GREG Thompson is available to captain Waringstown in the Irish Senior Cup final against Pembroke after Cricket Ireland confirmed the game will be brought forward seven days.

Originally due to be played on August 31, that is the day of the second round of matches at the inaugural World T20 Slam in Amsterdam and both Belfast Titans and Dublin Chiefs are in action that day.

With Thompson in the Titans squad and Pembroke’s Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker and Josh Little in the Chiefs squad, that would have been four Ireland internationals who would have missed the showpiece game of the club season.

But, following a formal request from Pembroke, Cricket Ireland consulted with both the NCU and Leinster union and host club The Hills to determine if the game could be brought forward. With all parties agreeing, the game will now take place on Saturday August 24, with an 11.30am start.

Waringstown were due to host North Down that day in the Premier League but that game will now be rearranged.

Because of the hectic schedule in the next month, the agreed date was the only possible option as next weekend is taken up by the T20 inter-provincial festival in Bready, August 25 is All-Ireland T20 finals day at Stormont and the Slam begins on Friday August 30 and continues for three weeks.

But CI performance director Richard Holdsworth, in confirming the change, warned clubs that this may the first and last year when the cup final date will be moved.

“With the growth of T20 franchise cricket competitions around the world, as well as our international commitments as part of the Future Tours Programme and in ICC tournaments, this (clash) will likely recur in future years, he said.

“We will control what we can to avoid foreseen clashes, but there is an increasing likelihood that clubs will be without their senior internationals at various times of the year – including for Finals.

“This is not a unique challenge faced by Ireland – indeed, every major cricket nation deals with this reality of a global sport with growing opportunities for high profile players around the world.”

If the final cannot take place on August 24 because of weather or any other reason, the reserve date will be unchanged, Sunday September 8, and the four internationals would miss any rearrangement, with the Titans and Chiefs both playing in Edinburgh that day.

The National Cup final between Ardmore and Railway Union will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday August 1 at Balrothery, with Chiefs all-rounder Kevin O’Brien an absentee from the Railway side.

Meanwhile, it was a complete wash-out in the Robinson Services Premier League yesterday with Instonians’ game against Waringstown called off on Friday and the other three following yesterday, as a result of the amount of rain.

Instonians are due to host league leaders CIYMS today but if that is also called off, both teams still have six games to play and the earliest any of the rearranged games can now take place is next month.

Muckamore v Waringstown is the other scheduled Premier League game this afternoon, while the Gallagher Women’s Challenge Cup final, between Civil Service North and Muckamore takes place at Stormont, a T20 game starting at 2pm.