Having defeated Ballymena and Lurgan in the previous rounds, Saintfield CC travelled to Moylena Park to face Muckamore CC in the T20 trophy semi-final. The winner of Thursday's game would progress to meet Derriaghy in the final, following their victory over Templepatrick earlier in the week. Saintfield won the toss and opted to bat.

Adam Reid and Ross Murray began the innings for Saintfield, with the former getting his side off the mark in fine fashion by pulling a short delivery through mid wicket for four runs. After multiple wide balls and a few singles Reid was dismissed LBW and replaced by Patrick Telford with the score 8-1. Murray and Telford appeared comfortable at the crease as they rotated strike well in order to steadily increase the total before Murray was caught out on 22 runs at the end of the eighth over with the Saints 46-2. Saintfield's ever-reliable Kadeem Alleyne began his tenure sensationally, blasting his first ball for six. Having made nine runs in the over already you'd be forgiven for thinking the remainder was relatively unentertaining, however Alleyne continued to provide a spectacle for the crowd as he took full advantage of the opposition's poor bowling by firing another two sixes and a four. In total Saintfield gained 35 runs from two overs to significantly increase their run rate, sitting 81-2 from 10.

The big hitter continued his exuberant stint and reached his half century off only 18 balls with an almost unbelievable strike rate of 277.8 but was caught in the deep soon after in an attempt to add to his nine boundaries. Even in Alleyne's absence the total progressed on its impressive trajectory with Patrick Telford and other batsmen playing their part in the performance as Saintfield sat 140-6 with two overs remaining. The Saints' received a late influx of runs from TJ McCavera who demonstrated similar range hitting ability to Alleyne, striking 28 runs from just 12 balls including four boundaries. Saintfield finished 167-8 from their 20 overs.

Despite facing the difficult challenge of chasing a large total Muckamore laid down a stamp of authority early in their innings by amassing 50 runs off the first five overs without loss. Opening bowler Mark Yeates produced a fine delivery to give Saintfield their first wicket, clean bowled. However, Muckamore danger man K Vardhan remained imperious and soon reached his half century. With Saintfield in desperate need of a wicket, the answer to the opposition's batting expertise came through spin bowling. First, Ethan Hanna struck to dismiss Vardhan by means of a catch from wicketkeeper, Adam Reid. Then, in the consecutive over Patrick Telford sent another Muckamore batsman back to the pavilion as his hard work with the ball was rewarded with an LBW dismissal. Muckamore now found themselves 96-3 with 11 overs gone.

The Saintfield team that progressed to the T20 Trophy FinalThe winning Saintfield team

Following the two quick dismissals, Muckamore batters E Wilson and L Allen combined well to put their side back in the driving seat to find themselves 136-3 with four overs remaining and needing just 32 runs to book themselves a place in the final. Saintfield weren't done yet though, with Adam Sofley handing his side a lifeline in the 17th over by taking two wickets in two balls, a catch from Ethan Hanna and a plumb LBW to remove the incoming batsman for a golden duck. The following over saw more good fortune for the Saints as Kadeem Alleyne's bowling led to a well-fielded run out. Muckamore now needed 18 runs from 2 overs to win. Saintfield's thrilling revival continued as Mark Yeates removed E Wilson on 33 runs LBW as the opposition batsmen failed to learn from the dismissals of their counterparts. Kadeem Alleyne delivered the Saints last over knowing that 13 runs were required from the last six balls. The final blow was struck when Mark Yeates did well to hold onto a difficult catch in the deep to ensure the Saintfield victory.

After an enthralling evening's play Saintfield progressed to the T20 trophy final, defeating Muckamore by 9 runs. The standout performers on the night were Kadeem Alleyne (51), TJ McCavera (28), Adam Sofley (2-29) and Mark Yeates (2-27). The final date is the 8th of July.