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Muckamore targeting a quick cup double


By Ian Callender

Muckamore have the chance of a double trophy celebration this weekend because the day after the 2nd XI play in the final of the Junior Cup on Saturday, the women's side take on Civil Service North in their Challenge Cup decider at Stormont.

A strong bowling attack has restricted both opponents in their Cup run to totals of less than 60, while Susi Morrison and Amy Caulfield both scored half centuries against Carrickfergus and then top scored in the semi-final against Instonians.

Ali Cowan has been CSN's star batter in their Cup successes against Waringstown and holders Lurgan and is one of five players who were in the winning NCU squad in last week's interpro at Coleraine.

The Ireland women's team return to action today when the Quadrangular series, with Scotland, Thailand and hosts Netherlands, begins in Deventer.

It is a final chance for Ed Joyce, appointed interim head coach after Aaron Hamilton left the role in June, to "refine tactics and roles" within the squad ahead of T20 World Cup qualifiers in Scotland, which begin on August 31.

The squad lost three T20s to a strong England women's academy side in Somerset last month, after the disappointment of Zimbabwe pulling out of their six-match tour of Ireland.

Vice-captain Kim Garth returns from injury, along with Eimear Richardson who has not been in the squad since last year's T20 World Cup.

Ireland start the tournament against Netherlands this morning, followed by the games against Thailand tomorrow afternoon and Scotland in the second match on Saturday.

Following a rest day on Sunday, the teams will meet for a second time, in the same order, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with the times reversed.

The games start at 11am and 3.30pm and will be live-streamed with links made available through the Cricket Ireland social media channels.

Meanwhile, only 31 balls were bowled on the second day of the Interprovincial Championship game at Stormont, the fourth game out of four this season that is certain to end in a rain-affected draw, unless the captains agree three declarations today.

Although the forecast is for a dry final day, the saturated square is unlikely to have recovered in time for a prompt start.

Knights added 13 runs yesterday for the loss of Mark Ellison, caught at mid-wicket off Barry McCarthy, without adding to his overnight 18.

Scores: Northern Knights 72-1 (18.1 overs, J McCollum 37 not out) v Leinster Lightning. Today 11am-6.30pm.


J Tector c Rankin b Young 110

S Doheny b Hume 7

A Balbirnie c McClintock b Hume 94

L Tucker c Hume b Young 14

S Singh b Hume 11

K O'Brien not out 10

G Dockrell not out 12

Extras (3lb 10w) 13

Total (5 wkts, 50 overs) 271

Did not bat: G Delany, F Hand, T Kane, P Chase.

Fall: 1-38 2-220 3-237 4-237 5-252

Bowling: C Young 10-0-68-2, D Scanlon 10-0-59-0, G Kennedy 10-0-50-0, G Hume 10-48-3, A McBrine 10-1-43-0


D Barr run out 31

M Poskitt b Kane 10

D Rankin st Tucker b Dockrell 55

A Gillespie lbw b Delany 4

A McBrine c and b Delany 5

W McClintock lbw b Delany 2

G Kennedy c Tucker b Dockrell 9

A Austin c Doheny b Chase 23

G Hume not out 39

C Young c and b Dockrell 4

D Scanlon c Tector b Docrkell 0

Extras (2lb 9w) 11

Total (48 overs) 193

Fall: 1-22 2-64 3-70 4-78 5-82 6-126 7-127 8-181 9-193

Bowling: T Kane 5-0-11-1, P Chase 8-0-29-1, G Dockrell 8-0-41-4, F Hand 7-0-37-0, S Singh 10-0-26-0, G Delany 10-2-47-3

Leinster Lightning won by 78 runs

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