Terenure pull out of Irish Cup
Terenure have withdrawn from the Irish Cup, on the eve of the first round action, in protest at not being allowed to play on their matting pitch.
The Division 2 club were drawn at home to Bready but it was announced by Cricket Ireland on Thursday that the game would take place on their opponents’ ground.
Terenure yesterday decided not to travel, and Bready have been awarded a walk-over into the second round.
Co Galway, the other team with a matting wicket, will travel to the North West for their first ever game in the competition, against Fox Lodge, who were relegated from the Premiership last season.
The prospect of any play on first-round day was bleak as the rain, which halted play in the one-day international at Malahide yesterday, swept across the country and continued into the night.
Pick of the ties is The Hills’ opening defence against three times champions North Down.
Last year’s beaten finalists, Clontarf, should have a straightforward opener, against Cork County, but there are only two other games scheduled for Dublin: Railway Union face North West League champions Strabane, albeit without five of their Championship winning side, who have moved on. Leinster host Carrickfergus, who won the quadruple one level down, in 2014, including the National Cup.
Due to head to the NCU today are league champions YMCA, who should have little trouble in getting past perennial Section One side Woodvale, playing only their second match in the competition since 2002, and Merrion, beaten finalists in 2012 and 2013, who face NCU title favourites CIYMS.