Saturday 20 January 2018

Hills are alive with confidence in search for Senior Cup glory

 

The NCU side are playing in their third consecutive final. Photo: Stock Image
The NCU side are playing in their third consecutive final. Photo: Stock Image

Ian Callender

The Hills face their toughest test of the season today when they take on Waringstown in the final of the Irish Senior Cup at Bready.

The NCU side are playing in their third consecutive final - and have eight survivors from the team that beat Merrion in 2015 and no fewer than six of the team have played for Northern Knights this year.

The Hills, however, will travel north west with confidence on the back of four straight league victories and a crushing 119 runs semi-final win against Instonians, after being 18 for four.

In Albert van der Merwe and South African professional Ryan Cartwright, they have genuine all-rounders and, if Max Sorensen stays for even 15 overs he can change the course of a match or, batting second, win it.

The addition of international Sean Terry to bolster the middle order and Yaqoob Ali, a second spin bowler, this season has made a difference and, with the late Joe Clinton looking down on them, it would be a fitting tribute if they won their third final in six years.

Meanwhile, determined not to be overshadowed by the match of the day, shock-troopers Leinster will win the league title if they beat North County today.

Promoted last season, only after finishing runners-up to Cork County, who have been relegated, a Leinster victory at Rathmines will leave The Hills' final game against long-time leaders Clontarf next Saturday. a battle for second place.

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