The Northern Cricket Union have a new sponsor for their Twenty20 competitions.
And the chief backer admits it was Ireland’s success at the recent World Twenty20 Qualifying tournament which made up his mind to put his money into the local game.
Lagan Valley Steels will sponsor the T20 Cup, Trophy and Shield for the next three years and Tommy Anderson, the company’s chief executive, who just happens to be the Waringstown club president, is looking forward to seeing some of Ireland’s World Cup heroes bring their skills to the competition.
“I have always been excited by the 20-over game and Ireland’s qualification in Dubai has given it a terrific boost,” said Mr Anderson.
“I’m delighted Lagan Valley Steels is able to support local cricket. The game has made remarkable strides in recent years and I have no doubt it will go from strength to strength.”
Three of the victorious Ireland squad, Andrew White and Rory McCann of Instonians and Nigel Jones of Civil Service North, will be in direct opposition in the opening round of matches on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7 when the teams meet at Shaw’s Bridge. The other Group A game is between holders North Down and CIYMS.
Meanwhile, Paul Stirling’s storming finish to the qualifying tournament in Dubai has sent him soaring into the top 40 in the T20 world rankings.