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We are down to the last four in both the Irish Senior and National Cups. Eight teams hoping to make it through to Finals weekend at Bready on September 2nd and 3rd.

In the Senior Cup, there are two, Northern Cricket Union versus Leinster Cricket Union, ties.

Waringstown host Pembroke at The Lawn having beaten Coleraine by 8 wickets and Merrion by 3 wickets in the previous rounds. Instonians travel to North Dublin to face The Hills with Ireland’s newest international call-up in their line-up.

Nathan Smith is very confident that this could be their year in the Senior Cup. “We haven’t been playing too well as a team in the league but in the cups we’ve blended together and we’re confident we have the ability, talent and skill to be able to take it all the way.”

Smith has bowled well all summer and took 2 wickets in the victory over Brigade in round 2 but was outshone on the day by Robert McKinley’s remarkable 5-7! For The Hills, Albert van de Merwe has twice taken 4 wickets including 4-22 in the quarter-final victory over Balbriggan.

The Hills have the likes of Van der Merwe, Max Sorensen and the Wolves’ Sean Terry who could turn the game in their favour. For Instonians there’s Northern Knights’ James Shannon and Nikolai Smith who will look to do well as well as Smith of course, who isn’t worried about Ireland v Netherlands being a distraction.

“No I don’t think so; I find if you don’t look too far ahead you’re going to be in a better situation. We’ll just focus on what’s in front of us and as soon as that game’s over I’ll then turn attention to next week.”

In the other semi-final Pembroke travel north to take on Waringstown at The Lawn.

Pembroke have had three comfortable home victories in the competition so far, defeating County Galway by 141 runs, Bready by 9 wickets in a re-fixed match and then beating North Down by 76 runs in the quarter-final.

Centuries from Theo Lawson, Nick Cutler and Andrew Balbirnie were the cornerstone of each victory. The round two match at Bready which was rained off would have been Pembroke’s only away match in the Cup this year.

Instead they travel for the first time in the semi-final, and to face a Waringstown side that are playing at the business end of cup competitions every weekend at the moment.

An unbeaten 91 from James Hall in round 2 saw them past Coleraine by 8 wickets. In the heavyweight quarter-final, Waringstown restricted Merrion to 195/9 off their 50 overs. Then, an unbeaten century from James McCollum saw Waringstown home by 3 wickets with more than 10 overs remaining.

Could this match be about which bowling attack can nullify the opposing top-order?

In the National Cup, Strabane and Derriaghy travel to Dublin to face Terenure and Malahide respectively.

Strabane are in the competition for the first time and will be looking to get passed Terenure and clinch a spot in the final which is being held in the North West at Bready.

Strabane have beaten Cliftonville, Cregagh and County Kerry to reach Saturday’s semi-final. Their hosts, Terenure, have defeated Holywood, Limerick and Rush to get this far; their round 2 match against Limerick requiring a super over to find a winner.

Malahide have defeated Glendermott, Downpatrick and Midleton en route to the semi-finals and will be hoping Ireland international Peter Chase can take them through to the National final. Derriaghy however have had comfortable victories over St Johnston, Sion Mills and Knockharley and it will be a fascinating match on Saturday at Malahide.

The winners of Saturday’s semi-finals will meet in the National Cup final on September 3rd in Bready.

Irish Senior Cup, Semi-finals, Saturday August 12th, 12.30pm

Waringstown v Pembroke, The Lawn
The Hills v Instonians, The Vineyard

Irish National Cup, Semi-finals, Saturday August 12th, 13.30

Malahide v Derriaghy, Malahide
Terenure v Strabane, Terenure

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Irish Senior Cup and National Cup Replays

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In the second round replays of the Irish Senior Cup, all three teams from the North West Cricket Union in action crashed out. That means there will be four NCU and four Leinster sides contesting the quarter-finals.

Waringstown Vs Coleraine

Four times winners Waringstown beat Coleraine by 8 wickets to set up a home time with Merrion, these two sides have met in the last two finals of the competition.

Two wickets apiece for spinners Kyle McCallan (2-22) and Morgan Topping (2-23) helped restrict Coleraine to 167 for 7, with only David Cooke (71*) offering major resistance.

The total proved woefully inadequate as a second wicket stand of 131 in 119 balls between James Hall and James McCollum saw Waringstown race to victory. Hall’s unbeaten 91 came from just 72 balls (12 fours, 4 sixes), while McCollum found the boundary 8 times in his 51 from 63 balls.

At The Lawn,

Coleraine 167-7 (50 overs; D Cooke 71*, M Poskitt 25; K McCallan 2-22, M Topping 2-23)
Waringstown 173-2 (25.2 overs; J Hall 91*, J McCollum 51)

Pembroke Vs Bready

Pembroke’s Nick Cutler and Andrew Balbirnie shared an unbroken second wicket stand of 199 to help their team beat Bready by 9 wickets, to set up a home clash with North Down.

Cutler made an unbeaten 110 from 133 balls (13 fours), while Balbirnie was undefeated on 90 from 97 balls (11 fours) as Pembroke made light of Bready’s total of 219 for 7.

David Rankin top scored with 43, with Jamie Magee (41), Craig Young (37*) and Irosh Samarasorriya (30) also among the runs.

At Sydney Parade,
Bready 219-7 (50 overs; D Rankin 43, J Magee 41, C Young 37*, I Samarasooriya 30; J Balbirnie 2-39, P Lawson 2-53)
Pembroke 221-1 (39.4 overs; N Cutler 110*, A Balbirnie 90*)

The Hills vs Donemana

Two-times winners The Hills are safely through after beating Donemana by six wickets in a relatively low-scoring affair at Milverton.

William McClintock top scored with 38 as Donemana were dismissed for just 143, Naz Shaukat, Ryan Cartwright and Yaqoob Ali all taking two wickets apiece.

McClintock then took 3 for 41 as The Hills struggled initially, but Mike Baumgart (58*) and Ryan Cartwright (29*) added an unbroken 68 for the 5th wicket to set up a local derby in the quarter-finals at home to Balbriggan.

At Milverton,
Donemana 143 (37.1 overs; W McClintock 38, RL Dougherty 27; R Cartwright 2-20, Y Ali 2-28, N Shaukat 2-32)
The Hills 144-4 (39 overs; M Baumgart 58*, R Cartwright 29*: W McClintock 3-41)

The National Cup

Cricket ireland National Cup imageIn the National Cup, Knockharley reached the last eight after beating Newbuildings by 26 runs. They will now face Derriaghy in the quarter-finals.



Irish Senior Cup Quarter-Finals

Waringstown v Merrion
Pembroke v North Down
CIYMS v Instonians
The Hills v Balbriggan

Irish National Cup Quarter-Finals

Malahide v Midleton
Derriaghy v Knockharley
Rush v Terenure
Strabane v County Kerry

Ties to be played Sunday July 9. Reserve date July 23.

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Irish Senior and National Cup Quarter Final Draws

Irish Senior Cup and National Cup Draws

irish crickets senior and national cup

irish crickets senior and national cup

The draws have been made for the quarter-finals of both the Irish Senior and National Cups and there are some mouth-watering clashes in store next month.

Holders Merrion face a journey north to face the winners of Coleraine v Waringstown, while three times winners North Down are away to either Pembroke or Bready.

Balbriggan, playing in the competition for the first time, face a daunting engagement at either The Hills or Donemana.

In the National Cup, Malahide have home advantage over Midleton, while holders Rush take on fellow Leinster side Terenure, who knocked Limerick out in a dramatic super-over decider at the weekend.

County Kerry face the long trek north to County Tyrone to play Strabane, while Derriaghy will host the winners of the Newbuildings v Knockharley match.

All the games will be played on Sunday July 9th, with the reserve date being July 23rd.


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Coleraine/Waringstown v Merrion
Bready/Pembroke v North Down
CIYMS V Instonians
Donemana/The Hills v Balbriggan



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Malahide v Midleton
Derriaghy v Newbuildings/Knockharley
Rush v Terenure
Strabane v County Kerry

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