Killyclooney lead the senior table at halfway stage

Killyclooney have reached the turn in the Long’s SuperValu North West senior league with a 7-point lead over the field and it would take an almighty collapse from here for Timmy Dougherty’s side to miss out on a Premier Division place in 2024.

Once again there’s no prizes for guessing the story of their game at Bonds Glen- Blayde Capell smashing his seventh ‘ton’ of the season as ‘Clooney won by 58 runs.

Fresh from his T20 century at the same venue just 48-hours earlier, the South African hit 11 fours and 7 sixes in his 109 and is now just 21 runs short of 1500 for the season with half the summer to go!

Skipper Dougherty made 34* and William Finlay 34 in the visitors’ total of 241-9; Heinrich Roberts (3-21) and Sam Kinkaid (3-34) best with the ball for the hosts.

Raymond Curry top-scored for the Bee Gees with 42 while Matty Barr hit 4 sixes in a quickfire 28, however Jordan Connor (4-45), Jason Wallace (3-33) and Dougherty (2-24) did more than enough to restrict the reply to 160 all out.

Brigade were knocked off top spot after a thrilling game at home to Ardmore.

David Barr hit 78, Cameron Melly 33 and skipper Andy Britton 24* in the hosts total of 198-6, with Edrees Kharotai finishing with figures of 3-64.

Following a rain delay, the Bleachgreen team were set a target of 189 in 37 overs and Edrees was in the runs as well- 4 sixes and 2 fours in his 42 in the reply.

Aviwe Mgijima added 33 and Dharm Singh 28 but three wickets apiece for Iftikhar Hussain and skipper Britton meant Brigade were right in it.

The visitors still needed 12 with the last pair at the wicket but Sabin Babu (10*) and Caolan Young held their nerve to move their side up to third in the table.

Fox Lodge and Newbuildings are due to meet again at Ballymagorry on Sunday in the Sports Hub senior cup semi-final and it was Gareth McKeegan’s men who claimed a morale-boosting 100-run win in Saturday’s league clash at Foyleview.

Johnny Thompson hit 6 fours and 6 sixes in an unbeaten 71 as the home team set a target of 242-6.

Ryan Hunter weighed in with 51 and Hanu Viljoen 50 while Jason Dunn made 47 in a solid batting performance.

Jonny Robinson and Adam Walker picked up 3 wickets each, but The Foxes’ reply fell well short.

Travis Nicholl fared best with 41 and Alistair Doherty made 37; however Trent McKeegan (4-33), Ross Hunter (3-22) and Charlie Downey (2-3) ensured a maximum points win for Newbuildings.

There was another thrilling finish at the Holm where Davy Scanlon hit consecutive sixes off the first two balls of the final over to give Bready the points against Donemana.

William McClintock made 64 (7 fours, 5 sixes), Jamie Huey 48 and new overseas man Karl Birkenstock 34 as Donemana posted a competitive 245 batting first.

Irosh Samarasooriya (4-39) claimed the bowling honours with ‘Sca’ and Ian Young getting two wickets apiece.

Davy Rankin was in top form with the bat- 11 fours and 2 sixes in his 93 with Kyle Magee adding a valuable 50 as the Magheramason men started well.

Ian Young’s unbeaten 31 and skipper Scanlon’s last over efforts saw the visitors pick up the win that moves them into second place in the table.

Eglinton secured a much-needed win as they recorded a 7-wicket verdict over Coleraine on the north coast.

Stephen Hutchinson made 35, Matty Smyth 31 and Ravi Karunaratne 29 in the Bannsiders’ total of 127-9; two wickets apiece here for Mike Erlank and Josh Martin.

The South African was also in good form with the bat as the villagers comfortably chased down the target- Erlank with 62 and Tommy Orr 22 handing their side just their second league win of the season.

Previously pointless Glendermott finally got on the board as they leap-frogged Burndennett to move off the bottom of the table for the first time.

Mark Pollock was again among the runs for ‘Dennett- his 74, as well as cameos from Marty Mehaffey (38) and Niall McDonnell (28) helping the visitors set a target of 193.

It was to be well within the Rectory men’s compass however as Gihan Cloete scored 62, Ben Mills 38 not out and Jason Lynch 21 in a 5-wicket victory.

The day’s final game saw St Johnston beat Strabane by a whopping 170 runs at the Boathole.

Star performer for the Donegal side was Michael Rankin who hit 8 fours and 6 sixes in a brilliant 118 not out. Graeme McCarter (45), David Lapsley (43) and Deepak Reddy (21) also chipped in as the hosts made 255-6 from their reduced 39 overs.

Ryan Gallagher picked up three wickets for Strabane and while more rain saw a target re-set of 249 from 37, the reply just never got going.

McCarter claimed 3-4, with Scott Devenney and David Anthony also getting three each as the Red Caps were skittled for 79.

After a bright start to the season for the Park side the losses are starting to stack up, and they’ll need a quick return to form if they’re to claim a top-8 spot.

 

LONG’S SUPERVALU SENIOR LEAGUE- CURRENT STANDINGS

TEAM PLAYED WON LOST NO RESULT BONUS PTS TOTAL PTS
1-Killyclooney 7 6 1 0 24 144
2- Bready 7 6 1 0 17 137
3-Brigade 7 5 2 0 28 128
4-Ardmore 6 5 1 0 20 120
5-Fox Lodge 7 5 2 0 19 119
6-Donemana 7 4 3 0 27 107
7-Coleraine 7 4 3 0 16 96
8-Newbuildings 6 3 3 0 20 80
9-St Johnston 6 3 3 0 10 70
10-Strabane 7 2 5 0 19 59
11-Eglinton 6 2 4 0 16 56
12-Bonds Glen 6 2 4 0 9 49
13-Ballyspallen 6 1 5 0 8 28
14-Glendermott 7 1 6 0 3 23
15-Burndennett 7 0 7 0 9 9

 

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