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Millar helps to fire Eglinton past Carrickfergus

By Ian Callender

Published 20/07/2015

Phil Eaglestone of Northern Knights
Phil Eaglestone of Northern Knights

Eglinton will carry the North West flag in the last four of the O'Neill's Ulster Cup next Sunday after they denied the NCU a clean sweep in yesterday's quarter-finals.

Andy Millar was the Eglinton hero as they defeated Carrickfergus in the 'battle of the underdogs' to earn his side another home draw, against Instonians who won the all-NCU clash against Civil Service North.

The other semi-final will be at Comber when North Down host Waringstown after the NCU sides toppled the North West's big two of Donemana and Brigade respectively. Waringstown's win was the most impressive as they were without four first choice players but, defending 196 for nine, all five bowlers got among the wickets. Phil Eaglestone hurried the Villagers to victory, ending the game with three wickets in the 32nd over.

Donemana had to cope without Andy McBrine and although former Ireland international Dwayne McGerrigle and Karl Dougherty shared seven wickets, North Down still totalled 214 for eight in their 40 overs, thanks to exactly 100 by Pieter Malan.

Paul Davison then ripped through the top order to reduce Donemana to 16 for four. They never recovered and Jan Mulder also took three wickets as the visitors just scraped past Malan's score.

Millar took four for 17 as Carrickfergus were restricted to 163 at Eglinton and although the home side slumped to 115 for seven, Millar with 35 not out and Richard Wylie saw them home without further loss.

Nicolai Smith batted through the Instonians innings of 168 for 71 not out and it proved more than enough as CSN were bowled out for 112.

Ulster Cup semi-final draw: Eglinton v Instonians, North Down v Waringstown. Games to be played next Sunday

Quarter-final results: At Shaw's Bridge, Instonians beat Civil Service North by 56 runs

Instonians 168 (37.5 overs, N Smith 71 not out, M Lightbody 22; J Costain 4-21, B Adair 2-28, A Coulter 2-38) Civil Service North 112 (34.2 overs, P Beverland 40, J van der Merwe 21; E Moleon 3-22, Z Rushe 3-34, A White 2-15, F Iqbal 2-23)

At The Green, North Down beat Comber by 109 runs

North Down 214-8 (P Malan 100 A Sutherland 49, P Eakin 30; D McGerrigle 4-47, K Dougherty 3-39) Donemana 105 (33.4 overs, RL Dougherty 33, R Kee 32; P Davison 3-17, J Mulder 3-27, P Eakin 2-3)

At Beechgrove, Waringstown beat Brigade by 53 runs

Waringstown 196-9 (P Pretorius 31, D Dawson 31, J Hall 27, L Nelson 27; A Britton 2-21, I Hussain 2-40, M Simpson 2-43) Brigade 143 (31.5 overs, I Hussain 35, A Britton 28 not out; P Eaglestone 4-14, J McCollum 2-18, G Thompson 2-49)

At Eglinton, Eglinton beat Carrickfergus by 3 wickets

Carrickfergus 163-7 (J Holmes 45, A Haggan 40, I Kamtekar 33 not out; A Millar 4-17, R Wylie 2-43) Eglinton 164-6 (33 overs, A Haggan 2-44).

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