The NW region has been handed a significant boost by the news that New Zealand will be playing there next June.

The Kiwis will be visiting Ireland to play six games in total - three One-Day Internationals and three T20I's.

Bready will be the venue for at least three of those matches following their successful hosting of a similar series against Zimbabwe earlier this year.

They shared the hosting of that series with Stormont, and it is expected that a similar arrangement will be in place with the Belfast venue.

New Zealand are an attractive proposition for the Irish fans, having just missed out on World Cup glory, beaten by England in a Super Over.

It's shaping up to be a very busy 2020 for Irish fans, with a host of fixtures against Full Members.

Ireland are currently in Oman for a Pentangular Series which gets under way on Saturday with a match against The Netherlands.

Their T20 WCQ campaign starts on October 18th and runs until early November.

They have a six-match series in the West Indies next January, followed by a Test Match against Sri Lanka in February, and a series against Afghanistan next March before the start of their summer programme.

Exciting times indeed!