Davy Jacobs will be back in the Instonians side for tomorrow’s Ulster Bank Premier League clash against Carrickfergus.
The South African professional is due to fly in today after having to return home to be at the beside of his ill baby daughter two weeks ago but not only is she now fully recovered but will follow her father to the province, arriving with her mother on Sunday.
It is a tremendous boost for the defending joint champions and although Jacobs is due to captain the South Africa Emerging Players on a tour of Australia in August, that tour has yet to be confirmed and Instonians are hoping that Jacobs will be around until August 30, when he has to go home to play in the Champions League.
Jacobs’ return to Shaw’s Bridge means he will be available for the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup and he will be able to play as last night Instonians were drawn against Premier League rivals CIYMS in the top match of the round.
The last time CI were at Shaw’s Bridge, at the end of last season, they were bowled out for 36 but with Craig McMillan on board and Derek Heasley in good form, Instonians captain Eugene Moleon is expecting a tougher game on June 19. North Down, last year’s beaten finalists and cup final hosts again this year, will be confident of progressing in a home game against Lisburn while Civil Service North have been handed the easiest tie, at home to Holywood, the only remaining Section One side.
Carrickfergus are the other team with home advantage but unbeaten league leaders Waringstown will start favourites to repeat their opening day success against Ryan Eagleson’s side.
Ally McCalmont’s hopes of returning to the Carrick side have been put on hold after he pulled up again in practice. He sustained a broken finger and toe from two separate balls against Waringstown professional Victor Mpitsang at The Lawn.
Paul Stirling made his debut for Middlesex, alongside Adam Gilchrist, last night in their T20 game against Sussex but both were out for two as Sussex won by 28 runs.
NCU Challenge Cup quarter-final draw: North Down v Lisburn, Instonians v CIYMS, Civil Service North v Holywood, Carrickfergus v Waringstown. Games to be played on Saturday, June 19
Tomorrow: Ulster Bank Premier League (1pm): Civil Service North v Ballymena, Downpatrick v CIYMS, Instonians v Carrickfergus, Lisburn v Waringstown, Lurgan v North Down.
Section One: Dundrum v Bangor (12 noon), Holywood v Derriaghy, Laurelvale v Cliftonville, Armagh v Muckamore, Saintfield v Woodvale.
Section Two: Cregagh v Academy, Donacloney v Dunmurry, Drumaness v Cooke Collegians, Dungannon v Templepatrick.
Sunday: Ulster Shield first round: Bangor v Killyclooney, Derriaghy v Creevedonnell, Saintfield v Burndennett, Ardmore v Cliftonville, Ballyspallen v Muckamore, Bonds Glen v Dundrum, Sion Mills v Laurelvale, The Nedd v Holywood.
Section Two: Dunmurry v Templepatrick.
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At Stormont, Civil Service North beat Carrickfergus by six wickets.
Carrickfergus 118-7 (R Gelderbloem 32, M Taiaroa 32; K Noema-Barnett 4-22) Civil Service North 119-4 (19.1 overs, K Noema-Barnett 56, P Fisher 37 not out).