CRICKET: Lightning and Knights win in T20 openers

Leinster Lightning started the defence of their Hanley Energy T20 Trophy with a comprehensive 56-run bonus point win at Bready against the North West Warriors

Lisburn captain Adam Berry

Cricket: Lisburn captain Adam Berry ready for crunch Muckamore clash

Potentially you can make a case this weekend for any of the four premier league fixtures having top billing; given that despite each side having played two fixtures, only Carrickfergus remain unbeaten and only CSNI are pointless.

Northern Knights coach Simon Johnston

Northern Knights coach Simon Johnston urges players to win Ireland places

Northern Knights coach Simon Johnston has dangled the carrot of Ireland selection in front of his players ahead of the interprovincial season getting under way tonight.

Muckamore's Ifty Hussain made a crucial contribution against Waringstown at Moylena

Muckamore are in dreamland

Waringstown were sensationally eliminated from the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup on Saturday.

Newbuildings Cricket Club.


There was a break from regular league and cup action around the North West this weekend as the group stages of this season's Faughan Valley and Eric Cooke cup were played out around the region.

It would have been so different for Lisburn had cricket stars not been taken by other sports

It would have been so different for Lisburn had cricket stars not been taken by other sports

Cricket has long been a poor relation when it comes to competing with the likes of football and rugby for the cream of talented young sportsmen.

Ireland's Ed Joyce

CRICKET: Ireland beaten by Bangladesh at Malahide

Ireland were well beaten by Bangladesh in the fourth game of the Walton Tri Nation series at Malahide yesterday after the Tigers left the Dublin venue with a convincing eight-wicket victory.

Rory McIlroy

GOLF: On-going rib injury forces Rory McIlroy out of Wentworth

Rory McIlroy will miss next week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth due to an on-going rib injury.

Andrew Cowden has cited family and work commitments for his decision to step down

Andrew Cowden: Why I’ve stepped down as CSNI captain

Andrew Cowden says now is the right time to step down as captain of NCU Premier League strugglers CSNI.

Andrew Cowden on his way to a man-of-the-match display in the 2014 Challenge Cup final

Cricket: Andrew Cowden quits CSNI captaincy

Andrew Cowden has quit the captaincy of NCU Challenge Cup holders Civil Service North after just three weekends of the new cricket season.

Ryan Haire of Muckamore

Cricket: Muckamore handed trip to Irish Cup holders

NCU Premier League new boys Muckamore have been handed a daunting trip to holders Merrion in the second round of this year’s competition.

Nikolai Smith made a crucial contribution for Instonians against Waringstown

Inst show title winning class

It’s stretching things to declare that the outcome of a match on the third weekend of the season could ultimately decide a league title, but Instonians’ victory over Waringstown on Saturday may yet be hugely significant in the final analysis.

Anthony Martin. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

CRICKET: Phoenix on the rise at Carrick’s expense

Carrickfergus is the place to go if you want runs - unfortunately, on Saturday most of them were flying off Phoenix bats.

Former Ulster Rugby coach Neil Doak with his 'man-of-the-match' award from Neil Hunter (director, Arthur J Gallagher) in the Challenge Cup victory for Lisburn over Armagh.

CRICKET: NCU progress as four march on in Irish Senior Cup

Those with long memories may recall the last time that six NCU sides made the second round of the Irish Senior Cup - but Saturday was without doubt one the finest overall performances in recent history.

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye
Cricket: NCU Premier League
Teams: Instonians v CIYMS
Venue: Shaw's Bridge
Date:29th April 2017
Caption: Nigel Jones, CIYMS in full flight

Cricket: NCU clubs have quality to progress in Irish Cup

Usually when I preview the first round of the Irish Senior Cup I lament on the recent poor record of NCU sides in the competition.

Jason van der Merwe was the first winter departure from CSNI

A club all too used to fighting battles, ‘North’ must bounce back yet again from hardship

They might be one of the great bastions of NCU and Ulster cricket, but ‘North’ have been through more than their fair share of near crises over the past two decades.

Tamin Iqbal batting for Bangladesh against Ireland at Stormont. (Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye)

CRICKET: Ireland Wolves beaten by Bangladesh

Bangladesh got their tour off to a winning start against Ireland Wolves at sunny Stormont yesterday as the visitors began their warm-up for the forthcoming tri-nations with an emphatic 199-run victory.

William Porterfield of Ireland

CRICKET: Ireland lose to England at Lords

Jonny Bairstow delivered another reminder of his brilliant limited-overs batting in England’s series-sealing victory over Ireland, but is not sure he can get into the first-choice Champions Trophy XI.

England's Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root congratulate each other after victory during the first Royal London One Day International at The Brightside Ground, Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 5, 2017. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the ECB. Still image use only. No moving images to emulate broadcast. No removing or obscuring of sponsor logos.

Why Ireland are desperate to take part in the dying sport that is Test match cricket

If anything summed up the plight of Test match cricket it was this week’s enthralling battle between West Indies and Pakistan.

Irelands William Porterfield in action against England

CRICKET: Ireland humbled by dominant England

Eoin Morgan congratulated Adil Rashid on bouncing back from his “tough winter” after the leg-spinner’s maiden five-wicket haul set England on the fast track to victory over Ireland.

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