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O'Brien signs in for Senior Cup with Ardmore

Niall O'Brien
Niall O'Brien

By Ian Callender

Ireland wicket-keeper/batsman Niall O'Brien will make his club debut in the North West next Sunday for Ardmore.

Brigade had initially signed the player but Ardmore came in with a late offer and he will now be playing next weekend in the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup quarter-final, AGAINST Brigade.

O'Brien plays for North West Warriors in the inter-provincial Championship and Cup, but has never played club cricket in the area.

Ironically, Brigade and Ardmore meet in a double header next weekend, first in the the Long's SuperValu Premiership at Beechgrove on Saturday and Brigade were desperate to have him on board as wicket-keeper Gareth McKeegan is on holiday.

O'Brien will play for his club in England on Saturday before flying in on Sunday, ahead of the Warriors games against Leinster Lightning next week, a 50-over clash at Eglinton and the first-class fixture at Bready.

Newbuildings are the first team through to the Senior Cup semi-finals with a 69 runs victory over Ballyspallen yesterday.

Marty Mehaffey, batting at No 7, finished 73 not out, with seven fours and five sixes to take the winners to 279-9.

The remaining quarter-finals will be played next Sunday.

Brigade, meanwhile, crashed to a second successive defeat on Saturday, in the Premiership.

Fox Lodge started the day at the bottom of the table but with Jason Milligan leading the way with 93, they amassed 279-6 and, even more impressively, then bowled out Brigade for 133, in the 30th over with Adam Walker taking four wickets.

They have been replaced as the basement team by Donemana, the league and cup double winners for the last two seasons, who have now lost three of their first four games.

Coleraine were the latest team to get the better of the champions, scoring 247-9 at The Holm with Rishi Chopra top scoring with 90. The slow bowling all-rounder then followed up with 3-34 as Donemana were bowled out for 190 in the 43rd over, with William McClintock the only batsman to reach 50.

After a slip-up last week at Ardmore, league leaders Bready got back on track with a six wickets victory over Strabane and Ardmore moved into the top half of the table with a three wickets win over Eglinton.


Bridge Park: Newbuildings 279-9 (50 overs; M Mehaffey 73*, M Hannah 68, S Wallace 57, G Kennedy 3-66, M Averill 2-54) Ballyspallen 210 (41 overs; S Kennedy 52, D McCallum 40, C Averill 23, D Mehaffey 3-49, J Dunn 2-37, T Thompson 2-53) .

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