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Finals day will be north-south decider after Waringstown paired with Bready

 

By Ian Callender

It will be a north-south decider on All-Ireland Twenty20 finals day on Sunday week after the semi-final draw paired NCU champions Waringstown with North West holders Bready.

That game will take place at The Lawn, which will also host the final against Leinster winners Clontarf and Munster champions Cork County, who meet at Lisburn in the other semi-final.

This is the first national T20 finals day to decide the kings of the shortest format and by then we will know who is the best team in Northern Ireland as Waringstown and Bready, along with beaten finalists North Down and Coleraine, meet in Ulster Cup finals day this Sunday.

North Down are the host club with Bready their opponents in the semi-final while Waringstown face Coleraine at Saintfield in what could be the biggest game ever at The Demesne. The final is back at the Green, scheduled to start at 4pm.

One level down, the Ulster Shield this year is also a T20 competition but Woodvale, beaten finalists in the NCU's Twenty20 Trophy, have spoiled the party saying they couldn't get enough players interested to travel to the North West!

Holywood, who lost to Woodvale in the semi-final, have been invited to take their place and will meet Eric Cooke Cup winners St Johnston at The Boathole (11.30am) with Strabane facing NCU champions Armagh in the other semi-final at Strabane Park (noon). The final of this competition is pencilled in for a 4.30pm start at Strabane.

Meanwhile, the three All-Ireland youth competitions are making good progress with Instonians hosting Fox Lodge on Friday week (noon) at Under-15 level for a place in the final against Leinster winners YMCA.

Instonians defeated Lisburn last Friday in the NCU's Graham Cup final at Wallace Park by nine wickets, after restricting the home side to just 99 for eight in their 30 overs.

The NCU's Under-13 Banoge Cup final takes place on Friday at Shaw's Bridge between Instonians and Waringstown with a direct route into the final against Bonds Glen or Rush.

The Under-11 Quoile Cup final between holders Civil Service North and Muckamore is at Queensway, Derriaghy tonight (6pm). There will be bucket collection for the Marie Curie Hospice at the match. The winners are away to Pembroke in the All-Ireland semi-final with St Johnston waiting in the final.

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