Cricket Leinster can today confirm the draws for Open Competitions Intermediate and Whelan Cup T20 competitions.
The Intermediate Cup – which is the oldest trophy played for in Cricket Leinster – is this year being played for as a T20 competition for the first time, having not been contested in 2020 due to restructuring in the curtailed season.
The competition is made up of teams mainly in Divisions 7 and 8, with Ringcommons 1 the sole Division 9 representative. Given the composition of the teams – this competition’s group stage will feature two groups of 7 teams, with each team facing each other once and the top 4 in each group progressing to the quarter-finals.
Group A contains 1st XI representation from Swords, Ringcommons and Tyrrelstown, whilst Group B boasts 2019 Division 7 champions Bagenalstown 1, as well as 2020’s YMCA Salver runner-up Greystones 1. Laois 1 also occupy the space previously held by their 2nd team following a shuffle around the leagues.
The full group draws can be seen below.
The Whelan Cup meanwhile contains 16 teams, and therefore reverts to the 4 groups of 4 teams format, with each team playing home and away against each other. These groups are mainly consisting of Division 9 and 10 teams, with Wicklow County 1 the sole representative from Division 8.
Group A contains Clontarf 5 – the de facto holders under the guise of Clontarf 4 in 2020 – with just one Division 8 side in the group in the form of Phoenix 4. Group B sees Civil Service 4 facing off against the 1st XIs of Lucan, Ashbourne and Slieve Bloom. Group C sees Pembroke 4 the highest ranked of an all southside group, whilst Group D sees Wicklow County facing off with three Division 9 sides.
Full draws can be seen below.