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Villagers will aim for a repeat when they renew rivalry with Strabane

 

By Ian Callender

Half an hour before they took the field in the Challenge Cup final yesterday, Waringstown were drawn away to Strabane in the semi-final of the Irish Senior Cup.

It will be the teams' first meeting since the Ulster Cup clash in 2015, also at Strabane Park, when the Villagers won by nine wickets, with James McCollum scoring 91 not out and Adam Dennison 63.

If the holders win again, it could be a third final in four years against Merrion, who also came out of the hat second in yesterday's draw, after Clontarf.

It is one Cup match after another for Waringstown at the moment as they defend their four-trophy haul from last season.

And after one day to enjoy their Challenge Cup triumph, they host North Down tomorrow in a repeat of last year's Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 final (3.30pm).

That game is part of a double-header at The Lawn with Holywood meeting Downpatrick in the Trophy final at 11am.

Also announced yesterday was the Cricket Ireland Academy side to take on an Australian Future Stars side in a four-day game at Belmont, starting on Monday.

Four Ulster players will be involved, including Jacob Mulder on his home ground and Morgan Topping, a member of the CSN side which lost to Waringstown yesterday.

Academy side: J Tector, M Adair, T Stanton, R Anders, S Doheny, A Gillespie, G Delany, J Mulder, M Donegan, F Hand, O Gunning, M Topping

Irish Cup semi-finals: Strabane v Waringstown, Clontarf v Merrion.

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