Barry Chambers (Strabane Chronicle)
Donemana clinched the NW Senior Cup for the 23rd time beating arch rivals Brigade in the 20 overs decider. It was one of the unsung players who would prove the difference in the 14-runs win at Beechgrove with Dean Mehaffey proving the hero.
The opener top scored with 45 and then took two early wickets to stifle the Brigade chase. Reflecting on the win, Mehaffey told the Chronicle.
“I thought we got off to a great start as we reached 60 without loss after ten overs on a wicket that played better than it looked. Brigade pegged us back, as we were on course for 150. It was really smart cricket from Levi and Billy Dougherty at the end of our innings gave us a good score to work with, and those late runs were to prove crucial.
(Dean Mehaffey with his girlfriend)
“Our first five overs with the ball restricting them to 20-3 were equally as vital as our finish and the momentum as with us. Our quartet of spinners showed experience and class, especially as the pitch wasn't meant to be set up for spin.
“Being able to contribute with bat and ball, with the pressure of opening with both, gave me great delight and value to be a part of this great team. I believed if we played to our potential we would come out on top. Winning a senior cup is the Northwest mountain summit and to play a big role in achieving that would be a surprise too many. This team has a lot more to offer in years to come and we will be back next year hungry to win the league and Cup double.
“Before then, there is the little matter of CIYMS at Bready on Saturday and it's an opportunity to get one over them after last year's disappointment. Especially as it’s not at their own ground this time around and taking our form into it, we have a good chance of progressing to the All- Ireland final."