JOHNNY BE GOOD

It was a dream weekend for Fox Lodge who beat Ardmore on Friday night to reach the final of the Eric Cooke cup, and followed it up with an excellent chase to be beat Glendermott and keep them in serious contention for a Premiership place when the league cuts off at the end of the month.

Instrumental in both wins was their talismanic all-rounder Johnny Robinson, whose experience is proving crucial in their successful season to date.

“It was fantastic to get a couple of wins at the weekend and it’s always nice to get into a final,” Robinson told the Chronicle.

Johnny Robinson appeals

“A final is always something to look forward to, and it will be a bit special to have it against Strabane in a local derby. We got a decent total on Friday night at Ardmore and knew if we could get the seamers to bowl a few tight overs at the start we could back myself and Aaron Heywood to restrict and take a few wickets in the middle overs. That’s exactly how it panned out and in the end we secured a convincing and fully deserved win against a very strong side.”

“On Saturday we got off to a bad start as Glendermott professional Nauman Anwar batted really well. We have been struggling with availability of our seamers and haven’t been able to get the same guys out every week which showed.

“Letting them race out of the blocks it looked like we were going to be chasing a big score but luckily the spinners saved us again. Jason Milligan bowling 8 overs for 18 runs helped big time and we were delighted to be only chasing 190 odd which I thought was below par.

“We kept myself and Brian Allen down the order and let the young guys go out and play their shots that didn’t go to plan I think we ended up 60 for 5. We were able to salvage it thanks to a half century from myself and a really good 40 from Aaron Heywood batting at eight. It was a real captain’s innings to take us home.”

It’s a tough weekend in store for the Ballymagorry side with away trips to Brigade in the Senior Cup followed by a crucial league clash at Ardmore. They will certainly go into both games with confidence and it wouldn’t be a major surprise if they tasted further success.