Ulster Cup (cricket)

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The O'Neills Ulster Cup is knock-out cricket competition in Ireland run jointly by the Northern Cricket Union and the North West Cricket Union. The top eight teams in the previous season’s NCU Premier League and North West Senior League 1 are eligible to take part. It is sponsored by O'Neills.[1]

Matches are of 40 overs duration, but may be reduced to ten overs where delays or interruptions necessitate.[2]

Brigade are the current holders after beating fellow North-West side Ardmore 3-2 in a bowl out in the 2016 final

Brigade and Instonians are the most successful clubs in the competition with 4 wins each

List of finals[edit]

Season Winners Runners-Up Scores Notes
1999 Instonians
2000 Lisburn Donemana
2001 Brigade Donemana
2002 North Down Downpatrick
2003 Brigade Limavady
2004 Donemana Limavady
2005 Strabane Ardmore (10 overs per side)
Strabane 124-4 (P Gillespie 66);
Ardmore 102-9 (M Gillespie 4-12).
Strabane won by 22 runs.
[3]
2006 North Down Limavady
2007 Instonians North Down North Down 206-5 (Taimur Khan 93);
Instonians 210-2 (37 overs, R West 84 not out, A White 70 not out).
Instonians won by 8 wickets.
[4]
2008 Limavady Strabane Limavady 170-8;
Strabane 166-8 (J A Beukes 71).
Limavady won by 4 runs.
[5]
2009 Civil Service North North Down [6]
2010 Instonians Limavady Limavady 160 all out (39.5 overs, S Shannon 4-43);
Instonians 161-6 (33.5 overs A White 47 not out).
Instonians won by 4 wickets.
2011 Instonians North Down Limavady 121 all out (36.4 overs, B Wylie 3-25);
Instonians 127-6 (29.3 overs, R McCann 45 not out, I Moran 3-34).
Instonians won by 4 wickets.[7]
2012 Brigade Civil Service North of Ireland Brigade won by 43 runs.
2013 Coleraine Waringstown Coleraine won by 35 runs.[8]
2014 Bready Waringstown Bready 185-9 (D Barr 41, B Crumley 30, D Moore 20, M Olphert 24, J Hall 3-25, J Mitchell 2-22, J McCollum 3-28)


Waringstown 91 (C Young 3-24, E Kemm 3-26, R Barr 3-23)
Bready won by 94 runs.[9][10]

2015 North Down Instonians North Down 233-6 (A Sutherland 38, D Graham 43, P Malan 98no, A Shields 20, A White 2-37)


Instonians 120-4 (23.5 overs) (N Russell 47, N Smith 36, J Mulder 2-14, M Moreland 2-28)
North Down won by 10 runs (DLS) (DLS par score was 130 from 23.5 overs).[11]

2016 Brigade Ardmore Brigade 163 (R Hunter 95, I Hussain 28, Dunn 2-32, Curry 2-25)


Ardmore 14-1 (5.1 overs) (abandoned)
Brigade won 3-2 in a bowl-out.[12][13]

Summary of winners[edit]

Team Wins
Brigade 4
Instonians 4
North Down 3
Bready 1
Donemana 1
Limavady 1
Lisburn 1
Civil Service North of Ireland 1
Coleraine 1
Strabane 1

Summary of winners by province[edit]

Team Wins
Northern 9
North Western 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]