CRICKET: Semi-finals for NCU’s Challenge Cup confirmed

Varun Chopra with Paddy Gillespie
Varun Chopra with Paddy Gillespie

Waringstown will face CIYMS in the semi-finals of the NCU Ulster Bank Challenge Cup.

In the other tie, Civil Service North will take on Downpatrick.

Meanwhile, Varun Chopra of Coleraine was the winner of the Danske Bank Senior Cup ‘Performance of the Round’ award, following his five wicket haul during his side’s comprehensive 121 run win over Glendermott.

The 14-year-old spinner took five for 19 as Glendermott were dismissed for just 86.

Normally the winner receives a bottle of champagne, but given his tender years a voucher for sports goods was presented to the teenager by former Strabane and North West legend Paddy Gillespie.

Chopra beat off the challenge of the Bready duo of Ernest Kemm and Craig Young, who scored 125 and took 6 for 29 respectively during their side’s 214 run win over Creevedonnell on Saturday.

Brigade professional Digvijay Amarnath also got an honourable mention from the adjudicators for his 5 for 19 which helped Brigade oust Fox Lodge in a hard fought contest.

The semi-finals of the Danske Bank Senior Cup take place on Saturday with Bready hosting Brigade, and holders Donemana entertaining Coleraine at the Holm.