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Ulster trio are hoping to secure their home comforts in the RSA Irish Senior Cup

By Ian Callender

The three remaining Ulster teams in the RSA Irish Senior Cup, are hoping it will be home sweet home in Sunday's quarter-finals.

Civil Service North, Waringstown and Fox Lodge will all start as underdogs but have home advantage in their efforts to prevent a Leinster semi-final clean sweep for the third time in eight years.

Waringstown, as the strongest northern team left, and with the best recent record in the Irish Cup, should have the best chance of progressing but Merrion, last year's beaten finalists and the 2010 winners, are the visitors.

It was Merrion who won at the Lawn three years ago in the semi-final and skipper John Anderson, who scored a century in that match, flew back from Ireland duty yesterday – where he scored 127 in the Intercontinental Cup victory against the Netherlands – to give his side an even greater chance for a repeat victory.

A Waringstown win will put them in their fourth successive Irish Cup semi-final but the 2011 winners will be without Simon Harrison, their man of the match that day, as he is on holiday.

Civil Service North host The Hills, who beat Merrion in last year's final, after knocking out Waringstown in the semi-final, but at least the NCU side will not have to face in-form opening bowler Max Sorensen who is in the Ireland 14 for tomorrow's ODI in Amsterdam.

The international also rules out Alex Cusack from the Clontarf team that visits Fox Lodge but they can still include the Leinster Lightning duo of Andrew Poynter and Bill Coghlan in a team that is unbeaten in Section Two and are favourites to beat Pembroke in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final today.

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