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Ian McClure has final ambitions

By David Mason

Ireland international Ian McClure is hoping lightning doesn't strike twice when Portrush and Ballymena meet in the semi-final of the Irish Bowling Association Senior Cup at Ballymoney tomorrow.

It's a repeat of the 2010 clash ­- at the same venue - but on that occasion it was the Private Greens League team that punched their ticket to the final.

"We go into the game with a full squad, which is a bonus at this time of the season," said McClure.

"We've never been to the final of the IBA Cup. It would be a great boost to everyone if we managed it this time.

"Ballymena have been down this road before and have the experience of winning the trophy. We'll go there and give it our best shot."

The winners will face either Belmont or Cookstown in the final on August 27.

Belmont have already written their own little chapter on this history of the IBA Cup, being the only side to have lifted the trophy on five successive occasions but Cookstown are still awaiting their first cup win.

FIXTURES

IBA Senior Cup semi finals: Portrush v Ballymena (at Ballymoney); Cookstown v Belmont (at Ballymena).

IBA Intermediate Cup semi finals: Shaftesbury v Ards (at Belmont); Bessbrook v Belmont B (at Lurgan).

IBA Junior Cup semi finals: Ballymoney v Cookstown (at Portrush); Ballymena C v Belmont C (at Larne).

NIPGL Division One: NICS v Dunbarton, Ewarts v Ulster Transport, Mossley v Larne.

NIBA Division One: Dundonald v Banbridge, Donaghadee v Whitehead, Lisnagarvey v Dromore, Bangor v Portadown, Divis v Balmoral.

NIPBA Senior League: Coleraine v Letterkenny, Ballycastle v Ballymoney, Portglenone v Limavady.

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