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Irish cricket gets £1.25m cash lift

Cricket Ireland has welcomed the decision of the ICC Board to approve a £1.25m grant from the Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) — aimed at developing more competitive teams among Full and Associate/Affiliate Members.

The grant, which will be spread over the next four years, has been earmarked by Cricket Ireland to secure additional fixtures against Full Members — there was not enough money to play a four-day game when Bangladesh visit next month — the formation of a National Academy and the organisation of an expanded interprovincial series, planned to start no later than 2014.

Meanwhile, last night’s second NCU Twenty20 Cup semi final between Waringstown and Civil Service North was abandoned after three overs when a deluge hit The Lawn.

The second and final attempt will take place tonight but Waringstown captain Kyle McCallan has already tweeted: “Looking forward to a third bowl out this season.... “

In the North West, rain also washed out the first night of defending league champions Brigade’s game against Donemana — they have two more nights to complete it —but the top of the table clash between Bready and Strabane was washed out after 25 overs, with Strabane needing almost 10 runs an over. That game will be replayed as a Twenty20 game.

The schools interprovincial at Osborne Park was also cut short, just two balls into the second innings of the match and although play is scheduled to start at 10am today, the forecast would indicate otherwise.

Alistair Shields and Scott Campbell, the captains in the Schools Cup final on Tuesday, were joint top scorers for Ulster Schools.

Scores: Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup semi final: At The Lawn, Civil Service North 21-2 (3 overs). Abandoned.

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At Magheramason, Bready 263-6 Strabane 121-2 (25 overs, W Orakzai 60 not out, M Gillespie 23 not out). Abandoned.

At Beechgrove, Brigade v Donemana, no play. Continues tonight at 6.30pm

Schools inter-provincial

At Osborne Park, Ulster Schools 1st innings 224-9 dec (S Campbell 40, A Shields 40, B Wylie 31, J McClerkin 29, R Adair 23; K Shimmins 4-52) Leinster Schools 1st innings 0-0 (0.2 overs). Continues today at 10am.

Belfast Telegraph