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Cricket: Bannsiders feel wrath of Brigade once again

By Ian Callender

Brigade completed the perfect weekend last night with a Senior One League victory over Coleraine, the team they had defeated on Saturday to reach the semi final of the Northern Bank Senior Cup.

The Beechgrove side have also been given the draw everyone wanted, against Eglinton, while holders Donemana and Strabane will meet in the other semi-final at The Holm.

The margin of victory at Coleraine yesterday was 54 runs, not quite as emphatic as Saturday’s 247 runs when Brigade amassed 350 for two after Ifti Hussein (158 not out) and Niall McDonnell (116) put on 225 for the second wicket. Richard Wylie, with a more modest 49, was top scorer yesterday in Brigade’s 239.

Donemana refused to give up their hold on the cup with an against the odds victory against Limavady, who suffered their first defeat since the opening day of the season. The Roesiders were coasting home needing only 38 from eight overs with six wickets standing but Decker Curry and David Cooke (82) were dismissed in the space of a few balls and young Andy McBrine held his nerve to concede just five off the last over when Limavady needed 10.

Ardmore’s reprieve in the cup was short-lived as they were bowled out for 127 by Strabane who won by five wickets before halfway. With Ardmore missing Ger Brolly for the rest of the season — although he is appealing the decision of the disciplinary committee — after the umpires abandoned the recent league game against Burndennett and, on Saturday, Adrian Murphy, the game was as good as over once they were reduced to 35 for six.

The absence of Stephen Williamson and Lee Pollock after the same incident probably cost Burndennett their place in the last four, Eglinton getting home by four wickets, although eight dropped catches also played a major part.

Fox Lodge are the outright leaders in Senior One, mainly thanks to a stunning innings of 162 not out by Mark Mooney against Bready.

He hit 16 fours and 12 sixes as the Foxes totalled 329 for nine and yet victory was not a formality while Mark Olphert was at the wicket. He smashed seven fours and five sixes in 72 but Bready came up 50 runs short.

Northern Bank Senior Cup semi-final draw: Eglinton v Brigade, Donemana v Limavady. Games to be played on June 26 and 27.

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