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Saeed steers Woodvale to maiden Shield triumph

The NCU's dominance of the O'Neill's Ulster Shield continued on Sunday when Woodvale beat Fox Lodge in the final at Middle Road by five wickets.

A North West side has reached the final on five occasions and five times they have now lost despite the Foxes scoring 189 for eight in their 40 overs. Brian Allen top scored with 59 not out.

Aaron Heywood, the Ireland Under-17 spinner, then took four for 37 to reduce Woodvale to 130 for five in the 33rd over but Farhan Saeed, with 47 from 27 balls, including three sixes in an over, hurried the north Belfast side to their target.

Earlier, David Connelly scored 49 and professional Sujit Khalbor 46 and Mark Irwin (23 not out) then stayed with Saeed to see Woodvale to their first Shield success.

Meanwhile, the NCU's Intermediate Cup final, sponsored by Flannigan, Edmonds and Bannon, takes place at Ballygomartin Road on Saturday with CIYMS III, from Junior League 3, facing Downpatrick II, one section higher.

Downpatrick knocked out holders Derriaghy II in the semi-final, dismissing them for 93 and CI had eight wickets to spare after bowling out Academy II for 64.

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