The North West is to receive funding of £35,000 from Derry & Strabane District Council to help support the high-profile International T20 games between Ireland and New Zealand at Bready scheduled for this summer.

Kane Williamson's side will play a three-match series against the hosts with the games taking place on 19, 21 and 23 June.

Bringing the World Cup finalists to the North West is a massive coup for the local Union however with the game set to attract global attention and television viewers in the millions worldwide, the staging costs will be high.

Confirming the details of the support, NW Chairman Brian Dougherty said that DSDC had agreed to help with the cost of ground equipment, legacy grassroots programmes and marketing & media promotion.

"The confirmation of Council's financial commitment to this major sporting event represents a significant landmark in relations between our Union and DSDC.

"We are grateful not only for their monetary contribution but also for how they have committed to ensuring the series helps promote the region on the world stage" he began.

"We are confident their support will also help lever additional finances going forward. This of course is also testament to the work of the Union, the hosts Bready CC and also Eglinton CC who will facilitate New Zealand training sessions during their stay here."

Mayor, Michaela Boyle said: “I am delighted that Council have been able to support this high level fixture through the National Event Fund and I would like to congratulate Bready Cricket Club and the North West Cricket Union for their tireless work to secure these games.

“This is one of the biggest sports fixtures to take place in our Council area. The games are an opportunity to showcase our region as a host for world class sports events both to the many spectators who will arrive in the city and to the viewers of Sky Sports."