NCU players have two matches over the weekend, with CIYMS, including new Knights captain Mark Adair, against Waringstown the stand-out game on Holiday Monday.

CI’s new overseas professional, Keith Dudgeon, was due to fly in from South Africa last night and the Belmont side will expect to bounce back from their shock opening day defeat by Lisburn. They are the visitors for Cregagh’s first ever home Premier League game.

Lisburn have a great chance of making it two from two against the other promoted side, Cliftonville Academy, who are still without new professional Dominic Hendricks as there now has been a delay in getting his passport back.

The other four opening day winners are in direct confrontation tomorrow with defending champions Waringstown hosting Carrickfergus and North Down at home to Civil Service North.

In the North West, the Premiership, again played over 40 overs this season, gets under way with defending champions Bready starting at home to Strabane, although the T20 format will again steal the headlines with the final of the Sam McConnell Charity Cup taking place on Sunday between Brigade and Eglinton at The Rectory.

The Women’s equivalent, between Fox Lodge and Bready starts the day’s action at noon.