Phoenix are the first side into the semi-finals of the Irish Cup after beating Carrickfergus in a game that threatened to boil over at times.

The rise in temperature was matched by a rise in tempers with umpires Boyd and Milne forced several times to intervene as players from both sides became embroiled in 'frank exchange of views'.

Carrick scored 238 with half centuries from Symnan (61), Shetty (61) and McCord (55).

The latter two added 108 in 19 overs for the eighth wicket after the hosts were struggling on 113 for 7 - three wickets for Poonish Mehta and Theo Dempsey, while Amish Sidhu picked up two, including the crucial one of Jacques Snyman who had raced to 61 from 52 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes).

Irish international Simi Singh got the chase off to a rapid start as he clubbed 6 fours and 5 sixes in his 63 from just 51 balls, sharing an opening stand of 96 in just 83 balls with New Zealander Ben Beecroft (33).

Carrick rallied to reduce Phoenix to 169 for 5, but overseas professional Mehta hit an unbeaten 62, adding an unbroken 70 with Nic Pretorius (35*) to guide them into the last four.

How Carrick could have done with Ryan Eagleson on coaching duty with Ireland, or the banned CJ van der Walt - forced to miss the match for failing to respond to a level one offence.

The Waringstown versus Instonians match was postponed following the death of Paddy Allen, while the Pembroke v CSNI tie will be played on Monday.

Leinster's match with CIYMS was also rescheduled and will be played next Sunday.

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