Senior Cup goes to Day 3 as Glendermott win Sam Jeffrey thriller
This year’s North West Senior Cup final will go into a third day after heavy rain at the village venue restricted Saturday’s play to little more than 30 overs in total. The Beechgrove side did well in that time to add 92 runs to their overnight 126 for 4 and gain what could well prove to be a crucial 48-runs first innings advantage.
Simon Dunn (3-23) removed dangerous hitters Andy Britton (19) and David Murdock (6), and when Jamie Millar trapped former team mate Ross Allen for 39, Brigade’s lead was just 24. Ryan Barr (29*) and Ryan Macbeth plundered 24 runs from the last two overs however to seize the initiative for their side.
Macbeth then removed Jamie Millar and Scott Adair cheaply, while Nick Donnell bowled first innings top scorer Craig Averill for 0, to further tighten their grip on proceedings.
Tommy Orr (33*) is still there along with Robbie Millar (11*) as Eglinton moved to 66 for 3 in the 17th over – a lead of 18 – before a torrential downpour saw play abandoned in mid-afternoon.
Play continues on Sunday at 11am and the North West has announced that admission will be free.
While events at Eglinton may have been low-key, they were anything but at Strabane Park where the Sammy Jeffrey final went down to the very last ball after a titanic 200-over battle between Strabane and Glendermott.
The visitors had taken a 26-run lead into the second innings this morning, but Strabane turned the game on its head at the start of Day 2 with some quality batting. Aaron Gillespie and Kevin Gallagher (25) put on 41 for the first wicket before Gillespie and Rhys Logue then added a superb 119 for the second to wipe out the deficit.
The Strabane skipper was run out for 68 (7 fours, 1 six) with the score on 160 and that started a bit of a collapse in the home ranks. Logue followed soon after for 55 (3 fours, 1 six) and although Ryan Gallagher chipped in with 29, the rest of the order fell away.
The Red Caps lost 8 wickets for 53 runs to close on 213-9 with Reece Laird (4-42), and Nauman Anwar (2-35) doing the bulk of the damage. And where the Bonds Street side would have been expecting to be chasing 240-plus at one point, skipper Alan Johnson was more than happy with a target of 188 for victory.
Anwar of course was key- the Pakistani having scored close to 400 runs by that point in this competition alone, however the hosts were cock-a-hoop when Tom Harpur had him caught behind from the very first ball he faced.
Strabane were huge favourites from there but no-one had told Bob Robinson and Todd Killen who set about posting a patient, but ultimately match-winning century stand for the second wicket.
That pair spent 32 overs together- Killen making 54 from 112 deliveries and Robinson 52 from 107 before Reece Laird added 27 and Steve Moore 21.
Strabane kept taking wickets at key times however- Harpur faring best with 3-35- and Glendermott still needed 12 from the last two overs to win.
Chris Havern was left to defend just 5 from the last and he very nearly did it too. Tylor Moore and Curtis Ross managed to scramble a single from the final delivery however to send the huge travelling support wild with delight.
It was a superb spectacle of a final, played in excellent spirit between two very well matched teams; something that winning skipper Alan Johnson alluded to in his victory speech.