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Thompson fires Eglinton past Brigade

By Ian Callender

Published 29/06/2015

Gotcha: Eglinton’s Jonathan Gardiner celebrates after claiming the wicket of Brigade batsman Jonny Robinson
Gotcha: Eglinton’s Jonathan Gardiner celebrates after claiming the wicket of Brigade batsman Jonny Robinson

Eglinton have ended the Donemana-Brigade monopoly of Danske Bank Senior Cup finals with an emphatic eight wickets success over the Beechgrove club.

Donemana remain on course for a fourth consecutive success after easing past Coleraine in the first semi-final on Saturday but for the first time since 2011, Brigade will not be their opponents.

International Stuart Thompson and professional Oraine Wiliams, who had put on 202 undefeated in Saturday's league win over champions Strabane, did it again yesterday, adding 116 for the third wicket as Eglinton romped home in the 38th over.

Williams hit 11 fours in his unbeaten 82 while Thompson, out just six short of victory for 51, took 24 off an over by Nick Donnell, two sixes and three fours.

By coincidence, Ryan Hunter was also 82 not out (six fours and three sixes) when the 50 overs ran out and it turned out that 210 was never going to be enough.

Donemana needed only 22 overs to pass Coleraine's 105 on Saturday, with Gary McClintock responsible for the early finish. He hit 74 not out from 64 balls, all but six of his runs coming in boundaries (11 fours and four sixes) as he ignored the scoreboard pressure of two runs for two wickets when he arrived in the middle after Thomas Riddles was run out and Jarred Barnes dismissed Stephen Wallace in the second over.

Graeme McCarter added the wickets of his North West Warriors captain Andy McBrine and professional Jan Frylinck to leave Donemana 45 for four but, thanks to McClintock, it was all over just eight overs later.

Scott Campbell had earlier provided Coleraine's only resistance, scoring 42 of the first 64 runs, with six fours and two sixes, but only Rishi Chopra and Mattie Smyth of his team-mates made it into double figures - just.

Andy McBrine took five for 23 after younger brother Ritchie had finished with three for 35 and Frylinck wrapped up the innings at the start of the 35th over with his only wicket. The Bannsiders gained revenge of sorts when the teams met again in yesterday's league game to move two points clear at the top after five rounds.

Kyllin Vardhan hit 70 off just 57 balls with 12 fours and two sixes as Coleraine reached their target of 180 in just 28 overs.

Danske Bank Senior Cup semi-final

Beechgrove: Brigade 210-9 (R Hunter 82 not out, G McKeegan 45, D Murcock 32; J Gardiner 2-27, O Williams 2-29, R Allen 2-43) Eglinton 211-3 (O Williams 82 not out, S Thompson 51, C Averill 50; J Robinson 2-49). Eglinton won by 7 wickets.

Long's Supervalu Premiership

The Holm: Donemana 179 (39.3 overs, T Riddles 72, G McClintock 23; G McCarter 4-34, K Vardhan 2-8, J Barnes 2-17) Coleraine 180-3 (28 overs, K Vardhan 70 not out, N McDonnell 39, R Chopra 34 not out, S Campbell 24; W McClintock 2-24). Coleraine won by 7 wickets.

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