Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Donemana handed a tough task at Strabane

Instonians put themselves in pole position to qualify for the semi-finals of the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup

Holders Donemana will face a testing examination in the second round of the Danske Bank Senior Cup after being drawn away to Strabane in the match of the round.

The teams had straightforward first round wins on Saturday, two of a number of one-sided wins as the huge gulf between the Premiership and the Championship was exposed. Donemana professional Kamran Sajjid had the remarkable figures of 8-4-7-8 as St Johnston were bowled out for 39.

But it promises to be a clash of the titans next month at Strabane Park, who meet for the first time this season in the league clash at the Holm this Saturday.

Last year's beaten finalists Brigade host Fox Lodge in the other all-other Premiership clash on June 14.

League champions Coleraine are at home to Glendermott, who lost to The Hills in their rearranged first round Irish Cup game - the only one to be completed in the North West yesterday – while although Bready have to travel for their quarter final tie, they will be happy that it is to the other Championship side remaining, Creevedonnell.

There was no hint of an upset in Saturday's cup action with the Creevies' two wickets win over Burndennett the only game which threatened an exciting finish, but even they had 14 overs to spare when Andy Barr won the match with 87 not out.

Of the four scheduled Premiership matches yesterday, only one started, with Johnny Thompson's innings of 18 not out (three sixes) ended by the rain with Brigade on 72 for four from 25 overs against Strabane.

Quarter-final draw: Strabane v Donemana, Creevedonnell v Bready, Brigade v Fox Lodge, Coleraine v Glendermott. Games to be played on Saturday June 14.

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