Doubts surface about Mardyke
The venue for the first North v South clash is in doubt after it emerged that the heavy rain of the past month has left the Cork venue struggling to be ready in time.
All games at the pictureseque Mardyke ground had been called off this season before the first round of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup last weekend between Cork County and Derriaghy. That game did go ahead but both teams struggled in a low scoring encounter.
It's believed Cricket Ireland will make a final decision on whether to proceed with the game in Cork or attempt to source an alternative ground, with North Down a possibility.
A switchwould suit the Northern squad, who have games in the ClubTurf Ulster Cup on Saturday June 2 which they wouldn't be able to play in should the game take place in Cork.
The Munster area has been starved of senior representative cricket in recent years, with the last inter-pro taking place there in 1999 and the last senior international in 2002.
Cricket Ireland yesterday announced training squads of 46 players who will be in contention for a place in the starting line-ups.