NWCU Sam Jeffrey Cup 2023
Final: Bready beat Coleraine by 5 runs (DLS)
Beechgrove, 18 and 19 August.
Bready 215 (50 overs; D Rankin 91, R Clarke 43; M Hutchinson 3-33, S Campbell 3-34) and 223/6 (40 overs; D Rankin 65, Irosh 58, R Clarke 35, M Magee 20*; S Hutchinson 4-47)
Coleraine 221-9 (50 overs, M Poskitt 46, M Smyth 42, S Hutchinson 21*, S Campbell 20: J McCorkell 4-54, Irosh Samarasooriya 2-24) and 146/6 (27 overs; M Poskitt 56, R Karunaratne 35, M Hutchinson 34; I Young 2-32)
Bready captain David Scanlon gets the trophy from Connie McAllister (CricketEurope)
Bready clinched the Sammy Jeffrey Shield in dramatic circumstances, with Ian Young's dismissal of Patrick Carson from what proved to be the last ball of the game tilting the match in the Magheramason side's favour when the DLS sheets were consulted. Chasing 213 in 40 overs, Coleraine had been in charge of the chase throughout, with Marcus Poskitt's fluent 56 from 54 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) guiding them along. Professional Ravi Karunaratne hit 4 sixes in his 35, while skipper Matthew Hutchinson made a positive 34. However, at 138 for 3 with the dark clouds gathering, Poskitt fell to a Davy Rankin full toss to the last ball of the 24th over, followed by Hutchinson in Ian Young's next over. The rain was falling as Young struck again, and as Carson trudged off, he was followed by everyone as the heavens really opened. earlier, Man of the Match Davy Rankin again top-scored with 65, putting on 69 for the first wicket with Ryan Clarke (35) and 88 for the second with Irosh (58). Stephen Hutchinson with four wickets the best for the Bannsiders. You have to feel sorry for Coleraine who went toe-to-toe with Bready for two days in what was a very entertaining contest. Day 1 Just 6 runs separate Coleraine and Bready after the first innings of the Sammy Jeffrey final at Beechgrove. Batting fist Bready openers Davy Rankin (91) and Ryan Clarke (43) shared an opening stand of 142 in 32 overs, but the Magheramason side lost their way thereafter and had to settle for 215 with three wickets apiece for skipper Matthew Hutchinson and Scott Campbell. Marcus Poskitt (46) shared 50 stands with Scott Campbell (20) and Matty Smyth (42) to give the Bannsiders a solid platform. Stephen Hutchinson (21*) also chipped in as 8 of the top 9 reached double figures. They were never really able to break the shackles though with four wickets for Jordan McCorkell and two for Irossh. A six-run advantage means it's all to play for on day two which is due to get underway once again at 11am.
Semi-final: Bready beat Ballyspallen by 9 wickets (DLS)
Magheramason, 2 July.
Ballyspallen 195/6 (37 overs: Demith Perera 66*, Luke Gilfillan 40, Stuart Kennedy 27; Kyle Magee 3-33, David Scanlon 2-32)
Bready 178/1 (21.4 overs: Irosh Samarasooriya 83*, Gavin Roulston 59*, David Scanlon 30) (Match progressively reduced to 25 overs - Target 173.)
Bready had little trouble chasing what looked a challenging DLS adjusted 173 in 25 overs in their Sammy Jeffrey clash with Ballyspallen. David Rankin (30) got them off to a brisk start, with fellow opener Gavin Roulston and Irosh Samarasooriya then adding an unbroken 139 in just 15 overs for the second. Roulston's run-a-ball 59 included 3 fours and 3 sixes, while Irosh cleared the ropes 5 times as well as hitting 4 fours in a rapid unbeaten 83 from only 49 balls. Fellow Sri Lankan Demith Perera was top-scorer with 66 in the home side's 195 for 6 - boosted by 24 penalty runs for a slow over-rate. There were runs too for Luke Gilfillan (40) and Stuart Kennedy (27), while Kyle Magee claimed three wickets and skipper David Scanlon two. They will meet Coleraine in the final, who edged out St Johnston in the other game.
Semi-final: St Johnston lost to Coleraine by 2 wickets (DLS)
The Boathole, 2 July.
St Johnston 155/5 (38.2 overs, innings closed: Jack Macbeth 60, Graeme McCarter 34)
Coleraine 141/8 (30.3 overs: Scott Campbell 79, Matthew Smyth 23; Graeme McCarter 3-23, Nathan Cole 2-11) (Overs progressively reduced to 31 - Target 141.)
Closest of the four semi-finals was at The Boathole where Coleraine just got over the line, beating St Johnston by two wickets. Batting first, opener Jack Macbeth top-scored with 60 (5 fours, 2 sixes) adding 52 in 8 overs with Graeme McCarter (34). Their innings was ended on 155 for 5 and when the showers stopped, the Bannsiders were set 141 in 31 overs. It looked a formality with Scott Campbell hitting 9 fours and 4 sixes in his 79 from 77 balls. 'Soupy' dominated an opening stand of 81 with Matty Smyth (23) but when he fell, 129 for 3 became 140 for 8 in the final over - Graeme McCarter (3-23) and Nathan Cole (2-11) doing the damage. James Bell managed the single required as a relieved Coleraine fell over the line.
Round 1: Killyclooney lost to Bready by 142 runs (DLS)
Killyclooney, 10 June.
Bready 336 (48 overs; David Rankin 72, Kyle Magee 62, David Scanlon 50, Gavin Roulton 42, Irosh Samarasooriya 34; Jordan Connor 2-30, Matthew Cambell 2-47, Mark Gordon 2-49)
Killyclooney 190 (27.5 overs; Tim Dougherty 62, Andrew Neil 29, Jordan Nelson 29, Mark Gordon 27: Kyle Magee 3-26, Gavin Roulston 3-30, Jordan McCorkell 3-31) (Target 333 in 48 overs)
Appeal by Irosh Samarasooriya (CricketEurope)
Bready ended Killyclooney's recent good run with an emphatic 142-run win. Half centuries from David Rankin, Kyle Magee and David Scanlon powered the Magheramason side to 336 - hitting 40 fours and 12 sixes in a powerful batting display. Blayde Capell wasn't able to add to his 805-run season total. dismissed for 0 by Jordan McCorkell, and soon the hosts were in disarray at 22 for 4. Skipper Tim Dougherty hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in his 62, while 29 apiece for Andy Neil and Jordan Nelson took Killyclooney to 190 - three wickets apiece for Kyle Magee, Gavin Roulston and Jordan McCorkell.
Round 1: Ballyspallen beat Burndennett by 1 wicket
Ballyspallen, 10 June.
Burndennett 297/7 (50 overs; Niall McDonnell 87, Mark Pollock 59, Marty Mehaffey 40, Andy Barr 37, Derek Curry 21*; Michael O'Brien 2-24, Demith Perera 2-35)
Ballyspallen 301/9 (50 overs; Clive Rodgers 68, Luke Gilfillan 61, Demith Perera 60, Jake Wenlock 22, James Thompson 20; Niall McDonnell 3-39, Conan Pollock 2-42, Corey Roulston 2-44)
Ballyspallen won a last-ball thriller at home to Burndennett with the last pair of Dylan McElhinney and Michael O'Brien getting the three required off the final three balls in a game that saw almost 600 runs scored. The Tyrone side posted 297 for 7 with Mark Pollock's run spree continuing as he made 59 and Marty Mehaffey 40 in an opening stand of 122. Niall McDonnell rolled back the years too as he top-scored with 87 from 77 balls (14 fours, 1 six), while Andy Barr (37) and Derek Curry (21*) also chipped in. Andy Christie went early in the chase, but a second wicket stand of 128 between Clive Rodgers (68) and Luke Gilfillan (61) kept the home side in contention, while Demith Perera also made 60. Skipper James Thompson and Jake Wenlock made crucial 20s, with Niall McDonnell's three wickets ensuring it went to the last ball of the 100 overs before the win was secured.
Round 1: Bonds Glen lost to Coleraine by 6 wickets
Bonds Glen, 10 June.
Bonds Glen 278 (50 overs; Heinrich Roberts 90, Stephen McGowan 67, Mattie Barr 34, Sam Kincaid 20; Matthew Hutchinson 4-41, Stephen Hutchinson 3-30)
Coleraine 280/4 (34.3 overs; Ravi Karunaratne 99, Matthew Smyth 71*, Scott Campbell 47, Marcus Poskitt 41;
Coleraine eased into the semi-finals as the chased 279 to beat Bonds Glen. Heinrich Roberts top-scored with 90 for the hosts, hitting 10 fours and 5 sixes, while the Hutchinson brothers took a combined 7 wickets to leave the hosts on 171 for 8. Stephen McGowan's 67 from 53 balls (8 fours, 2 sixes) helped the last two wickets add 107. The Coleraine reply got off to a rapid start as Scott Campbell (47) and Marcus Poskitt (41) added 74 in just 7.5 overs. The decisive stand though was for the fourth wicket with Sri Lankan professional Ravi Karunaratne and Matty Smyth adding 155 in 19 overs. Ravi hit 10 sixes and 7 fours in his 99 from 63 balls, falling with 9 needed. Smyth's prolific recent form continued too as his unbeaten 71 included 11 fours and 2 sixes,
Round 1: St Johnston beat Letterkenny by 244 runs
The Boathole, 10 June.
St Johnston 397/6 (50 overs; Jack Macbeth 162*, Michael Rankin 84, David Macbeth 51, David Lapsley 21; Rammohan Goud 3-67, Ramees Machingal 2-67)
Letterkenny 153 (36 overs; Ramees Machingal 35, Rammohan Goud 23; Jacob Maroske 4-32, Scott Devenney 2-3, Ian Macbeth 2-24, Michael Rankin 2-44)
Jack Macbeth scored 162 as St Johnston beat Letterkenny in the Donegal derby (Vincent Devenney)
St Johnston racked up a record score at The Boathole, while Jack Macbeth also made the highest individual score at the venue in a whopping 244 run win against Letterkenny in the Donegal derby. Macbeth's 162 included 20 fours and 5 sixes as he shared stands of 133 for the second wicket with his uncle David (51) and then a further 148 in 15 overs with Michael Rankin, whose 84 from 50 balls included 9 fours and 4 sixes. Saints finished on 397 for 6 which Letterkenny replied to with 153. Jacob Maroske took four wickets and there were two apiece for Scott Devenney, Ian Macbeth and Michael Rankin.
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