Ger Gilroy, Newstalk sports editor, said: “Cricket has seen a surge in popularity, across Ireland, in recent years and we are seeing more and more young people taking to the sport. Our seven-day Off the Ball offering is designed to keep listeners up-to-date with the latest developments across all sports. We are delighted to sponsor the Interprovincial Series and we look forward to supporting the teams throughout the season.”
“The Interprovincial Series is the bridge between club cricket and international cricket. It is extremely important in aiding Cricket Ireland’s journey to becoming a Test Playing Nation. To have an association with a prestigious, ambitious and dynamic brand like Newstalk is an important development for Cricket Ireland and the Interprovincial Series.”
“Our partnership with Newstalk also means that cricket fans, from across the country, can look forward to increased quality coverage of the game at international and grassroots level, throughout the season ahead.”
Leinster Lightning topped the inaugural 3-day Championship table in 2013, going unbeaten in their four matches, to win by a clear margin of 21 points. Leinster also won the 20 over trophy by virtue of a superior run-rate, after they finished level on points with the Northern Knights. They were prevented from a historic treble following their dramatic last-day loss in the 50 over competition against the Warriors, which handed the trophy to the Knights.
The 2014 Newstalk Interprovincial Series will kick-off on Saturday May 3rd at The Hills, when hosts Leinster Lightning take on the North West Warriors in a 50 over contest. Action at Milverton gets under way at 10.45am.