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Patrick O'Hara


6th Sep 2018

Ref :- davyboy, How distasteful a comment is this ?
Nearly a "gratuitous personal attack", Mr. Ed. ?
Just think if Charles McCrum had decided to join the umpiring ranks. By this piece of twisted logic, Ian Houston would have struggled to find a game for him to stand in !


I'm sure Ian would sort this out if required!
Albert Ward has not been included in this debate because he has not sent me ID as yet.


sunny climate

5th Sep 2018

Ex Hollywood player umping vital game in section 1 lets hope he is impartial while his club are playing in a vital game themselves lol!!!!


Id nearly vote for all ireland to get into that pot money 40million over all sports

4th Sep 2018

Very annoyed at section 2 that still 8 sat/suns for play off as should not be run rate to decide the last promotion position and i said this three months ago .Just think when everyone knew that be lots miss matches that common sense should been used and set up a play off at start season if was required?
Wish Stormont would apply similar funding for Cricket in north =the 19 October deadline.
The Government has announced that €40 million is available for this popular programme. Last year over 2,300 applications were received from 45 different sports.
Last year there were 13 successful applications made by cricket clubs, with €248,000 committed towards facility improvements at grounds around the country. More specifically Clubs received funding for equipment purchases, upgrade of playing pitches, installation of new LED scoreboards, building safety upgrades and mobile practice facilities and mowers, to name just a few.
To support Clubs, Cricket Ireland has run several masterclasses on developing applications in Munster and Leinster, and two more will be held in Northern Ireland in early October, to which ROI-based clubs are able to attend.
A guide to making an application is now available on the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport website.
Registrations will close at 5pm, Friday 19 October 2018.

C Boomer

my 2018 review..

3rd Sep 2018

I know the season is not quite over yet as a few clubs have still to play again this weekend to decide their respective and final league positions, but for my own club ( Victoria ), we have concluded our fixtures for both the 1st & 2nd sides, and indeed, despite stumbling at the final hurdle in regards to promotion, by and large it was a very successful and enjoyable summer of cricket down in Lurgan Park.
As regards other more distinguished clubs in league status to ourselves, congrats to CIYMS on winning the Premier league, any side that can finish above Waringstown must be very prolific and loaded with talent, and if the competitive standard set by their 4th eleven in Junior 7 is anything to go by, their 1st side must be a cracking outfit, justifying the Premier league championship.
Waringstown themselves, magnificent, almost invincible, another monumental season for them with the prestigious Irish senior cup returning and displayed ornate in their clubhouse trophy cabinet, alongside the other well earned silverware they picked up as the season progressed, superb all round by you gentlemen!
Special mention must also go to Templepatrick, I tipped them a few seasons ago to go from strength to strength, back when we played against them in JL 8, they didn't win every game that year but had a side loaded with talented youngsters who were well marshalled by a few senior players, and boy did they proved me right, just look at what a tremendous season they had with all their numerous sides preforming so admirably in their respective leagues!
Finally, last but by no means least, despite the valiant heroics from all of the above, my much coveted box of duck eggs for club of the year goes to Muckamore C.C.
Six men's teams, two midweek sides and a winning ladies team, and what's even more impressive, apart from one ladies match, they fulfilled every fixture and never scratched or conceded a single game!!
Ivan McCombe & Co take a bow, an absolutely brilliant effort from you guys, long may it continue into next year and onwards.....Bravo!!!

Bryan Milford, General Secretary NCU

NCU Headquarters

2nd Sep 2018

he Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 6 October 2018 in the Clayton Hotel, Belfast at 7.00pm.
Guest Speaker will be former Essex and England Cricketer Graham Gooch.
Tickets for the Dinner are priced £35 and there will be a maximum of 200 places.
Clubs are requested to consider their requirements now and to book with the appropriate payment as soon as possible.
The main course at the meal will Traditional Antrim turkey and ham.
Alternatives will a vegetable curry (vegetarian) and pan fried chicken supreme.
Please indicate with your booking if any of the two alternative dishes will be required. The alternative dishes must be ordered in advance and will not be available on the evening without pre-ordering.



1st Sep 2018

In response to Clarence, and asking about the crowds. My choice not to travel was made when I was able to get it on the bbc red button and I live in dundonald!
Especially given that the weather hasn’t been quite as warm as it was a few weeks back. (It was the end of August true enough so you can’t expect too much heat) but surely this is never ideal for persons to be sitting 7 hours outdoor watching what is now a struggling Ireland team. Also the tickets weren’t exactly the cheapest. Surely cutting the price by half would be as beneficial to get more people in rather than charge the few that did enter quite a high price for average cricket.
Unless KOB fires against a big team as well, which will no doubt score 300+ against us now in ODIs there’s just no way Ireland can compete. Top to bottom, probably KOB and Stirling who didn’t get going in this ODI series are the only players who really look likely to score at a RR of a run a ball, but even then that’s not quick enough anymore. Irish scores are 10 years (maybe more) behind where ODI scores are now.
Also the mentality confused me. In the first ODI they got it deep and needed 12 an over in the last 6, knowing Rashid Khan was to bowl 3 overs. The best players in the world aren’t taking more than 5 an over off him so I can’t see many Irish guys being able to.
A bit of a mentality rethink needed perhaps, and a more positive brand of cricket possibly too. Disappointing to lose the series, but, well done to the Afghans. They got it right

Richard White, PRO

NCU Headquarters

30th Aug 2018

The Northern Cricket Union has announced a Women's Squad to participate in a Twenty 20 tri-series, involving the NCU, North West Cricket Union, and a Leinster XI, on Friday 31st August, at Leinster Cricket Club, Dublin.
Tri-Series Fixtures
11:00am - NCU v Leinster XI
14:30pm - NCU v North West Cricket Union
17:30pm - North West Cricket Union v Leinster XI
NCU Women's Squad
Naomi Matthews (Captain)
Amy Caulfield
Nikhita Gondhia
Becky Hall
Jennifer Hanna
Sandi Harrison
Molly Mathers
Staci Maxwell
Susie Morrison
Natasha Morton
Cara Murray
Coach/Manager: Nigel Jones, Cricket Ireland/NCU Performance Coach

Andy Kennedy

on the red button

29th Aug 2018

Re Davy Boy - I think Cricket Ireland are missing a trick here! What about a ‘spot the spectator’ competition along the lines of the old ‘spot the ball’! Put an X where you think he’s standing!!


ed...Great idea Andy!

davy boy


28th Aug 2018

Clarence for a start not everyone was off yesterday maybe the price for tickets food and drinks and why watch a poor ireland team as the selectors have no balls to change the team or tell a lot of players your ireland career is over so many players at this level well past their sell by dates.


You could be right Davy Boy.
What would be your team?

Clarence Hiles

UC Headquarters

28th Aug 2018

Any reason why the Ireland v Afghanistan match was so poorly represented by the public at Stormont yesterday? It was a poor crowd. The Afghans probably outnumbers the Irish!
The ground was terrific and the setting ideal with ads surrounded the perimeter and a tented area for refreshments.
Little wonder the Irish were deflated by the response. There were more northern numbers at Malahide against Pakistan!

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

27th Aug 2018

Hi Ed, As I told you in my last post I was hoping to go to the Super3s match in Balbriggan but with the amount of of rain overnight I thought that will be off, but low and behold the match went ahead and followed it on the app.
Is it to early to congratulate CIYMS for their win in the league following last Saturday at The Lawn. League Section 1 is looking like Lisburn and Holywood with Lisburn favs to go straight back up and a three way battle to avoid relegation with Lurgan, Laurelvale and Donaclooney Mill in the mix, just fancy Laurelvale to get out of it as the others have hard fixtures. Well done to Templepatrick in League Section 2 for the promotion and now between Cliftonville Acadamy and Ballymena, but the newly joined clubs in Cliftonville Aca are the favs to join them and is their a new Section planed for next year with 7 clubs in Section 2 relegated this season is there new clubs joining or is 2nd XI's going to be involved in this
Once again Ed keep up the good work and stay healthy


Ed... A lot to win or lose over the next week with re-arrangements etc. Weather looks OK so the contenders will be determined soon. Great finale to the season. However, Ireland fighting a rearguard against the Afghans!

Richard White, PRO

NCU headquarters

26th Aug 2018

Carrickfergus Cricket Club mark 150th anniversary with NCU President's Fixture
A Northern Cricket Union President's XI will play Carrickfergus Cricket Club, at Middle Road, on Sunday 26th August (1pm). It is a Twenty 20 fixture to mark the 150th anniversary of the Carrickfergus Club, with the President's XI bringing together players of the past and present.
The day will also include remembrance, with a tree planting service for the late Gordon Brown, Club President, and an Ashes Service for the late Bobby Henderson.
NCU President's XI
Callum Atkinson
Adam Berry
Ross Boultwood
Nathan Burns
Harry Cook
Uel Graham
Andrew Haire
Alan Rutherford
Ryan Smyth
Alan Waite
Stephen Warke
NCU President, Clarence Hiles, said, 'To reach the sesquicentennary milestone in such a healthy position speaks for itself at Carrickfergus Cricket Club. I am delighted the event will be marked with a NCU President's XI fixture against the club on Sunday. Carrickfergus Cricket Club was a Founder Member of the NCU in 1886. Let's hope the weather is kind on Sunday'.


The weather has been unkind!

Andy Kennedy

Torrential Buckna

23rd Aug 2018

I suppose that as we get towards the end of this season the various Competition Rules and Regulations will be, again, altered, or dare I say ignored, in order to get games finished!!

Graham Watt

Cregagh cc

22nd Aug 2018

Looking a friendly this friday night for our under 13s anyone fancy a game at cregagh??

Richard White, PRO

NCU Headquarters

19th Aug 2018

NCU Girl's Under 17's to play North West Girl's Under 17's, at Bready CC.
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced a Girl's Under 17 squad to play their North West counterparts, at Bready Cricket Club, on Monday 20th August (11am).
The girls and officials will then stay to watch first Twenty 20 International between Ireland and Afghanistan.
NCU Girl's Under 17 Squad
Abbi Leckey - CSNI (captain)
Sophie Hinds - Lurgan (wicket keeper)
Amy Hunter - Instonians
Zoe Kilpatrick - Lurgan
Cara Murray - Waringstown
Emma McMurray - Lurgan
Erin McQuiston - Cliftonville Academy
Katie Palin - Instonians
Sarah Sandford - Waringstown
Taryn Schutzler - North Down
Freya Watson - Instonians
Coach Chris Elliott says, 'This is the last inter-provincial fixture of the season for the girl's, and they are looking to redress last weeks defeat to the North West in Coleraine. It is set to be a great day for the girls as they will watch Ireland play Afghanistan at Bready, in a the Twenty 20 International fixture'.