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Washout leaves Senior Cup facing seven replayed games

 

By Ian Callender

All seven remaining ties in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup will be played next Sunday after rain washed out every game on Saturday.

Two games started but Brigade's visit to Ballyspallen lasted only 24 overs and although Coleraine faced 11 overs in the second innings of their game against Drummond that was still nine overs short of the minimum required for a result.

It was the underdogs, Drummond, who were the more disappointed by the abandonment as they had reduced the Bannsiders to 58 for three with Scott Campbell and Steve Lazars both back in the pavilion.

It still marked a recovery for the perennial semi-finalists as Damien Carlin's three early wickets had left Coleraine on 14 for three, but Rishi Chopra (37) and professional Graham Hume (15) were leading the recovery when the rain returned to terminate the game.

Adam McDaid top scored for Drummond with an impressive 61 but after a third wicket stand of 33 took the score to 71, Coleraine took wickets regularly to restrict their visitors to 161 for eight in 48 overs.

It was more predictable fare at Bridge Park where Brigade had taken seven wickets for 105 but not from the likely sources. Warriors Andy Britton, Johnny Thompson and Johnny Robinson all drew a blank as Niall McDonnell with three wickets and two each for Ryan MacBeth and David Barr claimed the Championship side's scalps before the rain.

In the National Cup, Bonds Glen failed to bring the North West's representation in the second round to six when they were knocked out by North Kildare.

In the only game not completed on first round day, Kildare had home advantage for yesterday's replay and they bowled out the Bee Gees for exactly 100 on their way to a nine wickets win.

National Cup: Bonds Glen 100 (30.3 overs, R Hepburn 29; M Sigh 5-21, P Ryan 2-14, M Auret 2-29) North Kildare 101-1 (19.3 overs, J Uddin 56, S Dalton 26 not out). North Kildare won by 9 wickets.

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