Bonds Glen and Bready win thrillers
It was a day of high drama as the NW season got up and running with all six scheduled games in the Best Western T20 Cup getting played.
Bonds Glen were the shock winners of the day as they stunned Coleraine in a last over thriller. The Bannsiders posted 163 for 5 with David Cooke (59) hitting successive sixes to reach his half century. They had been given an excellent platform by a opening stand of 72 between Matthew Hutchinson (43) and Paddy Carson (31) but were pegged back in the closing overs by young spinner Sam Kincaid who took 2 for 8.
Mattie Barr kept the Bee Gees up with the chase as he hit five sixes in a hard-hit 52 – three coming in one Gordon Cooke over. He fell to a stunning catch at backward point by Stephen Hutchinson, but teenager Raymond Curry showed his class with a brilliant unbeaten 58 including a crucial six in the last over to seal the win with three balls to spare.
The teams observed a minute’s silence beforehand in memory of Roy Torrens, who had also played for Coleraine, Brigade and Ireland, whom he also managed.
There was also a last over thriller at the Rectory, where Conor Olphert’s last over six helped Bready to a six wicket win over Glendermott.
The Magheramason side needed 12 off the final over, and thanks to Olphert’s maximum and a wide, the equation was reduced to five off five, which he and skipper Davy Scanlon managed from the last ball.
David Rankin (49) and Irosh Samarasooriya (27) had laid the foundations for the chase.
The result was tough on debutant Nathan McGuire, on loan from Rush as he hit a belligerent 81 not out from 62 balls, which included 6 sixes and 4 fours. He then took two wickets with his tweakers and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
Ardmore were the biggest winners of the day as they restricted Ballyspallen to 75 for 9 on the mat at Bridge Park. Debutants Rachit Gaur and Dharam Singh taking three wickets apiece, while Jacob Logan-Wilson ploughed a lonely furrow with 40.
Singh was in the runs too as his unbeaten 48 sealed the 9-wicket win in just 49 balls.
Brigade eased to a seven-wicket win against Killyclooney thanks to an impressive bowling display. Ryan MacBeth and Ryan Barr – back at Beechgrove after a ten year hiatus – claimed three wickets each and Ross Allen a brace as the visitors were dismissed for 77 – Kenzie Hall hitting 22. David Barr hit an unbeaten 35 and David Murdock 23 as Brigade coasted to the win.
Bowlers were on top at Eglinton where three wickets apiece for Simon Dunn and Mark Averill restricted Fox Lodge to 90 for 9. Johnny Bap Robinson making 27 and Jason Milligan 20.
It looked as if it might be enough as two wickets apiece for Aaron Heywood, Jamie McIntyre and Levi Kerr had the hosts reeling at 63 for 7, but cometh the hour, cometh the man with Lee Ritchie’s unbeaten 21 supported by Richard Wylie getting them home.
Newbuildings signalled their intent with a clinical seven wickets win over Burndennett.
Three wickets for Jason Dunn restricted the Tyrone side to 122 for 6, which proved way short as JT didn’t do much running as he cleared the ropes six times in an unbeaten 42.
There’s action tomorrow (SUN) as Strabane will hand a debut to Ehtesham Ahmed as they host Brigade (2pm).