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Gallagher Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals Preview
The Gallagher Challenge Cup moves into the quarter-final stage on Sunday with eight teams looking to take one step closer to the showpiece final on August 13.
Woodvale vs CIYMS (11am start)
Woodvale were in imperious form against Templepatrick, easing to a comfortable 10-wicket victory as Aditya Adey picked up figures of 7-14 before James Hall (43*) and Harry Warke (73*) made sure there was to be no upset. The Ballygomartin Road side are coming off an impressive Robinson Services Premier League win against North Down and they'll be hoping they can follow that up with a major cup win. This will be the first meeting of the season between the two sides and both will be keen to make it to the next stage.
Lisburn vs North Down (12pm start)
North Down last picked up this famous trophy in 2010, but after winning the Robinson Services Cup last season and making a good start to their league campaign this year, Alistair Shields' men will be aiming for another final appearance in front of home support in August. They beat Cliftonville Academy – who are flying high in Section One – by five wickets to progress, with Aniruddha Chore (49*) leading the way.
Tom Mayes has started life well in the NCU while Shields has already scored a century this season and will be looking for more.
CSNI vs Derriaghy – (11am start)
Derriaghy will look at this as their second life after originally losing to Waringstown, but they progress due to their opponents fielding an ineligible player. They have amazingly won all 10 of their league games to date and sit eight points clear at the top with eight games to go as they target a return to the top-flight. If they are to cause a shock, Craig Lewis may need to continue the sort of form he has been showing this season which included a century against Waringstown and figures of 6-10 in a victory over Ballymena last weekend.
Cregagh vs Instonians – (11:30am start)
Instonians have reached five Challenge Cup finals in the last decade – including a triumph over North Down in the 2012 decider – and will be hoping to make another deep run this year. They have made some smart signings, bringing in the likes of Cade Carmichael and Cian Robertson, who have complimented the array of young talent at the club which includes Oliver Metcalfe and James Hunter. The Shaw's Bridge outfit will be without key man Shane Getkate, who has been rewarded for his early season form with a call-up to Ireland's Twenty20 squad.
FULL DRAW (Games to be played on SUNDAY JULY 18th):
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