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Champions Donemana ease past Coleraine to hit top spot

 

By Ian Callender

Six games into the defence of their Long's SuperValu Premiership title, Donemana have hit the front.

A superb bowling display by an under-strength side took 10 Coleraine wickets for 75 runs to leapfrog the early season leaders as they comfortably defended 176 and inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Bannsiders.

Without Andy McBrine, Gary McClintock, Andrew Riddles and Dwayne McGerrigle, the champions showed off their strength in depth to win by 49 runs.

Even the loss of Imran Butt and Ricky-Lee Dougherty with just seven on the board didn't faze them as Jamie Huey (40) and Kyle Dougherty (47) added 86 for the third wicket and from 129 for eight, Junior McBrine (who else!) and son William (26 not out) put on another 36 for the ninth wicket.

At 52 for no wicket in reply, it looked plain sailing for Coleraine but William McBrine made the breakthrough, Junior followed up with the next two (he conceded just four runs in six overs) and Jordan McGonigle (4-6) and Butt, who took the vital wicket of Scott Campbell (56), finished it off in the 37th over.

At the other end of the table, Drummond have only seven points from six games, with Eglinton making light work of their 221-9, passing it in the 38th over for the loss of three wickets but not Ross Allen's who scored 104 not out.

Drummond are now 33 points adrift of Fox Lodge who picked up five points from yesterday's thriller at Ardmore, who won by one wicket. Jason Milligan bowled a wide to lose the match after taking the ninth wicket with the scores tied!

In Saturday's other games, Brigade beat Ardmore by seven wickets, Bready beat the Foxes by 69 runs and Eglinton beat Drummond by seven wickets.

Scores:

The Bleachgreen: Fox Lodge 130 (44 overs, C Tshiki 39, A Logue 23, J Milligan 20; D Curry 3-27, R Alam 3-30, G Neely 2-8, R Brolly 2-23) Ardmore 131-9 (46.4 overs, P Harrigan 34, C Curley 27, G Neely 23; G Heywood 3-47, J Milligan 2-16). Ardmore won by 1 wicket.

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