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Strydom to relish Service re-match

Lisburn at home to Civil Service North is the stand-out tie after yesterday’s draw for the quarter-finals of the TCH Challenge Cup.

The teams met in the league at Wallace Park last Saturday with the cup holders crashing to a 70 runs defeat as Lisburn professional Gerry Strydom scored his first 100 of the season.

CSN will claim they were without John Costain and Ireland internationals Regan West and club captain Nigel Jones so it was not a fair contest, but all three should be there on June 27.

In the other games, CIYMS and Waringstown meet in a repeat of last year’s semi-final at Belmont with the Villagers able to welcome back Kyle McCallan for a rare club game and hoping to remain on course to contest their fourth successive cup final.

North Down, who have reached all but two finals this millennium, winning the last four they have appeared in, should make the semi-final after a home game against Woodvale while Carrickfergus against Instonians at Middle Road looks too close to call, especially if Andrew White is in the visitors line-up.

Clubs with Ireland internationals must do without their stars again this weekend because of the World Twenty20 in England. So it will be a big ask for the Shaw’s Bridge club at CSN in a full Ulster Bank Premier League programme tomorrow.

Pick of the ties should be champions North Down’s trip to Carrickfergus while Woodvale should be on a high, having won their last two league games, when they entertain CIYMS.

Their latest win, on Wednesday night, was a last ball thriller when captain Paul Robinson took a single off Kieran Noema-Barnett as Woodvale reached 160 for the loss of four wickets.

TCH Challenge Cup quarter final draw: CIYMS v Waringstown, Carrickfergus v Instonians, Lisburn v Civil Service North, North Down v Woodvale. Games to be played on June 27.

Weekend fixtures: TODAY: Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup (12.30): Waringstown v Bready, North County v Bangor.

TOMORROW: Ulster Bank Premier League (1pm): Bangor v Lisburn, Carrickfergus v North Down, Civil Service North v Instonians, Waringstown v Ballymena, Woodvale v CIYMS.

SUNDAY: Carrickfergus v Lisburn.

Section One: Cooke Collegians v Dunmurry, Downpatrick v Derriaghy, Dundrum v Cliftonville, Holywood v Laurelvale, Muckamore v Lurgan.

SUNDAY: Cliftonville v Downpatrick, Lurgan v Cooke Collegians.

Section Two: Armagh v Academy, BISC v Larne, Cregagh v Templepatrick, Donacloney v Saintfield, Drumaness v Portadown.

TOMORROW: Drumaness v Larne.

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