Lawrence Moore (CricketEurope)
It's a short trip back to 2017 for our next senior cup final memory as Donemana and Ballyspallen locked horns at Beechgrove.
'Spallen seemed to get caught in the crossfire of our series of 'throwbacks' as their only two cup final appearances have both made the cut.
The irony of this one is that hosts Brigade had themselves been stunned by the Bridge Park outfit in the first round that season.
Their first attempt had been a complete washout and when a torrential downpour ended any chance of a result in the replay, 'Spallen clinched a shock 1-0 win in the subsequent bowl-out. That led to changes to the rules in 2018 which now means that there's a third T20 replay available in cup games, although that wasn't much help to Brigade at the time.
Donemana also went through in a bowl-out that day- winning 3-1 at Eglinton to continue their unbelievable run in the competition. Not since they lost the 2011 final to Bready had the Holm side been beaten in the senior cup.
In yet another ironic twist, exactly 100 years before that defeat, the now defunct Clooney CC were recording their sixth successive cup win- a record which still stood to that day.
No club had ever come close to repeating that feat- Strabane, Sion Mills and City of Derry with three consecutive wins each faring best in the intervening years.
Now, however, Donemana were on the verge of making it a straight six themselves, and few were betting against them. Ricky-Lee Dougherty's men went on to beat Coleraine, courtesy of a century from William McClintock and then Bready in the semi-final with a 'ton' from overseas man Imran Butt.
'Spallen were equally impressive as they edged past Strabane and then thumped Fox Lodge in the next two rounds as they became the first team to reach two senior finals whilst playing in Division 2.
The decider itself was the first played at the Limavady Road venue in almost 20 years. 'Spallen were right up against it, especially given that their key man, Graham Kennedy, was to miss the game as he was on Under-19 World Cup qualifying duty with Ireland that week.
Skipper Lee Ritchie surprised everyone by putting the holders in to bat when he won the toss, but it looked a decent call as Donemana were reduced to 71-5 midway through their first innings.
The Tyrone side's resilience has never been in doubt however and a century stand between skipper Dougherty and Andrew Riddles turned the match back their way. In the end they posted 226-8 after the first 50 overs, no bad effort from Ritchie's men.
Ballyspallen started their reply brightly with Stephen Kennedy and Craig Averill getting them to 50-1 before Donemana turned to the slow stuff. Four wickets for Jordan McGonigle and three for Junior McBrine pulled the rug from under the Championship team who were finally all out for 129.
A lead of 97 meant the improbable was now nearly impossible. Butt top scored in the second innings with 69 as the cup holders added another 237, leaving 'Spallen wanting a water into wine 335 to win it.
They promoted Darnell McCallum to join Kennedy at the top of the order and to be fair, these two gave it a real go, putting on 60 for the first wicket.
From then on however, it became the Junior McBrine (pictured above) show as the former Ireland International ripped through the order for stunning figures of 7-13.
It was a sensational effort from the 53- year old who up to that point had been playing his cricket mostly in the Second XI and who was in the side mainly because his son Andy was also on International duty.
'Spallen's 10 wickets fell for the addition of just 41 more runs after that breezy start; the cup returning to the Holm for that record-equalling sixth time by a margin of 233 runs.
The final numbers were a bit harsh on the Roe Valley outfit who had actually competed really well over the two days.
Their supporters certainly enjoyed the occasion and there was no shame in the defeat.
Donemana celebrated their win in time honoured fashion, but before they had even left the lush green turf of Beechgrove, skipper Dougherty (pictured below) gave an interview where he made no secret of the fact that the sights were now on a record-breaking seven-in-a-row.
And that's a whole different story...
2017 NW SENIOR CUP FINAL
|Toss won by||Ballyspallen 1st XI|
|Umpires||C McElwee - R Doherty - S Sankar|
|I Butt||c I Hill-Nicholl||b L Ritchie||12||14||1||0|
|Jamie Huey||c D McCallum||b J Martin||8||38||1||0|
|G McClintock||run out L Ritchie/J Martin||20||37||2||1|
|K Dougherty||b S McCloskey||19||26||2||0|
|W McClintock||st D McCallum||b J Martin||4||8||1||0|
|A Riddles||b M Averill||47||63||6||0|
|R-Lee Dougherty*+||c S Kennedy||b M Averill||63||88||6||1|
|D McGerrigle||c S Kennedy||b S McCloskey||27||14||3||2|
|Jun McBrine||not out||8||10||1||0|
|W McBrine||not out||4||4||0||0|
|extras||(b1 lb2 w9 nb2)||14|
|TOTAL||8 wickets for||226|
|1-16(I Butt) 2-36(Jamie Huey) 3-63(G McClintock) 4-71(W McClintock)|
|5-71(K Dougherty) 6-175(A Riddles) 7-212(D McGerrigle) 8-217(R-Lee Dougherty)|
|S Kennedy||c R-Lee Dougherty||b D McGerrigle||26||56||4||0|
|I Crown||c A Riddles||b W McBrine||2||15||0||0|
|C Averill||st R-Lee Dougherty||b D McGerrigle||20||44||3||0|
|J Thompson||lbw||b J McGonigle||8||29||1||0|
|M Averill||st R-Lee Dougherty||b J McGonigle||32||48||4||1|
|D McCallum+||lbw||b J McGonigle||1||9||0||0|
|I Hill-Nicholl||c D McGerrigle||b Jun McBrine||24||24||4||0|
|M McCann||lbw||b Jun McBrine||0||1||0||0|
|L Ritchie*||lbw||b J McGonigle||1||13||0||0|
|S McCloskey||c G McClintock||b Jun McBrine||2||5||0||0|
|J Martin||not out||0||10||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb0 w13 nb0)||13|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||129|
|1-22(S Kennedy) 2-50(S Kennedy) 3-62(C Averill) 4-64(J Thompson) 5-70(D McCallum)|
|6-111(I Hill-Nicholl) 7-111(M McCann) 8-125(L Ritchie) 9-128(S McCloskey)|
|I Butt||c S Kennedy||b M Averill||69||81||10||1|
|Jamie Huey||c L Ritchie||b S McCloskey||11||25||2||0|
|G McClintock||c D McCallum||b M Averill||42||63||4||1|
|W McClintock||b M Averill||20||19||1||2|
|R-Lee Dougherty*+||lbw||b S McCloskey||17||28||2||0|
|A Riddles||run out M McCann/M Averill||3||8||0||0|
|K Dougherty||b M Averill||0||5||0||0|
|D McGerrigle||b J Thompson||22||29||1||1|
|Jun McBrine||c M McCann||b J Martin||20||27||3||0|
|W McBrine||not out||13||11||2||0|
|J McGonigle||c L Ritchie||b J Martin||2||3||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb3 w15 nb0)||18|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||237|
|1-35(Jamie Huey) 2-129(I Butt) 3-131(G McClintock) 4-160(W McClintock)|
|5-170(A Riddles) 6-170(K Dougherty) 7-173(R-Lee Dougherty) 8-210(D McGerrigle)|
|9-232(Jun McBrine) 10-237(J McGonigle)|
|S Kennedy||c&b Jun McBrine||36||39||4||1|
|D McCallum+||c A Riddles||b W McBrine||27||32||4||1|
|C Averill||c I Butt||b Jun McBrine||0||6||0||0|
|M Averill||c R-Lee Dougherty||b J McGonigle||11||20||0||0|
|J Thompson||c R-Lee Dougherty||b Jun McBrine||0||3||0||0|
|M McCann||c G McClintock||b Jun McBrine||6||6||0||1|
|S McCloskey||c I Butt||b Jun McBrine||9||17||0||0|
|J Martin||b Jun McBrine||2||11||0||0|
|L Ritchie*||st R-Lee Dougherty||b Jun McBrine||1||11||0||0|
|I Crown||c D McGerrigle||b J McGonigle||1||2||0||0|
|I Hill-Nicholl||not out||2||5||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb3 w3 nb0)||6|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||101|
|1-60(D McCallum) 2-62(C Averill) 3-69(S Kennedy) 4-69(J Thompson) 5-77(M McCann)|
|6-85(M Averill) 7-92(J Martin) 8-97(S McCloskey) 9-99(I Crown) 10-101(L Ritchie)|