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NCU 'keeping pace through tough times' says Clement

By Ian Callender

Outgoing chairman Andy Clement handed over the reins to Alan Waite at last night's Northern Cricket Union annual meeting, declaring the Union was in a stronger place than when he took over three years ago.

Clement told the club delegates that it is a challenging time for all sports but the NCU was keeping pace.

"The numbers playing sport are down, generally, but the Union is in a good place going forward and our work with the youth has already borne some reward with the Under 17s, U15 and U11 all winning inter-provincial titles," he said.

Women's cricket now has nine teams across two divisions, and North Down were the inaugural winners of the Women's Challenge Cup.

The Union will also be shortly appointing a full-time cricket development officer, jointly funded by the University of Ulster. The advertisement appears this week.

Former South African Test star Jonty Rhodes, who also played six games as professional for Ireland in 1999, was guest speaker at the Union's Annual Dinner on Saturday and he handed out the main awards.

Premier League Player of Season: Greg Thompson (Waringstown), Section 1: Neil Gill (Muckamore), Section 2: Johnny Terrett (Cliftonville), Section 3: Eddie Hunter (North Down). Women's: Amy Benson (North Down), Emerging: Cara Murray (Waringstown). Young Player: Jack Carson (Waringstown). Batsman of the Season: Nigel Jones (CIYMS), Bowler: Ryan Eagleson (Carrick), All-Rounder: Johnny Thompson (CIYMS), Wicket-keeper: Chris Dougherty (CIYMS).

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