NCU Challenge Cup

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The NCU Challenge Cup, also called the NCU Senior Challenge Cup and the NCU Senior Cup, is the most important provincial cricket knock-out cup of the NCU jurisdiction in Ireland. The competition began in 1887, with eleven clubs participating in the first competition, North Down eventually beating North of Ireland in the final at Ormeau.[1]

The Cup is open to teams playing in the Premier League and Section 1 of the NCU Senior League. It is sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher and marketed as the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup.

Matches consist of one innings per side, with fifty overs bowled per innings. Where matches are interrupted or delayed because of weather, the number of overs may be reduced to a minimum of 20.[2] Duckworth Lewis is employed where a match is interrupted after it has started.

The most successful club in the competition is North Down with 32 victories (1 shared)

Civil Service North of Ireland are the current holders after beating C.I.Y.M.S in the 2016 final by 5 wickets

List of finals[edit]

Source for finals up to 2002: J. Clarence Hiles (2003), A History of Senior Cricket in Ulster. Comber: Hilltop Publications Ltd.

1880s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1887 North Down North of Ireland Ormeau North 47 (Turner 5/23) and 107
North Down 159 (Patton 34, Andrews 30)
North Down won by an innings and 5 runs.
1888 North Down Ulster Ormeau Ulster 85 (W Turner 4/22) and 38 (W Turner 6/6)
North Down 47 (McGowan 5/21, Reid 5/24) and 77-5 (J Andrews 40no)
North Down won by 5 wickets.
1889 North of Ireland Armagh Ormeau Armagh 65 (Cuming 8/29) and 104 (Hughes 4/28)
North 94 (Tarleton 4/40) and 77-2 (Staunton 37no)
North won by 8 wickets.

1890s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1890 North Down Final not played.[n 1]
1891 North Down North of Ireland Ormeau North 176 (Hughes 38, W Turner 4/53) and 82 (Cuming 38, W Turner 7/31)
North Down 157 (Lindsay 75no, Hughes 5/60) and 102-8 (Couper 6/49)
North Down won by 2 wickets.
1892 North Down Ballymoney Ormeau North Down 282 (Combe 93, H W Andrews 56)
Ballymoney 36 (Graham 6/21, W Turner 4/14) and 67 (W Turner 7/21)
North Down won by an innings and 179 runs.
1893 North Down Ulster Ormeau Ulster 76 (W Turner 4/25) and 89 (W Turner 4/35, Killen 4/26)
North Down 198 (Milling 46, Reid 6/52)
North Down won by an innings and 33 runs.
1894 North Down Holywood Ulster Cricket Ground North Down 87 and 30 (Beggs 7/13, E Hughes 3/15)
Holywood 62 (W Turner 5/28) and 33 (W Turner 6/12, O Andrews 4/13)
North Down won by 22 runs.
1895 Ulster Armagh Cliftonville Armagh 77 (Stewart 5/15, Reid 4/37) and 106 (Reid 4/38)
Ulster 105 (Gaukrodger 32, Martin 5/47) and 79-7 (McCrum 3/21)
Ulster won by 3 wickets.
1896 Cliftonville Holywood Ormeau Holywood 130 (Higgett 7/49) and 90 (Hamilton 4/17, Higget 3/27)
Cliftonville 94 (Erskine 8/42) and 128-6 (Beggs 4/28, Erskine 2/38)
Cliftonville won by 4 wicket.
1897 North Down North of Ireland Ormeau North Down 176 (O Andrews 73, Gillespie 7/73) and 229 (O Andrews 100)
North 112 (Newett 58, W Turner 6/44) and 119 (W Turner 6/35)
North Down won by 174 runs.
1898 North Down Ulster Ormeau North Down 225 (Milling 80, Taylor 61, Reid 6/69)
Ulster 52 (Graham 8/22) and 97 (Niblock 6/20, Graham 3/35)
North Down won by an innings and 76 runs.
1899 Holywood Ulster Cliftonville Holywood 189 (Harrington 46, Imrie 5/64) and 79-9
Ulster 60 (Erskine 5/30 inc hat-trick, Thomas 4/22) and 207 (Cleland 72no, Reynolds 49)
Holywood won by 1 wicket.
  1. ^ North Down was awarded the Cup when Armagh declined to play the final on the scheduled date.

1900s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1900 North of Ireland North Down Ormeau North 206 (Thompson 110) and 3-0
North Down 94 (Reid 5/5, Ferris 4/29) and 114 (Reid 5/32)
North won by 10 wickets.
1901 North of Ireland Final not played.[n 1]
1902 North of Ireland Holywood Cliftonville Holywood 60 (Reid 5/13) and 257 (Holloway 65, S C B Erskine 64)
North 226 (Davidson 70, Thompson 50, Smith hat-trick) and 94-2 (Taylor 38no)
North won by 8 wickets.
1903 North of Ireland Ulster Cliftonville North 198 (Andrews 94, Milliken 4/67)
Ulster 62 (Andrews 5/22, Reid 4/28) and 77 (Andrews 4/26)
North won by an innings and 59 runs.
1904 North of Ireland North Down Ormeau North 195 (Andrews 43) and 131 (Niblock 5/13)
North Down 104 (Andrews 5/32) and 45 (Gardiner 6/21)
North won by 177 runs.
1905 Holywood North Down Ulster Cricket Ground North Down 66 (Anderson 5/25) and 120 (D R Taylor 72no, Anderson 5/59)
Holywood 152 and 35-5
Holywood won by 5 wickets.
1906 North of Ireland North Down Ulster Cricket Ground North Down 115 (Andrews 7/34) and 105 (Wood 5/24)
North 107 (Bruce 5/50, Niblock 5/36) and 117-7 (Bruce 4/48)
North won by 3 wickets.
1907 North of Ireland Holywood Ormeau Holywood 91 (Bruce 7/30) and 102 (Bruce 5/50, Andrews 4/47)
North 177 (Anderson 4/71) and 17-1
North won by 9 wickets.
1908 North Down Cliftonville Ormeau North Down 250 (McDonald 45, Coulter 45no, Moore 4/58) and 35-2
Cliftonville 76 (Graham 5/32, Crawford 5/43) and 204 (Wood 58, Graham 4/82)
North Down won by 8 wickets.
1909 Ulster North Down Ormeau Ulster 457 (Diamond 96, Jackson 92, Reynolds 80, Patrick 75, Glover 4/82)
North Down 149 (Davidson 36, Coulter 43, Patrick 4/44, Milliken 4/50) and 219 (Andrews 97, Milliken 7/69)
Ulster won by an innings and 89 runs.
  1. ^ North of Ireland was awarded the Cup when North Down declined to play the final on the scheduled date.

1910s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1910 North of Ireland Queen's University Ormeau North 224 (Moore 106, Birtill 70, Forsyth 5/51, Haydock 4/72)
Queen's 60 (Birtill 6/24) and 133 (Andrews 5/53)
North won by an innings and 31 runs.
1911 Ulster Cliftonville Ormeau Ulster 171 (Martin 4/37, Moore 4/48) and 170 (Stevenson 59no, Moore 6/77)
Cliftonville 209 (Tyndall 47, Milliken 7/73) and 50 (Milliken 6/23)
Ulster won by 82 runs.
1912 North of Ireland Ulster Ormeau Ulster 67 (Andrews 5/17, Pollock 5/50) and 110 (S.H. Jackson 52no, Andrews 9/44)
North 141 (Andrews 57, S. Jackson 4/59) and 41-3
North won by 7 wickets.
1913 North Down Waringstown Ormeau North Down 423 (W. Andrews 111, Anderson 80, Jas. Andrews 411)
Waringstown 156 (Anderson 49, Coulter 4/37) and 170 (Scott 47, Taylor 4/46)
North Down won by an innings and 97 runs.
1914 Waringstown North Down Ormeau Waringstown 155 (Coulter 5/35) and 127 (Coulter 7/34)
North Down 107 (T. McKenzie 4/24) and 104 (T. McKenzie 8/42)
Waringstown won by 71 runs.
1915 no competition
1916 no competition
1917 no competition
1918 no competition
1919 North Down North of Ireland Ulster Cricket Ground North Down 175 (Pollock 4/44) and 202 (Andrews 48, Anderson 43)
North 201 (McClinton 96no, Maxwell 5/59) and 107 (Maxwell 3/33)
North Down won by 69 runs.

1920s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1920 North Down Cliftonville Ormeau Cliftonville 60 (Lea 5/26, Maxwell 4/14) and 102 (Maxwell 5/44, Lea 5/48)
North Down 108 (Haydock 5/31, Stevenson 4/28) and 60-0
North Down won by 10 wickets.
1921 Waringstown North Down Ormeau North Down 135 (H. McKenzie 4/20, Williamson 4/52) and 74 (Williamson 6/33, T. McKenzie 4/32)
Waringstown 159 (Williamson 42, Hill 5/35) and 54-8 (Hiatt 4/26)
Waringstown won by 2 wickets.
1922 Cliftonville Waringstown Ormeau Cliftonville 155 (McCully 62, T. McKenzie 7/47) and 44 (T. McKenzie 6/29)
Waringstown 100 (Walker 6/35) and 32 (Bowers 5/13)
Cliftonville won by 67 runs.
1923 Downpatrick Holywood Ormeau Holywood 76 (Fleming 7/39) and 134 (Anderson 56, Fleming 5/55)
Downpatrick 201 (Harman 54no, Morrison 50, Barklie 4/61 inc hat-trick) and 13-0 (Sproule 5/54)
Downpatrick won by 10 wickets.
1924 North Down Waringstown Ormeau Waringstown 78 (Shields 4/8, Johnston 4/33) and 130 (Scott 37, Johnston 3/11)
North Down 70 (Williamson 6/33) and 139-9 (Anderson 42, Williamson 3/53)
North Down won by 1 wicket.
1925 North of Ireland Cliftonville Ormeau Cliftonville 78 (Pollock 5/60) and 178 (McDonald 59, Pollock 5/37)
North 151 (Walton 49) and 106-0 (Walton 53no, Pollock 42no)
North won by 10 wickets.
1926 North Down North of Ireland Ormeau North Down 337 (Jas McDonald 80, Taylor 55no) and 240 (Jas McDonald 57, Shields 51no)
North 157 (Shields 5/51) and 150 (Sproule 35, Jas McDonald 5/41)
North Down won by 270 runs.
1927 North Down Holywood Ormeau Holywood 99 (Jas McDonald 4/27) and 59 (Jas McDonald 8/18)
North Down 169 (Anderson 4/48, Parsons 4/33)
North Down won by an innings and 11 runs.
1928 North Down North of Ireland Ulster Cricket Ground North 177 (Shields 6/30) and 101 (Macdonald 4/40)
North Down 221 (T. J. McDonald 60, Vint 5/52, Douglas 4/23) and 59-3
North Down won by 7 wickets.
1929 Lisburn North Down Ormeau North Down 52 (T. Martin 5/15) and 141 (T. Martin 4/37)
Lisburn 165 (Keery 50, Hunter 48, Shields 4/58) and 29-5 (Shields 3/14)
Lisburn won by 5 wickets.

1930s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1930 Ulster North Down Ormeau Ulster 169 (McCleery 71) and 130 (Shields 4/50)
North Down 93 (McCleery 5/29) and 101 (Jas Macdonald 40)
Ulster won by 105 runs.
1931 North Down Ulster Ormeau North Down 119 (Graham 40) and 256 (T. F. Macdonald 108, McCleery 4/86)
Ulster 74 (Jas Macdonald 8/26) and 155 (H. Jackson 70, Jas Macdonald 5/53)
North Down won by 146 runs.
1932 North Down Armagh Ormeau Armagh 121 (Barnes 40, T. J. Macdonald 4/12) and 118 (Livingstone 63, Morgan 5/50, Jas Macdonald 4/39)
North Down 137 (Barnes 7/49) and 107-5 (T. J. Macdonald 39no)
North Down won by 5 wickets.
1933 Woodvale Lurgan Ormeau Lurgan 193 (Leathem 57no) and 118
Woodvale 452 (Matier 118, Carroll 101)
Woodvale won by an innings and 141 runs.
1934 North Down Woodvale Ormeau North Down 238 (T. J. Macdonald 66, McCleery 6/66) and 147 (Billingsley 6/48)
Woodvale 157 (Jas Macdonald 5/48) and 97 (Shields 6/13)
North Down won by 131 runs.
1935 North Down Cliftonville Ormeau North Down 303 (Jas Macdonald 159no)
Cliftonville 114 (Jas Macdonald 3/32) and 183 (Jas Macdonald 5/61, Shields 4/32)
North Down won by an innings and 6 runs.
1936 North Down Woodvale Cliftonville Woodvale 82 (Clarke 6/33) and 77 (Clarke 7/36)
North Down 112 (T. J. Macdonald 35) and 49-6 (Armstrong 4/17)
North Down won by 4 wickets.
1937 Woodvale North Down Cliftonville North Down 331 (McKibbin 80, J. Shields 67, W. Shields 57, T. J. Macdonald 49, Billingsley 5/83) and 129 (Armstrong 4/21)
Woodvale 226 (McCutcheon 56, Posnett 52, Mills 4/54, Clarke 4/69) and 237-9 (Wilson 58no, McCleery 50, Jas Macdonald 5/60)
Woodvale won by 1 wicket.
1938 North of Ireland Donacloney Cliftonville Donacloney 67 (R. N. Morgan 5/35, Boyd 4/8 inc. hat-trick) and 105 (R. N. Morgan 5/49, F. Jackson 4/10)
North 189 (McCullough 5/68, Craig 4/73)
North won by an innings and 17 runs.
1939 Woodvale North Down Ormeau North Down 68 (Armstrong 7/17) and 81 (Armstrong 5/35)
Woodvale 153 (Wilson 62, Jas Macdonald 6/43)
Woodvale won by an innings and 4 runs.

1940s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1940[n 1] Queen's University Armagh Cliftonville Queen's 76 (McKinley 4/17, Barnes 4/36)
Armagh 70 (Smith 5/15)
Queen's won by 6 runs.
1941[n 1] Woodvale Muckamore Ormeau Woodvale 188 (McComb 64, Pinkerton 6/98)
Muckamore 53 (McCleery 4/22)
Woodvale won by 135 runs.
1942[n 1] Lisburn Waringstown Ormeau Lisburn 114 (Finlay 48, McCullough 5/46, Armstrong 4/31)
Waringstown 113 (Burke 39, Bowden 5/30)
Lisburn won by 1 runs.
1943[n 1] Waringstown Woodvale Ormeau Waringstown 120 (Armstrong 4/41)
Woodvale 66 (Hampton 5/14)
Waringstown won by 54 runs.
1944[n 1] Waringstown Cregagh Ormeau Waringstown 253 (Burke 55, Armstrong 46)
Cregagh 223 (McCullough 5/53)
Waringstown won by 30 runs.
1945[n 1] Downpatrick Waringstown Ormeau Downpatrick 244 (J. E. Malone 63, Kelly 62, Telford 49, McCullough 4/36)
Waringstown 166 (Ferguson 6/36)
Downpatrick won by 78 runs.
1946 Lisburn North of Ireland Ormeau Lisburn 207 (Blaney 55, Hill 4/75) and 90 (Graham 3/21, Hill 3/22)
North 77 (Bowden 5/33, Simpson 5/33) and 154 (Shearer 67, W. McCloy 4/19, Bowden 4/50)
Lisburn won by 66 runs.
1947 Sion Mills Armagh Ormeau Armagh 238 (Craig 82, Wherry 56, McCrea 5/61) and 206 (Flood 3/48, MacFarlane 3/55)
Sion Mills 319 (MacFarlane 117, Flood 87, Armstrong 5/74) and 126-9 (Eadie 4/32, Armstrong 4/44)
Sion Mills won by 1 wicket.
1948 Woodvale CPA Ormeau CPA 146 (Love 38, Wiggins 6/59) and 110 (Wilson 5/36)
Woodvale 127 (McKee 41, Shaw 4/30, Newburn 4/43) and 130/7 (Upritchard 44no, McCleery 34, Newburn 5/50)
Woodvale won by 3 wickets.
1949 Woodvale Waringstown Cliftonville Woodvale 269 (Warke 46, Barnes 4/83)
Waringstown 126 and 133 (McMeekin 50, Barnes 44, Armstrong 5/28, Wiggins 4/35)
Woodvale won by an innings and 10 runs.
  1. ^ a b c d e f During the Second World War, the Cup final was reduced to one innings. The trophy was not awarded but a set of stumps was presented instead.

1950s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1950 Woodvale Waringstown Ormeau Woodvale 168 (Topping 42) and 124 (Craig 41, Hampton 7/38)
Waringstown 89 (Armstrong 5/19, Wilson 5/42) and 86-9 (Wiggins 4/13)
Woodvale won by 107 runs.
1951 North of Ireland Lisburn Ormeau North 180 (Shearer 37, Bowden 6/46) and 304 (Marks 81, Shearer 70, Morrison 62)
Lisburn 81 (Hool 5/21) and 342 (Bowden 146no, McCloy 83, Hill 4/89)
North won by 61 runs.
1952 Woodvale Armagh Ormeau Armagh 65 (Wilson 5/21, H. Armstrong 5/26) and 240 (Spearman 93, Wilson 4/79, H. Armstrong 4/83)
Woodvale 221 (Graham 52, Upritchard 42, L. Armstrong 7/76) and 89-7 (Berryman 50, L. Armstrong 4/35)
Woodvale won by 3 wickets.
1953 Downpatrick Waringstown Ormeau Waringstown 197 (McMullan 56, Fawcett 54, Roberts 4/66) and 112 (Kelly 5/23, Roberts 5/51)
Downpatrick 268 (Calvert 91, Ferguson 77, Ferris 5/70) and 43-3
Downpatrick won by 7 wickets.
1954 Woodvale Lurgan Ormeau Lurgan 91 (Adamson 48no, Wilson 5/25) and 81 (Scott 4/18)
Woodvale 188 (Wilson 47, Craig 42, Warke 41, Baxter 4/41)
Woodvale won by an innings and 16 runs.
1955 Lisburn Waringstown Ormeau Waringstown 116 (Bowden 7/35) and 142 (Fawcett 44, Bowden 3/29)
Lisburn 316 (Robinson 117, Bowden 47, Kelly 42no, McMullan 7/92)
Lisburn won by an innings and 58 runs.
1956 North of Ireland Lurgan Ormeau North 134 (Hewitt 34) and 160 (Pollock 47, Bingham 4/44)
Lurgan 164 (Mitchell 55, Hool 5/46, Russell 4/33) and 112 (Hewitt 4/34)
North won by 18 runs.
1957 Lisburn Woodvale Ormeau Lisburn 336 (Hunter 133, Walker 53, Wilson 4/109)
Woodvale 91 (Bowden 6/48) and 118 (Bowden 7/28)
Lisburn won by an innings and 127 runs.
1958 Lisburn & Sion Mills
Trophy shared
Ormeau Lisburn 235 (Bowden 71, W. McCloy 51, Flood 5/80) and 36-3
Sion Mills 150 (Gallagher 67, Bowden 7/44)
After a number of postponements due to poor weather, the match was declared a draw and the trophy shared.
1959 Lisburn Queen's University Ormeau Queen's 86 (Andrews 31) and 85 (Woods 6/15)
Lisburn 148 (T. McCloy 89no, Anderson 5/52) and 25-0
Lisburn won by 10 wickets.

1960s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match scores
1960 North of Ireland Lurgan Ormeau Lurgan 87 (N. B. Hool 6/36) and 108 (J McClatchey 58, N. B. Hool 4/36)
North 150-9 declared (J. S. Pollock 72) and 49-2
North won by 8 wickets.[3][4]
1961 Lisburn Woodvale Ormeau Woodvale 179 (K. Kirkpatrick 62, D. Monteith 5/45) and 106 (D. Monteith 5/39, J. Bowden 5/42)
Lisburn 148 (H. Martin 51, K. Kirkpatrick 8/43) and 138-2 (H. Martin 56 no)
Lisburn won by 8 wickets.[5][6][7][8]
1962 Lisburn Muckamore Ormeau Lisburn 163 and 189 (T. McCloy 75, A. McQuilken 5/64)
Muckamore 93 (J. Bowden 5/23) and 145 (J. Bowden 5/48)
Lisburn won by 114 runs.[9][10][11][12][13]
1963 Muckamore Downpatrick Ormeau Muckamore 243 (A. McQuilken 82, W. Chambers 68) and 174 (J. McCormick 50 no; N. Ferguson 8/77)
Downpatrick 195 (N. Ferguson 59, H. Linehan 52) and 103 (A. McQuilken 5/40)
Muckamore won by 119 runs.[14][15][16]
1964 Instonians Sion Mills Ormeau Instonians 187 (R. B. Matier 73, J. Flood 5/63) and 159 (J Flood 6/28)
Sion Mills 201 (T. Harpur 108) and 127 (B. Anderson 4-47)
Instonians won by 18 runs.[17][18][19][20]
1965 Waringstown Sion Mills Ormeau Waringstown 189 (R. Harrison 50, J. Flood 5/61) and 249 (J. Harrison 88, W. Kidd 4/81)
Sion Mills 137 (G. Irwin 4-60, E. McMullan 4-20) and 144 (A. Finlay 51, W. Ferris 6/60)
Waringstown won by 157 runs.[21][22][23][24][25]
1966 Downpatrick Lisburn Ormeau Downpatrick 186 (Hutton 43, Monteith 4/72) and 189 (Hutton 47, A. Linehan 42, Hunter 8/76)
Lisburn 97 (Briggs 4/19, Ferguson 4/17) and 138 (Ferguson 5/41)
Downpatrick won by 140 runs.
1967 Waringstown Muckamore Ormeau Waringstown 215-5 (Reith 100, D. Harrison 72) and 191 (Reith 38, Campbell 4/48)
Muckamore 138 (Healey 3/31) and 121 (I. Harrison 5/57, McMullan 4/47)
Waringstown won by 147 runs.
1968 Waringstown Lisburn Ormeau Waringstown 195-9 (Reith 44) and 212-5 (R. Harrison 78, D. Harrison 55)
Lisburn 180 (Partridge 45, Martin 44, Walker 43) and 158 (Martin 60, McMullan 5/44)
Waringstown won by 69 runs.
1969 North of Ireland Queen's University Ormeau North 136 (Martin 3/39, Cunningham 3/48) and 116 (Martin 6/39)
Queen's 86 (Hewitt 4/32, Hool 3/16) and 102 (Lyness 6/34, Hool 3/36)
North won by 64 runs.

1970s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1970 Waringstown Lisburn Ormeau Waringstown 140 (J. Harrison 57, Monteith 6/39) and 187-6 (D. Harrison 48no, Monteith 5/58)
Lisburn 114 (I. Harrison 4/24, Anderson 4/25) and 109 (Bowden 42no, I. Harrison 5/33)
Waringstown won by 104 runs.
1971 Waringstown Downpatrick Ormeau Waringstown 266-4 (Reith 100, D. Harrison 55no, R. Harrison 53) and 209-7 (R. Harrison 87no, Reith 40)
Downpatrick 165 (Ferguson 40no) and 85 (I. Harrison 6/28)
Waringstown won by 225 runs.
1972 Lurgan Muckamore Ormeau Lurgan 186-2 (Hunter 87no, Kavanagh 77) and 164-4 (Hunter 65no, McQuilken 5/67)
Muckamore 97 (Johnston 4/35) and 73 (Johnston 5/29)
Lurgan won by 180 runs.
1973 Waringstown Queen's University Ormeau Queen's 126 (Farmer 40, Anderson 4/42) and 166-8 (Crothers 48)
Waringstown 155 (D. Harrison 69, Halliday 4/34) and 138-3 (I. Harrison 57)
Waringstown won by 7 wickets.
1974 Waringstown Ballymena Ormeau Waringstown 226-5 (Anderson 76no, J. Harrison 53) and 34-2
Ballymena 118 (I. Harrison 6/30, Cousins 4/40) and 137 (Halliday 40, I. Harrison 5/42)
Waringstown won by 8 wickets.
1975 Waringstown North Down Ormeau Waringstown 192-4 (J. Harrison 102no) and 130-9 (J. Harrison 37, Hunter 4/40)
North Down 56 (McGill 4/28) and 135-6 (Artt 66no)
Waringstown won by 131 runs.
1976 Waringstown Lisburn Strangford Road Waringstown 179-9 (Anderson 47, Monteith 5/71) and 134 (Monteith 5/64, Lyness 4/26)
Lisburn 153 (Schofield 50) and 71 (McGill 4/42)
Waringstown won by 89 runs.
1977 Downpatrick Lisburn
1978 Waringstown Woodvale
1979 Waringstown Woodvale Waringstown won by 1 run.

1980s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
1980 North North Down
1981 North Down Ballymena
1982 North Downpatrick
1983 Waringstown Lurgan
1984 Downpatrick North
1985 Lisburn North
1986 Waringstown North
1987 Waringstown Lurgan
1988 Waringstown Downpatrick
1989 Lurgan North

1990s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match scores
1990 North of Ireland Lurgan
1991 North Down Woodvale North Down 241-3 (M Clark 111, C McCrum 60) and 245-7 (C McCrum 65, J Gilliland 51, M Clark 50, Akram Raza 4-46)
Woodvale 242-8 (Akram Raza 146) and 237 (Akram Raza 67, W Adams 4-44)
North Down won by 7 runs.
1992 Waringstown North of Ireland Waringstown 243-4 (S Harrison 117) and 186
North 115 (P McCrum 4-22) and 156
Waringstown won by 158 runs.
1993 Waringstown North Down North Down 127-7 and 74 (G Harrison 5-13)
Waringstown 122-6 and 84-3
Waringstown won by 7 wickets.
1994 Lisburn and North Down
Trophy shared
North Down 160-9 (C McCrum 58, D Heasley 4-37) and 203-7 (A Semple 61no)
Lisburn 158-8 and 205 (M Blair 57, T McKeown 52, R Haire 4-50)
Match tied.
1995 Waringstown Lurgan Lurgan 144-7 and 152 (R McCollum 57, A Spence 4-12)
Waringstown 188-9 (J Mathers 4-38) and 109-2
Waringstown won by 8 wickets.
1996 Lurgan Lisburn Lisburn 90 and 182-9
Lurgan 120 and 153-5 (R McCollum 51)
Lurgan won by 5 wickets.
1997 Downpatrick North Downpatrick 244-5 (J Patterson 96, G Ferguson 57) and 174 (R Shilliday 51, D Johnston 6-16)
North 190-6 (S Redpath 61no) and 165
Downpatrick won by 63 runs.
1998 Woodvale Instonians Woodvale 155-7 and 218-6 (S Warke 102, A Rutherford 68)
Instonians 158-8 (C McQuay 54) and 200 (J Walsh 50)
Woodvale won by 15 runs.
1999 North of Ireland Woodvale North 223-8 (D Finlay 65, J Bouyens 63 no) and 145-9
Woodvale 193-9 (R Warnock 78 no) and 160
North won by 15 runs.

2000s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
2000 North Down Woodvale North Down 171-7 (A White 67) and 116 (S Donnelly 4-21)
Woodvale 130-9 and 109
North Down won by 48 runs.
2001 North Down North North Down 287-3 (Ryan Haire 109no, P Shields 74no) and 167 (Robin Haire 54; A O'Prey 5-39)
North 203 (R Coetzee 76) and 158
North Down won by 93 runs.[26]
2002 Lurgan North Down North Down 140-7
Lurgan 141-3 (G Morrison 65no)
Lurgan won by 7 wickets.
2003 North Down Waringstown Stormont North Down 214-8 (A White 80, Robin Haire 50, S Kidd 4/10) and 210-5 (D Kennedy 93no, A White 54)
Waringstown 167 (J Bushe 56) and 163
North Down won by 94 runs.
2004 North Down Belfast Harlequins Stormont North Down 242-4 (D Kennedy 105no) and 165-8 (D Kennedy 64)
Belfast Harlequins 199-9 and 189 (W Horwood 79)
North Down won by 19 runs.[27]
2005 North Down Downpatrick Strangford Road Downpatrick 208-9 (G Ferguson 57) and 108
North Down 217-5 (R Coetzee 51no, N Russell 51) and 100-1 (D Kennedy 52*)
North Down won by 8 wickets.
2006 Waringstown CIYMS Strangford Road Waringstown 303-5 (J Hall 130, K McCallan 92no) and 47-1
CIYMS 194-5 (D Heasley 68) and 155 (R Lucas 54)
Waringstown won by 9 wickets.[28]
2007 North Down Waringstown Strangford Road Waringstown 187
North Down 188-6 (D Kennedy 80)
North Down won by 4 wickets.[29]
2008 Civil Service North of Ireland Waringstown Strangford Road CSNI 150-9 (N Jones 51)
Waringstown 146
CSNI won by 4 runs.[30]
2009 Instonians North Down The Green North Down 176-7 (J Terrett 51) (Duckworth Lewis par score 189 in 30 overs)
Instonians 191-2 (28.3 overs D van Wyk 64, R McCann 61, A White 50no)
Instonians won by 8 wickets.[31]

2010s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Venue Match Scores
2010 North Down CIYMS The Green North Down 262-6 (T Khan 89, N Russell 57)
CIYMS 188
North Down won by 74 runs.
2011 Waringstown Civil Service North of Ireland Wallace Park Waringstown 190-8 (K McCallan 63)
CSNI 116 (L Nelson 5-23)
Waringstown won by 74 runs.[32]
2012 Instonians North Down The Green North Down 182 (A Sutherland 58, E Moleon 3-25)
Instonians 184-2 (J Shannon 99no, A White 57no)
Instonians won by 8 wickets.[33]
2013 Waringstown Instonians The Green Waringstown 265-6 (K McCallan 110, O Pienaar 62, Z Rushe 2-47, C Brome 2-47, B Wylie 2-50)
Instonians 178 (N Russell 43, J Stevenson 39, E Moleon 28no, G Kidd 5/33, O Pienaar 2/24)
Waringstown won by 87 runs.[34][35]
2014 Civil Service North of Ireland Waringstown The Green Waringstown 156 (48.1 overs, S Khan 38, A Coulter 3/25, S Getkate 2/35)
CSNI 109/5 (36.5 overs, A Cowden 45, J van der Merwe 26) (D/L par score was 108 in 37 overs)
CSNI won by 5 wickets.[36]
2015 CIYMS Instonians The Green CIYMS 259-7 (R van der Dussen 117, J Matchett 46, J Thompson 68, Z Rushe 2/47, E Moleon 3/80)
Instonians 195 (N Russell 49, J Shannon 61, N Jones 3/45, J Cameron-Dow 4/17, T Britton 2/57) (D/L par score was 245 in 46 overs)
CIYMS won by 50 runs.[37]
2016 Civil Service North of Ireland CIYMS The Green CIYMS 243-7 (N Jones 38, J Kemp 68, S Chambers 42, J Thompson 37, Z Rushe 22no, J Costain 2/27, A Blain 2/73)
CSNI 244-5 (A Cowden 22, S Getkate 64, J van der Merwe 98no, G McCarter 25no, J Kemp 2/39)
CSNI won by 5 wickets.[38][39]

Summary of winners[edit]

Team Wins
North Down 32 (1 shared)
Waringstown 25
North 20
Woodvale 10
Lisburn 10 (2 shared)
Downpatrick 7
Lurgan 4
Ulster 4
Civil Service North 3
Instonians 3
Cliftonville 2
Holywood 2
Sion Mills 2 (1 shared)
CIYMS 1
Muckamore 1
Queen's University 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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