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Twenty20 opener facing month delay

By Ian Callender

The first Twenty20 day in the new RSA inter-provincial series has been postponed, a month before the new season is due to start.

The Leinster venue for the opening games on Sunday April 28, between the Northern Knights, the North West Warriors and the Leinster Lions, had never been confirmed and following the weekend snow storm, Cricket Ireland have taken the decision to put back the games to Friday June 21. The remaining rounds will still go ahead at Bready on Sunday July 21 and Comber on Sunday September 22.

The inter-provincial series will now start on Holiday Monday May 6, with the first 50 overs game between the Lions and the Knights at The Hills.

Meanwhile, Andrew Riddles is the latest Limavady player to sign up for a new club. The Roesiders quit senior cricket at the start of the year and Riddles, last season's club captain, has decided to step down a grade to play with Championship side Ardmore this year.

His signing will automatically elevate the Bleach Green side into promotion contenders for a return to the top flight for the first time since 2008.

"It was a tough winter with the goings on at Limavady but, unfortunately, these things happen. I trained with my new team mates on Saturday and have to say there are some very good young prospects at the club.

"I know there is plenty of experience as well and Lee looks to have a useful squad around him. Ardmore need to be playing in the Premier Division and I will do everything in my power to help make that happen," said Riddles.

Other confirmed signings from Limavady for the season are Decker Curry to Strabane, Simon Dunn and Adam McDaid to Brigade and Stuart Thompson to Eglinton, with Drummond favourites to snap up Chris Moore and Ricky McDaid.

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