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Junior steps in for son to guide Donemana to title


By Ian Callender

Ireland international Andy McBrine was in London with the Ireland squad when he heard that Donemana had won the Long's SuperValu Premiership title for the first time since 2012.

He was forced to give up his chance of playing in the title decider at Ardmore on Saturday, but his winner's medal will be waiting for him when he returns from next week's one-day internationals in South Africa.

His absence allowed McBrine's father (called Junior!) to play in his 16th championship winning side - the day after his 53rd birthday - and it was no surprise that he played a major part in the four-wicket victory.

After Dwayne McGerrigle and William McClintock had reduced Ardmore to 65 for four, including the huge wicket of Decker Curry for just four, Junior came on and took a wicket with his fifth ball and by the time he had completed his seventh he had added two more wickets for just 10 runs and the home side were out for 90.

Game over? Not quite. Sixteen balls into the Donemana innings, the would-be champions were six for four with another Donemana old boy, Gary Neely, hitting the stumps with his successive balls and running out Gary McClintock from his hat-trick delivery.

It was the cool, young head of Kyle Dougherty - the game's top scorer with 27 - and former captain Andrew Riddles who righted the ship and big-hitting Dwayne McGerrigle and McBrine, of course, who took Donemana home in the 33rd over.

At the other end of the table, Drummond preserved their top flight status with a 20-run victory in the promotion/relegation play-off against Newbuildings.

Meanwhile, Warwickshire won the Royal London Cup final on Saturday, beating Surrey by eight wickets but Ireland captain William Porterfield, who was allowed to delay his departure to South Africa by 24 hours, did not make the starting line-up.

The All-Ireland Under 15 final between Derriaghy and Rush was rained off after just four overs and it has been rearranged to be played in Rush next Sunday.

Long's Supervalu Premiership at Bleachgreen: Donemana beat Ardmore by 4 wickets

Ardmore 90 (29 overs, R Brolly 19; Jnr McBrine 3-10, D McGerrigle 3-16, J McGonigle 2-9, W McClintock 2-9, W McClintock 2-133) Donemana 91-6 (32.2 overs, K Dougherty 27, D McGerrigle 25 not out; G Neely 3-11, D Curry 2-33).

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