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Andy Kennedy

sunny Buckna

29th Jul 2018

When, oh when are female cricket commentators going to learn the difference between ‘wicket’ & ‘pitch’? If Sky are going to follow this #metoo agenda then please ensure they appear to know what they are talking about.

Jeremy burrows

Belfast

29th Jul 2018

Dandruff Cricket Club,they must be head and shoulders better than their opponents.
I'll get my coat

Response

Ed...
Witty too!

Richard White, PRO

NCU Headquarters

28th Jul 2018

A touring Australian cricket team, called the Sydney Classics, will play against the Ulster Grasshoppers, at Dandruff Cricket Club (Sunday 29th July, Noon Start), and the Northern Cricket Union Veterans, at Woodvale Cricket Club (Tuesday 31st July, Noon Start).
Ulster Grasshoppers Team
Michael Turkington (Captain)
David Johnston
Tim Jenks
Simon Thompson
Mike Kwelu
Stevie Colgan
Alan Woods (Wicket Keeper)
Brian Anderson
Billy Adams
Paul Stafford
Davy McCusker
NCU Veterans Team
Alan Waite
Stephen Warke
Charles McCrum
Alan Rutherford
Harry Cook
Billy Dale
Uel Graham
Les Irwin
David Johnston
Michael Turkington
Ivan McCombe

C Boomer

Gives it to clear up again next week...

28th Jul 2018

Cheers Clarence, yes indeed, thing is as you likely suspect, I picked out this final from so many other exciting senior cup showdowns down through the decades as Roy Harrison was a prolific opening batsmen, notable for countless winning contributions with the bat for Waringstown, yet as skipper he lead by example, took the ball in a death or glory scenario and as fate was to decree, that age old famous adage rang true.....
"Fortune favours the brave!"

C Boomer

at least the farmers will be happy it's raining..

28th Jul 2018

Waringstown's thrilling victory in the Gallagher's Challenge Cup over CSNI yesterday served up a terrific run feast for those to savour in attendance, although I couldn't make the final myself, I followed this epic duel live, via ball by ball online commentary.
Young Ellison outstanding for CSNI, only bettered by a brilliant match winning innings from his counterpart young A. Dennison of Waringstown, emulating his dad's terrific 137 opening innings in the 1983 final against fellow derby opponents Lurgan C.C.
Some already opine this current talented pool of Waringstown cricketers are the finest on view for many decades, well personally I'd say that's very much open to conjecture, though there's no doubting, they're a powerful side with proven match winners throughout their squad and already their ornate
trophy cabinet is progressively filling, further substantiating the case.
Anyways, good luck lads in the semi final of the Irish cup and for the rest of the season, and since its been raining all day and I've time on my hands, looking back, here's my pick of the many epic senior cup finals Waringstown C.C. have been involved in down through their illustrious past and mostly winning them all...
(the following a resume' from 'History of NCU Challenge Cup 1887-2011')
1979 Snow-Covered Final
The '79 final a repeat of the previous year, Waringstown the holders
but Woodvale more experienced this year and had the added strength
of 32 yr old Uday Joshi.
It went all the way down to the wire, Woodvale needed 3 runs from last
over with two wkts remaining for victory, as tension mounted,
enter skipper Roy Harrison, there could no other person to bowl the last over..
First ball a scrambled single, next no run, third a runout, fourth
ball and 30 yards away, Roy Harrison focused like a lion about to
attack its prey, field set, reset, reset again, ground virtually silent
as 'Snowy' runs in delivers straight and true, last batsman swings
vigorously and misses, and mighty Waringstown lift the cup again
Yes Sir, this current crop of Waringstown players are superb, but the
best ever, I'm not so sure??

Response

Ed...
I was invited to Waringstown's Legends Celebration at the clubhouse last Friday night and it was a great party packed with nostalgia as many Waringstown celebs past and present were there. Wee Roy spoke about that famous last over in 1979 and he said I had to bowl and over the years I wondered why I was chosen? Ianny Harrison chirped in quickly "Because you were the Captain and nobody was asked!"
The gathering were in stitches, including Wee Snowy!

Alan

Chambers Park

25th Jul 2018

I was at the final for a while, I met Caleb there, he was scoring.
Taverners won in the last over.
I'm guessing there has been possibly a venue mix up here?

Response

ed...
Caleb explained it was at Dungannon.

C Boomer

Back home...

25th Jul 2018

Clarence,
I'm just back home from the border league final, it was played at Dungannon Pk, Portadown won in the final over chasing 106, if
was a great game?

Response

ed...
Caleb, that explained it!

Clarence Hiles

UC Headquarters

25th Jul 2018

Alan,
What happened with the Border League final?
There was nobody there!

C Boomer

Home

25th Jul 2018

Clarence - home page pics,
Should have knew Stormont & Cambell College but its been a long time since I've played there so happy at least to get two of the feature pics correct.
And while I'm here, just a quick note to let you know that your kind donation of cricket books are proving very popular with members at our club.
Last week I overheard some of our lads chatting about the days of timeless cricket, dependence on train travel, both for players & supporters and ofcourse above all, the outstanding players and their achievements on the field for their clubs down through the generations, some exceptional talent back then and what dedication, few cars around never mind mobile phones in those days!
ps. On a personal level, you have renewed my interest in the fascinating, though sadly tragic story of the Titantic, the worst maritime disaster outside war ever to occur ...
Tommie Andrews, a pioneer and a local Comber man who never forgot his roots, what a gallant hero and brilliant man he was, as you so eloquently put it.. ' A true son of the soil '

Response

Ed...
Thanks Caleb. Will be at the Border League final later.
Just a couple of club visits to complete the NCU round-up this season. Hope to see you at Victoria again later.

Clarence Hiles

UC Headquarters

25th Jul 2018

Home page images are;
Dundrum, Stormont, Campbell College, and Mallusk

Richard White, PRO

Stormont

25th Jul 2018

The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced a Women's squad to play the North West Women, in a 50 over fixture, on Saturday 28th July (Noon Start), at Bready Cricket Club. The game has been rearranged after last weeks postponement due to the weather.
NCU Women's Squad
Hannah Grieve (Lurgan) Captain
Laura Campbell (North Down)
Alison Cowan (CSNI) Wicket Keeper
Sandi Harrison (North Down)
Amy Hunter (Instonians)
Lois Lyttle (Donaghcloney Mill)
Susie McCollum (Lurgan)
Molly Mathers (Donaghcloney Mill)
Staci Maxwell (North Down)
Suzi Morrison (Muckamore)
Cara Murray (Waringstown)
Sam Todd (Lurgan)

Richard White, PRO

Stormont

25th Jul 2018

Belfast jewellers, Gardiner Brothers, are continuing their association with the Northern Cricket Union as new sponsors of the NCU Women’s senior leagues. The Premier league will be known as the NCU Gardiner Brothers Women’s Premier League.

Richard White, PRO

NCU Headquarters

21st Jul 2018

Emerging Knights Fixtures in Dublin
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced an Emerging Knights squad to play two, 50 over fixtures, on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd July (10:45am), against Leinster Lightning Bolts, at North County and Pembroke Cricket Clubs, respectively.
Emerging Knights Squad
Mark Adair
Aditya Adey
Luke Allison
Jack Burton
Peter Eakin
Sam Gordon
Alex Haggan
Archie Johnston
Matthew McCord
Jamie Magowan
Reece Malone
John Matchett
Morgan Topping
Aaron Wright
Uel Graham, NCU Cricket Operations and Administration Manager, said, 'It is worth noting that these fixtures are going ahead when there are Clear Currency Irish Cup Quarter finals featuring CSNI and Waringstown, and a Robinson Services Premier League game involving Instonians and Armagh, which impacted on player availability. It is also a busy week of NCU activity when both the Under 11's and Under 14's are at the West Cricket Festival in Taunton, and the Under 16's are playing Jersey Under 15's as part of their preparation for the Under 16 Festival in August'.

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

20th Jul 2018

Hi Ed I am very surprised you did not pull me up on the date of the 2 T20 Cup Final matches being this coming Sunday, an error on my behalf it should have been for the 29th July

Well done to Templepatrick on their T20 win over BISC on Thursday night. I will leave the tipping alone this week in the NCU Prem after my nightmare last week but my predictions stand in the rearanged Irish and National Cup matches from last week

Response

ed...
Ops!

Jeff Maguire

wet but good to see as dampens the pollen

20th Jul 2018

Anyone fancy game at Millpark this Sunday 25 overs playing a young Indian touring team run by Mansing Nigade former Donaghcloney all rounder contact Jeff 02843751442 /07730334479 maybe Alan Chambers fancy game ?

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ed...
This Sunday?