North West T20s rearranged
NORTH WEST T20 REARRANGED
With the weather having put paid to last weekend's T20 finals day, the NWCU have announced details of the new dates for those games. As expected, the fixtures have been split, but will both still be played at Strabane Park
The Faughan Valley final between Brigade and Donemana will take place this evening (Thursday) with a 6.30pm start, although organisers are hoping to get going slightly earlier if possible.
This game gives the Beechgrove side the chance to move to within touching distance of a clean sweep of all the domestic Premier Division trophies, however Donemana are one side well equipped for this format.
Andy Britton's side are champions in waiting with three league games to go, having already won both the senior cup and the Sam McConnell Charity Cup. Their only domestic defeat this year came in the group stages of this competition against the same opposition so there is every reason to expect a quality contest.
The Beechgrove side's quality has been on show all summer and they will be a tough nut to crack. On their day however this Donemana order is a match for anyone, especially in T20 cricket, and this looks sure to be a cracker.
The winners will also go forward to represent the NW in the All-Ireland T20 finals in Belfast on Sunday August 25th. They face a tough task after being drawn against NCU kingpins CIYMS at Belmont, with the other semi-final seeing Cork County take on Malahide at Stormont. The two semi-final winners will then play in the decider at Stormont.
The Eric Cooke Cup final now moves to Sunday and will also be staged at the Park (12 noon tbc). This one pits the new leaders of the Championship, Ardmore, against a Fox Lodge team that maybe hasn't quite fulfilled their potential.
There would be no time like the present for Aaron Heywood's side to bare their teeth against an Ardmore team that just knows how to win.
Peter Harrigan's side have kept on Burndennett's tail in the Championship title race this season and pounced when the opportunity arose last weekend.
Both teams have players who like to hit the ball hard and while it could be a close affair, the champions-elect look to have the advantage.