NCU Section One & Irish Cup: 8 July

  Four NCU teams were competing in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday, yet no match was finished as rain ruined the weekend. The ties will all be replayed on Friday 14th July, after which the draw for the quarter-finals will be made. At Pollock Park the local derby lasted only 32 balls with Lurgan reaching 9-0 against Instonians while Cliftonville were struggling on 60-4 against The Hills and may well be thankful for the abandonment.

  North Down were the other NCU side involved and were going well at Comber against Rush, reaching 88-2 from 17 overs, a thrilling opening stand of 69 between Neil Russell and Ryan Haire setting the tone before rain.

  In the Premier League, two sides who lost their respective first round Irish cup ties met at The Meadow. Waringtsown were 104-2 and in a strong position at drinks (Ijaz Ahmed already on 61*) when, inevitably, the weather intervened. Elsewhere in the NCU, Dungannon beat Dundrum by 6 wickets in Section Three - the only Division One match completed on Saturday.

  This week, Civil Service North have an opportunity to lift themselves off 4 points with a match at home to Bangor, who are perhaps bgeinning to show some of the form they have enjoyed over the last three years. Fellow strugglers Cliftonville have, however, a rather less inviting challenge for it is North Down who travel to Greenisland. Carrickfergus will be seeking to upset Waringstown to lift themselves into the top half of the table while Lurgan travel to Wallce Park and Instonians host Downpatrick