Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Cricket: Limavady enjoy easy cup draw

Limavady, the Northern Bank Senior Cup holders, have been handed a straightforward opening game in the defence of the trophy next May - but they are one of the lucky ones.

While Limavady await the winners of Drummond's preliminary round game against Creevedonnell, and have home advantage to boot, league champions Brigade must travel to third place Bready in one of three all-Senior One ties on May 24, first round day.

It is the third cup clash between the teams in the last four years - all have been at Magheramason - and Brigade's totals have been 66 and 330 for three. Somewhere in between next season should satisfy the Beechgrove side as they attempt to reach the cup final for the first time in eight years.

League runners up Donemana are also away to Senior One opposition, albeit last year's bottom team Fox Lodge, while Strabane, beaten finalists in 2004 and 2006, start out in the next even year with a home game against Killymallaght who finished one league win better off than them last season.

Glendermott, the 2007 runners-up, will hope it is a good omen that they begin, as they did this year, with a home game against Sion Mills.

Northern Bank Senior Cup first round draw: Limavady v Drummond or Creevedonnell; Fox Lodge v Donemana, Ardmore v Bonds Glen or Burndennett, St Johnston or Coleraine v The Nedd or N Fermanagh, Strabane v Killymallaght, Bready v Brigade, Killyclooney v Eglinton, Glendermott v Sion Mills. Preliminary round games on Saturday May 10, first round on May 24.

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