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Cricket: Coleraine aiming to complete Irish Cup hat-trick

By Ian Callender

The Irish Cup takes centre stage in the North West tomorrow with one team from the area guaranteed a place in the semi-final and Coleraine attempting to reach the last four for the first time.



While Fox Lodge will be favourites to continue their impressive season with victory over Glendermott at the Rectory, most eyes will be on Sandel Lodge where Coleraine will bid to follow up their successes against Clontarf and Instonians with a hat-trick of upsets against the 2006 winners, Railway Union.

The Bannsiders’ task is helped by the absence of Trent Johnston and Kevin O’Brien, in Holland with Ireland, but they ended the dangerous challenge of Rush in the second round without their internationals and last time they piled up 260 against YMCA with barely a quarter of the runs and a couple of wickets between them.

Professional Mohammad Salman has been the key to Coleraine’s progress, top scorer in both rounds and indeed his century against Instonians was more than 60% of the side’s runs. But Ian McGregor is due a score again after a fallow period and Tim Chopra, who hit 79 against defending Leinster double winners Clontarf is another potential match-winner for the team who are more than capable of one more surprise.

The cup action leaves only two Senior One League games, the mid-table battle between Brigade and Bready, although the winners will move within two points of the top, and the bottom of the table clash in Donegal between St Johnston and Eglinton.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup quarter finals (12.30pm): Coleraine v Railway Union, Glendermott v Fox Lodge, North County v Merrion.

Henderson Properties Senior League One (1pm): Brigade v Bready, St Johnston v Eglinton.

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