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Nine Ulster sides still eyeing National Cup

 

By Ian Callender

There will be nine Ulster clubs in the Irish National Cup second round draw, including five from the North West.

That total is boosted by two teams receiving byes and another getting a walk-over, but with two sides winning on the field that was one more than the Irish Senior Cup where Strabane were the only victors on Saturday.

Killyclooney professional Andre Henry hit 12 fours and eight sixes in an unbeaten 115 as they eased past Laois' 180 for the loss of only two wickets, and Drummond claimed an impressive 123-run victory over Derriaghy with half centuries for Kyle Morrow and the evergreen Andy Christie.

Curtis McElwee then took six wickets for 11 runs - the best bowling of the day - to dismiss the NCU side for 140.

St Johnston, who had a walkover against North Kildare, Ballyspallen and Glendermott complete the North West quintet in the last 16.

There will be a quartet of NCU sides in the draw after Holywood, Lisburn and Cregagh defeated their Ulster rivals with something to spare.

Top scorers were Holywood, who posted 315-2 against Sion Mills, with Paddy Beverland (118 not out) and Nathan Burns (107 not out) having put on 190 together when the 40 overs ran out. The final margin was 245 runs, also the biggest of the day.

Cregagh had to give up home advantage to Newbuildings because their own pitch was unplayable but the journey was worthwhile as they passed the North West side's 217-8 with just three wickets down, Jonny Moore guiding them home with an unbeaten 110, all but 10 of them coming in boundaries (13 fours and eight sixes).

Lisburn also enjoyed a good away day, bowling out Bonds Glen for 145 and knocking off the runs with eight overs to spare, Adam Berry the man of the match with 4-27 and 40 not out.

The other NCU team in the last 16 are Templepatrick, who beat Terenure by five wickets in the best finish of the round.

Chasing the Dubliners' 194, Templepatrick needed 10 off the last over and, after three wides gave them the ideal start, Philip Kernaghan scored the remaining runs with a ball to spare.

Cliftonville Academy were drawn away to Rush, who can include three former internationals, and lost by eight wickets, while Laurelvale fell 18 runs short of DLR County's 209-7.

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