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Newbuildings are aiming to boost Ulster's hopes

 

By Ian Callender

Newbuildings will hope to make it three Ulster teams in the quarter-finals of the National Cup on Sunday when they travel to Co. Meath to face Knockharley. Like all three Irish Cup games in the North West last Sunday, Newbuildings' attempt to play the game at home was washed out, so they must travel for the 'replay'.

But it turned into a horror Sunday for four of the other five Ulster teams who crashed out, with not one of the losing quartet totalling more than 80 in their respective innings.

Derriaghy were the only Ulster winners - in the match guaranteed to produce one - as they defeated Sion Mills, but Downpatrick, Burndennett and Killyclooney all made their exit after some rather dismal batting performances.

Killyclooney at least had the excuse of going out to Rush, who haven't lost a match on the field in the competition since the 2013 semi-final.

Captain Darren Moan put up the only resistance, but when you take his 46 away the scoreboard is pathetic reading as the Championship leaders were bowled out for 79.

An unbroken second-wicket stand between Saadat Gull and Lynal Jansen eased the holders to victory and made a point, as their last defeat in the competition was in a first-round bowl-out in 2014 - to Killyclooney.

Downpatrick bettered 'Clooney's total by one, but a strong Malahide side completed a comfortable seven-wicket win.

Hopefully Burndennett enjoyed the 650-mile round trip to Co. Cork because they cannot have enjoyed the action, dismissed for 59 by Midleton, who knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets, three of them taken by Ruqeno Weavers.

The game lasted a total of 42.1 overs, which was actually 17 balls longer than the game took at Rush.

And there was extra cause for Midleton to celebrate as they became the first ever Munster side to beat North West opposition.

Derriaghy proved too strong for Sion Mills, who were bowled out for 80 at Queensway. Simon Gilloway top scored with 18 as Matthew Jennings claimed four wickets, and Mark Stinson, Josh Cardosi and Craig Lewis two each.

The NCU side, who have won only two of their first five Section One games after being relegated from the Premier League last season, lost four wickets before reaching their target in the 22nd over.

They will be at home to the winners of the Newbuildings/Knockharley game in the last eight, while Strabane, who knocked out Cregagh 10 days ago, also got a home draw on July 9 against Co. Kerry.

The game of the round was Terenure v Limerick, where the home side were set a DLS target, after a rain interruption, of 183 to win in 34 overs. They were bowled out for 182, taking the game to a Super Over which Terenure won. Their reward, however, is an away quarter-final against Rush.

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