Up for the Cups as weekend programme begins
It’s all about the cups this weekend with full programmes across the North West in the White Horse T20 on Friday night followed by the quarter finals of the Sports Hub senior cup and the Sam Jeffrey Shield on Saturday.
We’re under way in the Best Western White Horse competition first up with seven ties down for decision.
In Group A, leaders Brigade meet second-placed Fox Lodge at Beechgrove while Burndennett, right behind in third visit Killyclooney.
Surprise Group B table-toppers Bonds Glen can take a massive step towards winning the group outright as they host previously out-of-sorts Eglinton. Strabane will consolidate second spot if they can get past currently win-less St Johnston at the Boathole.
Donemana and Newbuildings seem to meet every other week at the minute and the pair are set to lock horns again at the Holm where the visitors will look to extend their lead at the top of Group C.
Two games in Group D complete Friday nights action where the top two here meet as well- second-placed Coleraine entertaining leaders Bready while Ballyspallen host Ardmore.
On Saturday we move on to the quarter-final ties in the blue riband competition, the Sports Hub senior cup.
Newbuildings of course are already through to the semi-finals having seen off ‘Spallen in a cracking tie and hopefully we’ll get more of the same this weekend.
Bready, twice winners of this competition will be many people’s favourites to go in again, but they won’t get it all their own way down the A5 a couple of miles at Burndennett.
Fox Lodge will feel they aren’t out of it either as they welcome perennial cup winners Donemana to Ballymagorry. The home side really do need a fully-fit Marco Marais if they are to threaten the team with a senior cup pedigree like no other.
Eglinton and St Johnston could be interesting too- normally the villagers would be odds-on to come through this tie but it’s a game that really could go either way.
The Sam Jeffrey competition will rarely have attracted a field of this year’s quality in its previous existence.
The list is topped by Brigade who won four trophies last season and played in the European Cricket League finals just three months ago.
Andy Britton’s men are here on the back of a shock defeat by St Johnston and they will be taking nothing for granted at Bonds Glen on Saturday.
Ardmore will be favourites as they go to the Rectory to take on Glendermott while Coleraine make the journey to Killyclooney. Strabane have received a bye into the last four.
The weekend’s fixtures-
Friday night (6.30 pm starts)
Best Western White Horse T20 Cup
Brigade v Fox Lodge
Killyclooney v Burndennett
St Johnston v Strabane
Bonds Glen v Eglinton
Donemana v Newbuildings
Ballyspallen v Ardmore
Coleraine v Bready
Saturday (all 11am starts)
Sports Hub Senior Cup
Eglinton v St Johnston
Fox Lodge v Donemana
Burndennett v Bready
Sam Jeffrey Shield
Bonds Glen v Brigade
Glendermott v Ardmore
Killyclooney v Coleraine