With Sion Mills and St Johnston exiting the National Cup on the bowl-out the North West's hopes rested in the hands of Drummond as they attempted to see off a strong Muckamore outfit.

Gordon Cooke's side found the going tough early on and despite a useful 34 from Mark Averill the visitors needed all the skipper's guile to help them to a decent total. Cooke hit just 4 fours on his way to a composed unbeaten half century, sharing in a solid 40-run stand with Matthew Mills late on that helped them to 172 for 8.

Indrajeet Kamtekar and Richard Keates picked up three wickets apiece for the hosts indeed Kamtekar was to prove the difference between the sides when Muckamore took their turn to bat.

Fresh from his efforts with the bat, Cooke then rolled back the years with the ball as Drummond got a real foot-hold on the game. The former Irish International removed all but one of the home side's top seven batsmen to leave the reply in big trouble at 62 for 6, but Kamtekar was proving much more difficult to shift.

The Indian blasted 11 fours and 2 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 90 as he and Andrew Bratton (44) repaired the damage with a 97-run stand that put the NCU side within touching distance of the semi finals.

The loss was tough luck on Cooke in particular- 52 not out and 6 wickets and still finishing on the losing side won't have helped his form on the drive home, but them's the breaks as they say.

Muckamore were rewarded with a home tie against Civil Service Dublin in the semi final.