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All NCU Senior Cup final on cards

By Ian Callender

Waringstown and Civil Service North have been given the chance to set up an all-NCU final in the Irish Senior Cup after they were kept apart in yesterday's semi-final draw; but both must return to Dublin.

After double success on their travels in last Sunday's quarter-finals, Waringstown were drawn away to Pembroke, who have lost their two previous semi-finals, and Civil Service North face the tougher test, against Merrion, winners in 2010, beaten finalists in two of the last three years and who knocked out CIYMS in the first round this year. Pembroke lost in the semi-final last season to Clontarf, Waringstown's victims in this year's high-scoring quarter-final while Merrion are in their seventh semi-final.

Drummond, the only Ulster team left in the National Cup, will be at home to south Dublin side Dundrum in the semi-final. All games on Sunday, August 16.

Meanwhile, the majority of the Ireland squad assembled yesterday ahead of the World Twenty20 qualifying tournament which begins next Friday.

Six of the 15-man squad - William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson and Niall and Kevin O'Brien - were in T20 action for their counties last night and fly over this morning for training session at North Down.

There are warm-up games for all 14 teams - seven are based in Northern Ireland, with games at Stormont and Bready, and the seven Group B teams in Scotland - on Monday and Tuesday. Ireland face the UAE on Monday (2.15pm) and Oman 24 hours later.

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