Runs galore as White Horse T20 Cup continues

There was something of a run-fest across the North West on Thursday evening as the third round of Best Western White Horse T20 games were again played out in ideal conditions. 

In Group A, both Ardmore and Coleraine leap-frogged Bready after the Magheramason side lost by 40 runs at the Bleachgreen.

The hosts’ runs were shared out with Harry Zimmerman top scoring on an unbeaten 56 in Ardmore’s 183-4.

Ryan Brolly weighed in with 33 and Dharm Singh 29, while Ian Young (2-33) was the pick of the visitors’ attack.

Young also fared best with the bat as well; his 31 contained 2 sixes and 2 fours while Gavin Roulston scored 24 and David Rankin 19 in a reply of 143 all out.

Singh (4-14), Rachit Gaur (3-13) and Aviwe Mgijima (2-23) were all among the wickets as Bready lost their last seven batsmen for the addition of just 31 runs.

The Bannsiders saw off a gutsy challenge from St Johnston to win by 36 runs in Donegal.

An opening stand of 73 between Matty Smyth (46) and Marcus Poskitt (38) helped pave the way for the visitors to reach 150-5 from their 20 overs- Paddy Carson adding an unbeaten 20 not out late on.

Ian Macbeth and David Barnard claimed two wickets apiece for the Saints, but they were to come up short in reply.

David Lapsley’s 34 was the best of it; Graeme McCarter’s 18 next highest as the hosts were restricted to 114-8. Ravi Karunaratne bowled exceptionally well for his 3-5 from 4 overs with excellent support from Matthew Hutchinson (3-18) in a comfortable win.

Killyclooney remain unbeaten in Group B after they won by 7 wickets at Eglinton.

Andy Millar top scored for the villagers as they set a target of 173-3, but it was to prove no barrier to the league leaders.

Blayde Capell was back in top form as he stroked 75 but the South African was outscored by Mark Gordon as ‘Clooney won with 7 wickets to spare.

The second game in this group was another high-scoring affair with Bonds Glen beating Glendermott by 7 wickets at the Rectory.

Raymond Curry hit 8 fours and 11 sixes in his 52-ball 116 not out while Heinrich Roberts added 81 as the Bee Gees chased down 234 to win cosily.

Glendermott’s overseas man Gihan Cloete once again showed his class with an unbeaten 139 (18 fours, 8 sixes) while Ben Mills added 50 in the home side’s very competitive total, but it wasn’t to be enough.

In Group C, Newbuildings took top spot off Strabane with their second win in a fortnight at the Park.

The Red Caps made a real fist of it with Conor Graham making 53, Kevin Gallagher 39, Nasir Nawar 37 not out and Usman Azhar 23 not out in their total of 158-2.

Ross Dougherty’s unbeaten 64 helped the Foyleview side recover from the loss of early wickets while Ryan Hunter’s 32 and 29 from Gareth McKeegan got the job done with 5 wickets in hand.

Burndennett have taken third spot after a wide-margin win at home to Ballyspallen.

Conan Pollock made 57*, John McGettigan 35*, Mark Pollock 26 and Mark Roulston 22 in the hosts’ 171-6 with two wickets apiece for Stuart Kennedy and Michael O’Brien.

‘Spallen’s reply never got going in truth- 3 wickets for Ross McCay and 2 for Brian Devine as ‘Dennett won very easily.

With just three teams in Group D there was only one game played, as Donemana avenged their recent defeat at Fox Lodge.

Levi Dougherty made 99 (9 fours, 8 sixes) before being caught and bowled by Adam Walker while Dwayne McGerrigle added a quick 42, and Billy Dougherty 31 as the hosts posted 217-6.

Walker and Aaron Heywood picked up two wickets each for the Foxes who to their credit, fought tooth and nail in their reply.

Alistair Doherty hit 4 fours and 5 sixes in his 60 with Gayan Maneeshan adding 39 and skipper Heywood 34 as the chase got interesting.

It was to be a bridge too far however as Jordan McGonigle, William McBrine and DJ Dougherty all claimed two wickets each to leave the Ballymagorry side 22 runs short.

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