Brigade win again while Ardmore and Eglinton tie
Brigade completed an excellent weekend as they followed up Saturday’s cup win at home to Newbuildings with a 64-run victory at Coleraine in Sunday’s league clash. Kyle Magee made a century for the Beechgrove outfit with makeshift opener Ryan Macbeth also among the runs.
The pair shared a third wicket stand of 152 as Brigade made a daunting 246 for 4 in their 40 overs – all four wickets taken by Gareth Burns (4-28). Magee hit 6 fours and 5 sixes in his century, while Macbeth hit 9 fours and 4 sixes in his senior career best 90.
In Coleraine’s reply, Macbeth (2-31) then struck two early blows dismissing Scott Campbell and Patrick Carson cheaply, and at 89 for 5 the contest was as good as over. David Cooke (67*) and Matthew Hutchinson (53*) both scored half centuries as they added 93 for the 6th wicket, but the result was never in doubt as the Bannsiders finished on 182 for 5.
Eglinton and Ardmore tied in dramatic fashion to share the Shaun Bradley Memorial Trophy.
Brothers Jamie and Andy Millar both made 35, while there were cameos for Tommy Orr and Mark Averill as Eglinton scored 172 – a remarkable achievement here for Rachit Gaur who completed his second five-wicket haul of the weekend. Ardmore captain Jared Wilson top scored with 54 (5 fours, 3 sixes) in the chase, while a run-a-ball 42 from Tyron Koen also gave the Bleachgreen side hope.
However, only having ten players came back to haunt them as they lost their ninth and final wicket with the scores level, having to settle for a share of the spoils.
Robbie Millar took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Stephen Dunn and Mark Averill.
There were two games in the Championship Strabane continued their decent form with a 23-run win over Burndennett. The Red Caps made exactly 200 as they batted first in this one; Tom Harpur top scoring with 48 while Rhys Logue added 47 and Kevin Gallagher 36.
Eddie McGettigan (4-48) was best with the ball for the home side, supported by Gary Neely and Conan Pollock who both picked up a couple of wickets.
Pollock (42) and McGettigan (26) also topped the batting returns but it wasn’t to be enough as ‘Dennett’s reply closed on 177.
Killyclooney posted a 7 wicket win at Bonds Glen in the final game of the day courtesy of an excellent performance from William Finlay. Raymond Curry hit 45 (9 fours) and Ryan Barr made 20 while William Finlay helped himself to 4-34 for the visitors as the Bee Gees set a target of 148.
Giles Moan and Jordan Nelson claimed two wickets each as well, but Finlay made 54 and Moan 41 as the visitors had plenty to spare.