Tyron on song on day of few suprises
There was a full programme of cricket played in glorious conditions across the North West on Saturday but not too many surprises on an afternoon where the formbook held firm.
Pride of place on the honours board went to Ardmore’s Tyron Kane who picked up figures of 7 for 5, including a hat-trick, as the Bleachgreen side bowled St Johnston out for 28.
Harry Zimmerman had earlier made 69 (9 fours) and Dhram Singh 63 (8 fours and a six) as the visitors racked up 241-4 from their 40 overs. Nathan Cole (2-28) fared best with the ball for the Saints, whose batting disintegrated in reply.
Kone was unplayable in his 6-over spell with the hat-trick the icing on the cake- no-one on the Donegal side getting to double figures in the face of the onslaught.
Game of the day was just up the road in Strabane where neighbours Fox Lodge provided the opposition. The Red Caps were sporting their new overseas man, Ernest Masuku, a 29-year old Zimbabwean pace bowler who can clearly also bat a bit.
Jonny Robinson top scored with 31 while Brian Allen made 20 and Travis Nicholl 19 as the Foxies set a target of 136-9.
Tom Harpur (3-35) and Ryan Gallagher (2-15) were best with the ball for the hosts who themselves found progress slow in reply.
Gallagher’s 35 kept Strabane on an even keel before Masuku added a vital 40 in the middle order. Even then though, Aaron Heywood (3-29) and two wickets apiece from Robinson and Jamie McIntyre kept the game on a knife edge.
It took the last two batsmen, Karthick Ravichandran and Saaketh Ram to edge Strabane over the winning line with little to spare.
Bready recovered from Friday night’s narrow defeat at Ardmore to account for Glendermott by 7 wickets.
Nathan McGuire (26), Jason Lynch (24) and Scott Laird (20) were the best of the Rectory side’s 147 all out- a total boosted by a wayward 37 extras from the home team.
Irosh Samarasooriya (4-18) was easily the pick of the attack although Gavin Roulston (2-13) and Scott Macbeth (2-15) also impressed.
Bready let their young guns loose at the top of their order and they didn’t disappoint in the reply.
Roulston made 37, Macbeth 35 and Ryan Clarke 30 as the top three teed it up for Irosh (24 not out) to seal an emphatic win.
Coleraine got the better of a low-scoring affair to post a 4-wicket win at Killyclooney.
William Finlay’s 38 was easily the best of ‘Clooney’s 96 all out; Brian Acheson with an excellent spell of 5-28 and James Bell 3-38 restricting the home side to under 100.
Matthew Hutchinson made 49 (9 fours) and Scott Campbell 24 as the Bannsiders closed out the win, but Jordan Nelson (3-12) ensured it was harder than it could have been.
Eglinton’s revival continued as they accounted for Ballyspallen at the village.
Demith Perera made 50 (5 fours, 1 six) with cameos from James Thompson (19) and Andy Christie (17) in the visitors’ total of 134.
Robbie Millar claimed 3-42 and Richard Wylie 2-21 for the home side who then comfortably knocked off the required runs.
Jamie Millar made an unbeaten 54 with Tommy Orr (22) and Robbie Logue (21*) contributing to a 6-wicket win for Eglinton.
William McClintock made an unbeaten 77 and Joe Robinson 71 as Donemana knocked Burndennett off top spot in the group in a high-scoring encounter at the Holm.
The Ireland International hit 7 sixes and 3 fours in his knock with Robinson adding five sixes and 4 fours. Dean Mehaffey also made a half century in a total of 244-5; Marcello Piedt and Mark Pollock with two wickets apiece for ‘Dennett.
Piedt then led the charge with 65 (7 fours, 3 sixes) as he and Aidan Logue (54 not out) tried to keep things interesting in the reply. William McBrine (4-47) and Gary Neely (3-25) were to have the final say however as Burndennett closed on 173-7- a 71-run defeat.
And Brigade kept their winning run going in another run-fest- this one at Bonds Glen.
Iftikhar Hussain fell an agonising 2 short of a century as his 98 (11 fours, 4 sixes) and 55 not out from former Bonds Glen player Kyle Magee, saw the Limavady Road side make 268-6 from their 40 overs.
David Barr added 41, Adam McDaid 25 and Andy Britton 20 in that total with Heinrich Roberts, Derek Curry and Matty Barr all claiming two wickets apiece.
The Bee Gees made a real fist of the chase too- David Cooke with an unbeaten 69 and Jonny Haslett 60 while Sam Kincaid (22) and Raymond Curry (20) contributed to their 232-7.
A good effort from a much improved Bonds Glen side for sure, but Brigade with just that little bit extra in a 36-run win.
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