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Last Men Standing.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Last Men Standing. thumbnailThomas Riddles at the bat for Donemana in the first round of the Irish Senior Cup against Merrion.

STRABANE emerged as the only team from the North West to make it past the first found of the Irish Senior Cup after a pulsating day of action across the country.

Of the eight sides in the NW Premiership sides, only the Red Caps triumphed after making the long journey to the Mardyke to take on Cork County and winning by 4 runs, thus remaining the 'last men standing' in the region a single round of matches.

Rhys Logue held the top order together as he made 40 after the Park team had opted to bat first, but was Peter Gillespie took the top honours for the visitors, the former Ireland International hitting 8 fours and a six on his way to 82, with good support coming from Ryan Gallagher who made 31.

Aaron Gillespie's 18 was next best while debutant Rachit Gaur chipped in with 17 down the order as the Tyrone side posted 222 for 8 from their 50 overs. M Bauer (4-44) and D Carey (2-42) were best with the ball for the Leesiders who then had several chances to claim something of a surprise win.

Ross Durity and Cormac Hassett got he ball rolling with a first wicket stand worth 54 before Rob Duggan joined Durity in a partnership worth 64. Strangely, the top three were allrun out and that, coupled with a good spell from Gallagher (4-31) let Strabane back in.

Tommy Barr's side looked to have matters well in hand with the last pair at the wicket needing more than 40 to win but Cork very nearly pulled it off - Meads with an unbeaten 28- before Aaron Gillespie wrapped it up with the visitors just 4 runs ahead.

The game of the day took place at The Holm between two of the tournaments most
established names, Donemana and Merrion.

And it was to be the visiting Dublin side who would dramatically prevail by just a single run.

Dom Joyce and Jack Carty both made 72 as they shared a relatively untroubled opening stand of 144 in 28 overs. Joyce hit 8 fours and a six, while Carty struck 7 boundaries and cleared the ropes three times.

Graham Boyd (3-44) and Willie McBrine (1-43) applied the brakes, and pegged the Angelsea Road side back to 188 for 4.

John Anderson and Patrick Tice (32) were initially watchful before sparking into action. Anderson struck 6 sixes and 4 fours in his 78, with 28 coming off one expensive Cooray over.

The pair added 87 as the Dubliners closed on 295-7 from their 50 overs- a good, but not unbeatable score at the Tyrone village.

Donemana were in early trouble in their reply as Poonish Mehta and Tyrone Kane combined to reduce the hosts to 35-3.

Malith Cooray's 32 steadied things a little but Donemana needed more and they got it in a superb partnership between Andy McBrine and Gary McClintock. This pair took on all comers and they looked to have the double-winners coasting at 250-4; needing just 46 more to win.

McBrine made 90 and McClintock 85, but just as they seemed to be about to post a straightforward win, Kane (3-30) and Mehta (3-45) intervened.

Donemana lost their discipline with the bat when all they needed was to push the ball around and they were given an additional boost when despite countless reminders from the umpires, the visitors were hit with 6-penalty runs at the end of the penultimate over for a slow rate.

Instead of needing 12 off Kane's last they now needed 6 and with the Irish International on the money throughout, it came down to Andrew Riddles needing one to tie and 2 to win off the final delivery, however the bowler found a screamer of a yorker to send the visitors into wild celebration.

At The Mardyke, Strabane beat Cork County by 4 runs
Strabane
G Gillespie c Hassett b Bauer...0
R Logue c Meads b Carey...40
A Gillespie c Durity b Meads...18
C Peiris c Cawley b Carey...9
R Gallagher c Hassett b Bauer...31
P Gillespie b Bauer...82
K Purewal Singh c Durity b Benton...5
R Gaur c Benton b Bauer...16
C Graham not out...1
T Harpur not out...1
Extras...19
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs)...222
Fall: 1-5 2-35 3-65 4-78 5-141 6-158 7-220 8-220
A Wootton 9-5-18-0; M Bauer 10-2-44-4;
S Meads 10-0-67-1; D Carey 10-1-42-2; J
Benton 10-0-39-1; R Duggan 1-0-6-0

Cork County
R Durity run out...51
C Hassett run out...28
R Duggan run out...26
M Bauer lbw Gallagher...0
J Benton st G Gillespie b Gallagher...4
A Cawley b K Purewal Singh...3
A O'Reilly c G Gillespie b Logue...7
K Bray lbw Gallagher...19
D Carey lbw Gallagher...5
S Meads not out...28
A Wootton c Rouse b Gillespie...4
Extras...43
Total (all out, 49.4 overs)...218
Fall: 1-54 2-118 3-124 4-133 5-133 6-147 7-153 8-170 9-182 10-218
R Gaur 4-0-33-0; C Pereis 9-1-34-0; A
Gillespie 6.4-0-40-1; R Gallagher
10-2-31-4; K Purewal Singh 10-1-24-1; R Logue 10-0-44-1

At The Holm, Merrion beat Donemana by 1 run
Merrion
D Joyce c Dougherty b Boyd...72
J Carty c Dougherty b W McBrine...72
J Anderson c Dougherty b W
McClintock...78
T Kane c Cooray b Boyd...9
P Mehts c W McClintock b Boyd...0
P Tice run out...32
M Lewis not out...3
D Langford-Smith c Dougherty b G
McClintock...0
N Shankar not out...1
Extras...27
Total (7 wkts, 50 overs)...295
Fall: 1-144 2-170 3-184 4-188 5-275 6-280 7-291
M Cooray 8-1-60-0, W McClintock
6-1-23-1, A McBrine 9-0-57-0, G
McClintock 7-0-48-1, W McBrine
10-0-43-1, G Boyd 10-1-44-3
Donemana
T Riddles c Carty b Mehta...12
G Boyd c Lewis b Kane...0
M Cooray lbw Stanton...32
W McClintock c&b Langford-Smith...4
A McBrine c Shankar b Carty...90
G McClintock c Joyce b Mehta...85
A Riddles b Kane...17
RL Dougherty c Lewis b Mehta...4
D McGerrigle b Kane...4
K Dougherty b Carty...2
W McBrine not out...2
Extras...42 (inc 6 penalty runs)
Total (all out, 50 overs)...294
Fall: 1-6 2-17 3-35 4-85 5-250 6-258 7-268 7-279 8-284 9-284 10-294
P Mehta 10-0-45-3; T Kane 10-3-30-3; D
Langford-Smith 7-0-61-1; J Carty
10-0-37-2; S Stanton 7-0-46-1; J Anderson 5-0-41-0; JJ Walsh 1-0-14-0

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