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Donemana eye league summit after back to back victories

 

By Ian Callender

Donemana moved within eight points of the top of the Long's SuperValu Premiership table after back to back wins against Eglinton and Bready.

The champions still have a game in hand on leaders Coleraine but although they have not collected as many bonus points, they are the only team with a 100% league record.

At halfway in yesterday's game at The Holm, that winning sequence was in doubt as they were bowled out inside 30 overs for 150 - and that included 79 from William McBrine.

David Rankin hurried the innings to its conclusion with four wickets for three runs in 2.5 overs - the last six falling for eight runs - and the Ireland international and Andrew Austin then put on 57 for the first wicket to put Bready in firm control.

Enter Junior McBrine to dismiss Rankin for 35 and two overs later, Bready had collapsed themselves to 61 for four. Donemana were not going to let them recover and dismissed them for 109, to give them another 22 points and McBrine finishing with 5-20. He remains a class act at the age of 53.

The Donemana bowlers won the game on Saturday as well, dismissing Eglinton for just 51, a total which included 13 extras and a top individual score of 10.

Coleraine made it eight wins out of nine with a 42 runs victory over Ardmore, Scott Campbell (78 not out) batting through the Bannsiders' innings which was cut short by rain in the 45th over and, in the other game, Brigade dismissed Fox Lodge for 100 with Johnny Thompson ripping through the middle order to finish with five for 21.

He then completed the perfect all-round performance, hitting 40 not out in an unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 89 with David Barr (50 not out).

Yesterday's Premiership scores

The Holm: Donemana 150 (29.5 overs, W McBrine 79, A Riddles 33; D Rankin 4-3, R Barr 4-34, C Olphert 2-27) Bready 109 (D Rankin 35, A Austin 29; Jun McBrine 5-20, W McBrine 2-16, A McBrine 2-44). Donemana won by 41 runs.

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