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Lisburn celebrate by facing Ireland XI

By Ian Callender

Lisburn have confirmed the highlight of their 175th anniversary celebrations will be a 40 overs match against a Cricket Ireland Presidents XI on Friday, June 24.

It is expected all the contracted Ireland players, based at home, will be among the President's men and the team will be completed by Ireland 'A' players, who are pushing for selection.

Trent Johnston is the likely captain of a team expected to include Alex Cusack, John Mooney and Andrew White.

On the field last night, Lisburn surprisingly lost their first Twenty20 Cup tie, to Section One side Downpatrick, by seven wickets.

An unbroken partnership of 84 between James Magowan and James Cunningham saw the home side pass Lisburn's 118 for seven with 15 balls to spare.

Magowan hit eight boundaries in his 51 not out and although Cunningham hit only four in his 40 ball innings of 44, he did hit the only six.

Young Adam Berry scored a half century for Lisburn, from 47 balls, also with three fours and a six, but none of his team-mates could get past 20.

Lisburn can still qualify for the semi-finals with a big win over CS North in the last Group Three game on Tuesday week.

North Down professional Ian Moran took an instant liking to the Twenty20 action with a stunning 83 not out against Cliftonville at The Green in Group One.

Needing only 107 for victory, Moran had to wait until Ryan Haire was first out before even getting to the middle but once there dominated the rest of the innings, hitting 12 fours and two sixes in his 43 balls of mayhem.

The Comber side will be expected to reach the semi-finals with victory over Muckamore on Wednesday week.

Yet another unbeaten 50, this time from Andrew Cousins, helped Waringstown to 141 for five in their derby match against Lurgan.

The big surprise here was the early dismissal of Obus Pienaar for 20, with just three fours. Still, the Villagers' total was enough for a 42 runs victory.

Holders CIYMS are in danger of not reaching the semi-finals after losing to Bangor by 15 runs at Upritchard Park. Chasing 127 for victory, they could only reach 111 for nine, Ben McCord top scorer with 30. They must beat Instonians in their remaining game to have a chance of going through.

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