Two wins see Donemana move back into second

Thursday, 27 July 2017

THERE were a quartet of senior games played in excellent conditions on Sunday afternoon starting at the Holm where Donemana won the first of their two league matches in hand to move back into second place in the table; but not before they were given a real scare by Bready.
Having seen off the challenge of Eglinton the day before with relative ease, the reigning champions really had to do it the hard way in this one and were indebted in the end to an excellent spell of bowling from the evergreen Junior McBrine to help them to the points.
The visitors had taken an early foothold in the contest with Ryan Barr (4-34) on the mark before William McClintock's 79 pulled the champions right back into it. McClintock thumped 5 fours and 7 sixes in a century stand with Andrew Riddles (33) that allowed next week's cup finalists to recover from 41 for 4, before David Rankin then came into the attack for the Magheramason side to bring a swift end to the innings.
Rankin picked up the final 4 wickets for just 3 runs as Donemana closed on what looked like a below-par 150- Conor Olphert (2-27) also on target for the bowling side.
Bready's reply started at a real pace and when David Rankin (35) and Andy Austin (29) took them to 57-0 the game looked gone for all money. That was before the McBrine family decided to intervene however and with Junior (5-20) leading the way, backed up by his sons William (2-16) and Andy (2-44) the spin trio turned the contest on its head.
Bready lost all 10 wickets for just 52 runs from there- Barr (17) and Craig Young (15) the only others to offer any resistance as Donemana moved to within 7 points of leaders Coleraine with a game in hand.
Brigade v Fox Lodge
Donemana's title rival's Brigade caused visitors Fox Lodge trouble throughout Saturday afternoon despite early resistance from Cebo Tshiki (43) and Jason Milligan (27) but Johnny Thompson took advantage of good bowling conditions to claim 5-21, with good support from Mark Simpson (2-10) and skipper Andy Britton (2-38).
Brigade were not impressing though when they came to bat. Adam Walker (2-39) and Gareth Heywood both struck early in the reply and heading towards the break they were 12-3 and still some way short of 100.
Thompson and David Barr settled in after the restart though and the latter reached his unbeaten half century before the end to ensure the title race would stay interesting.
Other games
An unbeaten 71 from Jacob Mulder wasn't enough to get Bonds Glen over the line against St Johnston in their re-arranged league game. Kyle Magee (43) and Derek Curry (33) contributed to a solid home total of 219-8 while David Lapsley (3-52) and David Anthony (2-29) were best with the ball for the Donegal men.
A superb 93 from David Macbeth backed up with 45 from Alan Macbeth brought the game down to the wire but with 7 balls remaining, visiting skipper Lapsley (18*) found the trees to give St Johnston a very valuable win.
In the Sammy Jeffrey Shield, Ballyspallen's wagon kept on rolling as they beat Glendermott by 28 runs.
Craig Averill's 89 was much the best of the visitors' 214 all out with James Thompson chipping in with 32, Mark Averill 25 and Lee Ritchie 24 not out. Gordon Montgomery (4-36) claimed the bowling honours for the Rectory side.
In reply, an unbeaten 49 from Garth Watson, 36 from Montgomery, 28 from skipper Alan Johnson and 26 from Andy Lynch got Glendermott close but not close enough- Watson stranded at the wrong end as Craig Averill (3-20), Johnny Martin (2-22), Stephen McCloskey (2-28) and Mark Averill (2-35) saw them bowled out for 186.


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