The North West big three of holders Donemana, Brigade and Coleraine are all safetly through to the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup after victories on Saturday.
And Sunday’s draw paired Donemana, aiming for a fifth Senior Cup triumph in a rown, with Brigade with Coleraine hosting Bready.
The Bannsiders had few problems seeing off last year’s beaten finalists, Eglinton, as Scott Campbell’s team marched into yet another semi-final with an eight-wicket victory.
A solid showing with the ball was the catalyst for the Coleraine’s win-Gordon Cooke (3-30) doing the early damage with support coming from Rishi Chopra (2-12), Varun Chopra (2-17) and Roshen Silva (2-22).
Oraine Williams hit six fours in his 48 but the rest of the villagers’ batsmen struggled to stay with the Jamaican and it took late cameos from Scott Adair (23) and Chris Pierce (19) to get the total up to 145 all out.
The Bannsiders looked at ease throughout the reply with Campbell and Tim Chopra posting a stand of 59 before the skipper fell to Ross Allen for 35.
Rishi Chopra (12) came and went before Tim and Roshen Silva saw the job through. Chopra was unbeaten on 53 and Silva likewise on 31 as Coleraine coasted into yet another semi-final.
Donemana were the most convincing winners on Saturday, as they put Championship side Newbuildings to the sword, but only after they were given an early scare or two.
Donemana were struggling on 10 for two early on, however the Premier League side stamped their class all over the second half of the innings to leave Dale Culbert’s team shell-shocked.
Ricky-Lee Dougherty’s side piled on an incredible 167 runs in the last 12 overs with professional Jan Frylinck and William McClintock sharing in a rapid unbroken partnership. Frylinck struck five sixes and a four from one Culbert over as he raced to an unbeaten 111 at the end, made from just 64 balls and including 12 fours and six sixes.
McClintock was only slightly more subdued - striking nine fours and four sixes in his 80 not out as Donemana posted a mammoth 407 for five in their 50 overs. Earlier, Andrew Riddles (90) and William McClintock (81) had batted brilliantly to lead the recovery.
Newbuildings’ reply started reasonably well with Dean Mehaffey (44) and David Robb (29) taking them to 66 for one but they needed a mammoth innings from overseas man, Peat Salmon to stand even a remote chance. The West Indian had earlier been presented with the Player-of-the-Month award for May but when was run out for 20 that was the tie as good as settled.
Jason Browne (33), Peter Allen (27) and Stephen Wallace (22) all struck defiant knocks and a final total of 233 and a 174-run defeat was nothing to be ashamed of.
Dwayne McGerrigle (3-33) and Jordan McGonigle (2-29) fared best with the ball for Donemana.
Life was a lot less comfortable for Brigade, who only edged out Drummond after a thrilling and tense finale.