Irish Senior Cup

1 July 2000

At Limavady the home side amassed 303-8 in their 50 overs. Their star was Irish international Richard McDaid who smashed his way to 91* in just 45 balls. This blistering knock included no fewer than 8 sixes and five fours and left the Muckamore side completely crushed. Openers Des Curry and Gareth Harron had got Limavady off to a flyer putting on 91 before the first wicket fell. Curry was out for 53 and Harron for 63. One shudders to think what the total would have been if Decker Curry had batted for the full innings. This total was always out of the reach of Muckamore, although to their credit they reached 190, thanks to half centuries from S Dunlop and S Thompson. Victor McDaid picked up four wickets with his medium pacers and the spin of Decker Curry took three for 26. Not surprisingly it was Richard McDaid who was nominated as man of the match.

At Instonians, the home side were restricted to 119-9 in their allotted 50 overs with Johnny Black top scoring with 27. All the Donemana bowlers perfomed admirably with Gary Neely capturing two wickets, including the prize wicket of Neil Carson. Junior McBrine with his left arm spin returned the best analysis with figures of 3-24. In reply Richard Kee got the innings off to a solid start soring a well played 37. The innings was not however with a few alarms along the way, and indeed at one stage, Donemana were struggling at 83-6, with Andy Rose taking 5-34. Their saviour once again was James McBrine who scored 28*, and in partnership with Andrew Riddles saw his side safely home.

Defending champions Brigade moved into the semi final stage with an away day victory at Ballymena. Batting first Ballymena struggled to cope with the opening pace attack of Ireland bowler Gordon Cooke, and Graham Moore. Cooke was particularly impressive ending up with figures of 3-9. Moore and Mark Simpson also picked up two wickets apiece. They eventually reached a paltry 105 with J Kennedy top scoring with 27. In reply Brigade got off to a dreadful start losing William Wilson and star performer David Cooke for ducks, both falling to Irish pace bowler Adrian McCoubrey. Ian McGregor with 43 and Stephen Scroggie with 27 held their nerve to see Brigade safely home, although they will have to bat better than this if they are to win the cup again.

North Down joined Limavady, Donemana and Brigade in the semi-finals of the Irish Senior Cup by defeating Merrion by 48 runs at Comber. Man of the match Peter Shields (left) made 64 and Robin Haire an undefeated 66 as North Down totalled 196 for six. Merrion were weakened by the absence of Ed and Gus Joyce from their batting line-up and collapsed after Robbie Staunton and Brad Spanner had given them a good start. Martin Moreland took four wickets as North Down went through to a home tie against Limavady.