Eglinton into Senior Cup final after last ball thriller
There was no shortage of drama in the NW in all three cup matches which took place.
Bready, who clinched the Premiership title on Saturday following Donemana’s concession, were beaten by Eglinton in a real thriller which went down to the last ball, with the villagers claiming a tense one-wicket win.
Bready scored 191, with David Rankin top scoring with 63 from 61 balls (8 fours, 1 six), and skipper David Scanlon making an excellent undefeated 61 in even time, which included 7 fours and three sixes.
Richard Wylie took three wickets, while brothers Robbie and Andy Millar claimed two apiece in a fine all-round display.
Opener Tommy Orr anchored the chase, and at 140 for 4, it looked as if the villagers would have a relatively straightforward path to the decider. However, Bready rallied and with wickets falling in clusters it looked as if Orr’s 80 from 134 balls (4 fours, 5 sixes) would be in vain with 30 still needed and just two wickets left.
Mark Averill (19) and Lee Ritchie reduced that to 10 off 11 balls, before Averill was caught at deep square leg, to swing the game back in Bready’s favour. Seven were needed off the final over bowled by Irosh with Simon Dunn and Ritchie the last pair.
A single to Dunn, was followed by a lofted two and a dot. Ritchie again went straight and the two meant that two were needed off the final two balls.
Following a mid-pitch conference Lee Ritchie took a single off the fifth to ensure at least a share of the spoils, and in a dramatic last ball, they managed to scramble the bye which took them through to the final.
They will meet the winners of the abandoned Brigade and Newbuildings game, after their game on Saturday was called off mid-way due to heavy rain with Newbuildings 162 all out.
There was further drama in the Sammy Jeffrey semi-final as St Johnston kept their hopes of a treble alive as they tied with Glendermott.
Alan Macbeth’s comeback continues to be a successful one as he made 77 in Saints total of 179 for 8. Michael Rankin (23) was also in the runs for the Donegal side, while there were two wickets for Curtis Ross (2-36).
The Glendermott chase was all about Pakistan professional Nauman Anwar who hit 8 fours and 9 sixes in a brilliant run-a-ball 122. However, with three needed he became the 9th wicket to fall – caught and bowled by Michael Rankin.
The last pair of Ian Cooke and JJ O’Brien managed to tie the scores with a single off the last ball of the game, which means the teams will have to do it all again next week at The Rectory.
The winners will met Strabane in the final after the Red Caps beat Fox Lodge by five wickets. Luke Hayes and Brian Allen each scored 43 as the Foxies posted 154, with three wickets for Mark McNulty and two apiece for Tanvir Hassan and Ryan Gallagher.
Skipper Aaron Gillespie’s excellent form continued as his 58 led them to the win, receiving solid support from Ryan Gallagher (27) and Tanvir’s unbeaten 24.
NW SENIOR CUP
At Magheramason, Eglinton beat Bready by 1 wicket
Bready 191 (45.5 overs; D Rankin 63, D Scanlon 61*, I Young 20; R Wylie 3-20, R Millar 2-16, A Millar 2-32)
Eglinton 192/9 (50 overs; T Orr 80, A Millar 21; D Scanlon 3-36, S Lazars 2-27, C Olphert 2-31)
Sammy Jeffrey Cup
At Strabane Park, Strabane beat Fox Lodge by 5 wickets
Fox Lodge 154 (48.2 overs; L Hayes 43, B Allen 43, J Robinson 31; M McNulty 3-11, R Gallagher 2-23, T Hassan 2-31)
Strabane 158/5 (45.2 overs; A Gillespie 58, R Gallagher 27, T Hassan 24*; A Heywood 2-35)
At The Boathole, St Johnston tied with Glendermott. Replay next weekend at The Rectory.
St Johnston 179/8 (40 overs; A Macbeth 77, M Rankin 23; C Ross 2-36)
Glendermott 179/9 (40 overs; Nauman Anwar 122; D Lapsley 3-33, M Rankin 2-23)