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Prolific North Down facing stiff Waringstown challenge

By Ian Callender

Waringstown will host North Down in the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 semi-final tomorrow night, with the winners meeting Lisburn in the final on Friday, August 12 at The Lawn.

North Down are the most successful club in the competition and Pieter Malan, who scored 200 runs in their three group games, will be key if they are to reach a seventh T20 final.

If the forecast heavy rain arrives, the game can be rearranged for a third and final time, the first being the abandoned Finals Day at Waringstown on July 9.

Lisburn defeated Carrickfergus at the second attempt last week in their semi-final at Wallace Park by five runs, with captain Adam Berry scoring 50.

Meanwhile, the scheduled two-day Under-19 international between Ireland and Scotland at Drummond was abandoned without a ball bowled. Weather permitting, the teams will play a 50-overs game tomorrow and a Twenty20 game on Friday.

The Ireland Under-17 squad leave on Sunday for a 12-day tour of Scotland and England where they will play three 50 overs and a T20 international against Scotland before they head south to face Worcestershire in four games, starting on August 8.

There are five Ulster players in the squad, including two from Waringstown, Morgan Topping and Jonathan Waite. They are joined by the North West trio of Varun Chopra, Reece Kelly and Graham Kennedy.

Ireland U-17 squad: H Tector (YMCA, capt), J Grassi (North County), I Anders (Phoenix), A Cawley (Cork County), V Chopra (Coleraine), R Kelly (Bready), G Kennedy (Ballyspallen), J Little (Pembroke), S Murphy (YMCA), M Neville (Merrion), M Topping (Waringstown), A Vincent (Clontarf), J Waite (Waringstown).

An NCU Under-14 side will take part in the prestigious Taunton Festival at King's College next week. The team will play five games in five days with group matches against Buckinghamshire, Cheshire and Essex before play-off games on Thursday and Friday.

NCU U14-squad: Luke Allison (Donaghcloney), Ben Beattie (Instonians), Ben Buchanan-Rolleston (Carrick), Jack Dickson (Instonians), Nathan Doak (Lisburn), John Gibbons (CSN), Ethan Hanna (Saintfield), Matthew Humphreys (Instonians), Archie Johnston (CSN), James Lambert (Instonians), Charlie Maskery (CIYMS), Sam McLarnon (Instonians), Hugh Minford (CSN), Adam Speers (Laurelvale)

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