ALL top flight games in the NCU from next year will be played in coloured clothing, despite clubs being unable to agree.

No overall consensus emerged after questionnaires were sent out to the clubs, so the Domestic Cricket Directorate took the decision for them and it will also end all red-ball cricket, as per international and representative limited over cricket. Games in Senior Leagues 1 and 2 plus Junior League One and the Junior Cup will also be played in coloured clothing from 2022.

(Paul Stirling batting for North Down in coloured clothing)

Next year’s Lagan Valley Steel T20 Cup will be played on Thursday and Friday nights with the home club having the choice of day. After the group stages, the top four will go through to semi-finals with Finals Day at Waringstown.

The board also confirmed that North Down will host next year’s Challenge Cup final, with Lisburn again the venue for the Junior Cup decider.

No dates or league fixtures can be finalised until Cricket Ireland confirm dates for international, inter-provincial and the Irish Cup competition which is set to resume after it became a victim of the pandemic this year.

It was also confirmed that Downpatrick will take their place in Section Two next season (the third tier of NCU cricket) which means Bangor, who finished second bottom in Section One this year, will not be relegated.