Ian Callender (CricketEurope)
CIYMS will face teams from Romania, Denmark, Finland and Russia in the European (T10) Cricket League next June.
The NCU champions qualified for the competition – for the second year in a row – by winning the play-off game against All-Ireland T20 Cup winners YMCA and will travel to Spain to play in Group C for a week of matches from June 14-18.
They will play a minimum of eight matches, the other four teams in the group on the first four days and then a four-match eliminator play-off on the Friday.
If they win the group, or finish as the best runner-up from the three groups of five, played in successive weeks, they will go through to finals week, also in La Manga, on June 21-25, along with the other group winners and defending champions VOC Rotterdam, who will be the 16th team in the tournament and receive a bye to finals week.
CIYMS won the All-Ireland T20 Cup in 2019, to qualify for this year’s European Cricket League but it was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The 15 national champions were placed into three pots for yesterday’s draw, based on their nations ICC ranking so with only two Full Member countries with a representative in the tournament, CIYMS were in Pot 1, as top seeds, along with Swardeston from England and Scotland’s representatives, Forfarshire.
In Group C, CIYMS will play Moscow Foxes, Helsinki Gymkhana, Svanholm and Cluj.
Next year’s event will be the last with only 16 teams before the ECL expands to a 30-team competition in 2022.