Cricket Ireland this morning announced that an agreement had been reached with Mrs Hope Kerr to continue the sponsorship of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup for a further three years.

The sponsorship is in memory of her husband, Bob Kerr, a former President and Chairman of Cricket Ireland.

Commenting on the renewed sponsorship, Hope Kerr said: I am honoured to have Bob's name associated with Ireland's premier competition, and I am pleased to be able to further promote the all-Ireland dimension of cricket which was very important to my late husband.

Chairman of the Cricket Ireland cricket committee, Joe Doherty welcomed the news of the extended sponsorship saying: I am delighted to learn that Mrs Hope Kerr will continue to sponsor our premier domestic competition in memory of her late husband.

"The Cricket Committee has approved updated playing regulations for the 2010 competition, including power plays and front foot no ball penalties, so we are in for an exciting and entertaining summer, of that there is no doubt.

On a personal level, I love to see cricket competitions being sponsored by cricket people, and the Kerr name on the Cup is a fitting tribute to a man who worked tirelessly for Irish cricket at all levels over many years."

There are 16 ties down for decision in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup this weekend, which are as follows:

  • Phoenix v Glendermott
  • Railway Union v Rush 
  • Leinster (holders) v Terenure
  • Pembroke v North Down
  • North County v Eglinton
  • Brigade v Instonians
  • Bready v YMCA
  • Strabane v Merrion
  • Coleraine v Clontarf (9 May - 11am start)
  • St Johnston v Malahide (11:30am)
  • Lisburn v Limavady
  • Civil Service North v Cork County
  • Carrickfergus v The Hills
  • CIYMS v Donemana
  • Ballymena v Fox Lodge
  • Old Belvedere v Waringstown