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Faughan Valley Cup final is washed out for the fourth year in a row

By Ian Callender

For the fourth year in a row, not a ball was bowled in the Faughan Valley Cup final, although they will still have second attempt to play the match.

The North West's Twenty20 showpiece, between Brigade and Eglinton, was washed out after Beechgrove was hit by two downpours in quick succession, an hour before the scheduled 4pm start. Remarkably, an 18-over game was due to begin at 4.45pm but, just before the toss, the rain returned and, this time, didn't stop.

The first game of the day, for the Eric Cooke Plate, was played with Ballyspallen beating Killyclooney by seven wickets with three balls to spare, although the last over was played in heavy rain and the cup presentation by Eric's widow, Valerie, was made indoors.

The rain also reached Donemana yesterday where the one scheduled Premiership game, between Donemana and Ardmore was also abandoned.

It was particularly disappointing for Ardmore who, for the second time in a week missed out on the chance to go top of the Premiership. Instead they have a second no result - and now only five games remaining.

Victory over Eglinton on Saturday, by 39 runs, ensured they stayed joint leaders with Decker Curry again leading the way with the bat, the 49-year-old hitting 87 out of his side's 185 for six.

Defending champions Coleraine are the other joint leaders - and they now have two games in hand over Ardmore after a comfortable 50 runs win over Drummond.

A top score of 31, by Tim Chopra, was all that was needed as the Bannsiders posted 182 for eight because only Oraine Williams held up the home side' s bowling attack, scoring 80 of the reply; only two other players reached double figures.

Coleraine are back in action tonight, starting a 40 overs game against Brigade who had a facile win against Strabane who are bottom of the table and, on this evidence, it is difficult to see how they are going to get off it

They batted 47 overs before being bowled out for 94 and Brigade knocked off the runs in 15 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

Bready stunned Donemana in the other game, dismissing the Senior Cup finalists for 142 - a remarkable innings where five players reached 20 but the top score was 24 - and winning by seven wickets in only the 29th over.

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