Safety net for CIYMS
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
CIYMS will have two chances to represent Ireland in next year’s European Cricket League after the pandemic cancelled this year’s tournament.
If the Belmont side do not win this year’s All-Ireland T20 Cup, there will be a play-off game against this year’s winners, on their own ground, on Sunday September 20.
Cricket Ireland yesterday confirmed the semi-final line-up, venues and dates for this year’s competition with CI facing the North West Senior Cup winners at Bready next Saturday.
CI booked their place in the All-Ireland semi-finals last Sunday with victory in the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup final against North Down and they will know their opponents tonight, weather permitting, after Brigade and Donemana face off in the North West final at Beechgrove this afternoon.
The other semi-final will take place tomorrow week at Pembroke between Munster’s T20 Cup winners Cork County and the Leinster League Cup winners, though they will not be known until next Saturday.
Leinster are only at the semi-final stage today with Railway Union hosting Irish Cup holders Pembroke and Phoenix at home to YMCA in the other game.
The All-Ireland T20 Cup final will be at Belmont on Saturday September 19 and if CIYMS retain the trophy there will, of course, be no need for the play-off game the following day.
The All-T20 Cup final is one of four games which be livesteamed by HBV Studios (proprietor Heatley Tector) between now and the end of the season.
The first game will be the Northern Knights’ final T20 inter-provincial Trophy game against Munster Reds in Cork on Tuesday, and at the end of the month, the final Women’s Super Series game between Scorchers and Typhoons on Sunday September 27 and, the following day, the last 50-over inter-provincial Cup game between Leinster Lightning and North West Warriors at Malahide.