Derby rivals up for the battle
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
BY Sunday night, CIYMS and Civil Service North will know each other very well but only one of them will be in the Challenge Cup final.
The two Belfast teams, whose home grounds are barely a mile apart, meet each other on successive days, in the Premier League at Belmont tomorrow and in the Cup semi-final on Sunday.
But CSN skipper Gary Wilson is determined to take it one game at a time and will aim to win both.
“We’ll be looking to play our best cricket and with our strongest possible side available,” said Wilson.
“But they are two completely separate games between two good sides, each of whom could beat the other on the day.”
The other semi-final on Sunday is at Comber where a resurgent Instonians – they have won three of the last four league games – will hope to get the better of North Down, although, first, they will have to dismiss Ani Chore, who is unbeaten in his last two innings, scoring 261 runs.