Local cricket season set to get underway on July 18

The wait for a return of local cricket could soon be over with the 2020 Northern Cricket Union season set to get underway on July 18.

It is the news that everyone associated with the sport in the region has been waiting for after the coronavirus pandemic had thrown the prospect of any sort of season into doubt.

All league competitions will be contested in Twenty20 matches with teams in the senior leagues set to face each other once.

The current proposals would then see the top four in the Premier League compete in a play-off with the team that finishes first taking on the fourth-placed side and second facing third in the semi-finals to set up a title-deciding final.

There will be no promotion or relegation but the NCU are hopeful that the Twenty20 Cup will still be able to take place.

More official information on the Gallagher Challenge Cup and Irish Senior Cup is expected later this week.

It is understood that the Junior leagues will be regionalised into smaller groups so that teams don’t face the prospect of long trips to grounds.

The Return to Play protocols are still to be accepted by Sport NI but if everything goes smoothly, cricket will be back in just under three weeks time.

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