North Down held their nerve to beat Lurgan by one run in the semi-final of the NCU Challenge Cup at Pollock Park.

Amy Benson was the North Down hero as her unbeaten 80 (11 fours) helped her side post 127 for 7.

For Lurgan Sam Todd had the excellent analysis of 4-14 in her four overs.

The chase was a tense one, with the momentum ebbing and flowing throughout the pulsating contest.

Winners North Down

Sam Todd (30) and Emma McMurray (33) both batted well, and there was agony for the Mid-Ulster side as Suzie McCollum (18) was run out attempting the run that would have tied the scores from the final ball.

North Down's reward is a final place this Sunday, August 22nd against CSNI at The Lawn, Waringstown.

The match will be live-scored on CricketEurope with Ian Callender on commentary.