Fox Lodge, Coleraine and Eglinton open with wins
The start of the Long’s SuperValu Premiership and Championship programmes were hit by rain on Saturday afternoon but not before there had been one or two surprises for the fancied sides.
Fox Lodge have been enjoying a prolific summer so far and the senior cup finalists added the scalp of Donemana to their growing list with an impressive 107-run victory at the Holm.
Travis Nicholl hit 9 sixes and 4 fours in his 74 while Jason Milligan made 51, Dean McCarter 35 and Craig Doherty 22 not out as the Ballymagorry side reached 188-4 after 27 overs before the rain arrived.
A long delay put paid to the rest of the innings, and by the time the players got back out, the equation for the hosts was 215 runs in 26 overs to win.
Naved Sanwar’s 32 and 23 from William McClintock was to be as good as it got in Donemana’s reply as they were dismissed for 108.
‘Jasy’ added figures of 3-3 to his runs with Jamie McIntyre (3-19) and Alistair Doherty (2-24) combining to ensure a morale-boosting win for the visitors.
Coleraine sprung something of a surprise defeat on Bready too; Scott Campbell starring in a narrow 8-run verdict for the Bannsiders.
‘Soupi’ hit 6 fours in his 54 not out as the Sandel Lodge outfit posted 163-6 from their 40 in testing conditions. Mattie Smyth added 27 with Irosh Samarasooriya (2-32) the pick of the bowling.
Several Bready batsmen got starts in the reply, but they kept losing wickets when appearing to be getting on top.
Irosh got 29, David Rankin 26, Scott Macbeth 24 and Davy Scanlon 23, but Coleraine’s attack never let them settle.
Stephen Hutchinson picked up 3-19 and Ravi Karunaratne 3-37 with Campbell 2-28 and Gareth Burns 2-45 accounting for the rest as Bready came up just short.
Ardmore looked well in control at home to Eglinton after Dharm Singh’s 119 not out (12 fours, 4 sixes) helped the Bleachgreen side post 257-5 from their 40 overs.
Tim Harris chipped in with 39 while Mattie Mills (2-39) was best with the ball for the villagers.
Tyron Koen then helped himself to 3-5 as Eglinton slumped to 17-3 early in their reply; however the revised DLS target was now 166 in 20 overs.
It gave the visitors the chance to tee off and in Mike Erlank they found someone more than happy to take the lead role.
The talented South African smashed 11 fours and 6 sixes in a superb 57-ball 114 not out that allowed his side to cruise to a 5-wicket (DLS) win with an over to spare.
The Cooke brothers were in top form as Bonds Glen’s good season continued with a win at Killyclooney.
David top scored with 90 not out while his brother added an unbeaten 49 as the Bee Gees chased down 222 to win by 5 wickets.
Madhawa Fernando made 64 and William Finlay 43 for ‘Clooney while Mark Gordon added 35 and Kenzie Hall 29 in their competitive total.
Simon Killen’s 43 at the top of the order got the visitors reply up and running and despite a good effort with the ball from Jordan Nelson (3-38), Bonds Glen found the quality to win.
The other three games were abandoned due to rain- St Johnston were 26-1 from 5 overs chasing Ballyspallen’s 164 when that one was called off- Stuart Kennedy having made 68 for the Roe Valley side.
Jared Wilson hit 70 and Johnny Thompson 38 as Newbuildings posted 199-8 at home to Brigade. David Barr bowled well for his 4-26 and Ryan Macbeth 3-37 but that too was to be lost to the elements.
And it was a similar story at the Rectory where Nathan McGuire’s 77 was to count for nothing- Burndennett not getting the chance to reply to the home side’s 223-9.