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Rankin named Player of Year but Donemana take night off

By Ian Callender

David Rankin walked away with the main award from the North West Annual Awards Dinner on a night notable for the absence of Donemana.

The Double winners reportedly boycotted the evening after being charged by the union for ­failing to control their players and spectators following the tied league game against Brigade in August.

Andrew Riddles was also found guilty of a Level 3 offence and Junior McBrine a Level 1.

Appeals have been lodged and they will be heard on Wednesday evening. Rankin may not have enjoyed his most successful year with the North West Warriors but his runs for Bready - 808 of them - ensured a comfortable mid-table placing for the Magheramason side and won him the Radio Foyle Player of the Year trophy. The brother of Ireland international paceman Boyd also took 19 wickets for his club.

The Bannigan Trophy for the Players' Player of the Year went to Brigade skipper Andy Britton for his 37 wickets and 200 plus runs

Guest speaker was Derry City manager Kenny Shiels who backed the idea of the various sporting bodies in the region working more closely together.

The other main award winners on the night were: Young Player of the Year: Aaron Gillespie; Club Person: Dermot Ward; Warriors Player: David Scanlon, Coach: Brian Allen; Jack Glenn Memorial Youth Player: Aidan Logue (Fox Lodge); Fair Play: James Thompson (Ballyspallen), Premiership Batting: Scott Campbell; Championship Batting: Aaron Gillespie; Bowling: Steven McCloskey. Hall of Fame: Scott Huey and Tommy Harpur.

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