Rain wins the day as Premiership programme washed out

All eight fixtures in this weekend’s Long’s SuperValu Premiership programme fell victim to Saturday’s rain despite the best efforts of clubs to get their matches played.

There was no play possible between Donemana and Bready at The Holm in Section 1 and none either at Strabane Park, where new signing John Mooney was scheduled to make his Section 2 debut against St Johnston.

They played through as much as they could at The Rectory and you had to feel for Ben Mills who was 88 not out against Bonds Glen as Glendermott made 141-2 in the 18th over before they had to go off.

The Nedd’s Richard Stewart claimed a hat-trick as Burndennett were reduced to 109-9 in Ballykelly before Niall McDonnell (42*) batting at 10 and Conan Pollock (24*) at 11 produced an unbroken 65-run partnership to take the visitors to 174-9 in their 40 overs.

The teams were unable to return after the break however but noteworthy nonetheless as the Stewart boys Richard and Neal shared 8 wickets between them for The Nedd.

Coleraine had reached 50-2 from 11 overs at home to Newbuildings and Ardmore 65-4 from 15 at Beechgrove before those games too were called off early.

Fox Lodge were going well at Ballyspallen- 110-1 after 24 overs with an unbeaten half century from Charlie Simpson while Liam Doherty was unbeaten on 56 as Eglinton reached 94-2 from before those two were called as well.

Hopes remain high however that the Derry Midweek Charity Cup finals will still go ahead at the Rectory tomorrow (Sunday), with Bready and Fox Lodge’s women’s team meeting at 12 noon follow at 4 pm by Ardmore and Brigade in the men’s decider.


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