NORTH Down and Newbuildings have been nominated by their provincial unions for the Cricket Ireland Club of the Year, which will be announced on Friday night at the annual awards ceremony.

The Ulster teams are up against Irish Cup winners Dublin YMCA and Munsterís surprise winners Limerick who ended Corkís dominance of the league and Cup in their union.

The NCU had no hesitation in nominating North Down and not just because they won the Robinson Services Cup, which replaced the Premier League which was ruled out by the pandemic, but for their efforts in answering every call to stage inter-provincials and even the T20 Cup finals at short notice. They also accommodated the Ireland internationals for training sessions at The Green.

Newbuildings won the North West Faughan Valley Cup for the first time and as the club continues to expand, they fielded two other senior sides and three youth teams, while plans for a large community pavilion are also under way.

Limerick have already been awarded the Munster Club of the Year having won the Premier, Division 1 and Division 3 titles as well as the Division 1 and 2 T20 Blast competitions. The club has also expanded its membership and has a vibrant youth section.