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Waringstown and Instonians carry NCU flag into Irish semi-finals

By Ian Callender

The NCU's top two teams, Waringstown and Instonians, are in tomorrow's draw for the semi-finals of the Irish Senior Cup after comfortable wins in Dublin, but CIYMS failed to make it a hat-trick, losing to YMCA.

Waringstown, the holders, wasted no time in disposing of North County, the game completed in exactly 50 overs as they reached their victory target of 108 for the loss of just two wickets.

James Hall scored a century on Saturday to consolidate their lead at the top of the Ulster Bank Premier League table but it was opening partner James McCollum who starred yesterday, with an undefeated 63 from 64 balls with 10 fours and a six.

Instonians, who are just four points behind the league leaders after beating Challenge Cup finalists Civil Service North, racked up 290 in Phoenix Park with skipper Nikolai Smith top scoring with 94 and Andrew White contributing 70 from just 81 balls. A fifth wicket stand of 74 held up the visitors but when White broke the stand, there was little resistance and the final margin was 63 runs.

Two days before their final attempt to play Carrickfergus in their postponed Challenge Cup semi-final, CIYMS' batting let them down, with no-one reaching 30 in their 46 runs defeat by YMCA.

Carrick, though, go into tomorrow's night's 20 overs game (5.30pm) boosted by a thrilling three wickets league win over North Down yesterday.

After taking six wickets in the last 33 balls for the addition of only 18 runs to restrict North Down to 176 for eight, the home side survived a middle order collapse of their own, losing four wickets for 16 runs in six overs to leave themselves still requiring 34 from the last four wickets.

But with 11 overs remaining, Ryan Eagleson used his old head to steer his side to victory, finishing 11 not out from 17 balls.

Peter Malan, not for the first time, had dominated the North Down innings, scoring 73 from 106 balls.

Meanwhile, fixture congestion continues to pile up in the North West, with Saturday's league programme wiped out, although clubs have now been given 29 days to rearrange games, extended from 15. The Twenty20 semi-finals are tomorrow night, namely Brigade v Coleraine and Eglinton v Fox Lodge.

Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals

At Balrothery: Waringstown beat North County by 8 wickets. North County 107 (A Sheridan 29, C Pienaar 3-31, P Eaglestone 2-27, G Kidd 2-27) Waringstown 111-2 (18.3 overs, J McCollum 63 not out, C Pienaar 23).

At Claremont Road: YMCA beat CIYMS by 46 runs.YMCA 248-5 (T Fisher 66, H Tector 51 S Singh 40, S Murphy 32 not out, J Tector 25;J Kemp 2-58, Z Rushe 2-38) CIYMS 202 (45.4 overs, J Matchett 29, N Jones 29, J Thompson 23, J Kemp 20; Y Ali 3-23, H Tector 3-54, J Parkinson 2-22).

At Phoenix Park: Instonians beat Phoenix by 63 runs. Instonians 290-9 (Nik Smith 94, A White 70, J Shannon 45, N Russell 23, Nat Smith 21; S Anderson 3-46, T Anders 2-29) Phoenix 227 (44 overs, N Pretorius 97, A Chester 28, M Scott 27, S Anderson 22; Nat Smith 3-34, S Bunting 3-43, R McKinley 2-36, A White 2-41).

Ulster Bank Premier League

At Middle Road: Carrickfergus beat North Down by 3 wickets. North Down 176-8 (P Malan 73, D Graham 41, J Mulder 26; R Eagleson 4-36, A Shetty 3-38) Carrickfergus 177-7 (46.3 overs, M Gilmour 46, I Parkhill 36, J Holmes 25; J Mulder 4-33, M Moreland 2-31)


At The Lawn: Waringstown beat Lisburn by 8 wickets. Lisburn 230-9 (N Waller 111, S Lazars 33, D Simpson 20; C Pienaar 3-41, J McCollum 2-36, P Eaglestone 2-38) Waringstown 231-2 (48.2 overs, J Hall 100, J McCollum 61, C Pienaar 35 not out, A Dennison 23 not out)

At Shaw's Bridge: Instonians beat Civil Service North by 3 wickets. Civil Service North 153 (41.3 overs, P Park 66 not out, D Agnew 26; R McKinley 4-25, A White 4-25) Instonians 157-7 (40.4 overs, Nik Smith 33, S Bunting 33, R McKinley 27; M Amjad 3-21, J Costain 2-30)

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