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  • NORTH DOWN beat DONEMANA by 4 wickets
    Rathmines, 2nd September
    Donemana 101 R Lamba 3-12, W Adams 3-34
    North Down 102-6 R McBrine 3-17
    Man of the Match: R Lamba (North Down)

A Scott     c Lamba b Adams     6    Bowling: NORTH DOWN
A McBrine   lbw b Lamba         1    Lamba       10  2  12  3
J McBrine            b Adams   	5    Adams       10  1  34  3
D Curry	       c Carser b Adams 1    Carser      10  4   9  2
I Dougherty           b Lamba   0    Benson       4  0  12  1
R McGonigle c Docherty b Lamba  8    Haire        4  0  17  0
R McBrine         lbw b Carser 15    Quinn        3  0  13  0
Alf Dunn     c Shields b Benson	3    Gilliland  0.4  0   1  1
Alan Dunn   c Haire b Gililand 30
R Kerr     st Connolly b Carser	0   	FOW
R Mitchell            not out  24	   7,9,11,16,18,40,
Extras                          8	   40,48,49,101
Total                         101

I Shields      lbw b A McBrine 10    Bowling: DONEMANA
R Lamba c Doug'ty b J McBrine  35    Mitchell    4  1   7  0
J Gilliland     lbw b J McBrine	1    Kerr        4  1   7  0
R Haire st Doug'ty b R McBrine 10    A McBrine  10  4  12  1
I Carser       lbw b R McBrine  5    J McBrine  10  0  23  2
G Benson st Doug'ty b R McBrine 0    R McBrine  10  3  17  3
W Docherty            not out  13    Curry     9.5  5  29  0
M Quinn               not out  21
G Mowat      did not bat             FOW
I Connolly   did not bat             34,47,56,67,68,68
W Adams      did not bat
Extras                          7
Total (6 wkts, 47.5 overs)    102


  • Donemana beat Strabane
  • North Down beat Carlisle by 44 runs


  • Donemana beat Waringstown by 118 runs
  • Strabane beat Coleraine
  • North Down beat Dublin YMCA by 8 wickets
  • Carlisle beat Bready by 6 wickets

3rd Round

  • The Hills lost to Donemana
  • Waringstown beat Ardmore
  • Strabane beat Eglinton
  • Coleraine beat Lurgan
  • North Down beat Bangor
  • Woodvale lost to Dublin YMCA
  • Carlisle beat Sion Mills
  • Bready beat Pembroke

2nd Round

  • The Hills beat Downpatrick
  • Donemana beat NICC by 1 wicket
  • Brigade lost to Waringstown
  • Cork County lost to Ardmore
  • Strabane beat Phoenix
  • Old Belvedere lost to Eglinton
  • Coleraine beat Lisburn
  • Leinster lost to Lurgan
  • Bangor beat Merrion
  • North Down beat CYM
  • Dublin YMCA beat Ballymena
  • Fox Lodge lost to Woodvale
  • Carlisle beat Limerick
  • Sion MIlls beat Clontarf
  • Bready beat Malahide
  • Pembroke beat St Johnston by 15 runs

1st Round

  • Brigade beat Railway Union
Reports & Articles

Third time lucky for North Down as Donemana fight back (by Sean Pender)

After two losing Schweppes Cup Final appearances, North Down finally got their hands on that most coveted premier Irish club trophy, but only after a very tense and closely-fought struggle with North West kingpins Donemana.

Recent Rathminess pitches have been very grassy and this one was no exception. The most decisive moment of the day may well have been when North Down captain, IanCarser, called correctly and electedto bowl first. Certainly Donemana seemed to freeze pyschologically in the circumstances and were unable to come to terms with having to bat first - to the extent that they collapsed dramatically to 49 for 9 against what is generally considered to be a fairly friendly North Down attack. However Raymond Mitchell and Alan Dunn applied themselves to a far greater degree than any of their earlier colleagues and were able to see Donemana to three figures, 101 all ou tbeing a far cry from the run blitzes of previous games this season.

This modest target looked very simple as Raman Lamba and veteran Ian Shields opened up with a 34 run partnership which seemed to have sealed the result. However, Donemana are nothing if not natural battlers and the three McBrines, well-supported by Ivor Dougherty behind the stumps, then brought the scoring rate to a near standstill as they whittled their way through the fragile North Down middle-order. When they reduced North Down to 68 for 6, it looked as if they had pulled themselves from their earlier despair into a winning position. Billy Docherty and Michael Quirm dug in to try to restore the situation but were still needing 25 more when the last 5 overs began. But DeckerCurry, having previously bowled 7 extremely tight overs, was then struck for 23 off 1 1 balls and the game was suddenly over and the trophy was at last on its way to Comber.

The Man of the Match award went to Raman Lamba for a fine all- round performance of 35 runs and 3 for I2, although Roy McBrine deserved some reward for the magnificent way in which he led Donemana's fightback. After a few years of lukewarm enthusiasm for the Schweppes Cup in some quarters it has now really taken off - it's amazing what a good summer and no bowl-outs do for teams' attitudes! In contrast there were some unpleasant aspects to this Final which in some ways reflected a year in which behaviour on and off the pitch has been far from ideal on many occasions. Both teams let themselves down with some outrageous appealing, and off-the-field a minority of the visiting fans chose to behave in a marmer which did themselves and their clubs absolutely no credit whatsoever.