At the recent NWCU AGM, it was announced that Ian McGregor is set to take on an expanded coaching and talent development role in the Warriors set-up. McGregor has been Head Coach of the North West Warriors since 2015 and during his tenure, the Warriors have seen considerable improvement including an Interprovincial Championship-winning campaign last year.
Thompson, O’Brien & Gillespie pile on the runs for Warriors of Day 1
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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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
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).
Throughout the off-season ground-staff, volunteers, club members and club officials expend lots of time and energy preparing their club’s grounds and facilities for the new season.
The continuous upgrade of facilities and equipment maintains a club’s playing base, ensures more cricket can be played throughout the summer and attracts new players and members into clubs.
As part of Cricket Ireland’s 2016-2020 Strategic plan, the governing body aims to incentivise clubs to improve facilities through a ground improvement grant/subsidy scheme based on club accreditation standards.
This process provided significant grants to clubs around Ireland in 2016 and the application process for 2017 is now open.
Below are examples of the ways in which the clubs, via the provincial unions, accessed funds for various improvements and new purchases.
The eight clubs in the North West Cricket Union to receive grants were Ardmore, Ballyspallen, Bready, Bond’s Glen, Brigade, Eglinton, Fox Lodge and Strabane.
Bready, Fox Lodge and Strabane all used their grants for improved drainage, while Bond’s Glen and Eglinton sought new flat sheeting and domed pitch covers. Unfortunately these were all tested to the full during the wild summer storms in the north west of the country.
Ardmore and Brigade used their grant to secure mowers, while Ballyspallen brought artificial matting into their club on the back of their grant.
The 2017 Club Facilities Grant Fund is open now with all applications made through the Provincial Unions. The examples above show how clubs around the country spent money improving their facilities and equipment over the past year.
The grants issued can be spent in a wide variety of areas to improve or upgrade facilities within clubs. This in turn assists in the clubs in maintaining their playing base and attracting new members.
Any clubs interested in applying for funding under this grant scheme should contact their local union to find out more information on criteria, application and submission details.
The deadline for applications is October 31st, 2017.
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.
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)
Jamie Magowan (Wicket Keeper)
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)
McBrine Leads Warriors to victory
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
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)
IP20 Continues this friday
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)
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).
O’Brien and Lazars Deny Leinster from first win
The pair shared a fourth wicket stand of 132 in 36 overs, which occupied most of the morning session The duo showed all of their experience in denying a determined Lightning attack, for whom George Dockrell was the star performer.
O’Brien top scored with 87 from 192 balls (13 fours), while Lazars made a defiant 62 from 119 deliveries (11 fours).
Even after both were dismissed along with Andy McBrine, the Warriors middle order battled manfully, with determined resistance from Stuart Thompson (40), Johnny Thompson (25) and David Rankin (22). Craig Young even curbed his natural attacking instincts to use up what was to prove a crucial 36 deliveries.
Warriors were eventually dismissed in the 109th over, with Dockrell having the excellent analysis of 6 for 67 in a marathon effort, while there were two wickets apiece for Eddie Richardson and Peter Chase.
With a target of 167 in 17 overs, Lightning attacked from the off, but despite a brave effort could only manage 123 for 3 when the players shook hands on the draw – Jack Tector top scoring with an unbeaten 48.
Lightning lead the table by two points ahead of the Warriors and Knights.
All the teams are back in action tomorrow (FRI) in the IP20 Trophy, when the Warriors entertain Munster Reds at Eglinton, while the Knights have home advantage against Lightning at Shaw’s Bridge – both games get under way at 5pm.
Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship
Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors at Oak Hill, Day 3 of 3
North West Warriors 235 and 296 (108.4 overs; N O’Brien 87, S Lazars 62, S Thompson 40: G Dockrell 6-67)
Leinster Lightning 365-9 dec and 123-3 (16 overs; J Tector 48*, S Singh 27; S Thompson 2-17)
ED JOYCE’S 46th first-class century ensured Leinster Lightning maintained the upper hand on the second day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship match against North West Warriors at Oak Hill.
Joyce dominated Lightning’s innings, stroking 23 fours and two sixes as he top scored with 156 as Lightning posted 365 for 9 declared – a first-innings lead of 130.
Lorcan Tucker scored his maiden first-class half-century, hitting 56 from 119 balls (5 fours, 1 six) in a solid Lightning batting display.
Four players got into the twenties, with John Anderson making 29, and George Dockrell, Jack Tector and Simi Singh all scoring 27.
The Warriors attack battled manfully, with Andrew McBrine, Craig Young and David Scanlon all taking three wickets apiece.
With 17 overs to negotiate before the close of play The Warriors were soon in difficulty yet again, losing Irosh Samarasooriya, Ross Allen and Andrew Austin to finish the day on 44 for 3.
The Warriors face a daunting challenge to salvage anything on the final day, and much will depend on the experienced Niall O’Brien (16*) if they are to escape with a draw.
Play on Thursday gets under way again at 11am.
Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship
Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors at Oak Hill, Day 2 of 3
North West Warriors 235(87.2 overs; A McBrine 67, D Rankin 47: S Singh 3-59)and 44-3 (17 overs)
Leinster Lightning 365-9 dec (101.3 overs) E Joyce 156, L Tucker 56; C Young 3-70, D Scanlon 3-79, A McBrine 3-91