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NCU Challenge Cup 2017
Two all-Premier clashes in cup draw
NCU Challenge Cup holders CIYMS were last night drawn at home to newly promoted Armagh in the first round next season in one of two all-Premier League ties.
NCU Challenge Cup Draws in full
Holders CIYMS will start the defence of their title at home to newly promoted Armagh while in the Women's competition Lurgan the holders will host Donacloney Mill.
Jones man on a mission
One man certainly does not a team make but as CIYMS skipper Nigel Jones received the Cup from NCU President Peter McMorran he had left an indelible stamp on this contest with Instonians.
Jones targets double success
AS captain Nigel Jones admitted it was not the ideal preparation for a final but the class of the retired Ireland international shone through as CIYMS won the AJG Challenge Cup for the second time in three years.
'Trains and Boats and Planes'
Nigel Jones may have been travel weary but it didn’t show as he put in a MOM performance to claim Cup.
Ian Callender's Cup Final view
Ian Callender's look at the Cup Final prospects of CIYMS and Instonians.
An outsider's look at the Challenge Cup Final
Muckamore has beaten both today's finalists in recent days and their captain Neil Gill gives his thoughts on today's clash.
Challenge Cup Final Preview
David Holmes with his take on the Final between CIYMS and Instonians
Jones in demand
Nigel Jones will try to serve two masters next week but insists he will be fully focused on leading CIYMS in Saturday’s AJG Challenge Cup final against Instonians at Comber.
NCU postponement helps Shannon and Jones
The NCU have put back the Challenge Cup final to allow James Shannon and Nigel Jones to play for Instonians and CIYMS respectively.
Instonians prove too strong for Lisburn
Rain and Instonians prove a bridge too far for Lisburn in cup semi-final.
Rapulana heads for home as CIYMS reach final
CIYMS made it through to their third consecutive Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup final with a hard-fought four-wicket win at Moylena.
Matt finish proves CIYMS are up for the challenge
CIYMS will meet Instonians in this year’s AJG Challenge Cup final after comfortable victories for the favourites in rain-interrupted semi-finals.
Instonians to face CIYMS in showpiece decider
CIYMS and Instonians will meet in the Challenge Cup final after they beat Muckamore and Lisburn in the sem-finals.
CIYMS and Instonians favourites to reach final
CIYMS will seek to make it three in a row when they face Muckamore in tomorrow’s Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup semi-final at Moylena.
Muckamore one step from final
Muckamore are one match away from the AJG Challenge Cup final but a dip in form has come at the worst possible time.
Battlers Instonians progress
Instonians reach the semi-final with tense win over North Down while CIYMS prove too strong for CSNI.
Muckamore and Lisburn stroll into semi finals
In both other ties, it went pretty much according to the form book with premier league sides, minus their professionals, maintaining their status with wins over Section One rivals.
Holders knocked out
There will be a new name on the AJG Challenge Cup this year after holders Civil Service North made a tame surrender in their quarter-final at Belmont, CIYMS winning by 5 wickets with more than 20 overs to spare.
Sun shines on the Semi-finalists
The Challenge Cup finally got the weather it deserved as the semi-final slots were decided.
McCarter and Thompson upbeat ahead of cup clashes
CSNI’s new skipper Graeme McCarter was upbeat ahead of the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup clash with CIYMS at Belmont.
Instonians and North Down clash likely to be a classic
When the draw for the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup quarter finals was made, two ties stood out. At Belmont, the holders CSNI are hosted by CIYMS and across at Shaw’s Bridge, Instonians take on North Down
Repeat final on the cards
There will be a repeat of last year’s AJG Challenge Cup final at the quarter-final stage this season when CIYMS host holders Civil Service North next month.
AJG Challenge Cup quarter final draw
Holders CSNI will play CIYMS in a replay of last season's final.
Day of high drama in the cup
Muckamore won a thriller against Waringstown, while holders CSNI edged out Carrickfergus.
Change of captaincy does the trick for CSNI
Civil Service North skipper Andrew Cowden stepped down after his side lost their first four games and his successor, Graeme McCarter, has led CSN to back to back victories.
Cup round-up
Round-up of all the other ties on a busy weekend.
Sensational Muckamore oust Waringstown
Waringstown were sensationally eliminated from the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup by Muckamore.
Derriaghy out to shock Instonians
A year is a long time in cricket, last season Derriaghy, shocked Donemana on their way to the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup, but ultimately the season was to end in relegation.
Waringstown clash at Muckamore the tie of the round
Looking at the remaining 7 first round ties in the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup, the stand out would appear to be at Moylena where Muckamore take on Waringstown.
Muckamore play host in Challenge Cup
Waringstown should prove to be a test for Muckamore in Challenge Cup.
Doak inspires Lisburn to cup win
Neil Doak rolled back the years with a man of the match performance for Lisburn as they eased into the second round of the AJG Challenge Cup yesterday with a six-wickets victory over Armagh at Wallace Park.
Plain sailing for Lisburn in the Challenge Cup
Armagh the losers as experience wins the day at Wallace Park.