Three way go at top of Section 1 table

Bready, Brigade and Donemana have opened up a bit of a gap at the top of the Long’s SuperValu Premiership Section A after the trio recorded wins in Saturday afternoon’s entertaining programme.

Ian Young’s side had narrowly beaten Newbuildings in Thursday night’s T20 at Magheramason and the teams served up something of a repeat in the league just 48 hours later.

David Rankin made a half century (just as he did on Thursday night) while Parth Palawat scored 48, Ryan Clarke 46 and skipper Young 35 not out as Bready set a target of 231-4 from their 40 overs.

Ryan Hunter (2-47) was best with the ball for their visitors, although their reply was completely dominated by their impressive overseas batsman Samarth Seth. The Delhi-born player hit 10 fours and 5 sixes in his 104, with only Sam McClintock (23) offering much by way of resistance elsewhere as Newbuildings were bowled out for 205.

Seth’s dismissal just about ended the visitors’ chances- Palawat capping a fine day with 4-38; Pierce Ryan 3-55 and Nathan McCombe 2-53 combining to ensuring a 26-run home win.

Brigade had a similar margin to spare over Coleraine, albeit the visitors were masters of their own downfall as, needing 62 runs for victory with six wickets in hand, they lost the rest for the addition of just 35.

Scott Macbeth hit 6 fours and 6 sixes in his 46-ball 78 while David Barr added 68 and Iftikhar Hussain 25 in Brigade’s total of 228-6. Stephen Hutchinson and Gareth Burns claimed two wickets apiece for the Bannsiders, whose reply was also dominated by one batsman in Marcus Poskitt.

The Coleraine opener hit 14 fours and 3 sixes in a quality innings of 107; sharing in a century opening stand with Craig Averill who made 37, however it was all downhill after that as Lee Ritchie’s 17 was the best of the rest.

Barr was architect-in-chief of the collapse- his 5-43 and Ifti’s 2-25 enough to see Brigade over the line.

Donemana enjoyed a slightly more emphatic win as they had 6 wickets to spare over Eglinton at the village.

Jamie Millar’s defiant 62* helped the home side to a very respectable total of 170 having earlier been reduced to 82-7. Liam Doherty’s 29 at the top of the order and a couple of cameos from Scott Adair and Ross McLaughlin (both made 17) contributed to the recovery, however it wasn’t to be enough.

Skipper Gary McClintock was best with the ball- his early spell saw him finish with figures of 4-28, while there were a couple each for Andy McBrine and Rumesh Buddhika.

An 81-run stand between the McClintock twins William (44*) and Gary (30*) steered the Tyrone side back on track after Lahiru Dilshan (3-22) was among the wickets early for Eglinton.

Buddhika (44) and DJ Dougherty (22) fared best of the top order before the McClintocks’ stand, however Donemana were worthy winners.

Champions Ardmore got their first league win on the board as they saw off bottom side Killyclooney by 72 runs.

Half centuries from Harry Zimmermann (58) and Hayden Melly (50) saw the hosts make 188-6 from their 40 overs; two wickets apiece here for ‘Clooney skipper Timmy Dougherty and overseas man Jamal Anwar.

The visitors also suffered a batting collapse- Anwar and Dougherty both making 36 as they reached 84-3 in reply before losing their last 7 wickets for just 32 runs to remain without a point in the league so far.

In Section 2, Glendermott lead the way after an extraordinary innings from former skipper, Ben Mills who smashed an unbeaten century despite his side only chasing The Nedd’s total of 117.

Mills hit 9 sixes and 8 fours in his 42-ball knock while Lealand McElwee (13*) watched on at the other end.

Jacob Logan-Wilson top scored with 29, Gareth Martin added 23 and Jamie Millar 21 in the home side’s total, however Malinga Amarasinghe (4-21) and Trevor Britton (4-38) set up Glendermott’s comfortable win.

Strabane’s Nasir Nawar was another man on the century trail- he hit 8 fours and 5 sixes in an unbeaten 108 as the Red Caps beat Ballyspallen by 7 wickets.

Aaron Gillespie added 25 after Andy Christie (29). Kyle Moore (29) and Luke Gilfillan (23) had fared best for the Roe Valley side in their total of 164-9.

Usman Azhar picked up 3-24, Andrew Mullen 2-21 and TJ Boyd 2-38 as Strabane posted a cosy win.

And the centuries weren’t finished there either as Niall McDonnell made 101* to help Burndennett claim a morale-boosting win at Bonds Glen.

The Strabane schoolteacher hit 10 fours and 4 sixes in his 97-ball knock and coupled with runs from Mark Doherty (34) and Galvin Pollock (27), ‘Dennett set their hosts a target of 207-4 from their 40 overs.

Heinrich Roberts top scored with 64 (6 fours, 5 sixes) in the Bee Gees’ reply with Kyle Moore chipping in with 27 and David Cooke 26, however Mark Pollock with 3-18 and two wickets each for Derek Curry, Cody Mehaffey and Conan Pollock saw the reply fall short on 175.

In the final game of the day, Fox Lodge beat St Johnston by 4 wickets at Ballymagorry.

Batting first, Graeme McCarter made 59*, Michael Rankin 39 and David Anthony 35 to see the Saints post 199-6 from their 40.

Jason Milligan and Aaron Heywood claimed to wickets apiece, and Milligan’s unbeaten 44 along with Jonny Robinson’s 47 and 32 from Adam Walker saw the Foxes pass the target despite McCarter’s good spell of 3-29.

 

 

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