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Instonians going for glory

For the first time in seven years -- and only the second time this millennium -- there is no Leinster interest in the final of the Bob Kerr Irish Cup as Waringstown take on Instonians in the final at Comber tomorrow.

It is the first all-NCU final since 1991 and gives Instonians the chance to win their first All-Ireland title. The Belfast side had never gone past the quarter-finals before, but this season they are proving the cup specialists.

Under the leadership of Ireland 'A' all-rounder Eugene Moleon, Instonians have already won the ClubTurf Ulster Cup and their powerful batting line-up will be fired up this game.

Rory McCann and James Shannon were in Hampshire with the Ireland Development Squad earlier this week -- McCann scored 60 as they beat the county's second XI by an innings -- and Andrew White is averaging 116 in the competition this year, while John Stevenson scored 72 in an opening stand of 169 in the semi-final win over Phoenix.

Waringstown played at Comber last Sunday in, effectively, a league title decider against North Down and although they posted 244-6, their bowling was found wanting and captain Kyle McCallan will need consistent support from his bowlers here.

The big loss for Waringstown is Obus Pienaar, their South African professional who dominated early in the season before departing, and this could prove the difference tomorrow.

Irish Independent