Coleraine stun Clontarf
It may have been a disappointing day for North West sides in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup on Saturday but Coleraine certainly restored some much needed local pride on Sunday as the Bannsiders continued their brilliant start to the new season.
Limavady, Fox Lodge and Glendermott all pulled off excellent wins on Saturday and Wilson Torrens' side wasn't going to miss out on joining them in the next round as they hosted Clontarf.
The Southerners travelled minus one or two first team players including Alex Cusack but Coleraine are in the frame of mind right now that they could probably have coped regardless. Once again the Bannsiders' left arm seam attack of Stephen Dunn and Rory Knox caused plenty of problems, both finishing with 3 wickets as Clontarf needed an excellent knock of 63 from skipper Joe Morrisey and 45 from Adrian D'Arcy to help their side to 219 all out.
Those two shared a 5th wicket partnership of 96 but the home camp were quite happy to end the visitors innings with four and a half overs left unused.
Mind you, the chase got off to an indifferent enough start as Paul Douglas was dismissed for 1 and Ian McGregor experiencing a rare blip out without scoring, but Coleraine are no one man band.
Tim Chopra stepped up to the plate; how glad must Coleraine be that he turned down an offer to join Brigade, and with Mohammed Salman posted a 3rd wicket partnership of 138.
Chopra was eventually out for 79 which included 11 fours but Salman was once again there to the end, and once again judging the chase perfectly as Coleraine won by 6 wickets with 3 balls to spare.
The Pakistan "A" skipper's 85 included 6 fours and 4 sixes and whilst we have some excellent professionals in the North West at the moment it would be difficult to imagine the Bannsiders swapping with anyone.