McClintock dominates brilliant start to Long’s SuperValu League

The Long’s SuperValu 40-over League got off to a flying start on Saturday with seven action-packed matches producing some scintillating individual performances. Plenty of spectators were at the various grounds to enjoy the first round of multi-over fixtures since September 2019 and they were treated to some magnificent sport.

Star billing goes to William McClintock as the Warriors batsman produced a truly wonderful innings after his side had slumped to a precarious 29-4 at home to Coleraine. McClintock and Dean Mehaffey (20) posted a 93-run stand as Donemana recovered in the middle overs, but the real fireworks came when Dwayne McGerrigle took over from Mehaffey.

McGerrigle and McClintock added 190 in a 99-ball partnership ending with McClintock out for 195; his innings including 12 fours and 21 sixes! Rory Knox and Stephen Hutchinson picked up three wickets apiece for the visitors, but by the end the hosts had posted a whopping 342, and Coleraine never got close.

Skipper Hutchinson top scored with 34 with Scott Campbell adding 32 and Gareth Burns 27 not out in a reply of 175. Jordan McGonigle bowled superbly to finish with 5-22 and Willie McBrine 3-51 as the senior cup holders flexed their muscle right from the get-go.

There were two centuries in the game at Bonds Glen where Ardmore also started with a real flourish. The Bee Gees batted first and would have been delighted to post 209-4 in their 40 overs with another new Warriors recruit under Gary Wilson, Raymond Curry, making 104. The youngster hit 7 fours and 8 sixes in his impressive innings while Stephen Barr carried his bat to make 44 not out and skipper Johnny Haslett an unbeaten 22.

The Bleachgreen side had brought along their own centurion however; former skipper Peter Harrigan hitting 17 fours and 5 sixes in his 114 not out with Tyron Koen adding 31. Jarred Wilson, who is included in the Warriors squad for next week picked up 2 wickets in the first innings and then hit 5 fours in a 7-ball 21 not out to wrap up a convincing win.

The big game of the day at Magheramason went the way of Bready as they posted a comfortable 60-run win over previously unbeaten Brigade. The hosts made a competitive 171 all out batting first with David Rankin (30), Steve Lazars (29) and Kat Bhavsar (27*) all contributing. Ross Allen and Ryan Barr shared six wickets for Brigade with Ryan Macbeth also claiming a brace.

The Beechgrove side’s batting was very flat however and in reply, Kyle Magee hit 38 with the next best being Macbeth’s late 13. Lazars with 3-22 and Davy Scanlon 2-14 ensured all the points stayed at Ballymagorry.

Closest game of the day was at the Boathole as St Johnston made their long-awaited return home and marked the occasion with a battling win against Fox Lodge. Jonny Robinson’s hard-hitting 49 (5 fours, 3 sixes) gave the visitors’ innings a bit of impetus with help from Jason Milligan (29), TJ Nicholl (22) and Mattie Clarke (21). Dawie Barnard helped himself to 4 wickets for the hosts with Ian Macbeth and Michael Ranking picking up two apiece as the Foxies posted a target of 172.

The Saints dug in, but at 130-8 in their chase they were second favourites after two wickets each for Jamie McIntyre, Alistair Doherty, Gareth Heywood and Aaron Heywood had them on the ropes. Ian Macbeth was still there though and with a resilient Barnard at the other end, Macbeth’s unbeaten 65 (8 fours, 3 sixes) steered his side to a valuable win.

Newbuildings recorded a bloodless victory at Killyclooney to get their campaign off to a maximum-point start. Andrew Neill’s 29 was the best of ‘Clooney’s 108 all out- Johnny Thompson picking up four wickets, Jason Dunn three and Trent McKeegan a couple for the visitors. Gareth McKeegan’s men wasted little time in knocking off the required runs with Mark Hanna hitting 7 fours and 6 sixes in his 68 not out and the skipper doing his bit with an unbeaten 38 at the other end for a 10-wicket margin.

Strabane carried over their solid start to the T20’s as they won cosily at the Rectory. Two wickets each for Rhys Logue, Tanvir Hassan and Tom Harpur helped the Red Caps restrict their hosts to 122 all out- Reece Laird with 41, Craig Mooney (25) and Trevor McDermott (23) the scorers of note for Glendermott. An unbeaten 40 from skipper Aaron Gillespie, supported by solid knocks from Logue (31) and Kevin Gallagher (31) closed out an 8-wicket success despite a couple of wickets from Curtis Ross.

The final game of the day also resulted in a crushing victory as another in-form side, Eglinton disposed of Burndennett by 10 wickets. Conan Pollock made 25 and Eddie McGettigan 19 in ‘Dennett’s disappointing 89 all out – Mark Averill with four wickets for the villagers, well supported by Stevie Dunn with three and Simon Dunn with a couple.  Craig Averill hit 10 fours in his 53 not out and Tommy Orr chipped in with 23 as Eglinton hardly broke sweat.



Killyclooney (0) lost to Newbuildings (25 pts) by 10 wickets

Killyclooney 108 all out (30 overs; A Neill 29, A Colhoun 21, J Thompson 4-27. J Dunn 3-15, T McKeegan 2-30). Newbuildings 109-0 (12.4 overs; M Hanna 68*, G McKeegan 38*)

Donemana (25 pts) beat Coleraine (0) by 167 runs

Donemana 342 all out (39.5 overs; W McClintock 195, D McGerrigle 73, D Mehaffey 20, S Hutchinson 3-37, R Knox 3-41, G Burns 2-49). Coleraine 175 all out (32.4 overs; S Hutchinson 34, S Campbell 32, G Burns 27*, J McGonigle 5-22, W McBrine 3-51, L Dougherty 2-45)

St Johnston (21 pts) beat Fox Lodge (4 pts) by 2 wickets

Fox Lodge 172 all out (36.3 overs; J Robinson 49, J Milligan 29, TJ Nicholl 22, M Clarke 21, D Barnard 4-28, I Macbeth 2-17, M Rankin 2-26). St Johnston 177-8 (39 overs; I Macbeth 65*, D Lapsley 29, D Fleming 22, J McIntyre 2-16, A Doherty 2-16, G Heywood 2-27, A Heywood 2-34)

Bready (25 pts) beat Brigade (0) by 60 runs

Bready 171 all out (39.5 overs; D Rankin 30, S Lazars 29, K Bhavsar 27*, R Allen 3-20, R Barr 3-31, R Macbeth 2-29). Brigade 111 all out (29.2 overs; K Magee 38, S Lazars 3-22, D Scanlon 2-14)

Glendermott (1 pt) lost to Strabane (24 pts) by 8 wickets

Glendermott 122 all out (32.5 overs; R Laird 41, C Mooney 25, T McDermott 23, R Logue 2-18, T Hassan 2-24, T Harpur 2-34). Strabane 123-2 (19.4 overs; A Gillespie 40*, K Gallagher 31, R Logue 31, C Ross 2-36)

Burndennett (0) lost to Eglinton (25 pts) by 10 wickets

Burndennett 89 all out (25.3 overs; C Pollock 25, E McGettigan 19, M Averill 4-27, Stephen Dunn 3-28, Simon Dunn 2-6). Eglinton 93-0 (22.4 overs; C Averill 53*, T Orr 23*)

Bonds Glen (1 pt) lost to Ardmore (24 pts) by 7 wickets

Bonds Glen 209-4 (40 overs; R Curry 104, S Barr 44*, J Haslett 22*, J Wilson 2-43). Ardmore 210-3 (24.4 overs; P Harrigan 114*, T Koen 31, J Wilson 21*)

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