Our 2nd XI have a Junior Cup Final date to fulfil next weekend, 5th August at Moylena, against Instonians 2nds.
On route to the final our 2nds defeated Ards in the first round by 6 wickets. In the second round, they overcame Larne on the third attempt in a midweek T20 game, the winning margin being 49 runs. In the Qtr Final they had a convincing 121 run win over Cregagh to earn themselves a semi final spot against a potentially difficult Sainfield outfit.
It was looking like it was going to be a close encounter in the semi final as Saintfield were chasing down CSNI's 223 target relatively comfortably at 109-2. After that promising start by Saintfield though the wickets started to fall and in the end their innings petered out at 156 leaving them 67 runs adrift.
That set up a Cup Final spot against a strong Instonians side who defeated Waringstown 3s, Ballymena, Laurevale and Templepatrick on route to the final.
All support welcome to what promises to be a good match with two strong 2nd XI's competing in the final. The Junior Cup hasn't made it's way to Stormont yet under CSNI although there have been two previous attempts as beaten finalists in 2013 and 2015. Maybe it's third time lucky!
Detailed scorecards from the Cup can be viewed here
Full Junior Cup draw on the NCU site can be viewed here