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Ulster Plate 2023
Final: Donemana II beat Muckamore II by 46 runs
The Holm, 20 August.
Donemana 148 (27.3 overs: Mark Moore 37, Jimmy Britton 36; Shane Henderson 4-29, Les Allen 2-12)
Muckamore 102 (29 overs: Sam Magee 28, Richard Keates 23; Graham Boyd 4-21, A Britton 4-25)
Winners Donemana (CricketEurope)
Donemana won the Ulster Plate for the fourth time after beating Muckamore in a relatively low scoring final that ebbed and flowed throughout. Shane Henderson (4-29) and Les Allen (2-12) had Donemana on the ropes at 57 for 6, but a counter-attacking 36 in 24 balls from Jimmy Britton (2 fours, 3 sixes) saw him and Mark Moore (37) double the score, The tail managed to bring the total up to 148, but that still looked a little light. However, Man of the Match Adam Britton's new-ball burst saw the Moylena side reduced to 35 for 5 as the teenager took 4 for 25, including the big wicket of Ewan Wilson. Sam Magee (28) and Richard Keates (23) then looked to be taking the game away in a 6th wicket stand of 58 and at 93 for 5 the game was tilting their way. However, a stunning catch on the cover boundary by Joe Robinson - one of three he held - proved the turning point, and Graham Boyd went on to take 4 for 21 - including three in an over - as the last five wickets fell for just nine runs to seal the 46-run win for the NW side.
Semi-final: Lisburn lost to Muckamore 1-2 in a bowl-out
Wallace Park, 23 July.
Muckamore's Arnold Oduvelil and Les Allen were the bowl-out heroes for the Moylena side in their 2-1 win at Wallace Park over Lisburn. They will take on Donemana at a North West venue on Sunday August 20th.
Semi-final: Donemana beat Woodvale by 2 wickets
The Holm, 23 July.
Woodvale 86/9 (22 overs; Adam Britton 4-20, Chris Neely 2-13, Levi Dougherty 2-19)
Donemana 87/8 (16.1 overs; Jimmy Britton 26, Billy Dougherty 25; Lewis Adair 3-13, Habeeb 2-13, Aditya Adey 2-21)
Three times winners Donemana will play Muckamore in the Ulster Plate final after the Tyrone side overcame Woodvale in a low scoring thriller at The Holm. A rain affected game saw the teams play a 22-overs match with the NCU struggling in tough conditions to 86 for 9. Adam Britton took four wickets, while there were two apiece for Chris Neely and Levi Dougherty. The home found the going equally tough and with Lewis Adair (3-13), Habeeb (2-13) and Aditya Adey (2-21) all bowling well, the game had swung towards Woodvale at 40 for 6. However, Jimmy Britton (26) and Billy Dougherty (25) each cleared the ropes three times in a stand of 44 to clinch a two-wicket win.
Round 2: Bready lost to Woodvale by 6 runs (DLS)
Magheramason, 25 June.
Woodvale 176/4 (26 overs: Harry Warke 85, Euan Scott 68*; A Cooke 2-23)
Bready 183/7 (26 overs: J McCorkell 71*, D McCloskey 28, C Spence 20; Habeeb 3-36, L Adair 2-17) (Match reduced pre-start to 30 overs and further reduced to 26. Target 190 off 26.)
Round 2: Lisburn beat Eglinton by 10 wickets
Wallace Park, 25 June.
Eglinton 90 (25.3 overs: Josh Martin 28; Cameron Doak 3-17, Adam Berry 2-4, Richard McConkey 2-30)
Lisburn 92/0 (9 overs: Chris Burns 54*, Jonathan Waite 33*) (Match reduced pre-start to 28 overs.)
Round 2: CIYMS lost to Donemana in a bowl-out: 0-2
Belmont, 25 June.
Donemana 143/5 (17 overs: J Robinson 51, P Dougherty 38, G Boyd 33)
CIYMS (Match reduced pre-start to 17 overs and subsequently abandoned.)
Round 2: St Johnston lost to Muckamore by 10 wickets
The Boathole, 25 June.
St Johnston 201/6 (34 overs: M Ryan 67*, I Macbeth 43, G Lapsley 32; S Henderson 2-15)
Muckamore 224/0 (27.2 overs: Ewan Wilson 141*, Graeme Ormiston 59*) (Match reduced to 34 overs - further reduced to 33 during Tea interval - Target 222 in 33 overs.)
Muckamore made light work of a challenging chase winning by 10 wickets with almost 6 overs to spare. Once again it was Ewan Wilson who added another 141 to the 174 he scored against Newbuildings in the first round. His 90 ball knock this time included 13 boundaries and 8 maximums while his opening partner Graeme Ormiston compiled a half century of his own.
Round 1: Bready beat CSNI by 18 runs
Magheramason, 11 June.
Bready 207 (39.1 overs; Mervyn Magee 36, Matthew Collum 29*, Nathan McCombe 29, Dean McCloskey 24, Jamie McCombe 23; Gareth Thompson 3-42, Connor De Wett 2-25, James West 2-41)
CSNI 188/9 (40 overs; Regan West 49, Gareth Thompson 39, Ollie Dyer 21; Jordan McCorkell 3-28, Mervyn Magee 2-14, Aaron Cooke 2-33)
Wicket for Mervyn Magee as Bready beat CSNI by 18 runs (CricketEurope)
Bready held off a late charge from former Irish international Regan West to book their place in the next round with an 18-run win at home to CSNI. Chasing 207, the Stormont side were always behind the required rate, but thanks to some lusty blows they were never quite out of it. West perished caught on long-on the ball after being dropped on 49. Gareth Thompson made 39 to go with his earlier three wickets. Bready's win owed much to a last wicket stand of 55 between Matthew Collum and Nathan McCombe who both made 29, taking the total from 152 for 9 to 207.
Round 1: Brigade lost to Woodvale by 8 wickets
Beechgrove, 11 June.
Brigade 180/9 (40 overs; Cameron Nawn 31, Jay Scott 30, Jack Hall 29, J Smallwoods 21*, Andrew Baggley 20; J Rose 3-22, Harry Warke 2-43)
Woodvale 184/2 (16.1 overs; Harry Warke 124, Euan Scott 37; Jamie Millar 2-72)
Umpire Clarke Killen confirms the lbw dismissal of Jamie Millar as Brigade met Woodvale at Beechgrove. (Lawrence Moore)
Harry Styles rocked Slane at the weekend, and Harry Warke rocked Beechgrove with a powerful century which saw Woodvale brush aside the challenge of Brigade. A solid batting effort by the hosts saw them post 180 with Cameron Nawn top-scoring with 31. Warke then went on the warpath, smashing 12 fours and 9 sixes in his 124, dominating an opening stand of 163 in 13 overs with Euan Scott (37). Jamie Millar accounted for both but by then it was all but done and dusted - the 8-wickets win secured in the 17th over.
Round 1: CIYMS beat Ardmore by 152 runs
Belmont, 11 June.
CIYMS 235/5 (40 overs; Carson McCullough 118*, Jack Beattie 34, Adam Heasley 28)
Ardmore 83 (24.4 overs; Conor King 34; Angus Farrell 5-14, Mark Best 3-31)
Centurion Carson McCullough (CricketEurope)
Another centurion was Ireland Academy prospect Carson McCullough whose unbeaten 118 powered CIYMS to an emphatic 152-run win over Ardmore at Belmont. He hit 14 fours and 2 sixes in his fine knock, sharing stands of 82 for the second wicket with Jack Beattie (34) and 85 for the 5th with Adam Heasley (28) as the Belmont side made 235. Angus Farrell then took five wickets and Mark Best three as the Bleachgreen side were skittled for 83 - Conor King's 34 their only bright note.
Round 1: Cliftonville Academy lost to St Johnston by 2 wickets
Castle Grounds, 11 June.
Cliftonville Academy 158 (36.2 overs: Jonny Terrett 49, Philip Kane 28; David Barnard 2-23, Ian Macbeth 2-26)
St Johnston 160/8 (32.2 overs: David Macbeth 37, David Barnard 24*; Jonny Terrett 4-27, Matthew McCord 4-35)
The St Johnston team that defeated Cliftonville Academy (CricketEurope)
St Johnston edged out Cliftonville Academy at the Castle Grounds in one of the closest games of the day. The hosts rallied from 49 for 5 to post 158 thanks to a sixth wicket stand of 74 between Johnny Terrett, who scored a run-a-ball 49 (8 fours, 1 six), and Philip Kane (28). David Macbeth's 37 aided by 44 wides and no-balls got St Johnston off to a strong start, but from 80 for 1 they were in trouble at 143 for 8 with four wickets apiece for Matty McCord and Terrett. Skipper David Barnard though remained cool to seal the win with an unbeaten 24.
Round 1: Eglinton beat North Down by 86 runs
Eglinton, 11 June.
Eglinton 257/8 (40 overs: Adam Lamberton 68, Dylan McElhatton 54, Karl O'Doherty 42; Jacob McClure-Dalzell 2-34, Josh Corbett 2-47)
North Down 171 (32.5 overs: Gavin Anderson 63, Tom Crothers 33; Dylan McElhatton 4-27, Josh Martin 3-41)
The Eglinton side that beat North Down in the Ulster Plate (CricketEurope)
Half centuries from Adam Lamberton and Dylan McElhatton, plus 42 from Karl O'Doherty helped Eglinton to an impressive 257 for 8. Lamberton top-scored with 68 from 73 balls (8 fours, 3 sixes), while McElhatton's hard-hit 54 not out (5 fours, 2 sixes) came from just 37 deliveries. North Down were well in contention at 120 for 2 just past the halfway mark with Gavin Anderson hitting 10 boundaries in his 63 and Tom Crothers making a breezy 33. However, the wheels came off as McElhatton claimed four wickets and Josh Martin three to seal an ultimately comfortable 86-run win.
Round 1: Fox Lodge lost to Lisburn by 2 wickets
Ballymagorry, 11 June.
Fox Lodge 259 (39.4 overs: Lee Doherty 80, Aiden Logue 75, Craig Alexander 43; Cameron Doak 4-41, Richard McConkey 3-46, Stuart Lightbody 2-34)
Lisburn 263/8 (35.2 overs: Chris Burns 115, Richard McConkey 37, Stuart Lightbody 31; Luke Hayes 3-40, Craig Alexander 3-52)
Chris Burns scored 115 (CricketEurope)
There was a high scoring encounter at Ballymagorry where visitors Lisburn prevailed despite a late wobble. Batting first, Fox Lodge openers Gareth Doherty and Aidan Logue shared an opening stand of 123. Doherty top scored with a clean-hit 80 from 52 balls (11 fours, 3 sixes), while Logue's 75 from 99 deliveries included 8 fours. The rest of the batting failed to fire with the exception of Craig Alexander who made an even time 43 (3 fours, 1 six). Cameron Doak took four wickets, with three for Richard McConkey and two for Stuart Lightbody. Lisburn had a century opening stand of their own with Chris Burns and Stuart Lightbody (31) sharing an opening stand of 114 - the day after they added 300 in the NCU Junior Cup! Burns drove, cut and pulled anything remotely loose, hitting 19 fours and 4 sixes in his 115 from only 72 balls. Three wickets apiece for Luke Hayes and Craig Alexander kept things interesting, but Richard McConkey's 37 and a cameo from Cameron Doak - who hit 3 sixes in his 19 - ensured the Wallace Park side prevailed.
Round 1: Newbuildings lost to Muckamore by 133 runs
Foyleview Arena, 11 June.
Muckamore 354/5 (40 overs: Ewan Wilson 174, Jude Keates 50, Richard Keates 30*, Graeme Ormiston 25, Shane Henderson 22*; Adam Mitchell 2-69)
Newbuildings 221 (38.1 overs: Graeme Sweeney 56, Lee McClellend 39, Jack McIvor 38, Jack McIntyre 33; Sam Magee 2-20, Jude Keates 2-33, Arnold Oduvelil 2-47, Ethan Wilson 2-47)
Ewan Wilson acknowledges applause after making 174 for Muckamore (CricketEurope)
Muckamore may have forsaken home advantage, but they wouldn't mind playing at the Foyleview Arena every week as their batters took full advantage of the good pitch and fast outfield to plunder the home side's attack for 354 runs. Ewan Wilson made 174 of those, as he and Jude Keates added 144 in 14 overs for the 3rd wicket. Wilson hit 14 sixes and 12 fours in his 120 ball stay, while Keates' 50 came from 37 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes). Keates senior got in on the carnage with 7 fours in an unbeaten 30 from just 7 balls, while there were runs too for Shane Henderson (22*) and Graeme Ormiston (25). The hosts did well to reply with 221 with Graeme Sweeney hitting 7 fours in his 56, and 30s from Jack McIvor, Lee McClelland and Jack McIntyre. There were two wickets apiece each too for Sam Magee, Jude Keates, Arnold Oduvelil and Ethan Wilson in the 133-run win.
Round 1: Waringstown lost to Donemana by 6 wickets
The Lawn, 11 June.
Waringstown 175 (38 overs: Rory Bessell 66, Michael Waite 32; DJ Dougherty 4-30, Graham Boyd 3-19)
Donemana 179/4 (27.1 overs: DJ Dougherty 81, Mark Moore 25, Levi Dougherty 26*; Jack Snell 2-21, Rory Bessell 2-34)
Charlie Williamson is bowled by MOM DJ Dougherty in Donemana's win. (CricketEurope)
Donemana gained revenge for their semi-final loss to Waringstown last year, and knocked out the holders with a convincing six-wicket win at The Lawn. Rory Bessell top-scored with 66 (7 fours, 1 six) adding 49 for the second wicket with Michael Waite - who hit 6 fours in his 23-ball 32. From 74 for 1 though the home side lost their way to be bowled out for 175. Graham Boyd took three wickets, while DJ Dougherty took four. DJ then turned his attention to batting matters, hitting 11 fours and clearing the ropes three times in a top-score of 81. He added 109 in 18 overs with Mark Moore (25) to break the back of the chase, and Levi Dougherty wasted no time in sealing victory with a rapid 26 not out.