Donemana progress in NW T20 Cup
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
DONEMANA qualified for the Faughan Valley Cup semi-finals yesterday on a badly rain-affected penultimate day in the NW T20 Cup.
All seven scheduled games started late but all were completed, although the Bonds Glen-Fox Lodge game was played over the minimum five overs.
The group winners will contest the Faughan Valley Cup semi-finals and Donemana confirmed the place at the top of Group D, ahead of their final match against Ardmore today, with a comfortable victory over Ballyspallen.
When the Donemana innings started they were due to bat 19 overs but rain cut it short at 14 overs with the visitors on 134 for three, skipper William McClintock denied what appeared to be a certain century by the weather; he was 86 not out, which included eight sixes and seven fours.
A further interruption reduced the Ballyspallen target to 139 in 12 overs but when the rain arrived again in the sixth over, they were almost down and out at 40 for six and 38 runs behind the DLS par score.
Ardmore kept their half of the bargain with victory over St Johnston in a 12-over game, chasing 107 with nine balls to spare, thanks to an unbroken third wicket stand of 81 between skipper Jared Wilson and professional Tyron Loen. Earlier, St Johnston captain Michael Rankin completed back to back 50s, sharing an opening stand of 80 in nine overs with Scott Macbeth.
It is all to play for today in Groups B and C with Coleraine and Bready moving into pole positions with victories yesterday.
Bready knew they had to beat Newbuildings to prevent their opponents topping the group and they did so in some style, thanks to an astonishing innings by professional Irosh Samarasooriya. He hit 10 sixes, five in succession off Trent McKeegan, and five fours, so in boundaries in his 87 not out from just 26 balls as the visitors reached their target of 104 in the sixth over!
Newbuildings had totalled 102 for three in nine overs, Johnny Thompson top scoring with 40 from 23 balls, including four sixes, but that knock was left in the shade by the Sri Lankan and probably their hopes of finishing top of Group C. A home win for Bready against Burndennett today will confirm their first place.
Burndennett’s game went to the last over but Glendermott got home by seven wickets with three balls to spare after Nathan McGuire had hit 40 from 19 balls.
It is Group C which is set up for a thrilling finale today. Coleraine were in third place yesterday morning but a 14 runs win in a 10-over game against Eglinton was enough to put them top of the table by a point going into today’s action.
Coleraine scored 74 for five and it looked game over when Eglinton were 39 for one after three overs of their reply, thanks to Craig Averill hitting three sixes and three fours in his 14-ball 34. But the wheels came off when Gareth Burns took his wicket and the home side collapsed to 60 all out with five balls unused. The three points for the narrow defeat leaves Eglinton in second place.
Fox Lodge missed the chance to start today in first when Bonds Glen scrambled a leg bye off the last ball to claim a seven wickets win.
Depending on today’s results, any one of the three teams can still top the group; Coleraine are at Fox Lodge and Eglinton host Bonds Glen.