Newbuildings claim Glendermott scalp while Brigade make it four in a row

Brigade have all but wrapped up their White Horse Hotel T20 group after Andy Britton’s team posted their fourth successive success of the season- a 31-run home win over Strabane this afternoon. With only three teams in their section, the Beechgrove outfit have now beaten the Red Caps and Killyclooney twice each, and it would take some turnaround for them to be caught from here.

A 76-run stand between Iftikhar Hussain (52) and Andy Britton (36) helped the home side recover from a sticky start after Shami Ahmed (3-25) had caused several early problems. That pair helped Brigade to a decent total of 141-5 and despite Strabane starting their reply really well, they couldn’t close it out.

Tom Harpur (43) and Kevin Gallagher (41) had their side in with a real chance of an upset at 78-0 before Nick Donnell (3-11) dragged Brigade back into it. The visitors’ lower order fell away after that early platform as the hosts restricted them to 110-4- a comfortable 31-run win in the end.

Newbuildings were presented with their new kit by Kieran Kennedy of “21 Training” before their game against Glendermott and Gareth McKeegan’s team used the occasion to show that they will be a handful for anyone this summer.

McKeegan made 40 which included 5 sixes and Mark Hanna played well for his 31 at the top of Newbuildings’ order as they batted first. Ryan Hunter added 35 in the middle, but the game was taken away from the Rectory side by Ross Dougherty who thumped 7 fours and 3 sixes in his unbeaten 53 off just 22 deliveries.

The home side added 42 runs in the last two overs of their innings which allowed them to post a hefty total of 187-5.

Glendermott rarely threatened after that, and although there were cameos from Steve Moore (27), Alan Johnson (20) and Bob Robinson (20) it was Number 11 Tylor Moore with 4 sixes and 2 fours in his defiant 34, made off just 11 balls, that topped their bill.  The final reply was 118 all out as Newbuildings won easily.

Coleraine and Fox Lodge served up a low-scoring affair at Sandel Lodge. The Bannsiders could manage just 72-9 from their 20 overs with Gordon Cooke’s 16 the best of that. Spinners Aaron Heywood and Jonny Robinson found conditions on the north coast to their liking as both claimed three wickets apiece.

Even that was too much for the Ballymagorry side who slumped to 11-5 in reply before finally being bowled out for 45. Scott Campbell picked up four wickets and Gareth Burns two as the Bannsiders claimed the spoils.

Eglinton are another side to have started the season well and they were far too strong for Bonds Glen in the only other game to be completed. Stephen Barr top-scored with 26 for the Bee Gees who made 92-7 in their allotted overs, with Mark Averill and Simon Dunn helping themselves to two wickets each.

Craig Averill with an unbeaten 49 and Tommy Orr (33 not out) saw to it that the villagers passed their target without losing a wicket.

Bready will be frustrated that heavy rain denied them the chance to finish off Burndennett after they had bowled their near neighbours out for 57. Ross McCay made 27 for ‘Dennett with Steve Lazars returning figures of 3-1 for Davy Scanlon’s side, however the teams never got back out after the innings break.

St Johnston are still to play a game this season after their game at Ballyspallen, and the one between Ardmore and Donemana were both lost to the elements.



At Sandel Lodge, Coleraine (24pts) beat Fox Lodge (1pt) by 27 runs
Coleraine 72-9 (20 overs; G Cooke 16; A Heywood 3-14, J Robinson 3-15)
Fox Lodge 45 all out (16.5 overs; S Campbell 4-19, G Burns 2-6)

At Foyleview Arena, Newbuildings (25pts) beat Glendermott (0pts) by 69 runs
Newbuildings 187-5 (20 overs; R Dougherty 53*, G McKeegan 40, R Hunter 35, M Hanna 31; C Ross 2-21)
Glendermott 118 all out (19.3 overs; T Moore 34, S Moore 27, A Johnson 20, R Robinson 20; T McKeegan 3-19, J Dunn 3-33, J Thompson 2-34)

At Bonds Glen, Eglinton (25pts) beat Bonds Glen (0pts) by 10 wickets
Bonds Glen 92-7 (20 overs; S Barr 26; M Averill 2-25, Simon Dunn 2-13)
Eglinton 93-0 (16 overs; C Averill 49*, T Orr 33* )

At Beechgrove, Brigade (25pts) beat Strabane (0pts) by 31 runs
Brigade 141-5 (20 overs; I Hussain 52, A Britton 36; E Ahmed 3-25)
Strabane 110-4 (20 overs; T Harpur 43, K Gallagher 41; N Donnell 3-11)

At Burndennett, Burndennett (0pts) v Bready (0pts), Match abandoned.
Burndennett 57 (15.2 overs; R McCay 27; S Lazars 3-1, I Young 2-27)
Bready 0-0

Ardmore v Donemana; Ballyspallen v St Johnston, both off

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