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Cup draw pits Bready with tricky Strabane challenge

If Bready are going to win the Northern Bank Senior Cup for the first time, they will have to do it the hard way.

The Magheramason club's reward for knocking out holders Brigade on Saturday is an away semi final against Strabane, last year's beaten finalists and a team they have already lost to in the league this season.

Even if they beat the defending North West League champions, Bready could come up against Donemana, who beat them in the 2009 decider.

The men from the Holm easily accounted for Sion Mills in Saturday's delayed second round tie but their attempt to play the quarter final against Fox Lodge yesterday was washed out and rearranged for June 18, with the winners at home to Coleraine.

Bready's eight wickets victory over Brigade was the most impressive of the day on Saturday.

First they dismissed the unbeaten league leaders for 187 with David Scanlon taking the first three wickets and Mark Fleming the last four before knocking off the runs in just 32 overs.

David Rankin survived the second-over loss of opening partner Mark Olphert to make 81, sharing a second wicket stand of 112 with Steven Clarke, who finished 66 not out.

Strabane beat Limavady by 60 runs at the John Hunter Memorial Grounds to maintain their interest in the cup, while Coleraine eased past Eglinton's 215 for six.

After a first wicket stand of 171 between Ian McGregor (74 not out) and Mohammad Salman (86), Andy McBrine's undefeated 117 was eight more than the Sion Mills total in Donemana's crushing 190 runs victory.

In Senior League One, Fox Lodge's decision to bring forward their match against Bonds Glen to Saturday was worth two points as they bowled out the basement club for 97 and their eight wickets win promoted them to joint second, ahead of their home game with Donemana, starting tonight.

Northern Bank Senior Cup semi final draw: Strabane v Bready, Fox Lodge or Donemana v Coleraine. Games to be played on June 25 and 26.

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