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Alan

Chambers park

17th May 2019

Border league fixtures for 22nd May
Monaghan v Dungannon,
Portadown v Victoria,
Waringstown v Clogher
Monaghan and Clogher have points on the board, Taverners and Waringstown are so far untested.

Alan

Chambers park

16th May 2019

Border league results
There was a switch in the published fixtures.
Dungannon travelled Clogher.
Waringstown and Portadown had a day off.
Clogher 122 beat Dungannon 104 by 18 runs
Victoria 71 lost to Monaghan 182 by 111 runs
Format is 15 X 8 ball overs.

Response

Ed...
Innovative too!

Andy McCrea

Ballyclare

15th May 2019

Great article on this site about Maghera CC, showing what can be done with passion and ambition.
We have played them in a couple of friendlies over the years, a great bunch of guys and cricket enthusiasts.
Everyone at TCC wishes them all the best for the future and keep up the good work.
Andy McCrea
Templepatrick CC

Clarence Hiles

NCU Headquarters

15th May 2019

2019 Fixtures for Ireland Women
The confirmed fixture calendar for 2019 is:
26 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (YMCA CC, Dublin); T20I
28 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (Pembroke CC, Dublin); T20I
29 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (Pembroke CC, Dublin); T20I
3 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
5 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
7 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
10 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Stormont); T20I*
12 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready CC); T20I*
14 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready CC); T20I*
* Matches will form part of three double-header events in conjunction with Ireland Men and Zimbabwe Men

ALAN

Chambers park

12th May 2019

Border league fixtures for 15th May

Clogher v Taverners (Portadown),
Waringstown v Dungannon,
Victoria v Monaghan

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

10th May 2019

Thanks Mr C Boomer nice of you to comment on my thoughts re border league, I hope you are keeping up with your poetry as you should have went to a publisher and got these in to hard copy and any monies you got would have been worth it
Tell all up in Carrickfergus well done on their soccer team in regaining promotion to the top flight, I know one of the NCU umpires and Carrickfergus Womens player in Laura Caughey will be pleased as along with Mary Waldron of Ireland and Pembroke divides her time playing and umpiring. Both should be commended for their work in the sport

C Boomer

Where there's a will, there's a way ..

10th May 2019

Keith re the Border league,
Alan C. usually puts the results of each game up here on the forum, your suggestion regards inclusion of further teams in the locality is a very positive idea, well worth looking into and something to build upon in the very near future.

Keith Montague

Clogherhead Co Louth

9th May 2019

Hi Ed
Sorry to have mentioned the Brexit word, it will not be spoke about by me ever again.
The Border League which I mentioned should it be the case it was to increase clubs would the NWCU, Connacht Cricket or even Dundalk, Knockharley and Ashbourne be considered if so it would possibly be a good thing with say festivals and some more funding from CI or Sport Ireland in south and its equivilent in the north for ground and building improvements. Also on this topic of The Border League where could I find results during the season will it be announced on the fourm or on a differing site.
On to Ireland Mens matters, I was very encouraged by the performance vs. England last week, Mark Adair had a decent knock on debut and the top 3 got starts along with Dockrell but overall 20 runs short in my mind, the wickets we took in the catching deepartment was brilliant but a pity we could not get the foot right on their necks. Josh Little pick of the bowlers but Murtagh and Dockrell were good in their eco figures.
Then Sunday was a case of after the Lord Mayors Show vs West Indies (a side capable of winning the 8 team World Cup with 2 qualifiers, that is not a World Cup in my mind) with 2 positives was 1 Kevin O'Briens 66, 2 the 4th wicket stand with Gary Wilson and but I felt if we had have lost by only 70-80 runs in chasing it would have felt not so bad. Fielding and missed catches cost us dear in the end
Nice to see the BBC showing the matches in the tri-series but still cant access this in the south, but yet in the IPA Pool there was no bother getting the Irish event in Belfast and English one in Bradford or the current E-Prix series. Cricket Ireland needs to bang heads between a stupid rift between BBC NI and RTE about cross border issues
On to the Irish Women it was great news re the 6 part time contracts being awarded and delighted to see a NCU representitive in the side being Naomi Matthews now of Merrion and formerly of Donaghclooney Mill and I see Cara Murray of Waringstown was included in a Senior Performance Squad and Amy Hunter of Insts in a Acadamy Squad, but surely why is Hannah Grieve overlooked again possibly the best player in the NCU
Predictions in Premier League 11th May
Carrickfergus v CSNI - Away Win
CIYMS v North Down - Away Win
Lisburn v Muckamore - Away Win
Waringstown v Instonians - Home Win
Refixes 12th May
CSNI v Waringstown - Away Win
Instonians v Lisburn - Home Win
Muckamore v CIYMS - Home Win

Womens Premier League 12th May
CSNI v Lurgan (11am) - Away Win
North Down v Waringstown (1pm) - Home Win

Alan

Chambers park

8th May 2019

Border league result.
Only one of the games was played on the first day of the border league.
Monaghan beat Clogher by 10 runs in a shortened game, in what was reported as being not ideal conditions for cricket.
Well done both teams for getting the match played.

Andy Kennedy

Sunny and dry(!) Buckna

3rd May 2019

Perhaps the high heid yins of CI should have spent less time in the Long Room at Lords and had a spell in the groundsman’s shed with Mike Hunt instead, they would have learned where the priorities on spending really should be focussed. This morning is embarrassing. I was criticised in the past when I posted about being a couple of steps up from village cricket. Today proves CI is not fit for purpose.

jacob mckay

BELFAST

3rd May 2019

My Predictions for first match of NCU Premier League..
Carrickfergus v Instonians - Home win
Lisburn v CIYMS- Away Win
CSNI v North Down-Away Win
Waringstown v Muckamore- Home win
I think CIYMS will win the League but
I see Muckamore as dark horses this year as they significantly strengthen their team and i will not be surprised if they finish in top 4 this year.
WHAT YOU THINK GUYS...

Response

Ed...
Unfortunately not like the Top Four at Premier League with lucrative earnings! LOL
Muckamore will be a dark horse as most of the other clubs have also strenghtened their squads. Time will tell!

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.

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East Belfast

28th Apr 2019

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Response

Ed...
Be my guest!
LOL