North West roundup
Ian Callender - Sunday Life
Brigade need a maximum of three points from their remaining two group games in the White Horse Hotel T20 to book their place in the semi-finals.
A 31 runs victory over Strabane yesterday increased their advantage at the top of Group A and they could actually win the group today if Strabane do not pick up 23 points from their game against Killyclooney at Strabane Park.
Ifti Hussain and captain Andy Britton added 76 for the fourth wicket as they recovered from 58 for three to finish on 141 for five, Hussain hitting four fours and two sixes in his 52 and Britton two of each in his 36.
Strabane were well in the contest when Tom Harpur, son of the former Ireland international, and Kevin Gallagher put on 78 for the first wicket in 12 overs but Nick Donnell made the breakthrough and put the breaks to finish with figures of three for 11, the visitors scoring only 32 from the last eight overs.
Eglinton made it three wins out of three in Group B with the biggest win of the day at Bonds Glen. After restricting the home side to 92 for seven, openers Craig Averill and Tommy Orr knocked off the runs with four overs to spare.
They actually increased their lead at the top because Coleraine beat Fox Lodge by 27 runs in the lowest scoring game at Sandel Lodge.
Foxes captain Aaron Heywood and fellow spinner Johnny Robinson had combined figures of six for 29 as the Bannsiders struggled to 72 for nine but the home side hit back to reduce Fox Lodge to 11 for five in the ninth over with wickets for Stephen Hutchinson, Gareth Burns and Gordon Cooke. Left arm spinner Scott Campbell then came on to finish the innings in a hurry, taking four of the last five wickets.
Bready lost their place at the top of Group C because their game at Burndennett was washed out by a torrential shower at halfway.
They were totally in control as well, having bowled out the home side for 57 with Steve Lazars continuing his good form with three wickets and Ian Young, brother of international Craig, taking two.
The new group leaders are Newbuildings who scored 187 for five against Glendermott, despite only Ross Dougherty topping 50 – just. But it was quick, 53 not out from 22 balls with seven fours and three sixes.
Openers Gareth McKeegan, who hit five sixes in his 40, and Mark Hanna had set up the huge total with a stand of 81 in 8.3 overs.
Glendermott fell 69 runs short but No 11 batsman Tylor Moore finished their innings with an enteraining cameo, 34 from 11 balls with four sixes and two fours.
There was no play in the terribly rain-affected Group D, both games washed out and, indeed, only three for the first eight scheduled games in the group have been completed.