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Instonians in Saturday cup clash after all

By Ian Callender

Instonians will play Railway Union in the quarter-finals of the Bob Kerr Irish Cup on Saturday after all.

Limavady have been told they have no right of appeal to the decision to award the abandoned second round match to the NCU club.

Although Cricket Ireland said the game would be delayed a week, both Instonians and Railway Union have agreed to play the game on Saturday as internationals Andrew White and Trent Johnston are both available.

The following Saturday they will be in Scotland preparing for Ireland's first game of the Tri-Series against Sri Lanka.

As well as being told they cannot appeal being thrown out of the competition "for refusing to finish the game", Limavady are still awaiting a full explanation of why Decker Curry received a one-year suspension from all cricket.

The Cricket Ireland statement, expected yesterday, is not now due until this evening.

Limavady last night insisted they would appeal the decision to award the match to Instonians and were "perturbed to learn that our captain was being held responsible".

On the field, though, the Roesiders continued their climb up the Senior One League table with a 20 runs victory in their 20 overs league game against Glendermott.

Limavady are now just two points behind champions Strabane with a match in hand.

Instonians, meanwhile, cruised into the final of the Twenty20 Cup with a nine wickets win over Downpatrick last night, the Section One team bowled out for just 88.

The final, against North Down, will be played on Wednesday, July 27.

* CIYMS captain Ben McCord will make his representative debut for Ireland next week after last night being named in the Development Squad for three one-day games against MCC in Sussex.

McCord, a New Zealander by birth but now qualified to play for Ireland, is one of four new faces which also include Railway Union's Australian opening batsman Tom Fisher.

The others are slow left armer Scott Campbell of Coleraine and North County batsman Adam Coughlan.

There are three full internationals named - Andrew Balbirnie who will captain the team, Phil Eaglestone and Rory McCann. Limavady's Stuart Thompson also has the consolation of being in the 12-man squad after being named in the senior panel for this week's abandoned Namibia game.

The games are on three successive days at Three Bridges, starting on Wednesday.

Squad: A Balbirnie (Pembroke, capt), B Ackland (Merrion), S Campbell (Coleraine), A Coughlan (North County), P Eaglestone (Strabane), T Fisher (Railway Union), R McCann (Instonians), B McCord (CIYMS), L Nelson (Waringstown), E Richardson (North County), J Shannon (Instonians), S Thompson (Limavady).

Last night scores - Twenty20 Cup semi final:

At The Meadow, Downpatrick 87-8 (F Iqbal 2-17, E Moleon 2-19, R Sheard 2-19, J Morrow 2-20) Instonians 88-1 (12.4 overs, R McCann 49 not out)

Instonians won by nine wickets.

Henderson Properties Senior League One:

Limavady 159 (A Akmal 57, M McDaid 32 not out, S Thompson 26) Glendermott 139 (19.5 overs, R Silva 41, B Robinson 33, S Smyth 23; N Thompson 4-36, S Thompson 2-19).

Limavady won by 20 runs.

Under 15 inter-provincials:

NCU 103 (33.4 overs, Adam Dennison 35, Paddy Park 31, Steven Kennedy 3-4, Ross Allen 3-14, Rishi Chopra 2-14) North West 104-3 (30 overs, Jamie Millar 42, Gary McClintock 22).

North West won by 7 wickets.

Schools inter-provincial

At Rathmines (day 1) Leinster Schools 242-7 (T Kane 91, S Forrest 60; B Wylie 3-57) Ulster Schools 225-8 (G McCarter 94, R Adair 71, J McClerkin 34; A Coughlan 7-37. Continues today.

Leinster (104) beat Munster (84) by 20 runs.

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