‘Clooney add Donemana to list of scalps

The wait for Killyclooney’s bubble to burst just goes on and on and Timmy Dougherty’s men once again reinforced their title credentials at the weekend with a 4-wicket win over Donemana.

They will be delighted too that it wasn’t all down to Blayde Capell on Saturday- the South African only managing 28 out of his side’s 139-6 as the hosts chased down the Holm men’s modest total of 137.

Dean Mehaffey’s 27 was best of that, with the headlines stolen by Jason Wallace who claimed 5-31 with the ball for the leaders. Jordan Nelson added 3-34 and skipper Dougherty 2-37 as Killyclooney proved decisively that they can do it both ways.

The small enough target was well within ‘Clooney’s reach after Capell’s early platform- Mark Gordon making 59 to ensure a comfortable win despite Karl Birkenstock picking up 3-64 and Gary Neely 2-19 for the visitors.

Bready kept pace with a wide-margin win at Ballyspallen; the top two both having now won seven of their eight league games so far.

The Magheramason men posted 242-8 as they batted first; Ryan Clarke with 87 and Mervyn Magee 71 while Stuart Kennedy (3-45) was the pick of the Roe Valley team’s attack.

Skipper James Thompson fared best with the bat in reply- his 23 the top score in their 86 all out.

Nathan McCombe (3-7) claimed the bowling honours for Bready with Davy Scanlon, Irosh Samarasooriya and Gavin Roulston all picking up two wickets apiece in a 156-run victory.

Third and fourth places also remain unchanged after Brigade and Ardmore were both on the winning trail on Saturday.

The Beechgrove side had 116 runs to spare over Bonds Glen courtesy of a David Barr century and an excellent all-round performance from Iftikhar Hussain.

Barr hit 11 fours and 8 sixes in his 133 not out while Hussain added 65, skipper Andy Britton 34 and Cameron Melly 29 in a first innings total of 310-5.

Heinrich Roberts (68) was best with the bat for the Bee Gees with Matty Barr making 27 and Johnny Haslett 23 in a reply of 194 all out.

‘Ifti’ helped himself to 4-31 and Josh Wilson 3-61 as Brigade edged closer to confirming their Premiership place for next season ahead of this season’s upcoming senior cup final.

Ardmore added to Strabane’s recent woes- the Red Caps falling to their fifth consecutive league defeat as they went down by 5 wickets at the Park.

Batting first, the home side were unable to build on an excellent knock of 94 from overseas man Nasir Nawar as no-one else managed to get into double figures.

‘Extras’ were next highest with 20 in a total of 143; Dharm Singh (3-24) and two wickets each for Conor Brolly and Edrees putting the visitors firmly in the driving seat.

Harry Zimmermann made 41, skipper Gaur 36, and Ryan Brolly 24 as Ardmore won cosily despite two wickets apiece for Nawar and Ryan Gallagher.

Eglinton made it back-to-back wins as they accounted for Burndennett by 5 wickets.

Andy Barr hit 24 with Mark Pollock and Derek Curry both getting 23 in the hosts’ disappointing effort of 119 all out.

Mike Erlank provided the day’s best bowling analysis as he returned figures of 6-25, and that did for ‘Dennett.

Tommy Orr and Jamie Millar both scored 38 for the villagers in reply, and despite Pollock picking up a couple of wickets, Eglinton were always in control.

Newbuildings were given a real scare by St Johnston before the hosts just found enough to squeeze out a 10-run success.

Jason Dunn made 36 and Johnny Thompson 33, with late runs from Trent McKeegan (29) and Charlie Downey (20*) finally getting the cup finalists up to 169-9.

The home side struggled early on to cope with David Anthony (3-17) and Graeme McCarter (3-28) before their late rally.

The Saints will be kicking themselves after McCarter made 39, Michael Rankin 37, Andrew McElhatton 28 and Jack Macbeth 25 to leave them 150-6 in reply, but they were unable to finish the job.

Trent added 3-34 to his valuable runs while there were two wickets each for ‘JT’ Ross Dougherty and ‘Bull’ as Newbuildings earned an important win.

In the day’s final game, Glendermott were unable to build on their first points of the season last weekend as they left the north coast empty handed.

Ravi Karunaratne top scored with 58 while Scott Campbell made 41, Stephen Hutchinson 23, Rory Knox 22 and Ben Johnston 20 as Coleraine set 195-9 from their 40 overs.

A solid bowling effort from Glendermott saw Jake Montgomery, Ben Mills, Trevor McDermott and Alan Johnson all claim a couple of wickets each.

‘Johnsy’ was best with the bat too- his 56 and Gihan Cloete’s 33 helped them to 126, but no closer as the points stayed at Sandel Lodge.

Coleraine are now in a strong position themselves in terms of a top-eight place in the table- a couple of bonus point wins on the back nine would probably be enough from here.



1-Killyclooney 8 7 1 0 26 166
2- Bready 8 7 1 0 22 162
3-Brigade 8 6 2 0 31 151
4-Ardmore 7 6 1 0 23 143
5-Fox Lodge 7 5 2 0 19 119
6-Coleraine 8 5 3 0 21 121
7-Donemana 8 4 4 0 30 110
8-Newbuildings 7 4 3 0 21 101
9-Eglinton 7 3 4 0 19 79
10-St Johnston 7 3 4 0 14 74
11-Strabane 8 2 6 0 21 61
12-Bonds Glen 7 2 5 0 9 49
13-Ballyspallen 7 1 6 0 8 28
14-Glendermott 8 1 7 0 3 23
15-Burndennett 7 0 7 0 13 13


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