Foxies facing tough cup draws
Barry Chambers (Strabane Chronicle)
Fox Lodge’s loss to Bonds Glen on Saturday denied them top spot, but they did clinch second thanks to Brian Allen’s innings against Coleraine. They now face Ardmore in the semi-final, while in the Senior Cup, an away day trip to Beechgrove looms.
“It’s two really challenging, but good draws for us,” said captain Aaron Heywood. “In the Eric Cooke T20 we lock horns again with Ardmore with whom we have had some really entertaining battles with in recent years. We both finished with big wins over strong teams at the weekend and will both go into that semi-final with confidence I'm sure.
“Brigade away in the senior cup- another really big draw. I have been saying for the last couple of years that I want our boys to put ourselves in the position to challenge the big teams so here is our chance to do that. We would have loved a home draw but we will look to build on our T20 campaign in the 40 over competition and hopefully take some confidence going to Beechgrove next month.
“It was a brilliant end to the group stages on Sunday following a disappointing defeat at Bonds Glen. Looking back, we lost the number one spot on small margins. A five-over game in those conditions really was going to go either way and credit to them.
“On Sunday we showed again that we can rub shoulders with the 'Prem' teams. Our bowling attack has been performing really well this season and we have been able to cope with mixed availability well. Brian Allen was at his best and took the game away from Coleraine. He has that in him and I'm hoping to see it more often throughout the season.