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Civil Service North Women are on the hunt for double joy

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Abbi Leckey

Abbi Leckey

Abbi Leckey

CIVIL Service North begin the defence of the Gallagher Women’s Challenge Cup on Sunday and they are just four games away from a league and cup double.  

Victory over Waringstown in their next league game, on August 1, will confirm them as league champions, while a win against Muckamore II at Stormont (11am) will book their place in the Cup semi-final.

Rachael Thomas has taken over the captaincy at CSN from Abbi Leckey, who is still at university, but Ali Cowan has again been CSN’s star player this year.

The match of the day on Sunday should be at The Lawn (10.30am) where Waringstown and Lurgan, the 2017 and ’18 winners, meet in their latest local derby, while 2019 beaten finalists Muckamore are at Carrick (3.30pm). In the other quarter-final, at Seapark, Holywood will hope to record their first win of the competition, against North Down (10am).

It could be a trophy-laden week for CSN because on Monday, the Under-15 boys meet CIYMS in the Graham Cup final at Stormont (5.30pm) and the following night, their Under- 13 side face Instonians in the Banoge Cup final at Derriaghy (5.45pm).

The Future Series continues today with the Emerging Warriors hosting the all-conquering Leinster Bolts in a 45-over game at Beechgrove (11am). It is the teams’ second meeting this week after the Bolts won the T20 game on Monday by 92 runs.

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