Newsroom: NCU 2023
NCU clubs stick with T20 replays ( ) ZZZZ11:14 pmZZZZ
Match 2s in the Northern Cricket Union will continue to be 20 over matches after Muckamore’s proposal to give teams the option of playing a two-night game was rejected at this week’s AGM.
Jacob Mulder makes CIYMS return ( ) ZZZZ9:00 amZZZZ
Former Irish international Jacob Mulder is moving back to CIYMS.
Suspensions galore handed down by Cricket Ireland ( ) ZZZZ6:16 amZZZZ
Four players banned, while two receive reprimands after tense clashes last July in the National Cup semi-finals.
Trouble costs Derriaghy a Home draw ( ) ZZZZ3:15 amZZZZ
Derriaghy have been banned from receiving a home draw in next year’s National Cup after crowd trouble at last year’s final at The Lawn.
Abrahams en route to Armagh ( ) ZZZZ8:46 amZZZZ
Armagh have signed South African Cole Abrahams as their overseas player for the 2024 season.
Instonians sign South African overseas player ( ) ZZZZ7:58 amZZZZ
Premiership champions Instonians have signed South African all-rounder Mihlali Mpongwana as their overseas professional for the 2024 campaign.
NCU Annual Awards night ( ) ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
As the awards were handed out last night at the Northern Cricket Union’s Annual Dinner, the 2023 season has been described as a success but there are challenges ahead for all the clubs.
Mark Adair joins Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ9:56 pmZZZZ
Mark Adair has become Lisburn’s third major signing of the week, with the Irish international joining Ryan Macbeth and Adam Kennedy in switching to Wallace Park.
One in and one out at Cliftonville Academy ( ) ZZZZ10:17 pmZZZZ
Max Burton is leaving to join CIYMS, but highly rated South African Kian Hilton is arriving at Cliftonville Academy.
Ryan Macbeth joins Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ9:56 amZZZZ
The 25 year-old has been a pivotal figure at Beechgrove over the last eight years having joined them as a teenager from St Johnston.
Adam Kennedy joins Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ6:02 amZZZZ
The 20 year-old pace bowler was one of the main performers for the Cricket Ireland Academy and also CIYMS in the recent T10 tournaments, taking 22 wickets in total.
NCU Review 10: Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ1:43 amZZZZ
It was a season of struggle for Woodvale, who finished 9th in the table just avoiding relegation, while there was no decent cup run to take their mind off their woes.
NCU Review 9: CSNI ( ) ZZZZ5:10 amZZZZ
It was a season of continued development for CSNI as they once again laid solid foundations that will stand them in good stead for the years ahead.
Double swoop for North Down ( ) ZZZZ4:47 amZZZZ
North Down have signed James Shannon and Dian Forrester for the 2024 season.
NCU Review 8: Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ3:31 amZZZZ
A season of mixed fortunes for Derriaghy who were relegated from the Premiership but lifted the Irish National Cup.
NCU Review 7: Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ6:51 amZZZZ
It was a disappointing Premiership campaign which culminated in an eighth place finish, but there was a cup run which saw them beaten by Waringstown in a memorable final.
Derriaghy rocked by player exodus ( ) ZZZZ11:10 amZZZZ
Derriaghy have confirmed that at least four of their senior side are leaving Queensway following their relegation from the Premier League.
Van Der Merwe back at Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ8:54 amZZZZ
It has been 12 years, but Jason van der Merwe is on his way back to Muckamore.
Cregagh remember War dead ( ) ZZZZ6:29 amZZZZ
Officials and community representatives gathered to unveil storyboards at a special service at the club grounds on Saturday.
NCU Review 6: Cliftonville Academy ( ) ZZZZ2:13 amZZZZ
Cliftonville Academy finished seventh in the Premiership, while they enjoyed a good run in the National Cup, losing to Derriaghy in the decider.
Gordon join Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ4:44 amZZZZ
Sam Gordon has joined Carrickfergus from Derriaghy on a two-year deal.
NCU Review 5: Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ5:08 amZZZZ
It was always going to be difficult for Lisburn to repeat the highs of their 2022 season, although they did acquit themselves well enough in finishing third in the Premiership.
NCU Review 4: North Down ( ) ZZZZ4:06 amZZZZ
It wasn't the best of seasons for North Down, who finished 6th in the Premiership, and didn't put together any sort of a run in the cup competitions.
NCU Review 3: Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ2:47 amZZZZ
It was a very good season for Waringstown, who won the NCU T20 and Challenge Cups, while also making the final of the All-Ireland Cup.
Owen at the double ( ) ZZZZ4:19 amZZZZ
Keep an eye out for rising star Owen McMillan who helped Cregagh win the Under-11 NCU League Championship, and picked up two awards at the Belfast club's awardss night.
NCU Review 2: CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
There were a number of new faces at Belmont for the 2023 season as they challenged on most fronts, but had to be content with an all-Ireland T20 trophy.
NCU Stats for Premier League, Challenge and T20 Cup ( ) ZZZZ11:00 amZZZZ
2023 season stats for consideration of NCU awards.
NCU Review 1: Instonians ( ) ZZZZ2:12 amZZZZ
We start our review of the NCU club season with a look at the champions Instonians.
Final NCU statistics for the season in all competitions ( ) ZZZZ4:47 amZZZZ
Stats include performances in the Premier League, Challenge Cup, T20 Leagues and Cups, Irish Senior Cup and the National Cup.
Magnificent seven for Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ1:40 amZZZZ
Waringstown won the T20 cup for a seventh time as Graham Hume smashed the penultimate ball for six to seal victory over CIYMS in a contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.
CIYMS and Waringstown to meet in T20 Cup final ( ) ZZZZ2:01 amZZZZ
Waringstown and CIYMS will bring the curtain down on the NCU senior season when they face off in the final of the T20 Cup at The Lawn on Sunday (2pm).
CSNI clinch Women's Premier title ( ) ZZZZ1:21 amZZZZ
CSNI collected the Women's Premiership title after a convincing eight-wicket win over second placed North Down.
CIYMS and Cliftonville Academy record wins ( ) ZZZZ5:50 pmZZZZ
CIYMS once again showed their T20 prowess as they powered to a thumping 8 wicket win at home to Waringstown.
Party time for Instonians ( ) ZZZZ1:00 pmZZZZ
The Instonians cricket family celebrated at Shaw’s Bridge last night after captain Nikolai Smith was presented with the NCU Premier League trophy by proud club member and NCU president Brian Walsh.
Instonians round off impressive season ( ) ZZZZ11:33 pmZZZZ
Jack Dickson scores century as Instonians beat CSSNI. Wins too for Waringstown, CIYMS and Woodvale.
18 out of 18 for Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ11:28 pmZZZZ
Muckamore complete a 100% record in NCU Section One.
Jigsaw falls into place for Instonians ( ) ZZZZ1:34 pmZZZZ
Instonians Premier League winning captain Nikolai Smith hailed an all-round team effort as the final “pieces of the jigsaw” fell into place.
Latest NCU season stats ( ) ZZZZ1:07 pmZZZZ
Following player requests the stats now include performances in the National Cup.
McCollum at Gloucestershire ( ) ZZZZ2:34 amZZZZ
James McCollum is over playing with Gloucestershire this week in England.
CSNI beat Muckamore in U17 cup final ( ) ZZZZ2:08 amZZZZ
There was double cause for celebration at Stormont on Monday night as their U17s beat Muckamore to win the cup, following their Women's Premiership title earlier in the evening.
CSNI Women close in on Premiership ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
CSNI Women took another step closer to claiming the NCU Premiership after beating Muckamore by 6 wickets at Stormont.
Lisburn loss means Instonians are champions ( ) ZZZZ1:47 amZZZZ
Lisburn's loss meant that Instonians are Premier League champions.
Belfast beat Ballymena in Section One ( ) ZZZZ1:46 amZZZZ
Belfast proved too strong for Ballymena, beating them by 7 wickets in their T20 clash at Eaton Park.
Lisburn win Minor Cup ( ) ZZZZ7:18 amZZZZ
Lisburn Thirds won the intra-club bragging rights at Wallace Park with a six wickets win over their fourth XI to lift the Minor Cup.
Instonians march on ( ) ZZZZ7:37 amZZZZ
Instonians' seemingly unstoppable march to the NCU League title continued in imperious fashion yesterday with a seven wickets victory over Waringstown at The Lawn.
Instonians on cusp of title ( ) ZZZZ11:21 pmZZZZ
Instonians beat Waringstown but Lisburn keep race alive with victory at North Down.
Umpires to remember Richard Campbell ( ) ZZZZ7:35 amZZZZ
Umpires in the NCU will wear black armbands on Saturday in memory of colleague and Ballymena club member Richard Campbell who has died suddenly at the age of 37.
Instonians close in on title ( ) ZZZZ2:26 amZZZZ
Instonians took a huge stride to the NCU Premier League title with an emphatic eight wickets victory over CIYMS at Belmont on Thursday. Nikolai Smith’s side are eight points clear with just two games remaining.
Instonians take step towards Premier title ( ) ZZZZ5:18 amZZZZ
Instonians moved a step closer to the Premier League title with an 8 wickets DLS win over CIYMS at Belmont.
Lisburn clinch Junior 1 title ( ) ZZZZ2:36 amZZZZ
Lisburn clinched the NCU Junior 1 title on Wednesday night after a convincing win over nearest challengers CIYMS.
Bangor lift T20 Bowl with dramatic win over Cooke Collegians ( ) ZZZZ2:20 amZZZZ
Cooke Collegians will be wondering just how they managed to lose this T20 Bowl final after dominating Bangor the whole way through until the last stages.
Muckamore crowned Section One champions ( ) ZZZZ1:32 amZZZZ
Muckamore clinched the Senior One title with a convincing 8-wicket win over nearest challengers Ballymena in a game reduced to 41 overs.
Cliftonville Academy get revenge on Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ3:18 pmZZZZ
There was a win in the Premiership for Cliftonville Academy, while Muckamore march on in Section One, while Ballymena and Cregagh tie.
De Wet stars as CSNI beat North Down ( ) ZZZZ5:02 amZZZZ
CSNI got the better of North Down in a game that was shortened to just 8 overs.
Derriaghy claim the National Cup in all NCU clash ( ) ZZZZ2:38 pmZZZZ
Derriaghy professional Patrick Kruger produced a player of the match performance to guide his side to National Cup glory,
Lisburn and Instonians win in Premier League ( ) ZZZZ10:04 amZZZZ
In the Premier League they have Instonians and Lisburn to catch after both continued their winning form in rain-reduced matches yesterday.
Muckamore win again in NCU Section One ( ) ZZZZ12:07 amZZZZ
Muckamore secured their 12th win of the league campaign to move 12 points clear at the top of Section One after a bizarre win at home to Donacloney Mill.
Instonians and Lisburn set the pace in Premiership ( ) ZZZZ11:26 pmZZZZ
There were wins for Instonians and Lisburn in the NCU Premiership.
Premiership title battle hots up ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
While the Irish Cup final takes centre stage in the NCU area today, the battle for points in the NCU Premier League is due to resume, the majority of clubs having played only one game in the last four weeks.
Instonians beat Bangor to win U13 League ( ) ZZZZ5:23 pmZZZZ
Instonians beat Bangor by 32 runs at Upritchard Park to clinch the Under 13 league play-off.
Downpatrick clinch Midweek Cup ( ) ZZZZ4:45 amZZZZ
Downpatrick collected their first silverware of the season as they beat Lisburn by seven wickets to win the NCU Midweek Cup.
Rain hits NCU Premiership ( ) ZZZZ5:26 amZZZZ
The NCU Premier League game between North Down and Civil Service North on Sunday was rained off after 36 overs, to the disappointment of the home side who had both Paul Stirling and Craig Young in the side.
North Down beat Ballymena to win Intermediate Cup ( ) ZZZZ12:16 amZZZZ
Tom Crothers scored a Man-of-the-Match 80 not out to propel North Down to a comprehensive 145-run win over Ballymena in the Intermediate Cup final at Sandy Bay.
Update of NCU 2023 stats ( ) ZZZZ8:05 amZZZZ
After the run feast at the Challenge Cup Final time to check the latest players' stats.
Records tumble as Waringstown triumph ( ) ZZZZ3:34 amZZZZ
Waringstown won the Challenge Cup for the 27th time against a Carrickfergus team who responded superbly, in their first showpiece final on a record-breaking day.
Muckamore win again ( ) ZZZZ1:09 pmZZZZ
Muckamore moved a step closer to the Section One title and promotion after a hard fought 61-run win over Dundrum in a game reduced to 35 overs.
Waringstown beat Carrick in run-filled final ( ) ZZZZ11:45 amZZZZ
Waringstown won the NCU Challenge Cup for the 27th time in a run-filled final at Stormont that saw records tumble.
Underdogs Carrick look to upset Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ8:01 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus captain CJ van der Walt will tell his players to enjoy the occasion and believe they can cause an upset in today’s Challenge Cup final at Stormont.
Muckamore march on ( ) ZZZZ4:57 amZZZZ
Muckamore's relentless march towards promotion continued unabated as they beat Belfast by 61 runs (DLS) in their rearranged Section One game at Moylena.
McCollum return boosts Waringstown cup final hopes ( ) ZZZZ2:48 amZZZZ
It may seem harsh to say but McCollum has scarcely been missed at Waringstown who, in his absence, have reached the final of all three Cup competitions and despite losing two of their four Premier League games are still in contention for a clean sweep.
Lisburn beat Instonians to claim Graham Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
Lisburn produced an incredible comeback to beat Instonians by 7 runs in the final of the Graham Cup at Shaw's Bridge.
Carrick beat Lisburn in bowl-out to reach cup final ( ) ZZZZ11:10 pmZZZZ
Carrick are through to the final of the Challenge Cup for the first time in their 155-year history after beating Lisburn 3-2 in a sudden death bowl-out.
Carrick reach cup final ( ) ZZZZ2:31 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus will play in their first ever NCU Challenge Cup Final on Friday after they defeated Lisburn 3-2 in a bowl-out at Middle Road.
CIYMS to meet Cork County in All-Ireland final ( ) ZZZZ11:06 pmZZZZ
CIYMS will host Cork County in the All-Ireland T20 semi-final next Sunday after winning a bowl-out in the NCU T20 Cup final against Waringstown yesterday.
Gill delight at T20 Trophy success ( ) ZZZZ7:45 amZZZZ
Muckamore captain Neil Gill has spoken of his delight after his side clinched their first silverware of the season with a seven wicket win over Ballymena in the NCU T20 Trophy decider.
Muckamore clinch T20 Trophy ( ) ZZZZ5:40 amZZZZ
Muckamore claimed the NCU T20 Trophy with a 7 wicket win over Ballymena at The Lawn.
Muckamore stay on course for Senior One title ( ) ZZZZ2:51 pmZZZZ
Muckamore remain on course to lift the Section One title after they crushed Armagh by 172-runs (DLS) at the Mall.
Instonians top the table ( ) ZZZZ2:41 pmZZZZ
Instonians won the top of the table clash as they easily overcame defending champions Lisburn by 7 wickets at Wallace Park.
Waringstown reach Challenge Cup final ( ) ZZZZ2:40 pmZZZZ
Waringstown are safely through to the final of the Challenge Cup after beating CSNI by 98 runs (DLS) in a rain affected semi-final at the Lawn.
McCollum leads Waringstown to Challenge Cup final ( ) ZZZZ2:34 pmZZZZ
Waringstown are the first team into Friday’s Challenge Cup Final and, at the start of the biggest month of their season, they were boosted by the return of James McCollum.
Lurgan and Bangor to meet in Junior Cup final ( ) ZZZZ9:52 pmZZZZ
Two decades ago, Bangor were the champion team in the Northern Cricket Union and Lurgan were winning the Challenge Cup. Tomorrow, at Upritchard Park, they will contest the Junior Cup Final.
Weather ruins NCU weekend ( ) ZZZZ9:02 pmZZZZ
NCU T20 Finals day has been rearranged for next Sunday after the wet weekend ended any chance of play at The Lawn.
NCU T20 finals postponed to next week ( ) ZZZZ1:12 amZZZZ
The T20 finals between Waringstown and CSNI, as well as Muckamore v Ballymena due to be played today at The Lawn have been pushed back a week.
Van Woerkom preferred to Humphreys after Delany injury ( ) ZZZZ3:16 amZZZZ
Instead of returning to Matthew Humphreys, who made his debut in all three-formats on the tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this year, the selectors have called up van Woerkom for the first time.
Lisburn fixtures boost in title defence ( ) ZZZZ7:29 pmZZZZ
Lisburn are the big winners in the second half of the NCU Premier League season, with three more home matches in their post-split schedule.
Fazal and Jones power Lisburn into last four ( ) ZZZZ8:55 pmZZZZ
Lisburn powered into the last four of the NCU Challenge Cup with a 58-run (DLS) win over Instonians.
Latest NCU season stats - 10 July ( ) ZZZZ7:33 amZZZZ
Waringstown Greg Thompson is flying high in the batting and bowling stats.
CSNI win Women's Challenge Cup ( ) ZZZZ1:20 amZZZZ
CSNI Women lifted the Challenge Cup with a 70-run victory over North Down at Wallace Park.
CSN remain the team to beat ( ) ZZZZ7:32 pmZZZZ
Even in transition, Civil Service North remain the team to beat in the NCU Women’s League and Challenge Cup.
Dadswell on fire as Inst thrash North Down ( ) ZZZZ7:30 pmZZZZ
Shane Dadswell turned up the heat in the NCU Premier League with a whirlwind innings of 157 to keep Instonians in a share of the lead, heading into the split.
Instonians pile on the runs to top the NCU Premiership ( ) ZZZZ10:22 pmZZZZ
There were victories in the NCU Premiership for Instonians, Waringstown, Carrick, Lisburn and Cliftonville Acadmey.
Muckamore stay top of NCU Section One ( ) ZZZZ10:19 pmZZZZ
There were wins in NCU Section One for Muckamore, Ballymena, Dundrum, Belfast and Saintfield.
Davison relishing North Down challenges ( ) ZZZZ4:51 pmZZZZ
It is has not been a straightforward first season as captain for North Down captain Peter Davison but the Comber club have achieved their first goal – making the top six ahead of the split in the NCU Premier League.
Ballymena and Muckamore to meet in NCU T20 Trophy final ( ) ZZZZ12:36 amZZZZ
Ballymena edge out Cregagh, while Muckamore have little trouble beating Armagh.
CIYMS and Waringstown to meet in T20 Cup final ( ) ZZZZ12:31 amZZZZ
A Lisburn collapse saw Waringstown win, while CIYMS get the chance to defend their trophy as they eased past Instonians.
Adair powers CIYMS into final ( ) ZZZZ4:23 amZZZZ
Ross Adair took holders CIYMS into the T20 Cup final yesterday with an undefeated 59 to beat Instonians.
CSNI condemn Carrick to relegation scrap ( ) ZZZZ10:43 pmZZZZ
The top six and bottom four in the Premier League have been decided with a match to spare before the teams split for the second half of the season.
NCU Cup semi-final draw ( ) ZZZZ10:41 pmZZZZ
Civil Service North must beat Waringstown at The Lawn if they are to reach their second successive NCU Challenge Cup final.
NCU Premiership battle hots up ( ) ZZZZ11:26 pmZZZZ
Wins in the NCU Premiership for Lisburn, Instonians, North Down, CIYMS and CSNI.
Kennedy double hundred steals the show in NCU Section One ( ) ZZZZ11:19 pmZZZZ
James Kennedy made 201 as Ballymena beat Armagh, while there were also wins for Dundrum. Laurelvale, Belfast and Muckamore.
CIYMS still have plenty to play for ( ) ZZZZ11:31 pmZZZZ
IT’S one down but three more cups still to defend and Premier League title to win for CIYMS after their exit from the Challenge Cup last week.
Challenge Cup roundup ( ) ZZZZ7:45 amZZZZ
For the first time in two years, CIYMS have lost a cup match. The team that won all four knock-out trophies available last season were knocked out of the Challenge Cup yesterday by Carrickfergus
Ulster Plate Semi-finals Draw ( ) ZZZZ6:08 amZZZZ
Three NCU sides are included in the semi-finals draw for the Ulster Plate.
It's Cup weekend but Gill targets promotion ( ) ZZZZ5:17 amZZZZ
Neil Gill has been one of the stalwarts of the NCU for almost 20 years but he still has one ambition – to captain Muckamore in the Premier League next year, the club’s 150th anniversary.
CIYMS beat North Down in NCU T20 Cup ( ) ZZZZ2:53 pmZZZZ
Defending champions CIYMS are assured of a home draw as they made it four wins from four to top Group B with a relatively comfortable 6-wicket win over North Down at Belmont.
RBAI win Schools Cup for 12th time ( ) ZZZZ11:55 amZZZZ
RBAI won the Schools Cup for the 12th time with a comprehensive seven wickets victory over Strabane Academy at Wallace Park.
RBAI beat Strabane Academy to win Schools Cup ( ) ZZZZ9:55 amZZZZ
RBAI clinched the trophy for a record 12th time as they recorded a comprehensive 7-wicket win over Strabane Academy at Wallace Park.
My brother Jake ( ) ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
JAKE EGAN’S century and a five-wicket haul for Alex Haggan helped Carrickfergus to victory over Cliftonville Academy.
McCullough to captain Ulster Schools v MCC ( ) ZZZZ4:02 amZZZZ
Carson McCullough will skipper Ulster Schools in their annual clash this week against MCC at Campbell College.
Thrills and spills in NCU Premiership ( ) ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
There were victories on Saturday for Waringstown in a last-ball thriller, Carrickfergus, Instonians, CIYMS and Lisburn.
NCU Section One round-up ( ) ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
Wins in Section One of the NCU for Cregagh, Muckamore, Donaghcloney Mill, Laurelvale and Templepatrick.
Wilson pondering what might have been ( ) ZZZZ6:14 amZZZZ
It’s not often that seventh v eighth in the league table is the biggest match of the day but for Carrickfergus and Cliftonville Academy, it is really win or bust tomorrow — otherwise they will almost certainly be in a relegation battle for the rest of the season.
RBAI reach Schools Cup final ( ) ZZZZ1:24 amZZZZ
RBAI will face Strabane Academy in the final of the Schools Cup after beating Campbell College by 40 runs in Tuesday’s semi-final.
Derriaghy stun Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ5:33 amZZZZ
Wins for Derriaghy, Carrickfergus, Cliftonville Academy, CSNI and CIYMS in the NCU Premier League.
NCU Section One round-up ( ) ZZZZ5:29 amZZZZ
A look at how the games went in Section One of the NCU.
Shocks aplenty in NCU Premier League ( ) ZZZZ4:42 pmZZZZ
A superb unbroken partnership of 137 between Michael Rippon and captain CJ van der Walt delivered Carrickfergus a vital victory in their battle to get out of the bottom four and dealt a blow to Lisburn in their defence of the Premier League.
Foster enjoyed taste of the big time ( ) ZZZZ3:13 pmZZZZ
He wasn’t playing in the game but for Matthew Foster it was still a chance to get on the hollowed turf of Lord’s last week.
Victories in NCU T20 Cup for Carrick, Waringstown and North Down. ( ) ZZZZ2:06 pmZZZZ
Greg Thompson leads Waringstown to victory over Derriaghy, half centuries from North Down openers Ani Chore and Ally Shields ovecome CSNI, while Jake Egan's brilliant 82 saw Carrick to a morale boosting victory over Woodvale.
Instonians continue to impress ( ) ZZZZ1:13 pmZZZZ
Instonians’ resurgence continues with their most impressive league victory of the season so far, toppling favourites CIYMS at an excited Shaw’s Bridge.
Big weekend for much improved Instonians ( ) ZZZZ12:09 amZZZZ
There is no doubt about the most improved team in the NCU Premier League this season. Sitting proudly near the top with three wins out of four are Instonians.
May stats for Premier League clubs ( ) ZZZZ7:37 amZZZZ
Ross Adair leads the batting whilst Neil Whitworth and Ben Kane are the leading wicket takers in May
Day of drama in NCU Challenge Cup ( ) ZZZZ10:46 pmZZZZ
On a day of unrelenting drama, Civil Service North won the first ever Super Over in the NCU Challenge Cup with Woodvale the losers at Ballygomartin Road.
Day of thrills and spills in NCU Challenge Cup ( ) ZZZZ1:01 amZZZZ
There was a first with a Super Over required to separate CSNI and Woodvale, while Derriaghy caused the shock of the day beating North Down. There were also five wicket hauls for Ben Kane, Shane Dadswell, Pat Botha and Neil Gill.
Can Armagh topple NCU cricketing royalty? ( ) ZZZZ8:35 amZZZZ
THE King was in Armagh yesterday and although he didn’t make it to The Mall, cricket royalty will be playing at the picturesque venue tomorrow when the Section One club host Waringstown in the second round of the Challenge Cup.
Waringstown depth to be tested in Irish Cup clash ( ) ZZZZ1:15 pmZZZZ
Injuries to James McCollum and Lee Nelson plus Cricket Ireland's instruction for Graham Hume to sit out the game will make it a test of Waringstown's depth.
Waringstown join CIYMS at top of the table ( ) ZZZZ11:12 amZZZZ
Waringstown joined CIYMS at the top of the Premier League table after a 34 runs victory at The Lawn over previously unbeaten North Down.
Two out of two for North Down ( ) ZZZZ8:44 amZZZZ
North Down made it two wins out of two in the Premier League with a 29 runs victory over Cliftonville Academy yesterday.
CIYMS look the team to beat ( ) ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
CIYMS look to be the team to beat in this year’s Premier League after easing past defending champions Lisburn in Saturday’s early season showdown at Wallace Park.
Lisburn and CIYMS up and running ( ) ZZZZ9:30 amZZZZ
Lisburn and CIYMS will head into the first big clash of the NCU season tomorrow with a victory under their belts after getting off the mark last night in emphatic style.
Thompson leads CSNI to victory over Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ3:12 amZZZZ
CIVIL Service North joined CIYMS at the top of the Premier League table when they won the second completed match of the season last night, beating Derriaghy by six wickets.
Third time lucky for Lisburn? ( ) ZZZZ9:07 amZZZZ
Lisburn will make a third attempt to begin their defence of the Premier League on Thursday against Instonians at Shaw’s Bridge after Saturday’s latest postponement at Cliftonville Academy.
CIYMS flex muscles ( ) ZZZZ9:03 amZZZZ
CIYMS flexed their muscles on the Northern Cricket Union’s second attempt to get the season under way as Jason van Merwe failed by one run to score the first century.
NCU Saturday roundup ( ) ZZZZ10:57 pmZZZZ
The NCU season got off with a wimper rather than a bang as two of the five Premier League games, at Cliftonville Academy and Carrickfergus, fell before the starting line, and two more, at Stormont and Shaw’s Bridge, didn’t last even one innings.
Van Der Walt excited by Carrick challenge ( ) ZZZZ2:09 amZZZZ
It’s been quite a journey both on and off the cricket field for Cornelius Johannes van der Walt, but it reaches the finishing line this year after being appointed captain of Carrickfergus — and getting a UK passport.
NCU season starts without Irish stars ( ) ZZZZ2:35 amZZZZ
It is a sign of the times that when the NCU Premier League season gets under way, five of the best players will be in Sri Lanka preparing for Ireland’s third Test match this month.
NCU Previews 11: Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
It was a busy close season on and off the field at Muckamore who have strengthened their squad considerably for the forthcoming campaign.
NCU Previews 17: Laurelvale ( ) ZZZZ4:30 amZZZZ
It's a step up to Section One for Laurelvale, but a challenge the club is relishing as the campaign starts.
NCU Previews 16: Cregagh ( ) ZZZZ4:17 amZZZZ
It was a disappointing 2022 for Cregagh who were relegated from the top flight but are quietly confident of an immediate return to the top echelons of NCU cricket.
NCU Previews 15: Saintfield ( ) ZZZZ2:04 amZZZZ
The new season brings fresh hopes for Saintfield who will be hoping for a successful campaign.
NCU Previews 14: Ballymena ( ) ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
It promises to be an exciting season for Ballymena, who will be hoping to add some silverware to the Eaton Park cabinet as the season begins.
NCU Previews 13: Donacloney Mill ( ) ZZZZ1:44 amZZZZ
There is great optimism around Donacloney Mill as the new season dawns.
NCU Previews 12: Armagh ( ) ZZZZ1:01 amZZZZ
It promises to be an exciting season at The Mall with Armagh keen to get back into the Premier League.
NCU Previews 10: North Down ( ) ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
It wasn't the best of seasons for North Down in 2022, but they have a new captain and overseas professional as they look to recapture past glories.
NCU Previews 9: Cliftonville Academy ( ) ZZZZ1:32 amZZZZ
It was a tough baptism for Cliftonville Academy in the top flight in 2022, but they will be hopeful of better fortunes this campaign.
NCU Previews 8: Woodvale ( ) ZZZZ2:03 amZZZZ
It wasn't a great 2022 season for Woodvale but the Ballygomartin side are more optimistic that the current campaign will be much brighter.
NCU Previews 7: Derriaghy ( ) ZZZZ2:09 amZZZZ
Derriaghy are back in the big time in 2023, and they are determined to stay there this time.
NCU Previews 6: Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ3:34 amZZZZ
Greg Thompson is back as captain for 2023, hoping to bring more silverware to the Lawn.
NCU Previews 5: Instonians ( ) ZZZZ5:15 amZZZZ
There is a new captain at the helm for Instonians with Nikolai Smith taking over the reins from Andrew White.
NCU Previews 4: CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ2:54 amZZZZ
It's all change at CIYMS with plenty of transfer activity over the close season, with John Matchett taking over the captaincy reins from Nigel Jones.
NCU Previews 3: Carrickfergus ( ) ZZZZ7:33 amZZZZ
There's no Jacques Snyman for Carrickfergus in 2023 but they have signed a quality replacement in Michael Rippon and also have Jack Egan in their ranks for the campaign.
NCU Previews 2: CSNI ( ) ZZZZ3:35 amZZZZ
Stuart Thompson is at the helm once again for CSNI, who have lost a few key players but have a talented crop of youngsters coming through the ranks.
NCU previews 1: Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ8:06 pmZZZZ
The champions Lisburn haven't rested on their laurels over the close season, strengthening their squad with a number of quality additions, no more so than with the acquisition of Nigel Jones.
Pienaar signs with Donacloney Mill ( ) ZZZZ8:47 pmZZZZ
NCU Section One side Donacloney Mill have signed South African wicketkeeper/batsman Peet Pienaar for the upcoming season.
Metcalfe impresses against Durham ( ) ZZZZ12:34 amZZZZ
It may be March, but Instonians wicket-keeper batsman Ollie Metcalfe has been in action this week as Durham UCCE took on Durham at the Riverside Stadium.
CIYMS finish third in European Cup ( ) ZZZZ7:14 amZZZZ
It all went wrong for CIYMS on Finals day at the European T10 Championships in La Manga yesterday as they lost both games to crash out before the climax.
End of the road for CIYMS as Dreux crowned Champions ( ) ZZZZ6:11 amZZZZ
CIYMS had two chances to claim a place in the Final but lost, first to Dreux and then to Hornchurch, having beaten both earlier in the week.
CI will get two bites of the cherry ( ) ZZZZ6:21 amZZZZ
CIYMS will get two bites of the cherry to win a place in the Euro T10 Final, as they emerge unbeaten at the end of the Round-Robin matches.
CIYMS keep to their winning ways ( ) ZZZZ3:26 amZZZZ
With two wins today CIYMS maintained their 100% record and their position at the top of the Championship Week table.
Unbeaten CIYMS top the Table ( ) ZZZZ9:37 amZZZZ
Unbeaten CIYMS top the Table at the end of Day 2 of the European Cricket League T10 in Malaga.
CIYMS off to a winning start in T10 Championship Week ( ) ZZZZ11:40 amZZZZ
It was a case of just what the Doc ordered as CIYMS won their opening game of the ECL T10 Champions Week against French champions Dreux.
CIYMS begin Champions League quest ( ) ZZZZ2:36 amZZZZ
CIYMS have made it to Finals week at the European T10 Championships.
CIYMS demolish Ariana to win group ( ) ZZZZ1:05 pmZZZZ
CIYMS clinched a place in the Championship next week after their super Saturday continued with the demolition of Swedish side Ariana KIF in the group final.
CIYMS power into T10 Final ( ) ZZZZ6:41 amZZZZ
Jason van Der Merwe hit form on Finals Day powering CIYMS to wins over Oerias and Istanbul to carry his side to the Group Final.
Another topsy turvy day for CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ4:15 pmZZZZ
Yet again CIYMS had fluctuating fortunes on the second day of the European Cricket League group stages in Spain.
Mixed fortunes for CIYMS on opening day ( ) ZZZZ9:24 amZZZZ
There were mixed fortunes for CIYMS on the opening day of the European Cricket League in Spain.
Carrick sign Michael Rippon as replacement pro ( ) ZZZZ11:28 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus has announced the signing of Otago, New Zealand, and former Netherlands all-rounder Michael Rippon, as their overseas professional player/coach for the 2023 season.
CIYMS set for Spanish adventure ( ) ZZZZ3:51 amZZZZ
CIYMS are Spanish bound this week as they play in the group stages of the European Cricket League.
Campbell face tricky start to cup defence ( ) ZZZZ8:02 amZZZZ
Campbell College will begin their defence of the Schools Cup against either Royal School Armagh or Belfast High in the second round of this year’s competition.
Schools' Cup holders Campbell College given a bye. ( ) ZZZZ9:28 amZZZZ
Schools' Cup holders Campbell College are among the big names receiving a bye to the second round of this year's competition.
Three awards for NCU ( ) ZZZZ3:00 amZZZZ
Gareth Thompson, Cade Carmichael and Amy Caufield were the winners from the NCU at the Cricket Ireland awards.
James Hunter joins Lisburn ( ) ZZZZ2:21 amZZZZ
Instonians all-rounder James Hunter is leaving Shaws Bridge,switching to Premier League Champions Lisburn for the new campaign.
Varun Chopra joins Cliftonville Academy ( ) ZZZZ8:33 pmZZZZ
Coleraine all-rounder Varun Chopra has left Coleraine to join Cliftonville Academy.
Cliftonville Academy sign South African ( ) ZZZZ5:50 amZZZZ
Ciiftonville Academy have signed experienced South African all-rounder Aubrey Swanepoel for the upcoming campaign.
Trevor Britton joins Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ5:10 amZZZZ
Trevor Britton is leaving CIYMS to join Muckamore. The 40 year-old enjoyed a very successful spell at CIYMS, where he enjoyed a trophy laden eight seasons.
Death of Abi Satham ( ) ZZZZ1:47 amZZZZ
There was sad news over the weekend with the death reported of former Indian cricketer Abi Satham.
Waringstown will start Plate defence at home ( ) ZZZZ8:16 amZZZZ
Ulster Plate holders Waringstown II will start their defence of the title with a home fixture against Donemana II.
NCU off to Spain ( ) ZZZZ8:00 amZZZZ
Thanks to Erasmus funding, the NCU Under 14 boys side as well as a Dragons Under 18 girls side is off to Spain this weekend for a ten-day pre-season training camp.
NCU Challenge Cup draw ( ) ZZZZ2:35 amZZZZ
Holders CIYMS will begin their defence of the Challenge Cup with an away day trip to either Dundrum or Saintfield.
Eight NCU players named in U18 Dragons squad ( ) ZZZZ2:06 amZZZZ
There are eight NCU players included in the Dragons Under 18 squad that is heading to Spain for a week's training camp.
Nut job for CIYMS ( ) ZZZZ11:24 amZZZZ
CIYMS have signed New Zealander Edward Nuttall after original choice Keith Dudgeon was ruled out of a return to Belmont.
Lisburn start title defence against Instonians ( ) ZZZZ11:20 amZZZZ
Lisburn will open their defence of the Premier League title at Shaw’s Bridge with a game against Instonians on April 22.
CSNI sign New Zealander ( ) ZZZZ8:09 amZZZZ
CSNI have signed Irish passport holding New Zealander Ryan Harrison for the 2023 season.
Muckamore recruit experienced coach ( ) ZZZZ7:25 amZZZZ
Muckamore are another club who have been busy strengthening over the close season and have announced that experienced coach Paddy Steytler and South Africa teenager Ciaran Roundtree will be heading to Moylena this summer.
CIYMS add New Zealander to ranks ( ) ZZZZ7:07 amZZZZ
It's been a busy close season at Belmont with plenty of ins and outs. The latest addition is Theo van Woerkom.
North Down sign South African all-rounder ( ) ZZZZ1:58 amZZZZ
North Down have signed Andile Mokgakane for the 2023 season.
Srinivasan joins Muckamore ( ) ZZZZ3:09 amZZZZ
Muckamore have signed Vinoth Srinivasan from BISC.
Thompson excited by Waringstown captaincy ( ) ZZZZ10:33 amZZZZ
Greg Thompson has once again taken the captaincy at Waringstown, having previously captained the Lawn side to great success previously.
Waringstown strengthen ahead of new season ( ) ZZZZ1:56 amZZZZ
Waringstown have signed former Carrickfergus professional Pat Botha as their overseas player for next season.
Botha joins Waringstown ( ) ZZZZ7:38 amZZZZ
Waringstown have signed South African Pat Botha for the 2023 campaign.
Death of Dawn Johnston ( ) ZZZZ10:48 pmZZZZ
There was sad news on Tuesday when former NCU Treasurer Dawn Johnston died after a lengthy illness.
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