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Rain-drenched cup ties end with major bowl-out dramas

By Ian Callender

Waringstown will meet Bready in the final of the O'Neill's Ulster Cup final on Sunday week but it needed bowl-outs to settle both semi-finals as the forecast rain wrecked yesterday's action.

The North West bore the brunt of the rain, with not a ball being bowled in the third and final one-day game between Ireland and Sri Lanka A and it was the same story at Magheramason in Bready's semi-final against CIYMS.

Donemana made the trip to Waringstown and 37 overs' play was possible but that was still four overs short of the minimum required to get a result on the pitch.

The Villagers scored 205 for five in 31 overs, which was increased to a target score of 233. But the North West Senior Cup holders faced only six overs before torrential rain hit The Lawn and the match was abandoned.

The bowl-out, to decide the finalists, had to take place in the farcical conditions and Waringstown's Kyle McCallan and Gary Kidd were the only bowlers to hit the stumps as Donemana missed with all five.

In the match action, Greg Thompson's stunning 57 off just 29 balls deserved to be more than a footnote. He struck five fours and four sixes and dominated a partnership of 87 with his captain Lee Nelson who hit seven boundaries in his unbeaten 58 from 59 balls.

McCallan, who opened the bowling, took the wicket of Steven Wallace in his first over, but it would have taken some exceptional hitting from Donemana to get anywhere near their target score after the minimum 10 overs. They would have needed another 48 from the remaining four overs, without losing a wicket.

Bready won their bowl-out 3-2 when skipper Davy Scanlon struck in sudden death to end CIYMS' hopes of reaching the 40-over final for the first time.

Jacob Mulder and Trevor Britton hit for CIYMS but Ernest Kemm and Marc Fleming replied instantly to leave the teams tied at 2-2 after the first five deliveries. Mulder and Kemm missed with their second attempt at the unguarded stumps but when Stevie Dunn missed the next, it let in Scanlon to send his team through to their first Ulster final.

The final will take place in the North West but last night there was no confirmation of the venue.

Meanwhile, there was never any hope of meaningful action at Coleraine as persistent rain fell from the official start time throughout the morning and, after an early lunch, the umpires abandoned the game to deny Ireland the chance of a consolation victory in the three-match series, the Sri Lankans having won the first two games at Stormont last week by 28 runs and 107 runs.

Ireland now have to wait six weeks for their next action, three one-day internationals against Scotland in Malahide, but tomorrow the ICC will announce the dates and fixtures of their four-week tour, to Australia and New Zealand, in September/October.

The Ireland players were not allowed to play in Saturday's league action which was dominated by the overseas professionals – and one former international.

Rassie Van der Dussen scored 190 not out for CIYMS but ended up on the losing side as Imad Wasim replied with 114 for Instonians as they scored a remarkable 81 off the last six overs.

It probably should have been a two-runs defeat because Jordan McClurkin hit the last ball straight to Ross Boultwood but, looking straight into the sun, he dropped it over the boundary for the winning six.

Yogesh Takawale got Ballymena to within four runs of victory against Lisburn at Wallace Park, with a superb 111 but Craig Ervine deservedly finished on the winning side after hitting 147.

Muckamore professional Carl Mickan scored his side's first 50 of the season but they remain pointless after losing to Civil Service North while leaders Waringstown had an easy win over North Down.

The former international who made the headlines was 47-year-old Decker Curry who finished 123 not out as Ardmore chased Bready's 303 to win off the penultimate ball.

For the second time this season, a game in the North West was forfeited by the home team because they could not produce a Duckworth/Lewis sheet and this time it was Strabane.

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