Cricket clubs handed tough tests in cup draw

Local club representatives Neil Gill of Muckamoreand Ballymena's Carson McCullough at the draw  for the first round of the newly-sponsored Northern Cricket Union  Arthur J. Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup flanked by  Shane Matthews of AJG (left) and the NCU President, Peter McMorran.
Local club representatives Neil Gill of Muckamoreand Ballymena's Carson McCullough at the draw for the first round of the newly-sponsored Northern Cricket Union Arthur J. Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup flanked by Shane Matthews of AJG (left) and the NCU President, Peter McMorran.

It may not be a time of year traditionally associated with cricket but preparations are already underway for the new season locally.

Representatives of the Ballymena and Muckamore Cricket Clubs were in attendance at the draw for the Northern Cricket Union Arthur J. Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup.

Ballymena will travel to the Premiership champions Waringstown and Muckamore will host the cup runners-up Instonians.