RSA Irish Senior Cup set for Super Start
May 10th 2013 by Cricket Ireland | International
It’s that time of the year again where the country’s top teams will battle it out for Irish cricket’s most coveted trophy.
The Irish Senior Cup has always been a difficult one to win and this year it could be more difficult than most. RSA have now become the competition’s sponsors and it will be as open a competition as ever with all 32 teams having their eyes on the top prize in domestic club cricket.
Never has Irish domestic cricket been in such good shape, all the premier divisions expected to be tight affairs this season, so the RSA Irish Senior Cup is set to be even more exciting than usual. There are no second chances in cup competitions and the first round looks treacherous so teams with real title hopes could find themselves knocked out before their run has begun.
The tie of the round is widely agreed to be holders The Hills’ tie against Instonians. The champions have home advantage but Instonians have a well-balanced side and with three internationals in their ranks, they have a great chance. The visitors will, no doubt, want to win the only competition they play in that they have never won while The Hills will look to defend their title.
Clontarf are in Division 2 this season and will see this competition as a chance to prove that they can cut it with the best in the country when they welcome Ballymena to Castle Avenue. Leinster have a very different side from the team that claimed the Leinster League Division 1 last year and they will have a tough task overturning North Down.
Voted the second best grass square in Leinster by the region’s umpires, North County host Brigade. Both teams have a fighting spirit and this tie could come down to the wire. Creevedonnell make the trip to Pembroke and it will be a huge upset if they can come out with a win. Lisburn travel to YMCA who are hungry for a maiden Irish Senior Cup title and a side capable of going all the way.
Railway Union will always have a chance in any competition with big hitter Kevin O’Brien in their ranks and they will be confident of making it past Downpatrick in this round one tie. CIYMS won the NCU Premier League last year and can beat anyone on their day but Glendermott will be tough to get past.
Donemana are always there or there abouts in this competition and 2013 is no different and it would probably be the upset of the round if Terenure were to beat them. Merrion travel to Coleraine and the 2012 winners and 2013 finalists will hope to continue their good away form.
Eglinton take on Phoenix at home in another match that could go to wire while Lurgan have a tough task if they are to have a chance against a very strong Bready side. Waringstown are another team with big pretensions to the title they won back in 2011 and will have high hopes of a good showing away to Bonds Glen.
Cork Harlequins v Fox Lodge
Carrickfergus v Cork County
Clontarf v Ballymena
Leinster v North Down
The Hills v Instonians
Pembroke v Creevedonnell
North County v Brigade
Lisburn v YMCA
Downpatrick v Railway Union
CIYMS v Glendermott
CSNI v Strabane
Donemana v Terenure
Coleraine v Merrion
Eglinton v Phoenix
Bready v Lurgan
Bonds Glen v Waringstown