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Big guns look for knockout blow

By Ian Callender

Although rain threatens to play havoc with tomorrow’s league fixtures for a second successive Saturday, the big club action of the weekend takes place on Sunday with the rearranged quarter-finals in both the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup and the Danske Bank Senior Cup.

North Down, who are set to give James Cameron-Dow, a South African left arm slow bowler, his debut this weekend, take on Waringstown in the big match of the round, the teams having won the cup in nine of the last 13 finals.

Waringstown will be unchanged from the team which beat CIYMS in the league last Sunday with Adam Dennison keeping wicket while Jonathan Bushe serves a three-match suspension for dissent in the previous round of the cup against Dundrum.

Instonians take on Lurgan in the other quarter-final postponed because of last weekend’s Ireland international so both these games will have a second chance if not completed on Sunday. The reserve date for the Shaw’s Bridge game is next Friday with the second attempt for the game at The Green the following Sunday.

But for Carrickfergus against Donacloney tomorrow and Muckamore against Civil Service North on Sunday it is the last chance saloon with a bowl-out if necessary to decide the result on the day, ahead of Monday’s semi-final draw.

In the North West, three of the four quarter-finals are played on Sunday with the game between Bready and Drummond, who do not play on Sundays, starting on Monday night. There is only one all-Premiership tie, with Fox Lodge hosting Brigade.

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