Sunday 24 September 2017

Pembroke look to Balbirnie

 

The match of the day should be at Donemana, who knocked out Clontarf in the first round. (Stock picture)
The match of the day should be at Donemana, who knocked out Clontarf in the first round. (Stock picture)

Ian Callender

There was no luck for Leinster clubs in the draw for the second round of the Irish Senior Cup so five of the six teams will be on the road tomorrow.

Holders Merrion are the one team with home comfort but they may have to be at their best to get the better of Muckamore, who are the surprise package in the NCU this season.

Promoted to the top flight as Section One champions, they have won six of their last seven matches and their two league defeats have been by one wicket and two runs.

The match of the day should be at Donemana, who knocked out Clontarf in the first round. The Hills must go into the bearpit atmosphere of The Holm, where last year's North West double winners are always formidable opponents on their unique five-sided ground

Pembroke should not find the same intimidation at Bready, where Andrew Balbirnie will be a key player with bat and ball after his exploits for Leinster Lightning this week.

Phoenix face North Down, the surprise early pacesetters in the NCU, while YMCA face a tough test at CIYMS, who shocked North County in the last round.

Balbriggan complete Leinster's travelling contingent and, after losing their first three games in Division 2, they would appear to have it all to do at Lisburn.

In today's Leinster League action, the top four have the chance to open up an even bigger gap as all four games are between teams in the opposite halves the table, with champions Clontarf defending the only unbeaten record at YMCA, while Phoenix host Leinster.

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