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North West clubs last night accepted the schedule for the new season, which will start with the T20 Cup on Saturday, May 8. (stock photo)

North West clubs last night accepted the schedule for the new season, which will start with the T20 Cup on Saturday, May 8. (stock photo)

North West clubs last night accepted the schedule for the new season, which will start with the T20 Cup on Saturday, May 8. (stock photo)

North West clubs last night accepted the schedule for the new season, which will start with the T20 Cup on Saturday, May 8.

As last year, the teams have been divided into four groups, with Brigade, Eglinton, Bready and holders Donemana seeded to progress to the Faughan Valley Cup semi-finals. The second and third-placed teams will also go through to cup semi-finals.

Last year, the top four played for the Senior Cup but the plan is for that to return to a 50-over competition this season, with its usual two-day final in August; the first round will be held on July 17 with the quarter-finals and semi-finals on Sundays.

The Long's SuperValu League - which Brigade will defend as the 2019 champions - will be a 40-over competition for the first time, divided into two groups, starting on Saturday, June 12, with the top four in each group going through to knockout quarter-finals, culminating in a Grand Final.

If all goes to plan, the season will end on September 5. Fixtures will be announced next week.

The T20 competition will be played as last year, with the three four-team groups playing each other home and away and the three-team group playing each other three times.

Group A is Brigade, Killyclooney and Strabane; Group B is Eglinton, Bonds Glen, Fox Lodge and Coleraine; Group C is Bready, Newbuildings, Burndennett and Glendermott; and Group D is Donemana, Ardmore and Ballyspallen.

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The one complication, however, is that Donegal-based St Johnston have yet to be given the go-ahead to play by the Republic's government, but as soon as they get the green light they will then join the season - although they may have to concede matches until they return to action, rather than try to fit them all in at a later date.


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