Domestic cricket action takes a back seat this weekend as the focus switches to the culmination of this season's Interprovincial T20 tournament at Bready.

The first half of fixtures were played at Pembroke in June and sees the Northern Knights take a sizeable advantage into this weekend's finale, with the Dublin weather having taken a major hand in proceedings.

The Belfast side was the only one to have played all three of their games in the first half of the competition although to be fair, they took full advantage by recording a trio of wins. One of those was a 'bonus point' margin which means Simon Johnston's charges head to Magheramason this weekend sitting pretty on 13 points- 7 ahead of nearest challengers Leinster Lightning.

The holders had a mixed bag of results first time around- losing to the Knights, beating Munster Reds and then having their match against the Warriors fall victim to the rain.
George Dockrell's side would appear to need to win all three of their games this weekend to have a realistic chance of retaining their trophy.

The Reds have just two points to their name so far; those coming courtesy of their first match against the North West also falling to the weather. Ian McGregor's men are stuck on just 4 points having seen 2 of their 3 matches wiped out in Dublin.

It has all the makings of an exciting weekend in Magheramason as the other three sides now set about trying to cut back the Knights' advantage. That will make Friday's first game a real cracker where the leaders take on the current holders.

A win for the NCU side there will guarantee them the trophy after game one of the scheduled six, however Lightning can really open things up should they take the spoils.

The Warriors start on Friday afternoon (4pm) when they take on Munster Reds in a game the home side can't really afford to lose. After an impressive start to their 3-day match in Leinster this week, the North West side will be confident of a bold showing on their own patch.

It's unlikely there will be too many changes in personnel with plenty more cricket to come immediately after the T20 for Andy McBrine's team. New cap Will Smale has already been confirmed in the starting line-up for the remainder of the summer and he certainly got his Warriors career off to a flier this week.

Graham Hume looks certain to continue too having impressed with the new ball while Stuart Thompson should return to the line-up after last week's bereavement.

The Warriors take on Leinster Lightning on Saturday afternoon and then complete their programme with what may well be a crucial game against the table-topping Knights at 4pm on Sunday.

Admission to Bready is free throughout the weekend and with little other cricket on offer elsewhere, organisers will be hopeful of a decent attendance across the three days.

This weekend's programme in full is as follows-

Northern Knights v Leinster Lightning (11.30)
North West Warriors v Munster Reds (4pm)

Munster Reds v Northern Knights (11.30)
North West Warriors v Leinster Lightning (4pm)

Leinster Lightning v Munster Reds (11 30)
North West Warriors v Northern Knights (4pm)