Local sides do battle in Irish Senior Cup
There are 10 local sides involved in the first round of the Cricket Ireland Irish Senior Cup on Saturday.
Here, Eamonn McLaughlin takes a look at the big games.
Brigade v CIYMS
Brigade didn’t have to get out of second gear in last week’s victory over Drummond.
CI suffered a shock opening day defeat against newly promoted Derriaghy so they will be determined to put that blip behind them.
Donemana v Derriaghy
Ricky Lee Dougherty’s men looked the part last week at Eglinton.
They have a very young side but they have been playing at the top level for the last couple of seasons.
The visitors shocked CIYMS last Saturday with Craig Lewis hitting 50 off 38 balls and opener Adam Jamison scoring a patient 47.
Coleraine v Merrion
The Bannsiders looked to have signed a top class pro in Silva who was very impressive with the bat in their opening game. They have the majority of last season’s league winning side still together which makes them formidable opponents.
Merrion are one of the strongest side in the South with quality players throughout their side.
Drummond v Carrickfergus
The Roesiders saw what it was like playing in the top flight in their defeat at Beechgrove. Their batting was poor with only Adam McDaid showing any resistance.
Carrick had an excellent opening day win over the fancied North Down.
Muckamore v Eglinton
Muckamore won their opening day game against Woodvale by eight wickets.
Eglinton had a disappointing opening day reversal however they were missing three regulars which certainly weakened their bowling.
Strabane v Malahide
Ryan Gallagher’s side face strong opposition in this one.
Malahide are a decent side who have a good record in this competition. They will travel confident that they can make into the next round.