When Donemana are under-strength, opponents beware! Not for the first time, Junior McBrine came out of retirement to help his club and, not for the first time, he saw his side to a sensational victory.

Now 57-years-old, McBrine answered the call in the absence of his son, North West Warriors skipper Andy, and club captain William McClintock, plus a couple of others at Ricky-Lee Dougherty’s stag weekend, and rolled back the years as Donemana beat Eglinton by one wicket with two balls to spare.

First, Junior bowled his eight overs as if he had never been away, finishing with figures of two for 30 as Eglinton were bowled out for 220.

In reply, Donemana crashed to 77 for seven but an eighth wicket stand of 123 between Ritchie McBrine, another of Junior’s son’s, who scored a superb 105, and Jordan McGonigle took the visitors to within 21 of victory.

At the fall of the eighth wicket, enter Junior and with debutant Adam Kelly they got the target down to eight off the last over; Junior finished 14 not out!

As Donemana picked up only 20 points for the minimum margin of victory, Newbuildings are the early leaders in Group B of the Long’s SuperValu Premiership after their eight wickets win over Ballyspallen.

They needed only 26 overs to pass the home side’s 183 for seven, which was dominated by Damith Perera’s unbeaten 105, which included 10 fours and five sixes. But Mark Hanna with 87 off 66 balls and Newbuildings skipper Gareth McKeegan added 123 for the first wicket and the rest was a formality.

Former Ireland international Gary Neely, now with Burndennett, took five wickets as Killyclooney were bowled out for 129 and an unbeaten half century from Mark Pollock ensured a first victory in Group B for the visitors.

In Group A, Bready and Ardmore lead the way after picking up their second wins while defending champions Brigade and Fox Lodge picked up their first, all four games decided by big margins.

Bready’s was the highest total, 299 for nine after professional Irosh Samarasooriya had added 104 for the second wicket with David Rankin and 94 for the third with 15-year-old Gavin Roulston. Both Rankin and Irosh scored 88.