Bready power ahead in Premier race

Half of Saturday’s league games thankfully survived the forecast inclement weather on a day when Bready threw down the Premier gauntlet to all their current challengers. Davy Scanlon’s team posted a really impressive win at Newbuildings as both top-flight matches turned out to be very low-scoring affairs. 

The match between Donemana and Brigade was an early morning casualty while the game at the village was evenly poised before more rain arrived at Eglinton. The visitors had completed their 40 overs by that stage- Peter Harrigan top scoring with 70 in their 198-6 and the hosts had reached 35-1 after 7 in reply.

The big game of the day at Foyleview Arena was pretty much over by halfway after Bready bowled Newbuildings out for 67. The Hunter brothers Ryan (14) and Ross (11) were the only batsmen to reach double figures as Irosh Samarasooriya (4-12), Conor Olphert (3-26) and Steve Lazars (2-27) stamped their authority on the contest.

Davy Rankin hit an unbeaten 35 to ensure the Magheramason side chased down the runs with little or no fuss, and the ball is firmly in their court now in terms of the title.

Fox Lodge had to dig very deep to get up as far as 76 at Sandel Lodge- a last wicket partnership between Jamie McIntyre (22*) and Gareth Heywood (17) accounting for 30 of those. Stephen Hutchinson, James Bell and Gareth Burns picked up three wickets each for the home side, who then had to battle manfully in reply.

Scott Campbell’s 35 allowed the others to chip away at the target, but even then it needed an unbeaten 16 from skipper Hutchinson to get his side home by a diminishing 3 wickets in a turgid affair.

Conversely the runs fairly flowed at the Rectory with a batting masterclass from Glendermott’s Nauman Anwar. Chasing a revised 218 in 30 overs to beat Killyclooney, Anwar climbed into the visitors attack from the off and reached his half century before the end of the third over!

Such was the overseas man’s dominance that in a 70-run stand for the first wicket, Todd Killen made two.

Scott Laird’s 43 helped Glendermott reach their total with 10 overs to spare, but this was all about Anwar who hit 14 fours and 11 sixes in a brilliant 137.

Earlier, half centuries for Timmy Dougherty (77) and Derek Lynch (55*) had helped ‘Clooney post what looked like a competitive 212-4- Killen picking up 2-29 with the ball, but it was nowhere near enough.

St Johnston also won- they had 58 runs to spare over Ballyspallen in Donegal. David Lapsley top scored with 30 for the Saints who posted 155-8 from their 32 overs. There were two wickets each for Stephen Kennedy, Josh Wilson and Jacob Logan-Wilson, but the visitors were rarely up with the pace in reply.

Kennedy was best with the bat as well- his 38 the top score in a total of 97 all out as David Anthony claimed 4 wickets and Michael Rankin, Ian Macbeth and Scott Macbeth two apiece.

The final game in the Championship between Bonds Glen and Burndennett was abandoned without a ball bowled.

Finally, we’ve already had the first casualty from Sunday’s fixtures, the Sam Jeffrey Shield game between Strabane and Coleraine falling to a waterlogged pitch.

Long’s SuperValu Premier results

At Foyleview, Newbuildings lost to Bready by 8 wickets

Newbuildings 67 all out (20.3 overs; I Samarasooriya 4-12, C Olphert 3-26, S Lazars 2-27)

Bready 68-2 (11.1 overs; D Rankin 35*)

At Sandel Lodge, Coleraine beat Fox Lodge by 3 wickets

Fox Lodge 76 all out (J McIntyre 22*, S Hutchinson 3-7, J Bell 3-10, G Burns 3-15)

Coleraine 79-7 (31.4 overs; S Campbell 35, J Robinson 3-14, A Boyd 3-17)

Ardmore v Eglinton- abandoned, to be replayed.

Donemana v Brigade- postponed.

 

Championship

At the Rectory, Glendermott beat Killyclooney by 7 wickets

Killyclooney 212-4 (30 overs; T Dougherty 77, D Lynch 55*, T Killen 2-29)

Glendermott- (set a revised 218 to win in 30 overs)- 219-3 (20.1 overs; N Anwar 137, S Laird 43)

At the Boathole

St Johnson 155-8 (32 overs; D Lapsley 30, M Orr 27*, J Macbeth 21, Stephen Kennedy 2-15, J Wilson 2-36, J Logan-Wilson 2-37)

Ballyspallen

Bonds Glen v Burndennett- postponed.

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