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Carrick and Muckamore to do battle again, with Gordon on the road to recovery

By Ian Callender

The Ulster Bank Challenge Cup quarter-final between Muckamore and Carrickfergus, abandoned last Saturday following the collapse of Carrick wicket-keeper Gordon Browne, will resume from where it was stopped on Friday at 6pm.

That was the decision of the NCU's Emergency Committee which met yesterday ahead of the semi-final draw which paired the winners of the game with holders CIYMS.

Waringstown will host Civil Service North in the other last four game on Saturday week.

It has also emerged Carrickfergus offered to forfeit the quarter-final game at Moylena after the teams agreed to abandon the match on Saturday evening when word came through that Browne was in a serious condition in Antrim Area Hospital.

However, Muckamore who will resume on 27 for one after three overs, in reply to Carrick's 159 for eight, left the decision with the NCU who, rather than order a new match, have made a decision which is certain to please both teams.

What is even more pleasing is that Browne continues to make a good recovery in hospital.

Carrickfergus batsman Jamie Holmes, meanwhile, was one of five Northern Knights batsmen who passed 40 yesterday but Shane Getkate, with 53, was top scorer as North West Warriors debutant Davy Scanlon grabbed the headlines on the first day of the inter-provincial championship game at Bready. Only called into the squad on Sunday night, as a replacement for William McClintock, Scanlon, on his home ground took six for 37 from 15.5 overs as the Knights were bowled out for 277, enough for only three of the four available batting points.

After Warriors captain Andy McBrine had won the toss, he gave Scanlon the new ball in perfect bowling conditions and he had immediate reward by dismissing Chris Dougherty with his fifth ball to leave Knights four for two, Nikolai Smith having already been caught at second slip off Jared Barnes to the third ball of the match.

Scanlon came back to remove Knights skipper James Shannon and added the scalps of Lee Nelson, Getkate and Jacob Mulder, the last two putting on an invaluable 80 for the eighth wicket after Knights had slumped to 190 for seven.

The innings finished in a hurry with Scanlon removing Getkate and last man Allen Coulter in the space of three balls.

Scores: Northern Knights 1st innings 277 (S Getkate 53, L Nelson 49, J Holmes 48, G Thompson 42, J Mulder 41, J Shannon 25; D Scanlon 6-37) North West Warriors 24-0 (7.2 overs). Today 11am-6.30pm.

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup semi-final draw: Waringstown v Civil Service North, CIYMS v Muckamore or Carrickfergus

• Mark Adair yesterday signed a new two-year contract with Warwickshire with the county's Director of Cricket Dougie Brown praising the former Holywood and Civil Service North player.

"We are delighted with Mark's performances this season and believe that he has a big future here at Edgbaston," he said.

• This year's (NCU U15) Graham Cup final will be a local derby between Lisburn and Derriaghy at Wallace Park.

Lisburn beat Instonians in the second semi-final on Monday with a 69 run victory over Instonians thanks to Nathan Doak's - son of Ulster rugby coach Neil - 63 not out.

Derriaghy reached the final with a 15 run victory over Dundrum, Reece Malone scoring 96 of his side's 173 for six.

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