Gap opens as Killyclooney stun the champions

The top eight teams in this year’s senior league will form the 2024 NW Premier Division and after Saturday’s round of matches there’s now seven sides who have got themselves into a strong position in the race for those places.

There’s a long way to go of course; next weekend marks the halfway stage of the competition, but there looks to be a battle royale in store for those last few spots.

Killyclooney have surprised so many this season, courtesy of unearthing a real gem in Blayde Capell, and they were at it again on Saturday with a 95-run win over current champions, Newbuildings.

Once again their swashbuckling South African was front and centre as Capell made yet another century in a mammoth home total of 313-5.

He hit 15 fours and 12 sixes in his 96-ball 162, with Kenzie Hall offering excellent support as he made an unbeaten 53.

William Finlay added 41 and Alan Colhoun a lively cameo of 29* from just 9 deliveries as the Newbuildings bowlers toiled.

Charlie Downey (2-37) and Johnny Thompson (2-43) fared best, however the visitors could never quite keep pace with the run chase.

Ryan Hunter hit 7 fours and 5 sixes in his 68 with Gareth McKeegan adding 31 and Jason Dunn 29, however three wickets apiece for Hall and Matthew Campbell as well as two each for Jordan Connor and Jason Wallace saw the innings close on 218.

Brigade continue to set the pace- two points clear of ‘Clooney- as Andy Britton’s men posted a very straightforward win at home to Burndennett.

Scott Macbeth (4-9), Ryan Macbeth (3-15) and Josh Wilson (2-30) combined to dismiss ‘Dennett for just 63- former Brigade man Niall McDonnell the best of that with 15.

Skipper Britton made an unbeaten 26 and Ryan Macbeth 15* as Brigade got the job done with 9 wickets to spare.

Fox Lodge stay third and on course for their inclusion as they accounted for Bonds Glen by 78 runs.

Gayan Maneeshan hit 61, Brian Allen 45, Alistair Doherty 26 and TJ Nicholl 24 as the Ballymagorry lads racked up 206-9 in their 40 overs.

Matty Barr (3-24). Mark Snodgrass (2-22) and Raymond Curry (2-41) all bowled well for the Bee Gees; however they just never got going in reply.

David Cooke top scored with 27, with Curry making 25, Snodgrass 23* and Kyle Moore 22 in their 128 all out.

Jonny Robinson (3-18) was the pick of the Foxes’ bowlers with skipper Aaron Heywood, Adam Walker and Jason Milligan picking up two each as they took all the points.

Bready were emphatic too in their win at home to St Johnston which keeps them in the top four.

David Macbeth hit an unbeaten 35 while Michael Rankin also added 35, David Lapsley 25 and Deepak Reddy 21 in the Donegal side’s total of 182-7.

Gavin Roulston, Davy Scanlon and Irosh Samarasooriya helped themselves to two wickets each for the hosts, while Kyle Magee took charge of the reply.

He hit an unbeaten 72 with Irosh making 43 and Dean McCloskey 37 not out, leaving Bready to coast to a 7-wicket success.

Donemana inflicted more misery on Glendermott- the only team in the league still to register a point.

It had looked brighter for the hosts here as they reduced the Tyrone side to 117-6 with 12 overs to go.

Jamie Huey made a defiant 54 (6 fours, 2 sixes) at the top of the order with new overseas man Promod Iunuwila adding 24- however the real fireworks came in the latter stages of the innings, courtesy of Levi Dougherty.

The all-rounder thumped 6 fours and 7 sixes in his 57-ball 97 that changed the course of the contest; with Dean Mehaffey (21) keeping him company.

The last 72 deliveries saw 127 runs added despite the efforts of Adam Boyd, Todd Killen, Jake Montgomery and Gihan Cloete who claimed two wickets each, as the innings closed on 244-9.

Cloete’s 30 was best of the home side’s reply with Montgomery chipping in with an unbeaten 22 in a total of just 77.

Debutant Iunuwila bowled superbly to finish with figures of 4-8 from 6 overs. Great figures anywhere of course, but some spell at the Rectory!

Jordan McGonigle and Gary Neely were equally impressive- both of them claiming 3-18 in an impressive Donemana victory.

Coleraine won the closest game of the day as they had a quickly-diminishing 2 wickets to spare at Strabane Park.

Rory Knox proved to be the thorn in the Red Caps’ side here- his unbeaten 35 enabling the visitors to chase down the home side’s 171 all out.

It was good to see Aaron Gillespie back in the Strabane line-up but it was overseas man Nasir Nawar who top scored in their innings; his 74 containing 9 fours and four sixes.

Kevin Gallagher added 37 with ‘Gilly’ making 21; however the batting side’s depth was cruelly exposed as they collapsed from 151-3 to add just 20 more runs after that.

Matthew Hutchinson (4-8) was easily the pick of the bowlers with Gareth Burns and Dawood Khan adding a couple each, while Matty Smyth (46) and Ravi Karunaratne (42) got the reply off to a good start.

Rhys Logue (3-30), Ryan Gallagher (2-31) and Usman Azhar (2-44) brought the hosts right back into the match after that, but they just couldn’t get Knox and that was to prove the difference.

The final game saw Ardmore move on to the 100-point mark as they beat Ballyspallen by 9 wickets.

Stuart Kennedy’s 24 and 19 from Luke Gilfillan was the best of the Roe Valley team’s 91 all out- Aviwe Mgijima (4-13) and Caolan Young (3-2) doing the bulk of the damage for the hosts with the ball.

Rachit Gaur (46*) and Harry Zimmermann (45*) wasted little time in securing Ardmore’s maximum-point win as they too took a stride nearer a Premier League place.



1-Brigade 6 5 1 0 21 121
2-Killyclooney 6 5 1 0 19 119
3-Fox Lodge 6 5 1 0 19 119
4-Bready 6 5 1 0 15 115
5-Donemana 6 4 2 0 24 104
6-Ardmore 5 4 1 0 20 100
7-Coleraine 6 4 2 0 15 95
8-Strabane 6 2 4 0 19 59
9-Newbuildings 5 2 3 0 15 55
10-Bonds Glen 5 2 3 0 9 49
11-St Johnston 5 2 3 0 5 45
12-Eglinton 5 1 4 0 12 32
13-Ballyspallen 6 1 5 0 8 28
14-Burndennett 5 0 5 0 9 9
15-Glendermott 6 0 6 0 0 0


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