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Second week in August and there are seven teams in the relegation zone in the premier section of the NCU. It shows just how big the gap is between the top and the bottom and how much the standard has dropped in recent years. Hopefully it will also mean all the matches will be played as two teams are facing the drop.
Lurgan and Bangor I'd guess. How could a team like Bangor beat North Down? Is the result under investigation by the NCU?
RE D Smyth.
Whilst I feel that a result must be reached at the second cup attempt there are other much better ways of ensuring a result, unlike football where the penalty shoot-out rules.
Reversal of fixture (often early cup ties will see a good side at a lowly club or club with poor ground in early May), or a ten over bash, as all cricketers would agree better than the bowl-out anyday ! My club benefitted against Brigade last year in a ten over match where the umps upon consultation with both skippers agreed to stand in solid rain for twenty overs. The game went to the last ball and everyone enjoyed the spectacle unlike our "new" bowl out system.
Good to see another young Northerner in the Ireland squad but I’m not so sure Thompson is ready for the international arena just yet. He bowls too much loose stuff and I wouldn’t want to see him take a hammering and not come back…
What a game the ‘A’ team must have taken part in! That is an advert for timed cricket if ever there was one, and such a pleasant change from the ‘same old’ 50 over bash.
Well done North Down. Here in Dublin our supporters don't call anybody any names before matches to wind them up but if it produces better results maybe it's something that would work for you in the Irish Senior Cup as well?
Enjoy your moment and best of luck in the league.
This weekends NW Senior Cup Final has the makings of a great match but it’s a shame that it takes the influence of Mr Raza to make this the case. Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to seeing him bat but wouldn’t it be better to be talking about a local player who was talking the game by storm…
I note that ‘Inside Edge’ has blasted the NCU for their bowl-outs in the Challenge Cup and that Clarence Hiles did the same in the NCU Cup Final Programme. Is this the feeling of the majority of senior players in the Union or just those from the bigger clubs?
Good to see Andrew White skippering the Ireland ‘A’ team v MCC. He has been hard done by since the World Cup and is surely the sort of player we want to see as a mainstay of the Senior team, hopefully he will get a decent chance in the upcoming Inter-Continental Cup games.
North Down CC have 9 spare tickets available for the ODI between England and India at Old Trafford on 30th August. They cost £35 each (ironic figure) and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone interested in the tickets should email Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org
I thought Molins article with Callendar was very good and honest. He did not publically state that he was a better player than his team mates. All he stated was that the selectors seem to be picking all rounders hoping for them to succeed at one discipline rather than a specialist batsmen.
Couldn't agree morre with the recent posting re Molins - a real come down for him to start bad mouthing his fellow players.
Hatton, did you catch much using traditional methods or just bore the fish into submission?
Well done Cregagh Cricket Club in organizing and successfully completing a short tour to France. Overseas tours have become something of a rarity in Ulster cricket and most clubs seem to be more pre-occupied in winning cups or players heading off with the family in the middle of the season. It is great for club morale and club spirit to have a tour every so often and the benefits are ever lasting.
Well done Cregagh!
Sorry guys I’ve been on holiday for a few weeks in the West of Ireland doing some fishing but I’m sure you didn’t want me to state the obvious and point out the clubs left in the Irish Senior Cup. This is getting embarrassing and I think the best chance northern teams have to win these days is in the bowl-outs!
Here we go again with Jason Molins!
However, I think he has gone too far this time in his article with Ian Callender by naming some players he doesn’t think should be in the team. How could he be welcomed back into the team after going public by stating that he thinks he’s better than at least half the players being picked. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!