irish crickets senior and national cup

Senior Cup Washed Out In North West

Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup

irish crickets senior and national cup

This weekends heavy rain caused the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup ties between Coleraine & Waringstown, Bready & Pembroke, and Donemana & The Hills were abandoned and will be replayed on Sunday 18th of June

Meanwhile, In the National Cup, holders Rush beat Killyclooney by 9 wickets

There was no play possible in the game between Newbuildings and Knockharley, while Strabane were already through after they defeated Cregagh last week.

The quarter-final draws for both competitions will take place later today following the conclusion of the Cricket Ireland Board meeting.

Irish Senior Cup Second Round results

Instonians v Brigade at Shaw’s Bridge.

Instonians won by 114 runs (DLS)
Instonians 203-2 (38 overs; A White 86*, Nik Smith 53, S Getkate 30*)
Brigade 107 (23.4 overs; C Dixon 41, J Thompson 30; R McKinley 5-7, Nat Smith 2-31)

Coleraine v Waringstown at Sandel Lodge.

Match abandoned
Waringstown 97-3 (28.3 overs; J Hall 56*, G Thompson 25*)

Bready v Pembroke at Magheramason.

Match abandoned
Bready 33-0 (11.4 overs)

Donemana v The Hills at The Holm.

Match abandoned
Donemana 6-0 (2 overs)

Hanley Energy First First class Game Toss

Eglinton Host Inaugural First Class Game

Eglinton Host Inaugural First Class Match

For many a cricket fan the date, May 30th 2017, will live long in the memory. Delayed slightly by the rain, the first ball was bowled in a domestic First Class match between the North West Warriors and the Northern Knights. An historic occasion of that there is no doubt.

Craig Young was the man determined to write his name in to the history books across all the ‘firsts’ on the 30th. Taking the new ball he not only bowled the first ball of the first over, he bowled the first maiden, and to crown it all he took the first wicket with the last ball of his over.

This was the beginning of an outstanding bowling display from the Bready seamer who finished with his best first class figures of 5-37. Young was ably supported by his fellow international Stuart Thompson who took 3-32 as the Knights were dismissed for 130.

The only resistance coming from the skipper James Shannon who watched the wickets fall at the other end before he was the last man out for 71. A fine example of a captain’s innings in difficult circumstances.

The Warriors didn’t have it easy in their first dig and were 23/3 before Andy Mc Brine and Niall McDonnell, with 30 each, took them to a first innings lead of 37. Not before Nathan Smith had claimed 4-34 himself as the wickets continued to tumble apace.

This pace increased if anything when the Knights came back out to bat. Reduced to 19/5 there was a wonder of how many they would make the Warriors chase for victory. This was mainly down to the contribution of another Bready bowler, this time David Scanlon. He would finish with 5-29 but his spell after lunch should really have been the telling difference in this match.

Contributions from Shane Getkate, Greg Thompson and 43 not out from Robert McKinley left the Warriors chasing 125 for victory. They had a maximum of 23 overs to chase the victory on Day 2 and will they rue not going for it or be happy with the draw?

Day 3 started with the Warriors needing 77 runs with 8 wickets in hand but not a ball could be bowled due to the inclement weather. After three days, it was a draw and 11 points to the Warriors, 10 points to the Knights.

There were 5-fors from Craig Young and David Scanlon and a great innings from James Shannon. However, it’s probable that after being under pressure during most sessions of play, that the Knights left Eglinton a little happier for seeing the rainclouds move in.

For a complete fixture list of upcoming Hanley Energy Inter Provincial championship please see here

Cricket Ireland North West cricket Union

Teams Administration Manager Wanted

Cricket Ireland Seek An International Teams Administrator

Cricket Ireland is seeking to recruit an experienced, high performing, self-motivated, well organised and highly efficient International Teams Administration Manager, to ensure the efficient running of all Ireland International Teams.

The position is a permanent full-time role; reports into the Performance Director and is headquartered in North Dublin, although the role demands a national brief across both sides of the border.

Working closely with the Men’s Head Coach, Women’s Head Coach and Performance Director, the International Teams Administration Manager will have overall responsibility for the operations, logistics and general administration relating to the co-ordination, preparation and movement of all Ireland Teams (Senior Men and Wolves, Senior Women and A team, boys and girls Under 19, 17, 15 and 13). The successful candidate must be eligible to work in an EU country or have the required working visa.


The International Teams Administration Manager (ITAM) comes under the direct line management of the Performance Director and is accountable to him for the performance of their tasks. In turn, they have line management responsibility for the full-time Cricket Administration Assistant, and part-time cricket operations managers for the men’s, women’s and under 19 teams.

In fulfilling their primary purpose, they must work closely with Ireland Senior Men’s, Women’s and Youth Teams’ support staff (including management personnel, the Chair of National Selectors and other Ireland selectors, assistant coaches, specialist coaches, physiotherapists, psychologists and media manager) as well as all Ireland Teams’ players as appropriate.

They must also liaise with personnel from all indoor and outdoor high performance facilities, including the CI high performance centre. Of special importance is their relationship with the Ireland Men’s and Women’s Team Operations Managers whose administrative function is specifically targeted at the day-to-day support of the Ireland senior teams during competition. The ITAM deals directly with the ICC, overseas Boards and all CI departments on Ireland Team administrative matters. They also serve as the main point of contact for all senior men’s and women’s incoming touring teams as regards their tour arrangements.


To play a key role in the initiation and monitoring of the International Teams’ budgets including those for the incoming senior men’s and women’s touring teams. Within these allocated budgets, provide the necessary administrative support to Ireland players, team management staff, and all other personnel working within the International Teams areas, ensuring the administrative readiness of the Ireland Teams for international competition at home and abroad and associated team preparation periods. Co-ordinate the production of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for incoming senior touring teams and ensure that all necessary hosting arrangements are in place for these teams.


This role requires a considerable amount of flexibility and out of hours working. The job description is only a summary of the role as it currently exists and is not exhaustive or comprehensive. The responsibilities and accountabilities might differ from those outlined and other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job.


The package will include a competitive salary range commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience, and include healthcare, mobile phone and laptop for business use. Complimentary gym and swimming pool membership will also be available subject to current DCU arrangements.


The closing date for applications will be Wednesday 15th May, 9am local time.

A detailed letter of application and full CV should be sent by email to with the subject ‘International Teams Administration Manager’ and will be confidential.

Interviews will be held on Monday 22nd May.

If this opportunity interests you, please email a CV and a covering letter addressed to Recruitment, Please include International Teams Administration Manager” in the subject box of your email.



Hanley Energy InterPro Series 2017 Launch

Cricket Ireland Launch the Hanley Energy InterPro Series 2017


Players from Leinster Lightning, NW Warriors and the Northern Knights met today at the official launch of the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial series which gets under way on Monday when defending champions Leinster Lightning take on North West Warriors at The Hills (10.45am).

Lightning start the strongest of favourites to make it a treble of clean sweeps, given the strength and depth of their squad – which includes no fewer than 11 senior internationals for the opening clash.
Ed Joyce is poised to make his Lightning debut in the fixture after he made the decision to limit his county career with Sussex in order to concentrate on Irish inter-provincial cricket – a major factor being the enhanced first-class and List-A status that the games will have this season.
Senior Irish international George Dockrell admitted that the elevation of the games by the ICC was a development welcomed by all the participants. “It’s absolutely fantastic for all the players that the competition will have first-class and List-A status,” said Dockrell. “It gives it that extra step, that certificate of approval. It’s a great step forward for Irish cricket to get that tick from ICC that our games are worthy of first-class status and hopefully keeps us on the right track to get Test cricket.

Dockrell accepts that Lightning are favourites to retain their titles but realises that the other Unions will be challenging hard.

We have fantastic depth with talented cricketers not just in the team but in the entire squad. There are some tremendous young cricketers in the Leinster set-up who are all challenging hard for places and that keeps the pressure on the senior players. I think it’s great that we have an inter-provincial side that has that level of class throughout it. It’s good that we also have these younger players who have played in international competitions like U19 World Cups knocking on the door, and along with the likes of Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien, Peter Chase, Andy Balbirnie and myself who have played first-class cricket. It’s a good blend which can only help the standard of cricket in the region and beyond in Irish cricket as a whole,” added Dockrell.
We’ll certainly be targeting another treble but it’ll be one step at a time. We were pushed last year by both the Warriors and Knights in some close games but came out the right side. I think it’s important we don’t become complacent and keep our foot on the gas and try to be as clinical as possible. We know if we play 100% to our potential then we can win those three trophies, but it certainly won’t be easy.”
The first game of the campaign is at The Hills, a venue which makes Lightning feel right at home.
It’s always a great pitch there, a super setting for cricket and there should be a decent crowd. Every time we’ve played the Warriors there has been a good game and I’d expect the same again on Monday. We have a fully fit squad to choose from and everyone is raring to go. We just can’t wait for the season to get under way, to get out there and hopefully get the first win.”
In another new initiative, Munster Reds will participate for the first time in the event, playing in the T20 Trophy, a decision welcomed by Dockrell.
I think it’s great for Irish cricket. We know the game is growing in Ireland, with more and more teams all around the country, and it’s very welcome to have a team from Munster, who have produced some very good cricketers in recent years. It’s great that these guys have a chance to play against the best cricketers in the country, and I know everyone is looking to playing against them,” concluded the Leinster left-armer.
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth echoed Dockrell’s sentiments, and was confident the growth and elevation of the tournament would be an unqualified success.
2017 will be a historic year for the Inter-Provincial competitions,” said Holdsworth. “First time participants, Munster Reds, are now playing in the Hanley Energy IP T20 Trophy, which had List A status granted late last year by the ICC.”

It will give a much greater focus to the T20, with two matches now taking place simultaneously – mainly on Friday evenings – across the four Provinces. These developments will hopefully help to improve Ireland in this format ahead of the next year ICC World T20 Qualifier. Cricket in Munster will receive a great boost which will aid the development and promotion of the game in the Province.

The IP50 Cup will continue with three teams and now has List A status also, whilst for the first time in the of history Irish Cricket, the 3-day Championship will have First Class status, which we anticipate both the players and the public will now hold in higher regard.”
Clive Gilmore, CEO of Hanley Energy was delighted to be sponsoring the series for the third year saying: “Hanley Energy are proud to sponsor for the third year running the Inter-Provincial Series 2017. Having achieved first-class status by ICC makes this one of the most historic events on the Irish cricket calendar.
With a strong sense of optimism, I wish all participating teams every good wish for what is guaranteed to be an exciting Inter-Provincial season.
For details of the 2017 Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series, please visit
Leinster Lightning v NW Warriors, Monday May 1 at The Hills (10:45am)
John Anderson (Captain – Merrion), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), Peter Chase (Malahide), George Dockrell (Leinster / Dublin University), Jamie Grassi (North County), Ed Joyce (Merrion), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Josh Little (Pembroke), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Eddie Richardson (North County), Simi Singh (YMCA), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Sean Terry (The Hills).

Andy McBrine (Capt) (Donemana), Andy Britton (Brigade), Ricky-Lee Dougherty (Donemana), Aaron Gillespie (Strabane), Steve Lazars (Coleraine), Gary McClintock (Donemana), Niall O’Brien, David Rankin (Bready), Irosh Samarasooriya (Bready), Johnny Thompson (Brigade), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Craig Young (Bready).

For more news on the North West Warriors CLICK HERE



NW Women Vs Leinster CC 1

North West Women Win Game 1 Vs Leinster CC

NW Women Vs Leinster CC 1The NW Women’s team got their season off to a winning start with a hard-fought win over Leinster CC at a blustery and bitterly cold Burndennett.

Batting first Leinster got off to a strong start with Irish internationals Amy Kenealy and Rebecca Rolfe sharing an opening stand of 59.

The introduction of Vanessa Buchanan brought immediate rewards as she had Rolfe stumped by the impressive Julie Logue for 17, and then trapped Kenealy lbw for a top score of 31.

Her Bready team mate Stephanie Wilkinson then produced a wonderful spell to put the NW on top, claiming 3 for 19 as a youthful Leinster went from 59 for 0 to 96 for 7.

Vanessa Kaleda hit an unbeaten 18, and Ellen Ridgeway made 15 as Leinster finished on 116 for 7.

The feeling at the half-way stage was that the score was about par, but the NW opening pairing of Julie Logue and Emma Allen set about their task with relish.

Former international Logue delighted the home crowd with three consecutive boundaries as she and Allen started the chase positively.

Logue had reached 23 when she was attempted one big hit too many and was bowled by Mary-Kate McLoughlin.

Allen (25) and Angie Porter (15) took the score to 76 for 1, and a comfortable win looked on the cards.

However Vanessa Kaleda had other ideas as she bowled with pace and control to take 3 for 14, and suddenly the NW were wobbling.

However, helped by the cool head of Amy Caufield (18*), and a number of extras, the NW secured a four-wicket win.

The sides are back in action today at the same venue in a T20 contest – action at Burndennett gets under way at 1.30pm

NWU v Leinster CC

Friday, April 14 2017

NWU Women Won By 4 wickets

NWU Women won toss and decided to field

Leinster CC Ladies 1

Rebecca Rolfe          st                  b V Buchanan           17
Amy Kenealy           lbw               b V Buchanan           31
Ellen Ridgeway       c R Moore  b S Wilkinson            15
Aoife Livingston                           b S Wilkinson            1
Sue OConnor           c J Rankin  b S Wilkinson             5
Sarah Ingram          run out(R Moore)                           3
Jenny Sparrow        c J Logue     b R Moore                  1
Vanessa Kaleda       not out                                              18
Rhiann Slevin          not out                                              2
Extras                        4nb 15w 2lb 2b                               23
Total 116 for 7 (30.0 overs)

Bowler            O         M          R         W
A Dazell          5.0       0         26         0
J Rankin         5.0       0         11          0
A Caulfield     3.0       0         11          0
Z Craig            4.0       0         22         0
V Buchanan   6.0       0         13          2
S Wilkinson   5.0       0         19          3
R Moore         2.0       0         10          1

NWU Women

J Logue                        b Mary-Kate McLaughin                   23
E Allen                         c Jenny Sparrow b Rhiann Slevin   25
A Porter                       b Vanessa Kaleda                                15
A Caulfield                  not out                                                   18
J Rankin                      lbw b Vanessa Kaleda                          1
E Neely                        c and b Vanessa Kaleda                       6
H Magee                      run out(Amy Kenealy)                         1
S Wilkinson                not out                                                     3
Extras                           1nb 21w 2lb 1b                                     25
Total 117 for 6 (25.0 overs)

Bowler                                 O M R W Wd Nb S/r Econ
B Diamond                        3.0 0 28 0 3 (3) 0 (0) 0.00 9.33
Mary-Kate McLaughin   5.0 0 23 1 2 (2) 0 (0) 32.00 4.60
Sarah Ingram                   2.0 0 8 0 4 (4) 0 (0) 0.00 4.00
Vanessa Kaleda                6.0 1 14 3 2 (2) 1 (1) 13.00 2.33
Rhiann Slevin                   2.0 0 14 1 5 (5) 0 (0) 17.00 7.00
Sue OConnor                    5.0 1 17 0 2 (2) 0 (0) 0.00 3.40
Amy Kenealy                     2.0 0 10 0 3 (3) 0 (0) 0.00 5.00


North West Cricket Union

Further Clarification on First Class Player Rule

The North West Issue Further Clarification on First Class Cricketers

The North West Cricket Union have clarified the ruling on first-class players being allowed to play in NW cricket.

Ardmore had been exploring the possibility of signing Niall O’Brien in addition to an overseas player.

However the North West have ruled this out, citing rule 14.19 (see below) which is quite clear in preventing his signing.

There are exemptions, such as matches for Ireland in the InterContinental Cup, and domestic first-class matches.

Players such as Boyd Rankin and William Porterfield could return to play for Bready and Donemana/Killyclooney respectively, but wouldn’t be allowed to play for any other NW club.

The Union allowed Graeme McCarter to play for Coleraine in their title winning campaign in 2015, despite his first-class games with Gloucestershire – however, this was an oversight at the time.

14.19 Clubs may normally register only one player with ‘First Class’ experience. In certain circumstances clubs will be allowed to play an extra player with ‘First Class’ experience subject to that player having graduated through the club he is registered for. Clubs will be limited to a maximum of two ‘First Class’ players that shall include the current overseas player if he has ‘First Class’ experience. Players must be registered within the usual guidelines. The COC shall be the sole judge as to if a player is eligible.

The following conditions shall apply:-
a. The 2nd ‘First Class’ player shall be ineligible to play in NWCU Cup competitions
b. The 2nd ‘First Class’ player shall be ineligible to play in Play-Off games
c. ‘First Class’ games played for Ireland or for an Interprovincial team shall not be included when making a decision as to if a player is ‘First Class

For further clarification on the rules, please see HERE


General Manager Appointed

Peter McCartney Appointed North West General Manager

Peter McCartney has been unveiled as the North West Cricket Unions General Manager the newly-created post which is set to take effect from mid-April onwards.

Funded jointly by Cricket Ireland, ICC and Sport NI, the General Manager job will see Peter work closely with the other new incumbents in Leinster and the NCU as the parent body moves to strengthen the support structure at all levels throughout the island.

The new GM is no stranger to the boardroom, and as well as being the Union Treasurer for the past four years, Peter also runs the family Accountancy firm.

He will now become largely responsible for overseeing the organisation and development of the game both at local level and beyond while ensuring the success of the North West strategic plan and obviously that of Cricket Ireland.

Given his standing within the North West, this is likely to be an appointment warmly welcomed across the board.
Speaking on behalf of the Union, Chairman Andrew Fleming was more than happy that they had got their man.

“Firstly – the fact the funding being available to employ such a position is a huge boost for cricket in the North West and secondly to be able to appoint someone of Peter’s credentials, experience and work ethic is an added bonus.”

“We are very fortunate with the team of people, both professional and volunteers, who work for, and on behalf of the Union, and with the professional leadership that Peter will bring I am excited by the potential that this will unleash for the benefit of all clubs, players and officials.”

And as for the man himself, he was clearly looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“I’m delighted to be appointed as General Manager of the NWCU. Our clubs are the foundation of the NWCU and I am looking forward to working not only with them but also with the volunteers and the NWCU Board to help drive cricket forward in this region.”
“At Provincial and International level these truly are exciting times for cricket in Ireland. I believe the North West has a big part to play in these developments and I will be working closely with our fellow Provincial Unions and Cricket Ireland to help achieve success both on and off the field”



Ulster Uni & Cricket Ireland New Partnership

New partnership with Ulster Uni in NWCU & NCU

As part of the two-year agreement, Cricket Ireland will enhance its level of support for training and development of its players, coaches and managers through access to the university’s specialist sporting facilities, staff and resources.

The collaboration with Ulster University, an establishment steeped in elite sporting success, will provide academic opportunities for elite cricket players based in the Ulster region.

The agreement will see Cricket Ireland contracted players, Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial players and members of the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy have access to world class training facilities at the University’s three sports facilities.

Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director with Cricket Ireland said, “This new partnership with Ulster University is extremely important to our athletes based in the North and North-West, and we are extremely excited by the opportunities which will emanate from the agreement.

“Our National Performance Squad, Inter-Provincial and Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy players will benefit from using both the indoor and outdoor training facilities and strength and conditioning gyms at the University of Ulster’s campuses in Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee, which is of great support to their future development.

“We also hope that more of our young talented cricketers will stay in Northern Ireland and study at the University through our new links and opportunities, which will only enhance their development as people and cricketers.”

As part of a partnership between Cricket Ireland, the Northern Cricket Union, Antrim & Newtownabbey Council, Cliftonville Cricket Club and the University, over £100k of facility development has been completed at the Jordanstown campus, where new outdoor artificial practice and playing surfaces have been laid to complement an array of indoor halls currently used by cricketers at all levels.

Dr Nigel Dobson, Head of Sports Services at Ulster University added: “Through our world-class sporting facilities, expert coaching, performance sport expertise and flexible approach to education, Ulster University is inspiring and supporting cricket players at all levels from local community clubs to international squads teams. The partnership with Cricket Ireland further cements the University’s commitment to helping the sport thrive across Ireland.”


Clubs Well Represented On level 2

Eight Clubs Upskill New Coaches

Eight clubs were represented on the recent Cricket Ireland Level 2 course held over the past four weekends in the North West Cricket Union.

Over the three weekends, the coaches developed their knowledge and skills in a number of areas. The coaches will now go onto work with their clubs and schools before their final assessments.

William Creighton (Limavady)
Alistair Rowan (Maghera)
Gary Neely (Ardmore)
Malcom McCurry (Ballyspallen)
Leighton McGarrigle (Creevedonnell/Strabane)
Lee Williamson (Creevedonnell)
David Mills (North Fermanagh)
Asif Qadeer (Sligo)
Conor Brolly (Ardmore)

The Course organised and subsidised through the North West Cricket Unions Active Clubs Coordinator, Colin Manson, and the Derry Midweek League. The course was held in three venues (Bready Cricket Centre, Artigarvan Hall & The Vale Centre) over three weekends.

The course was lead by the North Wests Active Clubs Coordinator, Colin Manson, and Cricket Ireland Coach Development Manager, Michael Hingston, with specialist assistance from former National Development Manager, Tim Simmonite.

For more information on upcoming courses and coaching CONTACT US


Ten Complete Umpire Course

Ten New Umpire Complete Level 1

Ten new umpires have qualified to officiate in the North West cricket Union, including the first female official. The course held over the past 4 weeks, lead by tutors David Caldwell and Dermot Ward, saw the new umpires improve their knowledge and skills around the rules and regulations of cricket.

Each of the umpires were given a pack with various information and equipment to help them, they will now progress through a mentoring program with senior umpires in the North West to develop them further. The Umpire also become members of NIACUS (North of Ireland Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers)

The ten new umpire in the North West are;

Glyn King (Ardmore)

Joseph Brolly (Armore)

Kevin Brolly (Ardmore)

David Killen,

Melanie Killen

Andy Stevenson (Glendermott)

David Tosh

Graham Moore

Cameron Knight (Bready)

Fernandes Suganthara.

David & Melanie Killen are son and daughter of the current NW official Clarke Killen.

Well done all and we look forward to seeing you our in white (or red) coats this season.

For more information on umpires, umpiring and how to become and umpire CONTACT US

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