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NCU Cup final again bound for Comber

The NCU Challenge Cup final will be played again at Comber this year. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Emergency Committee last night.

Although no sponsor has been confirmed for the competition, the union is hopeful of having one on board by the time the first round takes place on May 8. The final will be on Friday, July 30 with North Down again getting home advantage if they reach the decider for the eighth time in the last 11 years.

Meanwhile, CIYMS will learn on Monday if former New Zealand international Craig McMillan will be their overseas professional this summer.

The committee considered the application last night but referred it to next week's meeting of the NCU's Registration Committee. There will be no right of appeal. There is not expected to be a problem with the high-profile signing as he retired from Test cricket in April 2007, the stipulated three years before a former Test player can play in the NCU.

McMillan's claim to fame is the fastest 200 in Test match history, off just 222 balls, and will be considered a favourite to match AB De Villiers' feat of successive double hundreds in the NCU, when the now South Africa Test star was at Carrick.

Belfast Telegraph