Donemana set for Coleraine showdown

Coleraine left hander Scott Campbell in action against Glendermott at Rugby Avenue on Saturday
Coleraine left hander Scott Campbell in action against Glendermott at Rugby Avenue on Saturday

North West Senior Cup holders Donemana have been drawn at home to Premiership champions Coleraine in a mouthwatering semi-final.

Donemana, who reached the last four after a crushing victory over Strabane, will host the Bannsiders at The Holm.

Brigade, last year’s beaten finalists, will face the winner of the one remaining quarter-final between Championship Creevedonnell and Bready.

Brigade made the draw only after surviving a scare at home to Fox Lodge.

In a game reduced to 41 overs per side because of rain, the visitors appeared to be on course for an upset as they progressed to 68 without loss chasing a modest target of 172.

Tabish Khan, the professional and Warriors opener Jason Milligan were seemingly in control but the former was caught and bowled by Simon Dunn and Milligan fell to Richard Hepburn.

Despite 28 from Brian Allen and 21 from Dean Curry, the almost predictable Fox Lodge collapse happened as Brigade’s professional Digvijay Amarnath took five for 19 with his part-time spinners.

From 123 for five and being right in the hunt, the Foxies, without Dean McCarter, Andrew McGinnis, Mark Mooney and Jonathan Heywood, lost their last five wickets for just 14 runs to slump to 137 all out.

Earlier Brigade had struggled to find momentum with the bat during a stop-start affair due to unexpected rain.

However, Ryan Hunter played arguably his finest Brigade innings to date, striking nine fours and a six in a top score of 71. There were also decent contributions from Dylan Waterstone and Johnny Thompson while Khan and Aaron Heywood took two wickets apiece.

Perhaps the most surprising events of the day came at Creevedonnell, where the quarter-final tie with Bready was postponed. The umpires ruled that overnight rain left the ground unsuitable for cricket.