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Stormont

18th Jun 2019

The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced their Under 15 squad, sponsored by PwC, for the Inter-Provincial Series (50 over and 20 over), and a 30 over game fixture against a touring South African Academy.
Five of the Inter-Provincial Series games are based in the NCU, with games at Holywood Cricket Club and Campbell College School, where the visiting teams are staying. The rest day on Thursday (4th) is to coincide with Ireland's Second One Day International against Zimbabwe, at Stormont.
NCU Under 15 Squad
Matthew Cherry
Ashton Clark
Matthew Daly
Rory Ellerby
Matthew Halliday
Adam Kennedy
Adam Ly
Ryan Matthews
Carson McCullough
James Rose
Zak Solomon
Sam Topping
Michael Waite
Lead Coach Callum Atkinson said, 'over the past eight months, both our Development and Performance groups continued to improve individually and collectively through the efforts they have put in. Credit has to go to all the players, parents and organisers. Wayne Hughes, Colin Stewart and I, are excited to see what this group can accomplish during the busy summer schedule starting this Sunday at Fox Lodge, in our first Inter-Provincial fixture'.
Fixtures:
Sunday 23rd June: North West, in the Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Series (Fox Lodge CC) 12 noon (50 overs)
Tuesday 25th June: South African Touring Academy (Holywood CC) 12 noon (30 overs)
Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Series
Monday 1st July: Munster (Campbell College) 12 noon (50 overs)
Tuesday 2nd July: Cricket Leinster (Holywood CC) 11am (50 overs)
Wednesday 3rd July: North West (Campbell College) 10am (20 overs)
Wednesday 3rd July: Munster (Campbell College) 2.30pm (20 overs)
Thursday 4th July: REST DAY
Friday 5th July: Cricket Leinster (Holywood CC) 10am (20 overs), followed by the Tournament close at Campbell College.

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

15th Jun 2019

Irish Senior Cup 16th June
Bready vs Phoenix. Home Win
CIYMS vs Merrion. Away Win
Clontarf vs Carrickfergus. Away Win
Leinster vs Strabane. Home Win
Malahide vs Waringstown. Away Win
North Down vs CSNI. Away Win
Pembroke vs The Hills. Home Win
Rush vs Instonians. Home Win
Irish National Cup 16th June
Ardmore vs Killyclooney. Home Win
Ballymena vs Fox Lodge. Away Win
Cregagh vs Derriaghy. Away Win
Laurelvale vs Templepatrick. Away Win
Limerick vs Railway Union. Away Win
Midleton vs St Johnston. Home Win
North Kildare vs Balbriggan. Away Win
Terenure vs Downpatrick. Home Win
Some tricky matches and we will see how they pan out

Response

Ed...Very tricky though the weather might be the most tricky! LOL

C Boomer

Lest we forget ..

11th Jun 2019

Both sickening, demoralising and sad to hear that some warped individuals appear to glean some kind of twisted satisfaction destroying our local cricket pitches, don't they realise the beautiful game is open and welcoming to the whole community, regardless of class or creed?
After all, in an era before yet never forgotten, our forefathers laid down their lives for the privilege...
Thoughts, of a fallen soldier..

Bugler's trumpet, splits the early dawn
troops rally, mount charges,
no dilly-dally, timidity, nor benevolence
within satan's jaws, we must ride

Onwards onwards, galloping hooves plunder
betwixt bullets and cannonball,
comrades in arms, swords drawn, cold steel
frontline decimated, bloody is war

Second row, third, unrelenting onslaught
reverberates, bugler's shrill horn,
override sickening thud, steed hitting ground
or ghastly shriek, another brother slain

Foe's penetrating lead, lodged deep in chest
blown from saddle, gargling blood,
I lay in muddy ichor, instant pain, battle shock
feel life's vitality, slowly ebbing away

White light glistens above, becalms my fear
sound of clear, trickling water,
immersing turgid noise of enemy gunfire
visions of verdant homeland, emerge

The jay and lark, sing a mellifluous tune
whilst I fish in the stream, a youth,
carefree days, trout leap, evading false fly
tell them at home, big fish got away

Blackthorn hedge, where dainty fairies play
surround, freshly mowed fields,
light summer shower, aroma, sweet petrichor
vixen with cubs, leveret takes heel

Welcome canopy of oak, initials carved in bark
teenage sweethearts, Sally my love,
and there's Ma & Pa, familiar wave as they call,
' time to come home son, supper's on stove '

(petrichora pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.)

Alan

Chambers park

11th Jun 2019

Border league fixtures
12th June
Monaghan v Portadown,
Dungannon v Clogher,
Victoria v Waringstown

Graeme Pollock

Fullerton Park

8th Jun 2019

Cooke Collegians CC are disappointed at the damage caused to our ground in the past month. Our vision is to provide facilities and a welcoming environment for cricketers of all abilitiesand all backgrounds. As such we are probably one of the most diverse clubs in the country. These incidents are a direct attack on our values and we will do everything in our power to ensure that we continue to provide those facilities now and into the future.
To help achieve this club members have worked tirelessly in conjunction with Belfast City Council to repair the damage and we are delighted that no fixtures have been impacted to date.
2019 is a special year for CCCC as we celebrate the 20th year since our formation. The key event will be on Sunday 30th June with a fixture against an NCU presidents XI combined with a number of cultural event which will celebrate the richness of our membership. We look forward to enjoying that as a club and with the wider cricketing community

Response

ED...
Graeme, keep up the good work and don't succumb to the scumbags!

C Boomer

Pontificating in poetry...

5th Jun 2019

Well, even if the rain is spoiling our game across the water, the World Cup is living up to expectations, just a shame Ireland aren't there slugging it out too, bet we'd have caused a few upsets?
Who ya backing?
The 2019 cricket World Cup
is mighty craic, who'll win
anyone's guess?
England, India, Australia
can really whack it,
South Africa in a mess

Bangladesh fighting like tigers
Windies are Gayle force,
Sri Lanka wobbling,
Afghanistan, almost knocked
them of course

New Zealand on form, dangerous,
could go all the way,
write off Pakistan at your peril
when they turn it on,
beat anyone on their day

Winners and losers, inevitably
all exciting at the wicket,
may the best side win, whoever,
and one more thing,
I don't like cricket, I freeking love it!! ??

Alan

Chambers park

5th Jun 2019

Border league fixtures postponed.

Clarence Hiles

UC Headquarters

4th Jun 2019

Holders Waringstown will face tough opposition in the quarter finals
of the NCU Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup if they defeat Holywood in
their postponed first round tie on Sunday. Victory would give them a
home tie against Instonians in what would promise to be the top match
of the last eight on June 15.
Only one of the other three matches will be an all-Premier League
affair with CIYMS at home to Carrickfergus. CSNI and Muckamore will
face opposition from the lower League 1 with CSNI away to Cregagh and
Muckamore hosting neighbours Templepatrick.
The full draw is:
CIYMS v Carrick; Cregagh v CSNI; Holywood or Waringstown v Instonians;
Muckamore v Templepatrick.
INQUIRIES: ROBIN WALSH (077 33 100 821)

Alan

Chambers park

3rd Jun 2019

Border league rearranged matches.
Wednesday 6th June.

Dungannon V Victoria
Portadown Taverners V Waringstown

Kinnegar Old Boys

Belmont

31st May 2019

Big congratulations to Ross Adair for his selection next week for the emerging Knights ! What a superb talent he is and due to his rugby commitments over the last few years has probably passed underneath the radar !
What an opportunity for him to display his talent and earn a deserved place with a Premier League team !
Great lad and could well be seen as a late developer by the hierarchy!!

Alan

Chambers park

29th May 2019

All of this evening's border league matches have been postponed.

Ricky Finlay

Belfast

29th May 2019

Afternoon all,
Please see a proposed cricket weekend trip to Spain with the Ulster Grasshoppers CC at the La Manga Club this Autumn.
This weekend is an excellent tour and is open to member and non-members. This should appeal to many and having been there before I can assure potential tourists, its a great trip!
Location: La Manga CC - priced at £275/ 297 Euros
Dates: 3-7 October
Details: 4 nights apartment accommodation in Las Lomas Village on La Manga Club.
Self catering only - supermarkets / cafes / bar on site.
3 days of cricket minimum 4 games on artificial strip
Access to gym and fitness centre.
Gala dinner on Sunday night.
Daily team return transfer to pitches from accommodation (5 mins).
Not included
Flights / meals except gala dinner / airport transfers (La Manga to quote for transfers and we can arrange some discounts and offers in bars and restaurants)
Andy Beattie (Waringstown CC) is the tour organiser and can be contacted on andrew.beattie1980@hotmail.com or contact me on richard@finlaygrahamproperty.com
Thanks
Ricky

Alan

Chambers park

28th May 2019

Border league fixtures
29th May
Clogher v Victoria,
Waringstown v Monaghan,
Dungannon v Portadown

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

26th May 2019

Thanks Ed for the response yes I know of couple of predictable results but I'll take it and run and yes Carrickfergus are a good side, I just thought that YMCA would have enough on the day. On to the second round on the 9 June and some more tipping to come.
Also I want to know will anyone on this fourm be boycotting any coverage of the World Cup, what organisation would reduce the amount of Nations playing in the Major showpiece for the Sport, I recently looked in to other Sporting Events and the % chance of reaching the Main Event
The figures below (I have rounded it to the nearest no)
Rugby Union 20 out of 93 a 21% chance
Rugby League 16 out of 49 a 32% chance
UEFA 24 from 54 a 44% chance
UEFA Women 16 from 46 a 34% chance
Asian FC 24 from 47 a 51% chance
Africa FC 24 from 51 a 47% chance
FIFA Men 32 from 211 a 15% chance. 48 in 2026 means 23% chance
FIFA Women 24 from 155 a 15% chance.
Cricket
10 Nations from 105 a 10% chance in 50 overs
16 Nations from 80 a 20% chance in 20 overs.
A sad day it will be on Thursday for all in Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Zimbabwe and UAE all who gave good cricket down the years in the 50/20 over World Cups and gave us some shocks and fantastic matches

paul

around the grounds

26th May 2019

as a spectator i have watched many games but i watched a bit of a game in the junior league and what i seen was blatant cheating by the teams own umpires it was a disgrace the people at ******** cc should be having a few words with their members.