It was a busy weekend for second tier sides as the Group phase of the Eric Cooke Cup took centre stage across the North West. Matches started last weekend but won’t be completed until the middle of June although Group B has now already been decided ahead of the final match.
Things got under way on Friday night with Glendermott recording a 7-wicket win at home to Burndennett. Bob Robinson hit 12 fours in his 63 for the hosts while David Cooke made an unbeaten half century as they easily chased down ‘Dennett’s 138-9. Skipper Eddie McGettigan top-scored with 35 for the visitors while Ian Cooke claimed three wickets and Gordon Cooke two in the win.
Bonds Glen beat Newbuildings in a high-scoring contest at the Glen where Clinton Pienaar (63) and Tommy Thompson (41*) fared best with the bat for the visitors.
Ewald Robert’s made 44 to get the Bee Gees’ reply up and running but it took an unbroken partnership between Leslie Curry (43*) and David Robinson (30*) to see the home side over the line. Jason Dunn (5-25) bowled superbly for Newbuildings but they just couldn’t break that pair up at the end.
On Saturday it was back to the double headers with two games at Drummond and two at St Johnston.
In the first of those the Roe Valley side, already in the minus following their no-show at Newbuildings lost twice, first against Killyclooney and then to the improving Bee Gees.
William Finlay starred in the first of those-the teenager claiming 5-13 as Drummond closed on 81-8. Finlay (30*) then shared an unbroken partnership with Andre Henry (44*) as the visitors got home with 9 wickets to spare.
Bonds Glen also inflicted a heavy defeat on Chris Moore’s team- Roberts with an unbeaten 48 and Kyle Moore (30*) as Jonny Haslett’s team easily chased down Drummond’s 102.
Performance of the day came at the Boathole where St Johnston’s Jacob Maroske returned figures of 5-6 as the Donegal side beat Glendermott by 43 runs. The Macbeth boys were all among the runs; David making 44, Ian 32* and Jack 31 while Ian Cooke was again on target for the Bonds Street side as he claimed 4-30.
Ben Mills’ 34 not out was the best of Glendermott’s reply of 108 as the home side started with a win.
Things got even better for Ian Macbeth’s team as they then accounted for Ballyspallen in the second game. David Lapsley top scored with 44 in this one with supporting cameos again from the three Macbeths.
Paul McIlmoyle’s unbeaten 34 was best of the visitors reply but with Rammohan Goud helping himself to 3 wickets, ‘Spallen could only muster 117-8 in reply.
Remaining fixtures- Group A- Killyclooney v Bonds Glen. Group B- Burndennett v St Johnston
The final couple of matches are scheduled for Friday evening, 15th June, and while Group B is already decided- St Johnston qualifying as winners and Glendermott second- any two from three can still come out of Group A.
The outstanding fixture here sees Killyclooney entertain Bonds Glen and bonus points will dictate who goes through to the semi-finals.