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Take two for NW final

By Ian Callender

The Danske Bank Senior Cup final between holders Donemana and hosts Eglinton will be played next Saturday and Sunday after the first game was abandoned with just 37 overs played.

The only senior two-innings final was due to be completed on Saturday, but rain curtailed the action on the scheduled second day to just 10 overs and with another poor forecast for yesterday, the decision was taken, for the first time in the competition's 127-year history, to declare a final which had been started, null and void.

It is not the first abandoned final, nine years ago, ironically Eglinton's last appearance in the showpiece, was called off, but that was because no play was possible on the two scheduled days and it was agreed, rather than bring the teams back on consecutive week nights, to try again the following weekend.

Eglinton beat Strabane that year by 95 runs, with former Ireland international Jeremy Bray scoring a century.

This year's hosts will be hoping that is a good omen, especially as they had made a strong start to the final, taking another two wickets on Saturday to reduce Donemana to 112 for six, but now that will not count in the records.

In the NCU, only two of the three Premier League games were played with cup final hosts North Down beating Civil Service North in yesterday's game to move alongside Waringstown at the top of the table, having played a game more.

Professional Pieter Malan shared stands of 100 and 94 with Daniel Graham and Alistair Shields as they totalled 237 for three in their 47 overs, but Jason van der Merwe, possibly pushing for a return to the Northern Knights squad, scored 84 of 79 balls to keep the visitors in the hunt. Hut his dismissal, with CSN wanting 73 from 44 balls, left the tail with too much to do.

Lisburn beat Ballymena in Saturday's only game by 95 runs to leave Carrickfergus four points adrift at the bottom, but with a game in hand of the Braidmen.

Scores: North Down 237-3 (47 overs, P Malan 80, D Graham 70, A Shields 47 not out) Civil Service North 228 (46.5 overs, J van der Merwe 84, P Beverland 35, A Cowden 33, C Goodall 27; J Mulder 3-34, T Khan 3-62, M Moreland 2-23).

North Down won by 25 runs DLS

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