Donemana stunned in Cork
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
DONEMANA, the knock-out specialists in the North West crashed out of the Irish Senior Cup at the first hurdle to minnows Cork County.
Set a revised target of 190 in 36 overs, on a day when all but one of the 16 games was affected by the weather, they collapsed to 174 all out, despite 65 from Ireland international Andy McBrine.
The five-times finalists and 2000 winners made the longest journey and it was even longer on the way home after one of the biggest upsets in the 33-year history of the all-Ireland competition.
All five Donemana bowlers took a wicket in Cork County's total of 171 for eight, but the loss of three wickets for seven runs in 23 balls put the visitors on the back foot.
McBrine and young Gary McClintock led the recovery from 46 for four after 16 overs and while Andy was at the wicket, Donemana were still on course. But halfway through the 31st over, McBrine was caught for 65, from just 49 balls, leaving the Donemana lower order just 33 balls to score 42.
When Junior McBrine was given out leg before, the game was up and Donemana were bowled out with one over unused and 16 short of victory.
At least they were beaten on the field. Eglinton lost in the computer room when they failed to produce a Duckworth/Lewis sheet with a target score for the second innings of their game against North Down and, as per the rules of the competition, were forced to forfeit the match.
The game started late, as a 15 overs match, but after North Down reached 72 for four in nine overs, the rain returned. The match was reduced to 10 overs and North Down finished on 81 for four.
But, eight minutes after the Eglinton innings was due to start, there was still no sign of the D/L sheet and umpires Roly Black and Noel Ward awarded the match to North Down.
It was one of only six results on the day, leaving 26 teams to go into the hat on Tuesday for the second round draw.
Six games failed to start and three others did not reach 10 overs into the second innings, the minimum required for a result on the day.
Bready and Coleraine won the all-Ulster clashes against Ballymena and CIYMS respectively, Clontarf defeated Lisburn and Pembroke were the quickest winners of the day — before the rain arrived in Dublin — after bowling out Cork Harlequins for just 44.
The only meaningful contest in the NCU — the game at Stormont lasted just nine balls — was at Moylena where Merrion, the 2010 winners and beaten finalists in each of the last two years, showed their class to dismiss Muckamore for 118.
One of their unsung heroes, Tom Stanton, took three for 17 and South African coach Dion Carolus included home professional Carl Michan as one his three wickets.
Ireland A players Tyrone Kane and Ben Ackland also shared three wickets as the Muckamore batting, which has impressed in their opening two league games, could not cope until No. 10 Gary Nicholl hit a quick 23, including three fours and the only six.
The rain arrived during Nicholl's knock and although the innings was completed there was never any chance of a resumption and Merrion must now rely on a dry reserve day (Sunday May 25) to finish the job.