Saints surprise Bready but another Capell century surprises no-one

It was to be another packed programme of T20 cricket and another Blayde Capell century on Thursday night as the Group stages of the White Horse cups neared their completion. 

Ardmore and Coleraine go into next week’s final round of Group A fixtures with top spot still up for grabs although the advantage is clearly with the Bleachgreen team after their 8-wicket win at Sandel Lodge on Thursday night.

Ravi Karunaratne made 39 while Marcus Poskitt was on 34 before he had to go off with an injury, as the home side posted 114-3 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Dharm Singh with 54 and Rachit Gaur (36) set an opening stand of 89 and after that, the visitors coasted to the win that takes them 20 points clear with one game to go.

St Johnston stunned Bready at the Boathole- Irosh Samarasooriya making 56 and David Rankin 46 in a first wicket stand of 83 as Bready made made 129-6 from their 20.

The Donegal side timed their chase perfectly however; Graeme McCarter with 48 and David Macbeth 35 not out as they got over the line in the last over with five wickets to spare.

In Group B, Killyclooney have a 16-point buffer over Eglinton heading into next week after yet another Blayde Capell century- this one away to Bonds Glen.

The South African hit 17 sixes and 7 fours in a 65-ball 149, as he moved a step closer to becoming the first player in the North West to score a million runs in a season.

Capell shared a century stand for the first wicket with William Finlay who made 36 as ‘Clooney posted 211-4 batting first.

David Cooke top scored with 27, while Heinrich Roberts added 23 and Matty Barr 21 but Kenzie Hall (4-27) and Jordan Connor (3-17) saw the Bee Gees’ reply close on 119.

Eglinton kept the group alive with a comfortable 87-run success at home to Glendermott.

Tommy Orr made 65 not out, Any Millar hit a quick 37, with Liam Doherty and Mike Erlank chipping in with 34 and 24 respectively in a total of 183-4.

Glendermott’s batting was again found wanting as they could only manage 96-8 in reply; Millar with 3-17 in a cosy win for the hosts.

Newbuildings and Strabane have Group C between them- Gareth McKeegan’s side beating Burndennett by 7 wickets to keep their unbeaten run in this competition intact.

Mark Pollock impressed with an unbeaten 84 with Niall McDonnell adding 35 as ‘Dennett made 150-3 batting first.

An unbroken 83-run partnership between Hanu Viljoen (67*) and Ross Dougherty (32*) helped eased the group leaders to the win however, after Johnny Thompson had made 27 at the top of the order.

The Red Caps dismissed ‘Spallen for just 57 courtesy of some very good bowling from Ryan Gallagher (3-7), Nasir Nawar (3-12) and Andrew Mullen (3-16).

Nasir with 28 not out and Gallagher (20) ensured Strabane guarantee themselves a top two place in this section.

As always, there was just the one game in Group D- Brigade moving from bottom of the table to the top, courtesy of a 7-wicket win at Fox Lodge.

Jonny Robinson top scored with 31 in the Ballymagorry side’s 118-9; Iftikhar Hussain with three wickets and the Macbeth boys- Ryan and and Scott- with two apiece for the visitors.

‘Ifti’ completed a good night for himself as he hit 13 fours and 2 sixes in his 74 as the Beechgrove side made it two wins from two games.

 

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BEST WESTERN WHITE HORSE GROUP TABLES

GROUP A Played Won Bonus Pts Total Pts
Ardmore 5 4 18 98
Coleraine 5 3 18 78
Bready 5 2 7 47
St Johnston 5 1 7 27

 

 

GROUP B Played Won Bonus Pts Total Pts
Killyclooney 5 4 14 94
Eglinton 5 3 18 78
Glendermott 5 2 10 50
Bonds Glen 5 1 8 28

 

 

GROUP C Played Won Bonus Pts Total Pts
Newbuildings 5 5 19 119
Strabane 5 4 20 100
Burndennett 5 1 8 28
Ballyspallen 5 0 3 3

 

 

GROUP D Played Won Bonus Pts Total Pts
Brigade 2 2 8 48
Fox Lodge 3 1 7 27
Donemana 3 1 5 25
         

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