McClintock stuns Clontarf
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
GARY McClintock played one of the great Irish Cup innings to guide Donemana to a superb comeback victory against Leinster League champions Clontarf.
When the North West double winners were reduced to 119 for six, still not halfway to their victory target of 241, it looked as if Donemana’s woes in Dublin were set to continue. But McClintock, who was only 11 years of age when new Clontarf player-coach John Mooney won the fifth of his Irish Cup winners medals in 2008, had other ideas.
He finished 132 not out, winning the match with successive fours, to crown a memorable innings of 136 balls, which included 17 other boundaries. He was helped in a seventh wicket stand of 72 by Dwayne McGerrigle and for the last 50 runs by Kyle Dougherty, younger brother of captain Ricky-Lee, who kept his head after his more senior colleagues had lost theirs.
Mooney had led Clontarf’s recovery from 39 for three – new Donemana professional Imran Butt hit the stumps three times in his first four overs - with his third successive half century and Robert Forrest set the challenging total with an unbeaten 71 from 77 balls.
But everything was overshadowed by McClintock who gave only one chance, at 108 and when Kyle Dougherty was also dropped on five, Donemana seized their chance.
CIYMS also won in Dublin, beating Mooney’s Irish Cup winning team North County by five wickets, and they will be one of six NCU teams in the second round, along with four from the North West.
Instonians and Waringstown received byes into the last 16 and in their Premier League game yesterday, Shane Getkate hit 40 on his Instonians debut to give the champions their first win.