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Brigade bidding for a hat-trick of victories in Ulster Cup showdown

By Ian Callender

Brigade will look to make it a hat-trick of victories in the NCU when they meet North Down tomorrow in the semi-finals of the O'Neill's Ulster Cup.

After beating Instonians and Civil Service North in Belfast, at least Andy Britton's side know that if they win in Comber they will not have to travel too far for the final as it is the North West's turn to host the decider, if at least one NW side is involved.

In contrast, North Down will be looking for a NCU double tomorrow because if Waringstown also beat Ardmore at The Bleachgreen then the final will be at The Green, North Down's home ground.

Waringstown will be hot favourites to get past Ardmore whose have reached this stage with victory over Derriaghy and a bowl-out win against CIYMS but North Down only scraped past an under-strength Bready in the quarter-final with one ball to spare, while Brigade have been impressive with a seven wickets win at Shaw's Bridge and a comfortable 12 runs at Stormont last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Leinster Lightning must wait to get their hands on the Twenty20 inter-provincial Trophy after their game against Northern Knights was abandoned. The square at Anglesea Road, Merrion was too wet and an early decision was taken to ensure the NCU players did not have a wasted journey..

Under 15 inter-provincials: Osborne Park: NCU 166-7 (38.2 overs, J Carson 48 not out, R Malone 33, A Clarke 24, H Warke 23) v Leinster. Abandoned. Leinster won the bowl-out 2-1 in sudden death. Cranmore Park: Southern XI 179-7 (37 overs, D Robb 2-12, T Killen 2-41) North West 46-3 (17 overs, M Poskett 29 not out). Abandoned. North West won bowl-out 3-1. Matches off today: Academy v Muckamore, Dundrum v Laurelvale, Donaghadee v Monaghan, Strabane v Donemana

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