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Waringstown feeling right at home in bid for superb hat-trick


Waringstown have home advantage tomorrow in their quest to win a hat-trick of Twenty20 trophies at All-Ireland T20 finals day.

The Villagers have already won both the NCU T20 decider and the Ulster Cup (T20) final and meet North West winners Bready in the semi-final at The Lawn (11.30am), the team they defeated last Sunday in the Ulster final.

The other semi-final is at Wallace Park, starting half an hour earlier to allow the winners of the game between Clontarf, the Leinster champions, and Munster holders Cork County, time to travel to The Lawn for the final at 4pm.

Waringstown, unbeaten in nine ahead of today's Premier League game against Carrickfergus, have James Hall as their top run scorer in T20s this season.

He scored two 50s in the group stages of the NCU competition and, indeed, his dismissal for 31 in last week's Ulster Cup final was his first in four innings after ending the group stages with 50 not out against Carrick, followed by 22 not out v Instonians and 101 not out against North Down on Finals Day.

T20 international David Rankin has been Bready's star performer with unbeaten 50s in the North West semi-final and final, and 58 in the Ulster Cup semi-final against North Down, but James Mitchell dismissed him early in the final and Waringstown's spinners did the rest.

Clontarf, who have John Mooney as player-coach, will be big favourites to beat Cork County, who face their biggest test after convincing wins in all six Munster games.

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