Ireland players selected for the Zimbabwe series will miss the last three weekends of the club season, which continues with a clash of the top two in the Premier League — Waringstown and North Down — at The Lawn.

An away win will move North Down level on points with the leaders but a Waringstown victory will leave them eight points clear with just five games to play.

The Villagers are on a winning run of six, which included award-winning performances by Andre Malan, Adam Dennison and Kyle McCallan.

North Down, however, have the player of the month in opening batsman Ani Chore, who averaged a remarkable 280 from seven league and cup innings in July and, after his undefeated 85 in the cup semi-final win over Instonians last Sunday, he heads to Waringstown tomorrow 478 not out.

Indeed, the last time he was out, for 80, North Down lost to Woodvale, but they will have fond memories of their huge home win against Waringstown, when Chore and skipper Ally Shields both scored centuries.

In the league table, there is a 12-point gap to three teams tied in third place, Civil Service North, CIYMS and Carrickfergus, and one of the latter two will drop further back after their clash at Middle Road.

In the North West, there is a full league programme tomorrow, weather permitting, followed by the quarter-finals of the Senior Cup on Sunday.

Pick of the ties is holders Donemana’s visit to Newbuildings, although Brigade are the last team to win the cup as a 50-over competition, in 2019, so they can say they are also defending the trophy, away to Ardmore.