Runs aplenty in White Horse T20 openers

After an opening day when runs were a little hard come by, the shackles came off on Sunday as no fewer than 16 matches were completed in the group stages of the White Horse T20 cup competition.

There were two games held at each of eight venues across the region with some cracking ties played to a conclusion despite some heavy showers doing the rounds.

In the final analysis- Bready, Brigade, Donemana, Fox Lodge and Newbuildings all won both of their home games- albeit Newbuildings were playing their matches at Bonds Glen.

Ardmore and Eglinton both won twice on the road while Glendermott and Bonds Glen won one game apiece.

Donemana were the highest scorers of the day; Raymond Curry hitting an unbeaten 56-ball 127 (14 fours, 7 sixes) as they racked up 328-3 against The Nedd.

Levi Dougherty added a 26-ball 81 and Rumesh Buddhika an 18-ball 59 in the run-fest; the visitors never at the races after that as they replied with 97- Adam Britton with four wickets for the hosts.

The Holm side won their earlier game as well- Timmy Dougherty scoring 39 as Killyclooney posted 121-6, however Buddhika made 39 not out and Gary McClintock an unbeaten 32 in a 7-wicket success.

Bready posted a couple of 8-wicket wins; Parth Palawat with an unbeaten 52 and Gavin Roulston 47 as they chased down St Johnston’s 136-7; Shirzad making 56 for the Saints in their innings.

Ian Young’s men followed that up with a similar success against Ballyspallen- Palawat making 48* in that one after the Roe Valley side set a total of 81-8.

There were a couple of wins for Brigade too- Pushpender Singh and Simon Killen both making half centuries for Bonds Glen who set a decent 135-4 batting first at Beechgrove.

David Barr picked up 3-13 for the hosts before in-form Scott Macbeth hit 8 fours and 4 sixes in an unbeaten 81 to seal a 6-wicket victory.

Earlier in the day Brigade saw off Coleraine in a rain-affected match where Marcus Poskitt’s 46 was the highlight of the visitors 110.

The revised total after the showers was 68 off 12 and Barr’s 44* saw the target easily reached for the loss of just one wicket.

There was no play at Ballymagorry on Saturday but it was all systems go on Sunday as Jason Milligan played a leading role in getting full points for the ‘Yellows’.

Milligan (28*) and Luke Hayes (30*) put on an unbroken 59-run stand for the fifth wicket after the hosts had lost four early ones chasing The Nedd’s 102-7.

Richard Wylie (32) and Johnny Young (20) were best with the bat for the visitors, but they didn’t have enough runs.

Timmy Dougherty made 54 and Mark Gordon 33 as Killyclooney came up just 5 runs short of pulling off a win in Game 2.

The hosts had set a competitive 129-6 batting first with Milligan hitting 5 fours and 6 sixes in his 79 not out and despite being well in the game in reply, ‘Clooney couldn’t get over the line.

Newbuidings had 5 wickets to spare over St Johnston in their opening game up at the Glen.

Shirzad was again best with the bat for the Saints- he made 47 and Michael Rankin 26 in a total of 155-7; Ross Hunter with 3-7 for the home side.

Once again, the rain played a part here and Newbuildings were set 126 from 15 overs to win. Skipper Gareth McKeegan made an unbeaten 57 and Jason Bell clubbed 3 sixes in a very quick 24 not out as they won with an over to spare.

Ironically, McKeegan also made 57 not out as his side beat Ballyspallen by 9 wickets next up.

James Cusack scored 76* and Kyle Morrow 53 as the visitors posted 169-6, however McKeegan, Samarth Seth (57*) and Jason Dunn (49) wrapped up an easy win.

Rachit Gaur was among the runs for Ardmore as they too won twice. The skipper hit 107 (5 fours, 7 sixes) as the senior champions posted 184-5 at Strabane.

The Red Caps made 122-8 in reply; Conor Graham with 5 sixes in his 51 not out with Bobby Brolly taking four wickets and Edrees three for the victors.

Gaur added 32* and Ryan Brolly 31* as they also beat Burndennett by 10 wickets.

The home side could muster just 62 batting first- Aneesh Anilkumar and Dharm Singh with three wickets apiece for Ardmore.

‘Dennett had earlier lost to Eglinton by 7 wickets- Mark Pollock top scoring with 41 and Derek Curry chipping in with 22 in the home side’s 119-6.

The Millar boys Jamie (53) and Robbie (43) ensured a handy win for the villagers despite Curry also picking up a couple of wickets.

Eglinton ensured a full haul of points themselves with a 31-run (DLS) win at the Park.

Jamie Millar and Liam Doherty both scored 63 in the visitors total of 169-3 and despite the reduced target of 100 needed off 10 for Strabane, they were restricted to 68-7 in reply.

Bonds Glen posted a solid win at the Rectory in another DLS contest- Manav Chhabra making 33 and Alan Johnson 29 in Glendermott’s total of 112.

Heinrich Roberts made 28 not out as rain intervened to change the target to 79 from 13 overs; the Bee Gees getting home with 7 wickets to spare.

The best game of the day was kept ’til last and it saw Johnson head to the middle with one ball of the innings left and Glendermott needing two to win against Coleraine.

The former skipper thumped it to the boundary for four to see the Rectory side claim the points in a three wicket win.

To be fair, most of the hard work had been done by Ben Mills who hit 4 fours and 6 sixes as he made 77, and Todd Killen who hit 52 as Glendermott chased down 155 in 19 overs.

The Bannsiders had posted 160-5 with Marcus Poskitt making 56 and Craig Averill 42 before a quick shower cost an over.

It was a great finish to a fairly frenetic day as the competition takes a back seat for the next few weeks now to focus on a busy league and cups programme.


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