KILLYCLOONEY COME UP JUST SHORT AFTER SUPERB NATIONAL CUP RUN

Killyclooney's big day in the National Cup final ended in disappointment as they lost by 120 runs to Carrickfergus in a sporting contest at Downpatrick on Sunday.

The NCU side batted first and got off to a really solid start with Jamie Holmes (49), skipper Iain Parkhill (37), Alex Haggan (35), Ryan Eagleson (32), Michael Gilmour (29) and Indrajeet Kamtekar (26) all among the runs.

Richard McMorris was the pick of the 'Clooney bowlers with 4-50, but he could do little to prevent the batting side posting a very competitive 227 for 8 from their 50 overs.

The North West men's reply started poorly with James Colhoun and Timmy Dougherty dismissed early and although Alan Colhoun hit 5 fours and a six on his way to top score of 44 they were always well behind.

The key wicket of skipper Mark Gordon, brilliantly caught and bowled by Ryan Eagleson for 14 sigalled the beginning of the end as the Carrick spinners took over. Eagleson was joined in attack by Indian professional Kamtekar and the latter sent down a man-of-the-match winning spell of 5 for 26 while his partner added 3 for 14.

All that meant a final tally of 107 all out for Gordon's team but despite the defeat this has been a magnificent run in the All-Ireland for a fully rejuvenated Killyclooney.