Northern Knights (cricket team)

Northern Knights is a first-class provincial cricket team in Ireland. Along with the North West Warriors and Leinster Lightning it makes up the Inter-Provincial Championship, and with those teams and Munster Reds makes up the Interprovincial One-Day Trophy & Interprovincial Twenty20 Cup.[1]

Northern Knights
CaptainGary Wilson
CoachSimon Johnston
OwnerNorthern Cricket Union of Ireland
Team information
Home groundStormont Cricket Ground, Belfast
Inter-Provincial Championship wins0
Interprovincial One-Day Trophy wins1
Interprovincial Twenty20 Cup wins0

The team represents Northern Cricket Union of Ireland which in turn covers most of eastern, southern and much of western Ulster.[2]


In 2013, Cricket Ireland formed a three-day Interprovincial Championship, featuring teams from Leinster, NCU and the North West. The NCU team is known as the Northern Knights. On 8 April, they announced Eugene Moleon as their coach and Gavin Rogers as his assistant coach.[3]

Up to and including the 2016 Inter-Provincial Championship, the matches were not given first-class status. However, at an International Cricket Council meeting in October 2016, first-class status was awarded to all future matches.[4][5]

In January 2016, Simon Johnston head of Waringstown Cricket Club was appointed head coach of team replacing Eugene Moleon.[6]

Current squadEdit

  •   denotes players with international caps.
Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Club Notes
Adam Dennison   Ireland (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 (age 22) Right-handed Waringstown
Jamie Holmes   Ireland (1992-10-13) 13 October 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg break Carrickfergus
John Matchett   Ireland C.I.Y.M.S.
James Shannon     Ireland (1990-02-12) 12 February 1990 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm off break Instonians
Greg Thompson     Ireland (1987-09-17) 17 September 1987 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm leg break Waringstown
Stephen Bunting   Ireland (1984-12-27) 27 December 1984 (age 35) Instonians
Shane Getkate   Ireland (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast Instonians
Craig Lewis   Ireland (1986-10-28) 28 October 1986 (age 33) Derriaghy
James McCollum   Ireland (1995-08-01) 1 August 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium Waringstown
Lee Nelson   Ireland (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm off break Waringstown
Nikolai Smith   Ireland (1993-01-05) 5 January 1993 (age 27) Instonians
Morgan Topping   Ireland Waringstown
Christopher Dougherty   Ireland (1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 32) Left-handed C.I.Y.M.S.
Michael Gilmour   Ireland (1988-08-15) 15 August 1988 (age 31) Right-handed Carrickfergus
Jamie Magowan   Ireland (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Muckamore
Gary Wilson   Ireland (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium - Captain
Gary Kidd     Ireland (1985-09-18) 18 September 1985 (age 34) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Waringstown
Graeme McCarter     Ireland (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium Civil Service North
Robert McKinley   Ireland (1993-11-03) 3 November 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium Instonians
Jacob Mulder     Ireland (1995-08-11) 11 August 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm leg break North Down
Nathan Smith   Ireland (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 24) Instonians



  1. ^ "New faces for Northern Knights as they seek to seal Twenty20 playoff spot". Stuff. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  2. ^ "NCU General Rules" (PDF). Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  3. ^ Ireland, Cricket. "Coaches announced for Inter-Provincial Series - Cricket Ireland". Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Ireland domestic competition awarded first-class status". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Ireland's Inter-Provincial Championship awarded first-class status". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  6. ^ Ireland, Cricket. "Interview with New Northern Knights Coach Simon Johnston - Cricket Ireland". Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Mulder given green light for return". CricketEurope. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.

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