Irish Senior Cup

29 July 2000

Limavady remain on course for the treble after crushing North Down in a one sided encounter on Friday. They will now meet Donemana in an all North West final at Beechgrove on September 1. Limavady batted first and had an early let off when Gareth Harron was dropped behind in the first over by Peter Shields off Billy Adams. This was to prove costly as Harron and Decker Curry put on 62 after 9 overs before Decker returned a catch to bowler Andrew White for 23, which included 3 boundaries. Andy Christie joined Harron and together they added 116 runs with Christie scoring 63 in 64 balls, this included 6 fours and 1 five. A feature of the partnership was the incredible running between the wickets which seemed to leave North Down completely shell shocked. Peter Davidson bowled Christie with the score on 178. Mark McDaid entered the fray and looked shaky early on surviving a stumping chance. He dealt almost exclusively in boundaries after that upping the tempo while Harron played the anchor role. Harron eventually went for 88 caught by Davidson off Moreland for 88 which consisted of 6 fours and two sixes and lasted 144 balls. Wickets then fell at regular intervals with Mark McDaid out for 55 in 40 balls ( 6 fours and 3 sixes) and Richard McDaid making a quickfire 28 in 17 balls ( 2 sixes, 1 four). All of the bowlers suffered but Billy Dale with 3-56, and Andrew White 2-43 emerged with some dignity intact. Limavady eventually finished on 294-8 in their 50 overs.
In reply North Down got off to a brisk start with Ireland International Andy White stroking some sparkling boundaries. He and Joe Montgomery had added 56 before Richard McDaid struck twice in quick succession dismissing Montgomery for 14, and clean bowling White for 38 which included 7 fours. After that only Ryan Haire with 37 offered any real resistance before he was caught at slip by Richard McDaid off Decker Curry for 37(1six, 4 fours). Decker made up with his relative failure with the bat taking 3-26 with the ball. Richard and Victor McDaid picked up two apiece, and Roger Kerr accounted for Peter Shields. In the end North Down finished well short on 162. Man of the Match went to Gareth Harron for his well played 88. On this form Limavady look a good bet for their third All Ireland title.

Donemana reached the final with a 5 wicket win over the defending champions Brigade. Once again they were indebted to ex-Ireland international Junior McBrine who led them to victory and picked up the man of the match award in the process. Batting first Brigade made slow but steady progress with opener Lee Williamson making 49 which included 7 fours and one six. After a second wicket partnership of 72, Williamson and Ian McGregor fell in successive balls to Junior McBrine. At 91-3 off 34 overs the onus was on the two Cooke brothers to build a substantial score. Unfortunately for Brigade David was run out when he had made 23 and was looking in fine fettle. This was the first of three costly run outs for Brigade with Ivan Nicholl and Gregory Wilson succumbing in the same fashion. Gordon Cooke made a magnificent 55 which included 4 sixes. Junior McBrine had the best analysis with 4-27, and Dwayne McGerrigle picked up 3-29. In reply Richard Kee and Roy McBrine put on 51 for the first wicket before McBrine was caught for 17 off Dougie Huey. Richard Kee was run out for 43, and Gregory Wilson captured Alan Dunn and Dwayne McGerrigle in quick succession to leave the tie in the balance. However thanks to wonderful knocks of 46 and 45* from Junior and James McBrine they won comfortably in the end having five wickets and nine overs to spare. Brigade missed the bowling of skipper Mark Simpson who was on holiday, and when they look back must realise that 220 was probably needed on a fine wicket.