Andrew White hopes to be playing for Instonians in their last three matches of the season after the finger that a doctor told him was broken, x-rays revealed was only dislocated.
The former Ireland international was a huge miss for the Irish Cup semi-finalists on Saturday as he received the injury when Instonians had The Hills 18 for four and he was unable to bowl or bat as they crashed out of the competition.
The Skerries side recovered to post 244 for six and another disappointing batting performance saw Instonians dismissed for 125.
But the result could have been so different if White, fielding at second slip, had got his full hand on the edge from Albert van der Merwe, rather than the end of the little finger of his right hand.
"It was sitting in all sorts of shapes so I left the field immediately and went to the local doctor but he wouldn't touch it, fearing it was badly broken," said White
That brought back memories of White's broken finger on his last visit to Australia when he needed a pin inserted.
"So I headed up to Craigavon A&E and there the x-ray showed it was just dislocated, so I'm much happier this morning," he added. "Unfortunately, it is my bowling hand so I will probably miss next week's Premier League games but hopefully will be back the following weekend.
Nathan Smith, backing up his call to the Ireland squad for this week's Intercontinental Cup game against Netherlands at Malahide, took all four early wickets but without 10 overs from White, a quick 50 from Max Sorensen and an unbeaten stand of 146 between Albert van der Merwe and Ryan Cartwright left Instonians with a virtually impossible task.
Waringstown, however, will represent the NCU in the final, for the third successive year after easing past a very poor Pembroke side.
The Dubliners didn't help themselves when the third wicket stand of 68 between internationals Andrew Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker was ended by a needless run out and they could only reach 187 for nine, which the villagers passed in the 33rd over thanks to Lee Nelson's 84.
In the Gardiner Bros Premier League, neither of the teams below Instonians, struggling in sixth place, were in action at the weekend - Lisburn have still four games to play and Civil Service North three - but North Down joined Waringstown at the top with a comfortable 59 runs victory over Muckamore (Ruhan Pretorius 108 out of 229-6) while CIYMS (John Matchett 96 out of 278-4) remain just four points off the top after beating Carrickfergus by 113 runs.
Irish Senior Cup semi-finals
The Lawn: Pembroke 187-9 (50 overs; R Hopkins 39, L Tucker 38, T Lawson 35, A Balbirnie 29; J Mitchell 2-23, K McCallan 2-27, G Thompson 2-47) Waringstown 188-4 (32.3 overs; L Nelson 84, S Khan 31 not out, J Hall 22). Waringstown won by 6 wickets.
Milverton: The Hills 244-6 (50 overs; A van der Merwe 82 not, R Cartwright 78 not out, M Sorensen 51; Nathan Smith 4-31, S Getkate 2-54) Instonians 125 (38.1 overs; J Shannon 31, N Smith 23; L Clinton 3-18, A van der Merwe 3-23). The Hills won by 119 runs.