STRABANE AIMING FOR SECOND PLACE

Strabane lost to group winners Brigade on Sunday, despite restricting the Beechgrove side to 125. A top-order batting collapse meant the Red Caps were never in serious contention in the chase, although a late-order rally kept the margin down.

Skipper Aaron Gillespie reflected on what might have been, having lost earlier in the campaign to them on the last ball.

“It was another tough one to take once again falling 30 runs short against one of the best teams in the league. We’ve been in all the games this season so far right up until this one and all we needed was one more partnership from our top order as Mark McNulty and Chrisy Havern showed at the end.

“Once you got in, the runs were there but still a lot of positives to take from it as we were 55-9 and still got reasonably close which gives the team confidence knowing our lower order and still chip in with runs once it’s needed.

“We are still a confident group and so we’re still looking to go and be positive and finish the last game of the T20 group with a win over Killyclooney and carry the momentum with us into the 40 overs once it starts on June 12th.”