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National Cup semi-final preview

The Editor | 12 Aug 2018

National Cup semi-final preview
Limerick's Murtaza Sidiqi has already notched up some big scores

Today's the day for both Limerick and County Galway cricket clubs, as they both aim to be the first ever Munster side into a national final, when they face off in the Clear Currency Irish National Cup semi-final at Adare.

It's been a fantastic year for Munster teams in this competition, with Kerry being defeated by the Galwegians in the quarter-final, in a cup run with a distinctly local flavor for the Lydican outfit.

For Limerick meanwhile, a comfortable win against Meath outfit Knockharley in their respective quarter-final has landed them with a home semi, hoping that the crowds will come out to support their boys.

They've had the longer road in this competition, beating Longford in the first round, before a tense 1 wicket victory against Belfast side Cregagh in the next stage.

Galway have had a reasonably comfortable path to the final, primarily due to their phenomenal bowling, which has seen the Tribesmen concede just over 200 runs in their two games, chasing down Hollywood's 138, and Kerry's 63 with ease.

Galway's Waqas Ali Raja took an incredible 6-24 in the second game, ripping Kerry apart, and if conditions are right in Adare, he will be a serious handful for the Limerick batsmen.

Limerick have a number of dangerous players with the bat themselves, Arsalan Khalid is well known already to Limerick, scoring 113 in his two games in the competition thus far, as well as Munster Reds player Murtaza Sidiqi.

It's sure to be a fascinating contest at Adare, as these two west coast outfits battle it out for the right to be in a national final.