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David's funeral will be held on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 4pm at Roselawn.
David Holmes-A tribute
It is impossible to put into any sort of context the contribution that David Holmes has made to the promotion of NCU Cricket.
Winter and summer he worked tirelessly, a lot of it in his own time, to ensure that cricket was being kept at the forefront of the sports news agenda.
One of his great attributes was that he recognised that a club under 11's was every bit as important as the senior interprovincial team and he reported accordingly.
One look at twitter tells its own story – acknowledgements from every club in the union and from hundreds of individuals involved in Irish cricket.
Social media had become his medium. I was talking to him on Saturday night about two different projects he had been helping with, and he was speaking with such enthusiasm about the benefits the potential outcomes could provide for the promotion of the game.
It is rare in my involvement with local cricket that someone's passing from within the cricket community has been greeted with such shock – a mark of the esteem in which David was held.
David – We will all miss you, you have left an indelible mark on the game and a void that will be almost impossible to fill.
Northern Cricket Union
Ed...Excellent Tribute Alan.
I'm sure like many others I'm shocked to hear the dreadful news that Davy Holmes has suddenly died. What a huge loss. His bubbly personality endeared him throughout Irish cricket.
More information will follow but our thoughts and prayers are with his family these difficult times.
Rest in Peace wee Davy.
Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy to Tour South Africa
Thirteen players have been named by the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) in their Andrew White Cricket Academy Squad to tour South Africa from 21st March until 5th April 2018.
During the winter the Andrew White Cricket Academy has combined indoor cricket training with the expertise and skill sets of other sports, namely boxing and football goalkeeping. The culmination of this year’s Academy will see the players tour the South African City of Cape Town where they will combine competitive fixtures and a high performance camp.
The aim of the Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy has always been to provide an environment that challenges the players in different aspects of their game, whether that be technical, tactical, mental, physical or psychologically. This has been done by taking the players outside their comfort zone to challenge the routine methods.
With this in mind the group selected is one with a mixed age profile, all of whom are seen as potential Senior Representative players of the future.
Coaching of this group will be led by Northern Knights Head Coach Simon Johnston and Ireland U19 & U17 Coach Nigel Jones who will also draw on local expertise, notably from the Gary Kirsten Academy.
Andrew White NCU Cricket Academy Tour Squad
• Luke Allison (Donacloney Mill)
• Jack Burton (Carrickfergus)
• Max Burton (Carrickfergus)
• Matthew Foster (CSNI)
• Alex Haggan (Carrickfergus)
• James Hunter (Instonians)
• Archie Johnston (CSNI)
• James Magee (Instonians)
• Jamie Magowan (Muckamore)
• James Metcalfe (Instonians)
• Olly Metcalfe (Instonians)
• Harry Warke (Carrickfergus)
• Aaron Wright (CSNI)
• Simon Johnston (Coach)
• Nigel Jones (Coach)
NCU Chairman Alan Waite will act as Tour Manger and will be accompanied by Vice-Chairman Sam Becket and Cricket Ireland president Brian Walsh, Director of NCU Representative Cricket.
Northern Cricket Union (NCU) - Regional Development Programme (2017-2018)
In September, as many local cricket clubs were putting their grounds to rest for the winter, the Northern Cricket Union were already embarking on their annual winter coaching programme (sponsored by PwC). The programme was revitalised in 2012, and since then, has gone from strength to strength each year.
Over 190 player nominations from over twenty clubs were received in response to invitations to attend a number of coaching sessions. These sessions were facilitated by more than twenty NCU coaches and volunteers, developing the cricketing skills of boys and girls ranging in age from Under 9 up to Under 15.
In total, in excess of 110 hours of coaching were delivered over a 10 week period on Sundays at the Ulster University sports campus at Jordanstown. The indoor 3G facility was utilised to develop agility and fielding skills, and the indoor sports hall to enhance batting and bowling disciplines.
Uel Graham, who co-ordinates the programme commented, ‘the commitment of both the players and parents over the winter period has been outstanding, and the enjoyment and learning at each age group has been there for all to see. Special thanks goes to the coaches and volunteers whose support is vital to the development of our youth programme’.
Brian Walsh, Director of Representative Cricket said, ‘We have made huge strides over the past five years especially with the young cricketers’ who have been in our system over that period, some of whom started at 7 and 8 years of age. We are again taking two young teams to Cape Town next March, including those in the ‘Andrew White Academy.’ This experience also helps immensely with their development and I would also like to congratulate all the coaches who have worked so hard with their groups. Lastly I would also like to acknowledge our chairman Alan Waite for his superb support and encouragement’.
There is a brief respite for the Christmas and New Year period, but the planning for 2018 is well advanced and the sessions will commence again on 14 January, running through to Easter. Additional plans are well advanced in relation to the summer programme.
On behalf of the Ulster Cricketer team best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2018.
Good luck with that idea Keith! Can’t see it catching on around the Ballygomartin Road or Queensway!
MINOR QUALIFYING CUP 2018
1st Round 5 May
A Instonians VI v CIYMS V
B Monaghan II v Derriaghy IV
C Donaghcloney Mill IV v BISC III
D Cregagh III v CIYMS IV
2nd Round 2 June
E Templepatrick III v Saintfield III
F D v Muckamore V
G Muckamore VI v Victoria II
H A v C
I Dunmurry II v Templepatrick IV
J Cliftonville Academy IV v North Down IV
K Larne II v B
L Laurelvale III v Instonians V
Just wanting to wish everyone a belated happy christmas and a new year to come. This so to the people who run this site and all the contributors to all cricket on the island
The NCU were quick of the mark with their fixture lists this year and all other unions should take note on this as it gives players time to organise their scheduales.
PS Why not make Friday the 11th of May a green and gold day were everybody wears something in these colours to celebrate Irelands first day of Test Match Cricket
NCU Emerging Accreditation Scheme Workshops
NCU Development Team
The NCU Development Team will be running two evening workshops as support to clubs as they look to progress through the Emerging Club Accreditation Scheme ahead of the Union’s completion deadline of the 1st of April 2018.
The workshops have been confirmed for the following venues and dates to allow club officials/members to attend their preferred option:
Lurgan Cricket Club - Pollock Park, Lurgan
Tuesday, 6th February, 2018
North Down Cricket Club - The Green, Comber
Tuesday, 13th February, 2018
There will be a number of NCU support staff and volunteers in attendance at these workshops to help with all aspects of the Emerging Accreditation Scheme. Clubs are requested to bring ALL of their relevant and current documentation (hard copy and/or electronic) with them on the evening so support staff and volunteers can get a clear picture of just what support is required. The intention is to share best practice and resources between clubs at these workshops, to ensure a greater level of understanding and support can be provided.
The workshops have also been designed to target those clubs who have yet to embrace or even start the Emerging Accreditation process. Notwithstanding, in advance of the workshops in early February, we wish to take this opportunity to again stress the importance to clubs of making contact with the NCU Development Team (contact information can be found on the main page of the NCU website) to arrange additional support so best practice standards can be measured and timelines met.
If clubs could please confirm their attendance with the NCU Regional Development Manager, Nigel Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Please note that preferred venue and/or date will be allocated on a fist come first serve basis.
Intermediate Cup 2018
1st Round 26 May
A Muckamore III v Woodvale II
B Bangor II v Laurelvale II
C Instonians III v CSNI III
D Holywood II v Donaghcloney Mill II
E Saintfield II v Derriaghy II
F Ballymena II v North Down II
G Cliftonville Academy II v Cregagh II
H Armagh II v Downpatrick II
2nd Round 23 June
I A v B
J C v D
K E v F
L G v H
Junior Cup 2018
Please note that the following 1st Round ties will be played on Sunday 20 May 2018:
Templepatrick v Belfast Super Kings
Cliftonville Academy v Larne
This is to facilitate those clubs playing in the National Cup on 19 May.
JUNIOR CUP 2018
(Sponsored by GMcG)
1st Round 19 May
A Templepatrick v Belfast Super Kings
B Saintfield v CSNI II
C CIYMS II v Monaghan
D Ballymena v BISC
E Drumaness v Cooke Collegians
F Waringstown II v Waringstown III
G Cliftonville Academy v Larne
2nd Round 2 June
H A v B
I C v D
J Dundrum v Victoria
K Muckamore II v Lisburn II
L Carrickfergus II v Dunmurry
M Donaghadee v Instonians II
N Ards v E
O F v G
Promises to be a bumper crowd at the Lawn.
Best wishes for a Happy Christmas to the Forum posters from the Editorial team.
IRELAND NAME MEN'S SENIOR AND EMERGING ACADEMY SQUADS
36 players have been named in the latest Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Senior and Emerging Academies for the year ahead. 21 of those are in the senior ranks, with five players gaining elevation from last year's Emerging squad.
They are Rush top-order batsman Stephen Doheny, North County paceman Fionn Hand, Ballyspallen all-rounder Graham Kennedy, Merrion opening bowler Max Neville and Ireland U19 captain Harry Tector, an off-spinner and top order batsman with YMCA and Munster Reds.
Other new faces in the squad include left-arm spinners Ross Allen and Tom Stanton along with emerging fast bowlers David Delany and Aaron Cawley. Six of the senior Academy squad have international experience with James Shannon, Simi Singh, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Sean Terry and Lorcan Tucker all capped at senior level.
There are no fewer than 12 new additions to the Emerging group, five of whom will be representing Ireland Under 19's in the World Cup next month in New Zealand. They are Phoenix all-rounder Ian Anders, Coleraine leg-spinner Varun Chopra, Pembroke's talented all-rounder JJ Garth, Rush batting prodigy Neil Rock and Clontarf batsman Andrew Vinc
Academy Manager Peter Johnston is really pleased with this years intake of players saying: “We have two really strong Academy groups. It’s great to see the potential in the Emerging group while the Senior Academy contains some exciting athletes who are pushing hard for opportunities with the Wolves and senior team. Indeed, with central contracts still to be announced in the New Year, there is a chance one or two players may move up into the senior squad then.
"Every year the bar gets raised and we are developing good depth covering all bases. While our programme offers a great deal of support, ultimately it comes down to the athletes to take ownership and they should not see their efforts as a sacrifice, but as a positive decision to be the best they can be at their sport and play against the best in the world.”
There will be an Easter Academy training camp at the European Centre in La Manga, followed by a Wolves tour to the West country to play Bath and Gloucestershire. The final stages are also being compiled for a busy summer programme at all levels.
“This pre-season formula certainly helped many of our players to kick-start their season and have momentum going into the domestic season, and I don’t see next year as being any different. With so many exciting Irish and Wolves fixtures planned for next summer, along with our First-Class domestic Provincial competition there has never been a better time to be an emerging player.”
Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Senior Academy
Ross Allen, Rory Anders, Aaron Cawley, David Delany, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, James McCollum, Robert McKinley, Max Neville, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Nathan Smith, Tom Stanton, Harry Tector, Jack Tector, Sean Terry, Lorcan Tucker.
Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Emerging Academy
Ian Anders, Varun Chopra, JJ Garth, Gavin Hoey, James Hunter, Kyle Magee, Reece Malone, Oliver Metcalfe, Cian Nulty, Marcus Poskitt, Neil Rock, Sean Stanton, Alex Stiles, Mitchell Thompson, Andrew Vincent.