Bready and Fox Lodge open gap at top; Eglinton win thriller

There’s a familiar look to the Women’s Senior League table this week after Bready and Fox Lodge both posted similarly emphatic wins to move themselves clear of Eglinton who beat Coleraine in a real thriller to take third spot.

Bready stay top after they restricted Strabane to a battling 84-4 from their 20 overs; Kylie McGarrigle (32) and Chloe Deans (23) with a 73-run stand for the second wicket accounting for most of the home team’s runs while Jodie Spence (1-12) was among several to bowl very well for the visitors.

Bready had no trouble in rattling off the required runs with Alana Dalzell (40*) and Lucy McGranaghan (28*) sealing a maximum win.

Fox Lodge restricted Bonds Glen to 77-6 at Ballymagorry with Emily Young top scoring on 19 and Leah Thompson 15*, while Lucy Neely (2-10) faring best with the ball.

The Foxies’ teenager then joined forces with Sarah Black as they too knocked off the required runs without losing a wicket- Sarah on 42* (3 fours, 2 sixes) and Lucy 27* (3 fours).

If those two wins were emphatic, the last of tonight’s matches was the complete opposite end of the scale as Eglinton chased down Coleraine’s 126-7 to win with one ball to spare.

Amy Caulfield was again at the top of her form as she made an unbeaten 85 (11 fours, 1 six) to set the Bannsiders on their way. Kenya McCartney added 13 while Jenni Jackson (2-13) and Lucy Carmichael (2-29) fared best with the ball.

Jenni then showed her quality with the bat as she anchored Eglinton’s reply with an unbeaten 51 with Rosie McHugh adding 16. Amy Caulfield had only five runs to play with heading into the final over, but she managed to keep it alive by conceding just four from her first four deliveries, before Jenni took two from the fifth to win it.

The home side’s cause was undone with a few too many extras, but to be fair, both sides gave this absolutely everything and served up a cracker of a game.



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