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Gallagher Challenge Cup Semi-Final 2 Review - North Down v Instonians
The highly anticipated Gallagher Challenge Cup semi-finals will be played on Sunday as four teams battle it out for a spot in the showpiece decider at The Green on Friday 13th August.
Here is all you need to know ahead of North Down vs Instonians with team news, who to watch out for, previous Challenge Cup meetings and quotes from those involved.
North Down vs Instonians
Aniruddha Chore will be looking to continue his superb form in a competition he is yet to be dismissed in after scoring 118 runs in the opening two victories over Cliftonville Academy and Lisburn.
Instonians picked up an impressive Robinson Services Premier League victory against Carrickfergus last time out and they'll also be strengthened by the returning Shane Getkate – who has the highest strike-rate in the NCU's top-flight this season – and captain Andrew White.
Cian Robertson's haul of 23 wickets at an average of 18.35 puts him top of the wicket-taking charts and he is joined in the squad by fellow spinner Ben Rose, who has also picked up 22 in his 15 matches this season.
2021 Star Performers
Previous Challenge Cup meetings (since 2011):
North Down 182 (49.1 overs, A Sutherland 58, E Moleon 3-25)
Instonians 226-7 (Ni Smith 86, S Bunting 32, R Pretorius 2-36, C Robinson 2-31)
2019 FIRST ROUND
North Down 85 (R Haire 21, A White 4-15, J Magee 3-23)
What did they say?
North Down fast bowler Tom Mayes on Sunday's game: "I'm very excited and so are the lads at North Down. To have a chance at playing in a Challenge Cup final with the semis coming up would be brilliant and I'm looking forward to the challenge. The excitement is there and we have been playing good cricket, so I'm hoping we can take that momentum and confidence into the next couple of weeks."
Instonians spinner Cian Robertson on the semi-finals: "It's a huge game. We may be going into the game on Sunday as underdogs but we have shown that when we play our best cricket we can compete with any side in the league and that gives us huge confidence. We all have a huge desire to win this weekend and we couldn't wish for more than being in the final in a couple of weeks time."
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