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Quick on draw: Waringstown's Gary Kidd (left) and Andrew White of Instonians at last night's Challenge Cup draw
Quick on draw: Waringstown's Gary Kidd (left) and Andrew White of Instonians at last night's Challenge Cup draw

By Ian Callender

Holders Waringstown will have a home Gallaghers Chalenge Cup quarter-final against Premier League rivals Instonians if they win their delayed first round tie on Sunday.

Waringstown must get past Holywood at Seapark - the only match beaten by the rain last Saturday - but, if successful, will welcome back the Shaw's Bridge side they have already defeated at The Lawn in the league this season.

Civil Service North, last year's beaten finalists, must head across town to Section One shocktroopers Cregagh, who inflicted a first defeat of the season on Derriaghy in the first round.

There was no luck for Templepatrick, the other Section One team in the draw, who were the last team out of the hat and will be away at Muckamore.

The other all-Premier League tie is at Belmont where defending league champions and 2017 cup winners CIYMS will host Carrickfergus, who must return four weeks after losing the league game by five wickets.

Challenge Cup quarter-final draw: CIYMS v Carrickfergus, Cregagh v Civil Service North, Holywood or Waringstown v Instonians, Muckamore v Templepatrick. Games to be played on Saturday, June 15.

• THE first 50-over clash between Ireland Wolves and Scotland A was abandoned without a ball bowled yesterday because of persistent rain at Oak Hill.

The teams are due to meet again today.

The Emerging Knights and Emerging Warriors are also scheduled to meet again at Moylena today (11am), with only 14 overs possible yesterday before the rain arrived.

John Matchett dominated the opening stand of 37 with Archie Johnston before he was caught behind off Gregory McFaul for 26. Instonians professional Murray Commins had faced just seven balls before the match was terminated with the Knights on 45-1.

• THE Ireland Women's side will take part in a Quadrangular T20 tournament in the Netherlands, with the hosts, Scotland and Thailand from August 8 to 14.

The tournament, in Deventer, will be used as a lead-in for the teams, all of whom are taking part in the T20 World Cup qualifiers in Scotland, which begin at the end of that month.

Ireland will play the Dutch on August 8 and 12, Thailand on August 9 and 13 and the Scots on August 10 and 14.

• HARRY Warke, son of former Ireland captain Stephen, will skipper one of the teams at the Schools Trial on Friday, with RBAI and Instonians opening batsman Oliver Metcalfe leading the other side.

Methodist College have the most representatives, with five players in Metcalfe's team while he has three of his school team-mates in a city-based side made up of two from Campbell College and one from Grosvenor Grammar.

Warke is one of the three Belfast Royal Academy pupils and they are joined by three from Limavady Grammar - the only North West side represented - plus two each from Ballyclare High, Bangor Grammar and Friends School.

Metcalfe's team: D Humphreys, M Humphreys, J Hunter, A Johnston, J Lambert, M Lyttle, P McCreery, H Minford, M Peak, A Reid, E Scott

Warke's team: M Burton, J Cowan, M Glass, R McLaughlin, R Malone, R Millar, R Moffett, T Orr, C Pyper, A Simmonite, E Wilson

• THE Ulster Plate competition - for 2nd XIs in the NCU and North West - gets under way on Sunday with holders Donemana II, still featuring Junior McBrine, starting their defence at home to Instonians II.

Other ties: Carrickfergus II v Bond's Glen II, CIYMS II v Glendermott II, CSN II v Bready II, Eglinton II v Cliftonville Academy II, Fox Lodge II v Muckamore II, Waringstown II v Ardmore II.

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