Three through in first round of Ulster Plate

It was something of a mixed bag for North West sides in Sunday’s Ulster Plate first round ties with some excellent individual performances, both in victory and defeat, as only Ardmore, Donemana and Eglinton survived to make it into Round 2.

Donemana beat CSNI IIs by 149-runs at the Holm courtesy of a brilliant 143 from DJ Dougherty (12 sixes, 11 fours) assisted by 64 from Graham Boyd and 50 from Jamie Huey as the home side posted 310-6. Gareth Thompson (54*) and Ollie Dyer (31) were best of the visitors reply (161 all out) as Christopher Neely (5-21), And Gary Neely (4-23) bowled superbly to ensure the big win.

Brigade IIs came up short at Moylena in a game that threatened to go on until tomorrow. The visitors were made to pay for failing to break up a last wicket partnership that saw Muckamore recover from 119-9 to post a total of 201-9 as Arnold Oduvell made 53 not out and Ethan Wilson 18 not out at the death.

Nick Gray and Ewan Wilson claimed three wickets apiece and Gareth Connor two for the Beechgrove side, before a disappointing reply saw Brigade use up all 40 overs to close on 134-9 – Ben Johnson’s 22 the best of that.

Ryan Haire made 66, James Shields 31 and Peter Shields 26* as North Down IIs posted 199-8 against Bready. Jordan McCorkell’s 60 was by some way the best of the Magheramason men’s reply as they were bowled out for 147; sending the Comber side into the hat for the next stage.

William McCarter hit an unbeaten 40 as Fox Lodge were bowled out for 120 at Lisburn. Adam Berry picked up 4-15 for the hosts who were made to work very hard for a quickly-diminishing 2-wicket win. Chris Burns made 21 while Levi Kerr and Andrew McNeill shared six wickets for the Foxes. It took a 26-run unbeaten 9th wicket stand between Richard Simpson and Richard Booth to help the hosts fall over the line.

Sam McClintock made a brilliant 118 for Newbuildings IIs (18 fours, 2 sixes) but three wickets apiece for Ben Rose and Sam McLarnon saw the Foyleview side bowled out for 240- 67 runs short of Instonians’ impressive first innings total of 307-8.

George Craigan hit an unbeaten 101 and James Lambert added 97 in a 150-run partnership and despite Adam Mitchell bowling well for his 3-54, the visitors were just that bit stronger.

Mark Chambers’ 63* and an unbeaten 21 from Phil Patterson helped Ardmore chase down Woodvale’s 151 with six wickets to spare.

Wayne Horwood top scored with 52 and Jacob Donnelly added 43* for the Belfast side, but Derish Joseph (4-17), Sean Gormley (3-13) and Bobby Brolly (3-31) ensured the Bleachgreen team stayed on top throughout.

A century from Adam Lamrock and 55 from Josh Martin helped Eglinton IIs post a huge 334 at home to CIYMS. The visitors never looked like getting half of them if truth be told and their reply closed on 141 as the villagers eased into Round 2.

Killyclooney got off to a flier as they played Waringstown IIs at Burndennett. Runs from Andrew Neil (53) and Campbell (50) got ‘Clooney to 107-1 early on but former Ireland wicketkeeper Jonathan Bushe came on as seventh bowler and helped himself to figures of 5-9 as he and Ross Waite (4-42) skittled the last nine for 63. That left the NCU side chasing 170 and they had little trouble doing that as they booked a place in the next round.


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