RUNS APLENTY AT START OF ERIC COOKE CUP GROUP STAGES

High scores were also the order of the day in Sunday’s Eric Cooke Cup group stages with two games down for decision at Newbuildings and two at Ballyspallen. Marty Mehaffey’s team had to make do with one however- yet again a team forfeiting in this competition as Drummond opted not to travel for their match.

There was no shortage of runs in the game that was played as the home side and Killyclooney smashed a whopping 436 in their combined 40 overs.

Batting first, Newbuildings made 228-2; skipper Mehaffey top scoring with an unbeaten 71 (8 fours and 4 sixes). Chris Cooper added 67 (8 fours and 2 sixes) and Clinton Pienaar 63 (6 fours and 4 sixes).

Alan Colhoun made 66 (6 fours and 6 sixes) while William Finlay added 46 and Richard McMorris 32 in Clooney’s reply, but they just could find the extra gear and came up 20 runs short. On a difficult day for bowlers Tommy Thompson (3-41) and Peter Allen (2-41) fared best as Newbuildings now seem certain to reach the semi-finals.

Plenty of runs too at the Bridge where Ballyspallen only just failed to make it two wins as well.

A swashbuckling effort from Darnell McCallum was the catalyst for the home side’s 42-run verdict over Burndennett as they got their day off to a flying start. The West Indian took just 24 deliveries to crash 79 (7 fours and 7 sixes) while Graham Kennedy added 40 not out and Craig Averill and Stuart Kennedy 31 apiece in a total of 209-5.

There were two wickets each for Eddie McGettigan and Mark Snodgrass and a superb effort from Mark Pollock kept the visitors in the hunt throughout. Pollock hit 7 fours and 5 sixes in his 84* while Mark Doherty added 36 and Mattie Barr 34, however ‘Dennett could only muster 167-3 in reply.

The second game was a final-ball thriller which saw former Glendermott skipper Alan Johnson take 13 off the last over, and 2 from the last delivery to steer the visitors to a lopsided 8-wicket verdict.

A superb unbeaten century from Graham Kennedy (7 fours and 8 sixes) had allowed the home side to make 152-5 from their 20 overs however David Cooke with 66 (5 fours and five sixes) and Gordon Cooke (46*) helped the Rectory side gain a little measure of revenge for Saturday’s senior cup defeat to the same team.

The groups will be played to a conclusion next weekend with matches across Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to dictate the last four standing.


ERIC COOKE CUP GROUP STAGE 1

Newbuildings v Drummond

Drummond forfeited, points awarded to Newbuildings

Newbuildings v Killyclooney

Newbuildings 228-2 (20 overs; M Mehaffey 71*, C Cooper 67, C Pienaar 63)

Killyclooney 208-9 (20 overs; A Colhoun 66, W Finlay 46, R McMorris 32, T Thompson 3-41, P Allen 2-41)

Newbuildings won by 20 runs

Ballyspallen v Burndennett

Ballyspallen 209-5 (20 overs; D McCallum 79, G Kennedy 40*, C Averill 31, Stuart Kennedy 31)

Burndennett 167-3 (20 overs; M Pollock 84*, M Doherty 36, M Barr 34)

Ballyspallen won by 42 runs

Ballyspallen v Glendermott

Ballyspallen 152-5 (20 overs; G Kennedy 100*)

Glendermott 153-2 (20 overs; D Cooke 66, G Cooke 46*)

Glendermott won by 8 wickets