Sorensen believes Hills experience will prove crucial
Ian Callender (Irish Independent)
MAX SORENSEN believes The Hills' experience and North Down's lack of it can be the difference in tomorrow's RSA Irish Cup semi-final in Comber.
The Ireland international is well aware the NCU side have been in only one last four game in the All-Ireland competition since they last lifted the trophy in 1995, while the Skerries side, the 2012 winners were also beaten finalists in 2007.
"We've always liked the Irish Cup, the guys always seem to be up for it. We won the trophy a couple of years ago so we know what to expect, it shouldn't be as daunting for us. There is a huge emphasis on the game for them now they are so close to the final, which could work for us," said Sorensen.
"We're quietly confident of going to their place and while they will probably produce a spin friendly wicket, we have a couple of spinners in Mark Dwyer and Manu Kumar who have been bowling well of late. But I think it will come down to whichever team bats better on the day."
The other semi-final is the all-Leinster game at Sydney Parade between Pembroke and holders Clontarf, only their second meeting of the season.
Clontarf won the first league clash, back in June, with Andrew Poynter the man of the match with 84 and three wickets, but only five runs separated the teams and, with the four meetings last season finishing two wins each, it promises to be just as close again tomorrow.
Meanwhile YMCA can clinch the RSA League Division One title tomorrow if they claim 24 points from their game against nearest rivals Merrion at Anglesea Road.
Victory by seven wickets or better, or, if batting first, by at least 80 runs, would leave Albert van der Merwe's side uncatchable at the top but Merrion will be chasing victory and two more in the remaining games against The Hills, in what is now a Twenty20 rearrangement, and away to Clontarf to the keep the title race alive to the last day of the season when YM host The Hills.
In Sunday's only other Division 1 game, Terenure will be relegated unless they win at Railway Union but while victory for the visitors will not make the Park Avenue side safe it will leapfrog them over The Hills and even drag fourth place Pembroke into the relegation mix.