FOX Lodge threw Group B of the NW T20 wide open yesterday with a 43 runs victory over Eglinton.

In a low scoring game, TJ Nicholl’s 25 was the best in the Foxes 107 for five but Eglinton’s batting flopped, losing nine wickets as they scored at barely three runs an over in reply.

Eglinton still lead the group but only by 16 points from Fox Lodge with Coleraine now just two points further back after beating Bonds Glen by nine wickets.

Bannsiders skipper Stephen Hutchinson and former Armagh bowler Alan Whitcroft shared seven of the wickets as the Bee Gees were skittled for 66 and that included a last wicket stand of 27 between Richard Barr and Sam Kincaid.

It was sweet revenge for Coleraine, who had lost the reverse fixture on the opening day, but this time they knocked off the runs in 10 overs, with Scott Campbell and Patrick Carson putting on 64 for the first wicket.

It’s still all to play for in Group C with next Saturday’s game between Newbuildings and Bready set to decide the winners.

Both teams won again yesterday although Newbuildings only passed Burndennett’s 106 for eight at the start of the last over after Conan Pollack took two quick wickets. But Ryan Hunter, with 40 not out, saw the job through, unlike Johnny Thompson who opened the batting, hit a six and out and then rushed off to his brother-in-law Lee Brolly’s wedding. Thompson though still had time to be best with the ball, taking two wickets.

Bready had it much easier against Glendermott, with two half century stands easing them to their victory target of 107 with 22 balls to spare. David Rankin, who finished 52 not out, was involved in both.

St Johnston finally got on the field for the first time this season but they could not have wished for a tougher start – against Donemana – and the Senior Cup holders duly won by seven wickets.

But the Saints, playing at Foyle College, certainly made a notable first impression, hitting 139 for seven with former Foyle pupil Michael Rankin hitting 55. But Dean Mehaffey, also reached his half century and shared a third wicket stand of 83 in nine overs with skipper William McClintock to set up the win with 10 balls to spare.

Ardmore kept the pressure on the group leaders, whom they play on the final day next Sunday, with a 25 runs win over Ballyspallen. Tyron Koen scored the half century in this match – the first at the Bleachgreen this year after two were rained off – but Ardmore were bowled out for 117 as Jacob Logan-Wilson took five wickets.
Ballyspallen were always in trouble after slumping to 22 for five, although Sri Lankan professional Damith Perera finished 45 not out.

Brigade, already confirmed as a Faughan Valley Cup semi-finalist, continued their dominance of Group A with a nine wickets victory over Killyclooney, Kyle Magee hitting 74, with seven fours and six sixes, as the Beechgrove side chased down 116 in just 10.3 overs.