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Team effort: Celebrations for North Down in Comber

Team effort: Celebrations for North Down in Comber

Team effort: Celebrations for North Down in Comber

Waringstown will meet North Down in the semi-finals of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup after both completed seven wicket victories yesterday.

Waringstown, last year's beaten finalists, had 13 balls to spare against an under-strength Civil Service North at The Lawn, while North Down won with seven balls left, chasing nine runs more at home to Instonians.

Lisburn beat Carrickfergus by three wickets at Middle Road in the other quarter-final played yesterday but must wait a week to learn their opponents after CI's game against Woodvale at Ballygomartin Road was postponed because of a wet ground.

Phil Eaglestone took the first CSN wicket in his second over but it was his return to bowl the final two overs that changed the game, taking four wickets in seven balls to finish with 5-16 as the visitors collapsed from 114-3 to 118 all out with two balls unused.

Matthew Foster responded with three wickets to reduce Waringstown to 71-3 in the 13th over but Greg Thompson and Lee Nelson eased them home.

Shane Getkate, opening the batting for Instonians, hit a half-century in 44 balls but North Down timed their reply to perfection with Ruhan Pretorius batting through the innings for 58 not out and Peter Eakin hitting 41 off 31 balls.

Lisburn can say they judged their innings to perfection as well because they needed only two runs from the last over with four wickets left and used up five balls getting there.

Mark Berry started and finished the Carrick innings with two wickets including the game's top scorer, Ryan Eagleson, for 36.

It completed a disappointing weekend for Carrick because they fell three runs short of Woodvale's 114-7 in the Robinson Services T20 League Cup on Saturday.

It leaves the newly promoted Belfast side with a 100 per cent record after two matches of the delayed season, and sharing the lead with champions CIYMS, who hammered Lisburn by 75 runs.

Chris Dougherty batted through CI's innings for 80 not out, which was just one less than the visitors managed before they were bowled out in the last over.

Waringstown and North Down had a dress rehearsal on Saturday for their cup semi-final with the Villagers coming out on top but only after another dramatic collapse by their visitors. The Comber side, chasing 119 for victory, were 103-3 with 15 balls left and finished on 112-7.

It was just as nail-biting at Stormont, where Instonians were chasing only 89 for victory but finished on 83-9, with two wickets and only four runs coming off Ross Adair's last over.

LVS T20 CUP QUARTER FINALS

The Green: Instonians 127-7 (S Getkate 54, R McKinley 29 not out; P Davison 2-22) North Down 128-3 (18.5 overs, R Pretorius 58 not out, P Eakin 41). North Down won by 7 wickets.

The Lawn: Civil Service North 118 (19.4 overs, G McCarter 35, P Beverland 29, A Johnston 20; P Eaglestone 5-16) Waringstown 119-3 (17.5 overs, G Thompson 32 not out, J Hall 28, M Topping 25; M Foster 3-16). Waringstown won by 7 wickets.

Middle Road: Carrickfergus 114-6 (R Eagleson 36, A Haggan 35; M Berry 4-20) Lisburn 115-7 (A Berry 30, R Rankin 27, G Halliday 21; CJ van der Walt 2-19). Lisburn won by 3 wickets.

Belfast Telegraph