Thrilling finishes as White Horse T20 Cup continues
There were some fantastic finishes in Friday night’s Best Western White Horse Hotel T20 Cup matches with half of the six games being decided by 3 runs or less.
The game of the night was at the Rectory where Glendermott and Donemana tied on 188 each.
The hosts batted first with Jamal Anwar and Nathan McGuire making unbeaten half centuries as Glendermott lost just a single wicket in setting the target.
Scott Laird was the only man out- he made a quick 43 (4 fours, 3 sixes) before the other pair posted an unbroken 118-run stand for the second wicket.
Anwar smacked 5 fours and 5 sixes on his way to 69 not out while McGuire hit 6 sixes and 5 fours in an entertaining 65*.
Donemana’s reply started really well- William McClintock (44) and Joe Robinson (41) knocking off 67 for the first wicket before the bowlers brought the game back on an even keel.
Ben Mills (2-25) and Todd Killen (2-37) fared best of the attack while Levi Dougherty (21) and Billy Dougherty (17) kept Donemana in it.
Heading into the last over the visitors needed 10 to win and that came down to two off the final ball. The batsmen scrambled a single to leave the scores tied and the points shared in a cracking game.
There was little in it at the Bleachgreen either as Ardmore halted Bready’s impressive recent run.
Harry Zimmerman made a composed 49* and Rachit Gaur 25 as the hosts posted 118-4 in their 20 overs.
Gregory McFaul (2-25) was the pick of Bready’s attack, but the Magheramason men’s reply was almost always playing catch-up.
Irosh Samarasooriya made 39 (5 fours and a six) and Gavin Roulston added 28, but they never really got away on the required rate.
Sean Gormley bowled well on a rare appearance for him this season to claim 3-16 and Tyron Koen added 2-22 as the visitors eventually finished on 115-8, just three short of the target.
Coleraine had even less to spare against Ballyspallen as the Roe Valley men ended up two behind at Sandel Lodge.
Ravindra Karunaratne hit 3 sixes and a four in his 35-ball 50, while Matthew Hutchinson chipped in with 25 as the Bannsiders made 115-8 batting first.
Stephen Kennedy (3-5) was bang on the money for ‘Spallen but despite several cameos in their reply, they couldn’t get over the line.
Kennedy added 29 runs to his effort with the ball at the top of the order while Luke Gilfillan also made 29 as ‘Spallen stayed in the hunt.
Despite 20 from Demith Perera and 18 not out from Steven McCloskey however they just couldn’t close it out- Rory Knox with 2-9 from 4 overs helping Coleraine to nick it.
Elsewhere, in-form Burndennett beat neighbours Fox Lodge by 21 runs- overseas man Marcello Piedt top scoring with 56 (4 sixes, 3 fours) as they racked up 168-6 in their allotted overs.
Eddie McGettigan hit 5 fours and 4 sixes in a typically quick-fire 48 for the hosts, while brothers Craig (40) and Alistair Doherty (28) were best with the bat in the Ballymagorry side’s reply of 147.
St Johnston’s 139-5 wasn’t nearly enough at Eglinton as the villagers won this one by 7 wickets.
Man-in-form David Lapsley made 42 for the Saints with Ian Macbeth hitting 29 and Michael Rankin 24, while the Millar boys, Robbie and Andy picked up two wickets apiece for their side.
Tommy Orr, another player in a rich vein of form, made 52 not out in the reply with Robbie Logue adding 31 and Robbie Millar 20 in a cosy success.
And in the evening’s final match, Brigade made short work of Killyclooney up in Tyrone.
Iftikhar Hussain (37), David Barr (36*) and Adam McDaid (31*) helped the Beechgrove side chase down ‘Clooney’s 116-7 with 9 wickets and 32 balls to spare.
Timmy Dougherty (28*), Darren Moan (21) and William Finlay (20) had earlier fared best with the bat for the home side with Barr (3-14) and Ryan Macbeth (2-27) claiming the bowling honours for Brigade.