Strabane Women and Newbuildings defy the rain to post important wins

Thunder and lightning put paid to six of today’s seven rearranged Premiership fixtures however Newbuildings’ journey to Coleraine was to prove very worthwhile as they secured a valuable win while the rest could only look on.

Ryan Hunter has looked in good touch in the opening weeks of the season and the former Warrior hit 8 fours and 2 sixes on his way to an impressive 93 as the visitors batted first.

Hunter shared in a century stand with his skipper, Gareth McKeegan (58) and then one worth 73 runs with Samarth Seth, who looks to be a real find for Newbuildings.

A final total of 269-7 from their 40 overs looked a bit of a mountain for Coleraine, especially with the weather really closing in, and it could have been worse had it not been for the efforts of Matty Smyth (4-56) and Lee Ritchie who returned excellent figures of 2-29 from his set of eight.

The rain duly arrived and after a lengthy delay, the hosts were set a target of 203 runs from just short of 30 overs.

By that stage, Coleraine’s interim overseas man Garrett Tarr had started to find his range and the South African ‘keeper/batsman took it upon himself to see if he could claw it back on his own.

He managed to go very close too- 7 fours and 7 sixes in his 74-ball 116 not out wasn’t quite enough as Newbuildings held on to win by 15 runs (DLS).

Ross Hunter bowled very well for his 3-18 as Newbuildings claimed very valuable points and despite looking like they could be a threat this year themselves, the north coast side is probably wishing Tarr wasn’t contracted to play the summer in the Lancashire league.

The only other game to be completed today was at Strabane Park where the Red Caps Women’s team came from nowhere to beat Coleraine in the senior cup first round.

Aimee-Lee Finlay top scored with 22 as Strabane made 100 batting first, with Kia McCartney (3-12) and Hannah Skinner (3-13) faring best of Coleraine’s bowlers.

The Bannsiders looked to have matters in hand in reply- Kia and Amelia Guy both scoring 19 as they reached 89-5, needing 12 more to win.

The Strabane girls certainly seem to be enjoying their cricket at the minute and they stuck at it and were rewarded for their attitude as Emma Doherty (5-18) and Nicola Mullen (3-22) combined to remove the last five batters for the addition of just two runs.

A nine-run win for the home side, but a game played in the best of spirit with both sides determined to get a result before the rain arrived.



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