Lucky 13 for Lisburn in Junior Cup final?
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
LISBURN II will look to make it lucky 13 (wins) on Saturday when they host Laurelvale in the final of the Junior Cup.
Runaway leaders of Junior League One with nine wins out of nine they have come through three rounds of the cup with victories by eight wickets, 50 runs and six wickets.
Glenn Halliday, a member of Lisburn’s last cup-winning team in 2016, is his side’s leading run-scorer in the competition this year although it is still almost 100 runs less than Laurelvale’s David Sinton.
Sinton goes into the final with an average of 233, after scoring 80 not out in their thrilling three-run semi-final win against Lurgan and, after three semi-final defeats in the last decade, will hope to lead the Co Armagh side to their first Junior Cup win since 1966.
On Sunday, Civil Service North and North Down will also be up for the cup, in the Women’s Challenge final taking place at The Lawn.
CSN are in their fourth successive decider but still waiting for their second success while North Down, who beat Lurgan in the semi-final by one run, are in the final for the first time since 2017.