Donemana to meet Brigade in Cup final
Lawrence Moore (CricketEurope)
Donemana and Brigade, who contested three senior cup finals in a row between 2012 and 2014 will go toe-to-toe again in next week's decider after both recorded easy wins in Saturday's semi-finals.
Granted, this year's showdown will have a very different feel to it given it will be one 20-over innings per side as opposed to the usual 2x50's, but these two don't do low-key affairs, and certainly not when the Union's blue riband trophy is up for grabs.
The pair were ruthless in brushing off what looked like difficult semi-finals on Saturday and there is sure to be a race on now to pick up the limited tickets available for this year's big finale.
Donemana had 5 wickets and more than six overs to spare against a Coleraine side who would have expected to put up a much more stubborn challenge at the Holm on Saturday.
Batting firsT the Bannsiders could manage only 96-8 from their 20 overs with David Cooke's unbeaten 41 and 30 from Will Smale accounting for three quarters of those.
Two wickets apiece for Andy McBrine, Levi Dougherty and Jordan McGonigle did the bulk of the damage for the hosts who were then forced on to the back foot as Graham Hume dismissed Dean Mehaffey and William McClintock early on in Donemana's reply.
Gary McClintock hit 3 sixes and 2 fours in his 34 while Andy McBrine weighed in with 24 as the Tyrone side quickly pulled it back around.
Coleraine managed to take two more wickets late on to put a more competitive look on the result, however the outcome was rarely in doubt once they failed to make it over the 100-mark.
Brigade secured their place in the decider with an 86-run victory at Magheramason despite losing opener David Barr, bowled by Davy Scanlon from the very first ball of the day.
Iftikhar Hussain took advantage of being dropped twice as he made 43 and Ryan Hunter added 32 to put the cup holders back on track, however it was skipper Andy Britton's 47 not out that turned the tie.
The all-rounder hit 3 sixes in his quickfire knock as Brigade posted 156-5 and a difficult task became straight uphill as Britton also struck with the first delivery of Bready's innings to remove Andy Austin.
The Brigade captain claimed two more for figures of 3-10 while Chris Dixon (2-1) and Ryan Macbeth reduced Bready to 25-6 and there was no way back from there.
Cameos from Dean McCloskey (15), David Rankin (14) and Kat Bhavsar (14) at least took the grim look off the reply, but this was over as a contest a long way out.
In the Faughan Valley Cup, Fox Lodge held their nerve for the second week running to beat Killyclooney by just 4 runs and they will now meet in-form Newbuildings who were too strong for Eglinton.
The Foxies made 123-9; Craig Doherty faring best with 32 with Jonny Robinson adding 21.
William Finlay continued his decent season by picking up 4-16 with Mark Gordon and Jordan Nelson chipping in two wickets apiece.
Darren Moan's 49 gave 'Clooney real hope in their reply before Levi Kerr (3-32) brought the visitors back into it.
Heading into the last over "Clooney needed 11 to bag the win but Robinson kept them to just 6 to finish with 2-17 and send his team into the final.
There they will take on a Newbuildings side who claimed another Premiership scalp with a 51-run win at home to Eglinton.
Johnny Thompson hit 4 sixes and 3 fours in an unbeaten 50, sharing an unbroken stand of 72 for the fourth wicket with Jason Dunn (34*).
Earlier, Mark Hanna(34) and Gareth McKeegan (30) had set the tone as the home side posted a huge target of 178-3.
Craig Averill made 27 and Jamie Millar 24 as the villagers reply failed to get to grips with the hosts' attack.
Trent McKeegan returned figures of 2-1, Thompson and Steven McCloskey both added 2-2 while Dunn and Dale Culbert also claimed a brace apiece.
Richard Wylie's 33 narrowed the gap late on, but the Foyle View side always had things here in control.
In the Sammy Jeffrey Cup, Ballyspallen beat St Johnston by 11 runs after an unbeaten 39 from Luke Gilfillan and Graham Kennedy's 35 helped the Roe Valley men set a competitive 102-5.
Despite sitting at 67 for 3 in 13th over in reply, the Saints managed just 24 in the last 7 overs as James Thompson took 3-4.
David Lapsley top scored with 29 and Scott Macbeth made 25 but 'Spallen held on for the win.
They will meet Burndennett in next weekend's final after the Tyrone outfit edged past Bonds Glen by 4 wickets.
Barr's 27 not out, and 23 from Richard Curry was best of the Bee Gees' 78-8, while Gary Neely hit an unbeaten 33 to get his side over the line with little fuss.
Glendermott will have to wait a little longer to find out who their Eric Cooke cup final opponents will be as no play was possible at the Bleachgreen between Ardmore and Strabane.
NW Senior Cup
At The Holm, Donemana beat Coleraine by 5 wickets
Coleraine 96/8 (20 overs; D Cooke 41*, W Smale 30; A McBrine 2-11, L Dougherty 2-19, J McGonigle 2-19)
Donemana 97/5 (13.5 overs; G McClintock 34, A McBrine 24; A Whitcroft 2-5, G Hume 2-11)
At Magheramason, Brigade beat Bready by 86 runs
Brigade 156/5 (20 overs; A Britton 47 not out, I Hussain 43, R Hunter 32; B Crumley 2-17, D Scanlon 2-48)
Bready 70 (18.3 overs;D McCloskey 15, D Rankin 14, K Bhavsar 14; A Britton 3-10, C Dixon 2-1, R Macbeth 2-20)
Faughan Valley Cup
At Killyclooney, Fox Lodge beat Killyclooney by 4 runs
Fox Lodge 123/9 (20 overs; C Doherty 32, J Robinson 21; W Finlay 4-16, M Gordon 2-15, J Nelson 2-20)
Killyclooney 119/8 (20 overs; D Moan 49; L Kerr 3-32, J Robinson 2-17)
At Newbuildings, Newbuildings beat Eglinton by 51 runs
Newbuildings 178/3 (20 overs; J Thompson 50 not out, J Dunn 34 not out, M Hanna 34, G McKeegan 30)
Eglinton 127 (15.3 overs; R Wylie 33, C Averill 27, J Millar 24; T McKeegan 2-1, S McCloskey 2-2, J Thompson 2-2, J Dunn 2-35, D Culbert 2-35)
Sammy Jeffrey Cup
At Bridge Park, Ballyspallen beat St Johnston by 11 runs
Ballyspallen 102/5 (20 overs; L Gilfillan 39*, G Kennedy 35)
St Johnston 91 (19.2 overs; D Lapsley 29, S Macbeth 25; J Thompson 3-4, D Corscadden 2-19, Stu Kennedy 2-26)
At Bonds Glen, Burndennett beat Bonds Glen by 4 wickets
Bonds Glen 78/8 (20 overs; R Barr 27 not out, R Curry 23; M Roulston 2-8, R McCay 2-19)
Burndennett 79/6 (16.4 overs; G Neely 33*, A Barr 20; L Britton 3-3, R Curry 2-14)
Eric Cooke Cup
Ardmore v Strabane postponed