Donemana captain Ricky-Lee Dougherty paid tribute to his bowlers after Donemana beat Eglinton by five wickets to lift the Senior Cup for the fourth year in a row.
Professional Jan Frylinck took six wickets in the match and Richie McBrine four, the pair combining to remove dangermen Stuart Thompson, Craig Averill and Oraine Williams across both innings.
Dougherty, who lifted the trophy in his first match as captain standing in for Richard Kee, said Donemana had deliberately targeted the Eglinton trio.
“As soon as we took the first wicket on Saturday our bowlers started bowling in partnerships. I thought Jan and Richie were unplayable, they would have bowled out a lot of teams. We knew Stuarty and their professional were going to be the main men and the way we got them out was quite brilliant.
“We talked about it all week, the men we have to target and make sure don’t get set are Craig Averill, Stuart Thompson and the professional. I think we did that brilliantly over the two days, everyone was up for it and buzzing on the pitch. The only time we took the foot off the pedal was in the last 20 overs today, but credit to Richard Wylie, it was a top knock. I still felt we bowled well enough and kept the run-rate down and coming off needing 117 to win, I would take that every time in a Senior Cup final.”
Dougherty admits there were a few nerves jangling as Donemana stumbled to eight for three.
“Andy McBrine’s knock was just top-class. At eight for three I was starting to get nervous, but our batting is very deep and there are a lot of cool heads in that team. Gary McClintock batted today like a seasoned, experienced player, it was top-notch. Hopefully we stick together and win a few more senior cups.”
He warned the rest of the North West that their appetite for trophies remains undiminished.
“Four in a row is crazy, every year people might think we are getting bored with it but we fight harder than anyone and we are never beaten in the Senior Cup.”
Eglinton captain Chris Pierce was left ruing his side’s first-innings batting.
He said: “The first innings of 114 just isn’t good enough and you are just trying to claw yourself back from the start. It wasn’t easy, and Donemana didn’t find it too easy, both teams bowled well and the wicket helped the bowlers a bit too. It seamed about and turned.
“But we were in with a chance today. Donemana were eight for three and if we had got another couple of wickets then, it would have been a different game, the pressure would have been right on them. Another wicket at that stage, you never know. but Andy McBrine played very well.”