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CIYMS and Lisburn given difficult Irish Senior Cup trips to Dublin



Graham Hume conceded just 12 runs in his 14 overs

Graham Hume conceded just 12 runs in his 14 overs

Graham Hume conceded just 12 runs in his 14 overs

There was no luck for the two surviving Ulster clubs in the Irish Senior Cup yesterday as they were sent to Dublin for their quarter-final ties.

NCU Challenge Cup holders CIYMS were drawn away to Pembroke, the current holders, having won the last edition, pre-pandemic, in 2019, when they beat Waringstown in the final. And Lisburn’s task is no easier, with a trip to The Hills, who bowled out Cork County for 88 in Sunday’s second round.

In contrast, all three Ulster teams in the quarter-finals of the National Cup received home ties with Ballyspallen, the sole North West survivors, drawn against holders Railway Union, while Cregagh will host 2018 winners Rush and Derriaghy face John Mooney’s North County, five-time winners of the Irish Cup.

Meanwhile, the Ireland Development XI are in a strong position after the second day of their four-day game against Gloucestershire II in Bristol.

They lead by 260 with five second-innings wickets standing with skipper Neil Rock and Phillip Le Roux the not out batters and Graham Hume still to bat.

Hume, who conceded just 12 runs in his 14 overs, took three wickets to reduce Gloucestershire to 95 for nine but a last-wicket partnership of 40 held the Irish up for 42 minutes.

Zimbabwean Irish passport holder Ali Frost then batted for almost three hours in scoring 76 before he was caught behind off Tim Price, the county’s captain who has taken eight wickets.

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At Campbell College, Civil Service North professional Troy Johnson, a late addition to the MCC side, rescued them from 138 for seven to plunder 76, with four sixes and eight fours, and Ulster Schools were then spun out for 116.

The Schools side to play Leinster Schools at Osborne Park next Tuesday and Wednesday in the annual inter-provincial game will be confirmed today.

The MCC tour continues today with the first of two one-day games against an NCU U19 team at Stormont Lower (11am).

Scores - Bristol CC: Ireland Development XI 207 (J McCollum 38, C Carmichael 34; T Price 5-45) and 178-5 (A Frost 76, J McCollum 30, C Carmichael 28; T Price 3-29) Gloucestershire II 135 (T Price 42 not out; G Hume 4-12, G Kennedy 2-24, D Delany 2-45). Resumes today at 10.30am.

Campbell College: MCC 239-7 dec (37.2 overs, T Johnson 76 not out, J Kennedy 58 ret, C McMorran 32, R Willis 23; J McKillop 2-11, R Craigan 2-12, Z Solomon 2-34) Ulster Schools 116 (27.4 overs, M Aahil 27, M Halliday 25; G Williams 5-24, R Willis 2-37). MCC won by 123 runs.

Irish Cup quarter-finals: The Hills v Lisburn, Balbriggan v Phoenix, Pembroke v CIYMS, Clontarf v Leinster (Games on July 17). National Cup quarter-finals: Co Galway v Terenure, Ballyspallen v Railway Union, Cregagh v Rush, Derriaghy v North County.

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