Campbell and BRA in derby cracker
For the first time in 20 years, the Ulster Bank Schools' Cup final will be an all-Belfast derby affair with BRA facing Campbell College on Friday (4pm) at Osborne Park.
BRA were the first team into the final after their four wickets victory over Coleraine AI on Saturday and Campbell followed up their impressive quarter-final win over Foyle, last year's beaten finalists, by knocking out the holders RBAI on Monday by five wickets.
It will be a first meeting of the season between the Belfast schools who have match-winners throughout the teams. Campbell, with four regulars in senior cricket, would appear to hold the ace cards but BRA have gone through the season unbeaten after losing their opening game to Sullivan Upper.
The Holywood school also gave Campbell their toughest match in the Schools' Cup with Paddy Beverland's 30 vital in securing a two wickets win after they had bowled out Sullivan for just 77.
Beverland and Park both play for Civil Service North in the Premier League while Jack Beattie of CIYMS and Saintfield's Paddy Telford are the others playing at the highest club level.
BRA are captained by former Instonians opening bowler Andrew Forbes, who has also played for the Northern Knights, and he took four wickets in four balls in his school's second round win over Ballyclare High. Strabane Academy were then bowled out for 91 in the quarter-final with Conor Boyd taking four wickets.
BRA will be hoping the first Belfast final since 1995 will not have a repeat result. They lost that game to RBAI.
BRA: A Forbes (capt), D Reid, F Collins, J Burton, A Palmer, C Boyd, D McLarnon, M Burton, S Osborne, M Wilson, M Brady, C O'Connor
Campbell College: P Park (capt), P Beverland, N McMinn, J Beattie, P Telford, M Corry, A McComick, J Pollard, R Whiteman, R Hamilton, C Lennox, J Newell, M Hamill
- MCC opened their annual four-match tour to Northern Ireland with a 71 runs win against Ulster Schools at Campbell yesterday.
The tour continues today at Carrickfergus with a game against a Northern Knights Under-21 selection which is captained by Instonians wicket-keeper Jordan McClurkin although Jamie Magowan will wear the gloves. It will be the first game the famous club have played in coloured clothing in Northern Ireland and they will use the same kit on Friday for the climax of their tour, against Ireland Under 19s at Moylena.
Tomorrow's game is at Osborne Park against a Combined Campbell College, RBAI and Methodist College side. All the games start at 11am.
Knights U21 side: J McClurkin (Instonians), S Gordon, J Magowan (Muckamore), P Park, P Beverland (both CSN), A Johnston, J Matchett (both CIYMS), J Mitchell, M Topping (both Waringstown), R Bryans, J Carlisle (both Templepatrick), R Sinton (Armagh).
Yesterday's score: MCC 193-9 dec (E Delany 89; R Millar 3-43, L McNamara 2-33, J Matchett 2-54) Ulster Schools 122 (C Dolaghan 42; G Williams 5-32). MCC won by 71 runs.