Big weekend looming in Long’s SuperValu League programme

The glorious sunshine of last weekend has been a bit of a distant memory in the past 48 hours but hopefully the weather will still be favourable ahead of what looks like a thrilling weekend of cricket coming up across the North West.

The second IPT20 Festival is taking place at Bready from Friday to Sunday and local supporters will be desperately hoping to see Boyd Rankin’s Warriors build on their decent start in this competition at Comber a couple of weeks ago.

The North West side won their first two games on that occasion before a subdued performance on the Sunday saw Munster Reds seize the advantage heading into Week 2.

It is still all to play for however and the Warriors will kick things off against the Northern Knights at 11am on Friday before two afternoon games (3.30 starts) against the Reds and then Leinster Lightning on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

There are some mouth-watering games in store in the Long’s SuperValu Leagues on Saturday as well, starting in Group A where Ardmore in second place in the table will entertain unbeaten leaders Bready at the ‘Green.

The hosts are the only team to have beaten the Magheramason outfit domestically this season- a 3-run verdict in a recent T20 Cup match- and they will be buoyed by their crushing win at St Johnston last weekend.

Bready though look right at the top of their game at the minute and will be determined to keep their run intact as teams head towards the upcoming top-four split. Two in-form sides here in what could well be the game of the day.

Elsewhere in this Group, The Saints will look to bounce back from that Ardmore mauling when they host winless Glendermott at the Boathole.

Fourth plays third at the Park where an improved Strabane side will look to keep themselves in the race for a Premiership spot as they entertain Brigade.

Andy Britton’s men seemed really out-of-sorts in the first few weeks of the season but have certainly looked a bit more like themselves of late.

Fox Lodge in fifth will hope to take advantage of any slip-ups by the Red Caps, but Aaron Heywood will be well aware that no-one has had it easy at Bonds Glen this season. You suspect there will be a few runs about in this one.

There’s another heavyweight clash in Group B where third placed Donemana host the side just above them in the table, Newbuildings.

The visitors already have a comprehensive T20 verdict over the hosts to their name this season and have several players at the top of their form at present, none more so than Ryan Hunter who is currently scoring runs for fun.

We all know better than to write Donemana off however and this has all the makings of a match to watch rather than predict.

Leaders Burndennett have played a game more than the chasing pack but have made a really good start to their season. They travel to Coleraine on Saturday; one of the sides yet to really find their best form, but who will be a threat to all when they do.

Ballyspallen in fourth have also been holding their own and will be looking to heap more misery on a Killyclooney side that has lost all four league outings to date.

 

The full league fixture list for Saturday then (all 12 noon starts) is-

Ardmore v Bready

St Johnston v Glendermott

Strabane v Brigade

Bonds Glen v Fox Lodge

Coleraine v Burndennett

Ballyspallen v Killyclooney

Donemana v Newbuildings

 

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