Internationals take the stage at The Mardyke

After almost a decade-long absence, top-class cricket returns to Cork this weekend with The Mardyke scheduled to host the first game of the new RSA Inter-Regional Series tomorrow between North and South.

Cricket Ireland retain genuine ambitions to be the next Test-playing nation, and for high performance director Richard Holdsworth, the game is a pre-cursor of things to come. “One of the conditions to getting full member status is a first class structure and we see this as a stepping stone towards that.

“With two very strong North and South squads, the game is sure to be a very competitive and high level match.”

Cork County’s Robert Duggan added: “The interest in cricket in Munster, particularly at youth level, has really taken off over the past few years with the success of the Irish team so to have some of those international players such as Kevin O’Brien, Andrew White, John Mooney and Trent Johnston competing at the home of cricket in Munster is very exciting.”

Admission to the game is free.

* Jimmy Joyce has stepped down from his role of Cricket Ireland President for family reasons with immediate effect.

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