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Belvo and Wesley in semis

Belvedere and Wesley College claimed two of the Leinster Cricket Senior League semi-final berths last week when they got the better of Sandford Park and Balbriggan CS, respectively.

Both got over the line with plenty to spare, with Belvedere running up an eight-wicket win over Sandford Park.

They bowled the Ranelagh school out for just 50 runs on a slow and low deck with a disciplined bowling performance, Andrew Delany picking up three wickets.

In response, Belvedere dropped two early wickets but the small target did not pose any major problems as Ian Guerin saw his side to victory with little more than 10 overs bowled.

Wesley, meanwhile, were grateful for an excellent all-round performance from Kirk Shimmins, an Irish underage hockey international.

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He helped the Ballinteer side score f 158 for eight from their allotted overs, scoring 54 with good support from David Poff, who chipped in 32.

Shimmins' bowling never allowed Balbriggan to make a proper run at chasing down the target as he grabbed five wickets for just 26 runs, the north Dublin school's innings coming to a close on 85.

Castleknock College look set to be one of the contenders, too, after they claimed a second successive win by nine wickets when they saw off High School in emphatic style.

Conor Prendergast provided the resistance with a gutsy 62 for High School as they reached 124. But Anders brothers Tom and Rory proved the major difference between the sides.

Both took three economical wickets apiece before adding half centuries to their day's figures. Tom finished on 64 not out while Rory hit an unbeaten 50 as Castleknock claimed the win with just a single wicket down. St Mary's and CUS contest the other quarter-final.


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