Momentum with Donemana as title race becomes clearer
Donemana go into Tuesday night's T20 contest at Creevedonnell knowing that a win will not only send Stephen Scroggie's side into Division 2 but will also propel themselves to the top of the Division 1 table with a game in hand following a superb weekend's work from Richard Kee's men.
Having seen their league campaign distorted due to an impressive summer in all the cup competitions the Tyrone side have now caught up to just two games behind the pack but have done so without losing any momentum. Following on from a solid win at home to Limavady on Saturday this looked a real acid test against league leaders Coleraine on their own patch but the visitors emerged with another deserved win and are surely now the favourites to claim the senior crown.
Ricky Lee Dougherty (48) and Kamran Sajid (33) helped Donemana recover from the early loss of Gary McClintock and while they may not have been dominant, the visitors kep the board ticking over as runs were at a premium. Testament to the difficulty in scoring, Junior McBrine's 18 took 38 balls to assemble and Dawyne McGarrigle's 21 took 40 however skipper Kee, batting down at number 8 added an even-time 25 that helped them to a decent looking total of 189.
Craig Averill picked up 3 wickets and Andrew Douglas 2 for the hosts who were soon struggling in the chase. David Cooke was patience personified as he made a fantastic unbeaten 83 in the circumstances but Coleraine will know that there wasn't much help around for him with the next highest contributor making just 15. Despite Cooke's heroics 2 wickets apiece for Sajid and William McBrine eased Donemana to a vital win and they could take a bit of catching from here.
Brigade also made it two from two as they beat a Limavady side whose title aspirations have been snuffed out after an awful weekend.
Iftikhar Hussain was also on an almost identical one-man crusade in this one hitting 7 fours in his 91 although Johnny Thompson chipped in with 24. Andrew Riddles picked up three wickets and Andy Britton two and you would have thought that Limavady would have been more than happy to restrict Mark Simpson's men to 151 all out.
The reply was poor however, skipper Riddles' 44 and 25 from Adam McDaid just about it as the hosts were all out for 103. Thompson picked up his second 5-wicket haul in as many days to lead the way for Brigade, Mark Snograss adding 3 more and Hussain 2 in a 48-run win.
Killyclooney were relegated from Division 2 after failing by just 7 runs to chase down St Johnston's 220, Alan MacBeth and Alan Colhoun swapping half centuries in this one. The win means that the Saints now play Eglinton twice in the coming week (a T20 starting on Wednesday night at the Boathole and a league game at Eglinton on Saturday) knowing they need 2 wins to prevent Karl O'Doherty from lifting the trophy.