Newbuildings go top with win in cup final rehearsal

An unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 146 runs between Johnny Thompson and Samarth Seth saw Newbuildings leap-frog Donemana at the top of the Long’s SuperValu Section 1 table at Foyle View Arena on Saturday afternoon.

It was a telling win for the home side who not only took top spot by a single point, but also laid down a marker for the upcoming Sports Hub senior cup final between the pair; courtesy of a former Donemana player that they have coaxed out of retirement.

Thompson was insistent that he was finished last year, but Newbuildings were having none of it and wore him down, and what a move that has proven to be.

Struggling on 65-5 chasing the visitors’ 220, ‘JT’ hit 6 sixes and 5 fours on his way to 68*, while Indian batsman Seth added 10 fours and a six in his 65 not out to take Newbuildings past a revised target of 210 in 37 overs after rain briefly halted the contest.

Raymond Curry’s 56 (9 fours) and Levi Dougherty’s 52 (5 sixes, 3 fours) were the highlight of Donemana’s innings while Dean Mehaffey and Gary McClintock chipped in with 25 and 26 respectively.

Ross Hunter (3-39), Ross Dougherty (2-31) and Jason Dunn (2-46) fared best with the ball for the hosts.

Despite an aggressive 35 from home skipper Gareth McKeegan at the top of the order, Andy McBrine (2-23) and Gary McClintock (2-32) had put their side in the driving seat in the second innings, before Thompson and Seth played their pivotal hands to give Newbuildings the points.

Eglinton’s rise up the table continued as they stunned Brigade with a 6-wicket (DLS) win at Beechgrove.

Adam McDaid (53) and Scott Macbeth (48) shared a 102-run partnership after David Barr and Iftikhar Hussain had both made 20 in Brigade’s 188-7 after the game had initially been reduced to 32 overs a side.

Mark Averill (3-32) and Liam Doherty (2-31) claimed the bowling honours and the latter then took on the lead role with the bat as Eglinton chased down a revised target of 165 to win with an over to spare.

Doherty hit 11 fours and 3 sixes in his 73-ball 88 with Lahiru Dilshan (27) and Jamie Millar (27*) adding the support as the villagers won by 6 wickets.

As a footnote, Scott Macbeth’s innings has seen him now go over 1000 runs for the season; a remarkable achievement for the hugely talented all-rounder.

Bready are also in the top half as they recorded an 8-wicket success at Killyclooney.

Skipper Timmy Dougherty top scored with 32 and Kenzie Hall made 21 in ‘Clooney’s 106 all out as Ian Young (4-7) and David Scanlon (3-13) forced a late batting collapse after the home side had reached 73-4, before losing their last six for 33 more.

Ryan Clarke (29), David Rankin (25), Gavin Roulston (23*) and Kyle Magee (22*) combined to ensure the Magheramason side won with little fuss.

Coleraine will probably be slightly frustrated to have bowled Ardmore out for 124 before the rain hit the north coast and forced that one to be abandoned, meaning another trip for the Bleachgreen side later in the month.

In Section 2, St Johnston and Strabane won again while there was a superb innings from Ben Mills as Glendermott beat Burndennett at the Rector and Bonds Glen had two centurians in their win at The Nedd.

The Saints just about made DLS advantage count as they won by 2 wickets at Ballyspallen. Tevyn Walcott hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in an unbeaten 82 with James Cusack making 21, while David Anthony (3-34) was best with the ball as the home side closed on 154-5 from 33 overs.

Several more interruptions followed before the Donegal side were asked to chase 119 in 20 overs to win. Jack Macbeth top scored with 48 before the telling innings of 34 from 19 balls from Anthony swung it their way.

Two wickets apiece for James Cusack, Michael O’Brien and Dylan McElhinney just weren’t to be enough for ‘Spallen as St Johnston fell over the line with two balls to spare.

Strabane got the better of Fox Lodge at the Park, courtesy of an unbeaten half century from Aaron Gillespie.

Craig Doherty made 32 for the Foxes as they were bowled out for 94- Andrew Mullen continuing his impressive run with the ball as he claimed 4-23. Rhys Logue (2-3) and John Mooney (2-16) were also on the mark for the Red Caps before Gillespie’s 50* saw Strabane take the points.

Heinrich Roberts hit 123 and David Cooke 116* as Bonds Glen racked up 322-3 at bottom side The Nedd.

Dylan Moore made 51 for the Ballykelly side in reply, as they recovered from 14-6 to make 88 all out, with Kyle Moore (4-29) the pick of the Glen bowlers.

And so to that knock from Ben Mills, called in earlier this week to the Emerging Warriors squad for the Future Series programme in Belfast.

The former Glendermott skipper clubbed 15 fours and 14 sixes in his 101-ball 174 as the Rectory outfit posted 365-6 against Burndennett.

Alan Johnson added 72 and Leyland McElwee 42 while Ross McCay (3-44) and Derek Curry (2-66) did what they could with the ball.

Niall McDonnell made 97 before being frustratingly run out in ‘Dennett’s spirited reply with Mark Pollock (40) and Curry (38*) also showing fight. Johnson (3-36), Mills (2-20) and Trevor Britton (2-46) ensured the win however as the reply closed on 200.




                                                                                                                    SECTION 1

TEAM Played Won Lost Tied No Result Bonus Points Total Points
Newbuildings 8 5 3 0 0 23 123
Donemana 8 5 2 0 1 22 122
Eglinton 8 5 2 0 1 15 115
Bready 8 4 3 0 1 23 103
Brigade 8 4 3 0 1 19 99
Ardmore 7 2 4 0 0 18 58
Coleraine 7 2 5 0 0 17 57
Killyclooney 8 1 6 0 1 3 23


                                                                                                                  SECTION 2

TEAM Played Won Lost Tied No Result Bonus Points Total Points
St Johnston 8 6 2 0 0 31 151
Strabane 8 6 1 0 1 22 142
Ballyspallen 8 4 3 0 1 22 102
Bonds Glen 8 4 3 0 1 19 99
Fox Lodge 8 4 3 0 1 17 97
Glendermott 8 3 4 0 1 20 80
Burndennett 8 1 6 0 1 9 29
The Nedd 8 0 7 0 1 0 0


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



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