The third round of matches for the coveted Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup trophy takes place on Saturday with the NCU representation numbering 4 clubs, each with a highly credible chance of lifting the Cup on September.
Winners in 1983 and 1992 Waringstown have another away draw when they travel to Dublin to play Malahide where the home side, successful in 2002, will provide strong opposition. The Villagers surprisingly suffered their first defeat of the season last week at Wallace Park and will be hugely reliant on the all round talent of Kyle McCallan to guide them into the quarter finals.
Last season's Premier League joint champions Instonians are also on the road with a trip to the North West to play surprise package Coleraine who eliminated strongly fancied Clontarf in the previous round. However with professional Davy Jacobs back in the ranks and among the runs as part of an immensely strong batting line up I think the Old Boys will progress.
Also drawn away from home are CSNI, who as NICC won the trophy in its inaugural year in 1982, but Nigel Jones's side will find the visit to Glendermott an extremely tough proposition. The Stormont side were put to the sword last week by Ballymena and the lack of penetration of their bowling attach, minus the long term injured Regan West, is causing concern.
Finally the joint Premier League leaders CIYMS are also in Dublin to take on Merrion who have made an encouraging start in their domestic league but, with the visitors full of confidence at present, I tip them to be in the draw for the next round which will take place on July 3.