BREADY, Ardmore and Donemana all made it three wins out of three to set the pace in the NW 40-over League.

In the absence of Andy McBrine and William McClintock, on duty with North West Warriors, Donemana included no fewer than five Dougherty brothers but they got a scare at home to Killyclooney who were just seven runs short of Donemana’s 191 when the overs ran out.

William’s twin, Gary McClintock top scored for the Group B leaders with 61, including five fours and four sixes, but a half century from Darren Moan in 49 balls had the visitors well placed on 148 for three, with eight overs left. But Kyle Dougherty and Dean Mehaffey shared six wickets to halt the victory charge.

Bready lead Group A by two points after their 42 runs victory over Fox Lodge at Ballymagorry. It was a relatively low scoring affair with Irosh Samarasooriya’s 55, comfortably Bready’s top score when they were dismissed for 162 but Steve Lazars incredible run of form with the ball continued as he helped himself to another five-wickets with only Brian Allen putting up any resistance for the home side.

Ardmore gained a point on the leaders with a 54 runs success in Strabane Park.There were two five-wicket hauls here with Strabane off spinner Rhys Logue’s costing only 20 runs as Ardmore were bowled out for 145 in the 38th over but Tyron Koen, who had made 21 then bettered Logue with figures of five for 19 as Strabane collapsed to 91 all out.

Defending champions Brigade can only wait for a slip up but they won again after their shock opening day defeat by Bready, although they had only 29 runs to spare against St Johnston.

Ifti Hussain hit 88 for the Beechgrove side, with 10 fours and three sixes, and shared a second wicket stand of 121 in 24 overs with David Barr as the home side were set a target of 194.

They got too close for Brigade’s comfort thanks to superb unbeaten 97 by Jack Macbeth who sturck 10 fours and four sixes. Unfortunately, nine wickets fell at the other end and he ran out of partners with five overs left, and victory and a century in sight!

Elsewhere, Bonds Glen rattled up 279 to beat Glendermott by 108 runs despite Trevor McDermott hitting 86 for the losers and the closest game of the day was at Eglinton were the home side claimed a three runs victory over Newbuildings, the last wicket falling off the first ball of the final over.