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McMillan snuffs out Donemana

Donemana's bid for a hat-trick of Irish Cup finals ended at the first hurdle as CIYMS continued their 100% start to the season.

The Belmont side won by eight wickets with Barry Cooper and Craig McMillan just missing out on centuries as they reached their target of 213 with almost 13 overs to spare. McMillan, the new overseas professional, was leg before for 91 and captain Cooper finished 94 not out. Between them they hit no fewer than 26 boundaries, with the former New Zealand international winning the battle of the sixes (4-2) but Cooper beating him 13-7 in fours.

It was tough enough at the start but, as is Donemana’s want, when the opposition start to dominate the fielding deteriorates and the second wicket stand of 145 was unnecessarily prolonged by a couple of dropped catches, the easiest when McMillan was only on 48. After that the Kiwis did much as they liked until young Andy McBrine forced Derek Heasley to come to the middle to finish the job.

At Lisburn as David Cooke and Decker Curry were both dismissed in the 90s as Limavady closed on 288 for seven. Curry hit eight fours and five sixes in his 74-ball innings but was dropped three times, the first on just 17 off opposite number Greg Thompson. Cooke had 10 fours and two sixes in his 100-ball stay.

Lisburn put up spirited resistance but although three batsmen reached 37, none passed 40 and they duly fell 64 runs short.

Two more batsmen ran out of time to post three figures at Beechgrove as Instonians hammered Brigade by nine wickets.

Professional Davy Jacobs was 91 not out, and Rory McCann one run fewer when the joint NCU champions reached their target of 184 at the start of the 35th over.

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Jacobs was also the star with the ball, with figures of five for 37 as Brigade lost all 10 wickets for 95, bowled out inside 40 overs despite Niall McDonnell’s 86.

Civil Service North romped home against Cork County. Stephen Dyer hit 130 and Nigel Jones, delighted to be back home from Ireland’s trip, if only to get a bat, made 124 in a second wicket stand of 259.

Jones didn’t even bother bowling as Cork were dismissed for 113.


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