Dean Mehaffey was the Donemana hero as the Holm side reclaimed the coveted North West senior cup at Beechgrove on Saturday.

It was the Tyrone team's seventh cup success in the past nine years, and their 23rd in all and came courtesy of a 14-run win over existing cup holders Brigade at Beechgrove.

These remain strange times of course and we have to be thankful for whatever cricket we get but despite the fact that this was a one innings T20 decider, the intensity of the occasion was very much in evidence from the start.

Home skipper Andy Britton opted to put the visitors in to bat on winning the toss but the early wicket he craved never came. Instead, Mehaffey and Gary McClintock settled into their game with the former first into his stride.

(Dean Mehaffey)

The left-hander found the boundary a couple of times in the third over and soon McClintock was following him in. This pair took the score to 60 before McClintock was out for 25 shortly after hitting two big sixes.

William McClintock replaced his twin brother and a quick 18 from him took the visitors to 94-1 before the skipper was dismissed to give Ross Allen his second wicket. The former Eglinton spinner had his tail up at that stage and with Donemana looking set to post a target of 160-plus, Allen struck twice more to finish with figures of 4-15 and pull his team back into the contest.

None of the incoming batsmen were able to stick around, however Mehaffey went on to make 45 that included 3 fours and 2 sixes as Donemana posted a competitive 133-6 from their 20 overs.

Rachit Gaur and skipper Britton claimed a wicket apiece and at half way, both sides would have been reasonably happy.

(William McClintock with the trophy)

Brigade needed a good start but that man Mehaffey struck early with the ball to get rid of the dangerous Ryan Hunter. The same bowler brought a quick end to Kyle Magee's afternoon soon after as he claimed figures of 2-16- deservedly helping him to the man-of-the-match award.

From there on in, Donemana stayed mostly on top although the stubborn David Barr was happy to fight a lone battle. Spinners Jordan McGonigle (0-16 from 4) and Andy McBrine (2-24) strangled Brigade's middle overs as the required rate climbed steadily.

Barr fought tooth and nail but he was to be crowded out by the Holm side's attack- the Brigade opener hitting 4 sixes and a four in his valiant 60 not out. The last word was to fall to William McBrine however- his 2-18 sealing a 14-run winning margin as the cup headed out of Beechgrove after a two-year residency.

(Winners Donemana)

The second final to take place on Saturday was at Ballyspallen where the home side entertained Championship outfit Burndennett.

Truth be told the visitors went into the game as favourites having beaten top-flight opponents in Bready and Strabane in the group stages.

'Spallen hadn't won a game in their group campaign and they struggled here too as only Graham Kennedy got to grips with the visitors' attack.

The Warriors man clubbed 3 sixes and a four in a stylish 45 but only opener Andy Christie (15) added anything else of note. Conan Pollock finished with excellent figures of 4-9 as 'Spallent posted exactly 100 all out.

Andy Barr looked impressive as he opened 'Dennett's reply and although wickets tumbled at the other end, Barr was playing the same role as his brother was at Beechgrove.

Derek Corscadden (2-12) and Stuart Kennedy (2-23) tried hard to keep the Roe Valley men in the contest, however Barr's 54 (2 fours, 5 sixes) was enough to steer Mark Mooney's men to a deserved 4-wicket win.


At Beechgrove, Donemana beat Brigade by 14 runs
D Mehaffey c Olphert b Allen 45
W McClintock c Hunter b Allen 25
G McClintock lbw b Allen 18
A McBrine c Dixon b Allen 8
D McGerrigle b Britton 7
L Dougherty not out 9
K Dougherty c Hunter b Gaur 1
B Dougherty not out 11
Extras 7
Total (6 wkts, 20 overs) 133

Fall: 1-60 2-94 3-102 4-104 5-110 6-115

Bowling: A Britton 4-0-25-1; R Macbeth 4-0-17-0; R Gaur 4-0-24-1;
I Hussain 4-0-45-0; R Allen 4-0-15-4

D Barr not out 60
R Hunter c Buchanan b Mehaffey 7
I Hussain c B Dougherty b L Dougherty 0
K Magee b Mehaffey 1
D Murdock lbw b A McBrine 15
A Britton lbw b A McBrine 0
R Allen c&b McGerrigle 5
R Gaur c W McClintock McGerrigle 4
C Dixon b W McBrine 3
R Macbeth b W McBrine 9
S Olphert not out 1
Extras 14
Total (9 wkts, 20 overs) 119

Fall: 1-17 2-17 3-21 4-60 5-63 6-79 7-92 8-97 9-117

Bowling: D Mehaffey 3-10-16-2; L Dougherty 4-0-23-1; A McBrine 4-0-24-2;
J McGonigle 4-0-16-0; D McGerrigle 3-0-19-1; W McBrine 2-0-18-2

Sammy Jeffrey Final
At Bridge Park, Burndennett beat Ballyspallen by 4 wickets
Ballyspallen 100 (19.5 overs; G Kennedy 45; C Pollock 4-9)
Burndennett 105/6 (17.3 overs; A Barr 54; D Corscadden 2-12, Stu Kennedy 2-23)