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Coleraine continue tradition of title success

Coleraine have started the season the way they finished the last, by winning the first trophy, the North West Premiership champions beating Donemana at Bready by 36 runs to lift the Sam McConnell Memorial Cup.

The annual Faughan Valley Charity Shield, renamed in memory of the Derry Midweek League chairman who died in March, proved a straightforward assignment for last year's team of the year with Jarred Barnes, promoted to No 6, hitting 40 off 28 balls, with three fours and two sixes, to propel Coleraine to 151 for eight.

Barnes then broke the Donemana opening stand and although skipper Richard Kee and Gary McClintock put on 57 for the fourth wicket, they could not accelerate and four wickets in the last two overs confirmed a convincing win for the Bannsiders.

Earlier, Ardmore had won the first final of the day, beating Newbuildings by eight wickets with two overs to spare.

In the NCU, last year's joint champions, Waringstown and Instonians, find themselves respectively top and bottom of the Premier League after two games.

Waringstown were 17 runs ahead on Duckworth/Lewis when the umpires stopped their game against North Down 12 overs early for bad light but the Instonians game was long finished, the home side beaten by nine wickets.

CIYMS openers Chris Dougherty and new professional Rassie van der Dussen put on 182 of the 199 required for victory which was achieved with 12 overs to spare, the South African winning the match with a four when he needed a six to bring up his century.

Making it a three-way tie at the top are Civil Service North, who eased past Muckamore by 38 runs while the other winners were Lisburn, against a vastly under-strength Ballymena .

Belfast Telegraph