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Final

  • LIMAVADY beat LEINSTER by 10 wickets.
    Beechgrove, Londonderry, 5th September
    Leinster 172-6 (T McDonnell 50, G Cooke 3-33)
    Limavady 174-0 (D Curry 102*, D Cooke 64*)
    Man of the Match: D Curry (Limavady)

LIMAVADY v LEINSTER
At Beechgrove (Londonderry), 5th September 1997
LIMAVADY won by 10 wickets

LEINSTER      
JV Byrne               not out  61  Kerr        10  1  31  0
M Jones     c Tinney b G Cooke   1  G Cooke     10  1  33  3
JE Byrne     c Curry b G Cooke   4  V McDaid    10  0  27  0
R Johnson  c D Cooke b G Cooke   4  R McDaid    10  0  43  0
R Waddell    c D Cooke b Curry  20  Curry       10  3  27  2
P Byrne     c R McDaid b Curry   0  
T McDonnell            run out  50
C Colleran              not out  4    
R McDonnell      
R Henson      
J Craven
Extras  (9 b, 3 lb, 9 w, 7 nb)  28
Total   (6 wickets, 50 overs)  172

LIMAVADY      
D Curry                not out 102  Waddell      5  0  26  0
D Cooke                not out  64  Craven       5  2  18  0
I McGregor                          R McDonnell 10  0  45  0
A Christie                          P Byrne      5  1  39  0
G Cooke                             T McDonnell  6  1  44  0
M McDaid    
R McDaid
R Tinney      
V McDaid      
R Kerr
C Martin
Extras  (2 lb, 6 w)             8
Total  (0 wickets, 31 overs)  174

Semi-Finals

  • Limavady 301-6 (D Curry 182, A Christie 44, G Neely 3-62) beat Donemana 256 (J McBrine 68, R McBrine 63, V McDaid 3-29, R Kerr 3-46) by 45 runs. Match reduced to 40 overs.
  • Leinster 334-6 (M Jones 143) beat Lurgan 215 (G Hunter 56, R McCollum 45, J Craven 3-45, R McDonnell 3-47) by 119 runs.

Quarter-Finals

  • Limavady 264-9 (D Cooke 75, D Curry 69, G McKeegan 6-56, M Olphert 3-45) beat Bready 221 (G McConnell 48, M Olphert 45, D Curry 4-28) by 43 runa
  • Cliftonville 228-7 (K McCallan 50) lost to Donemana 230-3 (J McBrine 94, A Scott 53) by 7 wickets.
  • Leinster 174-8 (J Byrne 53) beat Strabane 110-9 (R McDonnell 3-30) by 64 runs
  • Lurgan 304-6 (G Hunter 89, G Morrison 56, C Irwin 50, M Lucas 3-45) beat Sion Mills 90 by 214 runs.

3rd Round

  • Old Belvedere 156-9 lost to Bready 157-5 by 5 wickets
  • Brigade 164 lost to Leinster 165-2 by 8 wickets
  • North Down 158 lost to Donemana 162-2 by 8 wickets
  • Glendermott 156 lost to Cliftonville 157-4 by 6 wickets
  • Limavady 169 beat Lisburn 102 by 67 runs
  • Downpatrick 229-8 lost to Lurgan 229-6 on wickets lost
  • Strabane 202-7 beat Merrion 131 by 71 runs
  • YMCA 128 lost to Sion Mills 128 on scoring rate

2nd Round

  • Brigade 243-8 beat Instonians 115 by 128 runs
  • Carlisle 104 lost to Sion Mills 105-3 by 7 wickets
  • Pembroke 119 lost to Cliftonville 120-3 by 7 wickets
  • Donemana 343-5 beat North County 64 by 279 runs
  • Eglinton 172 lost to Downpatrick 173-5 by 5 wickets
  • Leinster 272-5 beat Cork County 163 by 109 runs
  • Drummond 100 lost to Lisburn 101-3 by 7 wickets
  • The Hills 184-5 lost to Lurgan 185-4 by 6 wickets
  • Glendermott 201-6 beat Malahide196 by 5 runs
  • Merrion 231-5 beat Ardmore 138 by 93 runs
  • CYM 104 lost to North Down 105-2 by 8 wickets
  • Limavady 166 beat NICC 139 by 27 runs
  • Old Belvedere 180-7 beat Muckamore 154 by 26 runs
  • Railway Union 150-8 lost to Strabane 153-2 by 8 wickets
  • Bready 230-7 beat Woodvale 195-9 by 38 runs
  • YMCA 329-7 beat Phoenix 147-8 by 182 runs

1st Round

  • CYM beat Cork Harlequins
  • Eglinton 199-7 beat Rush 117 by 82 runs
  • Sion Mills 131 beat Clontarf 122 by 9 runs
  • YMCA 252-8 beat Waringstown 205 by 47 runs
Reports & Articles

Curry leads Limavady to Cup triumph over Leinster (by Ian Callender)

Limavady completed a treble by following up their North West League and Cup double with victory in the Irish Senior Cup. Following a crushing ten wickets victory over Leinster in the decider at Beechgrove in Londonderry, Limavady (already the North West League and Cup winners) became the Royal Liver Irish Cup holders for a second time and no one could dispute their accolade of the best team in Ireland.

Decker Curry has played in two Irish Cup semi-finals and two finals for Limavady and has now scored centuries in all four innings. With the not inconsiderable help of David Cooke, Limavady completed a treble of 10 wicket victories in trophy-deciding games-Bready in the North West Cup Final and Donemana in the League decider being the others.

Chasing 173 on a Beechgrove wicket which was never easy after almost a week of rain and four more interruptions during the game, Curry scored 102 off 11 balls with eight sixes and seven fours and Cooke hit 64 with 11 fours and a six to win the match with an overwhelming 19 overs to spare.

It is not often that there is a single defining moment in a match but, when Leinster Captain Clive Colleran dropped Curry in the 15th over, the Dubliners could, there and then, have started queuing for their runners-up medals. To that point, Curry had been tamed by the off-spin of John Craven who opened the bowling for Leinster. Even at the other end he could hardly time a ball in anger and Cooke scored 37 of the first fifty runs.

The ball after his "life" was despatched for six over square leg, Curry's first boundary since getting off the mark, and he never looked back. Three successive sixes off Peter Byrne was the highlight of his side's second fifty, Curry's contribution this time being 37. By the 22nd over he had overtaken his partner and with Curry on 75 and just 26 needed for victory there was only one conclusion.

When Leinster were 15 for three and 70 for five, Curry's hopes of scoring his fifth century of the season seemed remote-the target was simply not going to be big enough. A sixth wicket partnership of 93 between Joe Byrne, who batted throughout the innings for his undefeated 61 and Tom McDonnell did, however, give Limavady a target worthy of a final.

Gordon Cooke, with another impressive opening spell, ended the claims of Mark Jones and international Johnny Byrne in the first two overs and then Curry, who had held a staggering catch at silly point to dismiss Byrne, took two wickets in three balls to leave Leinster gasping for air.