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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


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.


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

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.

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).

North West Run 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.

Warriors Go With Youth For Final Game

The Warriors have named a mixture of youth and experience in their squad for their final Interprovincial fixture of the season- a 3-day match against Leinster Lightning starting at Bready on Wednesday (11 am).

One new face has made the 12- the rapidly improving Bready bowler Reece Kelly, while Brigade‘s Ryan Macbeth and Fox Lodge spinner Aaron Heywood could both add to their one appearance each so far.

David Barr keeps his place after an excellent summer while man-in-form Davy Scanlon looks sure to speahead the attack in a squad where Ian McGregor has opted to go without an overseas influence.

There’s still no Craig Young although Stuart Thompson, Johnny Thompson and Aaron Gillespie along with the Bready skipper will give Andy McBrine plenty of options against a quality Lightning side.

Niall O’Brien returns too and his presence is sure to give the batting a boost as the Warriors look for the win that would keep the Championship race open.

Just one change, David Delany in for Simi Singh, for the Leinster Lightning ahead of their two matches in two weeks which will decide the destination of the Hanley Energy Interprovincial Championship title for 2017.

The Northern Knights lead the way on 29 points but while the Leinster Lightning sit in third place on 21 points at the moment, they do have a match in hand on both the Knights and the North West Warriors.

The penultimate match of the IPC season takes place at Bready Cricket Club from Wednesday August 30th to Friday September 1st.

The Leinster Lightning are able to select a strong, settled squad for this match. The notable absentee is Simi Singh who is being rested, with a slight shoulder problem, in advance of Ireland’s clash with the West Indies. As a result, Clontarf’s David Delany receives his first call-up this year.

Hanley Energy IPC, North West Warriors v Leinster Lightning, Bready CC, Wednesday August 30th – Friday September 1st, 11am start

North West Warriors Squad;

A McBrine (capt) (Donemana)
R Allen (Eglinton)
D Barr (Brigade)
A Gillespie (Strabane)
A Heywood (Fox Lodge)
R Kelly (Bready)
R Macbeth (Brigade)
N O’Brien (Natwich)
D Rankin (Bready)
D Scanlon (Bready)
J Thompson (Brigade)
S Thompson (Eglinton)


Leinster Lightning squad;

John Anderson (c) (Merrion)
Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke)
Peter Chase (Malahide)
David Delany (Clontarf)
George Dockrell (v/c) (Dublin University / Leinster)
Ed Joyce       (Merrion)
Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union)
Eddie Richardson (North County)
Jack Tector (YMCA)
Sean Terry (The Hills)
Lorcan Tucker (w/k) (Pembroke)

Exciting Finale in Store For Haney Energy IP20



The Leinster Lightning travel to Cork on Friday, hoping to secure their second piece of silverware of the season. Defeat against the North West Warriors last time out, brought the Warriors back into contention for the Hanley Energy IP20 Trophy.

The Lightning secured the IP50 Cup without playing last Sunday and will be keen to wrap up the Trophy on Friday evening. The game represents a final opportunity to secure the T20 title; having failed to pick up the one point required last time out against the North West Warriors in Merrion Cricket Club.

Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and Peter Chase have been held back by Cricket Ireland as a precaution in advance of the upcoming Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands. That means a recall for Merrion’s Tom Stanton and a first call-up this year for Stephen Doheny of Rush. Josh Little comes in to the squad for Chase.

The Munster Reds, meanwhile, have announced an unchanged squad ahead of their final game of the IP20 Series.

They’ll have Irish-selected opener Jack Tector on their side, while his brother Harry joins Aaron Cawley, Max Neville and Rory Anders in all securing Ireland’s place at the U19 World Cup next year. Their experiences in Jersey will stand to them no end.

The Clontarf duo of Robert Forrest and David Delany helped their team to Leinster T20 glory a few weeks ago, and will soon face Reds team-mates Cawley, Stephan Grobler, Gary King and Cormac Hassett in the All-Ireland semi-final at Lisburn on the 20th August.

The game begins at 5pm, and with free admission, a barbecue, refreshments, and plenty for the kids too.

While the Leinster Lightning are the firm favourites to wrap up this format on the back of last week’s IP Cup win, the North West Warriors will be hoping the Munster Reds make the trip to the Mardyke a difficult one for the Lightning.

Should the Lightning lose and the Warriors defeat the Northern Knights, the Warriors could yet win the Hanley Energy IP20 Trophy themselves.

Craig Young remains unavailable as his workload is managed, however Aaron Gillespie returns and Aaron Heywood retains his place courtesy of some big performances for Fox Lodge.

As the Northern Knights cannot win the IP 20 competition the selectors have decided to look at some of the Emerging Knights in this fixture. Included in the squad are: John Matchett, Mark Berry, Alex Haggan and Jamie Magowan.

An intriguing finale to the Hanley Energy IP20 is guaranteed.

Hanley Energy IP20, Munster Reds v Leinster Lightning, 11th August, Mardyke, 5pm.

Munster Reds Squad:

Stephan Grobler (Cork County)
Aaron Cawley (Cork County)
Yaqoob Ali (Co Kerry)
Cormac Hassett (Cork County)
Gary King (Cork County)
Jack Tector (YMCA)
Harry Tector (YMCA)
Jamie Grassi (North County)
Max Neville (Merrion)
Rory Anders (Phoenix)
David Delany (Clontarf)
Robert Forrest (Clontarf)

Leinster Lightning Squad

John Anderson (c) (Merrion)
Peter Chase (Malahide)
Gareth Delany (Leinster)
George Dockrell (v/c) (Dublin University / Leinster)
Stephen Doheny (Rush)
Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
Eddie Richardson (North County)
Simi Singh (YMCA)
Max Sorensen (The Hills)
Tom Stanton (Merrion)
Sean Terry (The Hills)
Lorcan Tucker (w/k) (Pembroke)

Hanley Energy IP20, Northern Knights v North West Warriors, 11th August, Belmont, (CIYMS CC), 5pm

Northern Knights Squad

James Shannon (Captain)
Adam Berry
Chris Dougherty
Shane Getkate
Alex Haggan
Gary Kidd
Robert McKinley
Jamie Magowan (Wicket Keeper)
John Matchett
Jacob Mulder
Nikolai Smith
Greg Thompson

North West Warriors Squad

Andy McBrine (c) (Donemana)
Ross Allen (Eglinton)
David Barr (Brigade)
Andy Britton (Brigade)
Ricky-Lee Dougherty (Donemana)
Aaron Gillespie (Strabane)
Aaron Heywood (Fox Lodge)
David Rankin (Bready)
Jonny Robinson (Brigade)
David Scanlon (Bready)
Johnny Thompson (Brigade)
Stuart Thompson (Eglinton)

Warriors Defeat Munster Reds | IP20

McBrine Leads Warriors to victory

In the Hanley Energy IP20 at Eglinton, An unbeaten half century from Andy McBrine was the catalyst for the North West Warriors’ 25-run win over Munster Reds.

The skipper’s 52 from 25 balls included 4 fours and a six from the last five deliveries of the home side’s innings that allowed them to post 142 for 5 from their 20 overs.

Spinner Harry Tector had earlier returned figures of 4-21 to reduce the Warriors to 62-5 after 12 overs before McBrine and his Donemana captain Ricky-Lee Dougherty added an unbroken 80 from just 49 balls late on.

David Rankin’s 26 and 19 from Graham Kennedy was the best of the top order, but the visitors’ reply started equally poorly as David Scanlon (3-19) picked up the wickets of both openers, Jamie Grassi and Jack Tector, in his first over.

Two wickets apiece for Johnny Thompson, Andy Britton and Steve Lazars then had the Reds reduced to 60-6 before David Delany threatened to haul them back into it.

The Clontarf man’s 25 along with Harry Tector (11) added 37 for the 7th wicket but once Delany was caught on the boundary by William McClintock off Andy Britton, the game was up.

Next up for the Warriors is Leinster Lightning at Bready on Sunday week in the 50-over format while it’s another four weeks now before both teams are back in T20 action.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20

At Eglinton,

NW WARRIORS 142-5 (20 overs; A McBrine 52*, D Rankin 26, RL Dougherty 24*, H Tector 4-21)
MUNSTER REDS 117 all out (17.4 overs; D Delany 25, D Scanlon 3-19, J Thompson 2-19, A Britton 2-24, S Lazars 2-27)

Hanley Energy IP20 Round 3

IP20 Continues this friday

North West Warriors Munster Reds IP20 EglintonAt the end of a momentous week for Cricket Ireland the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20’s continue in their usual Friday night slot.

The Northern Knights host the Leinster Lightning, at Instonians CC captained by James Shannon. Craig Lewis, Jamie Magowan, James McCollum and Lee Nelson have been added to the squad that played against the North West Warriors in Strabane. Stephen Bunting is unavailable due to injury.

The Lightning selectors have opted for a largely unchanged squad. Kevin O’Brien and Tyrone Kane return to the T20 squad having missed last week’s victory over the Munster Reds through injury. Andrew Balbirnie misses out with a reoccurrence of his hip injury sustained during the current 3-day match in Oak Hill.

Meanwhile at Eglinton the North West Warriors host the Munster Reds. The Reds make just one change with Morne Bauer unavailable. The Warriors make three changes to the team that drew with Leinster in the 3-Day championship match at Oak Hill this week.

At the halfway stage of the IP20 series Leinster Lightning lead the way with fourteen points, with the Northern Knights in third place with four points. Leinster Lightning defeated the Northern Knights in Dublin by seven wickets on the 9th June.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial T20

North West Warriors v Munster Reds, Eglinton, 5pm

North West Warriors

A McBrine (Donemana)
S Thompson (Eglinton)
C Young (Bready)
D Rankin (Bready)
W McClintock (Donemana)
J Thompson (Brigade)
A Britton (Brigade)
S Lazars (Coleraine)
RL Dougherty (Donemana)
G Kennedy (Ballyspallen)
D Scanlon (Bready)
R Allen (Eglinton)

Munster Reds

Stephan Grobler capt. (Cork County),
David Delany (National Academy/Clontarf),
Arslan Anwar (Co Kerry),
Muhammad Saddique (Cork County),
Yaqoob Ali (Co Kerry),
Robert Forrest (Clontarf),
Nicolaas Pretorius (Phoenix),
Rory Anders (National Academy/Phoenix),
Jamie Grassi (National Academy/North County),
Max Neville (National Academy/Merrion),
Harry Tector (National Academy/YMCA),
Jack Tector (National Academy/YMCA).

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