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Senior Cup success satisfies Donemana's thirst for glory

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Donemana captain William McClintock saw his side reach the All-Ireland T20 final

Donemana captain William McClintock saw his side reach the All-Ireland T20 final

Donemana captain William McClintock saw his side reach the All-Ireland T20 final

Donemana will play CIYMS in the All-Ireland T20 Cup semi-final next Saturday - but put your house on a victory for the NCU T20 cup holders.

The only thing that matters in the cricket-mad North West village is that the Senior Cup is back home.

A 14 runs win over Brigade, in the holders' back yard, sealed Donemana's 23rd success in their favourite competition - only Sion Mills have won more - and, although they will again represent the North West in the All-Ireland tournament, it will be treated as a day out by the new Senior Cup winners.

"It will be a bit of crack next Saturday, it won't matter too much," said William McClintock after lifting the cup in his first year as captain. "We played CI at Belmont last year and lost but the only thing that matters is the Senior Cup is back home."

It was two of the unsung heroes who helped Donemana to their latest success, indeed McClintock admitted he was thinking of moving Dean Mehaffey down the order.

"He has been struggling but I backed the players and decided there was no point changing it for one game, and he came good on Saturday", said the captain after Mehaffey finished top scorer with 45 and followed up with two early wickets to win the man of the match award.

At half-time, McClintock was "over the moon" with a total of 133 but in the hectic closing stages, it still needed William McBrine to take two scalps to ensure Donemana stayed in control.

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"William hasn't been bowling well this season but the 18th over was the best he has bowled all year," added McClintock

"Again, I backed him and he didn't let me down."

Scores: Donemana 133-6 (D Mehaffey 45, W McClintock 25; R Allen 4-15) Brigade 119-9 (D Barr 60 not out; D Mehaffey 2-16, W McBrine 2-18, A McBrine 2-24). Donemana won by 14 runs.


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