Bready claim emphatic Eric Cooke Cup win
Bready have won the 2022 Eric Cooke Cup after an 85-run victory over Burndennett at St Johnston on Sunday afternoon.
The Premiership side took advantage of being put in to bat- Ian Young with a man-of-the-match winning 75 not out in their total of 231-6. The same player had anchored the Magheramason side’s innings at home to Eglinton on Saturday as well- but this was a blistering assault on the ‘Dennett bowlers.
Young hit 7 sixes and six fours in his 28-ball innings; sharing in an 83-run stand with Gavin Roulston who made 34 before being dismissed by his dad!
Irosh Samarasooriya hit 4 fours and 4 sixes on his way to 54 before Young and skipper Davy Scanlon (30) took the game away from the Championship side with a 103-run partnership from just 50 balls.
Mark Snodgrass claimed figures of 3-55 and Mark Pollock 2-36 as Burndennett tried in vain to limit the damage.
Marcello Piedt made 42 in the reply (5 fours, 2 sixes) with Aida Logue chipping in with 39 and Pollock 27 before Gregory McFaul (5-25) ripped through the order.
The final total was 146- skipper Scanlon tidying up with 2-13 as Bready collected the trophy.
There was a dramatic finish to the day’s re-arranged Premier League game where Brigade beat Donemana by 1 run in a 35-over a side contest.
David Barr hit 3 fours and 3 sixes in his 55 with Jamie Millar (23*) and Adam McDaid (22) next best in the home side’s total of 175-8.
Jordan McGonigle (3-29) rarely leaves Beechgrove without a wicket or two and Gary McClintock picked up 2-26 but the visitors were to come up fractionally short.
Joe Robinson’s 60 seemed to have set Donemana on their way and despite 36 from Gary McClintock and 30 from Levi Dougherty, they closed on 174 all out in reply.
Ryan Barr (3-21) and Ryan Macbeth (3-37) helped Brigade close out an entertaining win.
There was to be no joy for the two North West teams competing in the All-Ireland semi-finals this afternoon- Newbuildings losing by 111 runs at CIYMS and Fox Lodge losing by 8 wickets at home to CSNI.