Bowlers dominate in NW
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
BOWLERS dominated the third round of fixtures in the NW 40-over League with no fewer than six taking five wickets.
Steve Lazars took his tally to 12 in the campaign with his first five-for of the season to help Bready to a 42 runs victory over Fox Lodge who were dismissed for 120.
Ardmore moved within two points of the Group A leaders after also maintaining their 100 per cent record with a 54 runs success at Strabane. There were two five-wicket hauls in this game with Rhys Logue for the home side being matched by Ardmore professional Tyron Koen as the Red Caps were bowled out for just 91.
Brigade dropped three more points when St Johnston got to within 29 runs of their 193 for eight, thanks to an undefeated 97 not out by Jack McBeth. He ran out of partners however – the next best score was 16 – as they were bowled out at the start of the 36th over.
Bonds Glen won their first league game to leave Glendermott rooted to the bottom despite Trevor McDermott hitting the top score of the game, his 86 for the losers including eight fours and five sixes. But Raymond Curry and Mattie Barr both hit 60s in the Bee Gees’ 279.
The 108 runs margin was the biggest of the day while, at the other end of the scale Eglinton had just three runs to spare when they took the last Newbuildings wicket at the start of the last over in their Group B clash.
Johnny Thompson took five for 35 in Eglinton’s 193 for nine but the home side hit back as Newbuildings collapsed from 156 for four.
Timmy Dougherty took five Donemana wickets for Killyclooney, but he too finished on the losing side as the Group B leaders made it three wins out of three, with a seven runs win, defending 191.
Coleraine skipper Stephen Hutchinson was the other five-wicket bowler and he was also top scorer, with 25 not out, in his side’s 39 runs win over Ballyspallen who were bowled out for 79, a third of them extras!