Stiff task for Lisburn cricketers in cup opener

Ardmore have added two players ahead of the 2015 campaign.
Ardmore have added two players ahead of the 2015 campaign.

Lisburn’s cricketers will have a tough task in this season’s Twenty20 Lagan Valley Steels Cup when they start their campaign against NCU Premier League champions Instonians at Shaw’s Bridge.

The cup is for the eight top league sides, which are divided into two groups of four, with Lisburn joined this season by North Down, Instonians and Carrickfergus. The top two in each group qualify for the semi-finals and the final will be staged on Sunday June 14 at Waringstown.

The Hillsborough-based Lagan Valley Steels also sponsor the Twenty20 Trophy for Section 1 teams and the Twenty20 Shield for Section 2 and 3 sides, both of which are played on a straight knock-out basis. In their opening round of the Trophy, Derriaghy have received a bye into the second round where they will have home advantage over either Lurgan or Bangor.