Runs galore as Long’s SuperValu League returns

There were no weather problems on Sunday across the North West as the season’s first week of 40-over league cricket fixtures were replayed in glorious sunshine.

And there were plenty of runs scored too- as well as another odd surprise result- notably at the Bleachgreen where Brigade lost for the second time in 24 hours.

Having been knocked out of the Sports Hub senior cup on Saturday afternoon, the Beechgrove side’s batting again gave way as they were dismissed for just 72 in reply to the hosts’ total of 160-8.

The highest scoring game of the day was at Foyle View where Ryan Hunter and Ross Dougherty both made centuries in a 99-run victory over Coleraine.

Hunter hit 17 fours and a six is his 104 while his batting partner had 11 boundaries and 4 sixes in his 100- the pair sharing a 167-run stand for the third wicket. Jared Wilson’s quick-fire 58 not out included 6 sixes and 2 fours as Newbuildings made 330-5 from their 40 overs.

The Bannsiders, fresh from Saturday’s batting collapse at home to Ballyspallen fared much better in their reply this time, albeit without really ever threatening to chase down the win.

Tanuj Chopra made 51 and Matthew Hutchinson 48, while there were also cameos from Ravindra Karunaratne (35), Varun Chopra (26) and Rory Knox (24) in a total of 231 all out.

A brilliant effort with the ball from Gary Mitchell (6-39) with support from Ross Hunter (2-26) steered the hosts to a comfortable win.

Closest game of the afternoon was at Burndennett where the home side failed by just two runs to get past Ballyspallen.

Demith Perera top scored with 47 and Zak Guy added a late unbeaten 23 as the Roe Valley outfit posted what looked like a modest 113 all out.

Mark Roulston (2-11), Mark Snodgrass (2-22), Marcello Piedt (2-26) and Mark Pollock (2-27) all bowled well, but the home side contrived to get themselves in a tangle in reply.

Andy Barr fared best as he made 23, Eddie McGettigan added 20, but Corey Roulston (13 not out) could find no-one to stay with him as the innings closed on 111.

Stephen Kennedy (4-13) and Perera (4-22) took full advantage as ‘Spallen secured a narrow win.

Eglinton posted a 4-wicket win over Killyclooney in an entertaining game at the village.

Darren Moan made an aggressive 58 (6 sixes and a four) while Timmy Dougherty added an unbeaten 55 and William Finlay 38 in ‘Clooney’s very respectable 202-5.

Brothers Robbie (2-35) and Andy Millar (2-54) fared best with the ball while the reply was down to the brilliance of Tommy Orr.

The Warriors player batted beautifully, hitting 7 sixes and 6 fours- carrying his bat for an unbeaten 127.

Mark Averill weighed in with 42 while Jason Wallace helped himself to 4-42 for the bowling side; however Orr’s superb knock ensured his side sealed a deserved win.

Bready stayed at the top of Group A as they beat Strabane by seven wickets.

Bready’s bowling attack was once again to the fore as they dismissed Strabane for just 108, with only Tanvir Hasan (25) offering any opposition.

Skipper David Scanlon took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Conor Olphert, Gregory McFaul and Gavin Roulston.

Roulston (24) was in the runs too as Bready made light of the early loss of David Rankin to ease to a seven wickets win – Scott Macbeth (40*) and Jamie Magee (29*) sharing an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 57.

Brigade’s batting woes continued as they crumbled to an 88-run loss at The Bleachgreen.

Ardmore’s total of 160 for 8 looked modest, which owed much to Tyron Koen (37), an unbeaten 33 from Rachit Gaur against his former club, and a late, quickfire 23 from Dave Bezzant.

The Brigade attack was badly hampered by injuries, but Ryan Macbeth bowled well in his 3 for 16 from six overs.

The chase was soon in tatters with Koen (2-20) and Gaur (2-22) making early inroads, and Conor Brolly (4-9) then mopped up the middle and late order – Brigade all out for 72 with only skipper Andy Britton (21) showing any serious resistance.

There was a run feast in the other two matches with nearly 1000 runs scored between them.

High flying Fox Lodge won again but were pushed all the way by Glendermott.

Dean McCarter top scored with 61 (7 fours, 4 sixes), sharing a fourth wicket stand of 76 with Luke Hayes, who made 53.

Marco Marais (38) was also in the runs, while Johnny Robinson clubbed 5 sixes in a 16-ball 36 as the Foxies posted 253 for 8 – four wickets for home skipper Ben Mills.

Glendermott gave it a right go, but despite a half century from Pakistan professional Jamal Anwar (50) and 47 from Nathan McGuire, they fell short by ten runs.

St Johnston completed a dream weekend as they won by 45 runs at Bonds Glen after making 259 for 9.

Michael Rankin top scored with 70, while David Macbeth made 54, and Sabin Babu 37 in a solid batting display.

The Bee Gees made a right fight of it, with Johnny Haslett top scoring with 42, Simon Killen making 37 and young Sam Kincaid scoring 35.

In the end though they left themselves just too much to do, with Nathan Cole taking four wickets and Ian Macbeth two in another impressive display.


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