Big wins for Brigade, Bready, Eglinton and Thee Saints!

Brigade kept the North West flag flying in the All-Ireland T20 on another thrilling day for local cricket after the Beechgrove side edged out Carrickfergus in Sunday’s semi-final at Middle Road. Skipper Andy Britton’s quickfire 42 not out included 3 sixes and 2 fours and was timed perfectly as the Limavady Road men chased down Carrick’s 146 to win with four balls to spare.

Jeremy Lawlor top scored with 53 for the NCU side but Britton, assisted by Adam McDaid (36) and David Barr (27) steered Brigade through to a final showdown against Cork Harlequins next weekend.

Bready and Eglinton have joined Newbuildings and Brigade in Monday’s senior cup semi-final draw after the posted reasonably comfortable wins over Ballyspallen and Bonds Glen respectively.

Up at Magheramason the Bridge Park side were skittled for just 53, with only Sri Lanka professional Damith Perera (20) offering any resistance in an impressive bowling display.

Gregory McFaul (3-11) and Conor Olphert (2-13) again took early wickets, with left-arm spinner Steve Lazars collecting 2 for 4 as well. The Magheramason side needed just 8.1 overs to reach their meagre target, losing one wicket as Gavin Roulston (24*) and Steve Lazars (13*) eased them through.

The other remaining quarter-final was a topsy-turvy affair with Bonds Glen starting strongly thanks to an opening stand of 72 between Pakistan professional Rehan Afridi (38) and Matty Barr (35).

The introduction of Richard Wylie (6-19)  though turned the contest on its head as the wily veteran off-spinner took the first six wickets to fall. Fellow spinner Simon Dunn also took 3 for 20 as the Bee Gees stumbled to 133 all out.

A steady start to the chase saw openers Tommy Orr (42) and Robbie Millar put on 51, and with Karl O’Doherty (23) also chipping in, it looked a foregone conclusion at 94 for 1. Afridi however managed to induce something of a collapse with 4-20 and suddenly Eglinton were wobbling at 118 for 6, with the momentum with the Championship outfit. However the villagers steadied their nerves to get over the line and into Monday’s last four draw.

In the Premiership, Donemana are the only side who can overhaul Bready now, and the Holm side were in a hurry as they beat Fox Lodge. Five wickets for Jordan McGonigle (5-24) saw the Foxies dismissed for 114, despite opener Jason Milligan carrying his bat with an unbeaten 69 (6 fours, 3 sixes).

Donemana rejigged their batting order slightly but got to their target in the 15th over with 20s from Joe Robinson (28*), William McClintock (23*) and Gary McClintock (21) – two wickets for home skipper Aaron Heywood (2-45).

Ardmore’s outside hopes of a title were ended by Newbuildings at The Bleachgreen. Skipper Jared Wilson top scored with 54 in their 182, with Rachit Gaur (34) and Ryan Brolly (29) also contributing. Trent McKeegan picked up three wickets, while there were two apiece for spinners Jason Dunn (2-23) and Ben Mills (2-26).

Mark Hanna (32) hit seven boundaries in a brisk start, but three wickets for Tyrone Koen (3-31) kept the home side interested.

Newbuildings eventually reached their DLS target of 177 with 11 balls remaining thanks to the steadying presence of Ryan Hunter, whose unbeaten half century guided them home with three wickets and 11 balls to spare.

In the Sammy Jeffrey, Glendermott and Strabane have joined St Johnston and Fox Lodge in the last four. The Rectory side produced a real run-fest against Killyclooney- Alan Johnson leading the way hitting 10 fours and 2 sixes in his 83.

The Glendermott skipper and Jason Lynch (67*) added 150 in 16 overs for the sixth wicket; Lynch hitting 5 maximums and 4 fours to bat the visitors out of the contest. Nauman Anwar continued his good form at the top of the order as his 79 didn’t require much running either with 14 fours and 2 sixes.

Steve Moore chipped in with 44 and Craig Mooney 32 in a good day for the hosts’ batsmen.

‘Clooney’s reply reflected the size of the task at hand and their top order was simply blown away by Anwar who added to his runs with a return of 6-31. Todd Killen (3-23) tidied up with only Mark Gordon making 21 (batting at 11) and Andrew Neil (20) offering much resistance in a total of 125.

Aaron Gillespie is another player in some form at the minute and the Strabane skipper’s brilliant 133 helped his side see off Coleraine. ‘Gilly’ hit 12 fours and 4 sixes with Conor Graham’s 24 the best of the supporting cast in a total of 197. Stephen Hutchinson (3-24) and David Cooke (2-24) fared best with the ball for the Bannsiders.

Only three players- Cooke (18), Matthew Hutchinson (16) and Stephen Hutchinson (11) made it to double figures in Coleraine’s reply of 76. Tanvir Hassan (4-17), Rhys Logue (3-12) and Tom Harpur (2-22) all combined to ensure a safe passage through for the hosts.

They like the odd party out at the Boathole and there will be plenty to celebrate this week after St Johnston claimed the Championship title. Alan Macbeth, playing his first senior game for four years, was straight back among the runs on Sunday as the Saints made 228 at home to Burndennett.

The left hander made 58 with Deepak Reddy also making a half century while David Lapsley and David Fleming added 35 and 34 respectively.

Gary Neely (4-33) and Aaron McDermott (3-68) helped ensure the damage wasn’t any worse, however Reddy then picked up 4 wickets and Scott Devenney a couple as the visitors were bowled out for 124.

Sunday’s results-

ALL IRELAND T20 CUP SEMI-FINAL

At Middle Road, Brigade beat Carrickfergus by 6 wickets

Carrickfergus 146-5 (20 overs; J Lawlor 53, G McCarter 23*, CJ van der Walt 23; A Britton 2-19)
Brigade 147-4 (19.2 overs; A Britton 42*, A McDaid 36, D Barr 27; CJ Van der Walt 2-23)

SENIOR CUP

At Magheramason, Bready beat Ballyspallen by 9 wickets

Ballyspallen 53 all out (25 overs; D Perera 20; G McFaul 3-11, S Lazars 2-4, C Olphert 2-13)
Bready 54/1 (8.1 overs; G Roulston 24*)

At Eglinton, Eglinton beat Bonds Glen by 4 wickets

Bonds Glen 133 (40.5 overs; R Afridi 38, M Barr 35; R Wylie 6-19; Sim Dunn 3-20)
Eglinton 134/6 (41 overs; T Orr 42, R Millar 26, K O’Doherty 23; R Afridi 4-20)

LONG’S SUPERVALU PREMIERSHIP

At Ballymagorry, Donemana (23pts) beat Fox Lodge (2pts) by 5 wickets

Fox Lodge 114 (31.2 overs; J Milligan 69*; J McGonigle 5-24, W McBrine 2-35)
Donemana 115/5 (14.2 overs; J Robinson 28*, W McClintock 23, G McClintock 21; A Heywood 2-45)

At The Bleachgreen, Newbuildings beat Ardmore by 3 wkts (DLS)

Ardmore 182 (50 overs; J Wilson 54, R Gaur 34, R Brolly 29; T McKeegan 3-37, J Dunn 2-23, B Mills 2-26)
Newbuildings (target 177 in 38 overs) 177/7 (36.1 overs; Ryan Hunter 50*, M Hanna 32, J Thompson 22; T Koen 2-32, R Gaur 2-39)

SAMMY JEFFREY CUP

At The Rectory, Glendermott beat Killyclooney by 242 runs

Glendermott 367/6 (50 overs; A Johnston 83, N Anwar 79, J Lynch 67*, S Moore 44, C Mooney 32; J Nelson 2-49, T Dougherty 2-87)
Killyclooney 125 (23.3 overs; M Gordon 21, A Neil 20; N Anwar 6-31, T Killen 3-23)

At Strabane Park, Strabane beat Coleraine by 121 runs

Strabane 197/9 (50 overs; A Gillespie 133, C Graham 24; S Hutchinson 3-24, D Cooke 2-24)
Coleraine 76 (22.3 overs; T Hassan 4-17, R Logue 3-12, T Harpur 2-22)

CHAMPIONSHIP

At The Boathole, St Johnston (25pts) beat Burndennett (0pts) by 104 runs

St Johnston 228 (39.5 overs; A Macbeth 58, D Reddy 51, D Lapsley 35, D Fleming 34; G Neely 4-33, A McDermott 3-68, C Pollock 2-40)
Burndennett 124 (35.3 overs; D Reddy 4-32, S Devenney 2-21)

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