Ardmore, Bready, Brigade and Donemana extend winning T20 runs

Despite the weather, all eight of Thursday night’s White Horse T20 Cup group matches were played to a conclusion with some cracking ties keeping spectators entertained.

In Group A, Bready made it three wins on the spin with a hard-fought 19-run win in one of the game’s of the night against Newbuildings at Magheramason.

A 132-run opening stand between Gavin Roulston (64) and David Rankin (54) set the tone for the home side’s impressive total of 171-3. Parth Palawat added a brisk 13-ball 28* late on while Ross Hunter (2-36) was the pick of the visitors’ bowling.

Bready looked to have their neighbours on the ropes after a flurry of early wickets in the reply, but a defiant 78 from Ryan Hunter (7 fours, 4 sixes) pulled his side right back into it.

Ross Dougherty chipped in with 25 in the latter overs, however two wickets apiece from the bang-in-form Roulston, Palawat and Pierce Ryan saw Ian Young’s side just edge it in the end.

St Johnston picked up their first win in the group with a 74-run success at Ballyspallen.

The Saints posted 187-5 from their 20; Graeme McCarter hitting 5 sixes and 3 fours in his unbeaten 68 with Jack Macbeth making 61 at the top of the order. David Anthony added 29*, but despite a defiant 51 not out from Stuart Kennedy, the home side were restricted to 113-6 in reply.

In Group B, Brigade’s 60-run (DLS) win at the Rectory saw them retain their advantage at the top. The game was pretty much decided on a magnificent innings from Andy Britton who crashed 11 sixes and 4 fours in his 23-ball 85 not out.

Adam McDaid added 35*, Scott Macbeth 25 and David Barr 23 and with the game reduced to 14 overs a side, the visitors racked up a mammoth 188-4 batting first. Following yet more rain, Glendermott were subsequently set a target of 134 in 10 to snatch the win.

As it turned out, Malinga Amarasinghe’s 28 was to be the best of their reply; Scott Macbeth (3-13) helping Brigade ease to a maximum-point success.

Bonds Glen are second after a nail-biting win against Coleraine on the north coast.

Scott Campbell top scored with 45 with Marcus Poskitt making 27 and Craig Averill 26* in the Bannsiders; total of 120-3.

Simon Killen was again among the runs for the Bee Gees- he top scored with 47 while David Cooke’s experience proved the key, an unbeaten 35 from him getting his side home with just two deliveries up their sleeve.

Ardmore continued their unbeaten run in Group C- Rachit Gaur with 39, Ciaran Roundtree 33 and Dharm Singh 22 as they posted 137-9 at Eglinton.

Liam Doherty (3-22) and Lahiru Dilshan (3-37) were best with the ball for the home side with the Sri Lankan also top scoring with 45 in the reply.

Robbie Millar chipped in with 22, however Muhammad Edrees (3-23) and skipper Gaur (3-28) combined to restrict Eglinton to 133-7 and a 4-run win for the visitors.

Strabane recovered from a perilous 35-6 to beat Burndennett by 4 wickets in the other game in the group.

Conan Pollock (3-16) and Cody Mehaffey (2-14) had the Red Caps in all sorts of bother chasing a modest total of 95 before Kevin Gallagher (39*) and Andrew Mullen (23*) dug in to claim the win.

Earlier, Mark Pollock (28) and Andy Barr (23) were the main contributors for Burndennett, with Rhys Logue (4-11) doing the bulk of the damage for the eventual winners.

In Group D, Donemana are also three from three after they also claimed a narrow 4-run win, this one over Fox Lodge.

Gary McClintock hit 7 sixes and 6 fours as he made 87 out of Donemana’s 161-7. Luke Hayes (3-14) and Aaron Heywood (3-19) kept everything else in check for the hosts.

The Foxes reply was also dominated by one batsman- Gayan Maneeshan falling just two runs short of a deserved century and with that went their chances of keeping their unbeaten run intact.

Killyclooney posted a 20-run DLS win over The Nedd in Ballykelly; Neal Stewart’s half century the pick of the home side’s total of 175-5.

With the weather drawing in, Kenzie Hall’s quick 39 gave ‘Clooney the start they needed and after 8 overs of the reply the visitors were 93-2. At that point the umpires adjudged light to be a major issue leaving Timmy Dougherty’s side to pick up their first points.

There was one game in the Women’s Senior League as well and that turned out to be even closer as Bonds Glen beat Coleraine by 3 runs in a contest reduced to 10 overs.

Jessica Cooke top-scored with 26* as the Bee Gees’ women made 77-2 and while Kia McCartney and Hannah Skinner both scored 21 for the Bannsiders, Amy Young’s 2-14 proved crucial in a very narrow win.


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