25 January 2008

The NCU Board of Directors met recently made announcements regarding various competitions in 2008

ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifying

The Northern Cricket Union of Ireland board last night agreed to close down the weekend of August 2nd & 3rd for all Divisions' fixtures and rearrangements.  The Chairman, Wylie McKinty, confirmed that due to the ICC Twenty20 World Cup qualifying event being held in Belfastover this weekend there should be no NCU fixtures or rearranged fixtures on these two days. 

The board agreed to move all Division One fixtures, en bloc, to the bank holiday on Monday August 25th 2008.  The board also agreed that clubs would be permitted to move this fixture back or forward as agreed with both clubs by the agreed cut of date. 

The fixtures for Divisions Two and Three will be rescheduled with the General Secretary, Bryan Milford, contacting the clubs to organise this.

TCH Down Democrat Challenge Cup 2008

The NCU board agreed that due to the hosting of the ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament in Belfast, it would be logical to move the date for the TCH Down Democrat Challenge Cup final.   The board thought it would be fairer to the sponsor and teams to not hold the final so close to this major tournament, to be held in the NCU area.

The new date for the TCH Down Democrat Challenge Cup final is to be Friday August 15th 2008, with a reserve date of Friday August 22nd 2008.  

Metal Technology Twenty20 Cup

The board authorised the format for the 2008 Metal Technology Twenty20 Cup.   It was confirmed that Woodvale would take the final place, as replacements for Lurgan who don't wish to play on Sunday's. 

The format is as follows:

Qualifying Round                       June 22nd 2008

Group A

Bangor, North Down & Downpatrick

Group B

Waringstown, Lisburn & Woodvale

Group C

Carrick, Derriaghy & Cliftonville

Group D

CSNI, CIYMS & Instonians

Host grounds to be confirmed – fixtures drawn on day.

Finals Day                    July 6th 2008      Shaw's Bridge, Belfast

Draw for the semi-final & final to be made after the qualifying round.

Senior Cup Final Venues – 2008

The NCU Board confirmed on the following venues for cup finals in 2008:

            Challenge Cup Final – The Meadow, Downpatrick

            Junior Cup Final – The Green, Comber

            Intermediate Cup – Pollock Park, Lurgan

            Lindsay (Minor) Cup – The Mall, Armagh

            Minor Qualifying Cup – Moylena, Muckamore

            Twenty20 Cup – Shaw's Bridge, Belfast

            Twenty20 Shield – Belmont, CIYMS & Seapark Oval, Holywood

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