North-West-Warriors-V-Leinster-Lightning

Warriors Run Riot In Interpro Opener

Thompson, O’Brien & Gillespie pile on the runs for Warriors of Day 1

North-West-Warriors-V-Leinster-LightningA stunning unbroken 265-run partnership between Stuart Thompson and Niall O’Brien sends the North West Warriors into Day 2 of their Interprovincial Championship opener in a commanding position against Leinster Lightning at Pembroke.

It was a day of almost complete domination from Ian McGregor’s charges who having been put in to bat, struggled for an hour against the new ball before filling their boots in the next two-and-a-half sessions.

Much of the talk in the run-up to the match had been the inclusion of William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin in the North West side. The Ireland skipper, however, was one of two wickets for the home side in the opening exchanges- Porterfield not offering a shot to a ball from Tyrone Kane that nipped back and clipped his off stump.

David Barr made 16 before he fell to Peter Chase and then Aaron Gillespie did his reputation no harm at all with a quality half-century. The Strabane all-rounder batted superbly in the circumstances and had much of the hard work done when he cut one to Kevin O’Brien at point and was gone for 57.

That was 95-3 and game on again but what followed was a batting masterclass from Thompson and O’Brien.

These two built their stand patiently at first but gradually upped the ante and by the start of the final session were climbing into anything remotely loose from the bowling unit.

The final tally was 358-3 with Thompson unbeaten on a superb 136 (18 fours and 1 six) and O’Brien equally impressive in making 129* (13 fours, 1 six).

Head Coach McGregor is well aware that the reigning champions will be keen to bounce back straight away when action resumes on Wednesday morning but was equally adamant that his side would be ready for that.

“It’s just the first day of the first game in a long summer, but it is exactly the start we were after. I thought we were exceptional today and while Thommo and Nobby will deservedly get all the plaudits, I thought Aaron was excellent too.”

“We have to be careful tomorrow not to let our standards slip, but this group has worked hard over the winter, and this performance hasn’t happened by accident.”

“We have ten guys born and bred in the North West on our side today, and the other two might as well be, as they have bought into this from the start.”

“Today has taken the Warriors to a new level of performance, and while we can certainly enjoy it we have to do everything we can to make sure we maintain those standards”.

Action gets underway at Sydney Parade again at 11 am on Wednesday and Thursday.

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NW Warriors

D Barr             c Tucker b Chase 16

W Porterfield b Kane 2

A Gillespie      c K O’Brien b Chase 57

N O’Brien        not out 129

S THompson  not out 136

Extras 18 Total (3 wkts, 104 overs) 358

Fall: 1-7 2-26 3-93

Bowling:

T Kane            22-5-69-1;

P Chase          21-3-101-2;

K O’Brien        15-3-38-0;

G Dockrell       21-2-77-0;

S Singh           24-7-60-0;

J Anderson      1-0-3-0

North West Under 11 Bowlers

Junior Warriors Program Announced

Junior Warriors Program

In light of the announcement of Irelands elevation to full member status, that will undoubtedly bring increased professionalism and opportunities for young and aspiring cricketers across Ireland. The North West is pleased to announce; following on from a review of youth cricket and the Youth Forum in September, the establishment of two new programmes aimed at developing talented young cricketers in the region. The Junior Warriors and The Future Warriors.Junior WarriorsThe first of the new programs to be launched is the Juniors Warriors Programme. This innovative program aims to develop players from the ages 9-13 and is designed to offer considerably more playing and coaching opportunities to players. It will focus on players learning fundamental skills and allow for consistent cricket specific coaching.

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NW Vs NCU Under 11 Blitz 2017

The programme will split into two sections; Winter and Summer. Winter ProgramThe first part starting in January will offer fortnightly regionally based sessions throughout the winter and spring, to allow more players the opportunity to attend training close to where they live. The North West will split into 3 zones or regions of Causeway, L’Derry and Tyrone plus a shorter schedule in Fermanagh. At the end of the winter section, there will be a blitz for each age group, as we ran last year with the under 11s, in Meadowbank Arena, Magherafelt. This blitz will involve teams from all of the Zones playing against each other.Summer ProgramThe second section of the new Junior Warriors Program starting in April/May will offer further regionally based outdoor training sessions for each of the regions running through the summer months. The summer program will be by a concluded with a festival week in late July and early August. The festival week will bring together the regions to play a series of 6-8 matches against each other and specialist coaching on the off days. The games will be all be played in coloured clothing and played with the pink ball. The North West see this as a positive move towards developing more young cricketers for both clubs, The Union and Ireland.

North West Cricket Under 11s 2017

North West Cricket Under 11s 2017

Age GroupsThe under 11 winter program is currently open to those players in year 6 & 7 (NI) and 5 & 6 (ROI). However, if your club has players that you feel are in lower years but can compete at this level, please see the contact details below.The U13 winter program is open to 1st & 2nd year for those in secondary educationPriceThrough grant funding and sponsorship, the NWCU can offer the full winter and summer programme including the blitz days and summer camp at a reduced price of £90 per child. With over 40 hours of cricket, this works out at only £2.25 per hour for the full programme with all players receiving a free training top and playing shirtPrice per childFull Coaching Programme including blitz days and summer camp  £90Winter Coaching and Blitz Day only  £45Summer Coaching and Blitz Day only  £45Summer Camp only  £40

The winter sessions will run on the following dates:Causeway – Roe Valley Leisure CentreU11 – Mondays – 6 to 7:30pm15/01/18 to 26/03/18 U13 – Mondays – 6 to 7:30pm22/01/18 to 19/03/18 L’Derry – Glenaden ArenaU11 – Fridays – 6 to 7:30pm12/01/18 to 27/03/18 U13 – Fridays – 6 to 7:30pm26/01/18 to 23/03/18 Tyrone – Artigravan HallU11 – Tuesdays – 6 to 7:3016/01/18 to 27/03/18 U13 – Tuesdays – 6 to 7:30pm23/01/18 to 20/03/18 The Future Warriors Program will be announced later today.

North West Under 11 Bowlers

North West Under 11

2018 North West Cups Drawn

 

No dates have yet been set for any of the cup rounds as Cricket Ireland and subsequently, the NWCU contemplate an extraordinarily busy 2018.

With what is building up to be an exceptionally busy season ahead, we hope to have the dates for the following fixtures out as soon as possible.

BANK OF IRELAND SENIOR CUP

Glendermott V Ballyspallen
Bready V Coleraine
Burndennett V Fox Lodge
Eglinton V Killyclooney
Ardmore  V Bonds Glen
Newbuildings V Drummond
Strabane V Donemana
St Johnston V Brigade

SAM JEFFREY SHIELD

Round 1

1. Drummond v Bonds Glen
2. Burndennett v Killyclooney
3. Ballyspallen v Newbuildings
4. Glendermott v St Johnston

Semi finals

Winner 1 v Winner 4
Winner 2 v Winner 3

QUALIFYING 1 CUP

1. Sion Mills v Bonds Glen II
2. Bready II v Donemana II
3. Eglinton II v Brigade II
4. Fox Lodge II v Ardmore II

Semi finals

Winner 1 v Winner 3
Winner 4 v Winner 2

QUALIFYING 2 CUP

1. Bready III v The Nedd
2. Limavady v Coleraine II
3. Newbuildings II v Glendermott II
4. Creevedonnell v Strabane II

Semi finals

Winner 3 v Winner 1
Winner 4 v Winner 2

QUALIFYING 3 CUP

1. Maghera v Ballyspallen II
2. Burndennett II v N Fermanagh
3. Donemana III v St Johnston II
4. Drummond II v Killyclooney II

Semi finals

Winner 1 v Winner 4
Winner 3 v Winner 2

QUALIFYING 4 CUP

1. Killyclooney III v Eglinton III
2. Fox Lodge III v Ardmore III
3. Bready IV (bye)
4. Coleraine III (bye)

Semifinals

Bready IV v Winner 1
Winner 2 v Coleraine III

 

Fixture dates will be available HERE when they have been published

NWCU | Autumn General Meeting | Eglinton

The North West Cricket Unions Autumn General Meeting will be held this coming Thursday night (30 November) at Eglinton CC starting at 7pm.

The meeting is a very important, as with major governance changes and a lot of potential rule changes to be made it is vital that all clubs attend and have their say.

Documents have already been sent out to club delegates so that they can have access to the proposals before the meeting- otherwise the meeting would last for hours.

We would encourage clubs to ensure that they have at least one representative at the meeting and that delegates have discussed the various proposals with members before voting.

North West Groundsman Job

Bready Seek Head Groundsman

Cricket Ireland are looking for a full-time Head Groundsman to manage the facility in Bready Cricket Club.

The applicant should be passionate and committed to delivering the highest standards of grounds maintenance creating a world class, enviable cricket pitch, and ensuring the long term maintenance and sustainability of the ground.

Based at the Bready Cricket Club and Centre of Excellence in Magheramason, the position will report into Bready Cricket Club Chairman of Grounds Committee.

The full job spec is available here

If this opportunity interests you, please email a CV and a covering letter addressed to Peter.McCartney@northwestcricket.com Please include “Head Groundsman” in the subject box of your email.

Closing date for applications is close of business Wednesday 6th December 2017.

Should you be successful in making the short-list following the application process, please note that interviews will take place the week commencing 11th December 2017.

Ireland Name Under 15 and 17 Training Squads

Cricket Ireland have named both their Under 15 and 17 winter training squads ahead of a busy schedule in 2018.

20 players have been named at Under 15 level and Lead Coach Brian Allen is happy with the talent that he and his fellow coaches will be helping grow and progress.

“As a coaching team we are very happy with the players who have made the squad, congratulate them and look forward to working together,” said Allen. “I can’t wait to get under way and assist the development of what are now potential test stars.

“We are excited to get this talented group of players together and as usual it’s far from an easy choice deciding who is included at this stage.

“There are numerous really talented cricketers not on this squad which we will also be keeping a close eye on and invite along to join us where possible so there is always room for players to reclaim their place,” added Allen.

There’s also a very talented batch of young cricketers at Under 17 level, and Lead Coach Nigel Jones can’t wait to help mould the next generation of Irish senior cricketers.

“I’m excited by the potential and balance of this squad,” said Jones. “Along with my fellow coaching group, we believe that we have selected an exciting group of players who will benefit greatly from an intense winter programme ahead of a busy 2018 schedule.

“The profile of the squad sees no fewer than eight players returning from the 2017 match programme and in addition to this we have named nine players who are effectively a year young qualifying for U16 level.  We believe that their (U16) development will be further supported by the returning squad players, who are essentially responsible for continuing to drive squad standards and culture, pushing this exciting group forward throughout 2018.

“I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Ireland U17 coaching management group to congratulate those who have been selected and to wish them well with the winter programme ahead,” concluded Jones.

U15 Winter Squad;
Ben Brownlee (LCU), Diarmuid Burke (LCU), Matthew Daly (NCU), Wilhelm de Klerk (LCU), Cameron Doak (NCU), Cian Egerton (MCU), Jamie Forbes (LCU), Matthew Humphreys (NCU), Stuart Kennedy (NWCU), James Lambert (NCU), Jack McGee (LCU), Nathan McGuire (LCU), Craig McKay (LCU), Robbie Millar (NWCU), Hugo Neville (LCU), James Rose (NCU), Tim Tector (LCU), Daniel Thorne (LCU), Sam Topping (NCU), Luke Whelan (LCU).


U17 Winter Squad;

Max Burton (NCU), Diarmuid Carey (MCU), Nathan Doak (NCU), JJ Garth (LCU), Gavin Hoey (LCU), James Hunter (NCU), Seanan Jones (MCU), Kyle Magee (NWCU), Reece Malone (NCU), Gregory McFaul (NWCU), Oliver Metcalfe (NCU), Cian Nulty (LCU), Marcus Poskitt (NWCU), Neil Rock (LCU), Scott Ruttle (LCU), Alex Stiles (LCU), Mitchell Thompson (LCU).

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Rob Cassell Looking Forward to Touring With Ireland Wolves

Rob Cassell Looking Forward to Touring With Ireland Wolves

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Ten years on from a previous visit to Ireland on retirement from playing, Rob Cassell returns to these shores with his wife and 10-month old son. Keen to live and work in this part of the world they had been discussing how and when it might what happen when Rob saw the Cricket Ireland role advertised.

“I knew of the potential growth of cricket in Ireland, so when I saw the role advertised, I was immediately interested. It was an absolute bonus that Test status was granted a few weeks after I was appointed,” Rob says.

All the touristy things were taken care of a decade ago and Cassell is more in favour of a “quiet life” now.

“We’ve only been here for two weeks and are loving it,” he says, “the Cricket Ireland staff and players have been so friendly and welcoming as have strangers walking along the coast in Malahide. The weather is not even that cold I even got sunburnt the other day!”

Whatever of the scorching temperatures in Malahide, the named storms around Belfast prevented any action against the West Indies in what would have been Cassell’s first game involved with Ireland. Instead, he’ll have to wait for the upcoming Wolves tour to Bangladesh to really get to work.

“It was a pity about the washout but I got to see a few of them warm up and bowl the day before. There is a lot to like with a good blend of experience and youth amongst the senior team. It was an enjoyable few days getting to meet all the players and staff.

“But I’m really keen to see the players perform in Bangladesh and get stuck into my role here. They will be physically and mentally challenging conditions for the players against some quality opposition so there is no better way to see how the players can adapt and cope with all that.

There is something about being on the road that helps a team bond so there’ll be plenty time to get to know all the players and staff,” Cassell continued.

The Irish bowling unit can expect to work hard in Bangladesh but Cassell isn’t expecting to walk in and crack the whip. “In my short time here I’ve already noticed there is some genuine desire and passion from the playing group to work hard and continually improve so there is no need to crack the whip just yet! I’d prefer to see the bowlers in matches before making too many suggestions or adjustments.”

Cassell will instead continue his successful coaching style of helping players find a method that works for him/her and not settling for merely being a good bowler. He is still searching for ways to do things better than the opposition – be it tactical or the way he trains.

“The best coaches I’ve seen in any sport have a never-ending search for improvement and constant reflection and refinement on ‘how can we do things better?’”, Cassell believes.

Cassell also described how he incorporates modern technology into his sessions. “When I’m working with the players I do use a few video and analysis apps and radar guns so I do think they can speed up a players learning and development if used well. Some players love seeing vision while others want to be told straight up so it’s about knowing how best to relay the information with each player.”

There are batch of talented fast bowlers who will soon come under Rob Cassell’s eye, some of whom guided the Under 19s to qualification for the ICC World Cup in New Zealand.

“I did hear about some of those names and have now seen some footage and gained some info from the Cricket Ireland underage coaches. I’m excited to see how they develop over the next few years,” Cassell says.
Indeed, Cassell is aware of the big few months coming up with the “Intercontinental Cup match and some World Cup qualifiers on the horizon and also the U19 World Cup so there’s plenty to keep me busy.”

There’s no doubting that Rob Cassell is well prepared for his role as Fast Bowling Lead with Cricket Ireland.
“I had spoken to a few other coaches who had either played or coached in Ireland and they all spoke highly of the place and people. I knew it was a obviously a constant battle with the climate and getting access to turf and indoor facilities but there are some exciting plans in place that should see a big improvement in facilities and resources within the next few months.

“I think the training facility in La Manga, Spain will be ideal for some Fast Bowling Camps with guaranteed sunshine and turf practice opportunities until the facilities are completed in Dublin.

“I had heard about the new First Class system which is a vital step and is key to us being successful as a Test nation. It will take some time to climb up the ICC rankings but hopefully this system will create some fierce competition for spots in the senior team and help fast track our youth,” he concluded.

Rob Cassell is involved in camp this week with the Ireland Wolves as they prepare for their 6-match tour to Bangladesh. His enthusiasm for developing and coaching the finest fast bowling talents in Ireland is infectious and beyond the current senior and senior academy squads, the Under 19 and 17 quicks should be mightily excited for the future.

Sion Mills Cricket club

From Sion Mills to Stormont – 1969 to 2017

 

Sion Mills Cricket Club

Sion Mills Cricket Club

Sion Mills Cricket Club is inextricably linked to two things: The Mill where 700 local people found work, and for whom the club was founded, and a single day in 1969 when a touring West Indies side were humbled by the “Gentlemen of Ireland”.

A number of Sion players made it on to the field that day, the most famous of whom was Ossie Colhoun. A fitter who worked in the mill, Ossie kept wicket for Ireland that day and represented Ireland on 87 occasions.

The other 699 staff in the mill were given the day off to watch the match and took advantage of the opportunity to see the West Indies in their back garden.

Sion Mills CC was always linked to the fortunes of the Mill as it was initially founded to provide recreation for the staff. In the ‘60s and ‘70s the Mill was thriving, the team was winning and the players were getting international recognition.

Sadly, the decline of the Mill signalled the beginning of the decline of the cricket club too. Not to mention, the football, tennis, bowls and handball that were all part of the haven of sport in Sion Mills.

I wasn’t alive when a team of household names from the Caribbean finished a test match at Lord’s in London and travelled via Belfast to Sion Mills, County Tyrone to play Ireland the next day.

However, the way in which the story of what transpired that day, has been passed from generation to generation and transcended cricket fans to make news all over the world, I sometimes feel like it’s a part of my history too.

Looking at the old video clips from the BBC and seeing batsman after batsman trudge back to the pavilion never fails to stir the spirit. While there recently, I made sure to stand in the same spot as the camera had been, while taking some photographs.

When I visited the club recently, I saw a club fighting hard to keep its’ head above water. And yet, the mantra of “There has to be a club here” survives.

Every member, every player and every officer is determined to keep their club alive. This is a club built on local values and family pride, fathers, uncles, grandfathers played for the club. One of the current squad drives from Ballina for every game.

This club will survive and may even thrive again through the hard work and dedication of the members, coaches and families in Sion Mills.

The club may have been founded for the workers of the Mill but it exists now for the people of the village.

It needs to continue for all the people who know very little about cricket but still say: “Sion Mills? Didn’t Ireland bowl the West Indies out for very little there in the ‘60s?”

Making cricket as mainstream as that story became would be fantastic for all the current club, provincial and international players in Ireland.

Our next opportunity to do so comes against the West Indies next Wednesday September 13th at Stormont. Will those of us lucky enough to be there next week be reminding our grandchildren about the time in 2017 when we beat the men from the Caribbean?

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North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

NORTH WEST COACHING CLINIC IN HORDEN

North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

The North West Junior Warriors demonstrated their true support of local cricket spending 90 minutes giving masterclasses to local children during their recent Hilton Series tour to the North East.

After a long hard day in the field against the NUSC, the 13 young Warriors stayed back at Horden to help coach their U11s squad including two U6s who had already scored runs for the U11s in competitive cricket and a young lad tipped to be a Taekwondo champion having already been selected for England.

North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

The evening covered fielding, batting, and competitive matches to end which was warmly received by all at Horden, and completed by all of the Warrior players with smiles on their faces making it a true experience for the Horden young cricketers.

Encouraging the message of the kids to be part of their club, the young cricketers were treated to a free meal in the clubhouse, encouraged to play pool, and watch sport on the TV at ‘their club’ alongside their coaches from the Warriors.

Wayne Birks, the outgoing Chairman of Horden CC added “I would like to thank the young Warrior players for their efforts and their spirit throughout the tour.  A very different evening to ones we run, but you could see the kids had enjoyed it, and I hope that the NWCU can agree on a Hilton Tour in 2018 as they will always be welcome down the Horden welfare’.

North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

David Bradley the NWCU administrator was quick to praise the tourists noting: “The NWCU would like to pay credit to John, Mark and the NWW tourists for making such a positive impact while in the North East.  As a union, it is very pleasing to receive nothing but positive feedback for the tourist’s efforts on and off the field.  It repays a lot of work needed to make the tours happen.  The tourists are also all aware praise is not cheapened in the North East, and they should all be proud of how they represented their union this week”.

North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

North West Run coaching clinic in Horden

Graham McCrea

Graham’s Hilton Series adventure

Graham McCrea

Graham McCrea

The North West Cricket Union had a 13th man on the field throughout their recent Hilton Series in umpire Graham McCrea.

Undertaking a ‘working holiday’, Graham flew over to Newcastle to umpire, experience the Hilton Series and enjoy the hospitality of title sponsors Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

The Hilton Series brought umpires together from over a 70-mile radius as colleagues for Graham and shows the diversity of ‘local’ umpires who stand in the Hilton Series.  Monday saw Graham working with ‘Geordie’ umpire Harry Richardson, who always has a great sense of fun with the players.  Then onto Brian Morris on day 2, who recently umpired a ECB 2nd X1 county match, and known for his clear decision-making process.  While on the last day, Graham worked with Derek Watchman, the former secretary of the North Yorkshire South Durham Premier league, and an umpiring assessor for the ECB ACO.

David Bradley, the NWCU administrator added “it is to Graham’s great credit he flew over at his own expense to advance his umpiring experiences.  I know he had an enjoyable time, met some unique people, experienced a wide array of cultures that the NUSC is known for, and again like the players has helped the union receive nothing but praise for the quality of our tourist.  Graham’s umpiring was noted by the NUSC as ‘outstanding’, and I would like to congratulate him on that as praise is not cheapened at NUSC”.

Mr. Bradley further noted “it is hoped more union umpires will seek to advance their experience by undertaking exchange opportunities the union is establishing, and if any do wish to participate, then I encourage them to contact me personally for details.

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