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Doak shows that class never fades as Lisburn have winning feeling


By Ian Callender

Neil Doak rolled back the years with a man of the match performance for Lisburn as they eased into the second round of the AJG Challenge Cup yesterday with a six-wickets victory over Armagh at Wallace Park.

On the day Ireland were losing to New Zealand in Dublin, the former international finished the visitors' innings by taking the last two wickets and then when the Premier League side slumped to 69 for four, in pursuit of a modest victory target of 120, he scored 33 of the remaining runs, in partnership with David Simpson, to see his side home without further loss.

Doak, who was a Cup winner with Lisburn back in 1994, has more time to devote to cricket this year after being relieved of his coaching post with Ulster Rugby and the club are already benefiting in an impressive start to the season.

They are also through to the second round of the Irish Cup after a seven-wickets victory over Eglinton on Saturday.

Strabane, meanwhile, took victory in the rain-interrupted first round Bank Of Ireland Senior Cup game against Burndennett by 40 runs and in the Long's SuperValu Premiership, Decker Curry hit 71 for Ardmore but he finished on the losing side at Donemana.

AJG Challenge Cup

At Wallace Park, Lisburn beat Armagh by 6 wickets: Armagh 119 (32.3 overs, A Hoey 22, A Smyth 21 not out; R McConkey 3-29, D Simpson 3-34, N Doak 2-18) Lisburn 120-4 (30.5 overs, N Doak 33 not out, A Berry 31; A Whitcroft 2-28).

Bank of Ireland Senior Cup

At Burndennett, Strabane beat Burndennett by 40 runs (DLS): Strabane 234-4 (35 overs, M Sharma 101, A Glllespie 75, A McDermott 3-51) Burndennett 229 (32.2 overs, M Mooney 52, R McCay 37; M Snodgrass 3-71, T Barr 2-30, K Pretorius 2-37).

Long's SuperValu Premiership

At The Holm, Donemana beat Ardmore by 28 runs (DLS): Donemana 225 (32 overs, W McClintock 61 not out, D McGerrigle 41, A Riddles 31, A McBrine 27, I Butt 27, K Dougherty 23; G Neely 2-17, C Brolly 2-29, G Brolly 2-33, D Curry 2-62) Ardmore 162-8 (24 overs, D Curry 71; W McBrine 2-9, G McClintock 2-22, W McClintock 2-42).

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