Cricket Cup draws

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THE first round draws have been made for the 2013 ClubTurf Ulster Cup, Ulster Shield and Ulster Plate competitions.

As usual there are some interesting ties down for decision, with Lisburn, winners of the competition in 2000 drew at home to 2005 champions Strabane.

Four time victors Instonians play Bready, while two time winners North Down play Limavady at Comber in a repeat of the 2006 final.

Holders Brigade have home advantage over NCU Premier league champions CIYMS, while last year’s beaten finalists Civil Service North will return to the venue of that defeat when they play newly promoted Eglinton.

Waringstown entertain Fox Lodge at The Lawn and both sides will be keen to rectify their poor performances in the competition - neither having made a final since the tournament started in 1999.

Coleraine and Donemana have both been given byes due to Ballymena and Lurgan opting not to enter the competition.

In the Ulster Shield NCU sides will be looking to continue their complete domination of the competition - no North West side has ever collected the trophy in the eight years it has been played.

Holders Muckamore have won the competition no fewer than four times, and they have drawn at home to Sion Mills.

2011 winners Downpatrick travel to Burndennett, while 2007 champions Cliftonville entertain Glendermott, who will be making their debut in the competition.

In the other ties, Carrickfergus face St Johnston, Dundrum host Creevedonnell, Laurevale travel to Bonds Glen, Ardmore take on Woodvale, while Newbuildings have home advantage against Derriaghy.

In the Ulster Plate, holders Muckamore II have a tricky looking encounter at Eglinton II.

The draws in full are as follows: Clubturf Ulster Cup - Lisburn v Strabane; Instonians v Bready; North Down v Limavady; Waringstown v Fox Lodge; Brigade v CIYMS; Eglinton v CSNI. Byes: Coleraine and Donemana.

Ulster Shield - Carrickfergus v St Johnston; Cliftonville v Glendermott; Dundrum v Creevedonnell; Muckamore v Sion Mills; Bonds Glen v Laurelvale; Burndennett v Downpatrick; Newbuildings v Derriaghy; Ardmore v Woodvale.

Ulster Plate - Bready II v Lisburn II; Brigade II v North Down II; CIYMS II v Fox Lodge II; CSNI II v Donemana II; Eglinton II v Muckamore II; Glendermott II v Waringstown II; Instonians II v Strabane II; Woodvale II v Coleraine II.