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Hamstring injury halts Hall's good run

By Ian Callender

James Hall, the player of the season so far, will miss the next four to six weeks with a torn hamstring.

The Waringstown batsman, who has already scored more than 700 runs, with two double hundreds, two other hundreds and a 50 to his name, injured himself during the Twenty20 semi-final at Pollock Park on Sunday and has been advised to rest until the end of July.

An obvious target for Hall will be the Challenge Cup final on the last day of the month - if the Villagers win their semi-final on Saturday week - but the 26-year-old insists he will be back earlier to help his side in their quest for the Ulster Bank Premier League title.

That resumes tomorrow at Eaton Park, a graveyard for Waringstown ambitions in recent years. They have lost on their last three visits and the absence of Hall will not help their cause. Adam Dennison is promoted to open with young Northern Knights team-mate James McCollum, while Gary Kidd has returned from holiday.

Ballymena will be boosted by their first win of the season, to move clear of Lisburn and Carrickfergus, who meet in another 'eight-pointer' at Wallace Park.

It is a double header weekend for Waringstown and CIYMS because both are also in Ulster Cup action on Sunday with Brigade the visitors to Belmont and the depleted Villagers heading north west to league champions Strabane.

First up for CIYMS is the top match of the weekend, against North Down in the quarter-final of the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup - with Waringstown waiting for the winners - and it seems sure to be another high-scoring affair on probably the best batting surface in the country.

The Premiership teams in the north west finally play their fourth round of league fixtures. Only two are still unbeaten, Donemana, who host Bready and Coleraine who are at home to Ardmore.

Weekend Fixtures: Tomorrow: Ulster Bank Challenge Cup quarter-final (12.00): North Down v CIYMS. Sunday: Civil Service North v Muckamore

Ulster Bank Premier League (1.00): Ballymena v Waringstown, Lisburn v Carrickfergus

Section One: Academy v Downpatrick, Cliftonville v Lurgan, Derriaghy v Woodvale, Donacloney v Bangor, Muckamore v Templepatrick. Sunday: Templepatrick v Cliftonville (12.00)

Section Two: Larne v Cregagh. Sunday: BISC v Saintfield, Holywood v Cregagh (12.00), Laurelvale v Dundrum (12.00)

Section Three: Dungannon v Monaghan, Dunmurry v Donaghadee, Newforge v Ards. Sunday: Dunmurry v Ards

Goldblatt McGuigan Junior Cup quarter-finals: Armagh v Cooke Collegians, Civil Service North II v Holywood (12.00), Drumaness v Waringstown II, Millpark v Laurelvale

Long's SuperValu Premiership: Coleraine v Ardmore, Donemana v Bready, Eglinton v Brigade, Strabane v St Johnston

Championship: Bonds Glen v Newbuildings, Burndennett v Glendermott, Creevedonnell v Drummond, Killyclooney v Fox Lodge

Sunday: ClubTurf Ulster Cup first round (1.00): CIYMS v Brigade (12.00), Coleraine v Instonians, Strabane v Waringstown.

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