The book of cricket clichés was in big demand at Eglinton on Saturday evening after holders Donemana defied all the odds, and a 72-run first innings deficit, to take the Danske Bank Senior Cup trophy back to the Holm.
As finals go this one was tense and nervous and bar several notable exceptions it was a fairly turgid showdown as opposed to an open, free-flowing decider.
Donemana won’t care one iota about that of course and there will have been plenty of sore heads around the Tyrone village on Sunday and probably Monday morning as well. The win was greeted enthusiastically by the expected big support while Brigade must surely be left to wonder how they let such a substantial lead slip when they had the holders pinned to the ropes.
Away from the cup final there was one Premier League game on Sunday when Bready’s poor run of form continued with a 5-wicket defeat at Fox Lodge. That reverse sees the Magheramason men head into the second half of the season still without a league point and deep in relegation trouble.
In the Championship, Ardmore have drawn alongside St Johnston at the top of the table after Andrew Riddles hit his fourth century of the season in a high scoring win at Killyclooney.
Drummond kept their faint promotion hopes alive with a 5-wicket win at home to Burndennett.