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Waringstown are primed for a weekend to remember

By Richard Bullick

Waringstown start what they hope will be a weekend of double delight this evening when they host Lisburn in the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 final at The Lawn (5pm).

The Villagers have home advantage again tomorrow when Premier League rivals Instonians arrive with a place in Irish cricket's domestic showpiece at stake.

Whoever emerges from the eagerly-awaited all-NCU clash will face Leinster opposition in the decider, confirmed for Clontarf the last Saturday of this month.

Merrion meet Dublin YMCA in the other Irish Senior Cup semi-final having seen off Derriaghy and CIYMS respectively in last eight ties, while holders Waringstown won at North County and Instonians away to Phoenix.

Waringstown and Instonians are presently locked together at the top of the Premier League.

Nikolai Smith of Instonians has scored most runs in this season's competition to date but, in Adam Dennison, Waringstown have Irish cricket's form batsman of the moment.

Ironically the teenager was out for a duck as Waringstown rattled up over 300 at Derriaghy last Saturday before hitting an exceptional purple patch on Northern Knights duty.

He followed up a fine 73 at The Lawn in the limited overs win over the North West Warriors with a record-breaking knock of 206, more than any batsman has ever scored at Comber, in the subsequent three-day game.

FIXTURES: Irish Senior Cup semi-final: Waringstown v Instonians.

Ulster Bank Premier League: Carrickfergus v Lisburn, CSNI v CIYMS, North Down v Derriaghy. Sunday: CIYMS v Derriaghy.

Section One: Armagh v Ballymena, Bangor v Muckamore, Lurgan v Donaghcloney, Saintfield v Academy. Sunday: Academy v Muckamore.

Section Two: Dundrum v BISC, Cliftonville v Laurelvale, Millpark v Holywood, Templepatrick v Cregagh. Sunday: Holywood v Cliftonville, Cregagh v Millpark, Dundrum v Cooke Collegians.

Section Three: Dungannon v Dunmurry, Monaghan v Ards, Newforge v Larne, Victoria v Donaghadee. Sunday: Larne v Monaghan.

Long's SuperValu Premiership: Strabane v Eglinton, Bready v Coleraine, Drummond v Ardmore, Donemana v Brigade. Sunday: Donemana v Eglinton.

Championship: Ballyspallen v Fox Lodge, Killyclooney v Burndennett. Sunday: Fox Lodge v Burndennett, Ballyspallen v Bonds Glen.

Interprovincial Cup: North West Warriors v Northern Knights (Eglinton, Sunday 10.45am).

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