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Twenty20 Cup ties to finally be decided

The semi finalists in the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup will be decided this week with an extra two matches confirmed after last week’s chaotic post-match scenes at Carrickfergus and Stormont.

The tournament organisers’ ruling was that, with a reserve date set aside for all matches, a bowl-out should only be used on the reserve date. That was the interpretation of the umpires in the Group A game between Civil Service North and North Down last week so, when the game was rained off, four balls into the second innings, the game was rearranged.

However, the umpires in the Group B game between Carrickfergus and Lisburn read the rules to mean that the reserve date should be only used if the original match did not start. So, when that game was abandoned at an identical stage, they took the teams out for the bowl-out which Lisburn won 2-1.

The weekend clarification means that match will also be replayed tomorrow night although if Waringstown win the other Group B game, at Ballymena tonight, their superior run-rate will mean they will win the group and the winners of the game at Carrick are likely to have to win convincingly, just to overtake Ballymena’s run-rate and claim second place.

The top two in each group go through to next week’s semi finals. Instonians have won Group A and CSN are hot favourites to join them.

Fixtures: Tonight: Ballymena v Waringstown. Tomorrow: Carrickfergus v Lisburn, North Down v Civil Service North. Ulster Bank Schools Cup semi final (1.30pm): Grosvenor v Limavady Grammar.

Ulster Bank Challenge Cup semi final draw: Lurgan or Muckamore v Civil Service North or Instonians; Downpatrick or North Down v Lisburn or Waringstown. Games to be played on Saturday June 30.

Belfast Telegraph