Waringstown’s reign as Ulster Bank Senior Cup holders was ended by a bowl-out at Wallace Park after Lisburn refused to give up home advantage and switch the game to The Lawn.
While Waringstown’s ground, 14 miles away, was ready for action, when the umpires declared Wallace Park unplayable Lisburn took the sudden death route to the semi-final and it paid off, with a 4-3 victory in the bowl-out.
In contrast, Downpatrick, from Section One, were prepared to travel to Comber to face Premier League champions North Down if The Meadow has been unplayable but that game went ahead. It didn’t do the Section One side much good, though, bowled out for 204 and the visitors eased into the last four with a five wickets win. Young Peter Eakin, with an undefeated 69 from 70 balls (eight fours and four sixes) was the man of the match and North Down will be at home to Lisburn on Saturday.
Muckamore will host Civil Service North in the other semi-final after the Moylena side won the bowl-out against Lurgan 2-1. Here too, Muckamore were keen to play but it was Lurgan who, fatally, opted for a bowl-out on home turf. A full match was completed at Stormont although it lasted only 59 overs with Instonians bowling out CSN for just 90.
Openers Rory McCann and John Stevenson knocked off the runs before halfway.
CSN will be away to Merrion in the Bob Kerr Irish Cup quarter final on Saturday week, after their eight wickets victory over Clontarf, while Donemana will travel to Railway Union, who won a bowl out against Leinster. CIYMS are also out, losing their remote bowl-out to The Hills 2-1. In the Northern Bank Senior Cup, Limavady were bowled out for 97, as Coleraine joined Brigade in the semi- final with a 86 runs win.
The Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup final is still scheduled for tomorrow at Moylena, despite both semi finals being down for decision today.