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NWCU Senior Cup 2022
Final
Fox Lodge beat Newbuildings by 5 wickets
Eglinton, 6 August.
 Newbuildings 225/9 (50 overs; G McKeegan 58, J Thompson 41, Ryan Hunter 37, J Wilson 34, T McKeegan 23*; G Kumara 3-34, J Robinson 2-42)
 Fox Lodge 225/5 (47 overs; G Kumara 90*, B Allen 46, J Robinson 40*; J Wilson 2-22, Ross Hunter 2-52)
Fox Lodge, 2022 NW Senior Cup winners
Johnny Robinson and Geeth Kumara led Fox Lodge to a historic first Senior Cup success in front of a huge crowd that were treated to one of the best finals in living memory. Chasing 225, Kumara was the glue that held the Foxies together, after they had lost two early wickets in the chase. He shared a stand of 112 with Brian Allen (46), after the latter was given a reprieve early on, caught of a Thompson no-ball. Three wickets in two overs had the contest on a knife edge, but a nerveless Robinson thumped seven boundaries in his unbeaten 40 from just 24 balls, adding 74 with Kumara to seal the win. The Sri Lanka ended 90 not out (8 fours, 2 sixes), and with nine wickets in the match was unlucky to be pipped for the Man-of-the-Match award. Newbuildings looked on course for 260 as they reached 177 for 3, but lost Wilson and JT in quick succession, settling for 225.
Fox Lodge captain Aaron Heywood after his side won the final by 5 wickets
Newbuildings v Fox Lodge, Day 1
Eglinton, 5 August.
 Newbuildings 231/8 (50 overs; J Wilson 57, G McKeegan 48, Ryan Hunter 48, Ross Hunter 41*; G Kumara 6-28)
 Fox Lodge 232/9 (50 overs; J Robinson 84, B Allen 56; J Thompson 4-27, T McKeegan 3-54).
Geeth Kumara took 6 for 28
Just one run separate Fox Lodge and Newbuildings after a pulsating first day in front of a record crowd at Eglinton. Jared Wilson top-scored with 57 from 56 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes), adding 87 for the sixth wicket with Ross Hunter (41*), after Newbuildings had been in danger of squandering their strong start. Ryan Hunter and Gareth McKeegan both made 48 as they reached 101 for 1, but the introduction of Geeth Kumara transformed the game. He took 6 for 28 including all the major scalps to keep them to 231 for 8. Johnny Thompson took three early wickets, and when Geeth Kumara was bowled by Hunter, Fox Lodge were in real trouble. However, a counter-attacking 84 from Johnny Robinson swung the momentum back, as he added 60 for the sixth and seventh wickets with Brian Allen (56) and skipper Aaron Heywood (17). Allen was Thompson’s fourth wicket, courtesy of a brilliant catch by Gareth McKeegan, whose namesake Trent took three wickets, including Robinson. Fox Lodge however edged their noses in front to set up an intriguing second innings.
Semi-Finals
Newbuildings beat Bready by 3 wickets.
Foyleview Arena, 10 July.
 Bready 211 (48.5 overs; J Magee 60, C Olphert 35; T McKeegan 3-32, J Wilson 2-36, J Thompson 2-52)
 Newbuildings 213-7 (41.3 overs; Ryan Hunter 34, Ross Hunter 34*, J McCorkell 25*; I Samarasooriya 3-25, G McFaul 2-43)
The victorious Newbuildings side
Newbuildings beat Bready by three wickets in a tense battle played out in increasingly sweltering conditions, enjoyed by a crowd of over 500. Bready recovered from 128 for 7 to post 206, later boosted by a further five penalty runs for dissent. Jamie Magee top-scored with 60, while there were runs down the order from Conor Olphert (35) and skipper David Scanlon (23). Trent McKeegan picked up three wickets, while there was two apiece for Jared Wilson and Johnny Thompson. Any nerves early on in the chase were helped by Bready’s generosity with a spate of extras. When the 50 came up in the 5th over, 33 of them were extras! The biggest culprit was Irish international Conor Olphert who lost his radar in his second over, bowling 7 wides and a no-ball. He failed to complete the over, going off with what looked a thigh injury – Jamie Magee completing the 14-ball over. Sub fielder Ryan Clarke took a stunning catch running back at deep extra cover to break the opening stand of 64, and when Gareth McKeegan fell soon after, the decibel levels dropped considerably. When Irosh took three wickets in an excellent spell of 3 for 25, Bready were strong favourites at 155 for 7, especially with their ‘big guns’ back in the hutch. However the home side found new heroes in Ross Hunter (34*) and Jordan McCorkell (25*), who added an unbroken 58 in ten overs to clinch a memorable win.
Newbuildings captain Jared Wilson
Eglinton lost to Fox Lodge by 161 runs.
Eglinton, 10 July.
 Fox Lodge 290-6 (50 overs; G Kumara 108, T Nicholl 52, L Hayes 40, C Doherty 37; R Wylie 2-44, A Millar 2-61)
 Eglinton 129 (33.2 overs; M Erlank 70; A Heywood 5-19, G Kumara 2-29)
Geeth Kumara and Aaron Heywood were the outstanding performers for Fox Lodge
The Foxies dominated Eglinton from the off as they recorded an emphatic 161-run win, highlighted by a century from debutant Geeth Kumara and five wickets for skipper Aaron Heywood. Batting first, TJ Nicholl hit a rapid 52 from 49 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) laying a foundation with Jason Milligan (21) and Luke Hayes (40). That allowed the Sri Lankan professional to bat fearlessly, as he plundered 7 sixes and 4 fours in his 108 from only 82 deliveries as Fox Lodge posted 290 for 6. He added 82 for the fifth wicket with Craig Doherty (37) and 52 in four overs with Johnny Robinson. The Eglinton chase in truth never got going, with only Mike Erlank making any serious impression, hitting 4 fours and sixes in his even time 70. There was little support though with the villagers all out for 129 – five wickets for off-spinner Aaron Heywood and two for Kumara to complete a memorable day for him and his side.
Fox Lodge captain Aaron Heywood
Round 2
Burndennett lost to Bready by 260 runs.
Burndennett, 18 June.
Bready 309/9 (50 overs; I Samarasooriya 89, D Rankin 63, J Magee 54, S Macbeth 33, J McKillop 31; M Piedt 3/48, M Snodgrass 3/55, E McGettigan 2/71)
Burndennett 49 (15.1 overs; S Macbeth 4/4, C Olphert 3/14)
Burndennett's hopes of a giant-killing were given a severe reality check as league champions Bready mercilessly demolished them in the Tyrone derby. There was early joy for the home support as Gavin Roulston went early, but thereafter it was all Bready as they put on four consecutive 50+ partnerships as they racked up 309 for 9. Overseas player Irosh Samarasooriya hit 8 sixes and 5 fours as he made 89 from 58 balls, building on the platform laid by half centuries from David Rankin (63) and Jamie Magee (54). There were also 30's from teenagers James McKillop and Scott Macbeth in a very impressive display, despite three wickets apiece for Marcello Piedt and Mark Snodgrass. Conor Olphert (3-14) celebrated his call-up to the Irish senior squad by removing the top order including overseas professional Piedt, and no batsman managed double figures as they were bundled out for just 49. Scott Macbeth completed a fine all-round day by taking four wickets for four runs. On this form Bready will be favourites to lift the trophy for the first time since 2011.
Eglinton beat St Johnston by 9 wickets.
Eglinton, 18 June.
St Johnston 170 (49.3 overs; I Macbeth 44, N Cole 35, M Rankin 23, D Lapsley 20; M Erlank 5-18, L Ritchie 3-7)
Eglinton 175/1 (32.3 overs; M Erlank 79*, T Orr 68*)
Mike Erlank of Eglinton took 5 for 18
South African professional Mike Erlank's arrival may have been delayed until this week, but the all-rounder showed the home faithful just what they have been missing as he turned in a Man-of-the-Match display as they recorded a comfortable 9-wicket win at home to St Johnston. Erlank (5-18) and Lee Ritchie (3-7) combined to leave St Johnston reeling at 82 for 8, and it took a determined rearguard from veteran Ian Macbeth (44) and Nathan Cole (35) as the last two wickets more than doubled the score as the Saints made 170. Andy Millar fell cheaply in the reply, but Erlank and the ever-consistent Tommy Orr soon ended any home nerves with a match winning second innings partnership. The pair added an unbroken 147 in 27 overs with both players making half centuries. Erlank hit 10 fours and a six in his unbeaten 79 from 83 balls, while Orr's 68 not out included 5 fours and 2 sixes as they passed their modest target in the 33rd over.
Fox Lodge beat Donemana by 2 wickets.
Ballymagorry, 18 June.
Donemana 259/7 (50 overs; W McClintock 97, D Mehaffey 46, G McClintock 34; G Heywood 2/32, J Milligan 2/60)
Fox Lodge 261/8 (47.4 overs; M Marais 129, J Milligan 58; G Neely 3/24, S Huey 2/33, W McBrine 2/56)
Marco Marais
Marco Marais scored a brilliant 129 as Fox Lodge stunned favourites Donemana to reach only their second ever Senior Cup semi-final. The South African - playing what could be his last game for the Foxies - made light of an ongoing back injury to lead them to a two wickets win. Chasing 260, Marais hit 10 sixes and 7 fours in his Man-of-the-Match display, adding 158 in 164 balls for the second wicket with Jason Milligan, who made 58. It looked as if it would be straightforward as they reached 235 for 3, but a late wobble saw them needing 5 runs with the ninth pair at the crease. However, skipper Aaron Heywood hit the winning boundary amidst the tension, sparking great scenes among the large crowd. Earlier, Donemana captain William McClintock bludgeoned 11 sixes in his 97 from just 57 balls, as he and twin brother Gary (34) added 96 for the 5th wicket. Dean Mehaffey made a patient 46 at the top of the order, as he and Gary laid a platform for the late onslaught which took them up to 259 for 7. It wasn't enough though as Donemana came out the wrong side of the thriller for the second week in a row.
Newbuildings beat Ballyspallen by 35 runs.
Foyleview Arena, 5 June.
Newbuildings 322-7 (50 overs; R Hunter 155, G McKeegan 60; Stu Kennedy 3-61, Ste Kennedy 2-46)
Ballyspallen 287 (45 overs; D Perera 149, Stu Kennedy 26, J Thompson 25; J Wilson 5-55, J McCorkell 2-39, R Dougherty 2-63)
Ryan Hunter and Jared Wilson - stars of Newbuildings' victory (Photo: Newbuildings CC)
Ryan Hunter scored his third consecutive century of a superb season to help Newbuildings into the semi-finals of the Senior Cup as they beat Ballyspallen by 35 runs. Hunter hit 19 fours and 4 sixes in a brilliant 155 from 140 balls, before being dismissed off the penultimate ball of the innings as the home side racked up 322 for 7. The former Ireland U19 international shared a second wicket stand of 104 with Gareth McKeegan, who hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in his 60 from 49 balls. He also added 75 for the 6th wicket with Joran McCorkell (26) at a sundrenched Foyleview Arena. The chase saw Ballyspallen lose early wickets and at 60 for 4, the home side could have been forgiven the result was a mere formality. However, Sri Lankan professional Demith Perera had other ideas, hitting 23 fours and 5 sixes in a whirlwind 149 from just 91 deliveries, adding 135 in 16 overs with James Thompson (26). His dismissal by Ross Dougherty (2-63) brought sighs of relief all around, and despite some lusty blows from Jacob Logan-Wilson (36) and Stuart Kennedy (26), Newbuildings prevailed by 35 runs. Home skipper Jared Wilson took five wickets, while there was also two for Jordan McCorkell. Newbuildings will have to wait two weeks to see who will be joining them in the last four - this game brought forward due to Ballyspallen's National Cup trip to County Kerry.
Round 1
Eglinton walkover v The Nedd.
Bonds Glen lost to Newbuildings by 62 runs.
Bonds Glen, 14 May.
Newbuildings 301-9 (50.0 overs, Ryan Hunter 70, J Thompson 60, R Dougherty 49, D Cooke 3-48, D Robinson 2-31, M Barr 2-36)
Bonds Glen 239 (45.4 overs, H Roberts 61, D Cooke 52, J Haslett 38*, J Thomspon 3-25, Ross Hunter 3-62)
Highest scoring game of the day was at Bonds Glen, where visitors Newbuildings ran up 301 for 9. There were half centuries for Ryan Hunter, who top scored with 70 from 67 balls (7 fours, 3 sixes) and Johnny Thompson, who hit 4 sixes and 4 fours in his 60 from 65 deliveries, Ross Dougherty made 49, while Ross Hunter (39) and Jason Dunn (36) shared an 8th wicket stand of 72 to pile on the agony. Bonds Glen made a fist of the chase with half centuries for Heinrich Roberts (60) and David Cooke (52), who added 86 in 89 balls for the fourth wicket. There was always too much to do though, as three wickets for JT and Ross Hunter saw them dismissed for 239 - Johnny Haslett hitting 38 not out.
Coleraine lost to Ballyspallen by 38 runs.
Sandel Lodge, 14 May.
Ballyspallen 180-7 (50.0 overs, D Perera 75, Ste Kennedy 31, S Hutchinson 3-19, G Burns 2-30)
Coleraine 142 (28.3 overs, R Karunaratne 75, D Perera 5-45, Ste Kennedy 3-24, J Thompson 2-34)
It was a battle of the Sri Lankan professionals at Sandel Lodge with Damith Perera of Ballyspallen out-battling Coleraine's Ravindra Karunaratne. Perera hit 5 sixes and 4 fours in his 75, sharing a 4th wicket stand of 76 in 16 overs with Luke Gilfillan (21). Stephen Kennedy (31) and James Thompson (23) chipped in vital runs as 'Spallen made 180 for 7 - Stephen Hutchinson (3-19) best with the ball for the Bannsiders. Karunaratne then looked to be taking Coleraine to the win as he clubbed 8 fours and 4 sixes in his 75 from just 58 balls. However he was dismissed by Perera from the last ball of the 20th over, which sparked a dramatic collapse. Coleraine lost seven wickets for 15 runs going from 127 for 3 to 142 all out - Perera (5-45)taking five wickets, well supported by Stephen Kennedy (3-24) and James Thompson (2-34) in the 38-run win.
Strabane lost to Donemana by 6 wickets.
Strabane Park, 14 May.
Strabane 119 (48.5 overs, W McBrine 4-30, D Mehaffey 2-12)
Donemana 123-4 (22.3 overs, G McClintock 35, W McClintock 34*, E Ahmed 3-30)
2020 cup winners Donemana will be the new favourites after they beat Strabane by six wickets in the Tyrone derby. Four wickets for Willie McBrine saw the Red Caps dismissed for 119 - Ryan Gallagher top scoring with 42. Donemana were never in trouble as they chased down their modest target, despite the best efforts of Ehtesham Ahmed (3-30). Gary McClintock top scored with 35, while skipper William was clearly in a hurry to watch the FA Cup final hitting four sixes in his unbeaten 34.
Killyclooney lost to Fox Lodge by 9 wickets.
Killyclooney, 14 May.
Killyclooney 248 (46.1 overs, A Colhoun 104, R McMorris 45, A Walker 3-19, A Doherty 3-34)
Fox Lodge 249-1 (38.0 overs, M Marais 138*, J Milligan 67*)
Fox Lodge's strong start to the season continued as they made light of a 249 run target to beat Killyclooney by 9 wickets. TJ Nicholl (11) went early in the chase, but an unbroken second wicket stand of 225 in 32.3 overs between Marco Marais and Jason Milligan saw them romp home. Marais hit an incredible 17 sixes as well as 4 fours in his unbeaten 138 from 104 balls, with Milligan proving the perfect foil, hitting 8 fours and a six in his 67 not out. Earlier, Killyclooney had recovered from 65 for 6 to make 248, thanks to a seventh wicket stand of 151 in 122 balls between Alan Colhoun and Richard McMorris. Colhoun cleared the ropes 12 times is his 104 from 72 deliveries, also hitting three fours, while McMorris thumped 6 sixes in his 45.
Burndennett beat Ardmore by 11 runs.
Burndennett, 14 May.
Burndennett 154 (30.1 overs, M Piedt 48, E McGettigan 37, M Mehaffey 28, Dharm Singh 5-43, H Zimmermann 4-29)
Ardmore 143 (36.0 overs, H Zimmermann 43, M Pollock 4-26, M Snodgrass 3-41, M Piedt 2-28)
The hosts eased to 78 without loss as Eddie McGettigan (37) and skipper Martin Mehaffey (28) laid a solid platform. However Harry Zimmermann (4-29) and Dharm Singh (5-45) intervened as they lost five wickets for just 10 runs. It took a hard hit 48 on debut from South African professional Marcello Piedt (5 fours, 3 sixes) to get them up to 154. Piedt and Mark Snodgrass then reduced Ardmore to 28 for 5, and despite 43 from Zimmermann and 22 from Ciaran Curley, the Bleachgreen side were dismissed for 143 - four wickets for Mark Pollock (4-26).
Brigade lost to St Johnston by 68 runs.
Beechgrove, 14 May.
St Johnston 198-9 (50.0 overs, I Macbeth 71*, J Macbeth 34, D Anthony 25, N Gray 4-27, D Barr 2-26)
Brigade 130 (34.4 overs, G McCarter 28, D Anthony 4-23, I Macbeth 3-24, N Cole 2-14)
McCarter is trapped in front by Anthony
St Johnston captain David Lapsley speaking after the match
Bready beat Glendermott by 8 wickets.
Magheramason, 14 May.
Glendermott 97 (28.5 overs, N Maguire 36, G McFaul 3-12, D Scanlon 3-15, C Olphert 3-23)
Bready 98-2 (17.4 overs, D Rankin 36)
Bready were the first winners of the day as they dismissed Glendermott for just 97, with the Rectory's Jamal Anwat making a duck on debut. He was one of three wickers for Conor Olphert, with skipper David Scanlon and Gregory McFaul also taking three scalps. David Rankin's 36 helped the Magheramason side to an eight wicket win in the 18th over.
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