Anniruddah Chore continued on his run scoring spree as his unbeaten 85 eased North Down into a Challenge Cup final showdown with CIYMS, after they beat Instonians by seven wickets.

Man of the Match Chore has now a Bradmanesque plus average of 106.75 in NCU cricket, having an aggregate for the season of 854 runs, with three hundreds and four half centuries.

The Indian born Oman A international has been a steady revelation at Comber, and his calm assured presence meant that a chase of 210 was as routine as they come.

Skipper Ally Shields (20) went with the total on 29, but Chore shared stands of 79 for the second wicket with Gayan Maneeshan (46) and 75 for the third with Peter Eakin (39) to all but settle the game.

Chore received the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 85, which came from 112 balls and included seven boundaries, as North Down coasted to the seven wickets win in the 46th over without having to get out of second gear.

The win was set up by their impressive bowling unit, spearheaded by the pacy Craig Young (1-26) and with the supporting cast of Tom Mayes (2-38), Peter Eakin (1-38), Peter Davison (3-45), and Carl Robinson (1-44), there was little respite for the Instonians batsmen.

Seven of the top eight Inst batters got starts, but none was able to score the substantial knock required to get them to a more challenging 250 plus on the quick scoring ground.

James Hunter (46) and Ollie Metcalfe (35) did add 62 for the second wicket, but thereafter North Down took wickets at regular intervals and a final total of 209 for 9 proved nowhere near enough.

Andy White (29), Shane Getkate (21) and a late flurry from Ben Rose (24*) the best of the middle order.

North Down will host CIYMS in the decider on Friday August 13th, and what a contest that should be with both teams at full strength, including Paul Stirling, who sat this one out with a foot injury.

Definitely one for the diary!

NCU CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINAL

At Comber, North Down beat Instonians by seven wickets

Instonians 209/9 (50 overs; J Hunter 46, O Metcalfe 35, A White 29, B Rose 24*, S Getkate 21; P Davison 3-45, T Mayes 2-38)

North Down 211/3 (45.2 overs; A Chore 85*, G Maneeshan 46, P Eakin 39, A Shields 20; B Rose 2-40)