Last four decided in Sunday’s Ulster Plate ties
Two teams from each region will contest the semi-finals of this season’s Ulster Plate after a competitive day’s play in Sunday’s quarter-final matches.
The NCU’s two remaining sides both progressed- CIYMS with a comfortable six-wicket success at home to Brigade and Waringstown in a last over thriller against Ardmore at the Lawn.
Jacob Mulder took 4-31 as CI bowled the Beechgrove side out for 145- Andrew Baggley (39) faring best for the visitors with the bat.
Nathan Burns made 36 to get the home side’s reply up and running before an unbroken partnership between Carson McCullough (30*) and Karthik (22*) saw them home for a cosy win.
Mark Chambers hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 91 as Ardmore posted 204-9 at Belmont- Muhammad Kharotai chipping in with 29 to give the Bleachgreen side something to bowl at.
Simon Stokes (3-52), Rory Bessell (2-34) and Shane Burke (2-48) were best with the ball for Waringstown, but their reply was all about Bessell.
It was a one-man resistance for much of the second innings, Bessell hitting 14 fours and 2 sixes in his unbeaten 119 with support coming from Burke (34) and a very valuable 22 down the order from Jack Snell.
That allowed the home side to edge through with just three deliveries to spare; Caolan Young (3-36) and Conor King (2-36) ding their best to keep their side in the hunt.
The other two ties were all-North West affairs that saw Donemana and Bready advance to the semi-finals.
Gavin Roulston and James McKillop both made 41 and Nathan McCombe 31* as Bready chased down Eglinton’s 177-6 to win by 3 wickets.
Richard Wylie and Dylan McDaid both picked up two wickets as Eglinton battled hard to defend their total.
Karl O’Doherty made an unbeaten 58 for the villagers with Adam Lamberton and Stephen Nelis chipping in with 26 and 22* respectively, but it was to be in vain as Bready moved into the last four.
And they will be joined by Donemana who comfortably saw off the challenge of Glendermott at the Holm.
Alan Lynch hit 7 sixes and 4 fours in his 84 not out while Jason Lynch added 65 in the visitors’ 235-8 in a rain reduced 37 overs. Levi Dougherty claimed 3-45 and Lewis Robinson 2-48 before more rain saw a DLS revised target of 207 in 30 overs set for the hosts.
They proved well up to the task too- Jamie Huey with 8 fours and 2 sixes in his unbeaten 82- sharing in an unbroken 125 run stand with Robinson who also batted really well for his 65 not out (4 fours, 4 sixes) to send Donemana through.