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Town set to play host to familiar foes Instonians in Cup defence

 

By Ian Callender

HOLDERS Waringstown have home advantage in an all-NCU clash in the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup.

Instonians will be the visitors - yet again - to the Lawn having already played them there in the Premier League and T20 Cup, and will play them in the last eight of the Challenge Cup on Saturday week.

CIYMS have to travel to Dublin but a visit to Leinster, probably the weakest team left in the competition, will hold no fears, and Civil Service North will have to be at their best if they are to return from Pembroke with a semi-final place.

Carrickfergus were first out of the hat but they face a tough tie against Phoenix, although Simi Singh may be missing from the Dubliners' line-up as the game, on Sunday, July 14, clashes with Ireland's last Twenty20 international against Zimbabwe at Bready.

In the National Cup, to be played on the same day, the two North West survivors will be at home but the NCU duo must travel, the winners of the Cregagh/Derriaghy match to Co Cork to face Midleton, for whom Majid Khan hit 19 sixes in a remarkable innings of 178 (out of 250) in their victory over St Johnston.

Irish Cup quarter-finals: Carrickfergus v Phoenix, Pembroke v Civil Service North, Waringstown v Instonians, Leinster v CIYMS.

National Cup quarter-finals: Ardmore v Balbriggan, Midleton v Cregagh/Derriaghy, Railway Union v Templepatrick, Fox Lodge v Terenure.

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