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Roesiders decked as Curry loses his appeal

By Ian Callender

Decker Curry has formally lost his appeal against his one-year ban from all cricket and means the former Ireland international will be 45 years of age if he wants to return to the club cricket in June 2012.

The Cricket Ireland statement simply said that "the decision by the Sub-Committee (Discipline) of Cricket Ireland to find Mr Desmond Curry of Limavady Cricket Club guilty of a number of breaches of the disciplinary code (in the Bob Kerr Irish Cup tie against Instonians on June 11) was upheld following an appeal against the original decision.

"The Cricket Ireland Appeals Commissioner rejected the appeal, and the original decision to impose a 12 months suspension from all cricket on Mr Curry from 27 June 2011 is upheld".

Limavady made no comment yesterday. The Roesiders did not get on the field on Saturday - their game against Fox Lodge the only Senior League One game not to get started - and that allowed Brigade and Donemana to join them at the top of the table, and Strabane will join them if they complete victory over Coleraine at Strabane Park tonight.

The defending champions are favourites after scoring 297 for three (Kevin Martin 106 and Jonathan Beukes 83) but Coleraine's batsmen are enjoying a purple patch this month and no-one more so than David Cooke.

After back-to-back 79 not outs in his last two games, he returns tonight still undefeated on 47, although with Ian McGregor and Mohammad Salman both out, it will take a big ask for the Bannsiders to get up and score the remaining 115 from 18 overs tonight with just six wickets left.

For the second successive Saturday, however, it was Donemana who produced the performance of the day, although this time it was not without controversy.

Yet again it was a last gasp win with James McBrine and Graham Boyd putting on 21 for the ninth wicket, McBrine slicing the last ball for four to win the match and leave Eglinton joint bottom of the table. But Eglinton were angry that McBrine was allowed a runner as he came into the match with the injury.

The umpires ruled that he had aggravated it during the match - he bowled one over - and allowed McBrine's much younger and sprightly nephew Andy to run for him. The extra pace between the wickets, proved crucial as the game went down to the wire.

Defeat also piled the pressure on Eglinton because Bonds Glen snatched a one-wicket win over Glendermott, last man Richard Rodgers hitting Alan Johnston for six to win the match.

Brigade had the easiest win of the day, bowling out Bready for 91 for a 175 runs victory.

The out-of-form Magheramason batsmen were probably delighted that they didn't have to return to Beechgrove yesterday.

Finals day in the Faughan Valley Charity Cup day was rained off and a new date will be fixed.

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