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Ardmore on verge of joining Coleraine in cup semi-final


By Ian Callender

Ardmore are in pole position to qualify for the semi-finals of the North West Twenty20 Cup going into tomorrow night's final round of games.

Victory at Beechgrove will confirm they will top the table and even a narrow defeat (by less than 20 runs or four wickets) will be enough to put them through in second place behind Coleraine who have finished on 50 points after big wins yesterday against Brigade and, with David Cooke scoring 68 not out, Fox Lodge.

This season's competition is being played - as are all the league games - with bonus points, so it can be anything from 20-25 points for the winners, depending on the margin of victory.

For Brigade to definitely join Coleraine they must beat Ardmore by at least 30 runs or seven wickets, although a 20-29 runs win or five/six wickets victory would leave the teams tied on 46 points with run rate to decide.

In Group A, it is much simpler. Bready are already through with maximum points from wins against Donemana and Drummond and the winners of the remaining game at The Holm, between those teams tomorrow, will join them.

At Eglinton, Donemana beat Eglinton (set 120 in 17 overs) by 48 runs (DLS)

Donemana 135-5 (20 overs, I Butt 53, R McBrine 25, W McClintock 20, R Allen 2-20, A Millar 2-24) Eglinton 87-8 (17 overs, T Garwe 27, D McGerrigle 3-22, A McBrine 2-16)

At Eglinton, Eglinton beat Bready by 54 runs

Eglinton 136-3 (20 overs; R Allen 39, A Millar 35, R Wylie 20 not out, I Samarasooriya 2-22) Bready 82 (16.1 overs, T Garwe 3-17, R Wylie 2-13, J Martin 2-17, A Millar 2-21)

At Sandel Lodge, Coleraine beat Brigade by 60 runs

Coleraine 112-3 (20 overs, G Hume 54 not out, R Chopra 28) Brigade 52 (15 overs, G McKeegan 29, G Hume 4-10, S Lazars 3-5, S Campbell 3-7)

At Sandel Lodge, Coleraine beat Fox Lodge by 33 runs

Coleraine 129-0 (20 overs, D Cooke 68 not out, S Campbell 46 not out) Fox Lodge 96 (18.3 overs, C Tshiki 27, G Hume 3-22, S Lazars 2-1, R Chopra 2-20)

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