Bready, Brigade post Premiership wins

Five of Saturday’s six scheduled senior games in the Long’s SuperValu Leagues were played to a conclusion with Newbuildings’ home game with Ardmore the only one not to get a result on the day.

Eglinton’s match with Fox Lodge is to be played on Sunday as the village venue was required for squad training for the ongoing Tri-series.

The two Premiership games that were played featured four sides with an eye on the title this season and it was Bready and Brigade who claimed the respective spoils.

The reigning champions were involved in a cracking, high-scoring encounter at the Holm which saw well over 500 runs scored in the 25-overs-a-side contest.

Irosh Samarasooriya has been outstanding for the Magheramason men this year, on the field and off, and his 120 on Saturday was as good as anything you’d want to see.

The Sri Lankan hit 14 sixes and 7 fours in his 120, made off just 48 balls as he shared in a 150-run stand with David Rankin who made 60 (8 fours, 3 sixes).

Davy Scanlon added a valuable 31 not out from 14 deliveries (3 sixes, 2 fours) at the end as Bready set a target of 275-5. Andy McBrine (2-16) was the only home bowler to escape the melee.

Levi Dougherty set the tone for Donemana’s reply, thumping 8 sixes and 5 fours in his 77 while Joe Robinson also batted well for his 56.

Gary McClintock added 39 and Naved Sarwar 30, but the hosts were always chasing the game.

Skipper Scanlon picked up 3-41 and Irosh 2-40 as the Magheramason men were just about able to keep the batting side at arm’s length; the reply eventually closing 14 short on 261-7.

Brigade had a more comfortable afternoon as they beat Coleraine by 7 wickets at Beechgrove.

Varun Chopra made 20, and the returning Marcus Poskitt, playing his first game in more than two years, added 19 in a modest Coleraine total of 110 all out, adjusted by DLS to 114.

Ryan Macbeth bowled superbly to pick up 4-15 with Jamie Millar (2-18) and David Barr (2-27) also on the mark for Andy Britton’s men.

Barr anchored Brigade’s reply with an unbeaten 44 with Kyle Magee (40) and Adam McDaid (25) ensuring that the points stayed in the Waterside.

In the Championship, Bonds Glen carried on their good form with a 71-run success at Burndennett.

David Cooke top scored with 48 for the visitors while Derek Curry chipped in with a late 23 as the Bee Gees made 158-9 in their allotted 27 overs.

Mark Roulston (2-20), Marcello Piedt (2-25), and Mark Snodgrass (2-31) were all on target for the hosts with the ball, but they were much less successful with the bat.

Andy Barr top scored with 28 and Roulston added 20 not out, but elsewhere the bowlers were in charge as ‘Dennett were dismissed for 87.

Kyle Moore claimed 3-17, Derek Curry 3-21 and Raymond Curry 3-24 as the Bee Gees marched on.

Ballyspallen edged out Strabane by 17 runs in a good tussle at Bridge Park.

Stephen Kennedy cracked 11 fours and a six in his 78 while Demith Perera added 57 as the home side set a target of 206 from their 37 overs.

Vadivel Moorthy bowled well for his 4-32 with Ryan Gallagher picking up up 2-48 and while Aaron Gillespie and Ernest Musuku were in the middle for the Red Caps, they always had a chance of chasing it down.

Gillespie hit 7 fours and 4 sixes in his 65 with Musuku adding 57, but once those two went, ‘Spallen assumed control.

Jonny Martin (4-49), Stuart Kennedy (3-32) and Josh Wilson (2-17) did the bulk of the damage as the Tyrone side were eventually bowled out for 189.

The final game of the day saw Glendermott win by 110 runs at Killyclooney.

Jamal Anwar hit 10 fours and 8 sixes as he made 105 in Glendermott’s 230 all out.

Nathan McGuire added 27, Alan Johnson 23 and skipper Ben Mills 21, while Timmy Dougherty (4-13), William Finlay (3-50) and Jordan Nelson (2-16) were best with the ball for ‘Clooney.

Madhawa Fernando’s 34 and 27 from Finlay was as much as the home side could muster in reply- McGuire with 4-15, Johnson 3-41 and Anwar 2-26 as the Rectory boys won easily.

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