McBrine century leads Donemana to victory
At Ballymagorry things actually started brightly for the home side. Jason Milligan won the toss and opted to put the cup winners in to bat and it looked a good call as Gareth Heywood was among the wickets very quickly.
The Foxies' seamer removed Gary McClintock early in the piece and then trapped professional Kamran Sajid bang in front to leave the batting side 33 for 2. William McClintock (8) and Tom Riddles (26) followed soon after, both to Heywood as well, before skipper Jason Milligan removed his opposite number Richard Kee to leave Donemana struggling on 66 for 5.
Ricky-Lee Dougherty (15) and Andy McBrine added another 30 for the 6th wicket but just as it looked as if the visitors were going to be rolled over, the Warriors skipper was joined by dad, Junior, and the fightback began.
This pair were content to feed on scraps at the start but once they were set they took the game to the hosts' attack. Andy moved to his 50 from 66 balls but with Junior playing the anchor role at the other end the 21-year old turned on the tap in the closing overs. He brought up his century soon after, the second 50 taking just 22 balls as the young Ireland International showed all his class.
Junior did his bit too as he finished on 42 not out but he will have been a proud man watching from the other end as his protege hit 11 fours and 5 sixes in a quality 112 not out. Father and son's partnership was worth an unbroken 142 in the end as Donemana closed on 238 for 6 from their 50 overs. Gareth Heywood was by some way the pick of the home attack as he returned impressive figures of 4-32 from his ten overs.
The Foxies' reply started well too however, a half century stand between Jason Milligan and Iftikhar Hussain only ending with the former bowled by Andy McBrine for 21. Hussain and Brian Allen took the score to 94 before the ex-Pakistan “A” International was trapped leg before- McBrine again the successful bowler.
The game seemed to turn at that point as in the very next over Allen looked a touch unlucky to be given out lbw to Jordan McGonigle for 22 as Donemana turned the screw. From 94 for 1 the home side were 109 for 5 in next to no time as old habits returned to haunt them and their brittle underbelly was exposed once more.
Jonny Heywood did his best to keep the match alive but there just wasn't enough nous in the lower half and Kee's men rarely let go when they have teams down. Heywood's 30 was to be as good as it got from there as Fox Lodge were finally dismissed for 153, 85 runs short in total.
The bowling was dominated by the McBrine boys with 3 wickets for William and 2 apiece for Andy and Junior while McGonigle was in good form as well with 2-23 from his 10 overs.
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