The claim for top performance in the first round of the Irish Senior Cup must surely be a toss-up between Donemana who claimed a 3 wicket win at Clontarf with 8 balls to spare, and CIYMS who were 5 wicket winners at North County.

Clontarf scored 240-6 with Robert Forrest (71*) and John Mooney (60) leading the way but it was an unstoppable 132* from Gary McClintock that carried Donemana to a memorable victory.

At North County 262 from the home side might have seemed to be enough but another sparkling innings from young John Matchett (93) and an expertly managed chase by Nigel Jones (64*) meant that the visitors had 5 wickets and 13 balls to spare at the end.
For North County the runs were shared around, John Andrews (55), Eddie Richardson (53*) and Andy Sheridan (52).

North Down won by 6 wickets at Fox Lodge, Peter Davidson with 4-47 playing his part in keeping the Foxes to 139. Ruan Pretorius again instrumental in the win scoring 52* and along with Ally Shields (46) the chase took only until the 22nd over.

CSNI’s troubles showed no sign of relenting as they were rolled over at The Hills for only 98 with Graeme McCarter’s 40 standing out amongst the carnage.
A couple of early wickets lightened the gloom but McLoughlin-Gavin (45*) and Hamid Shah (42*) wrapped things up in the 17th over.

High scorers of the day were Brigade who were at home to Leinster. Niall McDonnell (120) and Johnny Thompson (91) were the big scorers in a total of 324-5.
In reply Leinster could only manage 186 with Conor Mallon (61) top scoring. Brigade’s best bowler was Andy Britton with 4-44 leaving Brigade winners by 59 runs.

The second game in the North West was at Bready where the home side were 56 run winners over the longest travelled visitors of the day, Cork County.
In a rain affected game Bready totalled 264 in 46 overs and a further reduction set Cork County a DLS target of 206 in 32.
Samarasooriya was Bready’s top scorer with 81 with Neppalli taking 4-55.
In Cork County’s 149-7 in their 32 overs, Stephan Grobler scored 35 leaving Bready 56 run (DLS) winners.

Final game in the North West was at Coleraine where Railway Union lost by 19 runs (DLS).
In 37 overs Coleraine scored 194-8 with Soupy Campbell (57) top scorer. A further reduction say Railway’s target set at 154 off 25 overs and it was Campbell again with 4-1 off 1.2 overs that saw Coleraine home as the visitors swung hard as the overs ran out.

Balbriggan beat Drummond by 4 wickets. Drummond’s 159 down to Christie (50) and McDaid (43).
The home team got to 163-6 thanks to fifties from Fletcher (68*) and Nasar (52) in only 37 overs

At Sydney Parade Pembroke’s 263-7 was 122 runs too many for County Galway. For Pembroke Theo Lawson top scored with 104* and while Shariq Nasim got 51 in Galway’s reply Fiachra Tucker’s 4-22 was the best of the Pembroke bowling.

Ardmore’s visit to Muckamore attracted a crowd expectant of a Decker Curry masterclass. It was not to be as he fell first ball. Ardmore managed to get to 188-7 in their 50 overs with Rameez Alam (77) sharing stands of 57 with Mark Chambers (19) and 51 with Peter Harrigan (35).
The Muckamore wicket takers with 2 each included former Ardmore Pro Iftikhar Hussain, Neil Gill and Adita Adey.
Muckamore eased to the 7 wicket win in the 42nd over with Ryan Haire 66* and Kasigo Rapulana 52*.

Lisburn professional Gionne Koopman was very much in evidence again this week taking 3-24 in Eglinton’s 210-8 and following it up with another century, 102* after his 160* last week, and with Adam Berry scoring 50 the win by 7 wickets was achieved in only the 36th over.