NW CRICKET: North West Senior Cup Final venue switched

Donemanas Ricky Lee Dougherty holding the Senior Cup.
Donemanas Ricky Lee Dougherty holding the Senior Cup.

This year’s cricketing North West Senior Cup Final will be held at Strabane Park following a meeting of the Grounds Allication Committee and approved by the Union’s Board of Control.

The Tyrone venue hosted the showpiece in 2014 and drew widespread approval from players and spectators alike for the way they handled the occasion.

A spokesman for the Union said that it had been a very difficult decision this year given that a total of four venues were considered by the panel.

“The NWCU is delighted that there are now plenty of viable options for hosting our showpiece games and that’s how it should be.

“The Union is in advanced talks with a new sponsor for the competition after Danske Bank withdrew at the end of 2015. The Board of Control feels that this is a very important season in the competition’s recent history.

“All of the grounds considered this time will get their chance to stage a senior final at some point in the coming seasons.”

The Union spokesman also confirmed that this year’s T20 finals day would be held at Beechgrove.

“We met with representatives at Brigade and were inpressed by the ongoing work being carried out at the club. Beechgrove is obviously another venue that needs to be in the mix for these types of events and the Union remains keen to encourage our clubs to invest in their grounds and facilities.

“The Qualifying 1, 2, 3 and 4 finals will be held at Bready, Ballyspallen, Ardmore and the Rectory respectively.”