Donemana pull clear after big win over Brigade

Donemana moved a hefty 39 points clear at the top of the Long’s SuperValu Premiership Section 1 table on Saturday evening after a thoroughly convincing 8-wicket win over Brigade at the Holm. 

It was the hosts ability to restrict the visitors’ usually impressive batting line up to a total of just 137 all out that was to set the tone for the contest; Andy McBrine with 3-34 and William McBrine (2-24) ensuring that the target never got too far away for the league leaders.

Any hopes that Brigade’s attack could pull them back into it were soon dashed as openers Gary McClintock and Rumesh Buddhika knocked off 99 for the first wicket.

Skipper McClintock hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in his 58 with overseas man Buddhika adding 54 (5 sixes, 4 fours) and there was no way back after that.  

Cameron Nawn (2-20) was the pick of the Beechgrove side’s bowling but Andy Britton doesn’t need us to tell him they’ll need to be an awful lot better when they go to Newbuildings for Sunday’s senior cup semi-final.

Gareth McKeegan’s men warmed up for that one with an easy 9-wicket win at home to Killyclooney after an horrendous batting collapse from the visitors.

Overseas man Jamal Anwar made a half century for ‘Clooney as they reached 88-2 in the first half of their innings before the final eight wickets then went for the addition of just 19 more!

Credit Jason Dunn for his 4-12 and Ross Hunter 3-24 but Timmy Dougherty’s men were very much masters of their own downfall and looked a side distinctly short on confidence.

Skipper McKeegan availed of the opportunity to get a few runs under his belt ahead of the cup game as he clubbed 9 fours and 5 sixes in his 76* that saw Newbuildings pick up the full 25 points.

Bready currently share second place in the table with Newbuildings after a fantastic unbeaten century from David Rankin saw them ease past Coleraine for another maximum-points success.

Rankin and Kyle Magee shared a second-wicket partnership of 164 after opener Gavin Roulston had got the innings off to a fine start with 50. Despite missing the last handful of games through injury, Magee looked in good touch, hitting 7 fours in his 76.

His batting partner was in sensational form too- Rankin batted steadily to get to 50 and then launched an assault in the final overs, taking just 19 more deliveries to turn that into 100.

He was unbeaten on 106 at the end (7 fours, 7 sixes) as Bready set their visitors just the 285 to win.

Marcus Poskitt and Craig Averill set about the reply in fine style to be fair- Poskitt with 69 and Averill 35 in a 102-run first wicket partnership, but it was very much all downhill from there.

Rankin was among the wickets too; his 3-25 and 3-17 from Nathan McCombe ripping out Coleraine’s middle order with Jamie Mutch (2-11) closing out a 104-run success for Ian Young’s team.

Champions Ardmore continue to struggle and the Bleachgreen side are just one win from five at present after losing by 8 wickets at Eglinton.

Hayden Melly top scored with 34 as Rachit Gaur’s men were dismissed for 117 batting first with Andy Millar (3-15), Liam Doherty (3-21) and Lahiru Dilshan (2-28) all among the wickets for the villagers.

Adam Lamberton is another man in a rich vein of form at present and his 56 not out (7 fours, 2 sixes) along with 31 from Millar and 26* from Dilshan put this one to bed with ease as Eglinton won easily.

St Johnston continue to dominate in the Championship and the Donegal side consolidated their position at the top as they thumped The Nedd by 9 wickets.

The bottom side were bowled out for just 50 here with Jamie Mills doing best with 15 while there were three wickets for Scott Devenney and two apiece for Ryan McAuley, Subhan Shirzad and David Anthony for the Saints.

Jack Macbeth (21*) and Michael Rankin (16*) completed the formalities for the home side.

Strabane stay second with a 7-wicket win over Burndennett at the Park. Derek Curry top scored with 20 and Cody Mehaffey made 17 in the visitors’ modest total of 113 with Rhys Logue, John Mooney, Usman Azhar and Ryan Gallagher all picking up two wickets each.

The Red Caps lost a trio of early wickets to Mark Pollock (3-43) before an unbroken 70-run stand between Nasir Nawar (54*) and Kevin Gallagher (33*) sealed the win.

Ballyspallen continued their recent revival and again it was Graham Kennedy who was central to their 6-wicket win away at Bonds Glen.

The former NW Warriors and Ireland player hit an unbeaten 92 as ‘Spallen comfortably chased down the home side’s 147.

He was at it in the first innings too- in fact it was a bit of a family affair with the ball as Stephen Kennedy picked up four wickets, Graham three and Stuart two to set up the win that takes their team third in the table.

Finally, a brilliant unbeaten century from the in-form Gayan Maneeshan saw Fox Lodge win the division’s highest scoring game at home to Glendermott.

Ben Mills hit 8 fours and 5 sixes in his 79 and Malinga Amarasinghe added an unbeaten 57 (5 sixes, 2 fours) with Lealand McElwee chipping in with 26 in the visitors’ total of 221-7.

Aaron Heywood (3-23) and Adam Walker (2-34) were the pick of the Foxes’ bowling while it was Maneeshan, Craig Doherty and Brian Allen who clawed it back with the bat.

The Sri Lankan hit 7 fours and 6 sixes in his 100*, sharing in a 4th wicket stand of 154 with Doherty (64- 7 sixes, 1 four) after the hosts had been reduced to 7-3 in reply.

Once Doherty was out, Maneeshan and Allen (40 not out) added a 61-run unbroken partnership that got their side over the line.

 

 

                                                LONG’S SUPERVALU PREMIERSHIP LEAGUE TABLES

 

                                                                          SECTION 1

TEAM Played Won Lost Tied No Result Bonus Points Total Points
Donemana 6 5 0 0 1 15 115
Bready 5 3 1 0 1 16 76
Newbuildings 6 3 3 0 0 16 76
Brigade 6 3 2 0 1 15 75
Eglinton 6 3 2 0 1 9 69
Coleraine 6 2 4 0 0 15 55
Ardmore 5 1 3 0 1 12 32
Killyclooney 6 0 5 0 1 2 2

                                                                          SECTION 2

TEAM Played Won Lost Tied No Result Bonus Points Total Points
St Johnston 6 4 2 0 0 25 105
Strabane 6 4 1 0 1 16 96
Ballyspallen 6 3 2 0 1 13 73
Bonds Glen 6 3 2 0 1 12 72
Fox Lodge 6 3 2 0 1 10 70
Glendermott 6 2 1 0 3 15 55
Burndennett 6 1 4 0 1 9 29
The Nedd 6 0 5 0 1 0 0

**Placings for teams on same points is determined by Net Run Rate

 

 

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