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Weather forces NCU sides to play it again

By Ian Callender

NCU clubs were the main victims of the rain yesterday as Waringstown, Instonians and CIYMS all failed to complete their home quarter-finals in the Irish Senior Cup - only one game started - and they must travel to Dublin next week for the 'replays'.

Derriaghy's game against last year's beaten finalists Merrion in Dublin did go ahead yesterday and it was all over by 2.30pm with the under-strength NCU side bowled out for just 54 and the Merrion openers knocked off the runs inside six overs.

Waringstown did not even ask North County to travel - calling their game off at 9.30am - while Instonians and Phoenix didn't get to toss at Shaw's Bridge while only eight balls were possible in CI's game against YMCA.

That postponement means the Challenge Cup semi-final between CI and Carrickfergus, abandoned nine days ago, will be played on Saturday at Belmont leaving scheduled league opponents Derriaghy and North Down with a free Saturday.

In the North West, Ardmore missed the chance to go clear at the top of the Premiership after falling five runs short of their revised target of 118 from 21 overs against Bready.

Despite slumping to 42 for seven, skipper Gary Neely was unbeaten on 47 at the start of the last over, with last man Stevie Dunn as his partner, and eight runs required. But a superb over from Davy Scanlon restricted them to three singles and Ardmore have to be content to share the leadership with defending champions Coleraine and Eglinton, who inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Bannsiders.

At the other end, Strabane and Drummond are still without a point after their game was abandoned yesterday as a no result.

Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals: At Anglesea Road, Merrion beat Derriaghy by 10 wickets. Derriaghy 54 (T Stanton 3-6) Merrion 55-0 (5.3 overs, P Tice 33 not out, M Lewis 20 not out).

At Belmont: YMCA 6-1 (1.1 overs) v CIYMS. Abandoned.

Postponed: Waringstown v North County, Instonians v Phoenix.

Long's SuperValu Premiership: At The Bleachgreen, Bready beat Ardmore by 4 runs DLS; Bready 132-7 (28.4 overs, R Dougherty 44 not out, D Rankin 41; S Dunn 2-17) Ardmore 113-9 (21 overs, G Neely 49 not out; C Olphert 2-8, R Kelly 2-13, D Scanlon 2-17, A Lucas 2-19)

At Strabane Park: Drummond 202-4 (24 overs, R McDaid 58 not out, A McDaid 52, C Moore 24, K Morrow 21; R Gallagher 2-38) Strabane 34-1 (5 overs, K Pretorius 20 not out). Abandoned.

Saturday: At The Bleachgreen, Ardmore beat Strabane by 18 runs. Ardmore 161-9 (32 overs, D Curry 86; K Pretorius 4-9, R Gallagher 2-29) Strabane 143-9 (P Gillespie 40, A Gillespie 34; S Dunn 2-18, D Curry 2-24).

At Magheramason: Brigade beat Bready by 14 runs. Brigade 162-5 (30 overs, I Hussain 46 not out, G McKeegan 28; A Lucas 2-27) Bready 148 (29 overs, G Wallace 57; J Robinson 3-31, M Simpson 2-16, A Britton 2-24)

At Sandel Lodge: Eglinton beat Coleraine by 14 runs. Eglinton 144-5 (27 overs, J Millar 54, A Pierce 48; S Naidoo 2-25) Coleraine 130-8 (R Chopra 31, N McDonnell 27, D Cooke 26; R Allen 5-29, C Averill 2-28)

Women's Super 3s: At Magheramason, Scorchers 74 all out v Typhoons. Abdnd

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