Day of Hundreds as five sides book places in Premiership shoot-out
Despite a few showers around on Saturday we had a full round of fixtures in the Long’s SuperValu leagues and the split into Premiership and Championship is now nearing completion.
Both Bready and Brigade will definitely be in the top flight but with teams carrying the points won against fellow Premier Division sides into Phase 2; theirs was a crunch clash at Beechgrove this afternoon.
And the game was to go the Magheramason men’s way courtesy of a superb 138-run partnership between Davy Rankin and Irosh Samarasooriya.
The Sri Lankan hit 6 fours and 4 sixes on his way to 74, but Rankin was there at the end, unbeaten on 109 as Bready set their hosts a target of 225-4 in the rain-reduced 33 over contest.
Ryan Macbeth (2-31) was the pick of Brigade’s bowling and it was the same player who topped the batting returns in his side’s reply.
‘Turf’ made 37 with Iftikhar Hussain chipping in with 23 and Adam McDaid 20, but Brigade closed well short on 149 all out.
The other Macbeth on show- Scott- bowled superbly to claim 3-16 while there were two wickets apiece for Irosh, Khyatt Bhavsar and Davy Scanlon in a comfortable win.
Ardmore are through too after they beat in-form Bonds Glen in a run-fest at the ‘Green.
Despite their defeat, it was hats off to the Bee Gees all-rounder Mattie Barr who followed up his 110 not out in Friday night’s T20 win over St Johnston with an unbeaten 140 here.
Unfortunately for him, that superb knock which contained 11 fours and 10 sixes wasn’t to be enough.
Barr shared an unbroken 207-run stand with Sam Haslett (56 not out) but with Dharm Singh and Harry Zimmerman both having scored earlier ‘tons’ for the home team- the target of 320-2 proved too much.
Dharm hit 14 fours and 6 sixes in his 133 with Harry’s unbeaten 101 including 15 boundaries and a six.
Rachit Gaur’s 37* almost went unnoticed in the carnage as Bonds Glen used 9 bowlers to try, unsuccessfully, to get the breakthrough.
Their reply closed on a very respectable but ultimately fruitless 247-4.
Fox Lodge are in pole position to claim the fourth spot from this group and they need just 4 bonus points to be sure of joining the ‘big boys’ after the split. The Foxies recorded a 36-run win at home to St Johnston in another rain-affected (32 over) game.
Jason Milligan continued his good run of form as he made 74 (9 fours, 3 sixes) while Dean McCarter scored 30 and Craig Doherty (25) in the home total of 184-6.
David Lapsley picked up 3-40 and Nathan Cole 2-28 but the Donegal side’s reply never caught fire.
Sabin Babu fared best with 47 while David Anthony (30), Lapsley (23) and David Macbeth (20) all contributed to a final score of 148 all out.
Jonny Robinson helped himself to 4-19 while there were two wickets apiece for Jamie McIntyre and Aaron Heywood.
In the final match in Group A, Glendermott notched up a 72-run victory over Strabane at the Rectory.
Ben Mills struck 5 fours and 6 sixes in his 70 with Alan Johnson adding 55 (4 fours, 4 sixes) in their total of 209-8 (32 overs). Jamal Anwar added 26 and Trevor McDermott 25, while Ryan Gallagher claimed 3-26 and Ernest Musuku 2-39 for the visitors.
The Red Caps struggled with the bat in the second innings- Conor Gram (24) and Rajan Raorane (21) the best of their 137-9; McDermott with 3-31 and Curtis Ross 3-39 while the returning Nathan McGuire had 2-24 as Glendermott won handily.
In Group B, Coleraine and Newbuildings are already qualified in the top four while Donemana are all but there too- just needing a single bonus point next week to be sure.
The Bannsiders racked up a mammoth 324-4 in their 40 overs at Ballyspallen, with two centurions here as well.
Mattie Smith hit 13 fours and a six on his way to 127 while Ravi Karunaratne thumped 9 fours and 8 sixes in his 100 made from just 46 deliveries.
Scott Campbell chipped in with 40 and at no stage did the points look like staying at Bridge Park after that.
James Thompson made 52 (8 fours, 1 six) in ‘Spallen’s reply, with Stuart Kennedy adding an entertaining 43 (5 four, 3 sixes).
Andy Christie scored 34 and Demith Perera 30, however two wickets apiece for Matthew Hutchinson and Varun Chopra saw the innings close on 216-9- a 108-run win for Coleraine.
Newbuildings enjoyed a comfortable win over Eglinton at Foyleview- Jared Wilson with 4-23, Ross Hunter 3-16 and Trent McKeegan 3-29 seeing the visitors bowled out for 105.
Jamie Millar’s 21 was the best of it for Eglinton while another in-form batsman, Jonny Thompson, ensured there would be no slip-ups from the hosts.
‘JT’ made 51 and Mark Hannah 25 as Newbuildings won by 8 wickets.
Donemana piled on the runs as well as they won by 105 at Killyclooney.
William McClintock’s 41-ball 115 not out contained 11 sixes and 9 fours with Kyle Dougherty making 90 (8 sixes, 4 fours). Levi Dougherty and Dean Mehaffey both batted well too with 52 and 49 respectively in a total of 322-4 (32 overs).
William Finlay replied with 61 and Jordan Nelson 35 for the hosts, while Mark Gordon added 26 and Madhawa Fernando 24 in ‘Clooney’s 220-9.
Kyle (3-36) and Levi (2-63) were among the wickets in a win that surely takes the multiple title winners into the top Division.
The race for fourth in this group is going down to the wire next week with just 5 points separating Burndennett, Eglinton and Ballyspallen, although the latter still have two games to play.