Youth Section
Under 11’s win Quoile Cup

Despite damp and gloomy overhead conditions at Queensway (Derriaghy CC), the team recorded a comprehensive 9-wicket victory over a battling Lisburn side on Thursday 2nd August.


The boys progressed to the Quoile Cup Final with a strong display against Muckamore to win by 151 runs in front of an excellent crowd at Shaw’s Bridge on Wednesday 25th July.

Captain Ben McCausland won the toss and chose to bat on a cracking grass wicket. A steady opening start between Michael Hollway and Will Park brought the score to 55 without loss after 10 with Will the dominant partner. However after the halfway mark, both stepped up a gear and brought up the 100 partnership after 15 overs. Will departed in the 16th for a fantastic 62-a stand of 112. Meanwhile Michael was opening his shoulders and finding the boundary with frequency. Ben McCausland wasted no time, striking the ball to all parts of the ground in a rapid 46 from only 13 scoring shots. Ben and Michael plundered an impressive 90 runs from the last 5 overs.

In reply, Muckamore got off to the worst possible start with Max Willmott and Michael claiming a wicket each in their first overs. However by the end of Max’s 2nd over, the game was virtually over with Max accounting for 5 of the top 6(including a hat-trick) in a superb spell of pace bowling. Everyone had a bowl with Matthew McAreavey and Ben claiming a wicket each. Luke Crothers claimed 2 wickets in a good spell. Ben Walsh, Evan Hogg, James Nelson, Frank Hollway, Evan Hogg and Will all bowled tightly without success. To their credit, Muckamore didn’t give up and battled hard until the final wicket fell in the 19th over.

Thanks to Muckamore for the game and our fantastic mums who continue to host brilliantly (Suzanne Willmott’s baking is now becoming legendary in NCU cricket circles)

Instonians 190-1 M Hollway 64 n.o W Park 62 B McCausland 46 n.o

Muckamore 39 all out M Willmott 5-3 L Crothers 2-5

Under 11B’s battle hard against CSNI A's

The 11b’s put in a determined performance against a strong CSNI side on Thursday 19th July, falling 69 runs short.

Batting first, CSNI started strongly with the talented Adam Leckey and James West looking impressive. At the half way mark, CSNI were 93 without loss. The bowlers toiled admirably with Lewis Ingram claiming 2 victims in his second after a difiicult first over. Everyone bowled 2 overs with Fred Harrison, Ayaan Kashif and Louis Campbell the most economical. The innings closed on 163 for 2 with extras top scoring!

The boys set about their task with a realistic target of reaching at least 100. A couple of early wickets proved to be a setback but some excellent batting from Adam Boyd and Luke Crothers proved to be the backbone of the reply. Ben Walsh also batted well.

The boys managed 94-9, falling just short of the 100 mark. This was however an excellent effort and the attitude was excellent from start to finish.

Thanks to CSNI for the match.

CSNI A 163-2 A Leckey 31rtd, H Ord 18 rtd, J West 30 rtd

L Ingram 2-26

Inst B 94-9 A Boyd 20, L Crothers 14

O Dyer 2-7

Under 11A’s reach cup semi final

The boys completed a convincing 10 wicket win against Donacloney at Costa del Shaw’s on Tuesday 26th June.

Under 13’s progress to cup semi

The 13’s produced a quality performance to beat CSNI by 28 runs at a sun-kissed Stormont on Monday 25th June.

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