Causeway Chronicle



The Coleraine Men’s First XI lost to Donemana on Saturday in a game in which the Bannsiders
showed their ability in patches but ultimately fell to a six-wicket defeat.

After losing the toss and being put into bat, Coleraine were once again quick out of the blocks
before Marcus Poskitt was bowled by Australian-born Irish passport holder David O’Sullivan for
an 18-ball 20 as Coleraine scored 55 from the first ten overs.

The introduction of spin, and particularly Ireland international Andy McBrine (1-27), necessitated
a change in approach. Scott Campbell and Craig Averill sought to rotate the strike during the
middle overs to create a platform for the middle and lower order to attack towards the end of the

A spanner in the works came in the form of Craig Averill surprisingly being adjudged LBW for 29, despite only one Donemana player offering any kind of appeal. Matthew Hutchinson (12) and Campbell (30) would score a further 30 runs from 45 balls before both lost their wickets in quick succession.

Needing to up the run rate on a good batting surface, only Coleraine professional Cephas
Zhuwao found any fluency. “The Mayor” hit four towering sixes during his 32-ball 47 but starved
of the strike and support at the other end, Coleraine’s innings would conclude on 186. Raymond
Curry did most of the damage by claiming 3-41.

It was a total that had potential to be competitive, but the Bannsiders would in hindsight feel that
they were 20-40 runs shy of really testing Donemana.
Coleraine started well with the ball, conceding just 20 runs from the eight over powerplay, during which time the indomitable Gareth Burns picked up the wicket of DJ Dougherty.

Despite lapses in the field, Coleraine would have felt in the hunt as Donemana slipped to 70-3 in the 19th over, still requiring a further 117 runs, however a combination of further reprieves for
Raymond Curry (59) and an untroubled 83* from 64 balls by Andy McBrine would secure a
comfortable win in the end for the Holm men.

Coleraine travel to Bready next weekend and will be hoping for an improvement in their form
and fortunes. After five rounds of league fixtures, there is all to play for with not a great to
separate the top six sides. Before then Coleraine will conclude their BW White Horse Hotel T20
campaign at Kildoag.

Craig Averill, Lee Ritchie, Gareth Burns, Cephas Zhuwao, Rory Knox, Ali Handforth. Bottom row from left to right: Stephen Hutchinson, Marcus Poskitt, Scott Campbell, Matthew Hutchinson, James Panek

Thirds Cup hopes shattered by Donemana

Coleraine Thirds’s chances of progressing in the Qualifying Cup were dealt a blow by Donemana on Sunday afternoon as they fell to an 8-wicket defeat at Sandel Lodge. Coleraine opted to make first use of a decent track but found the overcast conditions difficult to navigate first up.

They slipped to 10 for 3 with Jacob Cloughton managing to generate massive swing with the new ball. A mix up between Harry Nutt and Jamie Smyth did not help the Coleraine cause as Smyth was run out having only faced two balls. Neil Morrison and Hannah Skinner battled hard to get Coleraine back in the game with a partnership of 58. Some decisive running between the wickets had Donemana beginning to look a little ragged in the field as a persistent drizzle settled in. Skinner departed for an excellent 19 after being bowled by a fine inswinger from Roy McGerrigle.

This proved to be the pattern for the rest of the innings as Coleraine would lose a wicket just as they were starting to gather momentum. Debutant Vishnu Kumar showed good intensity with the bat, striking 14 off 12 balls. Neil Morrison was again the lynchpin of the innings and was eventually bowled for 64 looking to push things on. Coleraine’s lower order failed to capitalise on the death bowling as wickets continued to fall.

Coleraine were eventually bowled out for 135 inside 29 overs with David Hodges frustratingly left stranded on 7 not out. In reply Coleraine’s young attack struggled to make inroads with the new ball. David Hodges and Ethan Darragh produced some excellent deliveries and not for the first time this season, Darragh had a catch dropped off his bowling. Hannah Skinner juggled the bowlers in search of a breakthrough.

Each bowler showed promise but it was the inability to sustain pressure on the Donemana batsmen which allowed them to race on towards their target. Harry Nutt got due reward for giving his leg breaks plenty of flight when Hannah Skinner took a good catch off his bowling at mid-off.

Neil Morrison collected another wicket when Lexi Boyd attempted a ramp shot which may have been better suited to the T20 World Cup currently taking place in North America. Sachin Varghese completed a tidy stumping. That was as good as it got for Coleraine who gave themselves too much to do after a poor start with the bat.

That said, Coleraine’s young players will have learned a lot from plenty of time spent at the crease, competing with some of the brightest prospects in North West cricket.

Eglinton win with one ball to spare

Eglinton chased down Coleraine’s 126-7 to win with one ball to spare.

Amy Caulfield was again at the top of her form as she made an unbeaten 85 (11 fours, 1 six) to set the Bannsiders on their way. Kenya McCartney added 13 while Jenni Jackson (2-13) and Lucy Carmichael (2-29) fared best with the ball.

Jenni then showed her quality with the bat as she anchored Eglinton’s reply with an unbeaten 51 with Rosie McHugh adding 16. Amy Caulfield had only five runs to play with heading into the final over, but she managed to keep it alive by conceding just four from her first four deliveries, before Jenni took two from the fifth to win it.

The home side’s cause was undone with a few too many extras, but to be fair, both sides gave this absolutely everything and served up a cracker of a game.

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