Cup saga drags on as postponements strike again

Burndennett batsman Stephen McCay sends this one for four on Saturday. (2606PG64)
Burndennett batsman Stephen McCay sends this one for four on Saturday. (2606PG64)

IT WAS another difficult weekend for North-West cricketers as yet more poor weather put paid to several fixtures in both league and cup meaning that any chance of playing the semi-finals of the Northern Bank Trophy this coming weekend as scheduled, have now gone.

Saturday’s first quarter-final between Donemana and Glendermott was washed away in Friday evening’s incessant rain however the second tie between Bready and Burndennett did get under way but was abandoned mid-way with the game delicately poised.

The Division Two side got off to a flier courtesy of knocks of 60 from skipper Mark Doherty, 42 from Stephen McCay and 40 from John McGettigan and at 187-6 from 37 overs they were far from out of it.

The game was suspended, however, after an accidental clash between two Bready fielders going for the same catch and an ambulance was called immediately when it became clear that one of them, Ian Young, had sustained a horrific leg injury as he fell.

The Bready players were badly shaken by events and gladly accepted the hosts offer to abandon the match. Credit Burndennett for the sporting manner in which they handled everything and the two sides will now meet again at the same venue next Sunday.

Sunday’s quarter final between St Johnston and Brigade was also washed out without a ball bowled, that one will now be replayed on Saturday while the only confirmed semi-finalist is Coleraine who booked their place in the last four with a convincing win at home to Limavady.

In the league, champions Brigade made a real song and dance of beating Creevedonnell despite the visitors batting falling apart while Donemana’s fixture worries worsened when Sunday’s game at Bready also fell victim to the weather.