Five games survive the weather in White Horse T20 Cup

The fourth round of Group games in this season’s White Horse T20 Cup took place on Thursday night and there was some really good scoring in the five matches that beat the weather.

In Group A, leaders Bready’s scheduled visit to Donegal was called off in the afternoon and Newbuildings seized the opportunity to leap-frog their neighbours in the table with a six-wicket success at Ballyspallen.

Tevyn Walcott hit 48 and Stuart Kennedy 37 before James Cusack chipped in with an unbeaten 30 as the home side posted 130-4 from their 20 overs.

Samarth Seth picked up 2-13 with the ball for Gareth McKeegan’s men, but their reply was dominated by Ross Dougherty who hit 7 fours and 4 sixes in his 78* as they won comfortably.

In Group B, Brigade have all but wrapped up top spot with two games still to play.

Andy Britton’s team will square up with Coleraine at Beechgrove in the NW senior cup quarter-final this coming Saturday and they sent out an emphatic message to the Bannsiders here with a six-wicket success at Sandel Lodge.

That said, it took a 104-run unbroken fifth wicket partnership between Scott Macbeth and David Barr to seal the win after Brigade had been reduced to 16-4 chasing Coleraine’s 116-6. The blistering start came courtesy of a fine opening burst from bowlers Cephas Zhuwao (2-9) and Stephen Hutchinson (2-13) as Brigade wobbled early on.

Macbeth smashed 7 sixes and 4 fours in his knock with Barr adding an unbeaten 25 after Craig Averill (38), James Panek (28) and Rory Knox (25) had fared best of the hosts’ modest total.

The game between Bonds Glen and Glendermott was also an early casualty following the recent spell of indifferent weather across the region.

Ardmore and Eglinton continue to battle out the Group C honours- the current NW champions seeing off the challenge of Strabane by 46 runs (DLS) at the ‘Green.

Skipper Rachit Gaur made an unbeaten 69, sharing in an 81-run opening stand with Dharm Singh (46) as Ardmore set a target of 151-2 in a reduced 18-over contest.

Aaron Gillespie’s 55 was much the best of the Red Caps’ reply- there were two wickets each for Gaur, Conor King (2-0), Dave Bezzant and Harry Zimmermann as the reply ended on 111.

Eglinton kept pace at the top as a 141-run opening stand between Liam Doherty and Andy Millar helped them to a huge first innings total of 203-7.

Doherty hit 9 fours and 6 sixes in an entertaining 92 while Millar made 46- Mark Pollock (2-19) best with the ball for ‘Dennett.

The visitors were never in the hunt after that and Mark Doherty’s 15 at the top of the order was the best of their 78 all out. Matty Mills (4-28), Robbie Millar (3-15) and Jamie Millar (2-18) ensured a 125-run verdict for the villagers.

Finally, Donemana’s game at Killyclooney fell foul of the weather and Fox Lodge’s 5-wicket win at The Nedd saw them edge to the top of Group D.

Dylan Moore hit 43 (3 fours, 4 sixes) and Neal Stewart clubbed 4 sixes in his 33 as the Ballykelly side scored 129 batting first.

Adam Walker bowled very well to claim 4-21 while there were two wickets apiece for Ramey Harpur and Gayan Maneeshan and the Sri Lankan was in fine form with the bat as well.

Maneeshan hit 5 fours and 4 sixes in his unbeaten 73 with Jamie McIntyre adding 38, while full credit to The Nedd’s Neal Stewart who complimented his runs with an impressive spell of bowling (3-12), albeit it was ultimately in vain.

 

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