The NCU season will get under way on May 8th with Lagan Valley Steels T20 action preceding the hoped for return of 'longer format' matches.

The eight Premier League clubs will complete a round-robin series of seven games over four weeks, after which the top four finishers will play semi-finals and Final, scheduled for the 5th & 6th June.

The programme sees a full round of fixtures on Saturdays with another round split between Thursday and Friday nights each week.

A condensed competition that will ensure there is plenty of action for cricket followers in the early part of the 2021 season of which NCU General Manager Angela Platt said:

“After discussions with our own clubs and guidance from Sport Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities, we were able to develop this season schedule and help our clubs adhere to Covid-19 regulations."

It is hoped that, Government restrictions permitting, there will be a return to 'longer format' matches on 12th June but that is of course subject to change and dependent on the progress of easing of restrictions.

In the first round of matches, defending champions CIYMS take on Woodvale at Belmont while beaten finalists North Down travel to Carrickfergus Instonians host CSNI and Waringstown will entertain Lisburn at The Lawn.

The complete list of fixtures is:

8th May
Carrickfergus v North Down
CIYMS v Woodvale
Instonians v CSNI
Waringstown v Lisburn

13th/14th May
CSNI v CIYMS
Lisburn v Carrickfergus
North Down v Woodvale
Waringstown v Instonians

15th May
CIYMS v Instonians
CSNI v Lisburn
North Down v Waringstown
Woodvale v Carrickfergus

20th/21st May
CSNI v North Down
Instonians v Woodvale
Lisburn v CIYMS
Waringstown v Carrickfergus

22nd May
Carrickfergus v CSNI
CIYMS v North Down
Instonians v Lisburn
Woodvale v Waringstown

27th/28th May
CIYMS v Carrickfergus
CSNI v Waringstown
Lisburn v Woodvale
North Down v Instonians

29th May
Carrickfergus v Instonians
Lisburn v North Down
Waringstown v CIYMS
Woodvale v CSNI

5th June - Semi-Finals

6th June - Final

29th August - Winners compete in the All-Ireland T20 Final.