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Foreign players cleared to play in NCU sections

 

By Ian Callender

Overseas professionals will continue to be welcome in all four senior sections of the Northern Cricket Union.

Holywood's proposal to ban all non-residents from playing below the Premier League was defeated at last night's annual meeting in Belfast.

The meeting was told that if the resolution was passed, the gap between the Premier League and Section One would grow even wider.

Roger Bell said that talks were ongoing between the ECB and Home Office so no one was sure what rules regarding the visas would be in place next year, and he hoped that visa regulations for next season would be clarified before the end of the year.

The new president of the union is past chairman Clarence Hiles. Although domiciled in Barbados for the last 20 years, Hiles is a regular visitor to his home club North Down throughout the summer and he promised the meeting that would not change during his term of office.

The meeting, chaired by Alan Waite who was re-elected, was attended for the first time by the NCU's first general manager, Angela Platt.

David McCormick was the recipient of the (Jim) McMorran Cup for Voluntary Service to cricket. The long-time Cregagh member, who still plays for the 1st XI at the age of 48, is responsible for the club having youth teams at every level from Under-11 upwards.

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