Bready win again as low scores dominate

It was back to league action on Saturday for North West clubs with another full round of fixtures played in the Long’s SuperValu 40-over competition.

As always there were of course exception to the rules- Killyclooney and Newbuildings sharing over 400 as the visitors won in Tyrone and the same at the Rectory where free-scoring Bonds Glen claimed the points there.

We start our round-up however at Beechgrove where Brigade exacted a small measure of revenge on St Johnston for their shock senior cup exit earlier in the month.

David Lapsley’s 64 (5 fours and a six) was the backbone of the Saints’ total of 139; Sabin Babu next in with 23 while Nick Gray (3-20), Andy Britton (3-25) and Iftikhar Hussain (2-18) were best with the ball for the home side.

Hussain top scored in Brigade’s reply with 67 (10 fours) and Graeme McCarter added 27 not out in a comfortable 7-wicket win.

Bready’s hot run of form continued as they beat Fox Lodge by plenty at Magheramason.

Adam Walker recorded career best figures of 6-42 as the hosts batted first with Dean McCloskey (34), Irosh Samarasooriya (25), Davy Scanlon (20*) and Davy Rankin (20) all chipping in to a total of 177.

With Marco Marais out with a back strain, the Foxies struggled in reply- Brian Allen making 21 and Jason Milligan 15 as they were shot out for 55.

Ian Young was the star of the show with the ball, returning figures of 5-10; Gavin Roulston (2-4) and Irosh (2-14) completing the rout.

And low scores were the order of the day on the north coast as well as Donemana could muster only 63 all out against Coleraine.

Dean Mehaffey’s 18 was the best of it as Scott Campbell posted figures of 3 for 3 for the home team. Ravindra Karunaratne, Gareth Burns and Stephen Hutchinson all picked up two wickets each to complete a poor effort from the Tyrone side, although it must be noted they travelled considerably under-strength.

Ben Johnston made 30 not out and Campbell 21 as the Bannsiders lost 5 wickets themselves on the way- Jordan McGonigle and Gary Neely sharing four of those in the defeat.

Ben Mills hit 69 and Todd Killen 56 as Glendermott upped the tempo on Bonds Street as they racked up 223-9 from their 40 overs.

Kyle Moore, David Robinson, Heinrich Roberts and Kincaid all picked up two wickets apieceĀ  for the Bee Gees and Roberts led the way with the bat as he made 48 in the reply.

Mattie Barr added 34, Steven Barr 31 and Jonny Haslett 25 not out as the Glen side battled hard to chase down the target with two wickets to spare.

Jamal Anwar picked up 4-30 for Glendermott, but they just came up short at the line.

Killyclooney went big as well- Alan Colhoun thumping 8 sixes and 4 fours in his 74 as the hosts set Newbuildings 220.

Richard McMorris made 33, Derek Lynch 26 and Timmy Dougherty 23, but the in-form visitors made light of the hunt.

Mark Hanna hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in his 64 at the top of the order while Gareth McKeegan had 5 fours and 5 sixes in his 56.

An unbeaten 41 from Jonny Thompson and 35 not out from Ryan Hunter finished the job as the village side won by 7 wickets.

Ardmore got the better of Strabane at the Bleachgreen in what was a turgid sort of encounter.

Tyron Koen made 50 not out and Mark Chambers an unbeaten 36 as the home side recovered from 52-5 chasing 136 to win by 5 wickets.

Two wickets each from Ryan Gallagher and Tanvir Hasan had Ardmore in trouble before that unbroken 86-run stand from Koen and Chambers got them home.

Earlier, Rajan Raorane’s 41, 29 from Karthick Ravichandran and 27 from ‘Shami’ Ahmed had helped the Red Caps fight back after two wickets apiece from Koen, Rachit Gaur, Harry Zimmerman and the impressive Conor Brolly had given their side the advantage.

The final game of the day was also low-scoring as Eglinton were dismissed for 81 by improving Burndennett.

Mattie Mills top scored with 21 for the villagers while Mark Roulston (4-19) and Marcello Piedt (3-11) claimed the bowling honours for ‘Dennett.

Eddie McGettigan hit 8 fours and a six in his 46 and Aidan Logue added 17 not out as the visitors coasted to an 8-wicket win.



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