Third time lucky for Donemana
It was third time lucky for Donemana Primary School who were crowned 2007 ASDA Kwik Cricket Champions for Northern Ireland at their third attempt at the title.
They emerged winners by defeating 2006 champions Campbell College Junior School in the finals at Stormont contested by sixteen teams in four groups from all six counties of the province.
Kwik Cricket is generously sponsored by ASDA and local branch Dundonald, provided snacks and drinks for all participants thanks to Karen Blair, ASDA Events Coordinator.
The Finals Day was opened by Ireland international Andrew White who told the assembled children that his cricket career started with Kwik Cricket. He then challenged them to set their targets high and be members of an Irish Team playing in the World Cup in ten years time before taking their questions.
Group A winners were Donemana, overcoming the local Brooklands Primary, Dundonald in the final game which both teams had entered unbeaten.
Group B winners were Eglinton Primary who survived a close first match with Templepatrick Primary and then beat a strong Strandtown side in the final group match to retain their unbeaten record.
Group C winners Enniskillen had two of the closest matches of the day in their first two group games, winning by one run against Greenisland Primary and by two runs against Christie Memorial. A third win against Finaghy Primary meant that they too entered the semi-finals unbeaten.
Group D winners were Campbell College Junior School whose second round win against Waringstown Primary proved decisive as both schools won their other group games and like all the other group winners Campbell moved into the semi-finals unbeaten.
Campbell overcame Enniskillen in one semi-final while Eglinton took on Donemana in the battle of the North West, which provided a classic with Donemana chasing down the Eglinton total and ensuring they didn’t lose the wickets Eglington needed to snatch victory back.
Batting first in the final, Campbell’s loss of early wickets proved decisive and they found themselves having to chase the game in the hope they could inflict damage in the Donemana innings but that was not to happen and after losing in the last two finals, this was Donemana’s day.
Thanks to all who participated in the Club and District Festivals that preceded Finals Day, to all the Staff and parents for their support and cooperation throughout and especially to Philip McCormick who took time out from preparing the pitches for the forthcoming international matches to make the ground available to us. Thanks also to ASDA the national sponsors and Karen Blair for her support and supplies of drinks and snacks.