Limavady Grammar School are through to the semi-finals of the Schools Cup, but only just, after edging out local rivals Foyle on fewer wickets lost in a pulsating quarter-final clash.

Foyle looked on course for a routine win as they reached 162 for 2 in 25 overs, needing just 28 more from the final 30 balls with 8 wickets in hand.

However, the run out of William Finlay proved to the turning point as the Derry side panicked losing 6 wickets for 26 runs in a helter skelter finale.

Eglinton leg-spinner Robbie Millar took 3 for 30 including openers Cain Wallace and Ali Doherty who put on 114 in 19 overs as they chased their 190-run target.

Wallace top scored with 75 from 72 balls (9 fours, 1 six) while Doherty's 45 came from 62 balls and included 3 fours and 1 six.

Kyle Magee made 29 not out but two run outs in the final four balls saw the game tied - Limavady progressing due to losing only four wickets to Foyle's eight.

Graham Kennedy took 2 for 21 to follow up his superb hundred.

The Ballyspallen and Warriors all-rounder hit 10 fours and 6 sixes in his 85-ball 104 not out, taking his team to 189 for 4 in their 30 overs.

He shared what was to prove a decisive unbroken fifth wicket stand of 68 in just 40 balls with Ross McLaughlin, whose hard hit 37* came from just 23 balls, with 3 sixes and 3 fours.

Marc McCloskey (2-25) was the pick of the Foyle attack.

RESULT

At Limavady,

Limavady GS 189-4 (30 overs; G Kennedy 104*, R McLaughlin 37*; M McCloskey 2-25)

Foyle 189-8 (30 overs; C Wallace 75, A Doherty 45, K Magee 27*; R Millar 3-30, G Kennedy 2-21)

Limavady won on fewer wickets lost

Limavady will now face RBAI at home in next week's semi-final, while in the other half Methody entertain BRA.

A second successive half cnetury for Max Burton saw BRA beat Wallace by 74 runs - Harry Warke taking 3 for 30.

Johnny Waite hit an unbeaten 112 as RBAI made 225 for 6 - that proved 115 too many for Coleraine depsite a half century from Marcus Poskitt.

Methody required the toss of a coin to oust Strabane Academy after the two teams couldn't agree on a mutually suitable date.

The NW side perhaps victims of their own success, as their youtful side are also in the both the U14 and U15 cups, as well as the senior competition.

SCHOOLS CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW

  • Limavady GS v RBAI
  • Methody v BRA