NCU CUP CRICET: Holders CIYMS to face Woodvale in Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup opener

Chris Dougherty, captain of holders CIYMS, at the  draw for the first round of the Northern Cricket Union's Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup.  He is flanked by Gordon Markey (left) broking director of the new sponsors and Peter McMorran, President of the NCU.
Chris Dougherty, captain of holders CIYMS, at the draw for the first round of the Northern Cricket Union's Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup. He is flanked by Gordon Markey (left) broking director of the new sponsors and Peter McMorran, President of the NCU.

Holders CIYMS have received an all Belfast draw in the first round of the newly-sponsored NCU Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup.

The Premier League club will play Woodvale from Section One in a draw which kept all eight Premiership sides apart.

The tournament features the eight Ulster Bank Premier and 10 Section 1 League clubs.

This season’s competition will be the first in a three year sponsorship deal between the NCU and the international insurance brokers Arthur J Gallagher. The company says that throughout its evolution from local to international brokers it has always remained a regional service and supporting big events like the NCU Challenge Cup “is a perfect fit”

The chairman of the NCU, Andy Clement, said the Union was delighted to welcome a new name to local cricket sponsorship.

“It will help to further strengthen Arthur J Gallagher’s local business commitment - as well as a sport which continues to reach new levels of excellence”, he said.

The company takes over the sponsorship from Ulster Bank which stepped in in recent years until a new sponsor was found and which continues its long support of the four sections of the NCU Senior League.

FULL DRAW:

Preliminary Round (April 30):

Donaghcloney v Academy,

Saintfield v Armagh.

First Round (May 14):

Civil Service North v Saintfield or Armagh

Muckamore v Instonians

Woodvale v CIYMS

Donaghcloney or Academy v Derriaghy

Waringstown v Ballymena

Carrick v Bangor

Downpatrick v North Down

Lurgan v Lisburn.