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An entertaining evening to celebrate success and achievements at the NCU Dinner and Awards as it returned after a 2-year hiatus.
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As the playing of cricket in the NCU during the pandemic times continued, albeit restricted with rules and regulations altered, the end-of-season awards night did not continue. With all the hard work that players, teams and officials put into the cricket season, there must be an evening of celebration at the end of it all, and it was great to see the return of such an event.
On Saturday 8th October, the dinner and awards went ahead at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast, with a capacity attendance and plenty of trophies and other awards to match. From League and Cup Trophy presentations to Hall of Fame inductees, the night was a tremendous success in showcasing the hard work and talent within the NCU.
With his first cricket season as NCU Chief Executive completed, it was fitting that the awards night could return as we get back to normality after the past few years. Patrick Grimes enjoyed the evening and is positive about the future of cricket in our union.
"It was fantastic to see the return of our Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation after a couple of years' hiatus due to Covid. The evening has an important place in our calendar annually and celebrates the achievements of cricketers at every level of our local game. More importantly, it allows everyone to interact with their peers, which is such an important element within local cricket.
During the evening, awards were presented to the widest cross-section of players within our game, from 15-year-old James West to the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees Anderson, Corlett and Monteith. For the first time this season, we also recognised the achievements of our female cricketers with new awards categories introduced to mirror those that have existed for some time in our men's game.
Congratulations to all the award winners on their successes in 2022 and we look forward to seeing their talents on display again in 2023."
The Awards winners were as follows:
Men's Robinson Services Premier League Cricketer of the Year sponsored by SM Cricket - Ross Adair (CIYMS CC)
Men's Robinson Services Premier League - Lisburn CC
Men's Midweek League - Cliftonville Academy CC
Paul Stirling (North Down CC)
And last but certainly not least, the Inaugural NCU Hall of Fame Inductees were Ivan Anderson, Simon Corlett and Dermott Monteith. A great addition to the long list of awards and we thank these individuals for their decades of commitment and service to the Northern Cricket Union.
Below are a selection of photos from the evening.
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