Cricket: Ferguson’s men secure easy win

Ross Hunter played his part in Newbuildings victory.
Ross Hunter played his part in Newbuildings victory.

In the midst of all the bad weather this weekend one game survived the elements as Newbuildings inflicted a heavy defeat on Creevedonnell in the Championship at Foyle College on Sunday.

The home side batted first and were indebted to 77 from Jason Browne (6 fours and 3 sixes) as well as 72 from the prolific Peat Salmon (6 fours and 3 sixes) as they reached a daunting 281 all out.

Corey Logan chipped in with an unbeaten 22 while for the visitors, Jean Symes (4-53), Brian Dougherty (2-53) and Richard Barr (2-68) fared best with the ball.

The Curryfree Road men’s reply was modest by comparison with Symes’s 34 (4 fours and 2 sixes) the best of it. Graeme Robb (3-31), Dean Mehaffey (2-3), Salmon (2-11) and Ross Hunter (2-38) all bowled well as Newbuildings dismissed their opponents for 90; a 191-run victory that consolidates Wes Ferguson’s team’s place in the top four.

Meanwhile it was more than just the Danske Bank senior cup final that ended up being postponed this weekend as the same fate befell the O’Neill’s Ulster Shield final between Fox Lodge and Woodvale.

The match had been scheduled to take place at Carrickfergus on Sunday but organisers took the step of postponing the decider several days early as the ground was waterlogged at that stage and the club had been unable to do any preparation work for the game.

It now means the Ballymagorry side faces a huge weekend this time around as they warm up for that one with a top-two league clash away at Drummond on Saturday. A win there would really throw the Championship title race wide open and leave Brian Allen’s side heading into the Ulster final with their tails up.