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Maiden edition of Euro T20 Slam was cancelled due to a lack of capital

 

Signed up: Eoin Morgan had been contracted to take part
Signed up: Eoin Morgan had been contracted to take part

By Ian Callender

The inaugural Euro T20 Slam was cancelled because of a lack of working capital, it was confirmed last night.

Just 16 days before the first match was due to take place and only five hours after New Zealand's Ross Taylor was named as a replacement player, the organisers announced on Wednesday night that "the staging of the event will not be possible in 2019".

No explanation was given but it has since emerged that because the tournament was scheduled so soon after Sunday's final of the Global T20 Canada - Bombay Sports Ltd and Woods Entertainment are in charge of both tournaments - the capital would not be available for another two to three months so the Euro T20 board "reluctantly" agreed to postpone the event.

More than 100 players, including England's Dublin-born World Cup captain Eoin Morgan, had been contracted to take part in the three-week Slam, to be held in Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin, split up into six franchises with 18 Ireland players involved with the Belfast Titans and Dublin Chiefs.

The organisers have signed a 10-year agreement and the 2020 tournament is due to be staged in a July/August window, as Ireland are playing England in three one-day internationals in September.

• A HORROR first 14 overs condemned Ireland Under-17s to defeat in the second of their 50-over internationals against Scotland in Oak Hill yesterday.

They recovered from 28-6 to total 103 but the Scots eased home in the 30th over.

TOMORROW'S NCU FIXTURES: Robinson Services League Section One: Armagh v Woodvale, Bangor v Downpatrick, Derriaghy v Donaghcloney Mill, Holywood v Ballymena, Templepatrick v Cregagh. Sunday: Downpatrick v Cregagh, Woodvale v Armagh.

Section Two: BISC v Cliftonville Academy, Cooke Collegians v Belfast Superkings, Lurgan v Laurelvale, Saintfield v Monaghan. Sunday: Cooke Collegians v Saintfield, BISC v Monaghan.

Oak Hill scores: Ireland U17s 103 (32.2 overs, S Lynch 34, M Thompson 21; C Peet 4-13, D Salmond 3-19) Scotland U17s 104-5 (29.1 overs, T Makintosh 41; M Thompson 2-41). Scotland U17s won by five wickets.

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