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Civil Service North carry Ulster's cup hopes

By Ian Callender

Civil Service North are the only northern team in tomorrow's draw for the semi-finals of the RSA Irish Senior Cup after knocking out the holders, The Hills.

Former Ireland international Regan West and Andrew Cowden set up the win and skipper Nigel Jones, with an undefeated 80, finished it off, CSN reaching their target of 200 with 11 balls to spare.

It was far more than they should have been chasing because although Darryl Calder was The Hills top runs scorer with a run-an-over 36, CSN bowled an incredible 42 wides, with Allan Coulter accounting for exactly half of them.

CSN are joined in the semi-final by Merrion, last year's beaten finalists beating Waringstown at the Lawn despite a knock of 70 from Jonathan Bushe.

Unfortunately for the Villagers, who scored 299 on Saturday against Donacloney to reach the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup final, the next top score was 15.

North West interest in the Irish Cup ended with Fox Lodge's five wickets loss to Clontarf, despite an incredible innings by Andrew McGinnis.

He scored 101 from 78 balls with six fours and 10 sixes; there problem was that no-one else reached double figures.

Meanwhile at Coleraine, there was a farcical end to the one Premiership match of the weekend.

Needing three to win from the last ball, the Coleraine No. 11 Gareth Burns took off without realising a wide had been bowled and when he was sent back he was run out to give Strabane victory by one run with one ball unused.

It completed a bad weekend for the Bannsiders whose first domestic defeat of the season came in the semi-final of the Danske Bank Senior Cup to Donemana.

The holders won by five wickets to set up a repeat of last year's final against Brigade who eased past Championship side Drummond by 101 runs.

Long's SuperValu Premiership

At Sandel Lodge, Strabane beat Coleraine by 1 run.

Strabane 228-4 (P Gillespie 95 not out, A Gillespie 44, K Martin 30) Coleraine 227 (49.5 overs, N McDonnell 71, J Ring 47, G Cooke 29; T Barr 3-35, P Connell 3-36, M Snodgrass 2-40)

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