Back to back doubles for Donemana

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Back to back doubles for Donemana thumbnailNorth West Cricket Union Championship 2017 winners Strabane. RC3705MD

DONEMANA became the Long's SuperValu Premier Division champions and clinched back-to-back league and cup doubles for the second time in the club's history.
A final-day win at Ballymagorry ensured the Holm men would get their hands back on the trophy, though the day was largely spent waiting for the weather to give way and for formalities to begin.
Their game was reduced to the minimum 10 overs, and Ricky-Lee Dougherty's men won a crucial toss and opted to bowl first in the the wet conditions.
Hosts Fox Lodge were without Jason Milligan and Cebo Tshiki, who had already departed for South Africa. Donemana looked to be oncourse for the win early on when Andrew Riddles caught Foxies skipper Brian Allen on the boundary on the second ball of the innings
Andrew McGinnis (14) and Allan Patterson (12) offered some respite, but Donemana were not going to be denied, and three run-outs resulted in a final total of 46-7, with the reigning champions well in charge.
Donemana routinely went about the chase with Dwayne McGerrigle relieving the pressure with a 21-ball unbeaten 34 after the Fox Lodge bowlers gave a good account of themselves early on. McGerrigle registered three sixes and a four in his knock, the last of those maximums the blow that ensured that the league trophy would stay at the Holm
At the bottom of the table it's still all to play for between Fox Lodge and Ardmore who scheduled to play each other on Sunday to see which of them takes on Ballyspallen at Beechgrove in the play-off.
There was no play in either of the scheduled Championship games although the title trophy was handed over to Strabane at the Park following the abandonment of their final game of the season against Burndennett.


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