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Below strength Divis deliver a knockout performance

By David Mason

Under-strength Divis produced their best performance of the season to book a place in the semi finals of the IBA Senior Cup at Falls Park. The NIBA side roared to an impressive 16 shots victory over Pickie to set up a showdown in the last four against Old Bleach on August 9.

"We were missing four of our most influential players, which included three skips," beamed Divis' Brendan Power.

"Gerard McGleave, Ronan Cregan and Sean Lagan are all on holiday, while Patrick McCafferty is on honeymoon. The guys who were drafted in to replace them did a fantastic job.

"Hopefully, we'll be at full strength for the semi final. Old Bleach are a top side, with many international players, including Neil Booth and James Talbot.

"But we've reached this far and we'll give it out best shot – anything can happen on the day."

Even though Divis are struggling in the bottom three of the NIBA table, they appear to be reserving their best performances for the top knockout competition,

One of the stand-in skips, Gerard McCloskey, produced a stunning performance with a sizzling 34-14 rink win over Billy Angus.

Old Bleach guaranteed their involvement in the semis with an 11 shot win at home to Portadown

In the outstanding fourth round tie, Dunbarton set up a quarter final clash with Portrush following a 19 shots win against Cookstown.

Myles Greenfield was Dunbarton's top performer, skipping his rink to a massive 30-13 win against Damien McElroy.

Andrew Hughes and DJ Wilson chipped in by beating Eric Sands (21-14) and Liam McHugh (19-14). Cookstown's Mark Wilson prevented the home team from making it a full house.

IBA Senior Cup, semi finals: Belmont v Dunbarton or Portrush; Divis v Old Bleach. IBA Junior Cup, semi finals: Ballymena v Limavady; Coleraine v Dungiven.

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