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Waringstown first to qualify for Twenty20 finals after Ballymena forfeit

By Staff Reporter

Waringstown are the first team into the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup semi-finals after Ballymena forfeited their game scheduled for tonight.

The teams were due to play at Eaton Park but Ballymena said they could not field a strong enough team so, having beaten Civil Service North in the first round of games, Waringstown are guaranteed a place on finals day, which they will host on Sunday, June 14.

The Villagers will be joined in the last four from Group A by CIYMS if they can beat holders CSN at Stormont tonight and, indeed all four semi-finalists will be decided with a game to spare if the two first round winners in Group B, Instonians at Carrickfergus and North Down at Lisburn, also make it two from two tonight (all games start at 6.15pm).

Meanwhile, Paul Stirling yesterday hit a 43-ball century for Middlesex II in a T20 game against Hampshire II.

He blasted 116 from 56 balls with nine fours and nine sixes.

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