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Ireland looking to create history with ODI victory

By Ian Callender

Captain William Porterfield is looking to defy history this week by predicting a 2-0 series win for Ireland against Sri Lanka at Malahide.

Ireland have yet to win a one-day international in Dublin but Porterfield insists "there is no reason we why we can't win both", starting today (10.45am), adding: "It's always being mentioned that we have never beaten a top eight nation at home but this is a great chance and we have had Australia, Pakistan and England all on the rack in the past."

l BELFAST Royal Academy will have eight survivors from last year's winning line-up when they meet RBAI in the Ulster Bank Schools Cup final at Moylena tomorrow (2.30pm)

Francis Collins, who scored 73 not out in last year's final against Campbell College, remains the holders' top batsman and is still in form. In the semi-final, a repeat of last year's decider, he scored 82 in a first wicket partnership of 169 with Jack Burton (68).

Instonians, though, had a century-maker in their semi-final win over Grosvenor Grammar, Matthew Lightbody scoring 106.

Teams: BRA: C Boyd (capt), J Burton, F Collins, M Burton, S Osborne, H Warke, R Moffett, D McLarnon, M Wilson, Z Khan, J McMahon-Beattie, B Luney.

RBAI: L McNamara (capt), B Cochrane, J Hume, B Mellor, M Lightbody, B McNamara, S McCaughan, A Knape, D Robinson, C Robinson, D Whitten, B Rose, N Armstrong

l IT was the almost perfect draw for the four NCU clubs in the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup with only Derriaghy having to travel to Dublin next month.

Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals: Waringstown v North County, Merrion v Derriaghy, CIYMS v YMCA, Instonians v Phoenix. All games on July 10.

Irish National Cup: Laois v Ballyspallen, Rush v Balbriggan, Co Kerry v Newbuildings, Limerick v Woodvale.

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