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Derriaghy 'nothing to lose'

By Ian Callender

Derriaghy captain Matthew Jennings is happy to accept the role of underdogs in the RSA National Cup final on Sunday when they take on Malahide at The Meadow, Downpatrick (1pm).

A look at the Section One league table – seven wins and seven defeats in their 14 matches – backs up Jennings' assertion that they have been 'consistently inconsistent' this season but in professional Yogesh Takawale they have someone capable of winning a match on his own.

He has the two highest scores of the season, 197 not out and 195 plus 163 not out so if he comes off on Saturday then the cup could be staying in the NCU, following Muckamore's triumph last year.

The Queensway side have hardly had the most taxing route to the final, with a 1-0 bowl-out success over Ardmore followed by a walk-over against NUI Galway before they finally saw action against Cliftonville, then bottom of Ulster Bank League Section One.

But a three runs win earned them a home semi final against Laurelvale, who had replaced Cliftonville at the bottom, and a total of 119 was enough for a 40 runs victory as veteran all-rounder Craig Lewis took four wickets.

Jennings has already been talking to Muckamore counterpart Neil Gill whose side lost to Malahide in the second round and he has described them as a strong all-round team. They can boast an Ireland international in wicket-keeper/batsman Fintan McAllister and Peter Chase who made his debut for Leinster Lightning this month, is likely to faster than anything the Derriaghy batsmen have faced this season.

Although Malahide also started their Road to Downpatrick with a bowl-out victory they at least hit the stumps three times and since then they have been awesomely impressive, beating the holders by 116 runs, Co Galway by 162 runs and Rush by eight wickets.

But as Jennings says: "We are in the final and as we are underdogs we have nothing to lose and will give it our best shot."

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