Drummond out to spring cup shock against Eglinton

Eglinton II's batsman Andy Christie
Eglinton II's batsman Andy Christie

Drummond’s overwhelming priority this season might be a long-awaited promotion challenge, but the Danske Bank quarter-final draw has given them a tantalising chance of reaching the semi-finals.

With home advantage and a host list of players with senior cricket experience, Drummond must fancy their chances of upsetting Premiership Eglinton on Saturday.

Steve Moore, the captain, will be hoping the likes of Richard McDaid, Chris Moore, Adam McDaid, Simon Dunn and Eglinton old boy Andy Christie can produce the goods tomorrow.

“We’re really looking forward to it, we feel we have a decent chance of getting to the semi-finals,” he said. “Our new faces have settled in well. They have enjoyed the season so far and Andy Christie and xx Stewart are well up for playing against Eglinton.

“Andy was there for nine years so he knows their players really well.

“We know they are a dangerous side, Stuart Thompson is a brilliant player and Craig Averill is in good form too. We will have to take our chances against them.”

Drummond present the most realistic chance of an upset. Donemana, the cup holders, will be the strongest of favourites at Killycloooney while the other two ties are all-Premiership affairs. Brigade travel to Ardmore and Coleraine will be favourites at home to Bready.

Moore said: “The league is our priority but everyone wants to have a run at the cups.

“It’s great to compete against senior sides, especially because that’s where we want to be next week.

“The league team league has made the second division even stronger. There are no easy game anymore but ourselves, Fox Lodge and Glendermott have all got off to great starts.

“We have got to play both of them in the next few weeks and I would think that the games between those three teams will decide who wins the league.

“The Fox Lodge pro (Marais) is scoring a lot of runs and apart from Ifty (Hussain) they haven’t really lost anyone from last year. There is a lot of senior experience there but we have too.

“It’s our goal to get promoted either this year or in the very near future. We have bee close in the last few years and this year we want to go a few steps better.

Fox Lodge will be favourites for promotion but even second place offers the olive branch of a promotion-relegation play-off against the Premiership’s seventh-placed side.

“We want to win the league outright rather than depend on a play-off.”