Action-packed afternoon in White Horse Hotel T20 Cup

Six of the seven scheduled matches in the White Horse Hotel T20 Cup survived Saturday’s showers with only Ardmore v St Johnston failing to make it to the starting line. That will have been a major disappointment for the Donegal side who had to sit out last weekend’s game at the Holm due to travel restrictions, however the Saints’ day will come soon.

Donemana did make their first start of the season and wasted little time in recording a 9-wicket win over Ballyspallen.

The Roe Valley side found the going tough batting first and were indebted to an excellent 59 from Jacob Logan-Wilson to get them to 97-7 in their 50 overs. Logan Wilson hit 5 sixes and 2 fours in his knock and was the only batsman to reach double figures.

Dean Mehaffey (3-9) and William McBrine (2-19) fared best of the Donemana bowlers and their reply was dominated by William McClintock. The Warriors man hit 8 sixes and 3 fours on his way to 69 while Jamie Huey’s unbeaten 28 saw the senior cup holders over the line with plenty to spare.

Strabane are off the mark for the season after they followed up last weekend’s final-ball defeat to Brigade with a facile 8-wicket win at Killyclooney. The Red Caps were always in control having won the toss and opted to bowl first with three wickets apiece from Ehtesham Ahmed and Chris Havern reducing the home side to 25-7 after 6 overs.

A short counter attack from Derek Lynch (23) helped ‘Clooney recover to some degree, however their final total of 71 was never going to be enough. Strabane skipper Aaron Gillespie made a quick 30 in reply while Kevin Gallagher’s unbeaten 20 saw the visitors wrap up an 8 wicket win with almost 11 overs to spare.

Bonds Glen were unable to repeat their heroics of last weekend as they were well beaten at Ballymagorry. Jason Milligan hit 44, Aidan Logue 34 and TJ Nicholl 25 as Fox Lodge posted 134-3 from their 20 overs.

The Bee Gees never quite got going with the bat- Jamie McIntyre (4-9) doing the bulk of the damage, helped by two wickets apiece for Jonny Robinson and Aaron Heywood as the reply closed on 70 all out.

Closest game of the day was at Magheramason where Steve Lazars starred in a late late show for Bready. Ryan Hunter made 31, Ben Mills 28 not out and Gareth McKeegan 20 as Newbuildings posted a competitive 116-8 batting first. Lazars topped the bowling returns with 3-29 while it was great to see Ian Young return to the home side’s attack to finish with an impressive 2-8.

Bready were in trouble in their reply as they found runs hard come by early on. Ross Dougherty had bowled tidily to pick up a couple of wickets before Lazars joined skipper David Scanlon to bring it back the hosts’ way.

The penultimate over was the game’s turning point with the batsmen taking 20 from it to seal the points- Lazars finishing unbeaten on 34 with Scanlon adding 25 in a 4-wicket win.

Steve Moore smashed 9 sixes in an unbeaten 69 as Glendermott scored 154-4 at Burndennett. Skipper Alan Johnson chipped in with 36 not out and Bob Robinson 29 in a solid effort with the bat.

Burndennett made a real fist of the reply- Mark Pollock with an unbeaten 40, Mark Roulston 34 not out and Eddie McGettigan 31, however they could only get as far as 133-3 when they ran out of overs. A decent game but that innings from Moore deserving of the win.

Coleraine suffered their second defeat in succession when they lost by 15 runs at home to Eglinton. The villagers made 103-8 with Tommy Orr top scoring with 35, supported by Jamie Millar who added 25. Alan Whitcroft used conditions superbly to claim 4-25 for the home team.

Coleraine’s batting got bogged down a little in reply and although Scott Campbell made 29 and David Cooke 26 not out, they closed on 88-4. Two wickets apiece for Simon Dunn and Robbie Millar kept the batting side at arm’s length as the visitors made it two wins from two.

Saturday’s scores-

BEST WESTERN WHITE HORSE HOTEL T20 CUP

At Ballymagorry, Fox Lodge (25pts) beat Bonds Glen (0pts) by 64 runs
Fox Lodge 134/3 (20 overs; J Milligan 44, A Logue 34, TJ Nicholl 25)
Bonds Glen 70 (16.5 overs; J McIntyre 4-9, J Robinson 2-5; A Heywood 2-17)

At The Holm, Donemana (25 pts) beat Ballyspallen (0pts) by 9 wkts
Ballyspallen 97/7 (20 overs; J Logan-Wilson 59; D Mehaffey 3-9, W McBrine 2-19)
Donemana 98/1 (12.1 overs; W McClintock 69, J Huey 28no)

At Killyclooney, Strabane (24pts) beat Killyclooney (1pt) by 8 wkts
Killyclooney 71 (14.4 overs; D Lynch 23; E Ahmed 3-5, C Havern 3-22)
Strabane 72/2 (9.1 overs; A Gillespie 30, K Gallagher 20no)

At Magheramason, Bready (22pts ) beat Newbuildings (3pts) by 4 wkts
Newbuildings 116/8 (20 overs; R Hunter 31, B Mills 28no, G McKeegan 20; S Lazars 3-29, I Young 2-8)
Bready 117/6 (19.1 overs; S Lazars 34*, D Scanlon 24; R Dougherty 2-39)

At Burndennett, Glendermott (24pts) beat Burndennett (1pt) by 21 runs
Glendermott 154/4 (20 overs; S Moore 69*, A Johnson 36*, R Robinson 29)
Burndennett 133/3 (20 overs; M Pollock 40no, M Roulston 34no; E McGettigan 31)

At Sandel Lodge, Eglinton (23pts) beat Coleraine (2pts) by 15 runs
Eglinton 103/8 (20 overs; T Orr 35, J Millar 25; A Whitcroft 4-25)
Coleraine 88/4 (20 overs; S Campbell 29, D Cooke 26no; Sim. Dunn 2-11, R Millar 2-17)

Ardmore v St Johnston abandoned

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