NWCU Senior Cup 2023
Brigade beat Newbuildings by 8 wickets (Day 3 close)
Eglinton, 30 July.
Newbuildings 178 and 114/9
Brigade 233/6 and 40/2 (6.1 overs)
NW Senior Cup winners Brigade celebrate (CricketEurope)
Brigade won the North West Senior Cup for the 4th time in 6 years after a straightforward 8 wickets victory over Newbuildlings on Sunday Brigade captain Andy Britton took five wickets in the second innings to leave his side needing just 37 in 20 overs (DLS) when play resumed on Sunday morning. Trent McKeegan and Johnny Thompson each took a consolation wicket but there was never any doubt that Brigade would lift the famous trophy for a 15th time. DD Barr got the nod for the Man of the Match, pipping Britton and the Macbeth brothers. They have the chance to make it a cup double on Monday evening when they face Killyclooney in the Faughan Valley Cup final at Ardmore - that game gets underway at 6 o'clock.It's also the final of the Women's Senior Cup - Bready host Fox Lodge in the decider - that too starts at 6pm.
Brigade captain Andy Britton after his side beat Newbuildings
Brigade v Newbuildings (Day 2 close)
Eglinton, 29 July.
Newbuildings 178 and 114/9 (40.5 overs; Jason Dunn 23; Andy Britton 5-18, Scott Macbeth 2-36)
Brigade 233/6 and 0/0 (0 overs) Target 37 in 20 overs
Brigade captain Andy Britton took 5 wickets (Dessie Loughery/Pacemaker)
Andy Britton's five wicket haul means Brigade have one hand on the NW Senior Cup on a rain-shortened day at Eglinton, needing just 37 in 20 overs to claim their 15th title. The skipper ran through the Newbuildings innings take 5 for 18 and all but settle the contest. The one factor over which he has no control is the weather, and if play on Sunday can't start before 6.10pm then the game will be abandoned and go to a replay on Monday August 28th. That appeared to be Newbuildings best hope and Trent McKeegan and Charlie Downey both dug in to frustrate Brigade's attempt to get proceedings wrapped up having been 78 for 8 in the 23rd over. The pair together with Gregory McFaul extended the innings by a further 18 overs, and it will be job done if the weather intervenes. It shouldn't hide the fact that Newbuildings have been very poor in the decider - they couldn't be as bad if they get out of jail and get a second opportunity.
Final: Brigade v Newbuildings (Day 1 close)
Eglinton, 28 July.
Newbuildings 178 (46 overs; Ryan Hunter 57, Ross Dougherty 40, Gareth McKeegan 25; Scott Macbeth 4-32, David Barr 3-32, Ryan Macbeth 2-14)
Brigade 233-6 (50 overs); David Barr 58, Adam McDaid 53, Cameron Melly 33; Ross Dougherty 2-31, Hanu Viljoen 2-56)
Scott Macbeth points the way after taking a fourth wicket (CricketEurope)
Brigade take a 55-run first innings advantage into Saturday after Ryan Macbeth's late hitting put the icing on the cake for Andy Britton's side. Newbuildings had been dismissed for 178, with Ryan Hunter (57) and Ross Dougherty (40) sharing a fourth wicket stand of 69. However, from 127 for 3, the innings faltered, with Scott Macbeth (4-32) and DD Barr (3-32) taking a combined seven wickets for 64. DD Barr (58) and Adam McDaid (53) then added a cautious 111 in 31 overs, with Brigade eventually taking the lead from the final ball of the 45th over. It was the last over though which provided the real fireworks, with Ryan Mcbeth clearing the ropes 3 times from successive deliveries after he took a shine to Hanu Viljoen. 25 came from the last over as Brigade will take that momentum into Saturday's play.
Semi-final: Fox Lodge lost to Newbuildings by 8 wickets (DLS)
Ballymagorry, 2 July.
Fox Lodge 128 (27.4 overs: Jason Milligan 35, Jonny Robinson 25, Gayan Maneeshan 23; Ross Hunter 4-38, Johnny Thompson 3-26, Jason Dunn 2-19)
Newbuildings 128/2 (24.3 overs: Jason Dunn 51, Hanu Viljoen 50*; Jonny Robinson 2-30) (Match progressively reduced to 36 overs - Target 128.)
Ali Doherty is bowled by Jason Dunn (Lawrence Moore)
Newbuildings reached the final for the second time in two seasons as they emerged comfortable winners to knock out holders Fox Lodge at Ballymagorry. The game was interrupted by frequent showers and the Foxies found it hard to gain any momentum once the opening stand of 35 was broken by Johnny Thompson. Jason Milligan top-scored with 35, and there was a counter-attacking 25 from Johnny Robinson - ended by Ross Hunter who wished 'Bap' well on his travels as he tried to hit a fourth consecutive six. Hunter went on to claim 4 for 38, while there was three wickets for 'JT' and two for Jason Dunn. Robinson took two wickets in the chase, but half centuries from Dunn and Hanu Viljoen sealed the win. Dunn's 51 included 4 fours and 4 sixes, while Viljoen's 50 included 6 fours as the pair added an unbroken 87 for the third wicket.
Semi-final: Eglinton lost to Brigade by 7 wickets (DLS)
Eglinton, 2 July.
Eglinton 126 (32.1 overs: Jamie P Millar 4-23, Iftikhar Hussain 3-16)
Brigade 133/3 (25.4 overs: Adam McDaid 59, Iftikhar Hussain 35, Scott MacBeth 25*; Jamie Millar 2-38) (Game progressively reduced to 33 overs - Target 133.)
Jamie Millar took four wickets for Brigade (Mervyn Robinson)
Brigade had little trouble accounting for Eglinton in another semi-final slightly spoiled by the weather. The villagers struggled batting first in the stop-start encounter which eventually saw their 50 overs cut to 33. Andy Millar's 19 and 18 from Tommy Orr the best of their 126. Jamie Millar accounted for both, and also the prize scalp of Mike Erlank to take 4 for 23. Ifty Hussain also took three wickets in a fine effort from the Beechgrove bolwing unit. DD Barr went early in the chase, but a second wicket stand of 70 between Hussain (35) and Adam McDaid all but settled the game. McDaid's 59 included 11 fours, while there was also an unbeaten 25 from teenager Scott Macbeth. The final will be played at Eglinton on Friday July 28th and Saturday July 29th.
Round 2: Eglinton beat Ardmore by 162 runs
Eglinton, 10 June.
Eglinton 274/9 (450 overs; Liam Doherty 87, Mike Erlanks 60, Tommy Orr 42, Jamie Millar 25; Dave Bezzant 3-42, Aviwe Mgijima 3-55, Rachit Gaur 2-62.)
Ardmore 112 (26.3 overs; Aviwe Mgijima 41*; Jamie Millar 4-42, Liam Doherty 3-20, Lee Ritchie 3-38)
The Eglinton side that beat Ardmore by 162 runs (CricketEurope)
Liam Doherty was to the fore as Eglinton brushed aside the challenge of Ardmore in a game that the hosts took control of from the off and never relinquished their grip thereafter. Doherty top-scored with 87 from 65 balls (11 fours, 5 sixes) in a brilliant display of controlled ball striking. He dominated a second wicket stand of 101 with Tommy Orr (42), who also added 102 for the third wicket with Mike Erlank (60) as the villagers posted 274 for 9. Ardmore's chase never got going, losing a flurry of early wickets with four for Jamie Millar and three apiece for Lee Ritchie and Man-of-the-Match Doherty. Aviwe Mgijima's unbeaten 41 the one bright point of their pitiful 112 all out.
Round 2: Fox Lodge beat Glendermott by 41 runs
Ballymagorry, 10 June.
Fox Lodge 233 (48.3 overs; Travis Nicholl 63, Gayan Maneeshan 53, Jason Milligan 34, Brian Allen 20; Alan Johson 3-44, Ben Mills 3-56, Gihahn Cloete 2-11, Adam Boyd 2-27)
Glendermott 192 (43.5 overs; Jake Montgomery 61, Jason Lynch 40*, Alan Johnson 38; Levi Kerr 3-28, Ramey Harpur 2-27, Adam Walker 2-39)
Alan Johnson roars with delight (CricketEurope)
Holders Foxx Lodge progressed with a 41-run win at home to Glendermott. Travis Nicholl thumped 6 sixes and 4 fours as he top-scored with 63 from 57 balls, sharing an opening stand of 101 with Jason Milligan (34). Gayan Maneeshan made a fine half century and at 189 for 3 in the 38th over they would have been eyeing a total of 300. However the Rectory side fought back with three wickets each for Alan Johnson and Ben Mills, plus two for Gihahn Cloete as the hosts were bowled out for 233. Three early wickets - including Cloete - saw Glendermott in trouble at 27 for 3, but Alan Johnson (36) and teenager Jake Montgomery (61) rallied with a fourth wicket stand of 75 in 12 overs, A flurry of wickets though saw them in trouble again with three for Levi Kerr. Jason Lynch (40*) struck some defiant late blows, but it was too little, too late as Foxies clinched the 41-run verdict.
Round 2: Donemana lost to Brigade by 3 wickets
The Holm, 10 June.
Donemana 274 (49.4 overs; Geeth Kumara 89, DJ Dougherty 39, Gary Mclintock 38, Levi Dougherty 29, Dean Mehaffey 23; Ryan Macbeth 3-42, Scott Macbeth 3-43)
Brigade 277/7 (42.1 overs; Cameron Melly 109*, Adam McDaid 51, DD Barr 42; Geeth Kumara 4-20)
Century for Cameron Melly (CricketEurope)
Cameron Melly was the Brigade hero as his unbeaten 109 guided the Beechgrove side to a three-wickets win as they chased 274 to beat Donemana. The reply had got off to a poor start with Ifty Hussain falling in the first over, but Adam McDaid counter-attack as he hit 8 fours and 3 sixes in a 23-ball 51 to alter the complexion of the contest. Melly and DD Barr broke the back of the chase with a fourth wicket stand of 92, before Geeth Kumara (4-20) trapped Barr lbw for 42. When the Sri Lanka also accounted for Andy Britton and Ryan Barr in quick succession, it was game on at 220 for 6. However Melly was the immoveable object, hitting 11 fours and 6 sixes in his 85-ball innings, finding the perfect partner in Ryan Macbeth, who played sensibly in their 53-run stand. Earlier, Kumara's 89 was the highlight of the home side's 274 - with the Macbeth brothers taking three wickets apiece.
Round 2: Strabane lost to Newbuildings by 141 runs
Strabane Park, 10 June.
Newbuildings 253/7 (50 overs; Hanu Viljoen 67, Jason Dunn 47, Charlie Downey 23, Mark Hanna 23, Ross Dougherty 21; Ryan Gallagher 2-38, Rhys Logue 2-51)
Strabane 112 (29.4 overs; Trent McKeegan 4-43, Ross Hunter 2-5, Jason Dunn 2-16, Johnny Thompson 2-24)
Boundary for Trent McKeegan (CricketEurope)
Newbuildings are safely into the last four after a comprehensive 141-run verdict over Strabane in the Park. Batting first Newbuildings batting was solid as 8 of the top 9 made double figures with opener Jason Dunn making a run-a-ball 47 (7 fours, 1 six) and overseas player Hanu Viljoen top-scoring with 67 (5 fours). 23 apiece from Mark Hanna and Charlie Downey saw them reach a competitive 253 for 7. Life begins at 40 for 'JT' and he gave himself a birthday present by bagging two wickets at the top of the order including Aaron Gillespie, while among Trent McKeegan's four wickets was the prize scalp of Nasir Nawaz. The Red Caps slumped to 112 all out on a day when little went right for them.
Round 1: Donemana beat Burndennett by 136 runs
The Holm, 13 May.
Donemana 268 (49.4 overs; Levi Dougherty 54, Kyle Dougherty 49, Gary McClintock 45, William McClintock 31, Dwayne McGerrigle 30; Dean Mehaffey 23; Corey Roulston 3-49, Aaron McDermott 2-28, Andy Barr 2-33, Mark Pollock 2-63)
Burndennett 132 (30.5 overs; Andrew Barr 37, Lee Pollock 20; Gary McClintock 3-15, DJ Dougherty 3-41, William McBrine 2-14)
Donemana ran out convincing winners in the Tyrone derby as they overcame Burndennett by 136 runs at The Holm. A solid middle-order batting display spearheaded by 54 from Levi Dougherty, who hit four 6s in his 54, saw Donemana make 268 - runs too for Kyle Dougherty (49), Gary McClintock 45, and 30's for William McClintock and Dwayne McGerrigle. Burndennett's reply never really got going with early wickets for Gary McClintock and William McBrine, while DJ Dougherty also picked up a trio as they were bowled out for 132 - Andrew Barr's 37 the highlight.
Round 1: Ballyspallen lost to Brigade by 5 wickets
Ballyspallen, 13 May.
Ballyspallen 105 (32 overs; Demith Perera 35; Scott Macbeth 4-30, Ifty Hussain 3-29, Josh Wilson 2-14)
Brigade 106/5 (24.3 overs; Ifty Hussain 29, Scott Macbeth 23*; Demith Perera 2-27, Stephen Kennedy 2-43)
Scott Macbeth and Ifty Hussain were in the runs and wickets as Brigade overcame Ballyspallen by 5 wickets at Bridge Park. Macbeth took 4 for 30, while Hussain claimed 3-29 as 'Spallen were dismissed for 105 - Demith Perera making 35. Josh Wilson also picked up two wickets against hiss former side. Husssaain top-scored with 29, while Macbeth's unbeaten 23 ensured that the Beechgrove side go into the hat on Monday for the quart-final draw.
Round 1: Coleraine lost to Glendermott by 7 wickets
Sandel Lodge, 13 May.
Coleraine 254/7 (50 overs; Matthew Hutchinson 97, Marcus Poskitt 74, Ravi Karunaratne 46; Gihan Cloete 3-33)
Glendermott 255/3 (47.5 overs; Gihan Cloete 152*, A Johnson 59*)
Gihan Cloete arrivd with a big reputation and showed just why as he made a brilliant 152 to help Glendermott chase 255 to win by seven wickets at Coleraine. He and Alan Johnson came together at 60 for 3 and proceeded to add an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 195 to clinch a fanous win. Cloete hit 17 fours and 5 sixes, while Johnson proved the perfect foil in an unbeaten 59. Earlier, Matthew Hutchinson fell just three short of a deserved century as he made 97 sharing stands of 107 for the second wicket with Marcus Poskitt (74; 14 fours, 1 si) and 82 for the 3rd with Ravi Karunaratne (46; 3 fours, 4 sixes) as the Bannsiders posted what looked a very decent 254 for 7.
Round 1: Bonds Glen lost to Fox Lodge by 8 wickets
Bonds Glen, 13 May.
Bonds Glen 96 (27.5 overs; Kyle Moore 28, Adam Walker 4-20, Ramey Harprur 3-23, Aaron Heywood 3-26)
Fox Lodge 98/2 (9.2 overs; Gayan Maneeshan 53*, Jason Milligan 28*)
Holders Fox Lodge were the first side through to the last eight as they overcame what looked a tricky away day tie at Bonds Glen. The hosts were soon deep in the mire at 40 for 7, with Adam Walker (4-20) and Ramey Harpur (3-23) doing the damage. Kyle Moore (28) struck a few lusty blows but three wickets for skipper Aaron Heywood saw a chase of just 96. Fox Lodge lost two early wickets but a rapid 53 from Gayan Maneeshan, who cleared the ropes five times and also hit four fours in his 29-ball innings, saw him and Jason Milligan (28*) add 89 in 8 overs as the win was secured before the end of the first powerplay.
Round 1: Eglinton beat St Johnston by 9 wickets
Eglinton, 13 May.
St Johnston 128 (39.2 overs; Jack Macbeth 34, Jacob Maroske 28, David Lapsley 27; Mike Erlank 4-15)
Eglinton 129/1 (16 overs; Liam Doherty 71*, Tommy Orr 44)
Eglinton romped into the quarter-finals with a 9-wicket demolition of St Johnston. Four wickets for Mike Erlank saw the Saints falter to 128 all out having been at one stage 112 for 3 with runs for Jack Macbeth (34), Jacob Maroske (28), and David Lapsley (27). The modest target was knocked off with the minimum of fuss as Liam Doherty and Tommy Orr shared an opening stand of 126 in just 15 overs. Doherty hit 5 fours and 5 sixes in his 71 not out from 48 balls, while Orr's 44 came at an even pace (4 fours, 2 sixes). A consolation wicket with just 3 runs needed didn't take the gloss of what was a superb all-round effort from the villagers.
Round 1: Killyclooney lost to Ardmore by 2 runs
Killyclooney, 13 May.
Ardmore 274 (Rachit Gaur 141*, Sabib Babu 42; Jordan Nelson 3 wickets)
Killyclooney 271 (49.2 overs; William Finlay 99, Blayde Capell 81; Dharm Singh 4 wickets)
Ardmore captain Rachit Gaur scored an unbeaten 141 as they beat Killyclooney by 2 runs (CricketEurope)
Game of the day was at Killyclooney, where the hosts lost a last-over thriller by just two runs in a high-scoring match. Ardmore skipper Rachit Gaur dominated their total of 274 for 9, making an undefeated 141 from 124 balls - 14 fours and 7 sixes, while there were vital runs down the order from Sabin Babu (44). Jordan Nelson (3-47) was the pick of the home side's attack. The chase got off to a flier with Blayde Capell (81) and William Finlay adding 143 in 21 overs to get them past halfway with all 10 wickets on board. Capell struck 7 fours and 4 sixes in his 81 from 74 balls before becoking the first of four wickets from Dharm Singh (4-41). Finlay got stuck in the nervous 90's and after almost being run out on 99 when his partner sent him back, he edged to short third man. You got the feeling that was the decisive moment but Killyclooney kept edging closer as the contest ebbed and flowed. The last wicket pair came together with 23 needed and thanks to a few boundaries and a dropped catch they reduced that to 3 off the last over. Rachit though had the final saay, bowling Wallace via his pads to clinch a dramatic win for the Bleachgreen side.
Round 1: Bready lost to Strabane by 8 wickets
Magheramason, 13 May.
Bready 203 (47.5 overs; Irosh Samarasooriya 55, Jamie Magee 38, David Rankin 28, Ryan Gallagher 3-36, Usman Azhar 2-37, Andy Mullen 2-45)
Strabane 204/2 (31.5 overs; Nasir Nawaz 119*, A Gillespie 41)
Nasir Nawaz scored unbeaten century (CricketEurope)
Strabane's Pakistan professional Nasir Nawaz announced himself on the North West stage with a brilliant unbeaten 119 to lead his team to a resounding 8-wicket win at Bready in a repeat of the 1996 final. Chasing 204, Nawaz dominated an opening stand of 48 with Kevin Gallagher (2) and then added a further 120 with skipper Aaron Gillespie (41) to all but seal the win. Nawaz hit 11 fours and 5 sixes in his 104-ball knock. Ear;ier, Ryan Gallagher picked up three wickets, with two apiece for Usman Azhar and Andrew Mullen. Irosh's 55 was the pick of the Bready innings, while Jamie Magee (38) and David Rankin (28) got starts.
Round 1: Newbuildings beat Letterkenny by 386 runs
Foyleview Arena, 13 May.
Newbuildings 426/6 (50 overs; Ross Dougherty 201*, H Viljoen 106, G McKeegan 49*, Ryan Hunter 28; Wasiq Riaz 4-60)
Letterkenny 40 (22.2 overs; T McKeegan 5-19, H Viljoen 2-0, C Downey 2-13)
Ross Dougherty scored an unbeaten 201 (CricketEurope)
Ross Dougherty scored an unbeaten double hundred as Newbuildings overcame a shaky start to beat competition debutants Letterkenny by a record margin at Foyleview Arena. last season's beaten finalists were in early trouble losing two wickets in the first over to Wasiq Riaz (4-60) and later stumbling at 47 for 4, before recovering in spectacular fashion. 'Doc' hit 25 fours and 7 sixes in his 201 not out from 134 balls, sharing a 5th wicket stand of 259 in 29 overs with South African professional Hanu Viljoen. The latter hit 106 from 100 balls (10 fours, 4 sixes), while skipper Gareth McKeegan (49*) added an unbroken 116 for the 7th wicket with Dougherty as Newbuildings made 426 for 6. The chase was a forlorn one as the Donegal side were skittled for 40 - five wickets for Trent McKeegan and two apiece for Charlie Downey and Viljoen sealed the 386-run win - not surprisingly a record margin for the competition.
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