It will be an all-NCU final in the Irish Cup for the first time since 2011 after Lisburn and CIYMS defeated their Leinster opponents in yesterday’s semi-finals.
Lisburn, who have an eight points lead with just three Premier League matches to go defeated Clontarf by 78 runs and CI, their only remaining challengers after both teams won on Saturday, eased past Phoenix by six wickets in a game reduced to 25 overs after a delayed start.
It will be a first Irish Cup final for both teams and is scheduled to take place at Bready on Saturday August 27, the day when the teams were due to clash in the final league game of the season.
Callum Atkinson’s side will hope to have that trophy wrapped up before the Irish Cup final but their dream season is set for a wonderful finale.
After posting 231 for eight in their 50 overs – with seven players scoring at least 15 - the real damage was done by the bowlers who reduced Clontarf to 59 for six in the 22nd over and they virtually free wheeled to the finish.
Spinner Neil Whitworth and Matthew Humphreys each took three wickets for the second day in a row, Ireland U19 international Humphreys taking the big wicket of PJ Moor for 10.
CI were just as convincing in Dublin, despite being forced to play without the Adair brothers with John Matchett producing a man of the match performance with bat and ball, taking three wickets, including Tyrone Kane as they restricted Phoenix to 116 for nine, and followed it up with 55 from 54 balls with seven fours and two sixes.
Skipper Nigel Jones, there at the finish with Jason van der Merwe, hit the winning run with more than four overs to spare.