There was double success for the Donemana club as they won the Sperrin Springs Cup 2-1 in a sudden death bowl-out after just two overs were possible in normal time against Glendermott.

Bob Robinson struck with the first ball of the shoot-out and it looked as if it would be enough until William McBrine equalised with the last delivery of the ten. Irish international Andy McBrine then hit in sudden death to clinch the trophy.

24 hours earlier, Ritchie McBrine scored another cup final century against The Nedd to help Donemana retain the League One Cup in a repeat of the 2022 decider. McBrine hit 13 of his side's 26 sixes as well a 5 fours in a whirlwind 113 from 45 balls as the Tyrone side made 366 for 9 in their first innings. Mark Moore (45) and Joe Robinson (38) had added 61 for the 3rd wicket, but The Nedd kept chipping away and at 126 for 4 in the 21st over, it was pretty even.

However, Graham Boyd hit 5 sixes and 5 four in his 65, sharing a 5th wicket stand of 162 in just 11 overs to put Donemana in complete control. Johnny Young hit 5 sixes in a top score of 43 in The Nedd reply of 182, with three wickets for skipper Jamie Huey, and two apiece for birthday boy Adam Britton, Graham Boyd and Ritchie McBrine.

The home side enforced the follow-on hoping to get it decided on the one day, but credit to the Ballykelly based side, they went down with guns blazing, hitting 21 sixes of their own in a second innings total of 271. Jacob Logan-Wilson hit 7 of them in a 32-ball 59, while Dylan Moore also made an unbeaten 63 (5 fours, 4 sixes. McBrine claimed five wickets, while Joe Robinon picked up three and Huey two.

A two-hour delay on Saturday meant Donemana needed a DLS adjusted 58 in 20 overs. They got them in 4.1 with that man McBrine clearing the ropes five times to seal a 10-wicket win and make the Man-of-the-Match award a formality.

“It was another great win,” captain Jamie Huey told the Chronicle afterwards. “We were without last year’s Man of the Match in Chris Neely, but everyone chipped in well. Ritchie was the standout again this year, his hundred in the first innings was just great to watch.

“It was far from easy bowling in wet conditions in the second innings but we stuck at it and left ourselves with an easy target. We knew all we needed was 20 minutes of play on Saturday and we would win the game. Thankfully we got a break in the weather and won it comfortably.”

Donemana have a chance to make it a cup double in two weeks’ time when they host Muckamore in the Ulster Plate, while The Nedd are favourites for the league title, needing three wins from their final four matches to clinch the crown.