30 January 2008

Ulster Bank will again sponsor the Northern Cricket Union’s Senior League as well as the Schools’ Cup

It will take the Bank’s sponsorship to a run of 15 years, one of the longest in local sport.

The renewal of the Bank’s continued support was announced at the draw for the Schools Cup which will see holders Royal Belfast Academical Institution host Ballymena Academy.

Stephen Cruise, Ulster Bank Regional Manager for Northern Ireland, said the Bank was delighted to support a game which had seen such success with the Ireland team’s performance in the World Cup in theWest Indies.

He said : “We are particularly pleased to continue our cricket sponsorship, not least of the Schools Cup - it’s where the future lies and is one of the breeding grounds for international players in the years ahead.”

The NCU’s Sponsorship Officer, Richard Johnson, said : “Ulster Bank have been long-standing and excellent supporter of local cricket and we are delighted that our relationship is continuing.”

Dr. Basil McNamee (left), chairman of the Schools' Cricket Committee, and Stephen Cruise, Regional Manager, Ulster Bank, at the draw for the Schools' Cup

The first round of the Schools’ Cup will be played by May 7 and the full draw is:

  • Down HS v Limavady GS
  • Royal School Dungannon v Grosvenor GS
  • Sullivan Upper School v Strabane GS
  • Friends School II v BRA II
  • Coleraine AI vBelfast High School
  • Lurgan Collegev Foyle & L’derry II
  • Royal School Armagh v BRA
  • Bangor II v Regent House
  • Portadown College v Banbridge Academy
  • Foyle & L'derry College  v Friends School
  • Campbell College II v Bangor GS
  • North WestReg. College vCampbell College
  • Dalriada v Ballyclare HS 
  • RBAI II v Wallace HS II
  • RBAI vBallymena Academy
  • Wallace HS v MCB

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