Marco on song as Foxies beat Brigade
Friday saw the third series of games in this season’s Best Western White Horse T20 Cup and once again there were one or two surprises on a night when there were plenty of runs around at most of the venues.
Coleraine and Ardmore brought their game forward by 24 hours to Thursday with the Bleachgreen side securing a last over 2-wicket win at a chilly Sandel Lodge.
Matthew Hutchinson (33) and Varun Chopra (27*) were best with the bat for the home side in a total of 108-5; Tyron Koen with 2-27 the pick of the bowling.
Koen was the difference with the bat as well- his 46 (3 sixes, 2 fours), supported by Conor King (21) helping the visitors over the line with just one delivery to spare.
Game of the night on Friday was at Ballymagorry where the home side accounted for inconsistent Brigade by 24 runs.
Marco Marais hit 10 sixes and 3 fours in his unbeaten 96 with Travis Nicholl chipping in with 21 in a total of 146-2.
Several Brigade players got starts- Graeme McCarter made 28, Adam McDaid 24 and both Iftikhar Hussain and David Barr scored 20, but it was former Beechgrove boy Jonny Robinson who had the final say.
‘Bap’ returned figures of 5-12 while there were 2 wickets apiece for Aaron Heywood and Alistair Doherty as Brigade’s reply closed on 122.
Marco’s innings wasn’t the highest of the night as Glendermott’s Jamal Anwar made 102, albeit his century was in in vain as Newbuildings recorded a 7-wicket win at the Rectory.
Anwar hit 8 fours and 7 sixes in his 71-ball ‘ton’, with skipper Ben Mills adding an unbeaten 38 in the home side’s total of 158-2.
It was to prove little trouble to Newbuildings however; Gareth McKeegan making 49, Mark Hanna 36 and Jonny Thompson 35 as the visitors won with 10-balls to spare.
Strabane have started the season reasonably well despite the shock of last week’s run-fest up at the Glen, and Aaron Gillespie was back among the runs as they beat Eglinton by 23 runs.
The Red Caps’ skipper hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 71 with Ryan Gallagher (39*) and Tom Harpur (39) helping post another formidable total of 170-2.
The villagers have yet to really find their form this season and despite an unbeaten 65 from Robbie Millar and 47 from Robbie Logue, they came up short.
Gallagher, Harpur and Mark McNulty all claimed two wickets in a morale-boosting win for Strabane.
Killyclooney won a good game at Burndennett courtesy of an unbeaten 71 from Mark Gordon. The former skipper hit 6 fours and 4 sixes with support coming from Timmy Dougherty who added 29 as they chased down 155 with just 2 wickets to spare.
Mark Pollock (55*) and Andy Barr (53*) had earlier shared and unbroken 115-run 4th wicket stand for ‘Dennett, but it just wasn’t to be enough.
Bready beat Ballyspallen in a low-scoring encounter at Bridge Park.
The home side batted for more than 17 overs for their 48 all out- James Thompson’s 17 the best of that, with Mervyn Magee (3-7), James McKillop (2-10) and Davy Scanlon (2-13) doing the bulk of the damage with the ball.
Davy Rankin made 33 as the visitors rattled off the runs in 9 overs.
The final game of the night saw Bonds Glen lower St Johnston’s colours in Donegal.
Heinrich Roberts made 45 while David Cooke, Jonny Haslett and Curtis Cooke all scored 20 in the Bee Gees’ 160-6.
Jack Macbeth made a defiant, unbeaten 65 for the hosts and although David Lapsley added 35, the visitors held firm to restrict the Saints to 132-6 in reply.