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.
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.