Woodvale spoil the party
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
IT will be a north-south decider on all-Ireland Twenty20 finals day on Sunday week after the semi-final draw paired NCU champions Waringstown with North West holders Bready.
That game will take place at The Lawn, which will also host the final against Leinster winners Clontarf and Munster champions Cork County, who meet at Lisburn in the other semi-final.
Three of the domestic finals ended in decisive victories with only Clontarf taken to the last ball by Pembroke before edging through by three runs.
This is the first national T20 finals day to decide the kings of the shortest format and by then we will know who is the best team in Northern Ireland as Waringstown and Bready, along with beaten finalists North Down and Coleraine, meet in Ulster Cup finals day this Sunday.
North Down are the host club with Bready their opponents in the semi-final while Waringstown face Coleraine at Saintfield in what could be the biggest game ever at The Demesne. The final is back at the Green, scheduled to start at 4pm.
One level down, the Ulster Shield this year is also a T20 competition but Woodvale, beaten finalists in the NCUís Twenty20 Trophy have spoiled the party, claiming they couldnít get a team to travel to the North West!
Holywood, who lost to Woodvale in the semi-final, have been invited to take their place and will meet Eric Cooke Cup winners St Johnston at The Boathole (11.30am) with Strabane facing NCU champions Armagh in the other semi-final at Strabane Park (12 noon).
The final of this competition is pencilled in for a 4.30pm start at Strabane.