IROSH STARS AS BREADY MAKE T20 SEMI-FINALS

Bready reached the semi-finals of the T20 Cup thanks to an amazing assault from their affable Sri Lankan professional Irosh Samarassoriya as they beat Newbuildings. Irosh hit ten sixes – including five consecutively off the unfortunate Trent McKeegan – as the Magheramason side chased 104 in a nine-over game to win in the sixth over.

“I'm glad to help Bready make the semi-finals,” Irosh told the Chronicle. “Last Saturday was a must-win game for the club, and despite it being rain-affected, we showed a great attitude to get the result.

“There was no time to build an innings but I struck the ball cleanly from the outset and the sixes just kept coming. One of those days that go your way. We have a good team this year so I'm hopeful we can win a few trophies.

“I feel in good touch, and hopefully this will continue as we move into the longer format. There are no stars at Bready, we are a real team who work hard with everybody contributing and chipping in. We have a great bunch of supporters too who have always backed the side and made me so welcome here.”

Bready have been given a tough draw in the last four, away to Brigade, but there was better fortune in the Senior Cup, with a home draw against Intermediate side The Nedd despite being drawn away. Skipper Davy Scanlon reflected on their back-to-back wins at the weekend.

“I’m really excited about reaching the semis and topping the group’” said Scanlon. “Looking at the T20 draw I always thought our group was going to be the hardest. With Newbuildings recruiting, Nathan McGuire at Glendermott and Burndennett beating us up there last year I was a little worried. “We played some excellent cricket in the five and a half games and it was really pleasing how we put each team to the sword.

“We have been given a really tough draw away at Brigade but as everyone knows, you have to beat the good teams to win it.

“We are really pleased with the Senior cup draw. I’d always wanted to play at The Nedd but since then, I've found out it's switched to Bready which should hopefully help us go through. We are looking forward to a proper competition (50 overs) and chance to play against a team I've never before. Maybe former player Mackey Hepburn might even buy a round after the game…