Cricket: CIYMs ready to lap up their silver lining at last
CIYMS will receive the Ulster Bank League Section Two championship trophy tomorrow.
Both North Down, the Ulster Bank Premier League winners, and CI were disappointed that their respective cups were not on hand when they clinched the titles earlier this month but Northern Cricket Union chairman Billy Boyd has explained that presentations only take place when the championship " has already been won".
Citing that example of Derriaghy last year, receiving the trophy at Armagh, the game after they clinched the Section Two title, he said: "We have to wait until the result form has been received by the Section Secretary to confirm not only the veracity of the result but that all the players were properly registered.
" We don't want to hand over a trophy and then have to take it back off a club. Look at the situation last year where North Down lost the title to Waringstown in the committee room.
"But arrangements have been made for me to hand over the trophy to CIYMS tomorrow morning, before their game against Ballymena.
"I was also due to present North Down with their trophy on Sunday, during their 2nd XI game, but they decided not enough people would be available."
Refuting criticism that they were losing valuable publicity by not having the trophies on hand at title deciders, Boyd added: "The usual vehicle for the presentation of trophies is the annual dinner in October and that's when the publicity for the sponsors is generated."
CI's game is the third last to be played in Section Two this season. The final two involve Cooke Collegians who need to win them both to save themselves from relegation.
First up for the Shaw's Bridge side is a home game against Armagh on Sunday and, if they win that, Armagh will go down if Cooke Collegians also win their last match, against Laurelvale tomorrow week.
Dunmurry have finished bottom and are the first team through the trapdoor into Section Three.
Saintfield are certain to replace them in Section Two and victory on Sunday, against their only remaining rivals Dundrum, will confirm them as champions. If Dundrum win that game, it will guarantee them the second promotion spot but they would have to win their last four, starting today against Donacloney, to give them a chance of winning the title. Even then, they would need Saintfield to lose their last match, at Millpark next Saturday.
Meanwhile, Saintfield is the venue on Sunday for the annual match for the White Stick Trophy between the NCU umpires and their Leinster counterparts. The 35 overs match starts at 1pm.
Today: Ulster Bank League Section Three (11.30): Dundrum v Donacloney.
Tomorrow (11.30) - Section Two: CIYMS v Ballymena. Section Three: Larne v Donacloney, Millpark v Dungannon, Portadown v Academy, Templepatrick v Drumaness.
Sunday (11.30) - Section Two: Cooke Collegians v Armagh. Section Three: Dungannon v Millpark, Dundrum v Saintfield, Larne v Templepatrick.