Ballyspallen and Strabane the last two standing in All-Ireland cups

It was another very mixed day for North West clubs in Sunday’s second round replays in the All-Ireland cup competitions with only two of the six first round survivors making it into the hat for next week’s third round draw.

Brigade were the only NW top-flight team still left in the Irish Senior Cup but Andy Britton’s men were knocked out by holders Leinster after a disastrous start to their innings eventually caught up with them.

A normally very assured top order got themselves into a real tangle as the visitors batted first in Rathmines with the home side’s opening bowlers reducing the North West team to 41-6 in the fifteenth over.

Spells of 4-21 from Mark Tonge and 4-24 from Jai Moondra left Brigade’s innings in tatters before some excellent late resistance from Ryan Barr and Marcello Piedt helped them at least set a competitive target.

That pair shared an 81-run stand before Piedt was out for 45 while Barr and Jamie Millar (21) added 55 more for the 8th wicket, helping the visitors to 179 all out.

Barr was unbeaten on 69 at the end- a valiant effort in the circumstances and for a while, it looked like the match could go either way.

Piedt swapped bat for ball and a quick burst from him (3-37) saw last year’s winners slump to 33-3 in reply before order was restored. Monil Patel (41) and Amit Waghmare (27) steadied the ship, and an unbroken sixth wicket stand between Tonge (37*) and Tom Johnson (28*) secured a five-wicket win for the Dublin side.

Things were marginally better in the National Cup as both Strabane and Ballyspallen progressed to Round 3.

In a match reduced to 30-overs a side, the Red Caps restricted Derriaghy to 138-8 with skipper Craig Lewis hitting 4 sixes and a four in his entertaining 45. Ivan Sinovich kept his captain company before he was completely undone by a slower ball from Aaron Gillespie for 28.

Usman Azhar was the pick of the home bowlers with 3-18 while Nasir Nawar always looked a danger in his spell of 2-19.

The Red Caps had little difficulty in knocking off the required runs; Gillespie with a classy 63* (7 fours, 2 sixes) while overseas man Nawar added 44 as Strabane won by 7 wickets.

‘Spallen bowled Laurelvale out for 72 with only David Sinton (29) and Mark Thornbury (22) getting to double-figures for the Belfast outfit.

Graham Kennedy (5-8 from 7 overs) was again on song while the Roe Valley side didn’t hang about in their reply- Kyle Morrow with an unbeaten half century (5 fours, 3 sixes) as they won by 9 wickets.

St Johnston racked up 252-7 at Terenure courtesy of an unbeaten century from Graeme McCarter (102- 10 fours, 6 sixes) with Jack Macbeth hitting 66.

Donal Lynch made a very breezy 92 for the hosts in reply (9 sixes, 7 fours) as they chased it down with just 8 deliveries left in the game.

Fox Lodge also came out on the wrong side of a thriller in a game reduced to 33 overs a side.

The Ballymagorry men posted 147-7- Charlie Simpson with 38 and Jamie McIntyre 23* and while they left it late, runs from Samuel O’Mahony (36), Robert Smith (25), Ross Bryans (24) were enough for the Ballyclare side to win.

Donacloney Mill had a less stressful afternoon as they dismissed the Nedd for 75 in a 7-wicket win for them.

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