer in the Northern Cricket Union on (M) 078 7941 6121 (e)

Wylie McKinty

Work

23rd Aug 2017

Keith

AJG Women's Challenge Cup Final between Lurgan and North Down takes place this Sunday 27th August at Pollock Park, Lurgan starting at 12noon.

Not much information sent to me about Division 1 of the Women's league.

Response

Ed...
Wylie, perhaps you could add they are a great bunch of ladies and certain to provide plenty of entertainment! Best wishes for both of them.