NEWBUILDINGS FLY THE FLAG WITH STUNNING NATIONAL CUP PERFORMANCE

It turned out to be another uneventful Saturday in the Log's SuperValu Championship with just one game played to completion as rain claimed the honours once again.

Bonds Glen made a start at home to Killyclooney with the home side reaching 90 for 8 in the 30th over before the elements intervened- Lee Britton making a half century for the Bee Gees while Richard McMorris claimed four wickets and Mark Gordon two for ‘Clooney.

Burndennett however enjoyed better fortune as they recorded a very welcome home win over Ballyspallen.

Eddie McGettigan hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in his 57 as Burndennett batted first, while Mark Doherty (34), Mark Roulston (27), Gerard McAuley (24) and Stephen McCay (21) all chipped in to a total of 201 for 9 in an innings reduced to 43 overs by the weather.

Stephen McCloskey (3-28), Ivan Hill-Nicholl (3-34) and Graham Kennedy (2-27) fared best with the ball for the visitors who were then found wanting just a touch in reply.

Overseas man Tyrone Webster's 37 and 34 from Ian Crown were the best of ‘Spallen's batting with Hill-Nicholl adding 23 to a final total of 154 all out.

Roulston and McGettigan shared 6 wickets for the winners with Doherty picking up a couple in a 47-run verdict that moves Burndennett 5 points clear of the bottom.

Elsewhere, St Johnston's game at home to Fox Lodge was washed out while Newbuildings had been given the day off as they travelled 350 miles south to take on County Kerry in Sunday's National Cup quarter-final.

And what a trip it turned out to be as Dale Culbert's men routed the southerners by a huge 208 runs, courtesy of a fantastic first wicket stand from Mark Hanna and Dean Mehaffey. The pair put on a superb 246 in all- Hanna with 117 and Mehaffey with 115 as the runs flowed early.

Marty Mehaffey added 34 towards the end as the North West side conceded late wickets in the chase for a bigger score- eventually closing on 318 for 8.

The hosts seemed rattled by that and offered little in the way of resistance with the bat- Anwar's 27 the pick of their 110 all out in reply. Ross Hunter continued his excellent season as he and Peat Salmon picked up three wickets apiece with skipper Culbert adding a brace.

Perhaps the most fitting contribution of the second innings however came from Newbuildings chairman, and in this case bus driver as well, Raymond Mitchell who turned the clock back with figures of 1-7 from three overs as well as a stunning one-handed catch in slips.

“Mitch” of course captained Donemana to back-to-back doubles some 30 years ago but he has lost none of the old fire and celebrated as hard as anyone as his lads reached the last four.

Unfortunately ‘Spallen were unable to join them however as the Roe Valley side came out the wrong side of a DLS affected game in Laois.

Things didn't start well for the visitors as Rashid Miraj hit a superb 124 for the hosts as they took control of the match. Mohammad Ramazan added 61 while the wonderfully named Ben Hur made a Charlton Heston-esque 25 in a total of 271-8.

‘Spallen were actually well in the hunt in reply when the first rain interruption came; Stephen Kennedy (42) and Tyrone Webster (24) helping them to 64-1 as the teams went off- bang on the “par score” for that stage of the contest.

It was to be as good as it got however as conditions deteriorated thereafter and the visitors were unable to get close to the required 199- eventually going down by 66 runs.

The final piece of action on Sunday saw St Johnston and Glendermott fail to conclude their 1st round Sammy Jeffrey tie at the second attempt and therefore going to the dreaded bowl-out to decide which of them advanced to the semi-final.

In the end it was the Donegal side that went through on a 2-1 scoreline- David Lapsley and Ian Macbeth the men on target as the Saints put their league woes behind them for this weekend at least.