DONEMANA passed their first test of the season with a 22 runs victory over Clontarf at Castle Avenue as all six games in the Royal Liver Irish Cup scheduled for Dublin not only started but reached positive results. In the match of the day, the North West Cup holders recovered from 46 for four to post 221 with James McBrine hitting 46, including five fours and two sixes out of a fifth wicket stand of 72 with Richard Kee. Dwayne McGerrigle (right), at No 7, then took over, scoring 63 off 61 balls with four sixes and three fours, dominating an eighth wicket stand of 57 with Robert Huey.
The former Fox Lodge player, now back at his original club, then claimed the bowling honours with four for 45. He received excellent support from Richard Dougherty who had three stumpings, including Clontarf's top scorer Tinnis Fourie, off a wide, for 87.
Brigade are also safely into the second round draw after a remarkable game against YMCA. Former Ireland captain Angus Dunlop scored 73 for the home side who totalled only 90. There were six extras and seven batsmen were dismissed without scoring. On a tricky wicket, the North West league champions lost four wickets in reaching their modest target.
Drummond and Bready both travelled in vain, with totals of 128 and 123 respectively not enough to worry Leinster or Malahide and Lurgan also exited at the first hurdle, to the strong Merrion side. John Guy dismissed Dom Joyce for two but Ireland Under 19 international John Blakeney scored his first senior 50, the hard-hitting Brad Spanner hit seven fours in his 44 and Lurgan were chasing 250. Their innings was interrupted three times by rain and, when light ran out at 8.50pm, they were stuck on 165 for six, with 10 overs remaining but with the minimum 30 overs bowled, they lost on a faster scoring rate.