CRICKET: Ulster Schools’ final will be an all Belfast affair

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It’s to be an all-Belfast Ulster Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup final.

Belfast Royal Academy have become the first team to reach the final and will play either holders RBAI or Campbell College who meet on Monday.

BRA defeated Coleraine Academical Institution by four wickets despite conceding 48 extras - 35 of them wides - when they bowled first in the 30-over game at Coleraine on Saturday.

However, Coleraine’s batsmen could only muster 81 runs between them as they tumbled to 129 all out with David McLarnon doing the damage with 5 for 14. David Reid top scored with 33 as Academy secured victory for the loss of six wickets.

The final was originally fixed for Muckamore on Wednesday (June 17) but school examinations may force a change. A decision on date and venue will be taken after today’s remaining semi final.


Coleraine AI 129 all out (M Smyth 21, V Chopra 20, D McLarnon 5-14); BRA 130 for 6 (D Reid 33, F Collins, A Forbes 25 not out). BRA WON BY FOUR WICKETS.