Cricket: Danske Bank Senior Cup semi-final ties take centre

David Lecky pictured at the crease for Bready III's against Ardmore II's at the Bleechgreen on Saturday. INLS2515-164KM
David Lecky pictured at the crease for Bready III's against Ardmore II's at the Bleechgreen on Saturday. INLS2515-164KM

This Saturday sees one of the Danske Bank Senior Cup semi-finals; also there are three league games down for decision. The second semi-final will be played on Sunday.

Cup holders Donemana face Coleraine on Saturday, while Brigade have home advantage over Eglinton in Sunday’s encounter.

Senior Cup

Donemana v Coleraine

This is the first of a double header for these two as they play their league game on Sunday.

Both sides are joint leaders in the league,and still undefeated so something has to give. Donemana are the holders and are determined to retain the trophy.

Coleraine are overdue some silverware and they know that a win here would give them a big opportunity of going all the way, with so much talent on both sides this should be a cracker.

Prediction: Donemana.

Premiership

Strabane v Eglinton

The Red Caps got their first points last week and will be hoping that result will kick start their season;a number of their batsmen found their form in that win, however their remains a doubt of Peter Gillespies fitness.

Eglinton were missing three regulars in last Saturday’s defeat, so they will welcome back the Pierce brothers and also Stuart Thompson; they also look to have found an opener in Simon Olphert.

Prediction: Strabane.

Brigade v Bready

Andy Britton’s men had a very successful couple of days last weekend and with the two sides above them playing on Sunday they know how important a win here would be. Ryan Hunter showed his true form in both last week’s games.

Bready are struggling with just one league win, on paper they have a talented enough side but too many of them are not producing the goods. This may be another defeat.

Prediction: Brigade.

St Johnston v Ardmore

Can the Saints finally get that elusive first league win? Last week at least they made over 200 runs which was a massive improvement; however their bowling still looks weak- that has to improve.

Ardmore themselves are struggling especially with the bat, they have struggled for most of the season to get above 150 and that is a serious problem.

Prediction: Ardmore.

Senior Cup

Brigade v Eglinton

The Beechgrove side will be strong favourites to make the final again, they defeated their opponents last Saturday but it wasn’t plain sailing, losing their last 4 wickets for just 14 runs. However they are better than that.

Eglinton will be at full strength and if Stuart Thompson hits top form then they will be in with a good chance of reaching the final, however the home side have to be the selection.

Prediction: Brigade.