There was no doubt about the game of the day at the weekend with Bready staying top of the table with a thrilling nine-run win against Ardmore.

The Magheramason side’s total of 291 for 3 was based around a pair of centuries from Sri Lankan professional Irosh Samarasooriya, and opener Jamie Magee.

“It was important to get a good start as the wicket was a batting paradise as it showed with nearly 600 runs scored on it so credit to Noel McGinnis for that,” Magee told the Chronicle.

Jamie Magee reaches his hundred

“This was my first century in any cricket, not just senior cricket. I was told from the start my job is to bat the 40 overs and it makes the task easier when there are experienced batsmen like Davy Rankin, Irosh and Steve Lazars.

“It was great to share a partnership of 171 with Irosh and was a real help to the team. He is an experienced professional batsman which has helped my game massively.”

There were some jittery moments for the affable Magee on 99 as he was on the cusp of an elusive hundred, but he managed to get to the milestone.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous in the 90’s, more so when I was on 99 and all I could do was pick out fielders. But it was a great feeling to get to the hundred and the support from the lads and the club was brilliant.”

It represents an amazing turnaround for Magee who last month was dropped to the second XI after a poor run of form, but he has bounced back and benefitted from it.

Centurions Irosh Samarasooriya and Jamie Magee

“Being dropped from the squad is never nice but it is one of those things when there is so much talent at the club pushing for places. I took two weeks down with the seconds to gain some confidence again. They have great ex first-team players such as Colin and Robert Spence, plus Mark Olphert who helped me so much when I was playing there.

“It was important to win the game as Ardmore are a strong team and every game I play against them it is always a close encounter which is not good for the heart. We are unbeaten which is brilliant for our morale, and hopefully we can continue our winning ways to win some trophies this season.”

It’s a busy weekend for Bready as they face Brigade on Friday night in the T20 semis, before travelling to Strabane on Saturday in the Tyrone derby.