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RBAI lead Cup charge as Limavady face tough battle for last-four spot

By Ian Callender

The Ulster Bank Schools' Cup has reached the quarter-finals with Limavady Grammar hosting 2015 and 2016 winners Belfast Royal Academy today (1pm).

Already into the semis are RBAI, still on course for a fourth consecutive final appearance, who completed what should have been - and was - the straightforward task of beating their 2nd XI. Drawn together after the 2s beat Coleraine Grammar in the second round, the senior team won by 10 wickets as Ewen Scott took 5-7.

Wallace High, beaten finalists in 2017, will host Foyle College, who have not reached the decider since 2014, on Friday (1pm), while holders Methodist College will travel to Strabane College in the other quarter-final.

Ireland Women, meanwhile, went down to a second defeat in their Twenty20 series against the West Indies yesterday.

In an improved bowling performance, Ireland took six wickets and restricted the tourists to 157, posting 112-6 in reply.

Kim Garth, captaining the team in place of Laura Delany who has been ruled out for up to four weeks with ankle damage, scored an unbeaten 51 from 48 balls, having earlier taken 3-22.

The final match of the series is back at Pembroke today (4pm).

Scores: West Indies 157-6 (S-A King 34, H Matthews 33, B Cooper 20; K Garth 3-22) Ireland 112-6 (K Garth 51 not out, M Waldron 25; S-A King 2-15, A Fletcher 2-20). West Indies won by 45 runs.

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