Brigade and Donemana beaten in weekend of surprises
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
DEFENDING league champions Brigade and Senior Cup holders Donemana were both beaten on a day of shocks in the NW 40-Over League.
Brigade’s run of good results came to a shuddering halt when they were bowled out for 73 by Ardmore who consolidated second place with an impressive 67 runs victory.
Ross Allen and Ryan Barr ripped through the middle order to reduce Ardmore to 89 for six but they recovered to total 140 for nine which proved more than enough as Brigade, in turn, collapsed to 27 for six. Spinner Dharm Singh then found prodigious turn to rip through the middle order, leaving Barr as the only Brigade batsmen to make double figures.
Donemana, without Andy McBrine and William McClintock who are in the Ireland bubble, conceded 215 at home to Ballyspallen with Curtis McElwee hitting 83 from 70 balls. He then turned all-rounder to end Ritchie McBrine’s whirlwind innings of 68, from 29 balls (six fours, six sixes) and finished with four wickets as Donemana were bowled out for 162 in the 27th over.
Eglinton are the new Group B leaders, four points ahead of Donemana, after their 28 runs win against Coleraine. Jamie Millar hit 95 not out for the winners, sharing an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 106 with his brother and captain, Andy Millar.
Set 230 to win, the Bannsiders were looking good at 119 for two but the dismissal of Rory Knox for 57 halted the charge and Simon Dunn then took three wickets in four balls to confirm victory and complete a excellent 24 hours, having beaten Donemana in the Faughan Valley Cup semi-final on Friday night.
Bready lost to Brigade in the other semi-final, but they are the only unbeaten team left in the league after recording their fifth straight win, by six wickets at Strabane Park.
The home side were dismissed for 111 with three wickets apiece for Reece Kelly and Khyat Bhavsar and the chase was turned into a formality by Irosh Samarasooriya who hit a run-a-ball 60.
In the closest game of the day, Bonds Glen needed five runs to beat St Johnston with two wickets left but David Barnard took them them both to give the Donegal side a three runs victory.