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NCU CRICKET: Crunch time in Premier League

As we enter the second half of July, games start to take on more significance in the Gardiner Brothers Premier League.

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Greg Thompson of Waringstown. Rowland White / PressEye

T20 FINALS DAY: Thompson expecting another tight encounter

On Sunday, the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Finals Day takes place at The Lawn.

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Ireland international, Craig Young returns to the North West Warriors squad for the penultimate round of T20 matches against Leinster Lightning.

CRICKET: Norh West Warriors team named for T20 game against Leinster Lighting

Ian McGregor has named his Warriors squad for the penultimate round of T20 matches on Friday as the North West side travels south to Merrion for another tussle with Leinster Lightning.

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The late Martin McGuinness pictured at Stormont with former first minister Peter Robinson and representatives of local cricket including Bobby Rao, who became a friend of the former first minister

Martin McGuinness, cricket and the republican prisoners known as ‘Long Kesh MCC’

Raymond McCartney still has a vivid recollection of a mobile phone exchange he had with the late Martin McGuinness in the summer of 2015.

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Greg Thompson

CRICKET: Waringstown and Instonians ready for T-20 semi-final battle

As the Gardiner Brothers Premier League pauses for breath it is the Lagan Valley Steels T20 semi-finals that command centre stage.

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Waringstown celebrate their win over Merrion in the Irish Cup quarter-finals

CRICKET: Ulster clubs avoid each other in Irish Senior Cup semi-finals

The semi-final draws have been made for the Irish Senior and National Cups.

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CIYMS John Machett batting against Instonians

CRICKET: Lisburn come up short against CSNI

Lisburn having done so much last weekend to give themselves the chance of survival in the premier league appeared to throw the life jackets overboard in this performance against CSNI.

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Instonians bowler James Magee

CRICKET: Instonians and Waringstown march on in Senior Cup

There’s a certain symmetry about the semi-finalists in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup, two from the NCU and two from Leinster.

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Cricket: Consistency needed from NCU after its statement on ‘falling standard of behaviour’

Cricket: Consistency needed from NCU after its statement on ‘falling standard of behaviour’

Contained in eight short paragraphs this week, the Northern Cricket Union’s (NCU) management board issued a statement on the union’s website about the “falling standards” of player behaviour this season.

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Waringstown cricketers handed long suspensions

Waringstown cricketers handed long suspensions

The careers of two veteran Waringstown cricketers could be over after a Northern Cricket Union (NCU) disciplinary panel handed them long suspensions from the game.

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Greg Thompson bowls for Waringstown

Thompson up for Cup battle

When the draw for the quarter-finals of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup paired Waringstown and Merrion for most cricket lovers this without doubt was the tie of the round.

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Lisburn captain Adam Berry

Lisburn skipper Berry wants more

One thing last weekend certainly proved was that the Gardiner Brothers Premier League is completely unpredictable.

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CRICKET: Donemana’s McBrine secures catch of the season

Donemana’s Junior McBrine rolled back the years in their top of the table win over Coleraine, on Saturday.

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Waringstowns Gary Kidd celebrates  with the match balls after yesterdays win over North Down

CRICKET: Gary Kidd and Neil Doak turn title race

Gary Kidd must have thought he had the stage to himself yesterday afternoon as the left-arm spinner basked in the glory of his best-ever figures in club cricket.

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CIYMS' Nigel Jones celebrates bowling out Muckamore's Sam Gordon

CRICKET: CIYMS march on and Kagiso Rapulana heads home

CIYMS made it through to their third consecutive Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup final with a hard-fought four-wicket win at Moylena.

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Andy Britton who claimed five wickets as Brigade stayed in title contention with victory over Ardmore

NW CRICKET: Champions back on top after crunch win in Coleraine

Donemana could well be excused if they were a little pre-occupied with next weekend’s North West Senior Cup semi-final clash at Bready but there was little sign of it on Saturday as they claimed outright leadership of the Long’s Supervalu Premier Division table with a deserved win over Coleraine at Sandel Lodge.

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Gordon Browne has gone through a tough year but played his first match after 12 months out last Saturday

Cricket family so supportive during my cancer battle, says Carrick keeper Gordon Browne

Last Saturday Gordon Browne walked onto a cricket field for the first time as a player since the Carrickfergus wicketkeeper’s life was turned upside down just over a year ago.

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Ireland's Andrew Balbirnie

CRICKET: Andrew Balbirnie ruled out of Ireland Wolves game against Gloucester

Andrew Balbirnie has been ruled out of the Ireland Wolves match next week against Gloucestershire Seconds.

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North Down captain Marty Moreland

Waringstown and North Down clash

It’s “Clash of the Titans” at The Lawn on Sunday in the Gardiner Brothers Premier League. Games between Waringstown and North Down are always eagerly anticipated, but it’s been some time since one as significant as this.

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