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Fair play to you Ed, running a forum is a thankless task and you deserve credit for all the hard work you put in, personally I think this will be better for all of who contribute in the long run.
As from today we have stopped the use of pseudonyms, false and bogus names. Unfortunately a small group are besotted with insults, innuendo and inflated opinions without credibility, knowledge or fact. The Ulster Cricketer will only accept known names by the website, and to verify these names it may be requested. Others use proper names, so it shouldn't be a problem. I have spent too much time dealing with trouble-makers and slagging under the cloak of umbrellas. However, I'm disappointed that the others are genuine cricket lovers with positive points.
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When was the last time you saw any of these guys I'm talking about from section one? My guess is never for most. Which would back up my point. No one is watching or cares about these guys as cricketers! You're selecting a 'first class' team from 8 sides! 4 if you look at who's playing actually. It's a joke. Why not give these guys a chance! Give them a go against the knights as a training session. You'll find the gulf in class isn't what you'd think!!
I'm not the selector, just have an opinion. I watched a Section 1 three weeks ago and it was poor. I've been watching for over 60 years and have the grey hairs that follow. Craig Lewis has been picked for the Knights against the Lightning so they must have been listening to you.
Interesting point about these guys lacking ambition. If N Down were to get relegated would you accuse P.Eakin, A.Shields etc of a lack of ambition if they stayed?
Admire Craig Lewis hugely. Could have left derriaghy every season for a decade. But has stayed loyal and has been rewarded the last two years.
That's a very Elitist small minded mindset. Maybe the clubs in the leagues below premier should close their doors.
Craig is a fine player. Lots of others are fine players, but how many clubs want to be in the Premier section?
On your other point it is easy about Peter Eakin and Ali Shields-born and bred in Comber so never going to happen. ND 1st XI form the nucleus of Comber men.
Is Elitist to be homeboys? I think not. Johnny Terret played for us a few years but returned to support his home club Cliftonville. I admire him and we'd love him back!
Would certainly hammer CSNI and Lisburn that team.....
Seems to be a lot of pessimism in Bangor towards the ability of players in section 1. Interesting that two or three of their players have been mentioned in teams of section 1. Maybe the lack of ambition explains their languishing league position.
People need a reality check. I watch clips of the Knights playing and see wide half volleys and half trackers being bowled at Ed Joyce. You are delusional if you think Craig Lewis or Jonny Terrett wouldn't mash that all round the park too.... Templepatrick got relegated from section 1 two years ago, the same season they scored 250 against premier league champions instonians. By this time last year Craig Lewis had more runs in the PL than he does this year, is the bowling really much better? Derriaghy beat CIYMS and Donemana last season, the same team is currently in the bottom half of section 1.
So much delusion and snobbery from the Premier League. When in reality if you gave the section 1 clubs a first class pro they are no worse than half the premier league. Look at Muckamore! Took them 3 years to get out of section 1, now challenging for the Premier League with a good pro.
If you look back on the emerging Knights fixtures last season. It is your Bryans, McCords, Burns and J.Magee performing. Not your Haggans and Berrys. Although all 3 have started this season well it must be said.interestingly several muckamore lads starred for them last year too and have been left out?
But to throw and umbrella over section 1 players and say they can't compete at that level is a joke. Ross Adair is box office. Four 90s/100s in a row? But yes, these guys don't deserve a go. Play 30 year old Craig Lewis and Stephen Bunting and other full Knights in the emerging Knights, great for the future...
I see Tom Stanton is in the Lightning team for next T20. Another division 2 player aged 21 making his lightning debut. We complain about our small pool of players and wonder why we can't compete. Leinster don't rule out 18 clubs like we do, might be a small part of it.
NCU BYE-LAWS (2017 Edition)
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re jimmys section 1 team.
it would get relegated from the Premier league.
Section 1 XI
Few players from Woodvale would be miffed not to be in that line up, Gelston from Armagh would also walk onto any League select. Park wouldn't be the 'keeper either.
Given junior league matches only consist of 20/ 25 overs with the agreement of both clubs at the fixtures arrangement meeting could they not play some matches midweek thus taking the schools cricket congestion out of the equation it would I think make more of our limited summer and facilitate more participation and less walkovers
My Auld Granny hated young people not dressing for Church until the Minister pointed out that he was grateful they were there at all.
Please don't continue :)
I agree totally with Arthur. Standards are slipping. I want more handlebar moustaches, cream teas and 5 day matches for u11s.
And we should bring back this disciplined attitude to other areas as well. Bring back the cane at school, hanging and other forms of corporal punishment, bring back kids working in the mines and let's take the vote back of women.
Progress and advancement in cricket? Who wants that?
Or maybe not Arthur. Maybe we should move with the times. All sports and fashions change and I for one embrace it. Bring on the tattoos and the piercings as long as people play our game
Don't you realise Arthur that if that guy hadn't taken his phone with him he would have felt totally isolated from his world? He wouldn't have been aware of where his friends were eating, drinking or giving opinions on world shattering events?! Concentration on the game wouldn't come into it!
Would just like to make a comment RE Section One players and not being recognised for Knights Selection. The reason for this is that these players are not being watched. There isn't even a stats zone in place to keep track of good consistent performers. We can't keep letting these players slip through the system and be penalised for not playing for a premier league club. I would love to see a game of the best premier league vrs the best section one. I would say it would be a lot closer than people would think! My NCU Section One team to play:
C Lewis (Captain)
P Park (Wk)
None of them would be picked on merit irrespective of whatever section. The gap is big in comparison and there are other reasons eg; coaching, better wickets, quality of opposition, 3-days matches etc. However, several of your selection could play in Premier Section but they appear to lack ambition. Of course, it's their choice.
your comments regarding 'sinister tattoos' are nonsense to be honest. What reason do you have in mentioning that the individual in question had tattoos?
Seem to be stuck in the past. And yet another person who would push people away from the sport of cricket as it seems to me that tattoos just aren't gentlemanly enough for your liking.
Very disappointed in these comments.
Hope for Ireland.
West Indies defeated Afghanistan 3-0 in the T20 Series. ODIs will follow so we'll judge them in comparison with contemporaries ie; a test team at the bottom of the ladder and the strongest currently Associate member. Ireland will test them again facing Afghanistan in July and then West Indies in September.