Barry Chambers (Strabane Chronicle)
MAIDEN TON FOR MEHAFFEY
There was another player who made his maiden hundred at the weekend with Dean Mehaffey of Donemana achieving the feat. He and skipper Andy McBrine both scored hundreds as The Holm side beat Burndennett to stay clear at the top of League B.
“It was tough early on in the innings as Gary Neely can still land it on a 50p piece, which made it difficult to score early on,” said Mehaffey.
“Having Andy and Gary McClintock accelerate the run rate, relieved pressure to play positively and having Andy advising me in the middle also helped me to push on when I needed to.
“It was a good, hard wicket, so credit to the Burndennett ground staff for all their hard work.It was my first senior hundred for Donemana, so hopefully the next one is at the home of North West cricket at The Holm.
FOXIES WIN ANOTHER TIGHT GAME
Fox Lodge have been involved in some really close matches this season, and there was yet another on Saturday as they came out on the right side of a hard-fought encounter against Bonds Glen.
“I thought we batted well having been put in on what was a tough, sticky wicket, being given a perfect platform by TJ Nicholl and Jason Milligan. Johnny Robinson came in and struck the ball really well and cleanly. We all know his quality when he gives himself time and that innings got us up to 216, which we would always have taken from ball one.
“From a bowling and fielding perspective that’s probably the most disappointing we have been all year, especially in the first 10-15 overs. We let them get away a bit as Mattie Barr struck the ball really well for the Bee Gees, and their pro Rehan also batted well.
“Thankfully for us Gareth Heywood battled it back for us taking out the top three, and the rest of the bowling unit responded positively and we managed to get over the line and secure the points.”
Fox Lodge travel to Ardmore in the semi-final of the Eric Cooke on Friday, and host Glendermott in the league on Saturday.
SION MILLS WIN AGAIN
After a two week break, it was back down to business for Sion Mills, away to Bonds Glen in the 40 over league. Despite missing a few regulars, Sion got off to a great start, as Lee Finlay and Simon Galloway put on an opening partnership of 101.
Finlay was the first to go for an excellent 53, but the runs continued to flow as Andy Lucas joined Galloway in the middle. Lucas, with a mixture of class and power in his stroke play soon raced to 60.
Galloway looked on course for his maiden century when he top edged to the boundary on 76, his fourth half century of the campaign so far, as Sion posted an intimidating 277-5.
Bonds Glen raced out of the blocks with Richie Barr hitting a rapid 61 as the home side brought up the 100 in just 10 overs. However the guile and experience of Mark Patterson (2-42) and Barry Scott (2-40), combined with the youthful exuberance of talented wicket-keeper Lucy McGranaghan that proved too much in the end. Lucy taking a fine catch and stumping in the game just when it was needed. Bonds Glen finished their overs on 221-5. Sion now have won 8 from 8 in all competitions and are on course to pick up some deserved silverware.
T20 CUP SEMI FINALS
There is plenty of Tyrone interest in the T20 cup semi-finals, although Bready and Donemana will have to do it the hard way if they are to make the Faughan Valley final as they face tricky away encounters in their last four deciders. In-form Bready travel to Beechgrove to face Brigade, while Donemana are at Eglinton with the villagers enjoying a fine run of success.
In the Eric Cooke Cup Fox Lodge are at Ardmore, while Strabane have a tough encounter at Newbuildings. Killyclooney have home advantage against a strong Coleraine side, while in the other half of the draw St Johnston play Glendermott at the Boathole.
All the matches are due to start at 6.30pm, although teams have the option of starting earlier if both agree.
NW SENIOR FIXTURES
Faughan Valley Cup (Friday)
Brigade v Bready
Eglinton v Donemana
Eric Cooke Cup (Friday)
Ardmore v Fox Lodge
Newbuildings v Strabane
Sperrin Springs Cup (Friday)
St Johnston v Glendermott
Killyclooney v Coleraine
Brigade v Ardmore
St Johnston v Bonds Glen
Strabane v Bready
Fox Lodge v Glendermott
Eglinton v Coleraine
Donemana v Ballyspallen
Newbuildings v Burndennett