Donemana’s poor start continues as Bready make it two from two.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Donemana’s poor start continues as Bready make it two from two. thumbnail William McClintock bowling for Donemana against Eglinton.

DONEMANA'S poor start to the season continued with a 25 run defeat to Eglinton at The Holm.

Both sides had lost their respective Premier League openers but Stuart Thompson's superb knock helped the villagers on their way to victory.

A classy 128- hitting, 9 fours and 10 sixes, from the Irish international contributed to a shared a 138-run stand with new overseas man Mike Erlank that helped their side recover from a shaky 28-3 early on.

Erlank hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in his 67, while 21 from Andy Millar was the only other contribution as Eglinton closed on 269 all out.

William McBrine (4-35) was the pick of the home attack with William (2-20) and Gary McClintock (2-34) tidying up.

Rain re-adjusted the DLS total to 260 in 47 overs, and the hosts looked to be on their way to that target with 42-0 in reply before Thompson's side turned the game on its head.

Three wickets for Ross Allen (3-25) and a couple for Erlank (2-32) saw the home side lose their top five for the addition of just seven more runs. Tom Riddles (31) the best of it up to that point before a sixth wicket stand of 127 between William McClintock and Ricky-Lee Dougherty put the game back into the melting pot.

Dougherty added 45 while McClintock went on to make 102 (7 fours, 9 sixes), however once both were dismissed and Donemana couldn't close the gap any further, and it was Lee Ritchie who sealed Donemana's fate as he claimed 3-34 late on with Thompson deservedly finishing his day with the two remaining wickets and a stunning catch to get his team on the points board.

Davy Scanlon's Bready made it two from two as they dismissed the challenge of Fox Lodge on Saturday to post another 9-wicket winning margin.

The Magheramason side had the same to spare over Donemana on opening weekend, and they remain the only side in the division on maximum points.

Skipper Scanlon claimed a brace of early wickets to finish with figures of 3-3 from six overs.

Teenager Gregory McFaul (3-25) was also impressive at the other end.

Only Brian Allen (17) offered much in the way of resistance for the visitors, and no-one else got into doubles figures in a low total of 69 all out.

The league leaders needed 16 overs to knock off the required runs, with Kyle Hamilton making 39 not out and Irosh Samarasooriya 20 as they won easily.

Rain and hail showers put and end to Strabane's home game with Ardmore, with Gary Neely's mean reaching 197-7 after 38 overs before the downpour started.

On Sunday, the first round of matches in the North West's domestic T20 took place with two games scheduled at the Bleachgreen and two at Eglinton.

A few late cry-offs meant that Strabane weren't able to field a team in the first at Ardmore while in the afternoon game, Bready continued their fine run with a 5-wicket verdict over Gary Neely's side.

Ardmore made 125 as they batted first with Ciaran Curley top scoring on 36 and skipper Neely adding 27. The Davids-Scanlon (3-17) and Rankin (3-29) were best with the ball for the visitors.

Bready had a few problems passing the target despite the top order all getting among the runs.

Rankin made 41, Kyle Hamilton 32 and Irosh Samarasooriya 25 but Ardmore kept going- taking the game until 3 balls from the end before the Magheramason side closed out the win.

Down at Eglinton, Donemana gained a small measure of revenge for Saturday's defeat at the Holm as they recorded a last-ball win over Stuart Thompson's team.

A fine half century from Mike Erlank (1 four, 3 sixes) helped the hosts make a respectable 115-6; Adam McDaid chipping in with 21 while there were two wickets apiece for William McClintock and Malith Cooray.

Just as was the case 24-hours earlier the visitors' reply was dominated by McClintock (43) and Ricky-Lee Dougherty (20*) as they took it right down to the wire. Needing 2 to win from the final delivery of their 20 overs, Graham Boyd found the boundary rope to seal the 5-wicket victory.

Stuart Thompson's team fared much better in the second contest however- posting an 8-wicket win over an inexperienced Fox Lodge outfit.

The Foxies made 106-8 in their 20 overs with Adam Walker top scoring with 22 not out and Jamie McIntyre making 17. Josh Martin (4-23) and Mike Erlank (3-13) were best with the ball for the villagers who had little difficulty passing the target.

Erlank (27 not out) and Andy Millar (25) were best for them as Eglinton got the job done with 22 balls to spare.


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