4 May 2002
This year the Irish Cup is giving the best bowlers up to five extra overs in each game with the maximum quota increased to 15 per bowler in the 50 overs game and the holders are unlikely to be complaining. While they will, undoubtedly, miss Botha - probably until the quarter final stage, if they progress - the extra overs for the other front-line bowlers should mean his overs will not be missed. The bottom line is that instead of a team needing five bowlers, they can now get away with three and a fourth bowler sending down just five overs.
It seems ridiculous that the holders of a competition should have to play in one of four preliminary round games, - 28 clubs received byes - and they also contrived to miss the three Munster clubs who, despite an open draw, are involved in the other three ties.
UCC, originally drawn at home to The Hills, have agreed to travel to Dublin but Old Belverdere must make the long journey south to play Cork County. The remaining Irish Cup action will be at College Park tomorrow when Railway Union entertain Cork Harlequins. Railway's pitch at Park Avenue is currently out of bounds because of drainage problems.