Newsroom: NCU 2024
A wicket for Burns (David Maginnis)
A wicket for Burns (David Maginnis) ©CE
Instonians beat Derriaghy in Banoge Cup final ZZZZ1:48 pmZZZZ
Holders Instonians retained the Banoge Cup with a six wickets win overs a spirited Derriaghy at Queensway.
Ulster Schools draw with MCC ZZZZ9:31 pmZZZZ
MCC began their mini-tour of Northern Ireland with a drawn game against Ulster Schools At Osborne Park.
Waringstown and Holywood to meet in Women's Final ZZZZ8:23 pmZZZZ
Waringstown and Holywood will meet in the final of the NCU Women’s Challenge Cup after both recorded convincing wins in the semi-finals.
RBAI win record 13th Schools' Cup ZZZZ11:59 pmZZZZ
RBAI won the Schools’ Cup for a record 13th time after a convincing 126-run win against Ballyclare High School at Osborne Park.
Ulster Schools name squad to play MCC ZZZZ10:41 amZZZZ
The following team has been selected to represent the Ulster Schools v MCC at Campbell College on Tuesday 18 June – 11.30 am start.
Wins for Lurgan, Cregagh and Donacloney Mill ZZZZ4:07 amZZZZ
Lurgan, Cregagh and Donacloney Mill all won in Section One.
Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey ZZZZ2:18 amZZZZ
Woodvale, Muckamore, Instonians and Lisburn are into the semi-finals of the NCU Challenge Cup.
Derriaghy top Section One ZZZZ10:31 pmZZZZ
There were wins in Section One for Cregagh, Donacloney Mill, Ballymena, Derriaghy and Lurgan.
Woodvale stay top despite Lisburn loss ZZZZ9:30 pmZZZZ
There were Premiership wins for Waringstown, Lisburn, CSNI, Muckamore and Cliftonville Academy.
Dennison ton helps Waringstown to victory ZZZZ8:51 pmZZZZ
ADAM DENNISON scored a magnificent unbeaten 150 as Waringstown made light work of chasing what looked a challenging 278 by Instonians. The 27-year-old struck 20 boundaries in his match-winning innings, his eighth senior hundred for the club.
Ballyclare stun Campbell to reach Schools' Cup final ZZZZ12:34 amZZZZ
Ballyclare stunned Campbell College to win by five wickets and set up a final decider against holders RBAI next week at Wallace Park.
RBAI beat Strabane Academy to reach Schools Cup final ZZZZ1:26 amZZZZ
Holders RBAI are safely through to the final of the Schools' Cup after a convincing 123-run win over last year's beaten finalists Strabane Academy at Osborne Park.
Woodvale continue to set pace in NCU Premiership ZZZZ4:35 amZZZZ
Woodvale continue to set the pace and are the surprise leaders in the NCU Premiership making it four wins from four thanks to a six-wicket win at Waringstown.
Wins for Armagh and Templepatrick in Section One ZZZZ4:25 amZZZZ
Quintin Dreyer hit 195 as Armagh beat Ballymena, while Ross Bryans 50 plus four wickets for John Busby saw Templepatrick defeat Donacloney Mill.
Five NCU sides progress in Ulster Plate ZZZZ4:04 amZZZZ
There was no shortage of drama in the Ulster Plate as five NCU and three NW sides made it through to the quarter-finals, with the draw being made on Monday morning.
Challenge Cup round-up ZZZZ3:58 amZZZZ
A look at how the second round of the NCU Challenge Cup panned out.
Schools Cup semi-final draw made ZZZZ6:47 amZZZZ
Holders RBAI have been drawn against Strabane Academy in a repeat of last year's final, while Ballyclare High School will meet Campbell College in the other semi-final.
Ian Callender's Sunday roundup ZZZZ7:16 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus won their first match of the season on Sunday, to join four other teams on four points, inspired by an all-round performance from Ashwin Shetty.
Wins for Carrickfergus and Instonians ZZZZ3:00 amZZZZ
There were wins in the NCU Premiership on Sunday for Carrickfergus over Miuckamore, while Instonians edged out CSNI at Stormont.
Campbell College and RBAI reach Schools Cup semi-final ZZZZ1:54 amZZZZ
Holders RBAI and Campbell College have made it through to the semi-finals of the Schools' Cup with convincing wins over Down High School and Lisneal College.
NCU Premiership round-up ZZZZ11:27 amZZZZ
There were wins in the NCU Premiership for Woodvale, CSNI, North Down, Cliftonville Academy and Instonians.
Shannon hoping to inspire North Down ZZZZ11:08 pmZZZZ
Anyone watching Instonians playing North Down this month could have been forgiven for thinking they were in a time warp. With Andrew White bowling to Ryan Haire and James Shannon, it was 2012 all over again.
Neill hits century for NCU Under 19's ZZZZ9:50 amZZZZ
Jordan Neill's brilliant century inspired the NCU Under 19's to a 27-run win over Lurgan in the NCU T20 Trophy.
Waringstown win thriller at CIYMS ZZZZ10:29 pmZZZZ
There were wins for Waringstown, Lisburn, Muckamore, North Down and Woodvale in the NCU Premiership.
Wins for Waringstown, Woodvale and Instonians in NCU T20 ZZZZ10:19 pmZZZZ
Ruhan Pretorius starred as Woodvale beat Lisburn, there were runs for Nikolai Smith as Instonians overcame North Down, while Waringstown had an easy win against Muckamore.
Schools Cup quarter-final draw made ZZZZ10:12 pmZZZZ
The draw has been made for the last eight of the Schools Cup.
Rock happy to be out of comfort zone ZZZZ2:20 amZZZZ
Neil Rock admits he is leaving his comfort zone this season after joining NCU Premier League champions Instonians in one of the high-profile signings of the winter.
NCU Preview 10: Waringstown ZZZZ9:37 amZZZZ
Waringstown were in the silverware in 2023, and after a busy close season, they looked to be even stronger for 2024, and will no doubt be at the business end of the various competitions.
NCU Preview 9: Muckamore ZZZZ9:24 amZZZZ
It promises to be an exciting, historic season for Muckamore who are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Skipper Neil Gill is at the helm as the club return to the topflight.
NCU Preview 8: Instonians ZZZZ9:14 amZZZZ
There’s been a bit of activity at the champions, but although they have lost some key players, they look to have filled the gaps with quality players.
NCU Preview 7: CIYMS ZZZZ4:50 amZZZZ
CIYMS are always in the trophy mix and it's expected to be the same this campaign.
NCU Preview 6: Carrickfergus ZZZZ1:53 amZZZZ
CJ van der Walt will once again be in the hot seat as he leads Carrickfergus in the top flight of the NCU.
NCU Preview 5: Lisburn ZZZZ5:39 amZZZZ
It's the turn of 2022 NCU Premiership champions Lisburn, who have a new captain in Neil Whitworth who has taken over the reins from Callum Atkinson. There are three new faces at Wallace Park including international Mark Adair.
NCU Preview 4: North Down ZZZZ3:13 amZZZZ
There has been plenty of activity at The Green over the winter, with club captain Peter Davison happy at the squad that North Down have for the year ahead.
NCU Preview 3: Woodvale ZZZZ6:55 amZZZZ
Harry Warke has taken the captain's armband and is looking forward to the new season at Ballygomartin road.
NCU Preview 2: Cliftonville Academy ZZZZ1:18 amZZZZ
Matty McCord is the new captain at Cliftonville Academy and they have signed two wicket-keeper batsmen in Kian Hilton and Tommy Orr.
NCU Preview 1: CSNI ZZZZ4:07 amZZZZ
We begin our look at the NCU Premiership clubs with CSNI who have former Irish international Stuart Thompson donning the skipper's armband.
North Down sign South African paceman ZZZZ4:57 amZZZZ
North Down have confirmed the signing of towering pace bowler Kerwin Mungroo for the upcoming campaign.
Two losses for CIYMS ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
It was a chastening day for CIYMS in the latest round of matches in the European Championship with a ten-wicket loss against Hornchurch and a last-ball loss against Pak-I-Care.
CIYMS bowlers pummelled in two more defeats ZZZZ3:16 amZZZZ
The CIYMS attack was on the receiving end of two more pastings as they were beaten by defending champions Dreux of France and Jersey kingpins Old Victorians.
McCullough stars as CIYMS beat Forfarshire ZZZZ10:36 pmZZZZ
Carson McCullough scored a half century and took two wickets as CIYMS started Championship week with a convincing win against Forfarshire.
CIYMS win European Group ZZZZ10:26 pmZZZZ
Jason van der Merwe starred as CIYMS won their group in the European Cricket league to qualify for Championship week.
Two wins for CIYMS on opening day ZZZZ10:44 pmZZZZ
CIYMS began their quest for European glory with two wins on the opening day of the tournament in Spain.
Neill joining CSNI? ZZZZ3:14 amZZZZ
Irish U19 international Jordan Neill is believed to be joining CSNI, having left Merrion.
One in and one out at Waringstown? ZZZZ2:52 amZZZZ
Double cup winners Waringstown look set to lose and gain one bowler ahead of the new season.
Instonians confirm Rock switch ZZZZ2:18 amZZZZ
Instonians have won the race to sign Irish international Neil Rock, beating off the challenge of at least two other major clubs.
Ulster Plate draw ZZZZ3:27 amZZZZ
Holders Donemana will start the defence of the Ulster Plate with a home tie against CSNI.
Challenge Cup draw made ZZZZ8:20 amZZZZ
Holders Waringstown begin the defence of their Challenge Cup crown with a home tie against fellow Premiership rivals Cliftonville Academy.
NCU Premiership fixtures announced ZZZZ5:18 amZZZZ
NCU Premier League champions Instonians will begin their defence with a trip across Belfast to Civil Service North when the new season starts on Saturday April 27.
Treble success for Waringstown ZZZZ6:29 amZZZZ
There was treble cause for celebration with Waringstown the toast of the Cricket Ireland Awards.
Cregagh seeking senior coach ZZZZ6:29 amZZZZ
NCU side Cregagh are on the look out for a senior coach.
Waringstown return for Hall ZZZZ5:59 amZZZZ
Former Irish international James Hall is returning to Waringstown for the new season.
Waringstown sign Pakistan international ZZZZ5:16 amZZZZ
Pakistan international Bilawal Bhatti has been signed by Waringstown for the 2024 campaign.
Commins set for Instonians return ZZZZ4:25 amZZZZ
Murray Commins is set for a return to Instonians for the 2024 season.
North Down sign young New Zealander ZZZZ3:36 amZZZZ
North Down have recruited teenage all-rounder Liam Hayman for the upcoming season.
CIYMS confirm Bamye signing ZZZZ2:57 amZZZZ
CIYMS have confirmed the signing of South African pace bowler Bamanye Xenxe for the 2024 season.
Downpatrick sign Ravi Patil ZZZZ4:11 amZZZZ
Downpatrick have confirmed the signing of Indian all-rounder Ravi Patil for the 2024 season.
Shields record century in vain as Grasshoppers beaten ZZZZ11:00 amZZZZ
Ally Shields scored a record century for the Ulster Grasshoppers but it was in vain as they were beaten by four wickets against Claremont in their tour finale.
Shields powers Grasshoppers to victory ZZZZ9:52 amZZZZ
A powerful unbeaten 70 from Ally Shields secured a second win for the Ulster Grasshoppers on their South African tour as they beat Scorpions by 42 runs.
Johnston Thundering Down ZZZZ8:21 amZZZZ
Northern Knights Head Coach Simon Johnston is currently in Australia working with Sydney Thunder.
The Wright stuff ZZZZ1:16 amZZZZ
Arnie Wright's superb form on the Grasshoppers tour of South Africa continued on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Ulster side from slipping to a four-wicket loss against Durbanville.
Grasshoppers impressed by school transformation ZZZZ1:47 amZZZZ
The Ulster Grasshoppers have been paying a return visit to Chris Hansi Secondary School in Khayelitsha to witness a remarkable transformation in the facilities.
Grasshoppers lose thriller against WPXI ZZZZ7:53 amZZZZ
The Ulster Grasshoppers were beaten by one wicket against a strong Western Province Chairman's XI on the second match of their South African tour, having won their opener on Saturday.
Winning start for Grasshoppers in South Africa ZZZZ9:16 amZZZZ
The Ulster Grasshoppers have made a winning start on their South African tour with a 59-run win over Groot Drakenstein.
Dudgeon joins CSNI ZZZZ9:02 amZZZZ
South African all-rounder Keith Dudgeon is coming back to Northern Irish shores as overseas professional at CSNI for the 2024 season.
Muckamore sign Indian professional ZZZZ8:36 amZZZZ
Muckamore have further signalled their intent to make a significant mark on the NCU Premiership with the signing of Indian professional Raj Biswa.
Cliftonville Academy sign Tommy Orr ZZZZ8:19 amZZZZ
Cliftonville Academy have further strengthened their ranks with the signing of Eglinton wicket-keeper batsman Tommy Orr.
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The Week Ahead
T20 World Cup
24 June Group 2: West Indies v South Africa (Antigua)
24 June Group 1: Australia v India (St Lucia)
25 June Group 1: Afghanistan v Bangladesh (St Vincent)
Ireland Academy
25 June 2nd 4-day match: Emerging Ireland v West Indies Academy (Stormont)
NCU Premier League
29 June Carrickfergus v North Down (Middle Road)
29 June CIYMS v Instonians (Belmont)
29 June Cliftonville Academy v CSNI (Castle Grounds)
29 June Muckamore v Woodvale (Moylena)
29 June Waringstown v Lisburn (The Lawn)
NCU Section 1
29 June Armagh v Templepatrick (The Mall)
29 June Ballymena v Donacloney Mill (Eaton Park)
29 June Cregagh v Derriaghy (Cregagh Memorial)
29 June Laurelvale v Drumaness Superkings (Laurelvale)
29 June Lurgan v Belfast (Pollock Park)
CL Premier League
29 June Leinster v Balbriggan (Rathmines)
29 June Pembroke v Merrion (Sydney Parade)
29 June Clontarf v Phoenix (Castle Avenue)
CL Championship
29 June North County v Railway Union (Balrothery)
29 June The Hills v Rush (The Vineyard)
29 June Civil Service v Terenure (Phoenix Park)
29 June North Kildare v Cork County (The Maws)
NW Premiership
29 June Coleraine v Eglinton (Sandel Lodge)
29 June Ardmore v Newbuildings (The Bleachgreen)
29 June Brigade v Bready (Beechgrove)
29 June Killyclooney v Donemana (Killyclooney)
NW Championship
29 June Glendermott v St Johnston (The Rectory)
29 June Bonds Glen v Strabane (Bonds Glen)
29 June The Nedd v Fox Lodge (The Nedd)
29 June Ballyspallen v Burndennett (Ballyspallen)
Faughan Valley Cup
27 June Semi-final: Brigade v Bready (Beechgrove)
27 June Semi-final: Ardmore v Donemana (The Bleachgreen)
Eric Cooke Cup
27 June Semi-final: Newbuildings v Bonds Glen (Foyleview Arena)
27 June Semi-final: Killyclooney v Eglinton (Killyclooney)
Sperrin Springs Cup
27 June Semi-final: Coleraine v Strabane (Sandel Lodge)
27 June Semi-final: St Johnston v Fox Lodge (The Boathole)
NWCU Women
24 June Bonds Glen v Eglinton (Bonds Glen)
24 June Bready v Coleraine (Magheramason)
24 June Newbuildings v Strabane (Foyleview Arena)
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22 June (Strabane Chronicle)
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