BRIGADE CROWNED NORTH WEST CHAMPIONS

Brigade are the Long’s SuperValu Premier Division champions for 2019 after second-placed Eglinton were beaten at home by bottom-of-the-table Glendermott this afternoon.

The villagers had inflicted a heavy defeat on the Beechgrove side just 24 hours earlier which seemed set to keep the title race alive, however their run of seven successive league wins was brought to an abrupt end here by the Rectory club. Eglinton’s cause was hardly helped by a host of changes to their starting XI for Sunday’s game; however Glendermott seized their opportunity in style.

Stuart Thompson top scored with 60 as the home side made 139 all out with Alan Johnson picking up three wickets for the visitors and the same player was there at the end with 33 not out, along with Keshan Wijerathne (32 not out) in a 7-wicket win. Scott Laird top-scored for Gordon Montgomery’s men with 38 in their successful reply.

The win moves Glendermott away from the foot of the table with one game to go with their place now taken by Strabane who lost to Ballyspallen in a bizarre low-scoring contest at Bridge Park.

‘Spallen could manage just 70 all out as they batted first- Graham Kennedy’s 22 the best of that as Rhys Logue, Chathura Peiris and Aaron Gillespie all picked up three wickets apiece. Any thoughts that the Red Caps would stroll to victory were soon blown away however as the home side’s bowlers used the friendly conditions to their advantage as well.

Jamie Millar took three wickets as Strabane slumped to 47-6 and despite Peter Gillespie grinding it out with 22 not out, the visitors came up an agonising one run short as Stuart Kennedy finished with 3-3.

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