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C Boomer

Good luck tomorrow Ireland ...

2nd May 2019

Hobson's Choice ..

Creaking, groaning joints, aches, pains
guess my bones are getting brittle,
stiff and sore, alas, not supple anymore
a fall could see me, land in hospital

Where once I caught bolts of lightning
returned skywards, nonchalantly
these days, all I catch, the common cold
do older men, think retrospectively?

Yet, despite snow up top, fire burns below
chastens morbid thoughts of slumber,
petrichor, aroma of fresh cut grass, stirs
senses, defeatism is ripped asunder

The feel of leather, carved willow in hand
inspires, adds rhyme to reason,
better to go glorious, in company gregarious..
I'm gonna play again this season

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

1st May 2019

Hi Ed in my recent posting I failed to mention Bangladesh aswell as West Indies and Zimbabwe in upcoming ODI's and T20s in the case of Zim.
Also noticed a fixture list for the Border League on the forum page will this be updated as the matches have been done on the NCU site or by good willing people who run the set up. Hope the upcomming season is a good one
Shame no Cricket happend in the NCU top 2 divisions and 1 went ahead in the top flight in the NWCU but after the week of downpours no wonder but LCU only one match bit the dust out of 12 over the weekend. Is it just that the LCU have more clout to get grounds up to scratch in terms of under ground drainage or would this be an easy thing to say.
As you may tell from my address I live south of the border in not cricket country with the nearest club being Dundalk CC and a little further away Knockharley and Ashbourne clubs in Meath, but my main point what are the NCU doing to accomidate free travel by clubs north and for clubs south with due to Brexit, I know a sore point and sport and politics should not mix but I am worried that a hard border could lead to late starts in Irish and National Cup ties and finishing on the DL Method or being rolled over into a second day
A worried fan of Cricket and other All Ireland sports please put my mind at ease Ed
Nice to see you have a second person helping out to take the weight of you

Response

Ed...
Brexit! Ugh!
We are all in denial that the Hard border will not happen.
PS
Monaghan is thriving in the NCU with two teams and they are great guys. I hope their new ground is available as I'd like to visit them. What about you? We could meet at the time!

Clarence Hiles

UC Headquarters

30th Apr 2019

Congratulations to Phillip Black on being elevated to Vice-Presidency of Cricket Ireland scheduled to be in 2020-21.
David O'Connor from Leinster has replaced Aideen Rice as President of Cricket Ireland. She did a wonderful job and David has a tough act to follow.

Cregagh CC

East Belfast

28th Apr 2019

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Hope you dont mind us hijacking this to push a little sale??

Response

Ed...
Be my guest!
LOL

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

25th Apr 2019

Hi Ed
It has been a while but here comes Summer 2019. I will start by looking back at Irelands winter.
The Oman T20s was ours for the taking but the bowling v Scotland was shocking in defeat and our batsmen got us out of jail v Netherlands.
The Afghans T20s could and should have been 2-1 to us, Match 1 a 6th wicket stand plus not having a extra 20 runs cost us, Match 2 less said the better re bowling but batting kept us from losing by more, Match 3 late hitting by them took the match away from us again bowling was poor.
The ODIs I was happy with and if we can find a way v Zimbabwe and West Indies this upcomming series a win is possible.
The Test match like Pakistan was lost within a Session of the match but done well to get it in to day 4.
My NWCU Premier final table in 2019 will look something like this
1 Waringstown 2 CIYMS 3 Instonians 4 CSNI 5 Carrickfergus 6 North Down 7 Muckamore 8 Lisburn
In League 1 have a hunch that Holywood will get promoted but will face oppo from Bangor and Armagh. Both promoted sides along with Creagh and Donacloney Mill could struggle.
Cup Waringstown T20 Waringstown
Womens
1 Lurgan 2 Muckamore 3 CSNI 4 North Down 5 Waringstown
Insts will win 2nd tier but Laurelvale and both 2nds will challenge them.
Cup Lurgan
Good luck to all this season

Response

Ed...
Welcome to the UC again. I've strenghtened the UC team with the addition of John Kerstens as Joint Editor and we expect a more lively season.

Alan

Chambers park

19th Apr 2019

Caleb, It was Clogher and Monaghan who established the border league. They played a 7 match series over a season.
For the following season they invited Portadown and Dungannon.
Now we have a 6 team midweek league and it works because there is a demand in this area anyway for this type of local cricket. We aren't creating anything we're only using what is already there.

C Boomer

too many cooks spoil the broth

17th Apr 2019

Clarence, when the runs & wkts begin to count against my name, be assured the poetry will flow like water of a duck's back ....
And now to a serious note...
Kudos, handshakes and pats on back to Alan Chambers, Geordie Hamill & son for not only continuing with exciting border league, midweek cricket, but I see for the 2019 season, they have built upon last summer's success by increasing team/club involvement and establishing a proper competitive, round robin tournament outside our NCU competitions!
Encouraging indeed in this modern, digital age, email/mobile phone era, where most folk only seem to step outside their comfort zone for monetary remuneration, unassuming gentlemen like Alan & George get right to the nub of problem as to how to keep the great game alive & well in our wee country.
Contrast this with certain other esteemed, cricket connoisseurs in official positions, doubtless in receipt of pro-rate salaries, yet still, year on year, they fail to grasp the basic concept...
' to win any war, boots on the ground is paramount '

C Boomer

the dawn is nigh

16th Apr 2019

Congratulations to Mr Kerstens on his recent appointment as assistant Ed here on the Ulster Cricketer, look forward to your inputs.

Response

Ed...
Great plans afoot with John. There are plenty of Articles on the horizon.
Calem, perhaps a little bit of poetry there as well as you have been quiet these days. LOL

Bob B

Lisburn

9th Apr 2019

Who do we believe the favourites are for the league title this season chaps?

Thomas Magowan

Downpatrick

9th Apr 2019

Looking to post my bag over to England from here. Anyone any tips or experience on the best way/place to do it? Please and thank you

Cartwrights Sports

Holywoood

10th Mar 2019

Very sad to hear of Billy Boyd's passing. He was one of cricket's true gentlemen and a pleasure to deal with. Always had time to speak to everyone. A great loss to cricket but a bigger to loss to his family and friends. Thoughts and prayers to his wife Sandra and family at this ad time.
JK

Clarence Hiles

UC Headquarters

8th Mar 2019

Sad news
The Ireland cricket fraternity has learned of the sad passing of Billy Boyd. He was a Trojan within Lurgan, but his contribution exceeds virtually every other branch of the Unions, especially the Northern Cricket Union where he dons so many roles including Chairman and President. His popularity was immense and he was always enthusiastically welcomed throughout the clubs scene. We will all miss his happy smiling face and local cricket will be a sadder place today. For me, it was a pleasure to be a good friend and to Sandra and the family we share our condolences.
Rest in Peace, Billy.
JCH

Alan

Chambers park

8th Mar 2019

Border league midweek fixtures 2019
8th May
Clogher v Monaghan,
Dungannon v Victoria,
Portadown v Waringstown
15th May
Clogher vPortadown,
Waringstown v Dungannon,
Victoria v Monaghan
22nd May
Monaghan   v Dungannon,
Portadown v Victoria,
Waringstown v Clogher
29th May
Clogher v Victoria,
Waringstown v Monaghan,
Dungannon v Portadown 
12th June
Monaghan v Portadown,
Dungannon v Clogher,
Victoria v Waringstown
19th June
Monaghan v Clogher,
Victoria v Dungannon,
Waringstown v Portadown
26th June
Portadown v Clogher,
Dungannon v Waringstown,
Monaghan v Victoria
3rd July
Victoria v Clogher,
Monaghan v Waringstown,
Portadown v Dungannon
17th July
Dunannonv Monaghan,
Victoria v Portadown,
Clogher v Waringstown
24th July
Clogher v dungannon,
Portadown v Monagahan,
Waringstown v Victoria
Final 7th Aug

Ricky Finlay

Belfast

26th Feb 2019

Also please see a weekend option to Spain from the La Manga Club.
If anyone is interested in this weekend please contact me on richard@finlaygrahamproperty.com

Hi Ricky, so we have 2 tournaments here in Spain in October. The end of season ones are always more social than the serious April events.

The two options are as follows:

La Manga CC - priced at £275/ 297 Euros 10-14 October
4 nights apartment accommodation in Las Lomas Village on La Manga Club
Self catering only
3 days of cricket (11/12/13) 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 (we can quote for transfers and we can arrange some discounts and offers in bars and restaurants)

Option 2
Cartama Malaga Costa Del Sol
3 or 4 nights accommodation in Hotel Sol Principe Torremolinos twin share
Breakfast daily
3 days of cricket 11/12/13th
Lunch at cricket each day
Airport transfers as a team
Daily team return hotel to ground (25 mins)
Water at cricket
Priced
3 nights £295 based on 10th to 13th but flight home on Sunday to be after 8pm)
4 nights £349
Not included
Flights / meals unless where stated above

For both events 30% deposit on booking and balance 6 weeks before -

Hope this is ok - any questions please shout.
Andy

Ricky Finlay

Belfast

26th Feb 2019

Please see below potential Ulster Grasshoppers tour to South Africa organised by Alan Waite.
Ricky
If you are happy with the note below, can you circulate to all potential tourists?
Neil Watson who has been our contact in South Africa for over twenty years has sent me an email with an itinerary for January 2020 which includes two days as guests of Western Province at the South Africa England test match. It also includes 4 games of cricket and a variety of sightseeing trips which can be tweaked as we desire.
Two days in the members pavilion for the test match really is a special treat for cricket lovers.
I would anticipate trying to book flights with Turkish Airlines using our relationship with Cricket Ireland. We flew with Turkish to Cape town in March 2019 on the NCU youth trip and they were excellent.
He has held rooms in one of the V&A Waterfront hotels should we decide to travel, as prices will raise considerably as the year progresses.

The cost will be circa £2000 – That is essentially £1300 for the South Africa package & £700 for flights
There is no problem if wives or partners wish to travel
I am more than happy to organise the trip and would intend to travel myself. Neil has proven a fantastic organiser and you are assured of a wonderful trip
Can you please email me with an expression of interest by 28th February 2019 – alan.waite@brake.eu
Once we know the level of interest, we can quickly more forward with deposits etc.
If anyone has any questions please call me at any time on 07977 119849
Neil looks
Thurs, 2nd: Airport transfer to hotel, day at leisure.
Fri, 3rd : Day 1 in the Members’ Pavilion at Newlands for England vs South Africa.
Sat, 4th : Day 2 in the Members’ Pavilion at Newlands for England vs South Africa.
Sun, 5th : Match 1 vs Western Province CC Chairman’s XI at Avenue de Mist.
Mon, 6th : Day at leisure.
Tues, 7th : Tour of the Cape Winelands with a cellar tour, tastings and a picnic lunch.
Wed, 8th : Match 2
Thurs, 9th : Tour of Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point, Boulders Beach and a picnic lunch in the vineyards.
Fri, 10th : Tour to Aquila Private Game Reserve or Shark Cage Diving.
Sat, 11th : Match 3
Sun, 12th : Match 4
Mon, 13th: Day at leisure, transfer to airport.
Alan
So anybody interested please let Alan know.