Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
Donemana have laid down their marker for the season with a second victory in the Premiership, a comfortable seven-wicket success at home to Coleraine.
After bowling out the Bannsiders for 131 — an innings dominated by Scott Campbell’s 75 — the leaders reached their target in the 29th over to stay one game ahead of the field, ahead of next Sunday’s rearranged games. Dean Mehaffey was top scorer with 47.
Glendermott, however, have lost both their opening matches, the latest to title favourites Brigade who have set the bar for the highest total of the season in their opening match.
With Gareth McKeegan (162) and Ifitkhar Hussain (108) adding 267 for the second wicket, they finished on 391-6, the formality of victory completed by a huge 277 runs.
Skipper Andy Britton took himself off after figures of 6-3-5-2 and Johnny Robinson finished with 4-20 to hurry the innings to a conclusion in the 32nd over.
Defending champions Bready had only 24 runs to spare against Strabane who were well on course to pass the home side’s total of 264-8 when Chatura Peiris (69) and Ryan Gallagher (64) took them to 206-4.
But Conor Olphert removed both in quick succession and David Rankin finished with four wickets as they were bowled out in the 48th over. Irosh Samarasooriya (79) was the only Bready batsmen to reach 50 but the top seven all reached double figures in an encouraging first defence.
Newly promoted Ballyspallen also made a winning start with a 24 runs victory over Eglinton who could face a difficult month without Stuart Thompson, their injured international.
Eglinton’s Mike Erlank was the game’s top scorer with 58, but ’Spallen had better support for their professional Brendon Louw who made 43 of the home side’s 177.
Marcus Poskitt and Gregory McFaul were the two North West players in the Ireland Under 19 side which warmed up for this summer’s World Cup qualifiers with a game against Leinster Lightning Bolts in College Park.
Poskitt scored 18 in an opening stand of 37 with Instonians’ Olly Metcalfe but the Under-19s were bowled out 23 runs short of victory.
Sunday’s match summaries:
TOUR MATCH Milverton: Ireland Wolves 307-8 (50 overs, J McCollum 102, S Singh 91, T Kane 27 not out; T Ahmed 3-66) Bangladesh 219 (42.4 overs, S Al Hasan 54, M Mahmadullah 37; S Singh 4-51, T Kane 2-38). Ireland Wolves won by 88 runs.
REPRESENTATIVE MATCH College Park: Leinster Lightning Bolts 288-5 (C McLoughlin-Gavin 85, M Lewis 56, P Tice 50 ret, N McGuire 46, F Hand 30; JJ Garth 2-39) Ireland U19s 265 (48.5 overs, T Tector 74, M Burton 55, O Metcalfe 49; B White 3-44, T Stanton 3-48). Bolts won by 23 runs.