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Richard White, PRO

Stormont

11th Jul 2019

The MTB Emerging Knights programme continues next week with two T20 fixtures against World Sport Xchange Warriors (Professionals), at The Lawn, Waringstown Cricket Club, followed by two fifty over fixtures, against North West Warriors, at Ardmore Cricket Club.
Tuesday 16th at The Lawn, Waringstown Cricket Club
MTB Emerging Knights (10:30am start)
Aditya Adey
Ross Bryans
Matthew Daly
Sam Gordon
Alex Haggan
James Hunter
Rob McKinley
Jamie Magowan
John Matchett
Carl Robinson
Ben Rose
Harry Tector
Morgan Topping
MTB Northern Knights Select XI (14:30 start)
Mark Adair
Allen Coulter
David Delany
Marc Ellison
Shane Getkate
Alex Haggan
Jamie Magowan
John Matchett
Jacob Mulder
James Shannon
Harry Tector
WSX Warriors
Murray Commins
Yassar Cook
Damien Mortimer
Coenie Nel
Josh Newport
Ollie Newton
Obus Pienaar

Daniel Poulton

Jacques Snyman

CJ Van der Walt
Jack Webster
Jared Wilson
Rob Humphreys, agent with World Sport Xchange (WSX), said 'World Sport Xchange have had many players join clubs not just in the NCU but Ireland in general in 2019 and seasons past. To be able to put together some of our best cricketers, professional and amateur, to play against the Knights is an absolute pleasure and we hope that the format is not just successful for this one off day but that we can make it an annual event'.
Wednesday 17th and 18th July, at Ardmore Cricket Club (11am starts)
MTB Emerging Knights
Wednesday 17th
Aditya Adey
Murray Commins
Matthew Daly
Sam Gordon
James Hunter
Reece Malone
John Matchett
James Metcalfe
Ben Rose
Morgan Topping
CJ Van der Walt
Thursday 18th
Aditya Adey
Luke Allison
Murray Commins
Matthew Daly
Michael Glass
Alex Haggan
Archie Johnston
Reece Malone
John Matchett
Ben Rose
Morgan Topping
Harry Warke

Robin Walsh

NCU Headquarters

8th Jul 2019

Last year’s runners-up Civil Service North will be away to CIYMS in the semi-finals of this season’s NCU Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup.
In the other semi-final Instonians will host Muckamore.
The games will be played on July 20 with the final at The Green in Comber on Friday, August 2..
INQUIRIES: ROBIN WALSH (077 33 100 821)

Richard White, NCU PRO

Stormont

28th Jun 2019

The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced an Under 17 Squad, sponsored by PwC, to play against a South African Touring Academy, and in the Cricket Ireland Under 17 Inter-Provincial Championship (30th June, and 7th to 11th July).
The NCU region is hosting the Inter-Provincial Championship, with fixtures at Lisburn, Holywood and Bangor Cricket Clubs, and Campbell College School, Belfast.
NCU Under 17 Squad
Archie Johnston (Captain & Wicket keeper)
Luke Allison
Michael Glass
Andrew Greer
Ethan Hanna
Matthew Humphreys
James Lambert
Reece Malone
Sam McLarnon
Hugh Minford
Adam Simmonite
Michael Waite
Ewan Wilson
Andrew Cowden, Lead Coach of NCU Under 17's said, 'Firstly I would like to thank all the players in our Performance and Development squads for all of their hard work and commitment over the last eight months, and congratulate the thirteen players who have been selected to represent our Union in the Under 17 Inter-Provincial, 50 overs and T20 Cricket Ireland Championships.
It is unfortunate that we have had a couple of players unavailable due to holidays and a clash with an Ireland Under 19 training camp. However James Cameron-Dow and myself are excited to see how this group of players rise to the challenge and perform during the series. As current holders, we are looking forward to the challenge of trying to retain the trophy for the NCU.'
NCU Under 17 Fixtures
Tuesday 25th June: South African Touring Academy (Stormont) 12 noon (30 overs) Red Ball/Whites
Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Championships
Sunday 30th June: North West in the Cricket Ireland Inter Provincial series (Lisburn CC) 12 noon (50 overs)
In NCU Region
Sunday 7th July: Cricket Leinster (Holywood CC) 12 noon (50 overs)
Monday 8th July: Munster (Bangor CC) 11am (50 overs)
Tuesday 9th July: Cricket Leinster (Holywood CC) 10am (20 overs)
Tuesday 9th July: North West (Campbell College) 2.30pm (20 overs)
Wednesday 10th July: REST DAY
Thursday 11th July: Munster (Campbell College) 10am (20 overs) followed by Tournament close at Campbell College.
Ireland play Zimbabwe, at Sormont, in the first International T20, on the rest day, Wednesday 10th July.

Richard White, NCU PRO

Stormont

26th Jun 2019

Naomi Matthews in Ireland Women's T20 squad for Zimbabwe challenge
Richard White (NCU PRO) / Cricket Ireland
Waringstown's Naomi Matthews has been included in the Cricket Ireland Women's T20 squad for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe.
The first T20 International on the 10th July is to be played at Stormont, Belfast. The T20I series will be doubleheaders with Ireland and Zimbabwe Men's teams playing at the same venue on the same day.
Squads for Zimbabwe series
50-over squad: Laura Delany (C), Shauna Kavanagh, Anna Kerrison, Gaby Lewis, Hannah Little, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Mary Waldron.
T20 squad: Laura Delany (C), Shauna Kavanagh, Anna Kerrison, Gaby Lewis, Hannah Little, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Naomi Matthews, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.
Fixtures
50-over series:
3 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)
5 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)
7 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill, start 11.30am)
T20 International series:
10 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Stormont, start 4pm)*
12 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready, start 11am)*
14 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready, start 11am)*

Richard White, NCU PRO

Stormont

26th Jun 2019

The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) have announced the following MTB Northern Knights squad, for upcoming Test Triangle IP50 match to be held in Pembroke CC on Thursday 27th June 2019
• GARY WILSON (C)
• HARRY TECTOR (VC)
• NEIL ROCK
• MARC ELLISON
• JAMES MCCOLLUM
• SHANE GETKATE
• MARK ADAIR
• JAMES CAMERON-DOW
• GRAEME MCCARTER
• JACOB MULDER
• MATTHEW FOSTER
• MURRAY COMMINS
• GREG THOMPSON

Cooke Collegian CC

Fullerton Park, Dunmurry

26th Jun 2019

Cooke Collegians 20th Anniversary Mela and President's Game
Cooke Collegians
NCU President Richard Johnson has selected a President's XI to play Cooke Collegians on Sunday 30 June 2019 at Fullerton Park to mark the club's 20th Anniversary.
Colin Andrews (CSNI) Captain
Jeremy Burrows (Cooke Collegians)
Craig Irwin (Laurelvale)
Aaron Kernoghan (Instonians)
Manoj Khatri (BISC)
James Martin (Dundrum)
Paul McCart (Donacloney Mill)
Amit Rekhi (BISC)
Mark Robinson (Cooke Collegians)
David Sinton (Laurelvale)
Bruce Topping (Donacloney Mill)
The match starts at 1.30pm.
Alongside the cricket is a Community Mela which will feature music, dance, food and children's entertainment.
Fun for all the family and all are warmly invited.

David

Not so wise

26th Jun 2019

Delighted Michael with your attitude to it all and great to hear that North Down continue to be an honourable club. Many clubs might have stacked their team. Wonderful too that the union are supporting you so well.

Chris Gilmore Downpatrick CC

Downpatrick

25th Jun 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Club President and former Irish International Captain Alfie Linehan
Those who knew Alfie will know how much of a gentleman he was as well as a true competitor on the pitch
All club members wish Mary, Annie, Paul and the entire family circle our deepest sympathies.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 27th June at 12 noon at St Patrick’s Chapel in Downpatrick

Response

Ed...Very very sad. More details to follow.

MICHAEL

Not so wise man of the east

25th Jun 2019

to David (Right here right now)
David a few comments concerning this result
North Down 1st XI were not playing , they played 7 of the 2nd XI Stars and 4 of the 3rd XI Stars a strong team for any game. Lurgan fielded 6 of there 1st XI Stars and rest would normally have played for the 1st XI so on paper a normal team
as to the result thats sport for you odd scores do happen
what has this to do with the NCU ?

Schools Committee

Ulster

23rd Jun 2019

Ulster Schools' team for Dublin Interprovincial announced
The following team has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools in the annual Interprovincial match against the Southern Schools at Rathmines, Dublin on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June:
Oliver Metcalfe (R.B.A.I.) (Captain)
Max Burton (Belfast Royal Academy)
Matthew Humphreys (Methodist College Belfast)
James Hunter (Methodist College Belfast)
Matthew Hutchinson (Coleraine Grammar School)
Archie Johnston (Campbell College) (w/k)
Gregory McFaul (North West Regional College)
Kyle Magee (North West Regional College)
Reece Malone (Friends' School Lisburn)
Hugh Minford (Campbell College)
Robbie Moffett (Belfast Royal Academy)
Adam Reid (Methodist College Belfast)
Players should report to me at Lanyon Place Station no later than 7.45 am on Wednesday 26th June. In the event of any selected player becoming unavailable through injury or other unavoidable cause, he should advise me by phoning or texting 077 7552 0054 or emailing murray.power@ncucricket.org as soon as possible.
Murray Power
Chairman, Schools Committee

David

Right here right now

22nd Jun 2019

There is very few times that I make a vocal comment on local cricket. On Saturday night I always check the results (because I'm interested) on the excellent NCU website. (a bit they have got right!) However the North Down 2s v Lurgan 1s result today makes me wanna cry. Probably ageist. Oh NCU why have you got it so wrong. ????

Response

Ed...
David, I watched Lurgan twice last year and they won. At Pollock Park there was coaching at the same time with young players. Not sure what has happened since but North Down II also struggled for a few year and recovered. Let's hope Lurgan can recover. Within a mile Victoria are competitive and of course, within three miles Waringstown is thriving. Some clubs are certainly suffering, same as North West, but I'm sure the NCU want to help.

Richard White, PRO

NCU Headquarters

18th Jun 2019

The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) have announced the following MTB Northern Knights squad, for upcoming Test Triangle IP20 Festival to be held in Pembroke CC (22nd – 24th June).
• GARY WILSON (C)
• HARRY TECTOR (VC)
• NEIL ROCK
• ALLEN COULTER
• JAMES McCOLLUM
• SHANE GETKATE
• MARK ADAIR
• JAMES CAMERON-DOW
• GRAEME McCARTER
• JACOB MULDER
• ROB McKINLEY
• MURRAY COMMINS
• GREG THOMPSON
The Match Schedule is:
Saturday 22nd June
North West Warriors v Northern Knights 11:30am
Leinster Lightning v Munster Reds 4pm
Sunday 23rd June
Northern Knights v Munster Reds 11:30am
Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors 4pm
Monday 24th June
Munster Reds v North West Warriors 11:30am
Leinster Lightning v Northern Knights 4pm

Richard White, PRO

NCU Headquarters

18th Jun 2019

The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has selected their first Women's squad for the summer programme, which includes four matches against North West Women and a three match tour to Cornwall, England, in August.
The NCU Women's programme commences with two T20 fixtures, at Laurelvale Cricket Club on Friday 28th June, with the first game starting at 11am.
NCU Women's Squad
Naomi Matthews (Captain)
Amy Benson
Alison Cowan
Hannah Grieve
Jennifer Hanna
Charlotte Lyons
Molly Mathers
Staci Maxwell
Beth McCrea
Susi Morrison-Keates
Cara Murray
Nikki Niblock
Tim Simmonite, the NCU Womens' Head Coach said, 'the squad have trained hard over the course of the winter and early summer in preparation for the 2019 season. We are looking forward to the challenge that the upcoming matches against the North West will bring us'.

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

18th Jun 2019

So Ed what of the predictions I gave on Saturday night for the Cups in Ireland on Sunday (distracted due to the Golf and the Carom Billiards tournament in Holland and the start of one in Belgium) so only getting in touch now
Irish Senior Cup
Bready vs Phoenix. Home Win. NO
CIYMS vs Merrion. Away Win. NO
Clontarf vs Carrickfergus. Away Win. YES
Leinster vs Strabane. Home Win. YES
Malahide vs Waringstown. Away Win. YES
North Down vs CSNI. Away Win. YES
Pembroke vs The Hills. Home Win. YES
Rush vs Instonians. Home Win. NO
Irish National Cup
Ardmore vs Killyclooney. Home Win. YES
Ballymena vs Fox Lodge. Away Win. YES
Cregagh vs Derriaghy. Away Win. OFF
Laurelvale vs Templepatrick. Away Win. YES
Limerick vs Railway Union. Away Win. YES
Midleton vs St Johnston. Home Win. YES
North Kildare vs Balbriggan. Away Win. YES
Terenure vs Downpatrick. Home Win. YES
IRISH CUP MATCHES 5/8 results right
IRISH NAT CUP MATCHES 7/7 results right with 1 to come
Result of the Irish Cup was defo Instonians win v Rush followed by Pembroke v The Hills but Waringstown and Leinster nearly gave their supporters and me a slight scare.
The Result of the National Cup was Midleton beating St Johnston in a run fest and some entertaining matches in this round and the bowlers being put to the sword.
But a massive well done to all the ground staff at all grounds considering the amount of rain we have recently and thankfully all DLS Sheets were printed so no forefits.
PS Well done to the NCU Website on the reporting of the Womens Matches in the region and well done to Staci Maxwell on her writings. Did E-Mail her re the scorecards but she said it was only summeries they cover since then have E-Mailed all clubs in the top flight but no response so far so if anyone on here can help with this please.

Response

Ed...Good work Keith.

NCU

Stormont

18th Jun 2019

The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced a squad, sponsored by PwC, for the Under 14 Cricket Festival at Kings College, Taunton.
NCU Under 14 Squad
Mohamed Aahil
Sam Allister
Ashton Clark
Tom Crothers
Harry Dyer
Rory Ellerby
Ryan Hunter
David Kane
Jude Keates
Adam Leckey
Finn Lutton
Ryan Matthews
Carson McCullough
Sam Topping
Tour Party Manager: Uel Graham
Coaches: Callum Atkinson and Mike Grossett
Fixtures
Monday 22nd July: NCU Under 14 v Northamptonshire
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
Commenting on the tour, Uel Graham said, 'This will be the fifth consecutive year that NCU Under 14's will have experienced the festival. It has been a pivotal part of the NCU junior pathway programme. The intensive and challenging playing programme of five consecutive days of 50 over per side cricket together with the experience of staying onsite at Kings College provides our juniors with great opportunities for personal development as well as the cricket aspect.
When we reflect on some of the players who have gone to this festival in the early years, they affirm that this experience greatly helped their all round development. Some of these players are now excelling at national and regional age grades as well as representing their clubs in the Premier League and being involved in the Emerging Knights programme.
With the support of PwC, we are delighted that another squad will gain a similar experience next month.
This festival has also provided NCU coaches with the opportunity to develop their skills and expertise whilst networking with other first class county and international coaches.
Our Under 11 boys and Women's tours to Cornwall later in the summer, together with Cornwall Cricket Board's involvement in our own NCU Festival based at Campbell College are direct outcomes from relationships built at this festival'.