Records Tumble in White Horse T20 Cup

It’s a cup weekend coming up across the North West and supporters will be hoping for more of the same in Saturday’s Irish Senior and National Cups after a remarkable Friday night in the Best Western White Horse T20 competition.

There were four games played in all with a truly bizarre contest at Bonds Glen where Strabane were the visitors.

Red Caps’ skipper Aaron Gillespie opened the innings for his team and set about taking on all comers from ball one. The former North West Warrior was left a frustrating 2 runs short of a double century- Strabane posting 270-2; Gillespie clubbing 21 sixes and 13 fours in his 70-ball innings of 198 not out.

Support came from Conor Graham (25) and cameos from Ryan Gallagher (17) and Tom Harper (15), but this was all about ‘Gilly’.

Any thoughts that the Bee Gees were along for the ride however were soon blown away as Raymond Curry and Kyle Moore orchestrated the reply.

Curry played the lead role- 13 fours and 11 sixes in his brilliant 67-ball 154 not out, while Moore hammered 6 fours and 7 sixes in his 81.

Unbelievably, the home side had 7 balls left unused when they crossed the winning line- a 7-wicket win chasing 270 in a T20 definitely a new benchmark for this, or any other domestic competition.

There was plenty of quality action in the other games too- notably at Foyle View Arena where Newbuildings defeated Donemana.

Jared Wilson hit 10 sixes and 6 fours in a 39-ball 95 as the home side made 224-4; Johnny Thompson 32*, Gareth McKeegan 31 and Ryan Hunter 31 also chipping in to the total.

The Holm side never really got to grips with that target; Levi Dougherty (42), Joe Robinson (26) and William McClintock (24) the best of it as Gary Mitchell picked up 3 wickets in a 49-run win.

Brigade recorded a bloodless 9-wicket win at home to Killyclooney- David Barr making 45* and Adam McDaid 44* as they chased down Killyclooney’s 123-7 with ease.

A delayed start in the night’s other game saw that reduced to 18 overs a side with Burndennett setting Fox Lodge a target of 186.

Eddie McGettigan hit a quick-fire 69 (7 sixes, 3 fours) with Marcello Piedt adding 65 (4 fours, 7 sixes)- Jonny Robinson picking up 3 wickets for the Foxies.

In reply, Travis Nicholl made 43 and Craig Doherty 42 but 3 wickets for Mark Snodgrass and a couple for Piedt was enough to earn a 15-run win for ‘Dennett.

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