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Cricket: Cup triumph worth wait for Donemana

After four days of waiting, there was finally a result in the North West Northern Bank Cup final as Donemana skipper Richard Kee lifted the Cup after his team’s five wicket victory over Brigade.

The match only got under way at 7.30pm and with Donemana needing just 64 runs to win with their openers at the crease it looked like an easy result for the Tyrone men.

Brigade bowler Johnny Thompson had other ideas though and with three runs added he had Kamran Sajid caught for 22.

Thompson then had skipper Richard Kee lbw for two in the 18th over and in his next over he had Ricky Lee Dougherty caught for 28. Two balls later he trapped Dwayne McGarrigle in front without scoring, as Donemana were in trouble at 57-5 in the 19th over, with Thompson having taken |4-32.

Junior McBrine and 14-year-old Gary McClintock then set about repairing the innings with very sensible cricket and after a further 16.5 overs they added 47 off 100 deliveries, with Junior and McClintock unbeaten on 23 and 16 respectively.

This win certainly made up for Donemana’s disappointment of losing out in the final last year to Bready and after a three year absence the Senior Cup will once again sit proudly at the Holm.

“I would like to praise Brigade for the way they made us fight , and especially Johnny Thompson who bowed superbly and gave us a fright,” commented Donemana skipper Kee. “I would also thank our great supporters who follow us week by week, and hope they enjoy this result.”

His counterpart Iftikar Hussain said: “I congratulate Donemana on their success once again and I would especially mention the Bready Ground staff who worked tirelessly over the four days to make sure the game was played.”

Belfast Telegraph