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Derriaghy produce the ideal start to Cup defence

By Ian Callender

Holders Derriaghy II are the first team through to the second round of the Intermediate Cup after beating Lurgan II by six wickets.

Cricket Ireland chairman Ross McCollum was top scorer for his home club but Lurgan were bowled out for 95 and that target proved no problem for the Queensway side, who will play the winners of this weekend's game between Instonians III and Carrickfergus II.

All remaining seven first round ties are down for decision on Saturday with last year's beaten finalists Woodvale II favourites to go all the way. They start away against Civil Service North III.

Intermediate Cup first round draw (all games on Saturday): CSN III v Woodvale II, Laurelvale II v Academy II, Donacloney II v CIYMS III, Waringstown III v Ballymena II, Instonians III v Carrickfergus II, Downpatrick II v Holywood II, Templepatrick II v Cregagh II.

INSTONIANS II will have to use the away dressing room at Shaw's Bridge on Saturday when they take on their co-tenants Cooke Collegians in the second round of the Goldblatt McGuigan Junior Cup.

An experienced Inst side knocked out Donaghadee in their postponed first round game by eight wickets despite conceding 275. John Stevenson hit 102 and Richard White was 99 not out when they reached their target.

Junior Cup second round draw: Drumaness v Dunmurry, Lisburn II v Waringstown II, Bangor II v Civil Service North II, Saintfield v Holywood, Armagh v Dundrum, Cooke Collegians v Instonians II, Millpark v Larne, Ards v Laurelvale. Games to be played on Saturday May 30.

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