Donemana crush Brigade to go top of table
It is advantage Donemana at the top of Division 1 of the Long's SuperValu North West league after Richard Kee's side made short work of Brigade on Friday evening to move two points clear of the chasing pack.
Only 9 balls were bowled on the first two scheduled evenings but despite a 15-minute break for rain the Holm men had bundles in hand as they made the most of ideal bowling conditions early on.
Brigade openers Mattie Moran and Gareth McKeegan were both removed by James McBrine with just 6 on the board before Johnnie Thompson and Iftikhar Hussain gave the innings a much needed bost with a 77-run stand. The rate was slow however and when Hussain went having made 30, Thompson decided to squeeze the right pedal.
The all-rounder continued his excellent run of form hitting 4 fours and 4 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 64 but even allowing for that the champions could manage just 114 for 4 in their 20 overs. James was the pick of the visitors' attack with 2-6 from his 4 overs.
No such problems for Donemana although the rain had taken any life out of the surface as Kamran Sajid and Ryan Hunter used up less than 8 overs to post a 50-run opening stand.
The latter was then dismissed behind the wicket off the bowling of Hussain for 27, most observers felt he had been stumped while the umpires confirmed after the match that he had been caught but it was to matter little as Sajid and Ricky Lee Dougherty took it home from there.
Sajid, another man at the top of his game was unbeaten on 49 with Dougherty on 37 in a 9-wicket romp for the Tyrone men.