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Baker's boys book their semi spot

By David Mason

County Antrim's John Nicholl, Rod Coleman, Michael Nutt and Jim Baker roared into the semi-final of the AIIB National Fours Championship at the Watson Stadium.

They are now on course to repair the damage suffered last season when they lost out to the Ballybrakes rink, skipped by Gary McCloy, in the final.

Baker and company will now face their Parkgate team mates, Stephen Shields, Neil Booth, Graham McKee and Andy Kyle in next month's semi final.

"It was a tough game, which the low score would suggest," said Baker. "The defeat in the final last season is still lingering over us, so at least we'll have the chance of putting that right.

"We now face a massive test against Andy's rink . . . that will be another big challenge."

The other semi final will feature Alan Smyth, Jim McGetterick, Paul Prunty and Paul McEwan (Belfast) against Stephen Falls, Nigel Robinson, Derek Smith and Ian McClure (Ballybrakes Community).

Results: AIIB National Fours qualifier: A Walker, T Mullan, U McKeeman, B Kane (BCIBC) v JR Nicholl, R Coleman, M Nutt, J Baker (CAIBC) w/o, M McPeak, J McCullough, S Bennett, S Martin (BIBC) 26 J Brown, S Kirkwood, J Watson, R Millar (BIBC) 8, S Moore, J Martin, M Leckey, P McVeigh (BIBC) 16 A Reid, M Mason, A Kennedy, H Elliott (BCIBC) 14, S Gibson, S Hedley, N Mulholland, C Craig (BIBC) 9 S Shields, N Booth, G McKee, A Kyle (CAIBC) 14, A Smyth, J McGetterick, P Prunty, P McEwan (BIBC) 20 B Daly, G Ballentine, P Prunty, J Kerr (BIBC) 11, B Hughes, C Brogan, W McCaw, G Kelly (BCIBC) 15 D Atkinson, S Coleman jnr, A Coleman, S Coleman sen (CAIBC) 16, S Falls, N Robinson, D Smith, I McClure (BCIBC) 12 C Eadie, T Crawford, D Nixon, M Merritt (BIBC) 8, J Potts, K Matchett, A Briggs, A Roberts (BIBC) w/o.

Quarter finals: Baker 12 Martin 5, McVeigh (withdrawn) v McKee w/o, McEwan 17 Coleman 9, McClure 15 Roberts 11.

Semi finals: Baker v Kyle, McEwan v McClure.

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