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Knights eye Cup joy despite rain

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson

By Ian Callender

There was no play yesterday on the first day of the Interprovincial Championship game between North West Warriors and Northern Knights as rain hit the Bready ground yet again.

Only 115 overs were possible in the Warriors' previous home game back in June, and now the final game of the series is reduced to a maximum of two days. It still means Gary Wilson can lift the Cup if Knights can score 300 or take seven wickets (or 250 and nine wickets) to pip Lightning and Warriors to the title with the draw.

Meanwhile, Ardmore won their second trophy of the season last Saturday - beating Newbuildings in the Sam Jeffrey Shield final - and on Sunday head to Balrothery for the Irish National Cup decider against Railway Union. The Long's SuperValu Championship is also in their own hands.

Ardmore, who have already won the Eric Cooke (T20) Trophy, had a huge 157-run margin in the Sam Jeffrey, Connor Brolly taking 5-33 as Newbuildings were bowled out for 64.

Other winners last weekend were Eglinton II, who won the Ulster Plate final by beating Fox Lodge II at the Bleachgreen by six wickets after Neal Stewart took 5-13 as the Foxes were bowled out for 66.

North Fermanagh were also winners at the weekend as they beat Bready IV by nine wickets to win the Qualifying 3 final at Drummond, with Joubert Pienaar finishing 59 not out.

Fox Lodge won the Ladies' Cup final at Burndennett by eight wickets, passing Killyclooney's 82-6. Sarah Black took 4-12 and then hit 47 not out.

In the NCU, Woodvale III won the Minor (Lindsay) Cup by 32 runs after bowling out Woodvale III for 90 at Dundrum, and CIYMS V beat BISC III to win the Minor Qualifying Cup final on the top pitch at The Green.

Dan Soper and Neil Carson both hit half centuries in CI's 203-3 and Adam Whiteside took 5-38 as BISC were bowled out for 159.

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