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North Down left under the weather

League and cup double winners North Down have made yet another early exit from the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup.

It was decided, somewhat cruelly, by a bowl-out, but this year the Comber side can have no complaints.

When rain stopped play after 26 overs of a match which had been reduced to 32 overs because of a delayed start, Brigade had reduced the home side to 70 for seven. When the rain returned there was no chance of a resumption and the North West Cup holders won the bowl-out 2-1.

It was no more than Brigade captain Mark Simpson deserved because the opening bowler took the first six wickets in a stunning seven overs spell which cost just 17 runs.

Of the free-scoring top five, only Ryan Haire (14) reached double figures and Johnny Terrett was 23 not out when the rain arrived.

If that win was deserved, then justice could hardly be seen to be done at Stormont where Civil Service North scored 239 for five in 39 overs against Bonds Glen but lost the bowl out to the North West's basement side 1-0.

Nigel Jones scored exactly 100 for CSN, from 84 balls with 15 fours, but it was all in vain when Leslie Curry was the only bowler to hit the stumps.

Completing a horror day for NCU in the Irish Cup, Lisburn went to Dublin and lost by 49 runs to Pembroke..

It leaves just two NCU teams in the last 16 - Waringstown and Instonians -while the North West will have teams in seven of next Saturday's third round ties.

In the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup, Ballymena reached the quarter finals with a thrilling one wicket, last-over win over last year's beaten finalists CIYMS.

Civil Service North were the other winners on Saturday with captain Jones again the star performer, this time with the ball.

Lisburn's bad weekend started on Saturday when they handed Muckamore their first league win, leaving Carrickfergus and Bangor the only teams without a point in the Premier League after defeats to Instonians and North Down respectively.

Revised Irish Cup third round draw: Waringstown v North County, Pembroke v Bready, Limavady v Instonians, Phoenix v Glendermott, Bonds Glen v Leinster, Clontarf v Brigade , Railway Union v Eglinton, Merrion v Donemana.

Belfast Telegraph